29 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Movie night! I watched Moneyball tonight and LOVED IT. 
  2. I found the photograph I have of my Grandmother with Waylon Jennings. 
  3. This project and knowing it couldn't have come at a better time. 

What I Read in February

Holy cow. February was a good month for books and I loved almost every second of it!

Thanks to a friend graciously letting me borrow a stack of books and offering a few more suggestions, I definitely wasn't without something interesting to read this month. I'm happy to say that of the 8 books I read (or finished reading) this month, there was really only one real bummer out of the bunch which is quite good considering how different some of the books were from one another.

My favorite book that I read was hands down The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It was such an amazing, heartbreaking read. I adored the lead character Hazel and was pretty amazed that at 32 years old, how much I was still able to relate to her, especially the scene where she talks about being a grenade in her parents lives. I can't even begin to count the number of times I felt that way (and still sometimes do feel that way) because of depression. This is a book I would recommend anyone read, with the caveat that I'm not sure I would have been able to get through it if I were a parent.

The bummer of the bunch was Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. Blech. It was a real struggle to get through this one, but not because it was dull or didn't have an interesting story. The author did a brilliant job of penning a book packed full of characters I disliked from page one, with the exception of Chick. The rest of them not so much. And I also didn't understand why Mary Licks' story-line was included at all. It just didn't make any sense to me. My best guess is that it was all filler, but I suppose only the author will really know the answer.

Here is the total list of books I read in February. I can't wait to see what the stack of books I have to read for March has in store. Happy Reading!

28 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Today was a short day at work. It was nice to sleep in a bit and the get home early this evening. 
  2. Making plans with my mom for an overnight trip together in April.
  3. This seems to be a running theme, but quiet time reading my book. I am absolutely in love with the story I am reading right now.

27 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Planning a little get together in April around a concert. So looking forward to some girl time, even if it is a month and a half away.
  2. The new knit (homemade) knit hat I ordered from CaitlinMichelle on Etsy arrived today.
  3. Hearing a song for the first time and totally relating to the lyrics. 

Music Monday: Covers

Sometimes, as much as I love the original version of a song, someone else will put their own twist on the song which makes me love it even that much more. This week, I thought I'd share some of those songs with you all.

Somebody That I Used to Know by Walk Off the Earth

 Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley  

 Wherever You Go by Charlene Soraia

26 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. The Oscars! I may not have seen many of the movies nominated this year, but I still love watching the big show each year.
  2. Today's photo from my 366 project. 
  3. My extended support system. They are spread across the country, but there are some amazing women in my life who are there when I need them.

25 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Chocolate really does tend to make things better.
  2. Sadie and I played in the fresh snow when I got home from work tonight. I'm not quite such which one of us had the most fun. 
  3. Knowing that I don't have to set the alarm for tomorrow morning. 

Things I Pondered This Week While I Should Have Been Doing Other Stuff

  • I feel like there is a story in the following: It was a heartbreaking realization that I could spend the rest of my life next to this man only to know I'd never know what it would feel like to hold his hand in mine. To have his arms around me. To hold me. To love me. 
  • This habit of setting myself up for heartbreak is really getting old and needs to come to an end.
  • Can we please get rid of auto-tune?!
  • Vegan S'more Brownies. I must make these.
  • Debating on whether or not I should just take matters into my own hands a buy a bottle of hair bleach.
  • I'm kind of bored with my 365 photo project. I won't be quitting....just really bored.
  • Sometimes you get the biggest rewards from the biggest mistakes. 

24 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. I bought myself the cutest sock monkey today. I've name him Shamus.
  2. Getting my hair cut. I miss being able to pull it back into a pony-tale, but it needed to be done and is a super cute cut.
  3. It snowed today!

23 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. The DIY project posted today on A is for Ampersand: I'm Awesome Box. I am so doing it this weekend.
  2. The song Hot Stuff by Donna Summers. Seriously. Trying listening to it without smiling. I dare you.
  3. Getting packages in the mail. 

22 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Rediscovering my love of The Shins.
  2. Having fun with my 365 days project.
  3. Waking up after a really good dream and being reminded of it throughout the day. 

21 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. A friend dropping off a stack of books for me to read! Very excited to dive into them.
  2. The joy of Fat Tuesday. 
  3. Dave Barnes Work Out video. This thing never gets old. 

20 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Chocolate milkshakes for dinner to soothe a sore throat.
  2. Spring Training starts today which means opening day for the 2012 MLB season is right around the corner.
  3. Shopping for more books. 

A Hodge Podge of Awesome

I thought for this week, I'd go in a little different of a direction and share five of my favorite "go to songs" when I'm in a bit of a musical funk. It's kind of a random collection of tunes, but I love them all the same.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps-The Beatles

Cecelia-Simon & Garfunkel

I Am I Said-Neil Diamon

High Water Everywhere-Joe Bonamassa

Good Love is on the Way-John Mayer (and sometimes the Trio)

What are some of your favorite "go to" songs?

19 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Catching up on episodes of The New Girl
  2. An afternoon at the cottage. It really is my happy place. 
  3. DayQuil. Such sweet relief from this stupid cold. 

A Day at the Lake

I'll be the first to admit, heading out the cottage when one is feeling more than slightly under the weather on a February afternoon, might not be the best of ideas. It's hard to resist though when the sun it out, the blue skies are shining bright and your dog is being really annoying from being cooped up in the house.

I don't even know how many variations I have of this photograph.
There is something about these two boats that draws me near each and every time I go to the cottage. 

Sadie making a break for it on the frozen lake while tracking deer prints in the snow. 

Just me
Sadie was not happy about being leashed after taking one too many trips out too far onto the lake. 

18 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Research with Heather. It has been a lot of fun searching out cut, pixie cut type hair styles. 
  2. Kimbra's song Settle Down. I bust out some of my best dance moves to this one. 
  3. Sadie putting the smack down on her new toys. She's managed to demolish her two new toys in record time. 

Things I pondered this week when I should have been doing other stuff.

  • I should have gone with my original plan and skipped the 54th Grammy Awards. The best part of the evening was the end, when Paul McCartney was joined on stage by Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Bruce Sprinsteen. 
  • I've been whipping through books this week like nobodys business. If everything goes as planned today, I shall finish reading my 5th book this week.
  • Biting my tongue and staying out of a heated debate is proving to be quite difficult, but necessary. 
  • I've shoot two rolls of film with the wrong mask in my Holga. Instead of shooting with 12 exposures, I shot each roll with 16 exposures. Hoping for 2 rolls of happy mistakes and not 2 rolls of ruined film. 
  • Until yesterday, I was pretty happy with the Mayer channel on Pandora, but six Coldplay songs nearly back to back was a bit much. I mean, I like Coldplay as much as the next guy, but really?! That's a bit much.
  • I am quite sure that if I was a parent, there is no way I could have read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I just can't get that book out of my head. 

17 February 2012

Friday Favorites: Jon Sands and a Love Poem

I had this really great idea this morning to start back up with Friday Favorites but as per usual couldn't decide which of my favorite things to share.

Then, something totally random happened at work this morning which took care of trying to figure out what to post for today.

But first a confession.

I may have had a wee bit of a freak out moment (a good one) at work today. It could have been similar to what one might witness when another person happens upon someone they admire (say a celebrity) on the street minus all the crying, screaming and sobbing. Or at least that is what it felt like in my head.

A couple of friends and I were having a chat about sassy haircuts and an impending trip to NYC (sadly, not mine). Somehow that turned into her (the one traveling to NYC) talking about her first boyfriend (Ben) who recently married his partner (Wendell), which I thought was interesting because on Tuesday (for Valentine's Day of course!), Write Bloody Publishing posted a poem on their Facebook page by one of my favorite poets (Jon Sands) which was a love poem for his brother (Ben) and his partner (Wendell). It took us all of five seconds to realize we were talking about the same people.

Commence me freaking out (in my mind) like a twelve year old at a Jonas Brothers Concert.

I first learned of Jon's poetry through a combination of Write Bloody's newsletter and Youtube (I was looking for a poem by someone and he came up in the suggestions). I immediately bought a copy of his book, The New Clean and spent more time than I think I'd like to admit watching clips of his live performances.

For my first week back I bring to you a few poems by Jon Sands, to include the love poem that started all of this!

Jon Sands - EPITHALAMION: A Love Poem for Ben & Wendell

Jon Sands: On The Bus in Queens

Three Things February

  1. Realizing just how small this big planet of ours is (if I can get it together there will be a whole blog post dedicated to this one!)
  2. A night out with friends.
  3. What The Duck comic strip. Funny, photographer humor. 

16 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. The Bloggess's Juanita the Weasel meme. These dang things are hilarious.
  2. I'm slightly underwhelmed by the clip of Mayer's new single (soon to be released to the masses), BUT a new single means a new album which always makes me smile.
  3. I made some new jewelry pieces today. 

15 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter I cannot wait for this movie to come out! 
  2. Ordering a new pair of shoes always makes me smile.
  3. Sadie snuggles.

14 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. This video of Eve Ensler: Love Your Tree We all need to love our trees ladies! = )
  2. Doctor Who. If anyone would like to send me a sonic screwdriver of my own, I would be forever grateful!
  3. The poem Dirty Talk by Rives. 

A Love Poem

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope everyone is feeling the love that is intended to be shared today. 

I thought I'd share one of my favorite poems about love as well as a special Balumtine'th Day message from Dave Barnes.

Cotton in the Air

Happy Balumtine'th Day!

13 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Finishing 3 books in as many days. I have been devouring books at a ridiculous pace lately. 
  2. Homemade pizza!
  3. Being a hermit. Sometimes it's good to stay home and refuel the soul. 

Music Monday: The Grammy Edition

I remember a time when the Grammy's were actually fun to watch and when they actually showed the awards being presented. It was a time when I did not spend three and half hours trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Sure, there have always been hiccups along the way (remember when Jethro Tull won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental over Metallica at the 31st Grammy Awards? Who knew the flute was a heavy metal instrument!), but for this lover of music, last night was a terrible low point for the Recording Academy.

At one point in the evening, I posed the question "Have they actually given away any awards?". A friend responded with "I think four"......we were at least two and a half hours into the show. Don't get me wrong, sometimes the live performances are truly amazing and for artists the catalyst they need to get their music out to the masses, but it shouldn't just be about who can out do who on the stage or what new collaboration can be put together to make the show innovative. It should be about celebrating the amazing talent, dedication and hard work that musicians put into their craft. It should be about celebrating an industry that has helped start revolutions. It should be about the love of music.

There were  there were some definitely highlights to the show, but for me they were few and far between. Here is a quick recap of some of the highs and lows of last nights broadcast:

The Good Stuff

  • Adele winning all six categories she was nominated in. That girl can sing! 21 was/is one of my absolute favorites albums from the last year. She has an immensely powerful voice and that album is packed full of emotion. 
  • Bon Iver winning 2 Grammys! I shudder to think of how many times I have had the album self titled album Bon Iver on repeat. It's amazing collection of songs. Not to take away anything from the win, but I'm still not sure why Bon Iver was nominated for Best New Artist. I may be missing something, but I would have thought the release of For Emma, Forever Ago in 2008 would have excluded him from this category. 
  • Dave Grohl's acceptance speech when the Foo Fighters won for Best Rock Performance for Walk
  • The Civil Wars winning for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. 
  • Sir Paul McCartney joined on stage by Joe Walsh. Musical heaven.
  • Sir Paul, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh closing out the show
The Not So Good Stuff
  • It's really hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Chris Brown won a Grammy and performed not once, but TWICE. Did everyone forget what happened in 2009
  • Performances by Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry? Really?! REALLY!? If you can't perform your music without big, over the top theatrics to get people to pay attention, you're doing it wrong. 
  • The lack of award presentations being televised. 
  • I understand the impact Whitney Houston had on the music industry, but why the entire night (seemed) to be turned into a tribute to her is beyond me. There were a number of other notables who passed this year, whose influence goes deeper than I think many realize.

12 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Waking up with out an alarm clock. Heaven.
  2. Homemade (Vegan) Shamrock Shakes = YUM!
  3. Who am I kidding!? The Grammy's are tonight!!!

Vegan Shamrock Shake

I have concluded that the best part about being an adult is being able to make the decision that YES--this morning I am having dessert for breakfast! Sure, there are other perks as well, but right now, this is my favorite.

With St. Patrick's Day drawing near, it also means that Shamrock Shake season is nearly upon us. And there is no way around it, those dang things are DELICIOUS! 

This morning I decided to try and make my own, mostly to see if I could, but also because I've been feeling a little left out in the dessert department since the major change to my diet. 

All I can say is WOW. I'm not generally all that surprised when I try out a recipe and it actually works, but this time around, I'm pretty impressed. My shake this morning was soooo good. It was just like having a shake from McDonald's, without the fear of feeling not so hot after eating it. This is definitely a dessert I will be sure to constantly have the ingredients on hand for so I can whip one up at a moments notice. 

Vegan Mint (a.k.a. Shamrock) Shake
Serves 1
  • 1/2 cup Soy Delicious Vanilla Frozen Dessert
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk 
  • Mint Extract to taste
  • 2-3 drops Green Food coloring
Put ingredients in a cup and use hand blender to combine. Serve and enjoy!

*I have a confession, I'm not exactly sure how accurate the measurements are for the almond milk. The almond milk to "ice cream" ratio is really personal preference depending on how thick you want your shake. 

11 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Bob Marley's song One Love.
  2. Having a private dance party. Whoop! Whoop!
  3. Today was my Friday! So looking forward to the next two days off.

Things I pondered this week when I should have been doing other stuff

  • Apparently the Grammy's are this weekend. I'm pretty sure this will be the first time in a long time that I don't tune in to watch. I'm more than a little underwhelmed by what the music industry currently considers "good music". 
  • Old Man Winter has returned with a vengeance. I'd say that he's a little pissed about something.
  • I'm about to give in to this stupid cold. I suppose it's a good excuse for a weekend spent with my books.
  • Speaking of books, I'm nearly 200 pages from finishing The Book Thief. Now, I fancy myself as a relatively intelligent person but I just don't understand the appeal of this book. I know they are fictional characters, but I'm beyond frustrating that I feel nothing for them. Not even a twinge. How am I supposed to care about what happens to anyone of them if I don't care about them?!
  • Do you ever feel like you've bitten off more than you can chew? That's how I feel right now about something I can't talk about and quite frankly I don't like it.
  • I'm going to alter a dress all by myself this weekend. It really could go either way.
  • Writing left handed (I'm naturally right handed) is exceptionally difficult unless I write backwards. Then it's not so bad. 

10 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. I may not be the biggest fan of winter, but it snowed today!! 
  2. An inside joke about an iris. A pink one at that. Seriously. I'd love to share it, but I'm not sure it would be all that funny anymore. 
  3. Discovering a "new to me" author. I cannot wait to dive into History of  Pleasure Seeker when my copy arrives next week. 

09 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Baking. I love to bake even if I don't get to do it very often. But right now, I have what the base of a pig lickin' cake in the oven. My house smells amazing.
  2. My 365 project. Sometimes it's impossible to not laugh at yourself while pointing the camera in your face.
  3. Vegan lasagna. I could eat the stuff every day. 

08 February 2012

Reading Journal

I realized the other day while chatting to a friend about a book I read, I'm terrible at remembering a) what books I have or have not read, b) whether or not I liked or disliked the book and c) why I liked or didn't like the book. The worst part though is that the book I was asked about I had finished the day before. Less than 24 hours after I finished the book.

And to top it all off, I can never remember when someone recommends a book unless I write it down. I fear I have missed the opportunity to read a great number of amazing books because of this. Don't get me wrong, I love Goodreads and use it to keep track of self imposed reading challenge and it does list some of the books I want to read, but I'm the type of person that if I don't write something down by hand, it's not going to be committed to my memory for very long.

So, in an attempt to not only keep myself organized (Ha! Me organized. That'll be the day!) but to also keep track of what I've read, I've decided to start a Reading Journal so I can keep track of everything I want to read, have read and also what I thought of each of the books. It's also an excuse to use one of my MANY blank notebooks lying around my home office begging to be used for something. I think it'll be fun to look back through it so see when/if my preferences in types of books change but also to read what I had to say about each of the books after I've finished them.

How do you keep track or remember the books you've read?

Three Things February

  1. A surprise gift from my awesome friend Vickie. Thank you so much for thinking of me!! 
  2. My sassy new rain boots came today. It's still a bit too cold to wear them now, but they will come in handy this spring.
  3. "Your mom" jokes. I know. It makes me totally immature but dangit sometimes they are just really funny. 

07 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. My first cup of tea in the morning. A necessity to starting the day off right!
  2. The video Shtuff People Say to Photographers. So funny and sadly true. 
  3. Rachel Platten's song 1000 Ships. I just adore this tune. 

06 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. The kindness of strangers. UPS dropped a package off that I've been impatiently waiting for at someone else house and the lady it was delivered to brought it to me tonight! 
  2. A conversation about books! It's nice to chat and get some recommendations from a fellow reader, which is exactly how I started off my day.
  3. Brain storming a new photography project! Really looking forward to getting it started. 

Music Monday: Sorry

One of my favorite things about instrumentals is that no matter the original intent of the song, when you listen to it, all that matters is how you are feeling and what it pulls from you. Granted, the same could be said for most types of music, but when lyrics aren't involved, it's more intense which is why for today I am sharing a song from Kyteman.

There is no big meaning to the selection beyond it's is a beautiful piece of music.


05 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Some times, the best way to spend a day is curled up on the couch reading. That's exactly what I did today and I loved it (reading on the couch, not the book).
  2. Homemade soup. My favorite remedy for a cold (which I seem to be battling). 
  3. Not just a set of clean sheets on the bed, but a NEW set of clean flannel sheets on the bed. Heaven. 

The Anti-Weightloss Program

I have just a wee bit of a disclaimer before I start this post (which by the way I have written and re-written at least a dozen times). As I gotten older (and hopefully wiser) my goals with exercise and diet have changed from trying to lose ridiculous amounts of weight (even though we all know I could benefit from that) to fit into a certain size dress or jeans or too look good in a bathing suit to just plain being HEALTHY. At the present time, I am on three (I think at one point I was up to six) separate medications to treat depression (shocking, right?!), PCOS (the bane of my existence) and something I not quite ready to share (nothing terribly serious, just an annoying bump in the road). Thankfully, with the exception of my weight everything else is under control, but I can't help but think to myself "for how long?"

And yes....I know this is really long and wordy but I feel like to do this properly, it all needs to be out there. Every last bit of it.

Over the last few weeks, a few friends have stopped me to PURPOSELY ask what I've been doing lately because I look "different", like I've "lost weight" and am "positively glowing". Ummm......what?! Most of the time I feel like asking them where Ashton Kutcher is and if he's bringing back the show Punk'd. Why else would anyone be saying those things to me?! I've been assured that Mr. Kutcher was not in the building nor was I part of the show, which I have to admit was/is a little bit of a let down.

Anyway......body image and weight and appearance and all that goes along with that have been a HUGE struggle for me. The first time I was called "fat" and told that I "needed to lose a lot of weight" was in the third grade. I was NINE YEARS OLD. We were learning about weights and measurements and part of that lesson was weighing ourselves. To this day, I can still hear the giggles from a classmate as she looked down at the scale, saw the number and proclaimed to everyone around that I was "really fat". Yeah. It was awesome and I started my first diet the next day.

Since that fateful day in 1989, I have tried EVERYTHING to lose weight--starving myself, throwing up after eating, diet pills (over the counter, prescription, even the fancy infomercial ones), fad diets, doctor approved diets, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, shakes, meal replacements, if it's a diet that was featured on Oprah I've probably tried. I had gym memberships (and went, thank you very much) and even had a personal trainer for a bit. And shockingly enough, nothing worked. I'd lose a few pounds here and there, get super excited about it, but then it'd all come rushing back with a few extra friends.

After awhile, I just sort of gave up trying to lose weight. I settled into a weight that seemed to be a comfort zone for my body. I stopped gaining weight (three cheers for that!) but also didn't lose anything either. I was (and still am) resigned to the idea that I would just always be this way---I'd never be thin or even "normal sized". I'd always be on the heavy size and figured out ways to deal with it. Because honestly, it's exhausting spending every waking minute stressed out about not being a size 8 (hell, I'd take a size 12!) or that my BMI is no where near where it "should" be and all that goes along with it. I decided I wasn't going to worry about that I was or wasn't eating or if my walks/runs were long enough. I'd already wasted too much time worrying about something that did nothing but add to my sadness and frustration at not being "perfect" and not fitting into a preconceived mold I felt pressured to belong in.

I guess it was a little more than a year ago when things started to change for me. My boss came into the office raving about a documentary she had watched (if you smoosh Flo from the Progressive commercials with Mary Catherine Gallagher from Saturday Night Live, that is my boss). It was Food, Inc. I decided to watch it that night and in doing so, it led me to watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives and Food Matters. They all said the same thing that I think we all already know: the American diet SUCKS. Processed foods. Foods that aren't really even food. Sugar. Fat. High fructose corn syrup. We're all eating crap and it's killing us.

After months of watching these documentaries and then reading books on nutrition and healthy eating, I began to really pay attention to what foods I was (and wasn't) eating. On September 1, 2011 I decided to cut out all meat from my diet: no fish, no beef, no chicken, no pork. I'd tried following vegetarian diets in the past, but would constantly be lured to my old ways because I hadn't really committed to it. In the past I'd always say to myself, "Well, I'll give it a shot and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work". This time around it felt different though. It's like I knew, subconsciously, that this wasn't just about doing it to say I was doing it. It was the start of a lifestyle change.

At first, it was really easy. I stocked up on the things I love (salad fixings, hummus, pastas), bought some things to try (TVP, tofu<---I had battled tofu in the past but did not come out as the victor, quinoa) and dusted off the cookbooks. The first few weeks were a breeze as long as I didn't eat out. Do you know how many things have BACON in them. Seriously.....rice, potato salad. It's everywhere. I also started looking into juices (I adore green juices) and making my own. I also decided this was the time to start cutting out refined sugar and began making things from scratch: marinara sauce, vegetable stock, apple sauce.

It took a few months to adjust (I nearly gave up in November but thanks to my parents thinking ahead and showing some much needed support, I didn't and will forever be grateful for the serving of vegan mashed potatoes they had set aside for me at Thanksgiving dinner), but once I did, I was struck by the thought that I couldn't remember a time when I went felt/feel this good. I had loads of energy, most of my sleeping issues seemed to be resolving themselves without medication (insomnia still rears its ugly head whenever it has a chance but it's not nearly as bad as it has been) and just in general, I felt AMAZING. I wasn't as cranky as I had been (although my co-workers may disagree with that). I had loads of energy and things looked brighter (yeah.....sounds more that a little bit kooky). It was a little annoying to think that something as obvious was really paying attention to what you ate and put into your body could have such an incredible effect on how you feel.

And that's all I did. And have done. That is the extremely long answer to what I am sure folks thought were some pretty simple questions.

Now, if you did make it through all of that you may have noticed something missing......I mentioned nothing about exercise. And that wasn't an omission on my part. It's because I really haven't done any. I know. I know. Not a good move, but for me, making changes, one at a time, is a big deal. I have to do things in small steps or else I get too overwhelmed and just chuck the whole thing into the big. Exercise is next on my list to tackle. I really want to start running again, but my foot/Achilles tendon haven't fully healed from my surgery this past summer and I'm learning I need to listen to my body and not push it because I think I should be able to do something. I have a follow-up with McDreamy in March, at which point I plan on having a discussion with him about what I can and can't do. And hopefully by then the snow and ice will be melted and Sadie and I can start our walks again.

04 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. It was a beautiful, sun-shiny day in northern Michigan today.
  2. I got to meet Vince Gillian (creator of Break Bad) tonight ! 
  3. Discovering new music always makes me smile.

Things I Pondered This Week When I Should Have Been Doing Other Stuff

  • I would like to marry a musician simply so we can dance to Faithfully during the reception
  • I find this whole business of losing weight to be quite strange.
  • I need to play more Wii.
  • I keep forgetting that TONIGHT is the Vince Gilligan event at the Opera House.
  • I have a new photography project in the works. Thankfully it will fit in quite nicely with my 365 project.
  • I need to stop buying scarves. It is seriously turning into an addiction. 

03 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. The books I ordered arrived today! I can't wait to get reading.
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lunchbox. Not mine, but a guy at work had one today. It was awesome.
  3. Listening to Gotye. It's impossible to sit still through some of his songs. 


I saw this posted on a fellow bloggers site and decided to do it myself. I've been fighting with technology for the last 2 hours and needed a bit of a break!

1. What is your name
2. Blog URL
3. Write: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
4. Favorite quote
5. Favorite song (at the moment)
6. Favorite band/singers (at the moment)
7. Say anything you want

02 February 2012

Three Things February

  1. Deal of the century at Old Navy tonight. Five dresses for $14.68! 
  2. Dinner and a movie with Jen. I love that girl. She keeps me sane when I need it the most.
  3. Daniel Craig in dark blue jeans. It was the best part of the American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 

Clever Photography Video

I can't deny it. I'd say I've spoken at least half of these phrases.

Nice to see that I'm not alone!

01 February 2012

Three Things February

One of my favorite parts of my day, is when I get to sit down with my dinner and stroll through my Google Reader. My reader is full of wildly diverse blogs, all of which are penned by some fiercely creative, intelligent, witty and downright fun (at least they seem to be fun and/or having fun with their blogs!) folks. 

Today, on one of my favorite blogs, My Girl Thursday, was a post about a project (from the blog Sarah Rooftops, which is a blog I will totally be adding to my reader) for the month of February which I totally love: 3 Things February.

The premise is quite simple: at the end of each day, write down 3 things that made you smile. 

That's it! 

What an amazing project to help us (especially me in the dog days of a northern Michigan winter) focus on the good things that happen throughout the day. I am so looking forward to spend some time each night, revisiting all the positives things that happened throughout the day and ending my day with a smile. 

  1. Jenny's impression of the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz today during work was priceless. My days would be quite dull without a little (or in this case a lot) of laughter.
  2. Sadie was in rare form when I came home from work tonight which is always a great source of entertainment.
  3. Waking up to a little note/email from a certain someone in my inbox. Funny how something so seemingly insignificant can start your day off right. 

Thanks for reading!

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