Thursday, September 25, 2008

Here's the Deal...

I've been thinkin'.
With all the political coverage on TV and the radio lately and the craziness of the economy and the time that surfing the net and consumerism is sucking out of me I need a little detox.
I'm taking a media/technology fast. That affects you how? Well...probably not much except that I wont be blogging until November 1st. No Internet. No television. No radio. No movies. None. Blank screens everywhere.
flickr member: dubassy

I need this. You know how I know? Because I really don't want to do it! And that means it's too important to me and I need to give it a rest. Maybe I'll actually get something done around my house and hear a little from God with everything so quiet. Just maybe...

My phone and my email are still "on limits" during this time. I'm not completely cutting myself off from society. Because no man's an island and all that good stuff...

Have a fabulous October and I'll see ya in November. November is my birthday month. I'm just sayin'...


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Amish Celebrations: Intricate Simplicity

That was the name of my presentation for cultural communication. Remember when I asked your input on the culture most intersting to you? Amish was the winner. So I went with it. So interesting!


Did you know that Amish weddings take place in the bride's family home and can have 300+ people in attendance? Did you know that there is a massive meal immediately following the 3 hour ceremony and then another huge meal after dancing, singing and games? Did you know that celery is considered decoration at the wedding feast? It has symbolism of fertility and good luck for the bride. They place it in vases around the home and they make creamed celery as a side-dish. Did you know the bride and groom stay in the bride's family home for the first few weeks after they're married?
Good stuff.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pay Off

I've been having a jolly time reading the comments from a few of you on my last post. Apparently diagrams of the skin are not all the rage at this moment in history. Good to know.


But you know what? All that mulling over "ugly photos" and memorizing even uglier words (try on pseudostratified ciliated epithelial tissue for size) paid off. I got a dazzling score on my A&P test. And I do mean dazzling...98 % folks! Now that's what I'm talkin' about.


Take that, Chemistry!


Oh, and now for a photo to make up for my terrible indiscretion in putting up that other picture.




flickr.com

There, now isn't that better? Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside with the aqua stressed beauty of the table and the bittersweet and the pumpkin and the blue and white stripey chair...

You all are a bunch of spoiled stinkers.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Studying

Skin.
Someone's gotta do it...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

White Pumpkins

I love pumpkins in the Fall and I love decorating with white.

White pumpkins combine these loves in a simple, understated way. So pretty.

Photo: Suavie Island Farms













Look at the intricate designs carved in the pumpkins in these Martha Stewart photos.
Really lovely but time consuming!
I wonder if they sell these fake anywhere. Already carved in the lacy patterns. Wouldn't that be nice?

Photo: flickr member melissann

I really like this look that I found on flickr. Pretty dried green wreath and light pumpkins on the mantle.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Brisk


Remember last Spring when I posted this?



photo from flickr member Jamelah



Well...Fall is here in the most lovely fashion.

I thought I would post some inspiring, Autumn inspired decor photos that I find online for the next couple of days/weeks. I have so much going on with school that it is just tough to put so much time into writing intelligent things. I only have so much intelligence, folks. And it's going straight to my studies!

Welcome Fall with arms wide open...

Monday, September 15, 2008

To Inspire You


Art from Susanbranch.com

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Uh-Oh.


I just saw this photo and it made me want to have another. Uh-oh.
It's a good thing this is happening soon! And Annie's having a baby and Sarah just announced that she's expecting number 4 and my friend, Mrs. M. is having her first sweet pea in February and the bump fairy is having twins. Not to mention all of my girlfriends that are trying to get pregnant.
So, I have plenty of baby action to keep me busy. Not to mention this whole undertaking, which really is the only baby I can handle at this point.
But really...nursing a baby...oh my...

Blissed Out

On this:

Starbucks Coffee Almond Fudge ice cream. Heaven.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Freshness

Today the Farmer's Market was good to us...


Happy Saturday

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
Roy Goodman
Seeberger brothers photography



Friday, September 12, 2008

Frivolous Friday (extra)

Ok, it's still Friday. I just heard a delicious rumor that I really want to share with you.

Remember Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook a few years back?


Such a great movie. One of the few that I can say was actually better than the book.

Remember that they dated for a few years following the making of the movie (I knew they had great chemistry).

But then, tragically, a year or so ago they broke up. And I was really more disturbed about this than I should have been. But they were such a sweet couple! I hate when sweet couples break up. Bah.

Anyway, they're back together! Or so US Weekly tells me. (Yes, I splurge on a tabloid magazine in the grocery isle once in awhile.)



Look...look how happy!

Frivolous Friday

It's a sad day when two people like this are considered celebrities.

They deserve each other. Yuck.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vicariously

My fantastic sister in law and her great hubby are having a baby! A baby! A baby!

A sweet, snuggly, baby-smelling baby!

A baby I can love and cuddle and...smell...and it's not mine.

My little tiny niece with a big head...lots of brains.
(I am predicting it's a girl)




Well...it is mine but only until I don't want it to be mine anymore and then I give it back. Isn't that great?!

I just love it. I love it already with a fierce, passionate love. (Sort of a scary love...but I digress.)

Anyway, I wish Jamie a happy, healthy pregnancy with lots of ice cream binges and midnight cravings (after this whole morning sickness thing clears up).
And after she puts in all the hard work of making a new human being, I get to enjoy the fruits of her labor...literally. : )
(Hey, this is fair. She's enjoyed the fruits of my labor twice.)

Edited to reiterate that I do not really know the sex of the baby...I am just making a guess that its a girl and to say that Jamie is due sometime in April.

Different, But The Same

My kids are really different from one another. Which is really fun.

But you know what's funny? It is so obvious they have the same mommy. Look at these pictures I have taken of both of them...


Beck Evie


Evie Beck


Beck Evie

Beck Evie



Evie Beck




Beck Evie





Beck Evie

Beck Evie

Evie Beck


Beck Evie


Evie Beck



Man...sometimes it just hits me all over again. How cute they are.

Heartbreak



I am reading Night by Elie Wiesel. It is breaking my heart.

May we never forget the tragedy that was Auschwitz or our own personal heartbreak:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I Don't Mean to Brag...

...but these are the men in my life.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Culture Curiosity

I have an assignment for my Cultural Communications class.

Highlight a culture that interests you and present a 5-7 minute speech about that culture's food and eating habits and rituals.
Fun!

So, I have all these ideas floating around in my head but I want a little input.

Would you mind voting in the poll on my sidebar?






Monday, September 8, 2008

Mondays

Monday's are my school day.

I am on campus from 8 am until 9 pm.

I go to classes and learn new, interesting things. I make new friends. I take walks around the tree-studded grounds. I read books for fun, I read books for serious. I study. I putz on the internet. I think about life, about ideals, about future. I take a nap in my car or on the lawn. I go back to class and invest in tomorrow.

I like Mondays.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Love Food

Love Food.

You know, the "something" you make when you want your man to know he's loved.

It's the food that makes his eyes light up and smile inevitable. Mr. B's is a BLT Sandwich. With lots and lots of Mayo (Miracle Whip, preferably).


I really don't like making bacon. It pops and sizzles and splashes my arms with death-grease. It stinks up the house and lingers on my clothes. And then there's the crisis of what to do with the hot grease when you're done. No, bacon's not my favorite.

And I've tried some variations because, as great as a BLT can be, sometimes it gets a little monotonous. I've tried adding turkey. I've tried little slices of avocado. I've tried onions.

Mr. B. is a purist. He likes his BLT bacon, lettuce, tomato (and a boatload of mayo) only.

As messy and unsavory as it is for me to make a BLT, it is so worth the reaction when my big hunk of a man walks in and smells the bacon.

I love him.

Do you and yours have a love food? Share it!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Elephants

My kids love elephants. Or "Ewatints" as they are called in our house.


African Elephant from National Geographic

Beck's one b-day wish (well, other than a bike and new ball) was to go to the zoo to see the elephants.

In the light of where we are as Americans today. I'd say my kids have pretty good instincts. :)



Frivolous Friday

Remember when Halle Berry was pregnant? We knew her baby (with her model boyfriend) was going to be gorgeous.

She's drop-dead. He's drop-dead. The baby didn't have a chance of being ho-hum.


Well, here she is. Nahla.

She is perfection. Look at that skin. Those eyes.

The only thing that might be better than Beck's fantastic hair is a dark-skinned baby with blue eyes.

Pretty, right?