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.
The Unapologetic Introvert: I Had to Leave the U.S. to Stop Pretending to Be an Extrovert–“The Swiss valued quiet—it was reflected in the country’s hiking obsession—over 60,000 kilometers of trails crisscrossed the tiny country and if you weren’t enjoying their solitude every Sunday, you were culturally amiss. Reserved and contemplative, the Swiss didn’t even smile at each other when passing by on the street—which, thanks to my initial fake extroversion, I had to learn the hard way. Loud enthusiasm had no place in Switzerland—unless you happened to be a church bell.” I have experienced so much of what’s mentioned in this article in the workplace. The ping pong playing had me chuckling and nodding my head emphatically.
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.
Hey, dudes. I have some upcoming posts about a recent weekend getaway to Oxford, Mississippi I’ve been working on, but until those are ready (because I’m the procrastinating sort), here’s an update of me just rambling! There are a lot of recent new things I’m digging. One of my student employees has fostered to many time sucking addictions in my life. I owe her for at least two of the items on my list below.
60 Days In–So this is one of those “why did I let my student convince me to get hooked on this show”? Kelly and I have breezed through all the episodes on the A&E app on our Apple TV, and now, we are watching it every Thursday. You can watch the episodes online here. It’s about a corrupt jail that comes up with this program that places seven civilians undercover in the jail to help determine how inmates are smuggling drugs in, etc. It didn’t sound like my bag, but the way my student kept talking about it, I caved and it’s as good as she promised. I can’t wait to watch tomorrow’s episode. Want to make this show even better? Watch the episode while scrolling through twitter #60DaysIn as people live tweet it. You will laugh so hard.
Miitomo–This is the other addiction the student started me on which is an app on my iPhone wherein you get to make a cute character and answer questions about yourself and learn things about your friends. You can dress them in different clothes, and the highlight of my week was when I bought little Cash Money (my Mii character) a cat suit. Dream come true! Yes, I’m an adult that still plays video games, but when you don’t have kids, you get to do that sort of thing. Children are entirely overrated. All the moneys and all the time=all mine!
This week we had another trip to the eye surgeon for Kelly. We feared that his retina was tearing again as he had a shadow starting to creep across the eye that he had surgery on, and that is classic symptom of a retinal tear. Fortunately, there was a small piece of the retina (ewww!), flapping around that they were able to bolster by doing some laser work in the office. We are hopeful it holds because if not, he would have to go through another eye surgery. The laser work looks strong so the doctor is pretty confident that we’ll be good. This has been a pretty stressful week. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m glad it’s almost over! Here is what’s keeping this week worth my while.
Grace Jones—I’ve always thought Grace Jones was a fascinating artist. I was intrigued by her life, and finally, had the opportunity to read all about it in her recent book. I’m almost finished with it, but this is a great read that I recommend! She’s as interesting as I imagined. I really want to read Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, too.
It’s finally October, guys. I’m so excited! I love all things fall, and I’m too happy to kick off this *hopefully* cool and crisp month! It’s homecoming week on campus so it’s been pretty busy but a lot of fun, of course. Our nephew is coming to stay at our house for the weekend, and we can’t wait to take him to his first rugby came and college football game. Kelly and I are crossing our fingers that he has the time of his life with us this weekend. I’m always happy when we manage to keep them alive for several days (just kidding), and they don’t think we’re boring. “You can think we’re weirdos, but just please don’t find your uncle and I boring.” Without further ado, here’s the good things list in my life for this Thursday. Continue reading Thankful Thursday for October 1st
I can’t believe I celebrated my thirty-fourth birthday yesterday. I remember when I was a kid, when one of my relatives turned thirty, and I thought it sounded so “old”. I also thought that everyone should have their lives completely figured out by thirty, but my view on that has definitely changed, too!
The day was perfect. I usually wake up before my husband does, and when I walked into the kitchen that morning, he had decorated to surprise me. It was cute, and it was pretty funny because the night before he had stayed up late. At some point during the night I woke up, and he still wasn’t in bed. I called out from the bedroom, “Bedtime, Kelly!” Little did I know, he was decorating for me!
In the middle of the madness of the week, let me take the time to do a Thankful Thursday! I always hope you all enjoy reading my posts, but this post is essential for me, too. It’s an attitude adjustment in my week.
Pretty plates—I love when my meal looks appealing on a plate (pictured above). I think a big part of enjoying healthy eating is presentation! While at times I don’t have the time for it, other days it seems to come together naturally. I thought my dinner the other night was colorful, and it made Kelly stop and sniff around curiously when he passed. I’d say that’s a success!
New friendship opportunities—At times, it can seem challenging to make new friends when you’re an adult. People have established friendships, and the day to day routine of life can make it harder to connect. I can also be a little shy and introverted, as I’ve struggled with social anxiety for years, so I’m often hesitant to reach out. There are many times, I connect with someone online, and I think, what an interesting person! I bet I could learn a lot from them if we met, and I would love to hear more about their life. Fortunately, for my curious but timid heart, I have come in contact with friends online that have reached out to meet me! I always feel so grateful and excited when this happens because it means a lot to me, and I find it to be pretty courageous. Some of the men and women I have met and connect with most in life have come from online friendships that evolved into real world connections. This week a new friend reached out to me, and I’m very excited to meet up soon!