Five on Friday- Favorites

Friday, January 23, 2015

Okay, I'm typing up this post the night before, to be on top of my Five on Friday game.  Organized, right?  Yes, but. . .I've been at girl's night.  Wine has been consumed.  Blog will be rife with typos.  Disregard both typos, and wine-induced candor.

Anywhoo, here are some stuff that I have been enjoying of late-

1.  Party Pants:

I bought a couple pairs of these workout leggings at Target a few weeks ago, and get more compliments on them.  Ignore the terrible Target website picture, and run to your store.  They're in the Mossimo section, NOT the exercise clothing section.  But, they are exercise pant material.  Confusing.

Here's the link-

2.  Grainiac Bread
Bread is a bit of a battle ground at our house.  I buy Ezekial bread, and feel virtuous while chewing (and chewing, and chewing).  Morgan complains about the weird bread that stays in the freezer, and longs for "whole-wheat" fakery.  Enter Eureka bakery- I found this at the Kroger a couple months ago, and am hooked.  It has a similar nutritional profile to my hippie bread, yet is shelf stable, and has a more  traditional sliced bread consistency.  (Am I making sense?  It's getting late).
Dell Harper asked for "dat black bread" the other day when I tried to pawn off some leftover white bread from a recipe.  I knew I had indoctinrated her well then.

3 and 4.  New Rugs
Okay, excuse both the quality of these pictures and the general sloppiness of my rooms.  I'm dashing about in my pajamas snapping pictures before Morgan notices what in the hell I'm doing.

I got all hopped up on Ebay at the beginning of this month, and bid on a couple of Persian rugs.  Lo and behold, I won both of them!  They were excellent prices (cheaper than Pottery Barn or Overstock), beautiful quality- exceeded my expectations for sure.  Thank goodness- they were from the same seller, and I must admit being a touch nervous.

This looks really wonky from this angle.  The seagrass rug underneath has stretched and is slightly off.  My hurried photography makes it look more off.  Ignore.

5.  Paintings
Thank y'all so much for all the kind comments on yesterday's post.  I haven't painted this much in such a long time.  I've gotten into palette knife painting, and am having the most fun doing it.

I need to learn how to take pictures of my work- especially the abstracts.  The glare is not doing any favors to my attempts at art.

So, that's always an option when you are trying to build up an art collection.  Watch some tutorials online, buy some canvases and some acrylics, and get cracking!

Thanks for wading through my ramblings, and thanks as always to the Five on Friday ladies!

Thoughts on Thursday

Thursday, January 22, 2015

  • I have been reading/audiobook listening a lot lately.  Finally got to "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?", which I loved, especially as I have a major soy spot for novels written in the epistolary style.  Also listened to a bunch of JoJo Mayes, which I had avoided based on the descriptions, yet also really enjoyed.  Currently listening to "All the Light We Cannot See", which inspires me to re-think how I use language.   It's simply beautiful.   However, I do have to take frequent breaks, as it's not the lightest of subject matter.  Also, I wish I was reading it as opposed to listening, as I find flashbacks/flash forwards difficult to follow while listening.

  • All this audiobook listening is because I have been quite the worker bee lately.  Productivity- cooking dinners, cleaning house, getting work done, painting furniture, and painting lots of canvases.

I decided to mix up my dining room a bit, and switched my botanicals for an abstract and folk-arty church.  They're not perfect, but fun and a great outlet/hobby.   I'm taking a painting class this spring, and am really excited to learn more.

This is because I have no television I currently enjoy.  Thank goodness Parks is back for its final season, along with my guilty pleasure, Hart of Dixie.

  • I'm chalking all this productivity up to being able to exercise again- Jazzercise is back and the boot is gone.  Begone, flab!  Seriously, my energy levels are waaaaaayyy up.  The sunshine of the last few days has helped as well.  Yesterday I think I wore my kids out! Jazz, nap/play, zoo, naps, church supper and my Bible study.  They turned down a pre-dinner visit to the library.  Sheer laziness, I suppose.
Anyway, we are thrilled to get outside!

That loamy smell of earth just gets my heart thumping!  I cannot wait to start planting and get my hands just filthy.  That feeling of physical ache and dirty limbs after a long afternoon of weeding, pruning, and planting? It's a deep satisfaction that connects my soul to the earth and to God.  And, oh, how I miss it during the dark days of winter.

So when I start rhapsodizing over the joys of gardening while getting a whiff of mulch walking through a parking lot, feel free to let your eyes glaze over and your mind wander. . .I will wrap it up eventually, I swear.

Thanks to East Coast Chic and Home of Malones for hosting the link-up, and getting my blogging brain working (somewhat).. . 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

 This weekend we celebrated Deeds!  It was Baby-palooza- an (approximate) birthday celebration for Deeds and 7 of his best baby buds.

The pre-party sibling picture cracks me up- all the babies look mighty uncomfortable. "Help! A toddler/preschooler is holding me!"

Deeds does not like hats.  This is the bane of my existence while attempting to grocery shop during Polar Vortex.  Apparently, if you are a woman over the age of 70 you have specialized medical training.  Such training has been very adamant about the fact that lack of shoes or a hat will cause an immediate ear infection and/or bronchitis.  I have gotten informed this in the Kroger many times, along with effective dirty looks and loud mutterings about how I need to "put a hat on that baby!"  Hmmph.  My baby will bankrupt me in thrown/lost socks, shoes, and hats.  I can't control his hands at all times ladies!

I digress.

Anway, the party was laid-back and adorable.  The church gym was filled with a rollicking crew of two and under.

 "Baby Deeds!  Eat dat icing!  It's so tasty- you love it!"

 Step off my cupcake, MAMA!

 Deeds LOVES cake.  I am unsurprised.

Nor am I surprised he was the first one finished.  No morning nap, no problem.  Not when cupcakes are involved apparently.  Now he is super fired up for his actual birthday in two weeks.

Also of note- I made two batches of these little sausage muffins from Southern Living, and they were devoured.  Excellent and super easy!  Perfect for a party/brunch/shower.