Thursday, July 30, 2009
1. Internet radio. It makes this week's mundane, repetitive tasks a lot more bearable.
2. Braum's. I can already feel an afternoon need for a chocolate shake coming on. Luckily there's never a Braum's too far away in this town. Those of you who don't live in Oklahoma are missing out!
3. Whole Foods deli. It makes bringing my lunch a lot easier and less boring. On the menu this week was zucchini corn cakes and grilled asparagus. Yum! (However, see #2 for how I will run out and sabotage my efforts momentarily.)
I must have food on the brain. :)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I haven't decided what word to put in the little banner. I decided "love" was too obvious. Any suggestions? I'm happy with the progress I've been making in my embroidery, but the backs of my pieces are still a bit messier than I'd like. See what I mean?
I'll have more goodies to show you all soon, I hope!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Today, I'm trying to calm down. It feels petty to be angry at them right now, but I still am. However, I am in a good enough frame of mind to post three things today:
1. Reading fiction. I've been thoroughly enjoying 1491, all about the pre-Columbian native population in North and South America. However, it's nice to have a break once in a while from the non-fiction. Grey and I have decided to try reading some novels together. Our first pick is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. So far, I really like it.
2. Embroidery. I know I'm just learning, but I love it. Seriously. It's so much fun. I have more projects to share with you soon.
3. Travel guides. Grey and I recently picked up two new Italy books (Lonely Planet and Let's Go) and a guide to Europe (Let's Go, I believe). I can't stop perusing and dreaming of a vacation far, far away. Maybe next summer? We'll see.
So help cheer me out of my funk. What are you thankful for today?
Monday, July 20, 2009
Any good vibes you all can send her way would be greatly appreciated. She's a singular, wonderful lady with a positive attitude.
Friday, July 17, 2009
1. The rain. Though it brought me a two-day migraine, the resulting 10-degree drop in temperature feels wonderful.
2. Understanding boyfriends. My love bought us tickets to a concert for last time. He then almost lost them to a shredding incident. He worked so hard to retrieve them, and then I was too ill to go last night. (Apparently that will happen when you quit taking your stomach medicine.) I felt so bad about it, but he was a sweetheart.
3. Civil disagreement. I love a good debate. Politeness, respect and courtesy are as necessary to this as a solid argument.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
By the way, Claudia's shirt is adorable and fits amazingly well. Keep an eye out for more like it!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Believe it or not, I thought these were much harder. I'm still happy with the end result, though. It makes me want to put our new Let's Go Europe 2009 guide to good use and run off to The Continent for a bit.
I plan to stitch some more tonight, so I will have more pictures to share soon.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I've been in a bit of a haze this week and totally forgot to do my thankful post yesterday. Goodness! Here is what I'm thankful for today:
1. Friday lunches. I meet my taller half for lunch every Friday. I generally park outside his building, and we walk to one of the many wonderful downtown establishments. Every so often I'll pick him up and drive us somewhere, but we generally stay downtown. My current favorites are Elote, Dilly Deli and Tabouli's (what I'm craving at the moment). It's so nice to have a standing tradition with the one I love every week. It makes the day a little brighter, too.
2. Work I believe in. Nobody loves their jobs every day, and I'm no exception. Some aspects of the grind are boring or frustrating, but I always know that I'm working towards a good cause. My position helps fund the good work done by my agency. I'll take it.
3. Cane-sugar cola. I love soda pop. I love the fizziness, the sweetness, the way it quenches your thirst. As a woman with GERD, I also love how it settles my stomach. However, I don't love incredibly processed, chemical-laden foods either, so I've been cutting artificial sweeteners from my diet. This tends to lessen the flutteries in my chest I get occasionally due to my heart murmur. This generally leaves you with regular soda, but I am cutting out high fructose corn syrup, too. There are a million reasons not to consume this stuff, but the one that has gotten me lately is that some of it contains mercury. I don't eat fish (or any other animals), so there's no reason for my diet to contain mercury. As a young lady who hopes to have children sometime in the near future, too, I find it best to avoid the stuff altogether. Luckily, there are lots of tasty alternatives made with real sugar. My favorite is Jones, but I've also enjoyed Virgil's and Boylan's creme soda lately. Yummy!
Speaking of which, what do you call the fizzy stuff: soda or pop (or something else)? Despite my Oklahoma upbringing, I almost exclusively say soda.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This all happened while I was driving to work. Here's what it looked like above my building:
It all looked ripply and strange and wonderful. I have three windows in my office, and I love watching the sky when rain is falling. The roof glistens, the air become electric, and I just feel soothed. Yesterday I flipped off the lights in my office and enjoyed a bit of darkness. . .while typing away on my computer. Not quite the solitude I'd like, but it was better than nothing.
So until the sun peers out from behind the clouds again, I'm going to enjoy these little drops of heaven.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I don't plan to quit my day job or anything, but boy was that fun! It just felt good to try it out. The colors are a bit richer in person, but this gives you the idea. We're going to hang it in the apartment. I can't wait to paint something else.
Tell me about your creative pursuits of late!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
1. Long weekends. Kind of a gimme, huh? That's all right. My love and affection for Fridays off bounds beyond cliche. What shall I do on my day off? Anything I want!
2. So You Think You Can Dance? Some people go ga-ga for American Idol. I, however, get totally sucked into this reality show. Is it my disappointment at being a mediocre dancer, my love of the craft or my moth-to-the-flame response to the phrase "dancing for their lives"? Oh, probably a mixture of all three.
3. Custom orders. I just completed one I've been working on for a while. Now I can't wait for another one!
Happy Holiday weekend, everyone! Don't blow up any body parts you'd rather keep. I promise to do the same. :)
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