Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I am supposed to be reading this for my book club, that meets in two days.

I have 500 pages to go.

This does not look good for me completing this book.

I was more interested in reading this book until I HAD to read it, sound familiar to anyone?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Are you up for it?

My cousin, Andrea, gave me a challenge. A list of my favorite songs, I was up for it. I quickly found 18, deleted some, added some, up to 20, 19...added one back. Ok so it's 20 songs. A bit more than probably one album, so be it. I have my list and my explanations on what and why. It's three pages long.

Yeah, I know I have a lot of stories to tell.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Purpose, Perhaps?

I like my job. It's true, I really do. I sometimes forget that in the sea of lesson plans and the dreaded evaluations. I don't get paid to play all day. Yes, I have been told that I am lucky to play all day. I am lucky, but not because I play all day. I have opportunity to teach 22 unique, quirky, and fun Four Year Olds this year.

I admit, I feel left out at times. I am not free for lunch dates or shopping trips that take place during school hours. I sometimes think that it would be fun to be with my friends. When I tell Josh this, he tells me quit working if that would make you happy.

My students do bring happiness, and more than happiness, they provide purpose. As silly as it may sound, I know I am meant to be where I am. I am meant to nurture their minds and spirits. I want them to know they are capable and important. Do I love sweeping crumbs and cleaning up spills (or worse)? No, but it's all apart of the bigger purpose.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Lots of practices, lessons, church, work, school...all back in full swing. I like being busy, I don't like obligations that make me feel stressed.

There is a big difference.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Home, House, Sweet or Not?

Our first home, well it's our current home. I fell in love with my house the moment we drove up the drive.

Our house is small. The neighborhood doesn't have sidewalks, a pool, or park. We have so many trees we can't grow much of anything in the backyard, including grass. For a long time, I used to have to tell people to turn left past the roosters (seriously).

On the other hand, we have great neighbors. We love our school. The roosters are gone (for now at least). We have a big yard, full of potential. The house could be paid off before the kids are in college, my favorite feature.

We have worked hard and done a lot of projects. Josh thinks that this will be good one day when we want to move, that the house will be updated. I think the more we do, the more I will want to stay.

Sometimes I think a bigger house with lots of extras would be nice. An office, bonus room, spa tub, guest room, they all seem appealing. Is it really necessary? Do I really even want these things?

Home Sweet Home, although I'd follow Josh anywhere, even if it just across town someday.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

I enjoy shoes, it is not surprise.

I took every single pair of shoes I own out of my closet yesterday. I decided to seriously scale back. I ended up throwing away four or five pairs, that were too used for donating. A few pairs ended up in a donate to charity bag. A LOT more than I want to admit ended up in two bags that I gave to friends to look through.

Now I have room for more, just kidding.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Life Philosophy by Lynnea

1. Go places--experience your own community and beyond. Those who know me, know that I don't sit around home.

2. Be well educated--I am not a naturally brilliant person. I worked hard in school and kept up with those who were.

3. Listen to live music--There is nothing better than a concert. It's the talent of the artists usually, but sometimes the joy is in the experience with the crowd.

4. Read whatever you like--There is nothing wrong with being interested in things that don't fit your day to day life, or that others don't understand your interest in.

5. Ask questions--This is what defines me the most, I am not lacking in questions. No one has all the answers, but keep asking.

6. Be honest, but not harsh--Truth is vital, but without judgement and ego.

7. Be kind--I once heard, do not let a generous thought pass. That statement changed me. There really is always time for kindness.

8. Write letters and notes--Everyone appreciates mail.

9. Don't forget where you come from--I am who I am because of my parents and the people in Festus, MO who loved me.

10. Embrace the mystery--This is hardest of all for me, there is mystery in love and faith that can not be understood.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

They were amazing (to me).

I love this blog. She wears really interesting combinations. I find myself checking it daily. Those who know me know that I sometimes wear "gaudy" things. I like odd patterns and bright colors at times. It's sort of my "thing".

I have thought about having orange be my trademark. I told this to a friend a few years ago, and she told me orange was already my trademark. I do own a lot of orange, in varying shades. I think I may need some awesome pumpkin orange pumps. When I was in high school I had a pair of autumn orange suede lace up oxfords. They sort of looked like what you imagine pilgrim shoes to look like. They were amazing (to me).

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Possibly a Pre-Mid Life Crisis

I am 34 and I bought these jeans.

I had several witnesses who gave me the go ahead. I bought a size up, so they are not frighteningly tight. I plan on wearing them with my boots this Fall and Winter. They will stay tucked in great.

I have some longer tunics, sweaters, and some shortish sweater dresses that I imagine these would work great with.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Distinctive Huntsville Dishes

Huntsville Times listed 20 Distinctive Dishes

I have had 12 of the 20.

I have not had the chicken with white sauce at Big Bob Gibson's or the big "8" pizza at Big Ed's. Those are two things I would like to try.

I've had a quite a few Kitchen Sinks at Stanlieos. Without at doubt Papa Gyro makes an awesome Gyro. Greenbriar knows their hushpuppies, I like mine with white sauce. My pick of the list, is the "Hot Damn" sauce at Po Boy Factory. That stuff is awesome, they claim its a mixture of secret ingredients. Keep on mixing it up and I will keep on eating it.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cooking In the Kitchen

This afternoon I have been cooking like crazy. Lasagna for dinner. Then I decided I had peppers and tomatoes, let's make Taco Sauce! Oh and while that is simmering, let's make some banana bread with those over ripe bananas. I noticed the bag of onions from Sam's. I might as well chop up all the onions and freeze them for later.

It's not too many cooks in the kitchen, but perhaps too many things cooking in the kitchen.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Mac MacAnally at WC Handy Festival

I was invited at the last minute to go to see Mac MacAnally at the WC Handy Festival. I hesitated before jumping at the chance. It was Josh and my anniversary and we had other commitments that evening with the kids. Josh told me to go, and he took the girls to the other event. Mac has written some of my favorite songs.

This is the playlist:

Blame it On New Orleans
It's A Crazy World
The City--Seriously one of my favorite songs, makes the top 25 or so.
Down the Road
Down By the River
Dark Ages
Pop Top Hop

Mac Solo:

Cafe on the Corner
Opinion on Love
All These Years

This Time
College Fund Medley

Bound to Get Down
Little Blue Pill
On Account of You
Last Man Standing--has one of my best lines ever,
I might as well admit it
There's been a time or two
When I contemplated retiring for a while
But a hundred years from now
They'll still be asking how
As they gaze upon my taxidermic smile

Back Where I Come From
It's My Job--This one is probably in my top 5, I listen to this song over and over obsessively.


I Heard it Through the Grapevine