It began on January 1, 2009 and it will end tonight. I decided at the beginning of this year that I wanted to improve my photography skills and force myself to get my money’s worth out of my DSLR at the same time, so I decided I was going to make myself take a picture every single day. Yes, every. single. day. Honestly, I didn’t think I would make it past a couple of weeks. I’m...
If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it...– Scary thought.
Note to self:
Don’t fall asleep with silly putty in your hands. It’s not nearly as much fun to scrape off of blue jeans.
Christmas lunch with Ricki (10) and Randi (12)
Randi: Did you hear about the guy near our town? He sells hot dogs on the side of the road, but it turns out he's a bad man. He sexually molested a nine-year-old girl who was walking home from school. And can you believe it? They let that guy out of jail.
Jonathan and me: That's terrible.
Ricki: ... I still like hot dogs.
Caley and I, we’re silly playin’ Happy and Grumpy ridin’ the...– Jared, of course He’s Happy the Dwarf and I’m Grumpy the Dwarf, who gets very grumpy when Happy won’t let him off on the 30th floor… It’s a Sesame Street routine that started with Kermit and Count. I have NO IDEA how Jared and I ended up doing it as Happy and Grumpy.
After spending over three hours on the phone with Apple and AT&T over the course of the past 24 hours, doing endless, pointless troubleshooting over and over again, they finally told me what I knew was the problem when I called the first time. No, it’s not my update. No, it’s not my service. No, it’s not my stupidity, believe it or not. No, it’s not my data plan. No,...
While passing a tanning bed in the mall...
Jared: “Looks like a funeral home.” Have I mentioned how much I love my brother?
Seeking and being sought
I have a remote for my camera that I try to keep in my purse, camera bag or computer bag whenever I take my camera somewhere just in case I need it. I decided I needed it on Sunday when I was at my parents’ house, and, certain I had it with me, I looked everywhere I could think. I looked in all three of the bags I had with me multiple times. I went out to my car in the below-freezing night...
I can't believe I only have nine more photos to...
A picture a day. All year. Right here.
It just dawned on me the other day that we’re closing out a decade in just a few days. Even though this coming decade will just be my fourth to live in, I have a hard time imagining that any decade will be as eventful and meaningful as the past 10 years have been for me, mainly because the age I’m at requires a lot of transitions, but it’s changed, that’s for sure. There...
I was laughing at someone's Twitter update...
Jonathan: I don't know who that is (referring to the person who posted said "tweet").
Me: You say that every time I say her name.
Jonathan: Oh yeah, that girl.
I bought myself something for Christmas.Did I tell you?It’s awesome.Look...– Jonathan, all too excited about his new Christmas present he ordered for himself (a pictorial dictionary).
I’m sitting down at home. I don’t feel like this has happened in a week. Oh wait, it hasn’t. Except for that one time on Wednesday. From last Monday to today, I’ve driven over 2,200 miles and stayed in three states, worked two auctions, attended one birthday party for one great husband, held one new baby niece [twice], had supper with my four best friends and lunch with...
Like most kids, I made out a Christmas list for Santa every year of presents that I wanted, needed and couldn’t live without: a kitten, the remote control monster truck, a bike, etc. Eventually my mom Santa and I developed a relationship where we knew each other so well, I barely have to make out a Christmas list at all anymore. She pretty much knows my taste and what I want unless...
And, oh snap, that’s how our funeral home janitor caught a murderer.– Emily McGlaughn This is just a minor peek into the conversations we have when we’re together. That was the end of a true story, by the way.
I don't say this enough
I talk a lot, and I say a lot of things too much, but there’s one thing I don’t emphasize nearly as much as I should: I married an unbelievable person. Jonathan and I “debate” (as I’ve lovingly named it) a lot about little, stupid things, and we do it a lot. Like, all the time. It’s really more for entertainment purposes than being serious, but that’s...
Andrew Dost - Yeah, I Know It’s...
Ear Ticklers for Christmas Playlist
OK, we’re going to try this again. Apparently the link didn’t work the first time, then I re-uploaded it and only half the tracks were on it for some reason. Hopefully the third time’s the charm SOOOOO… without further ado (I hope)… Here it is: A fabulous playlist of Ear Ticklers for Christmas: A mix full of egg-noggin’, toboggan, fruit cakin’, present takin’, cookie...
I'm cooking for 25 people over the next two days....
Probably so. Oh well.
COMING SOON: My first-ever Christmas mix tape
Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever...– Katherine Hepburn
At lunch yesterday, I was just boasting about how my workload was slowing down a little and my December looked relatively tranquil. Wednesday heard me and fought back with no retaliation. Today, December 10 - My cousin may have her baby Saturday, December 12 - Cooking for Nik and his friends for his graduation Sunday, December 13 - Cooking for Laura and her friends as part of her graduation...
Girls' night for the win!
Every month pretty much for the past two years, my two best friends from college, Jess and Jen, and I have met and spent endless hours catching up on the events of each month at Chick-Fil-A. It’s a tradition we began when we were freshmen at FHU (only then it was weekly, since we all lived within 100 yards of each other), and has only seen a brief hiatus when I moved to Alabama and Atlanta....
Because Jonathan was working all night and I was THAT bored. Unfortunately, since I don’t know HTML well at all, it always takes me waaayyy longer than I mean for it to. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s as good as it’s going to get for tonight. Redesign yes or no?
Trouble is coming
“Life isn’t easy.” I’ve heard that my whole life. I’ve had multiple friends and family members be struck with tragedies I couldn’t imagine facing. I’ve always been the one on the other side, doing my best to comfort them and sympathize with them but could rarely empathize with anyone’s trials in life. Life has always been good to me. I grew up the...
I will never tire of songs with upbeat clapping....
Let it snow
Me: If I don't find an affordable way to get to Pasadena, I'm going to Alabama for the national championship game. Jonathan took all the fun out of [the SEC Championship] game.
Jonathan Bradford: It's a good thing he wasn't watching with me. Towards the end, I was playing the Alabama fight song blaringly loud and throwing "Roll Tide snow" around my apartment.
Jonathan Bradford: (Roll Tide snow was just handfuls of napkins)
Oh my stars. Alabama is going to the National...
National Cookie Day
National Cookie Day was yesterday. So I made cookies. From scratch. Without a recipe. That’s not like me at all. The product of boredom more than anything, I think, but I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out, except that I made waaaayyy too many of them. Thanks to Bryson, Susan, Nik, Leann, Dustin, Broderick, Brad and Kristi for taking them off my hands! Also as a product of...