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Things that make me absurdly happy

September 10, 2015 Art, Lists 11

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Foxes. It’s the new owl. (Totally kidding. Nothing will take the place of my beloved owls. This is more like an almost equal to.)

My kids. Today is my son’s 8th birthday (remember this anyone?). He told me at 7:05 this morning that he was going to sit back and enjoy his last 15 minutes as a 7-year-old. “It’s been a good year,” he said. He’s so old.

And my daughter, the almost teenager telling me she’s not almost a teenager in her best whiny, prepubescent voice.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I’m very late to the bandwagon, but I’m ready to party like it’s 1999.

Jamestown Revival. Especially California and Revival.

Readathon planning. We’re getting started for October 17th! Changes are coming, but hopefully good ones.

A sharp pencil and my new sketch book.

There is this shade of yellow, in my set of Prismacolor Premiers that makes me smile every time I pick it up. It’s called Yellow Ochre. It is delicious.

What is making you absurdly happy these days?



Currently Crushing On….

September 4, 2015 Lists 10

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  • I have a big ole crush to start with this week. Our state, North Carolina, has a magazine (called Our State ha!) and this months issue features “voices” of our state. On the cover is Rhiannon Giddens. I had not heard of her, but I had heard of her band Carolina Chocolate Drops (their cover of Blu Cantrell’s Hit ‘Em Up Style is a thing of wonder). She released a solo album earlier this year and holy cow guacamole she is great. She’s like a cross between Nina Simone and Patsy Cline.

This is my favorite song of hers so far. Listen to her! What a set of pipes.

And, speaking of Patsy Cline, check out this cover!

*weeps* Check out more music here. Seriously, do it.

  • Another thing I AM HUGELY EXCITED about this week is RIP X! I am loving all the posts and tweets and just general excitement going on for this event. Makes my readerly heart so very happy. Check out some of the tweets and reviews that have already gone up! And heck, JOIN IN THE FUN.
  • I love love love Pinterest and I love Trish’s Pin It and Do It Challenges! (Sign up here!) There are several things I’ve pinned that I want to do, so I’ll be reporting back on this one!
  • Remember last week when I was obsessing over double exposures! I did it!
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I’m so proud of me.

That’s it this week. I’ve been too busy to be obsessed with much! What are you currently obsessing over?



Currently Crushing On….

August 28, 2015 Lists 7

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I am currently loving all these different “entrees” that can be made in a muffing tin. They make packing lunch SO EASY. Or, hopefully they will when I actually try them out, my kids actually try them, and then hopefully love them. (Mini Deep Dish Pizzas, Pepperoni Pizza Puffs, and Cheesy Corndog  Muffins [see above] are all in my sights)


I am currently obsessed with double exposure photography. I will figure out how to do this. There are several tutorials online and I WILL LEARN. But I am obsessed, I tell you, OBSESSED. More to come on this one.


DOCTOR WHO LEGOS!!!! Must have.

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Netflix. I’ve had to bring some work home with me lately, and I’ve been watching these shows. THEY ARE SO GOOD. Bomb Girls is absolutely fantastic. And now that season 8 of Doctor Who is FINALLY on Netflix, I’m catching up. Hidden Kingdoms is a marvel. It got my Minecraft-and-YouTube-obsessed son to sit, spellbound, for over an hour. And now all he’ll talk about are these tiny animals. It’s true love. For both of us.

So, what are you obsessed with this week?



I Don’t Feel So Bad – Some Favorite Things

July 23, 2015 Lists, Miscellaneous, Music 17


1. Chai Latte. Where have you been all my life? Seriously. I die without it.


2. Coloring books. It’s not COMPLETELY new, I’ve been coloring (and drawing and such) for a long time, but in the last couple of weeks it has reached near obsession. Buying Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest DID NOT HELP.

3. Pasta. Again, not new, but since going Gluten Free I have had a super hard time finding one I like. Now I have two! I had alfredo the other night and I HAPPY. Two years without good ole pasta with tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil, and parmesan is a freaking long time.

4. YouTube. Hey, I didn’t say they were NEW or OLD favorite things. Sure, YouTube has been around a VERY LONG TIME, I just never paid it much attention (except for you, my dear Andi!) but now, suddenly, I am waking up to the marvels of YT. I’m learning InDesign, getting coloring tips, and excellent book recommendations. Oh, and the occasional Jamestown Revival song:

or The Brothers Bright

5. Incidentally, I am really loving on some music right now. I went on a mission a month or so ago to find some new tunes and I hit the jackpot in a little genre called Southern Gothic. I’ve also seen it called Dark Americana, Americana, and other such things. It’s like the bastard lovechild of Southern Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, American Roots, and Country. With some soul and jazz thrown it. It includes old (Johnny Cash) and new (Delta Ray) and oh so much loveliness in between. It nurtures my repressed goth soul. Some of my favorites include the aforementioned Delta Ray, The Brothers Bright, Jamestown Revival, and others like Lucette, Dorothy, Sun Kil Moon, Kari Kimmel (Black is like the BEST SONG EVER), Whiskey Shivers, and yeah, I could go on and on. I’ll make you a playlist. I’m sure you won’t listen, but if you actually do, PLEASE let me know if you like any of it. I don’t know anyone who listens to this stuff!

What new (or maybe not so new) favorite things are you jamming on right now?



Weekend Inspiration

October 11, 2014 Art, Books, Lists, Miscellaneous 6

With the fall season upon us, the fact that temperatures will actually drop below 40 degrees this weekend, and because my favorite scarf is looking a little worse for wear, I am feeling the need to either knit or crochet myself a new one. As my skills have developed, this decision (which scarf do I make this time) has become harder every year. When I could only follow one pattern, it was easy! It was just a matter of deciding which color this time! Now, this all important decision includes questions like cowl? Infinity scarf? Go all out with a shawl? Knit or crochet? That awesome yellow color I used last year:

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or pick something new? A dark orange? An interesting blue? Oh, the decisions!

This is why Ravelry exists. And Pinterest. And Google. They give me the hope I can narrow down my choices and make a decision. So, for submitted for your approval, here are my top choices of what to make this year:

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This GAP-tastic Cowl looks humongous, but also terribly warm and snuggly.

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But this New Year’s Cowl does too. And I love that color!

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Or, is this the year I finally learn cables? Because good golly look at that thing?? Love! Even the color! Hmm…

So, do you see my problem? What do you think? Which scarf tickles your fancy? What colors are in this fall? I am in no way up on the latest fashions. Have something else to suggest? Hit me up in the comments!



Top Ten Tuesday – My Summer TBR List

June 17, 2014 Books, Lists, Meme 12

It has taken me ALL DAY, but dangnabit I’m going to post this. I love lists too much to ignore it. It will just have to be a barebones, stripped-down version (as in no pictures. Sorry!).

Here is a list of 10 books I HOPE to read this summer. It is by no means comprehensive. It is likely to change within 10 minutes of my hitting publish. But here it is:

1. The Green Mile by Stephen King. I know I previously said I wanted to tackle another King this summer, but a review pushed this one to the forefront. Plus, I adored the movie. God, I miss Michael Clarke Duncna.

2. The Dollmaker by Harriet Arnow.  For The Estella Project this summer. It sounds fabulous. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it!

3. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. There were two different books by Stegner on The Estella Project list, this one and Crossing to Safety. My library has Angle of Repose, so it wins.

4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Another, and last, for The Estella Project and also so Andi will be happy. She’s read so many books I’ve recommended to HER lately, that it’s time I read some of hers. This one has gone on long enough. Andi is usually right about books I’ll like and she insists I’ll love this one.

5. Middlemarch by George Eliot. I really need to just go on and start this one. (*digs in heels*)

6. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. I managed to score an ARC. Plus, hello! It takes place in a book shop? I’m there. Plus, this paragraph from the first few pages:

“Because, after all, the fellow who invented the guillotine was a man of medicine,” he continued, restoring books to the shelves, riffling their pages to kick forth the old-paper aroma, which he inhaled before pushing each volume flush into its slot.


7. Where the Mountains Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. My daughter ALMOST got this book this past weekend and I rather wish she had. The book feels so lovely in your hand! And the story sounds fantastic. She may be getting it soon anyway!

8. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. FINALLY! The last one!! Will be reading with Andi. VERY SOON.

9. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. Another to blame on Andi.

10. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Blame this one on Idina Menzell. I want to listen to the music from the Broadway play and I’m afraid of spoilers and also not knowing what is going on. Damn your amazing voice! lol

So, that’s a small sampling of all the books I hope to read this summer. What’s on your list?



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Top Ten Tuesday

December 10, 2013 Lists, Meme 9


Almost did the wrong list (I pulled next weeks by accident)! It’s why I’m late posting. I had to think!

Betwixt and Between by Jessica Stilling

As I mentioned last week, I saw this on the new arrivals shelf at the library and it just called my name!

To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl

Heard about this one on the History Chicks poscast and it sounds amazing.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It was on sale Black Friday, or maybe Cyber Monday… either way, I snapped it up. It’s Donna Tartt y’all!

True Grit by Charles Portis

Completely Melissa’s fault.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Also on sale whatever day that was…. Sounds like a nice, cozy read. Actually got the whole trilogy.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

AND on sale. Been meaning to read it forever.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Need to review it…. And that cover is just so cute to me!

Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano

Was on sale sometime or other. Sounds good!

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

For Estella!

The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle

Reading this with my Andiroo. We call it the demon buffalo book.


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Okay. This is what I’m taking.

July 5, 2013 Books, Lists 7


Let us pray I don’t change my mind before Sunday. Cause we all know I will.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (ebook)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (ebook)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (ebook)
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black (I’m behind in Holly Black books) (book)
  • Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (ebook)
  • The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine (ebook)
  • The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (if I don’t finish before I leave) (book)
  • Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne Valente (book)
  • Smoke & Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
  • The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison (ebook)
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (ebook)

That should hold me, right? What do you recommend as good beach reading?



Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Intimidating Books!

July 2, 2013 Lists, Meme 10


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This week! The Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc). Since I just LOVE lists, I’m going to give you two. Books I haven’t read and books that DID intimate me, and I read, conquered, and loved!, them anyway.

 Books I Haven’t Read (but really want to)

  • Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – I don’t know why. Seriously. I need to read this. Soon.
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – Starting it today!
  • I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb – It’s just so huge!
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I tried. I really did.
  • Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes – I tried this too. Really!
  • Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – I have it. It’s on my list. Swears!
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison – Toni Morrison just intimiates me.
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens – Ahhhh…Dickens. My literary nemisis. I think it’s because I love Wilkie Collins so much and I imagine them to have been rivals. It’s all in my imagination. I should write a book.
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – I TRIED, OKAY?
  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust – Il est français et effrayant.

 Books I Have Read (and totally loved)

  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – Historical fiction at its best.
  • The Stand by Stephen King – Just as horrific as I expected, but in a less overwhelming way that I was expecting. Definitely one of my top ten favorite books ever now.
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – LOVED this book. So funny to me.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo – Oh, Quasimodo. How you broke my heart.
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’m sorry, but Scarlett is like one of the best villians ever.
  • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – Yes, the same book I just tanked on rereading (IN AUDIO, in my defense). Still love it though.
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Loved it the first time. Loved it the second. Will love it again.
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – Made better by reading it with Andi, but also stinking hilarious. Oh that carriage ride.
  • North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell – THE ENDING. And also, Richard Armitage.
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Good LORD y’all. I love this series SO HARD. I reread this one this year and loved it even more. I can’t wait for the next one.



Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books of 2013 (so far…)

June 25, 2013 Lists, Meme 9



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Oh goody! I love this list. This list will be fun. Although, first, I have to remember what I have read so far this year….

Oh. Right. Now I remember.

My Top Ten (So Far) of 2013 (in order read)

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (read by Emily Klein)
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman (read by Jenna Lamia)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

What’s that you say? That’s 11 books? Umm…yeah…. So? What’s your point?

What books are in your top ten so far this year? Have you read any of mine? What did you think of them?