two lists.

things that suck

*sneezing right after i put on my mascara, giving me racoon eyes

*muffin top–HAVE to get in shape before the january cruise!

*some of the photos i had printed didn’t turn out that well, & i’m rethinking showing them at the art show on friday…

*um, the fact that AXL JUST BIT ME!!! i was trying to give him a piece of pickle, & he just bit the crud out of my fingers.

*my legs are starting to peel. grrrosssss.

*my tummy feeling weird all day today

things that don’t suck

*my new hair color!

*dollar night at the bowling alley with great friends

*watching “king of the hill” at night

*i wanted a grilled cheese, but thought we didn’t have any cheese. then when i looked in the fridge i found a whole, brand new pack of provolone! mmm.

*the fact that MY BEST FRIEND CANDACE IS PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! therefore, i’m going to be an aunt! 🙂

download this:  she moves in her own way by the kooks. i absolutely adore the kooks. they’re so awesome, & their accents are swoon-worthy. while you’re at it, check out the rest of their music!

today’s fave etsy item:  zipper brooches by designer playground. check out the shop. there’s a lot of really cool, unique stuff there! even some bracelets made from zippers, and some really cool t-shirts & bags. all very affordable!



merci beaucoup

i have decided to singlehandedly bring back the thank you note. 

i don’t think any of us display the gratitude these days that we should. we have *so* many things to be thankful for. which reminds me that i haven’t been keeping up with my thankful thursday posts, but here is my solemn vow that i will be much better about it. 

things are looking up for me lately, in a big way. i asked my doctor to switch my anti-depression meds at my physical last week, and she did, for which i am already extremely thankful. i had gotten to a point where i just didn’t care to do anything that i loved. it wasn’t that i didn’t *want* to, because i did. i guess i sort of felt like i didn’t have enough emotion to paint or draw or write anything of worth. 

so my doctor agreed to switch my meds back to the one i was on when we lived in california. i felt that i was more productive & active then. the transition from one to the other during the last week has been really rough. i’ve been an emotional mess! even had a bit of a breakdown on monday, when i felt like a pressure cooker. i also had forgotten what it felt like to get choked up at everything, especially beautiful art or music. that’s how i used to be, and i realize now how much the other meds i was on were suppressing my actual emotions, even the good ones. 

in other news, yesterday was beautiful. i spent the day with the the hubster, foxycleopatra, mom, and dad-in-law (my dad had to work, unfortunately). we went to a few antique stores and each found our own respective treasures. mine were a gorgeous antique piano that was only *slightly* out of tune and was only $200!!! mom offered to buy it for me for my birthday, but i’ve decided not to have a birthday this year. i’m staying 28. nobody believes a girl when she says she’s 29. 😉   i also found a beautiful antique vanity, for which i am still pining away. it was only $130. again, i insisted that it couldn’t be my birthday present, b/c i’m simply not having a birthday. 

in the midst of the antiquing, we went to momma brown’s bbq for lunch. AMAZING. really great southern food. i had some mustard-based bbq with an assortment of my fave starches & veggies: lima beans, dirty rice, sweet potatoes, rutabagas (my new #1 favorite)… comfort food!  mmm.

after the fun family day, hubster & i went over to our friends’ house for some fun. we played with their two adorable kids for a bit before they went to bed, and then we had adulty conversation before playing a few games of hearts, which i had somehow never played before. i always love spending time with these friends. we live in the same neighborhood, just a street away, even house-hunted and bought our houses together, yet we don’t get to see one another nearly enough! crazy. anyway, it was a lovely day, all in all. 

so back to the thank you note revival. if you are reading this and i have your address, you can fully expect to see a thank you note from me sometime in the future. if you suspect i don’t have your address, then send it to me. i may just want to thank you for being you! 🙂

download this:  sodom, south georgia by iron & wine or at least click on the link & give it a listen. i love the first line: “papa died smiling…”  even though it seems sad, it actually makes me happy. it makes me think of someone who had a wonderfully amazing life, loved many, and felt loved. 

today’s fave etsy item:  majestic typewriter by white elephant vintage. i want a vintage typewriter so badly. (i also found a few really cool antique ones yesterday, but i haven’t found the absolute perfect one yet.)  while you’re there, check out all the other cool stuff at white elephant vintage!