saturday

It’s my third day off in a row from work, and there’s still one more to go! And it’s starting off well — coffee and reading in bed. And — true confession — watching a variety of Kick Six videos. (This one is a classic.) I never get tired of that!

Yesterday I decorated the house for Christmas, and Will came in for the weekend. Today my big plans include watching the Auburn/Alabama game with him on the big screen.

(I’ve got soooo many blog posts in my head, including one I mentally composed while decorating the Christmas tree yesterday. But today is unlikely to be a day I can actually put those thoughts to virtual paper.)

Thanks again to all of you who have encouraged me to keep blogging. I’m amazed that anyone reads what I write, and I’m surprised that you have stuck around through my blogging famine. I really appreciate it!

Happy Saturday, y’all! And Waaaaaar Eagle!

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random thoughts

~ The only thing worse than a driver who doesn’t use her turn signal is one who uses the right blinker for a left turn.

~ A Smart car with only one working headlight, is, well, not so smart.

~ I know I’ve mentioned this before — more than once — but slow drivers in the left lane make me C.R.A.Z.Y.

~ Sorry for the traffic rants, but I spend a lot of time on the road these days. Really, I have the easiest of commutes, but there are some days on the road that are harder than others.

~ I realized long ago that manicures are a waste of money for me. I manage to chip my nails almost immediately. Gel manicures last longer, but they destroy my usually healthy nails. I’ve recently discovered Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish. It doesn’t require the UV light, and so far, one application (two coats of the color and one of the top coat) lasts about 8 days without chipping. And it dries pretty quickly without smudges.

~ I’m so glad this football season is over. Yes, we have the bowl in Birmingham, but that’s so lame that I’m pretending it’s over.

~ If we have chips in the house (chips that I actually like), I am powerless to say no to them. Hi. I’m Anne, and I cannot say no to chips. Or homemade cookies.

~ I came across Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake at Trader Joe’s this past weekend. I did not purchase this wonder of wonders because if it’s in our house I will eat it.

~ When I lived in Belgium, I concocted a cheesecake (cheesecakes are my go-to desserts to make and take)  with dark chocolate and a Speculoos crust.

~ While I was typing the random thought above, I was eating chips.

~ I’ve been binging on Fixer Upper lately. And I just want to take out walls and rid the world of popcorn ceilings.

~ While I was typing the random thought above, I was eating chips.

Bye y’all,

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random thoughts

~ I don’t know what’s worse: walking out of a dressing room when nothing fits or walking out when everything fits.

~ We recently rented a condo on the Gulf coast, and it was crammed full of useless “decorative” items (a large frog with artificial greenery coming out of the top, odd fish-shaped vases, etc.). It was a small studio condo, which was all we needed, but it felt even smaller because of all the clutter. Less really is more, you know.

~ Fall is in the air. I’m so happy. But what’s with the pumpkin-spiced everything? We recently went to a Mexican restaurant, and at their hostess desk, a heavily fall-scented candle was burning. Um, pumpkin-spiced Mexican food does not smell good, y’all.

~ I went back on Whole30 for a whole five days. It made a difference, though, and I do feel better. It was a good detox from vacation.

~ Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Trader Joe’s and get some dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Or don’t. So there will be more for me.

~ I’m back on a knitting binge. I’ve got so many projects in progress and in the queue, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve got my Auburn football scarf all ready to resume during tonight’s game, a spur-of-the-moment easy drop stitch scarf on my needles, a complicated shawl waiting patiently at the bottom of my awesome knitting tote, a wrap I’m itching to start, a class to take in a couple of weeks, and countless patterns pinned and saved in Ravelry.

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~ Today is a Saturday with nothing on the calendar except a football game tonight. I’ll be making a Costco run, cooking, and cleaning, with college football as my soundtrack. Yep, I love fall.

~ Late start this morning. Yay!

~ Hey, if you’re in a drive-thru line, would you please consider pulling up close to the car in front of you? When you leave a car length or more, you leave folks hanging out in the road. Thanks ever so much.

~ I’ve got a bad case of TrumpFatigue. Seriously. I don’t want to hear any more about him.

~ Speaking of politics, so glad Boehner is out and I wish he’d grab a few others as he heads off into the sunset.

Signing off now to get started on my Saturday. What’s on your agenda?

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saturday

I can’t believe I’m saying this after that terrible loss to LSU, but yesterday was a really good day. My son was down for a visit, and we spent the day together. He had a podcast interview with The Sturdy Brothers in Thomasville, so we headed north on a beautiful fall day. We enjoyed coffee at our favorite spot, and then he did his interview while I camped out at The Fuzzy Goat to knit. It’s the coziest spot in town.

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On the way out of town, we stopped by my sister’s house for a visit with their family, and then we grabbed a late lunch in Tallahassee before getting home to watch LSU crush Auburn. I worked on my Auburn scarf (more on that project later) while wailing and gnashing my teeth.

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Paul took Will for a ride in his beloved 1970 Camaro, and he gave Will a turn at the wheel. I missed all of that fun, but I did snap a pic in the driveway.

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After the game Paul, Will, and I went out for sushi, and we just happened to find out during our conversation that Paul had never seen Face/Off.  We rectified that after dinner, and Paul may never forgive us. Around 10:30, Will remembered that he was going to interview me for a future podcast, so we did a late night (waaaayyy past my bedtime!) thing that will probably be as exciting as an NPR episode. (More on this later, too.)

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I ended the day by watching Ole Miss beat Bama – the cherry on top of my day. 😉

Family, football, knitting, hanging out, a beautiful day… these are a few of my favorite things.

Tired but happy,

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90 minutes

010414If you’ve hung around my blog long enough, you’ve heard me mention that I’m a fan of Dennis Prager, and I often listen to his podcasts on my commute. Recently, he asked the audience to call in and share their 90 minutes of happiness. He limited it what gave you joy to do alone. As always, his audience provided some interesting and varied responses.

Because I listen via podcast, I never get to call in, but if I had the opportunity, I’d have several things to share. Any of these scenarios would bring me joy:

~ Settled in at a coffee shop, preferably on a rainy day, with my laptop and a good book.

~ Poolside at a nice resort, in the shade of an umbrella, with a stack of magazines and a good beach read, beverage service, and plenty of sunscreen.

~ Propped up in my bed on a weekend morning, coffee or tea on the nightstand, my laptop, Bible, a Moleskin journal, Sharpies, and a pencil.

~ Curled up on my sofa, watching an Auburn football game with a bowl of popcorn on my lap.

What about you? What’s your 90 minutes of happiness? Remember — it’s alone time.

 

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!

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~ 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!
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saturday

Ahhh, the first Saturday of a new year! It’s a dreary, trying-to-rain kind of day — perfect for staying at home and getting some chores done.

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We started off the morning with a delicious breakfast downtown and then drove around a little bit before making a Walmart run. The store was uncharacteristically quiet and calm, and our shopping was easy. I didn’t even have the urge to hurt someone!

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At home I got some ribs started in the slow cooker while Paul worked on cars with his son and a friend. Then I thoroughly cleaned our upstairs, organizing closets, and making a big pile of stuff to take to the consignment store. The washer and dryer worked the whole time. I found all kinds of old pictures, and if you’re a Facebook friend, you’ve probably seen them.

Oh, and while I was running errands, I saw a car full of sad football fans:

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Now I’m happily parked on the sofa, trying to decide if I want to read or knit.

It’s a good day, y’all.

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monday miscellany

Another collection of stuff that recently caught my eye:

~ If you love football, you might find this very long ESPN feature on Texas high school football interesting.

~ Tis the season for Christmas cards and an overwhelming urge to pull out my red pen. Here is how to make your last name plural. Bottom line: it never involves an apostrophe.

~ The 20 best quotes from Jonah Goldberg

~ I love these photographs of scenes in the south.

~ Speaking of photography, my son has some thoughts on the 6.5 million dollar photograph. I absolutely agree with this:

It’s the same kind of bitter talk I hear from art students or other photographers that think moms or Instagram is ruining photography.  I’m exhausted of the whole “anyone who has a camera thinks they are a photographer” argument.  If you feel like your work or others work is devalued by “point and shooters on vacation” then maybe your work isn’t that valuable to begin with.

~ Christmas gift wrapping ideas

~ The biggest heresy in America.

~ On stuff inviolate:

We must learn to distinguish that which is sin in the eyes of God, and that which should be a crime in the eyes of man and God. Being a selfish pig is a sin, but must not be made a crime. If we outlaw “being a selfish pig,” I have ten dollars here that says that within two weeks this crime of selfish piggery will be vigorously policed (and fined) by tribunals made up entirely of selfish pigs.

When we make something a crime without scriptural justification, and penalize it, we invert the order of God. When we make property ownership a crime, and fine people heavily for being guilty of it, we have a society as corrupt and as mendacious and as greedy as . . . well, as our own.

If we love people, if we love our neighbors, we will consider their stuff inviolate. We will form governments that respect our neighbors’ property as much as we ourselves do. But as it is currently, we form the kind of government we now have because we the people have larceny in our hearts. We are governed by thieves who represent us well.

~ A novel every Christian should consider reading. My Kindle tells me I’m 43% through this one, and it is beautiful writing. But I’m just slogging through it. I can’t decide if I should abandon it or power through.

~ An absolutely brilliant way to stuff a duvet.

And with that, I bid you a happy Monday!

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saturday

Saturdays are my favorite, and a four-day weekend makes it even better. Lots of good stuff going on: a slow start to the day, hanging out with my husband, son, and daughter-in-law, lunch at Grassroots, a trip to Walmart (usually *not* a good thing, but this time no waiting in line!), cooking, decorating for Christmas, briefly helping Paul with a car repair, helping my mom with knitting, a family dinner on Christmas china, and then football (a good game with a disappointing score.)

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I hope your Saturday was a good one!
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