Archives for March 2011

Thursday Ten: It’s MARCH Edition

1. Whoohoo! It’s finally March! I was hoping the new month would bring instantaneous warmer weather, but it didn’t. It’s a bummer, but that’s alright. Soon enough… right? What is the weather like where you are? Still cold and wintery or are you seeing signs of spring?

2. You vloggers AMAZE ME. I tried to vlog today and I realized something very important: I say UM a lot. Also? I scratch my forehead when I don’t really have anything to say.

3. New music of the week – Watsky. It came recommended to me by people who like booty-shaking music. It’s rap/hip hop, so if that’s NOT your thing, you probably won’t like it. But I’m enjoying it.

4. This morning, I was thinking about a friendship of mine that is no longer – a friend of mine from high school and college and how you go from being great friends and then you don’t talk anymore. And I was thinking of songs that reminded me of her – so many songs remind me of her – and this one does, so much.

5. I am going to email the friend I referenced in number four because the thing is, when I started thinking of the songs that reminded me of her – I had a lot of great memories and reminders of the fun we had together. And sure, we may never be close again like we were when we were younger – but the memories are so fun.

6. I went to Panera for lunch on Tuesday and was greeted by name. “Hi Sarah!” I actually stopped in my tracks – my Panera habit isn’t as excessive as my Starbucks habit – but i go maybe once a week… So it was kind of surprising that they remember my name. But, I also find it really cool, too. When I was a waitress (BRIEFLY) I was the kind that remembered people’s names and their order – it’s just how my brain works – so I think it’s pretty awesome when people do it.

7. I made my first ETSY purchase the other day! I saw these super cool magnets on Brene’ Brown’s blog and had to go buy one for myself. The artist is Allison Strine – the delivery was speedy, and it came packaged cutely. And I LOVE IT.

8. In guitar lesson, we’re still working on music by Mat Kearney. (I love Mat Kearney). This isn’t actually a difficult song – as far as chords go. Actually, as far as anything goes – for the most part it’s pretty easy. I never thought I’d describe anything relating to the guitar as easy. It’s neat to see progress – I guess it’s been a few years – there SHOULD be progress. I’m never going to be a professional caliber musician – but that’s okay. I don’t need to be. I like finding the joy in doing something that’s for myself.

9. I bought myself some sunflowers the other day to celebrate the first of March. At ninety-nine cents a stem, it was a cheap dose of happiness.

10. Y’all know my love of Greek yogurt and honey – I’ve added a bit of joy to the mix. CRUSHED WALNUTS. Mind blown. It’s amazing. I’m easily amused. Yeah. Yum. Yogurt. Yay. {insert other words that start with Y here}


There are days when I feel I have adjusted to pet ownership. The dog is housebroken – and he’s a lot easier to like when we’re not so worried about him leaving piles on the carpet. He’s finally trained to go out in the backyard to do his business, rather than needing someone to go stand outside with him in the snow in the front yard. He is less of a dork when we need to put him in his crate when we’re leaving the house or for the evening.




See that mess up there? That was a throw pillow for the sofa. Was is the operative word. Yeah, there’s still some fluff in it – but most of the fluff ended up in the trash.

Two weeks ago, I sent Pumpkin’s homework back to school in her folder – well, the pieces of her homework that remained after the dog chewed it up – with a note to her teacher, “The dog literally ate her homework. Here’s what’s left.” He ate a paperback book. Pencils. He gnawed open a pack of hot cocoa. Ponytail holders. Plastic cups. The plastic milk carton top.

If it’s within reach (and do not even dare to underestimate his reach), it’s fair game. HE WILL EAT IT.

I swept a pile of stuff off the counter into a bag the other day – because he can reach the counter. He jumps up and tries to eat from the dirty dishes in the sink. Trying to figure out how to stop it is like trying to figure out how to babyproof again – only for a REALLY REALLY TALL BABY.

It’s driving me crazy.

I’m not a fan of this part of pet ownership.

Things I Love Tuesday: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the Beckoning of Lovely

I first saw Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s video on YouTube a few years ago – and immediately fell in love with the simplicity and the optimism and joy and amazement of this project. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch the video above.

The next steps are that Amy and a hand-picked panel of awesome people picked a lot of Lovely things – art, music, and other lovely endeavors – to put together in a movie.

Now, they’re seeking help from lovely people to help get this lovely movie made.  Amy is hoping to raise $11,111 to make this movie so that it can be made and released on 11/11/11.

I’d love to see her project come to fruition. Be sure to click over to the Kickstarter page to pledge and help make it happen.