Monday, December 31, 2012

Word of the Year

A few years ago I was struggling with peace.  Peace with the grief that nearly swallowed me when I lost my mother.  I chose the word Peace to help me focus on striving for peace in that year.  I bought a necklace with a charm that had peace written on it.  I wore it often and it reminded me of my need for peace.  It was a meaningful experience for me and I still think there was some merit in admitting the struggle and making a deliberate effort to change.

This year I chose Live.  I wanted to live and not hold back.  I wanted to experience life.  I think I succeeded.  It was an action packed fun year.  I tried to to say yes if I could to things the girls wanted to do and not say no because it is easier.

2013 is nearly here.  I haven't found a word yet.  I considered Joy.  I still need some Peace in some aspects of my life.  I need Rest.  I think all the Living in 2012 has worn me down a bit.  It may be as simple as Smile.

Happy New Year my friends.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

For what it's worth...

My opinion on Les Miserables.

I have an emotional tie to this story.  I read portions of the book in French in high school.  My French Club went to the traveling tour version of the musical at The Fox Theater in St. Louis.  I have seen the musical several other times since then.  I love the music--I had the cd set from the Broadway show when Josh and I married that I still have.  I like to get rid of stuff, so that's saying a lot.

Last night, Josh and I went to the much hyped current movie.  It is a good movie.  The story is easy to follow.  The singing is mostly really good--some maybe not great.  I love the story.  It is a powerful one--forgiveness, redemption, love, and loss.

I left thinking about societies--even our own.  How can we not care for it's own.  How can we let children go hungry and look the other way?




Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Certainty--I am Certain

"I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars make me dream." is attributed to Van Gogh 

I understand this.   I have felt very lost and confused at times.  

I know for certain--I love Josh Horton.  He is the best person I know.  I have known this for sixteen years.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

All in a Hard Days Work...


I am thankful for the wild and at times unruly Preschoolers that I teach everyday. They keep me on my toes, make me laugh, and sometimes make me want to cry--but it's the best job ever and I love each one of them.

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Good Man

A Navy friend of my dad's died this week. His son called my dad to tell him the news and asked my dad to speak at the funeral. They don't know any ministers but knew my dad was religious. What an honor. 

I was around Clay many times, but most fondly remember when I had surgery as a teenager Clay brought me a dozen roses. 

He was a good man and will live in the memories of many.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Festive

My house is finally festive.  Tree decorated, mantle finished, stockings hung, and nativities arranged.  I even switched out the dishes and mugs to the Christmas versions.

It's feeling very Merry around here.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Quite Busy

I admit, I am quite busy most days.  I am trying to slow down.  I want to enjoy the holidays this year.  That said, I am rushing off to my Work Christmas Party tonight.  Our tree is sitting in the house with no lights and no ornaments yet.

On a positive note, the girls had their church musical/drama program.  They did great jobs.  Delaney had a large and memorable part of the librarian wearing a huge beehive wig.  She did great.  Claire was a shepherd and had one line, but that is what she wanted.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I've Given In

I ordered a photo card this year--what has happened to me?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Oh the Places You Will Go

I walk our dog, Allie, every afternoon.  It's amazing how connected to the neighborhood I have become.  Many of us have the same schedules every day, so I see the same people coming and going.  We all smile and wave.  It's a friendly little dot on the map.  
 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankfulness

I have hosted a fair number of feasts.  I love the cooking.  Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite meals.  I love cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes.  I enjoy some Thanksgiving pies and breads.  I have timed it all and had things in and out of the oven, but not this year...

We are going to Disney World.  Just the four of us.  Odd, but perhaps delightful.  


Friday, November 9, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Changes

My father called me a few weeks ago and shared the news that he had proposed to one of his high school classmates.  I didn't know he was even in a relationship that he would even call dating.  Needless to say, this was a huge shock.  I can't imagine him with anyone other than my mom.  He had not dated in the years since Mom died, so I have never even imagined seeing him with another woman.

The shock has faded some, but I wonder how this will change the family dynamic. I am not cynical enough to think it is all bad change, but change it is.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Running into Strangers

This morning, there was a man running with daughter. He was looking back behind me trying to motivate her--I laughed and told the woman close to me (another stranger) maybe we should join his family. 

I kept up with him and his daughter the last mile or so. If I started getting behind them, he'd yell out to me to not quit. He said the end is right around the corner (not exactly true).

My talking to strangers can be helpful at times.

Monday, October 8, 2012

MS/AL Gulf Coast

I spent the end of last week and the weekend at the coast.  I love the coast, but this trip did not include any time in the sand.  This trip was about helping.  Somewhere deep within, I was stirred to leave home for a few days and do whatever they needed me to do.

I spent some time doing office work for the Volunteers of America, an organization that I knew little about before last week--but left them amazed at the work they do.  I also spent time working on the home ruined by flood waters.  

There is a great need for help in many places.  I hope our eyes are opened to  see where we can help.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chuy's

Chuy's Tex-Mex food is awesome.  I heard people raving about it, I thought it was a bit overzealous to be going on and on about a restaurant in Texas.  How good could it be anyway?

Well, it's fabulous.  I mean seriously, worth the drive to Nashville good.  Yes, they opened one at Opry Mills.  I was surprised to see it when we visited Opryland Hotel in May.  We decided to give it a try.

Everyone who gushed about it was right.  It is amazing.  Creamy JalapeƱo is just the beginning.

Oh, and there is also one in Birmingham, we have stopped there twice while driving through.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tea, not Coffee

I have always been drawn more towards teas rather than coffee.  I didn't drink coffee more than occasionally until I started working at the preschool where they make coffee every morning.

This led me to being sick every morning--somehow it took me awhile to make the connection.  I quit drinking coffee almost completely (one exception, more on that later) for several years.  I decided to try coffee again this summer a few times--not a good idea.

So, I have made peace.  I don't drink coffee.  You may see me with a coffee cup, but I can guarantee it probably does not contain coffee.

Chicory coffee from NOLA is my friend--I drink it probably four or five times a year and it has never led to regret.  :)


Monday, September 17, 2012

Shine---Make Them Wonder...

I have a huge gap in my music knowledge in the 80s and early 90s.  I confess to a NKOTB exception, I guess no generation is without the boy band.  

I may not know the hits by Genesis or Elton John in the 80s, but  I sure do have a lot of Contemporary Christian Music knowledge filed away in this brain of mine.  I haven't thought much of this genre until a few days ago.  I saw a link on facebook to a story on Jars of Clay.   A few days later, I heard the Newsboys song Shine and proceeded to confessed that  DC Talk's  Jesus Freak was an awesome tour. 

The band I really loved--OC Supertones.  Christian ska--yep. 
 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Elton John

Last night Elton John was in town, yeah--my town.  Weird huh?  Huntsville, Alabama welcomed Elton John at the Von Braun Center.  It was a bit different than I expected, but he is an amazing talent.  He has so many hits that it is impossible to make everyone happy with the setlist (alas, no Lion King songs).

I like chatty performances.  I enjoy tales of their lives and memories of the song.  There was one reference to playing a song at the remembrance for Sept 11, but that was the extent of sharing.  His sequined purple suit was indeed what I expected.  I even thought while I was getting dressed that I needed a sequined shirt, I have a serious lack of sequins in my wardrobe




Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sticky, Bumpy Roads

I over think things.

I agonize over decisions to not hurt anyone's feelings or make waves.

I worry.

I realize that in just living and working to do the right thing--sometimes you make waves and hurt others.

Life's paths are often sticky and bumpy.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Are you there God, It's me Margaret--err Lynnea

I learned the news that Judy Blume, author extraordinaire to girls (now grown women) like me, has breast cancer.



Tired

What a boring subject, but it pretty much sums up my week.

A new class of preschoolers started on Tuesday.  This left me, the teacher, exhausted each evening.

It was a good week.  It was a busy week.  It was well, a tiring week.



Friday, August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong

The man never tested positive for doping.  He may have, I don't know if he is guilty or not.  I wonder how they can strip you of all your awards if they didn't catch you doing something wrong.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Time

Where does it go, especially summer vacations and weekends?  I am currently in denial that in five days the girls go back to school.  I will soon follow back to my teaching duties at preschool.  Why summer must your days go by so quickly?  Why?


Friday, July 27, 2012

These People Exist

This is the bio of someone I saw on Facebook posting on a message I was reading.
That is why I am so very grateful for the life I have today. Moving to Key West two weeks after one Jimmy Buffett concert 15 years ago totally changed my life for the better. Meeting my wife that same season and getting married after knowing each other for only five days and were still together fifteen years later shows me sometimes we truly are blessed. Thanks Jimmy for the inspiration and waking me up at your show !!
I told Josh about it.  He said, we neither of us are those kinds of people--as much as we want to be.  We aren't the kind to quit everything and up and move to The Keys or anywhere else.   It seems to have worked out for this guy.

Chickfila

I have eaten there twice this week.  I am not boycotting them or supporting any group effort of support. I just so happened to meet friends there on two occasions.

The people who work there are nice and the girls and I enjoy the food.

I am not getting involved in any big scene.  I went, ate, and that's the end of the story.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Clutter--A Mission

Yeah, I am tired of piles.  Do you have piles sitting around too?  They seem to gather on my dining room table and on top of the dryer--I wonder what attracts them to those places?


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Master of Stain Removal

Josh found two Tommy Bahama shirts at my favorite store in North Little Rock, Name Brand Clothing--Half of Half.  It sells returns, overstocks, etc.  They sell things for half of half price, for example, a $60 item will be $15.  You have to look carefully, because often these things were returned or didn't sell because they are damaged in some way.  

These shirts both had small stains.  I knew one would be a piece of cake to remove.  The other would be more difficult, but I told Josh I could do it.

I was right, the first one--out in about 10 seconds.  The other involved a lot more work.  I admit, the color started to fade ever so slightly--so I stopped.  I let soak for a bit--ran the washer--stains gone.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tamale Spread

What a terrible name for a meal---spread.  Well,  McClard's BBQ's Half Spread may be the best meal in Arkansas.  It doesn't need a more eloquent name.

More Cooking with Rick Adventures

I cooked two recipes tonight from my  Rick Bayless cookbook project.  Tonight, it was biscuits and twice baked potatoes that he says were recipes from his parents' BBQ restaurant.  Both were delicious.
I ate my biscuits with the strawberry jam I made a few weeks ago.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Crafty Mom Confessions

I have given alway most of my scrapbooking things.  I don't have the passion for it that I used to.  It provided a creative and social outlet for many years.

I made my mother in law a snapfish photo book that was so beautiful--I wondered why I bothered with the mess of the other.

My crafty desires are not fading.  I have been sewing.  I have been painting.  I am exploring my options.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dunes of Work

I decided my laundry room needed redone.  (I almost said,  an alteration, but I decided it was too cute and not really laundry related enough to be smart.)  Surprise, it is more work than I had thought it would be.   Holes needed to be filled, sanding needed to be done, oh and painting the trim white--wow, is that a lot of work.

One day, maybe in the next few days, it will be a lovely shade called "Dune" with glossy white trim.  Honestly, even with all the mess and chaos--I like it already.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Cooking with Rick (sort of)

I have a stack of beloved cookbooks, well maybe not a stack--it may be more like shelves upstairs and shelves down stairs with a few favorites in the kitchen.

I love Rick Bayless's cookbooks.  If I have a favorite "celebrity chef" he is it.  One day I will go to Chicago and visit one of his restaurants.  I will admit, I even follow him on twitter.  A few days ago, grabbed one of his books, and began marking recipes to cook this summer.

The past few days there has been some delicious food around here.


Home

Recently I have been thinking about my home.  I love my home, but it is true that comparison breeds discontent.  Yes, most of my friends have upgraded and some upgraded again.  I am still in my little home that I,  most of the time, love.

I was listening to Zac Brown Band today and I heard this line.
And my house it's not much to talk about
But it's filled with love
That's grown in southern ground
I am not going to be featured in Southern Living for my decorating skills.  It's not spotless or perfect, but people are welcome.  Comfortable, warm, and inviting that is what makes a home.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Impact of Music

It's amazing how music can soothe your soul and also bring you right back to that moment.  I have several songs that were particularly profound for me. When Delaney was a baby I often sang to her bits of "Delaney Talks to Statues" by Jimmy Buffett.  It's a perfect Father/Daughter song.  I get a bit teary when I hear it.
Delaney talks to statues
As she dances 'round the pool
She chases cats through Roman ruins
And stomps on big toadstools
She speaks a language all her own
Just a little like her mother
And she knows I love her so
When I tuck her 'neath the covers

When Claire was young I was carry her to bed and sing this song to her.
Hush little baby Don't you cry
I'm never going away-a
A mightly fine woman someday you'll be
Wedding bells are gonna chime
You'll shed a few tears over the years
The lamb and lion are gonna play-a 
Till tomorrow when the new moon shine
I'm gonna love you in the meantime

In the months after my mom died I listened to Peter Mayer's Stars and Promises album over and over.  I even went to see Stars and Promises tour that year for the first time.  I shared with him how much "Sing Joy" meant to me.



Through trails and darkness fear and temptation 
You look for deliverance and some revelation 
With no song of spring you wait for the call
Could there be nothing at all... Oh sing joy
Joy joy joy in the morning
          Joy joy in the afternoon
Joy joy joy for the child is born
This night the promise is given to you

Josh and I had "Come Monday" by Jimmy Buffett played at our wedding. Every concert I hear it sung, and I think for a few minutes of that day in July of 1998.  I have so many other examples of great and not so great songs that take me back to a time of my life.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Worthwhile or Not?

I love writing blog posts that are sentimental, witty, and profound.  Well, or maybe one of the three sometimes.  What's the problem?  What's the point?  Do my friends/family/enemies read it?

Is it a creative outlet or a waste of time?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Home Again, Again

Josh and I enjoyed a great day in Atlanta including Varsity dogs, Varsity Orange Drink, and of course, a Varsity Peach Pie.  The day was followed by an evening at Lakewood hearing (and seeing!) Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Home Again

Yep, after a glorious ten days away I am home. Eight Disney Days and one day of Harry Potter at Universal--fun, full, all to quickly passed days.

Ah, now to enjoy the leisure of summer.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Interesting...

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein

Curious, me?  Maybe so.  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Delicious


Several years ago I was given toffee as a Christmas gift from one of my students.  Not just any old candy, the most delightfully buttery, crunchy, and brittle toffee.  A treat that is remembered fondly six years later is a treat indeed.  This confection was from Morgan Price Candy Company in Decatur, Alabama.

Bobby Flay told his group on Next Food Network Star not to describe food at delicious.  According to his advice, it doesn't really mean anything.  This may be true, but Morgan Price Candy Company is full of amazing, maybe even delicious things. 

I finally made it there today.  I sampled toffee and dark chocolate bark.  I came home with a praline, toffee, and cheese straws. 

Yes, treats indeed.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Welcome Summer

My last day at preschool, graduation that evening, the girls' school nurse calls.  Claire has a fever.  She is better now, I think.  I believe she will go back to school tomorrow.  What a change in a instant.  I had to quickly clean up because I wouldn't be able to go back the clean up the classroom the following day.

Josh saved the day and picked her up, I hated to leave with graduation practice.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Two Weeks...

Yes, in two weeks we will all be out of school and packing up for Disney World.  I can almost see the end in sight.  But, it is a busy two weeks before we get there.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gossipy Wisdom

There is exciting news that can't be contained.  There is juicy bits of drama--that should be contained.   There are dark hurts that must be contained.

Illusions


Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. Mark Twain

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Passing of Time

On a reflective, somber note--I have now lived seven years without my mother.  A few days ago marked the beginning of another year since she died.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Learning...

Today I am going to a friend's home to learn to cook Indian food!  I am so excited.  I met this wonderful family when I taught their daughter four years ago.  I am happy to be invited to their home today!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Me

I am very secure in my insecurity. Yes in deed, I replay conversations over and over and think about how I could have been misunderstood. Surely I am not alone in this.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Horse is a Horse...

We just returned from horseback riding. It was fun. I was probably the most timid starting out, but it was great.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Waiting

I am up early this Good Friday. No school today, but I am waiting for a decent hour. I am going to help a friend pack for a move across town.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Neglected

Sorry blog--I will visit you again soon.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hemingway's Cats



A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. Ernest Hemingway

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jealous Much?

It's not becoming of anyone to show envy. It's hard not to feel consumed by it at times. New homes, beach trips, weekends away, these are all fabulous things that most would desire. I desire--a weekend away.

I would love a weekend away at a B and B or something similar with Josh. I have been sad the past few trips to Arkansas that we weren't able to slip away for a night. I was desperate for a getaway to Hot Springs.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kind and Compassionate

I strive to be many things. I was thinking today that if I am kind and compassionate it will help me be better at most, if not all those things. A better spouse, a better mother, a better friend, a better teacher.

I am choosing to strive be kind and compassionate.

Who's wiling to take the challenge?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Favorites

I love these places in Key West. I decided to order 8 x 10s of these when I had a coupon code for FREE prints at Walgreens.



I am planning on using these prints of Blue Heaven (home of amazing granola) and Pepe's in my bedroom.




I want to be surrounded by meaningful things. These photos that Josh took on our last trip to KW remind me of that.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Statements

Ending something with Just sayin' doesn't excuse the prior remarks. If it is rude, it is rude. Just sayin' or not.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

For the Love of Lu Lu"s

Yes, it is known I love Lu Lu's. I have thought of driving there and back just for an order of Mahi Tacos. Maybe not the best use of time or resources, but we only have but one life to live. It's not THAT far from North Alabama.



In the summer of 2003, Josh talked me into driving off the beaten path to Lu Lu's. We had tried once before, but they were not open that day. It was an over the river and through the lagoon type of path. This was Lu Lu's Sunset Grill. We only had the chance to eat there once before it closed and Lu Lu's at Homeport Marina opened.




Lu Lu's Sunset Grill was cozy and comfortable. A waitress brought Delaney a bag of Lay's Potato Chips and Ranch Dressing to keep her entertained. She explained that she liked to dip chips in Ranch so she bought some out for her. I remember vividly that I had Jerk Chicken Quesadillas. There was some sand to play in, but it was just a hint of what Lu Lu's would become.

I read in Lucy Buffett's cookbook that everyone claims to have gone to the original. I am sure that is true, but at least I have photographic evidence.

Lu Lu's past and present. It is filled with wonderful memories and good times yet to have.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Decorating

I am really happy with about half of my house's decorating. I wish I could figure out the details in my bedroom. I like color. I am debating painting the trim white and adding crown moulding.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

No, say it isn't so?

AHHH...

Jimmy Buffett sang four songs I would scream and go hoarse over Thursday night's concert in San Jose.

NO NO! I missed them by one show.

Fruitcakes
We are the People
Defying Gravity
Boat Drinks

The crying and wailing has begun. :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Quotes on my Wall

I bought these prints at The Clinton Library. I love that place. I love Presidential Libraries and have for as long as I can remember. Yes, I was begging my parents to take me to the JFK one in Boston when I was little. I still have posters I bought there.

I spent too long making the decision on which quotes to get and which color painted accents. They are prints with hand painted details added.




I chose two great quotes that I thought are lessons I want my children to know about the power of an individual and the importance of each life. They are quotes by William Jefferson Clinton (it was his Library after all) and Martin Luther King, Jr.







I bought frames for them tonight (at our new Target in Madison) and hung them in the Hallway above the thermostat. I like them. They make me happy.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Junk Stores

These shoes are adorning my feet today. Another reason to shop the junk stores I go to. I paid $11 at Essex. Essex is a Big Lot like store, not a thrift store (which I also adore).

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bread


I have baked four loaves of bread. Three more are in the oven. I will be disappointed if they don't sell well at the bake sale at church tomorrow night.

I do love baking bread. Trying really hard to not slice into a loaf for a taste test.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

dreaming about the future (concerts)

I'd love to hear any of these non standard concert songs:

We are the People (Our Parents Warned Us About)
Fruitcakes
Boat Drinks* yes, I know I have heard this in concert

I'd be thrilled with these songs:

When the Coast is Clear
Northeast Texas Women
Jambalaya

I'd cry and probably be hoarse from screaming with these songs:

Love in the Library
Delaney Talks to Statues
Brand New Country Star
Defying Gravity

Josh is holding out for:

Death of an Unpopular Poet
Pacing the Cage

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stars Upon Thars



Yes, there are star bellied sneeches and then there are those without. I do love this story. I would ALMOST tell you that it is my favorite Seuss tale.

Ah, until you turn a few pages and see What was I Afraid of?

I have become known at my Preschool as a true lover of this story. I read it with great enthusiasm and I often want to chuckle a bit. "Oh save me from those pale green pants with no one inside them." That is funny stuff.

Empty pants walking down the street, or fishing for Doubt Trout in Roover River, and zooming a bicycle around town--silly, but some how hilarious to me. Perhaps I have found a wonderful home as a Preschool Teacher.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Alabama on a Saturday Night


I spent my last Saturday night in the most delightful way--Jimmy Buffett and Band was in Birmingham.

It sounds dramatic, but it is true---it was like Christmas morning in anticipation. I was eager and anxious for the glorious event.

Although I have been to a few JB concerts before, this one was AMAZING. Fins were going left and right, a few Stars Fell on Alabama, and I hear AL really is Sweet Home Alabama.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

11 Random Things

1. My favorite color became orange sometime since college.

2. I have paid two people to make things for me that I have pinned on pinterest.

3. I went to Key West, FL on my honeymoon.

4. I met my husband when I was 20 years old.

5. I learned to apply eyeliner two years ago--and have worn it nearly every day since.

6. Coffee with chicory is my favorite, I buy Community Brand.

7. Aqua Blue Snowflake Pyrex <3

8. I am on my second Honda Odyssey mini van, no shame in it.

9. I seriously question why homes are built without porches.

10. So far, I have resisted the temptation of reading Twilight.

11. Clogs and boots--my expensive fashion habits.

I was tagged to answer these questions by this lovely blogger

Some questions for my tag-ees to answer:

1. What do you wish you knew one year ago?
My gallbladder is bad, and has been for ALONG time.

2. What are you looking forward to in the next three months?
Shh...surprising the kids with a trip to Disney World with friends.

3. Who did you last say, “I love you,” to?
Josh, my husband

4. What was the best book you read in 2011?
The Help

5. What food won’t you eat?
Sloppy Joe or anything similar with ground beef and sauces

6. What do you admire most about the opposite sex?
Men seem to worry less about what people think of them

7. Do you believe in God?
Yes

8. Beach vacation or mountain retreat?
Beach

9. Smart phone or regular phone?
I am smart enough to have an iPhone, which is beautiful.

10. Do you like tea, coffee or hot coco? Which one is your favorite?
Tea, my first love. I love a cup of Earl Grey.

11. If you could pick any neighborhood from a movie to live in which one would it be and why?
Oh wow, I need to think on this one. Midnight in Paris, Paris in the 20s. I'd like to hang out with Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Breathe Deep

Breathe...

I can't breathe out my nose. Ugh!

This made me think of one of my favorite songs.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Oh wait...

Delaney is studying for a test on The Solar System. She is telling me she needs to know the planets in order and that is easy. Claire hears us and says that's easy... Matthew, Mark, Luke...oh wait. Then she begins to recite the planets.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Everyday Love

Everyday I am loved.

Of course today is THE L-O-V-E day.

I am loved my preschool class, who make me pictures and give me hugs.

I am loved by my friends, who are thoughtful and delightful to be with.

I am loved by my family, my dear Josh who is amazing. Delaney and Claire who are kind and thoughtful to us and others.

Yes, I am indeed loved by many.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Artsy Crafty Moment

I made this from a box of movie and concert tickets and various mementoes. I used an old bulletin board that I spray painted brown.



I am going to hang this above my table/desk.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

I was inspired by the pumpkin in my pantry to make pies for my students. We are learning about the letter P this week, so Pumpkin Pie will be on the menu for snack tomorrow.

It's fun being a preschool teacher (most days).

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Talking Heads

One of the best things about a political season--James Carville.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Beach People

I have laughed that there are beach people and mountain people. I just don't get mountain people. Yeah you can say, wow that's a big mountain. That is cool.

The ocean, you see it, you smell it, you hear it. Well, you can even taste it if you really wanted to.

Ah, I am one of the beach people.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Year of...

Last Year I listened to a lot of Jerry Jeff Walker. Josh and I stumbled onto an opportunity to see him perform in April and it was the beginning of an almost obsession with Mr. Bojangles.

In 2010, I saw Lyle Lovett in concert twice and listened to his music in heavy rotation.

Who will I discover in 2012?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Shopping Goals--Update

I wish for three things in my upcoming shopping trips:

A pair of black comfortable pumps

A belt worthy of wearing with dresses/tunics

I bought one belt at target and one at Burke's Outlet. I have worn the Target one with many compliments.

A pair of skinny/straight legged jeans that will stay tucked in boots

I tried on a pretty fabulous pair at Target, but $27 seemed steep for Target for a style I wasn't sure about. They were also quite distressed and I wanted more of a dark wash. I bought a dark pair at Walmart for $13 that are oddly comfortable and fit pretty well. I think I will like this style more than I thought, so I may keep the look out for a higher quality pair.