"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

wish list Wednesday - cell phone edition!

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* A free pass to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. $85 is a bit much...

* That I could figure out how to add links on this darn thing. Did it work? ;)

* For all of you to download the new Etsy app! Finally!

* Some cute, long scarves like the ones from Madewell.

* To come home with a Christmas tree waiting on me!

What's your wish?

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

thankful thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday!

I’ve seen something on Pinterest that asks, “what if you woke up tomorrow morning with only the things you thanked God for today?” I don’t know about you, but that stopped me in my tracks. Because let’s face it – we all have it pretty good. I have an embarrassment of blessings for which I am thankful, but I often take for granted.

Here are just a few (in no particular order)…

My sweet husband. I can really be a handful sometimes. I’m messy, kind of lazy and my mood can turn on a dime. But Kell is so patient and even. He makes for such balance in our home.

Pets! Y’all knew I wouldn’t get far in this list without mentioning them, especially since today is their 5th birthday! I believe that all good things come from God and that He created Olive and Charlie just for us. I know they’re not human children, but for now, they’re all we’ve got, and they bring us a lot of joy.

A good job. I wake up 5 mornings out of the week and go to a job that provides, gives me opportunities and where I’m surrounded by good, supportive people. So many Americans don’t have this luxury, and I try to remind myself of this when my alarm goes off.

A loving family. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not want to be with my family during the holidays. I could call my parents right now, and they would drop everything to help me or my sister. And although it took us moving out of my parents’ house for Harris and me to like each other, I really think she is about the coolest, kindest, most fun person I know. Not to mention incredible in-laws!

Good friends. I really don’t like (most) country music; it makes my ears bleed. But, some of my friends went to a Reba McIntire concert last weekend and wanted me to go with them, even after complaining for about 3 months. Misery loves company!

5 senses. I can see, hear, smell, touch and taste. I take these for granted probably most of all.

A loving God. We’re not meant to understand everything, but I know God’s hands are all over it. I’m so thankful I can go to Him at any moment in prayer, and He hears every word.

Healthy body. Sure I don’t take care of it like I probably should, but I try to appreciate the blessings of being able to go to work and not have to be in a hospital bed or worry every day about getting sick.

A house. We have a roof over our heads, four walls, grass on the ground and air and heat we can turn on and off for comfort (even though Kell is a bit of a AC/heat dictator). We live in a safe neighborhood with courteous and kind neighbors. Not sure what they’d say about us…

America. No matter your politics, America is the greatest country in the world. Bar none. We have so many freedoms that others only dream about, and we’re protected by the best military in the universe. USA! USA!

For what are you thankful?

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."
Psalm 100:4-5

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* This Harry Potter mug. If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand. (be sure to read what it does!)

* A hot chocolate party! Wouldn't this be such a fun end to a progressive dinner?

* Some vision for decorating my home for Christmas. I'm so overwhelmed!

* Speaking of Christmas, I can see this topper on a sweet little Charlie Brown tree.

* That you'd come back tomorrow to see my annual Thankful Thursday post. After a year of wishing, I love to give thanks!

What's your wish?

Monday, November 21, 2011


Beyonce kills it again in maternity attire. Is there anything she can't do?

Photo from Suri's Burn Book - a hilarious blog that has been sucking the time from my work day. Check it out if you like to giggle.

Friday, November 18, 2011

the psychology of i'm sorry

It sucks to mess up.

Like, really sucks.

To know that you’ve missed the mark on something or disappointed someone is one of life’s stings. Whenever I do it, I literally feel sick. My tummy hurts, my palms start to sweat and I can’t think of anything else. I’m not sure if it’s the oldest child syndrome or just my personal anxiety level, but something in me can’t let it go until I know (for dead certain) those I’ve wronged have. Most of the time, I’m way more hurt by it than the people I transgress, but that doesn’t make me feel any better. Nothing makes me feel worse than to disappoint someone or hurt someone’s feelings. It’s the pits.

If nothing else, I try to take it as an opportunity to really apologize to someone. For me, an effective apology can wipe away a multitude of mistakes, but just like your Love Language, everyone likes to hear “I’m sorry” differently. And you know how much I subscribe to the Love Language psychology…

I took this quiz a few months ago, and I think it’s as interesting as the Love Language quiz. (Haven’t taken it yet? Get enlightened here.) Choose how you would react in a series of scenarios and then find out how you like to be apologized to. Fascinating and so helpful if you can get your friends and family to take it, too!

Sorry if this is a heavy subject for a Friday, but friends can talk about this stuff, right?

I hope you have a happy-go-lucky weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* That I could walk to my car after work and arrive home before dark.

* This cool map to chart my American domination.

* I adore this stripedy sequin-y top.

* Another free Avett Brothers concert. Bulldog Bash was insanely crowded!

* The complete Harry Potter movie collection. I can't wait to see When Harry Left Hogwarts...

What's your wish?

***a note from the author: I set this as a scheduled post, and it didn't work properly! It switched over to a draft. Any of you know how to fix that?

Friday, November 11, 2011


Harris and I love to reminisce. Fortunately, our childhoods give us a lot of material. Sometimes she and I will email back and forth all day about things that we remember fondly from decades ago. Maybe it's food, a person, a TV show or movie, or just something that made us feel weird to see decades later. I won't leave you hanging anymore; here are a few things I remember fondly...

Fruity Pebbles remind me of going to the beach with my family and my Mimi. My mom always thought it was so funny and strange that Mimi ate Fruity Pebbles during weeks like those.

We played a LOT of video games. Mario Bros. (1, 2 and 3), Tetris, Dr. Mario...you name it. I bet I could still remember the "secrets," too.

Boiled peanuts will always remind me of going to Dudy Noble Field with my dad. There are some pretty cute pictures of us there, one of which Harris has her beloved Pound Purry "Kitty" with her.

What girl doesn't get nostalgic about Barbies? I could have (and probably did) played with my Barbies all day, every day. We even had the house with the elevator. I think I might have pushed it over on Harris at some point...

I watched a tape (yes, a tape) of old-school Winnie the Pooh for years. The only thing that stopped me watching it was the wear and tear on the VHS. I still love it. Pooh-koo clock? Come ON!

Isn't it funny what sticks with some people. Do you ever get nostalgic? If so, about what?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

image from here
* Soup weather. I feel like I'm being teased...

* That the Christmas cards I want weren't so darn expensive.

* A Bulldog miracle on Saturday!

* This gorgeous sequined dress. Yowzaa!

* About a million feet of this felt garland. Can you tell I'm ready for the holidays?

What's your wish?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

image from here
* Motivation to run today. It's so much more fun to put on a sweatshirt and be a lazy bones.

* One of these sandwiches for lunch. It calls for two (yes, two) sticks of butter.

* To survive my Mistletoe Marketplace shifts this week. Those girls are INTENSE.

* The Delta Magazine Cookbook! I'm so excited it's finally out!

* One or two or all of the pieces from Kim Dulaney's Etsy shop, Fortune. (spotted on the ever-darling You Are My Fave).

What's your wish?
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