Happy Weekend!

Golden Gate bridge, Opening Day, 1937

Golden Gate bridge, Opening Day, 1937 via History in Pictures

I’m sorry for the lack of posts this week. I’ve been working on a big project. Between that and an unusual amount of technical difficulties, I’ve barely been able to keep my head above water. Hopefully I can make some progress this weekend.

Looking forward to watching this.

I’ll have to explore this next time I feel like I’m in a music rut.

This place is amazing!

Something to consider before getting too involved with Instagram.

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that thinks about this.

Brilliant!

This strategy for change is usually my most successful.

A walk down memory toy lane.

Have you heard this updated classic?

Have a great weekend!

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Lately…

Reading… Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. I think Lauren Graham is genuinely a nice person. I’ve been listening to this on audiobook. I’m really enjoying it. I’m always fascinated by the behind-the-scenes of the making of a movie or TV show. It was amazing to here how much had to come together for the reboot of Gilmore Girls to happen. I also really enjoyed listening to her insight in the creative process (not only is she an actress but a published fiction author).

Watching… Forget Paris. I own a few old movies that, when inspired, I occasionally pull out and re-watch. The other day, I was reminded of Debra Winger’s dad in this movie and how he reads all the signs as they drive down the road. So Sunday afternoon while I worked on a project, I re-watched it. I think I may continue the trend and watch a lot of my old movies.

Visting… Plano, TX. I mentioned Friday that I was going to a show with my mom, sister, and niece. We did a day trip to see The Gift of Christmas at Prestonwood Baptist Church. It was quite a production. If you have the opportunity to go, I recommend it!

Eating… Wendy’s Frosty. I don’t usually do dairy but when we stopped at Wendy’s on the way home from Plano, I couldn’t resist the temptation. Not only did I eat a Frosty, but somehow I ended up with my Mom’s medium instead of my small. It was sure delicious but I’m afraid I’m going to suffer for it.

 

Loving… SlingBox. I bought this a couple of months ago. I was originally thinking about getting rid of the bedroom TV but ultimately decided to just get rid of the bedroom TiVo. I was able to sell it for $250. This box allows me to stream video from the downstairs TiVo to the FireTV Stick in the bedroom or even to my phone or iPad when I’m away from home. It allowed me to watch the Bedlam game while we were on the go Saturday.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Rays of springtime sun illuminate a railway policewoman in Liverpool Street Station, London, 1952.

Rays of springtime sun illuminate a railway policewoman in Liverpool Street Station, London, 1952 via History in Pics

Big weekend plans? I’m spending part of the weekend with my mom, sister, and niece going to a Christmas show. I don’t know much about it but my mom thinks it’s the best. I’ll report more next week.

This makes me feel like I should spend more time on Twitter.

Apparently, even at 94, Betty White is a lot like Sue Ann Nivens.

Yum!

A pretty comprehensive guide to the Oklahoma City Downtown Underground; maybe they should add some “rules for the road.”

A 3-second exercise for finding joy.

Love this!

I’m excited that there’s another alternative to cable TV.

Hopefully this will help with all the iCal spam I’ve been getting (it sure would be nice if Apple would actually do something about it).

My current obsession.

Have a great weekend!

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Lately…

How was your holiday weekend? I think Thanksgiving dinner at my house went off without a hitch. I spent the rest of the weekend being a lazy slug. I’m fully recovered and ready to get back to work.

Reading… Make Room for What you Love. I am hoping to make a final push to purge the more stuff before the end of the year. I’m always on the lookout for inspiration. This book has been inspiring me to eliminate the non-essential and develop habits to keep things in order.

Watching… Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I was a huge Gilmore Girls fan when it was on the air. My friends and I called it Gilmo and it was a frequent topic of conversation. We were all very disappointed with the last season and wanted to know how Amy Sherman-Palladino had intended for the show to end. If you are like me and watched all four installments over the weekend, we now know those final four words. While they made perfect sense, I was still surprised.

Loving… Frigidaire Gas Range. My oven died a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. Not good! It had lived a pretty good life and I suspected it was on its last legs. I’ve had a few Frigidaire appliances and have been really happy with them. I’d always been pretty happy with my previous range but I love this one. I learned that if you ask, Lowe’s will likely give you a 10% discount.

Listening to… Wonderland Podcast. After reading an interview with Steven Johnson on Gretchen Rubin’s blog, I was excited to check out his podcast. The podcast discusses the connection between play and innovation. I’ve really been enjoying it and am looking forward to reading the book.

Wanting… iPad Pro & Pencil. I have been wanting an iPad Pro and Pencil for awhile but didn’t know how much until I saw this and this. There’s so many ideas I’ve had in my head that I could get out with these tools. Hopefully selling a few things, along with some Christmas money will make getting them a reality!

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Elliott Erwitt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 1988.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 1988 by Elliott Erwitt

I’m sorry for the lack of posts this week. Things have been a little crazy around here! I fully intended to post more this week, but it just didn’t happen.

I love me some acrylic.

I really want to go here.

A last minute turkey guide.

Wish I had somewhere to wear this – so pretty!

If you do any online shopping this weekend be sure to shop through ebates to save more.

My new favorite tiny house.

A cute idea for those leftover pumpkins.

One of my cooking goals for fall.

Traveling and need something to listen to? Here’s a roundup of great audiobooks.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Happy Weekend!

Actress Brigitte Bardot Watching Pablo Picasso At Work In His Studio In Vallauris (1956)

Actress Brigitte Bardot Watching Pablo Picasso At Work In His Studio In Vallauris (1956) via Bored Panda

Big weekend plans? It’s the last weekend before Thanksgiving and there’s so much to do! I will be busy prepping this weekend.

I will never look at my vintage globes the same again.

I know my White Christmas trivia (100%) but thankfully, I also know my American trivia (100%) too.

Love this!

25 books to curl up with this fall.

Think I might have to experiment with this for next year’s dressing (too stressed to try something new this year).

This made me tear up.

Can’t wait to dive into this massive lettering resource.

Blue in Hong Kong; so pretty.

Maybe success feels like this.

Have a great weekend!

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Life in Photos

sunrise over Devon Tower

 

close up

 

finally fall

 

bouquet of flowers

 

immortalized leaf

There are at least two places on my morning walk where it appears that a leaf was embedded in the wet cement when they poured the street. I’m sure I’ve walked by them hundreds of times, but just recently noticed them.

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Lately…

Reading… Truly Madly Guilty. I love Liane Moriarty. The second I found out she had a new book coming out, I added it to my library reserve list. It became available this week, so of course I dropped everything else and began reading it. Her books are set in Australia and have an air of mystery about them – usually ordinary people in some strange situation. In this one, something happened at a barbecue, but you don’t know what. I’m very curious to find out what happened.

Watching… The Crown. My regular TV shows are beginning to go into winter break, so in anticipation of Gilmore Girls, I resubscribed to Netflix. I had heard good things about The Crown and began watching it over the weekend. It’s the story of Queen Elizabeth, beginning around the time of the death of King George VI. Being an anglophile, and a bit of a royal junky, I’m finding it fascinating.

Loving… Gold Standard “Night Blossom” Silverware. I inherited my Grandmother’s silverware when she passed away. There was a mixture of two different sets of stainless. The “Night Blossom” was in a wood box, so for awhile, I held onto it for special occasions. At some point I decided to begin using it daily. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year and didn’t quite have enough silverware so I went looking online to see if I could add to my set. At the time I didn’t know what it was called, but I did a little research and discovered a set on Etsy. I wish I could find some more info on when it was made, etc. It definitely has a mid-century feel to it. Love it!

Wanting… Vega Bath Light Fixture. After looking at light fixtures at CB2, I’m inspired to change out most of the lighting in my house; there are at least three fixtures that I’m pining for. I have ordered the Double Post Sconce (which I plan to paint or use Rub ‘n Buff on) for my half bath and this vega fixture would be perfect for the main bath.

Listening… to Criminal. I spent much of the weekend working on house projects. While I did so, I binge listened to Criminal. It’s always been one of my favorite podcasts, but for some reason I don’t always listen to episodes as they are released. I think with this weekend’s listening, I’ve almost heard them all. The most recent two episodes were especially good, it was a two-parter that was so bizarre it’s hard to believe it’s a true story.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

JFK Junior - Veterans Day

John F. Kennedy, Jr., Arlington National Cemetery amphitheater,  November 11, 1963 via PennLive

I’m sorry for the lack of posts this week. I feel like I’ve been behind, struggling to catch up, all week. I’m hoping to recover next week.

Happy Veterans Day! So thankful for all that have served, including this gentleman.

You can’t win if you don’t play.

I’m fascinated by this side hustle.

If you live in a college town, this might be a good resource.

Think I need to start listening to this again, or maybe this.

Hope to use these tips someday.

I want to play around with this.

I love me some pen recommendations!

Some good tips on mindfulness.

Have a great weekend!!!

 

 

 

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Lately…

Reading… The Trespasser. I’ve been planning to read Tana French for awhile but am just getting around to it. I’m beginning with her latest book; I’ve heard it doesn’t matter what order you read them in, I hope that’s correct.

Listening to… Alan Jackson. The other day at Trader Joe’s they were playing country music that I didn’t know. It actually made me want to get out of the store, then as I was leaving they Alan Jackson’s “Living on Love” came on. I’ve always loved that song, so of course I pulled it up on my phone in the car and have been listening to it ever since.

Eating… Mediterranean Olives. One thing I always look forward to this time of year is Aldi’s special holiday items. These olives are my favorite. I always buy jars and jars of them. I was super excited to find them available when I went to the store last week.

Using… Achievemint App. I love apps that “pay” me to do things I already do. This one syncs up with the iPhone Health App and the FitBit app to give you rewards for being active. I can’t really decipher any pattern to how it rewards points but it says that when I earn 50,000 points they’ll send me $50. Hopefully that’s true.

Feeling… the ground shake. As I was writing this post, we just had a pretty big earthquake – biggest one I’ve felt in awhile. The dogs don’t usually react to them but this one had Daisy pretty scared. It was big enough it has me reconsidering all the pictures that I have propped up against the walls. Preliminary reports are calling it a 5.3.

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