Category: good things


hello june!!

June 1st, 2009 — 10:40am

It’s June first, and guess what that means?

Goooodbye Mustache May. Bryant shaved off his mustache this morning. Woot woot!

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the best things

May 2nd, 2009 — 11:45pm

The best things that happened today, possibly in ascending order:

  1. Parking in the driveway. — Since our neighbors who live upstairs are gone on vacation, we get to use the driveway. The DRIVEWAY instead of the road. It feels extremely luxurious.
  2. Getting a back rub, however small. — I’m still hoping Massage May will catch on. So far, it’s been two for two, though Friday’s was more of a joke back pat than a real massage. I figure it’s okay to start small.
  3. Not cooking dinner. — Bryant is my favorite. He was a champion in the kitchen tonight and made me the best breakfast for dinner I’ve had in a long time. Hashbrowns with country gravy, spinach and cheese omelets, and bacon. Delish.

An excellent Saturday in my book.

breakfast for dinner

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weekend getaway

April 10th, 2009 — 6:30am

I’ve got so much to do this weekend, I thought it might be helpful to make a list so I can keep track of it all.

san francisco list

I guess it’s pretty clear that I’m more than a little excited about our trip.

(Psssst… you can make your own cool card catalog images here!)

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i don’t mind that they’ll be dead in a week. they’re alive right now.

April 8th, 2009 — 3:05pm

wildflowers

Lately, no matter where I am or what situation I’m in, it makes me smile to remember the wildflowers that are sitting in my living room at this moment.  It’s nice to have simple pleasures.

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where the wild things are

March 20th, 2009 — 5:50pm

Did you know?!

where the wild things are

(Check out the stills. THIS one’s my favorite. Also, you can sneak a preliminary little video peak here.)

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the pen addict

March 19th, 2009 — 12:18pm

A random trail of link-clicking a few minutes ago led me to a blog that I swear was written especially for me (and maybe my sister, too). See, I’ve got this weird obsession with pens that bridges on snobbery. I’m pretty sure this site—called the pen addict—will only fuel the madness.

Aaand, I’m afraid I relate a little too well to this comedy sketch (also found here):

(Quote of the day: “Bartin, hang up the phone! I think it’s just dangling!”)

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sorry… couldn’t resist

February 26th, 2009 — 3:36pm

This has been going around on Facebook.  I’ve been tagged multiple times now and figured the time has come to cave.  I’m posting it here as well because, well, why not?

So here you have it… 25 random things about me.

  1. Before college, I had only ever lived in one state: Connecticut.
  2. In fact, grew up in the same house.  Never moved once.
  3. I still have frequent dreams about my old house and my old neighborhood.
  4. When people find out I’m from Connecticut, I feel the need to clarify that I’m not from “the rich part.” I don’t really know why I do that, but I nearly always do.
  5. I am irrationally obsessed with trees, probably because I grew up in New England. It’s a totally nondiscriminatory passion; if something has a tree on it, I’ll fall in love with it for no other reason.
  6. Fall is my favorite season. We know I love trees, so you can imagine how I feel about glowing red, orange, and yellow trees with leaves that fall down on you like rain.  Heaven.
  7. Actually, I pretty much just like it when any season changes into another. I like the hint of something new around the corner. Plus, at those times of year, it’s as if you can tangibly experience time passing. Very cool.
  8. I hope I always live in a place with four distinct seasons.
  9. But at the same time, I’ve come to know that I can be happy living pretty much anywhere. That wasn’t an easy lesson to learn. It took me a couple years in Utah and a semester in Europe to figure it out.
  10. I never, ever thought that I would live in Utah for as long as I have.
  11. But another good lesson I’ve learned is that life usually doesn’t bring you what you expect… which has been a very good thing for me.
  12. I’m not a fan of the “supposed to be” mentality. You know… when people freak out because life’s not going how they imagined it would go? I’m not going to lie, unexpected twists in the road can definitely freak me out.  But ultimately I think that if we thought life was “supposed to be” some way, and it actually always WAS that way, life would be mundane and unexceptional. Plus, we’d never grow much.
  13. I tend to get overly analytical and philosophical about life, the universe, and everything.
  14. Sorry about that.  Let’s switch gears.
  15. I’m picky about some really arbitrary things. For example…
  16. I always put two spaces after a period. Always. What’s with the trend towards one space? It’s no good, I tell ya.  It irritates me that my blogging software automatically converts my two spaces to one.  Grr.
  17. I always squeegee the glass doors in the shower. You would be anal about this, too, if you had to scrub off the hard water marks yourself. (Or maybe you just wouldn’t worry about the hard water marks in the first place…)
  18. I live by the mantra: burp ziplocks as much as humanly possible before zipping shut. Just thinking about an unburped ziplock makes me shudder.  (Um, that’s not actually my life’s mantra.  Honest.)
  19. When I notice something has a spelling typo (for example, something like “fantasric”), I always look to see if the misused letter (the “r” in “fantasRic”) is close to the letter on the keyboard that should’ve been used (in this case, “t”). And if the letters aren’t close I think, “Wow, how’d they do that?”
  20. I know. I’m ridiculous. And quite possibly unbalanced. ;)
  21. I can’t believe this list isn’t up to 25 yet.
  22. I think everything would be a lot better if we all listened to Bob Marley every day. Who doesn’t feel better after hearing a little Bob Marley?
  23. Actually, I don’t really think that.  But I do know that as I was driving today, the sun was shining, and my window was down, and I had Bob Marley singing to me about “takin’ it easy, takin’ it slow” …and I’m not sure it gets much better than that feeling I had right then.
  24. Another one of my favorite feelings is having dried clay on my jeans.  I took a ceramics class my last year of college.  I wasn’t very great at it, and I haven’t made anything since then, but it felt so good to bury my hands in that cold, wet clay and spin something up on the wheel.  Even if it was a tad lopsided.  The clay on my jeans would remind me of that feeling for the rest of the day.
  25. I wish I were more concise and am frequently embarrassed about how looong my posts are.  But then I go ahead and post them anyway. :)  So here you go.

If you feel the urge to do it too, then I tag you.

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winter musings

February 20th, 2009 — 7:51pm

I know that by the time February rolls around a lot of people are aching for summertime, but I’m loving this winter.  I’m hoping for a new, thick blanket of snow any time now.

There’s something magical about a snowy night to me. Maybe it’s because the the feeling of snow stuck to my eyelashes is fused in my memory to the hopeful anticipation of canceled school. All I know is there’s something simultaneously soothing and mysterious about the night sky being washed pink. I adore the quiet patter of flakes landing on the ground punctuated by the distant sound of snow plows grinding against the asphalt. Ah, is there anything better?

I did a quick perusal of Flickr and dug up these lovelies.  I love how a snowy night has a way of making the noisy places in our world quiet…

…and making the already-quiet places in our world positively silent.

It’s like the world is holds its breath.

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it’s the hap-happiest season of all

February 13th, 2009 — 8:30am

It’s that time again:

(Yes, that's my empty bag...)

(Yes, that’s my empty bag… purchased two nights ago… and yes, I finished it off yesterday… don’t judge.)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ;)

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c is for cookie (dough), that’s good enough for me

February 2nd, 2009 — 3:12pm

What is it about a heaping spoonful of cookie dough that makes even the most stressful of days feel surmountable?

Maybe that sentiment is symptomatic of some unhealthy relationship with food festering in my subconscious.

But maybe it’s so good at relaxing me because it triggers fond memories of those carefree sleepover days, when Leigh and I would pack up all our worldly possessions, make a fort out of the the living room swivel chairs, and settle in for a night of unharnessed giggling, M.A.S.H. fortune-telling, and watching “Boy Meets World” or “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (which actually did scare me). The night would of course be incomplete without a tube of Nestle cookie dough.

Or maybe I like it because it’s just so stinkin’ delicious.

Whatever. All I know is it does the trick.

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