Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Weekend:


Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe tomorrow is December? I need to get on the Christmas shopping. And decorating. But I've just been so tired this week. Maybe I can get myself up off the couch long enough to put up our tree on Saturday. And then bask in it's glow the rest of the weekend.

What are your plans? Holiday prep? Shopping? Eating delicious food with friends? We've got a long run Saturday morning and then I think I'll start baking Christmas cookies. My plan is to start early, make a different kind each weekend, and freeze them until Christmas Eve. As stress-free as possible, right?

Here's a little of what we've been up to this week:
  1. We took the train home from St. Louis and got back in at 3:00 Monday morning.
  2. I slept until noon on Monday and have gone to bed early every night trying to play catch up.
  3. I made some super delicious treats with a recipe from my new friends JTB and Shutts.
  4. Running in the rain (in the cold) is absolutely no fun. Especially if you get sort of sick afterwards. But having friends run with you makes it easier.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


I am kind of obsessed with Joy the Baker. Maybe more than kind of, if I'm being completely honest. I spend all day with her, listening to her podcasts while I work. She's great, she's hilarious, she makes the day go by quickly. And she's a pretty great baker. I found her recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies and was dying to make them. I couldn't stop thinking about them. But I didn't have any pretzels and I'm too lazy to get myself over to the grocery store to buy any. So, I improvised. Hence, I present you with Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies (omission of one ingredient isn't really an improvisation, I know -- apparently I'm not that great of an improviser):

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Best news ever:

Were you a fan of Boy Meets World when you were a kid? Did you tune into TGIF every Friday night? Did you bawl your eyes out at the finale? Well, get excited cause Corey and Topanga are back for a sequel! And it's going to be amazing.

Read more here and here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I love:

Bear with us today, guys. We're having a rough time of it. Internal clock getting messed up + jumping head first into a packed week = no fun. None at all. But please enjoy this photo. It makes me smile. And today, I need all the smiles I can get.

Monday, November 26, 2012


I'm having a little trouble getting started today. Do I say that every Monday morning? Well, this time I especially mean it. We got back into Little Rock at 3:00 this morning. Luckily, I took the day off so I can catch up on my sleep and prepare myself mentally for the week ahead. The first full week after a holiday is always the hardest. Ugh. Monday.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Friday:

Happy Friday, everyone! We're off to St. Louis by train today to celebrate Thanksgiving 2.0 with Andrew's family. I'm pretty excited because I love trains. They're so romantic. It borders a little on obsessive, I think. This may have something to do with the Darjeeling Limited and Wes Anderson. Isn't that movie great? If you haven't seen it, you must.  Immediately. Go now.

Have a great long weekend (you got today off too, right?) Eat lots of leftovers, get out those Christmas decorations, and snuggle up with some good movies (see above).

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving:


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful time spending time with family, watching/playing football, and stuffing your faces. May you become so blissfully full that you have to unbutton your pants. Or maybe, wear stretchy pants to dinner. Either way, enjoy it!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wes Anderson + Star Wars:

Do you love Wes Anderson as much as Andrew and I do? Then you'll love this: Wes Anderson's adaptation of Star Wars.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I love:

You guys, check out this purse. Beautiful, isn't it? I own it. That's right. I finally bought it. I've been keeping an eye on it for months now but never wanted to plunk down almost $300 for it. And then it went on sale. And then it went even more on sale. And then I pounced. I got it down from $298 to $139. Some of you may think that's a lot for a bag. But you probably don't know about this one (my dream bag). And I plan on keeping this one around for a long time. I can totally see the 80-year-old version of myself carrying this around. Because it looks a little granny-ish, don't you think? And I love that about it.

I am in love. Seriously. Well, as in love as you can be with a purse. Which is a lot, apparently.

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Reads:

Good morning, Monday. I'm having a little trouble getting started today so let me stay in my Nora Ephron-created world just a little bit longer by reminiscing about her book I Remember Nothing, which I have just (regrettably) finished reading. 

I loved it. Absolutely. But then again, in my eyes, she can do no wrong. I love her. And while I loved reading this book and laughed out loud continuously, it also broke my heart to finish it. I dreaded reaching the end. I tried to read it slowly; to chew off little bits at a time to savor and enjoy. I knew this would be the end. There is no more after this. But knowing that didn't make it any easier. And I am pretty much crushed.

I miss Nora. I miss her unique voice. I miss her fabulous spirit and drive. I miss how she always made me feel inspired and brave. But I'm thankful to have these pieces of her, forever immortalized in the books and movies that she created. Like this one. It's beautiful. A little dark, because I think she was sick when she wrote it, but still so strong and full of life. Have you read it yet? You really should. You really need to read all of her books. And then watch all of her movies. Spend an entire day doing nothing but just that. And you will get the feeling (like I do when I spend time wrapped up in the genius that is Nora) that she's still out there somewhere, eating some incredibly delicious but yet-to-be-discovered food and laughing. Because whenever I think of Nora, she's laughing.

In case you were wondering what this, her last book, is about:

"Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the asounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cool, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn't (yet) forgotten.

Ephron writes about falling hard for a way of life ("Journalism: A Love Story") and about breaking up even harder with the men in her life ("The D Word"); lists"Twenty-five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again" ("There is no explaining the stock market but people try"; "You can never know the truth of anyone's marriage, including your own"; "Cary Grant was Jewish"; "Men Cheat"); reveals the alarming evolution, a decade after she wrote and directed You've Got Mail, of her relationship with her in-box ("The Six Stages of E-mail"); and asks the age-old question, which came first, the chicken soup or the cold? All the while, she gives candid, edgy voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking... but rarely acknowledging.

Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true -- and could have come only from Nora Ephron --  I Remember Nothing is pure joy."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Weekend:


Happy weekend, everyone! Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? Is it just me or has this month just flown by? What are your plans for this last weekend before the official start of the holiday season? I will be busy gathering up all the ingredients needed to make some super delicious Thanksgiving dishes. I think I'm in charge of potato rolls and at least one type of pie this year. Bring it on.

Here are some things that have been going on around here lately:

  1. I enjoyed Veteran's Day by spending some time with my friend Kat and her kid
  2. Andrew experienced his first swim meet as a coach
  3. I spent two days in Jonesboro (home to my college years) & took a lovely stroll down memory lane
  4. We sort of killed it on the baking/cooking front this week: bagels, rolls, cookies, soups, and quinoa tabouleh (and then ate everything)
  5. I ate a pumpkin pie concrete from Andy's. Twice.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I love:

I stumbled upon this article about a horse mask (?!) on Amazon, and it is so hilarious, I had to share it. So, apparently there's this horse mask for sale on Amazon and people have started taking photos wearing the mask and then uploading them to the product page. And like, a million people have gotten on board and there are hundreds of photos now. And they are awesome. Check them out here. But be prepared to experience a total time suck. Because it is addictive. Seriously, you should just clear your schedule now. You won't be able to stop.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Calm down:

I'm a worrier. That's what I do. I worry. I actually spend a lot of time worrying. And I hate that about myself. I'm attempting to knock it off already so I made this as a reminder to myself. Sometimes a girl just needs a reminder to cool it, ya know? 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Go and get yourself some cheap sunglasses:

I really love my Ray-Ban Wayfarers. I wear them all the time. I'm hopelessly devoted to them. Always will be. But sometimes there's nothing like a pair of cheap plastic sunglasses in a bright color to shake things up. Right now, I'm loving these ($10) for their round shape and pop of color. I think they were technically more spring/summer glasses but I can really appreciate the interest they bring to my fall/winter wardrobe (which tends to be more drab, anway):

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Moon:

We've been in a committed relationship with our telescope -- the one I got Andrew for our anniversary (more on that here) -- for about six months now. And we've been stalking the night skies like crazy ever since (hence the oh-so-cheesy Twilight reference in the title). There is not much documentation of this. You would be surprised just how hard it is to take photos through the eye piece of a telescope. A few weeks ago we managed to do it though, and captured some pretty awesome images of the full moon:

That telescope is the jam.

Speaking of Twilight, here's what I'd look like if I were a vampire:

Oh, and happy Veteran's Day! Hope you're enjoying your day off (if you do, in fact, have the day off).

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Weekend:

Happy Weekend, everyone! We have an extra day off because of Veteran's Day! What are you planning to do with your long weekend? I'm taking today off as well so I have a four day weekend and I am so excited! We're going to the annual library sale today and I've got plans to make the most delicious chocolate cake that ever existed. And then there's that early morning run on Saturday and a Mexican Coke to celebrate.

Be sure to do something sweet for the veterans in your life. I am thinking of baking a little something extra for my dad to enjoy. He deserves it.

Have a great one! I hope it's magical. XO.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I Love:

The new lookbook for Ruche is out and oh man, is it beautiful:

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Reads:

My November book club selection is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It's been on my to-read list for a few years now. I've been wanting to read it but apparently, it takes my book club kind of forcing me to actually sit down and get through it. Get through it makes it sound like it isn't good, and that's misleading, because it is. I really like this book. It's a memoir. And it's dark. And I love dark.

It's been out for a while now so you've probably read it. But in case you haven't and you were wondering what it's about, here it is:

"Jeannette Wells grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that would last forever.

Later, when money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. 

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite all its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms."

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Making soup:

As the weather gets colder, my mind (and taste buds) turn to soup. During the winter months, all I ever seem to want to eat is soup. Oh, soup. Let's talk about how much I love you, just for a second:
  1. You fill the entire house with your delicious scent as you simmer on the stove for hours
  2. You make dinner easy: just throw random vegetables (sometimes ones that are a little questionable) into a pot and bam! Done.
  3. You warm me up like no other food can
  4. You keep me filled up with tasty and nutritious things like beans, carrots, potatoes, and celery, while keeping things light and low on calories
  5. You reheat better than almost any other food and therefore encourage leftovers for a week
  6. You are easy to bring along to work for a weekday lunch. Just pour into a jar and go
Needless to say, we eat a lot of soup. We like to make a big pot of soup on Sunday and some homemade rolls and eat on them all week long. So on a busy weekday evening, all we have to do is warm everything up and we've got an insanely delicious and filling meal. The soups we've been rocking lately are: split pea, potato, and black bean. But we're not partial. We are equal opportunity soup eaters.

P.S. It's election day! Go vote! It's your duty as an American citizen. And if you don't exercise your right to vote, you can't exercise your right to complain later (and we all know you will).

Monday, November 5, 2012


So, ever since we started listening to the Moby Dick podcasts, I've gotten really into the world of podcasts. I'm not really sure how I avoided them up to this point. But I've found some pretty good ones. And here they are:

  1. The JV Club with Janet Varney: This one is awesome because it's just a bunch of celebrities sitting around talking about what they were like in high school and their experiences with being normal teenagers. A nice listen.
  2. Joy the Baker: I really like this one from the woman who writes this blog. It's mostly about cooking/baking but there's a whole lot of other great stuff thrown in. They talk about nothing a lot of the time. And strangely their voices remind me of those ladies from that SNL Schweddy Balls sketch. Pretty entertaining, right? They are my fave. I am going back in the archive and listening to every single episode. Sidenote: the ladies are particularly funny in the Red Flags Part Deux episode (I think it's number 66 and it's dated 9/27/12). They start out talking about red flags but eventually it just becomes them venting about everything that drives them crazy. Hilarious. And EXACTLY. HOW. I. FEEL. That's all I can say without offending some people. Because I know some of you reading this have done the things they're talking about. But I love it. Definitely listen to this one.
  3. WTF with Marc Maron: This one's pretty funny. Lots of pop culture and funny interviews with celebrities. It makes me smile.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Weekend:


Happy weekend, everyone! I've been so exhausted this week and I'm not even really sure why. Sure a lot's been going on but when is there not? I'm just thankful I made it to Friday and I'm really ready to sit back and relax with some good food, books, and some knitting.

Here are a few things that have been happening in our world:

  1. I got my flu shot. It kind of made me feel weird. 
  2. One of my running partners broke her ankle. Now I'm super paranoid
  3. Our grocery store has been out of Mexican Coke for two weeks. Two. Entire. Weeks. Ugh!
  4. Andrew's gone on a guys' camping weekend until Sunday so Tillie and I will be celebrating girls' night every night by eating cheese dip for dinner, watching girly movies, and going to bed at 8:30.
  5. We've been attempting to recreate the tomato basil bread from Panera. I think we've just about got it. 
Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I love:

I bought these cute beatle booties last week during the Piperlime birthday sale. I actually got rid of a few pairs of shoes when I cleaned out my closet for fall and it's looking a little bare. Definitely room for some new friends. And these will make a lovely addition to my fall lineup.