random thoughts

~ I’m very rarely bored, and it’s hard for me to understand those who frequently say they are. (I bite my tongue to avoid quoting my grandmother: “If you’re bored, you’re boring.”) But lately I find myself quite bored (maybe uninterested is a better word) with certain topics (celebrities who cheat on their wives with younger women — yawn, how unoriginal!) and with politics (we’ve got to put up with this stuff until November 2017???).

~ I’ve been knitting again — just an easy knit one/purl one scarf — and I’m enjoying it. I need to get some Christmas projects planned and started soon.

~ Yes, Christmas! It will be here before we know it.

~ We’re less than a month away from the kickoff of Auburn University football!


~ I’ve been trying out Audible during my commute. Honestly, I struggle to pay attention when I listen to a book. When I read one, however, I can tune everything else out. So I thought a Michael Connelly thriller might keep my attention, and so far, so good.

~ I recently finished reading Dennis Prager’s Happiness Is A Serious Problem, and I’ve been sharing quotes here and there. Here’s another one:

If you value growth, you will value virtually every situation because there are very few situations from which you cannot learn and therefore grow.

Lots of opportunities for growth and learning around here!

Happy Thursday!


I’ve been busy, busy, busy lately and majorly distracted by my new obsession/hobby of knitting. And I’ll likely be even busier soon as Paul and I are working on buying a house. Life is good and full.

Here are a few links I’ve found bookmark-worthy recently:

~ Auburn University is special to me for many reasons, and the Auburn Creed is just one of them. I’d love this print.

~ I want to make this scarf.

~ As the temperatures drop, I crave soup. This one looks really tasty.

~ How busy people make time to read.

~ Where Satan will attack you today.

~ A lovely fall home tour.

~ Thomas Sowell on Ebola and Obama:

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country, and, most important, about ourselves.

There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done.

The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the United States would conflict with the goal of fighting the disease. In other words, the safety of the American people takes second place to the goal of helping people overseas.

~ I can’t end this post on that depressing note, so I’ll share one more knitting link: Shifting Colors Dishcloth Scarf.

And with that I’ll wish you a happy Wednesday!



A few links that have caught my eye recently:

~ My son is an artist participating in FLAUNT, 2014 a month-long art event in my town. He recently visited with the Sturdy Brothers, makers of some really awesome waxed canvas goods.

~ Some San Jose State fans share about their visit to the loveliest village.

~ What a messed up culture we live in when you can’t exhort men to act like men.

~ Why I hated women’s ministry. Yes, yes, yes!!

~ More than a chicken sandwich.

~ Do your thing.

That’s it for this Friday. Enjoy your weekend!

random thoughts

~ I just noticed the theme of the grocery list hanging on my fridge.  Milk, Keurig, LaCroix, Coke… Only beverages.  Not much cooking going on these days! I’m looking forward to returning to some domesticity after my honeymoon.

~ 9 days until I marry this guy!

~ Is it just me or are the news headlines this week more depressing than usual?

~ Auburn football kicks off TOMORROW! I’ve got a busy day and and a long to-do list to take care of before that kickoff.

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~ As I mentioned above, I haven’t been cooking lately, and I miss it. But yesterday I had lunch at Liam’s with some friends and then supper at Jonah’s with Paul. It was the perfect Thomasville day. And earlier this week I went to a work party at Sweet Grass and met with two friends for reception planning at Grassroots. We have some good eats in this little town. Which explains why I had to swap the dress I’m wearing to my wedding for a larger size.

~ I finally had an evening this week to clean my house. I can’t tell you how much better I feel and how much I thoroughly enjoyed such a mundane task! I’m even getting up earlier in the mornings because I enjoy my tidy surroundings.

~ A peeve: I get annoyed when I’m making a purchase in a store and the cashier/salesperson never says a word — not “hi”, “you’re total is _____,” “thank you,” etc.  And then when I say “thank you,” she says “you’re welcome” like she just did me a huge favor.

~ A positive: I’m so grateful for where I work. I imagine it would be terrible to spend 40 hours a week with people you didn’t like or get along with. I’m so thankful for the pleasant, positive, and funny people I’m with during my work week.

~ The “Rant & Rave” section of our local newspaper can be pretty funny:


And with that I wish you a Happy Friday and a good Labor Day Weekend,


monday miscellany

I’ve been busier than usual lately and not able to read as much, but a few things around the interwebs have caught my eye and made me think:

~ An encouraging quote from one of my favorite books.

~ “Is there anything he said in that campaign that wasn’t a lie?”

~ 12 more days. I CANNOT WAIT!! 

~ When “I tried that” is a problem.  “Because being married is like being a Christian. Only more so.”

~ I really hope they get this movie right. If you haven’t read the book yet, you really should.

~ 10 budget decorating tips

~ 10 tricks to appear smarter during meetings

~ 5 ways to keep email from ruining your life

~ penne with green beans & tomatoes

Happy Monday, y’all!



random thoughts

~ After getting off track with my Bible reading plan, I’ve returned to the 3650 project. I love that this method of reading through God’s Word isn’t tied to dates, so, really, I’m not behind.

~ The border/immigration mess baffles me. Why in the world are we still bothering with customs in our airports? What’s the point if anyone can just walk into the U.S.?

~ I’m wretched. I complain about cold weather, and now I’m complaining about our hot humid sauna here in southwest Georgia.

~ Seriously, it felt like the World Cup lasted for about 2 years. And I was never the least bit interested.

~ On the other hand, Auburn football kicks off in less than 50 days.

~ I read the lamest observation on a motel sign recently:

No one can give you better advice than yourself.

That’s even worse than the “follow your heart” counsel on Dove chocolate wrappers. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

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~ I’ve got a bit of travel coming up, my last hurrah for the summer. And I’m really excited because I’ll get to see my best friend.

~ This will be the first summer in 5 years that I don’t have to move! I can’t tell you how relieved I am about that.