Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I admit, I am 34 years old, and I LOVE Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The Rankin Bass version. I own way too many figurines, stuffed animals, ornaments, pins, etc. I love them all.

Did you know it is currently on tv? I popped some popcorn and the girls and I are watching.

My favorite song is Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas. That Burl Ives/Sam the Snowman is awesome.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving in Madison, AL

We Hosted Thanksgiving this year.

Monday, I cooked apple pie and cornbread.

Tuesday, I cooked cranberries and peanut butter pie. I was thinking of my mom today. I wore her wedding ring. I spent many Thanksgivings in Verona, MO, where my mom was from. I remember Grandpa would help out by mashing the potatoes by hand. Grandma made wonderful Apple pie.

Wednesday, I baked bread and went to a Lyle Lovett concert.

Thursday, I cooked turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and peas. We went to The Galaxy of Lights.

Friday, I shopped. Josh cooked biscuits. Later, I cooked soup. Oh yeah, I watched the Iron Bowl. I do live in Alabama.

Now, I must rest...

The mashed potatoes are amazing, recipe thanks to my friend Quincy. I can't get enough. I decided to have a bowl of potatoes instead of soup.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things

The Orange mug was found at Books A Million after a work party. I was with my co worker Carol. She bought it for me and saved it for my birthday.

The stainless steel travel mug gets used everyday. It is amazing that it keeps things hot for hours or cold for hours. I have given many of these for gifts and most of those nearest and dearest to me have one.

Peace was my word for 2009. I happened to find this Starbucks brand mug on sale at Kohls after Christmas. It's my "holiday" mug.

I love Anthropologie, Josh bought me an initial mug from there. It's a sturdy cup with a good hand feel.

A few years ago, I had a student who gave me a Starbucks card for a gift. I bought this mug. I think of her and my other former students when I use it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

What's Always Been

One thing that Josh has always had since I met him, besides his boyish good looks and charm, was his Honda Accord. Yes, when I met Josh in the Fall of 1996--He had this car.

All of our dating, we rode in this car. We took this car from Cape Girardeau, MO to Key West, FL for Spring Break back in 1997. We drove to Tucker's Place where Josh presented me with my engagement ring in this car. Yes, I could go on and on. We drove away from our wedding, moved to AL, brought home both babies from the hospital, and traveled MANY a mile in this car.

I gave the keys to the new owner and asked them to come get it whenever they wanted, knowing that I was going to be busy all evening. I didn't want to see it driving away.

Oh I will miss you Honda Accord.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sunshine Family

When I was little I had these dolls. They were sort of the Hippie Cousins of Barbie. They owned a craft store and had a van. They came with a booklet that showed you how to make accessories for them using household objects. I remember cutting a foam cup and creating a chair. I think it involved brown marker to make it look like wood.

I wonder if my mom was hoping I would be content with the responsible Sunshine Family? I loved them for a bit, but then I met the Upbeat Beauty--Barbie. Sandals and craft stores just couldn't compete with the sparkles of Pink and Pretty Barbie (my first Barbie).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ah Zac Brown

Concrete and cars are their own prison bars
Like this life I'm living in
But the plane brought me farther I'm surrounded by water
And I'm not going back again

Ah to be surrounded by water, I love the ocean. I tell Josh all the time that I am not joking. I want to settle at a beach somewhere.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sad Tale

I went to Books A Million today looking for a book. I didn't see it and asked the sales associate to look it up for me. None in stock, which was a good thing. I went home and found that same book on my book shelf of yet to be read books.

Tell me I am not alone in this sad tale.