Thursday, March 28, 2013

Love Affairs

 No torrid details here, just a declaration of my love affair with white pants. I dream of spending an entire summer on Martha's Vineyard  regaled in white pants--skinny, cropped, wide-legged, shorts, and skirts--ala Jackie O.

We've been on a little separation due to the whole not being compatible with bucketload of snow, but that ended this morning. Hallelujah!! 
Don't you want to know some of the other things I have a "love affair" with?

Cadbury Mini Eggs. 
Thank you world for this guilty pleasure. Which I seem to have no will power against. 

Especially when paired with chocolate. 

The smell. The taste. The color. Happiness.

The awesomeness of yellow and pink paired together.

Beautiful typography.
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Men in bowties. They kind of make me want to swoon. As will any well dressed man.
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Letterpress.  Thick paper, beautiful indentations, and the smell of ink. Heaven.
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Emeralds. A girl can dream of "one day."

Toes in the sand. Why, oh, why, don't I live near the beach?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tell It To Me Tuesday

After all these years,  I'm still amazed by the resilience of the early spring flowers. That they can survive year after year in harsh conditions and appear exactly when people need a little beauty in their life.  But, they are diminutive in size and so easy to overlook. As are so many other things. When's the last time I thought about how my computer worked, or the dissemination of information, or how our eyes see color and process images.

Seeing this picture of my nephew, I pondered what was going through his little head as the world is still full of wonder for him. Where will that wonder take him? How will it effect his hopes and dreams?  When will he lose that pure sense of joy that only childhood can offer? When did I lose that sense of wonder of the small and incredible things that take place daily? And even more importantly, how can I regain it?

So readers I'm throwing out the question, what was the last time you experienced something with unadulterated wonder? Please share. I want new ways to look at the world.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


There's no better time to be in England than in spring. With all the signs of spring popping up all I around, I didn't realize how homesick I was until ridding the train the other night. With a book in hand and watching the lights of a city flicker by, I could almost persuade myself that I was home.  But I wasn't--and that ache almost moved me to tears.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tell It To Me Tuesday

I don't know who said this quote, but isn't it pretty wonderful?

Yesterday I reminded how true this statement really is.

It had been difficult week going into ward conference. I was frustrated over dating, work, life decisions, and so many things I felt powerless over. In my prayers, I had mentioned that I felt forgotten and that my life seemed to be one disappointment after another. 

I don't know if I even voiced the fact that I need a little tender mercy to show me He was aware and that He had something planned for me. As the meeting was wrapping up, the Stake President (whom I love dearly), called upon me to bear my testimony about the things I knew. I know that it was God's way of saying two things. First, even thought I feel like so many of my prayers aren't answered, He very mindful of those things I need. Second, that by being forced to testify of what I knew, He was reminding me of the things I did know that have been a little dim recently.

That acknowledgment of an unspoken prayer was exactly what I needed. So go put this quote somewhere you can see it, because, trust me, we'll all need to be reminded of it pretty much on a daily basis.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tell It to Me Tuesday

I'm pretty sure it's a girl thing to collect quotes. I've got hundreds written in journals and have probably lost that many that were written on scraps of paper. I don't know where you put your favorite quotes so you can see them, but my favorite quotes make it next to my computer. 
Some of my most cherished quotes have been told to me by dear friends, often, in moments of darkness. What they shared has strengthened and comforted me.

Tell It To Me Tuesday, is just that. A way to remind, not only myself, that life is pretty grand, but to put some incredible words out into the universe in the hopes that they'll help someone else out of dark place.

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Monday, March 04, 2013

I can feel it in my bones

The birds that live outside my work window have been extra chipper, which can only mean one thing--Spring is almost here!!!!!  Yep, five exclamation marks because I don't think there can EVER be too many on that statement. 

I love daffodils (they remind me of spring in London--a love which I blogged about here, sunshine, hope, and of course, they're my favorite color yellow), but I can't bring myself to buy them when we're still in the midst of winter, so you can see why I just had to buy these bad boys at the store because we're no longer in winter!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Adventures in February

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. February (and January and, ok, winter in general) makes me a little depressed. Of all the months though, I think February is the worst. In November and December you've got the holidays to pull you through. January you're still on a holiday "high" and you've got the whole "it's a a new year am I'm going to make it the best ever" resolve. What does February bring? Day after day of darkness and cold and the beginning of the no-holiday until May stretch. Blah! This year I did my darnedest to fill it with things that make me HAPPY!

Freestyles World Cup at Deer Valley*: Every time I watch someone throw themselves off a platform, perform a awesome stunt, and land while on ski, my first thought is you're crazy. Then again I love watching them so I'm glad that they risk serious injury for my entertainment. *After hosting the event for 20+ years, they'd figure out a better parking system.

Regency Romance Ball: I watch the balls in the Jane Austen movies with envy, so why haven't I been going to this sooner?  I was shocked and blown away by the fact that EVERYBODY got into the spirit of the event. Who doesn't love a man in breeches and cravat and the men pulled out all the stops and were some of the best dressed ones there.

I had to do some jimmy-rigging on my costume due to the fact that I've increased a couple of cup sizes since high school. But I was pretty impressed with what I could do with some ties and a piece of material.

My little Bryce is not so little anymore. He's finally passed up Louisa and he keeps telling me every time I see him that it's only going to be a few more months before he's taller than I am.

Mummies of the World was pretty spectacular. Did you know that "mummy" comes from the Arabic word,  mūmiya. That oldest mummies from from South America. That the Egyptians really did mummify everything--cats, dogs, alligators, fishes, birds. That the mummification process really does preserve everything. Some of the mummies still had eyelashes, hair, and fingernails. Or that mummies were believed to having special healing powers so they were ground into medicine?

Laura and I may have a career in stop-movie annimation.