Magical Mystery Tour

My birthday is next week, and I have bombarded everyone (i.e. Dad, Mom, and Kelly) with my requests–often changing and always demanding.  Haha!  Am I spoiled?  But of course!  My latest have to have item for my birthday that I will probably end up saving up for myself over the new few weeks are one of the pairs of Dr. Martens below.  I had black Dr. Martens in my goth phase in junior high, and I wish I would’ve saved them. They’d still be good, I’m sure, but in a fit of anxiety and “your things you own end up owning you” panic, I chunked them one day.  The ones below are dreamy, though?!  I’m just struggling with which pair I want the most?  I think the top ones, but then, I change my mind.

Boots Like Art

 

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Obsessions

 

A cute fisheye lens photo of Mearl having a taste of a sucker, just because.
A cute fisheye lens photo of Mearl having a taste of a sucker, just because.

I’ve got some new obsessions in my life.  You’ve already heard about my mushroom groove, and many of my students, current and former, find it hysterical. I did Snapchat during a recent mushroom hunt, so I get it.  I’ve always been a nerd. Haha! I’m currently reading The Complete Mushroom Hunter:  An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms. Now, as noted in the book North America is a mycophobic society.  I love mushrooms, but I don’t trust myself to identify the right ones no matter how simple this book claims it is (unless they’re Morels, those look pretty distinctive).  I do like to snap photos to “collect” the fungi I find.  A friend sent me a link to this wonderful Radiolab podcast with some pretty incredible discoveries about the relationship between trees and fungi.  Kelly is being a complete dreamboat and sending me photos of all the beautiful mushrooms he’s seen on his retreat for work.  I am so jealous it isn’t me!  28260444974_d72d990169_o 28593179690_8fd7feeda9_o 28877514885_eaf76df69a_o

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August

Mearl had good times last weekend in her new pool at Grandma's house
Mearl had good times last weekend in her new pool at Grandma’s house

So besides my obsession with mushrooms which has no consumed most of my free time, there are are many other great things I’m feeling excited about lately.

  • We bought Mearl a swimming pool recently, and we took it out to my Mom’s house because she has a covered porch with some shade.  Mearl spent last weekend swimming and playing and having the time of her life.  Mom also bought a ton of snacks, toys, and dishes for Mearl.  The dog basically has the time of her life like any pug child going to visit her grandparents.
    Grandma Robin filling up the pool for Mearl
    Grandma Robin filling up the pool for Mearl
    Dad and Grandma showing Mearl how swimming works
    Dad and Grandma showing Mearl some Summer fun
    Thanks for all my toys, Grandma. Loved all of them!
    Thanks for all my toys, Grandma. Loved all of them!

     

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Pokemon Attacks

Precious little old lady puppy face
Precious little old lady puppy face

Did you guys watch the Democratic National Convention last night?  Can everyone agree that Michelle Obama is the best first lady of all time?  Well, she’s in my top five, anyway!  Her speech was phenomenal, and I love Bernie but I kinda wished they would’ve wrapped with her.  He is true class, though, and I really hope his supporters are on board now with Hillary.  I truly believe, as he said, there is entirely too much at stake to play around this election with a third party candidate.  I’ve been so tired the last few weeks because I stayed up to watch the Republican National Convention (bitter and scary Snoozeville that it was), and now the DNC.  I also have been watching Colbert’s coverage of both which is superb, as usual.  Looking forward to seeing Bill speak tonight.

In discussions that are much safer to have these days, lest you find out your dear friend is a Trump supporter, let’s talk baked goods.  I have a local friend that started a baking business.  I’ve followed her online for some time, drooling watching her post photos over at Roll With It Baking.  After fighting the incessant  sweet tooth urge, I decided to live a little and bought some of her Lemon Blueberry cupcakes.  So I like citrus, but I’m not usually crazy about it.  I couldn’t resist, though.  These cupcakes looked so dainty and gorgeous with their soft pastel yellow.  Yes, the appearance got me.  This is not the first time this has happened, and it won’t be the last.  I love French pastries as much for their incredible taste as for how pretty they look on my plate before I eat them in one bite in an unladylike fashion.  I was so happy that I made the decision to finally sample her treats.  They were truly amazing.  They tasted like summer.  The lemon was perfect and wasn’t too overwhelming.  As testament to how much I loved them, I ate them all before the hubs could try any.  Sorry for doing that the umpteenth time, babe.  Luckily, he prefers salty stuff and isn’t as wild about sugar as I am.  There’s only room for one sugar monster per household, I promise.

Aren't these the prettiest? The only thing better than the way they look is how great they taste!
Aren’t these the prettiest? The only thing better than the way they look is how great they taste!

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July 4th Wrap Up

The Fourth was relaxing, and following our trend as of late, we didn’t really do anything.  That was just fine by me as it always is.  We had many adventures with our new “pug child”, and of course, I documented them all.  I’ll share those, and then it’ll be on to the usual links and Google searches.

Mearl is already becoming quite the foodie.  My Dad jokes that she’ll eat anything, and I think that’s pretty close to the truth.  She tried watermelon and a pupcake from our local cupcake place, Bliss, this weekend.

Summer is for sitting on the front porch
Summer is for sitting on the front porch

 

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Graduate Oxford

Pride and joy. Mearl was featured on Instagram's Obsessed with Pugs site, and she's got over 3,000 views on her photo! I am the proudest.
Pride and joy. Mearl was featured on Instagram’s Obsessed with Pugs site, and she’s got over 3,000 views on her photo! I am the proudest.

It was another wonderful weekend with our sweet puppy Mearl.  We had the perfect day on Sunday with my mom-in-law, Auburn, and my sister-in-law, Ashley.  They were so sweet to bring many presents for both Mearl and the cats, and Mearl had an excellent day playing with them.  I’m so glad to have had them visit, first of all, to catch up, but also because I want to continue to socialize our little pup.  She loved her new toys that her Gigi brought her, and they seem to be her new favorites.  Aunt Ashley got her the most adorable dress ever.  It’s a teeny bit big, but if she keeps eating like she has been, she’ll be in it in no time!

I decided it was finally time to start my series of posts about our trip to Oxford, Mississippi.  These will be interspersed with my regular updates over here so it may take several weeks to get them all up here.  I’m also thinking of going back and adding posts and reviews from some of the things we did from our first trip to Oxford.  It’s one of my favorite places so there’s certainly always something else for me to go on and on about from that charming town.   Continue reading Graduate Oxford

Monday, Monday

Trying to encourage a puppy to get a lot of R&R is harden that it appears.
Trying to encourage a puppy to get a lot of R&R is harder than it appears.

Sorry it’s been so quiet over here, friends.  Many of you know that our new puppy came down with Parvo, and I was busy trying to nurse her back to health.  She’s had a rough time, but she’s finally back to normal!  We are so thankful.  I have received so many messages over the last week filled with suggestions, support, love, and prayers for little Mearl.  Truly, I was overwhelmed by the kindness.  Thank you for taking the time.    I think dogs may bring every one together!  I’ll try to get back on schedule with regular posts here now that she’s finally doing so much better. Continue reading Monday, Monday

Thankful Thursday for June 9th

Forgive the crappy iPhone quality photo, but look at that little belly!!
Forgive the crappy iPhone quality photo, but look at that little belly!!

So I don’t even know where to start on this post because the best thing ever happened last night.  It would be number 1 on this list of good things, and that is that we got our pug puppy, Mearl-Purvis Ponder (Mearl for short)!  She is darling, and we are in love.  She slept through the night (that is after we gave in to her whining in her crate and put her in bed with us).  K. and I are both smitten.

If you’re local and wondering if Mearl Purvis sounds familiar, you’d be right.  She’s the anchorwoman out of Memphis.  We were flipping channels watching for snow day information one time, and we somehow ended up on Memphis.  I heard the name Mearl Purvis, and I said, “That’s an interesting name,” and Kelly took to calling me that as a pet name whenever I’d get sassy (e.g. all the time).  When he asked me what we would name our new puppy, of course I said, Mearl-Purvis Ponder!  We named our last cat after the Pope so there you go.  Speaking of the cats, they’re kind of still a little freaked out/curious, but it hasn’t been quite as bad as I thought it would be so I’m hopeful we’ll all get on the same page!  We are now those people that have four pets.  Feel free to judge us.

Dimitri (Tuxedo Cat) and Francis (Russian Blue) enjoying a last moment of peace before Mearl arrived.
Dimitri (Tuxedo Cat) and Francis (Russian Blue) enjoying a last moment of peace before Mearl arrived.

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Friends and Family

The past weekend was a great weekend for our family.  We celebrated Mom’s upcoming retirement.  On Friday afternoon, she had a work celebration in the Humanities building, and all our family came down from St. Louis, too.  It was so nice to hear so many people say the amazing things I already knew about my Mom.  She had a great speech prepared, but the best pleasant surprise from the party was yet to come.  Several of the Deans honored her with the Robin Hicks Business Scholarship.  Our entire family were so touched and happy for Mom!  Well deserved, mind you. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve had to wait as she problem solved for them in the parking lot on the way to the car, on the phone during the middle of our conversations, and other inconvenient times were I whispered threats in the background of telling them off.  She’s finally all our’s again!  It was really a very touching and fun afternoon.

Rhicks will live on forever at A-State!  Not that I ever doubted that.
Rhicks will live on forever at A-State! Not that I ever doubted that.

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