Mother’s Day

mother's dayFor Mother’s Day we went to visit my grandmother for a bit. She’s struggled since my grandfathers passing October 2013. We rarely get her out of bed so it was nice to see her up and about and eating breakfast while we were there. My mother fixed her hair since my granny had a doctors appointment the next day.
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I watched them and snapped pictures of random things in the kitchen while I talked to my cousin and aunt. After that I left with my mother and changed clothes so I could plant some flowers for her. She’s been dealing with some back/hip issues and can’t squat or get on the ground right now. I planted some impatients and a couple of other flowers for her.

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The field across the street from the house was being prepped to plant. They stood in that same spot talking for so long I had time to run and grab my camera, change out lenses and take half a dozen photos before getting the shot I wanted. Later we saw them pull away and big trucks pull up. I’m curious to see what they plant this year. It usually alternates between cotton and soy bean.

grilledAfter planting we went inside and I prepared some roma tomatoes and yellow squash for the grill. We also had baked potatoes, grilled chicken [me] and steak [them]. One of my favorite parts of spring/summer is grilling. There’s been a few late evenings of planting the garden recently and I can’t wait to get some of those veggies harvested. My mother picked out herbs to plant too. I’m looking forward to all of the fresh goodness.

Do you plant a garden? What do you usually plant?

A bit of snow

branchesWe don’t really get snow here that often. But it seems lately when it does fall, it hangs around for a while.

falling.I’m not a winter weather kinda girl but it is very pretty to photograph.

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I hung around on the front porch, in the cold, just to get a photo of this guy.

I’m a rebel.

2.365It’s been rainy and cold for what feels like weeks. I’m not a big fan of this weather! It’s just so nasty and depressing. The funny thing about that is…I love rain in the summer, but it’s not as nice when it comes with freezing temps.

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We spent most of last weekend taking down our indoor Christmas decorations. That’s always an adventure. How is that it seems to take longer taking it down than it does to put it up? On Sunday I used my Skinny Taste cookbook and made Gina’s homemade granola. I scooped out the serving size and placed each one in little snack size bags so it’ll be easy to grab and go. We’ve also made her “Un”stuffed Cabbage soup, which was amazing.

Mac Rebel

To brighten up my day on Tuesday I wore a turquoise cardigan and Mac ‘Rebel‘ lipstick. It’s one of those shades I LOVE but rarely wear. On the mornings I don’t have time to do eye makeup I often grab bold lipstick to put on in the office. It makes me feel more complete, maybe even a bit more glam. For this I used Mac’s prep and prime lip primer and a neutral lip liner, but I have my eye on a Mac liner that would go great with Rebel.

What do you do to brighten up your winter days?

new and aware

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someone had to sit at the table while we ate New Years Day dinner. someone may be spoiled. I’m not naming any names.

It’s hard to believe we are already in another new year. When I was a kid the days and years seemed drag along. Now it’s like I blink and months have flown by. I suspect the reason for that is, as a child I wasn’t busy. Sure, I had to go to school, but that was it. I didn’t have responsibilities like I do now.

Anyway, I’m determined to make this year great. While I’m not declaring “resolutions” I do have a list of things I am going to work on.

  1. Read more. In the past I challenged myself to read a certain number of books every year. For the most part I met or surpassed that goal, because I hate to “lose”. Last year I didn’t do the challenge and I went weeks and weeks without reading. I was not happy about that, especially since I was still buying books on the regular.
  2. Write regularly. Not specifically blogging, though I’m hoping to do more of that in the next twelve months. I’m determined to make progress on my fiction stories though. Possibly even start something new or at least brainstorm on recent ideas. After work today I’m stopping by the book store near my office to pick up a journal. My Papaw wrote little micro entries for years and years, as did his mother. I want to start doing that too.
  3. Be more aware of what I’m putting into my body. In general, I eat pretty healthy. I love fruits and veggies. I don’t eat red meat, but I do eat poultry and some fish. Any bread I have is wheat and I try to watch my carbs. But lately I’ve been slipping, repeatedly. Strangely enough, it’s been on sweets, which are filled with sugar and cholesterol, both of which I’m suppose to avoid. Last night while watching the Sugar Bowl I wrote out a shopping list for recipes from the SkinnyTaste cookbook. I plan to prepare things this weekend and have yummy, healthy meals for next week.
  4. Get snap happy. I used to carry my camera in my purse, back when all I had was a pocket size point and shoot. But since I bought my DSLR a few years ago it’s much heavier and only randomly carry it with me. I’ve started a 365 project on Flickr.
  5. Sleep! Go to bed on time, and get up on time. I had been doing so well with getting the right amount of sleep until the last year or so.
  6. Wear makeup. I know this is kinda silly, but I’ve always loved playing with makeup. Decorating my eyes with fun looks, bright lipsticks. Last year that changed, because I allowed someone to sorta dictate that for me. It was silly and I started to become someone I wasn’t. This goal sorta plays hand in hand with sleep/getting up on time. I’m really bad about waiting until the last minute before getting up and it doesn’t give me time to do much more than foundation and mascara. For years I invested so much into cosmetics that have just collected dust recently. Fixing that.
  7. Travel. Pretty self explanatory. I have a lot of people and a lot of places I want to visit this year.

Above all, I want to Be Aware. I don’t want to float through the year and become complacent. I do that a lot. I tend to wait for things to happen. I don’t like that about myself. I guess “aware” is my word for the year. I can’t wait to see what I do with it.

Belated Christmas

small houseMy office was closed Tuesday through Thursday of last week, so I used a day of vacation on Friday and only had to work Monday. Six whole days off! It’s been a while since I’ve taken that much time in a row. It was glorious. I caught up on the dvr, hung out with my mother, did some reading, and some writing.

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The family went to the botanical garden to see the light display there. We try to go every year. Some years they add new things, but it’s fun to see some of our favorites year after year.

brunchInstead of a big dinner this year my brother and I convinced my mother we should do something small. We all slept in then I made this breakfast casserole for brunch and my mother made biscuits. For dinner we had a cajun fried turkey (to make sandwiches) and I threw together cheese dip. Cooked sausage, cream cheese, and rotel. Pretty much the best dip I’ve ever put in my mouth, to be honest.

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On Christmas Eve I made a Kentucky pecan pie slash derby pie slash chocolate pecan pie. I’m not wild about pecan pie (gasp) because of the caro syrup based filling, but I love love love pecans. This was a nice change of pace. It was sooo yummy when warm.

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We didn’t open presents until late in the day. I received clothes for work, a sewing machine(!!!), a few classic movies on dvd, a new hair dryer from my brother and other random things. BTW, how cute is this little plate my mother found for me?!

Mine was a super relaxing day. How was your holiday?

Time

It’s amazing how quickly times goes by now that I’m an adult and have responsibilities. As a kid the hours seemed long and the days endless. I hadn’t realized just how long it’s been since my last blog post! October seems so far away now.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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A group of coworkers and myself did the local breast cancer 5k run in October. My first 5k and I loved it, though I didn’t ‘run’. I want to do another! Ours goes through one of the downtown neighborhoods and along the route people had decorations and words of encouragement on their houses. This was my favorite.

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My walking partner and I chatted with this couple a few times during the 5k. When I read her dedication I choked up. Then when I noticed his…full on tears.

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These ladies were having the best time at one of the intersections. They had music set up and were dancing to “Happy”. The joy on their faces made my day.

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The first week of November one of the local towns did a “Christmas from years past” type event in their downtown area. It’s one of those places that makes you feel like you have gone back in time and I love going. We checked out some antique shops where the stores were just as beautiful as the merchandise.

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Our city Veteran’s Day parade goes right by my office so I always run outside and watch. Snapping pictures of attendees as well as those in the parade.

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It always makes my heart so happy to see the support.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

We put our Christmas trees (yes, plural) up before Thanksgiving (I know. I know). We don’t usually put them up before Turkey Day but we were really in the mood for it this year. The house is now Christmas-fied. I am not joking or being silly when I say if it stands still, it has some sort of Christmas decoration on it. I’ll snap pics soon.

I have a couple of posts I want to make soon. Y’all make me accountable!

Lately.

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I got proposed to. 

Let me just say, he has JOKES, y’all. He’s done this multiple times and we both just laugh and laugh. Except now I’m afraid one day I may laugh and he’ll be serious. Guys are so ridiculous. I know it’s not a ‘normal’ proposal but I do think it would be a cute way to propose to someone. Do you have a cute proposal story?

 

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We went to Chuck E Cheese’s and I could not drag the guys away from the two person racing game. I guess it’s true, they never grow up. We had a blast over all though. I think our ticket total wound up being around 300. I really wish we had a Dave and Busters around here!

 

whatLast week I glanced up and this was standing outside of my office window. Well, ok. The horse was gorgeous. He kept prancing around. The riders attire made me anticipate the new season of Sleepy Hollow. Do any of you watch that show?

 

cinnamon rollsCinnamon rolls? Don’t mind if I do. These are the “from the can” type. I really wish we had enough counter space to make a home made batch! Alas, it is not the case. I have pinned a few recipes that I don’t think require as much labor as traditional cinnamon rolls. I need to give those a try, I suppose. Do you have a simple/easy cinnamon roll recipe?