Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

just a minute, now.

I found some time. Down time for myself before bed and decided to start a quick book I had downloaded on my Kindle.

Mistake. I was awake until almost 2 in the morning reading. It wasn’t a particularly good book, nothing I couldn’t have waited for, but I laid there and read until I heard the clock only ring twice on the hour. I could easily have kept going, but I knew it would be a long day running on only 4 hours of sleep. Barely enough to function.

I realized I do this a lot when I am stressed out about something, anything really. I read. And read some more. I suppose it gets me away from my own thoughts and complaints for a while and lets me get a few hours of relief. I love that feeling of not worrying about anything else.

So yes, it was a tired day. By lunch I was starving (I don’t eat much when I’m stressed either) and exhausted, but I managed to get a lot of work done too. I have weird energy on days of little sleep sometimes. I was physically tired but mentally I don’t know how that works.

Now I’ve started Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, one of the books on my list and am looking forward to it. I always imagine the most beautiful people in her books. Love that. And did you know Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is being adapted to the big screen?! Yes!

November 30, 2011

flickr favs. black and white edition.

1. Black & White Farm, 2. Who’s gonna ride your (black and white) wild horses, 3. lion black and white, 4. London Eye in Black and White, 5. Black & White in a Blue World, 6. Black and White Town, 7. Black & White, 8. Black & White / Fashion / Portrait / Photography, 9. Black & White, 10. i miss the way the sunshine would light up your face, 11. Railroad Tracks Black and White, 12. Black & White B126 (JDD497)

November 27, 2011


I hardly got any pictures of anything that screams Thanksgiving, like food or decor, but I did manage to get some of the little kiddos after they had been sugared up on cookies and pie. I guess that’s the real fun anyway.

And how I went all day with no pictures of Caleb, I don’t know. He must have been hiding from me, or scarfing down sprinkle-covered cookies.

November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

This year has flown by. It seems like just last week that we were sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, laughing and joking, eating and napping. It doesn’t seem possible that an entire year has gone by. But it has, and here I am making another list. We really shouldn’t need a holiday to remind us to be thankful and give the people we love an extra tight hug, just because we want them to know we are thankful. We really should say these things every single regular day.

I am thankful for my family. Always.
I am thankful for my dear friends, even the ones I don’t see as often.
I am thankful for my job, especially on payday.
I am thankful for love. It is all around.
I am thankful for my health. Even when I’m sick, I’m still pretty lucky.
I am thankful for inside jokes at work that save the day.
I am thankful for my ever-growing ability to strongly voice my opinion without feeling guilty afterwards.
I am thankful for simplicity in my life. Sometimes it is just simply crazy.
I am thankful for another year to be thankful.

November 22, 2011

such a productive day at work.

+ doodling
+ daydreaming
+ laughing and telling stories
+ planning pot luck tomorrow
+ procrastinating

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November 22, 2011

morning light.

Every day I wake up
and think that today is the day
my life will change
And the wild will be loose.


Morning will hit me softer
and comfort will kiss my eyelashes
before I even open them.
I am going to be who I never was before.

Today is the day.
Everyone else might wake
and be the same, but I,
I am going to be different.

One of these days
I am going to be right.

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November 20, 2011

i am about to get very vague.

Some things exist no matter how hard we try to deny that they do. They push us to do better, encourage us to keep going, and make us have that ambition to look at the bright side of things. Some things are fiery inside and burn us to go ahead. They assure us that matter what happens, we are okay. Those fiery parts of me are what make me proud of myself because I am convinced that many others would have given into the heat by now.

November 19, 2011

dear Carrie,

Don’t let him off easy. He is going to be that nephew that challenges you and scares you because it turns out, he isn’t afraid of anything. Even the things he should be.

Don’t let him forget about this day when you chased him an entire block with shoes untied and the strength to drag him back in a headlock. You are tougher than you look, little girl.

Lastly, don’t let him forget you love him, crazy or not.

November 18, 2011

get it, get it.

It was a good week at work, meaning that I got tons of stuff done. Stuff that I didn’t want to do, but needed done anyway. MSDS organization, ISO documents updated, filed, spreadsheeted, and printed. Safety reports sent. Office CLEANED out. I had more energy in the past 2 days than I have in the past month, and I wasn’t going to waste it. Going back Monday won’t be so bad since my to-do list has been cut in half.

Now let’s hope that this continues so the let’s-do-this motivation can trickle into my house project. It might be a long shot, but I’ll dream in the meantime.

November 17, 2011


I haven’t had much time to read lately. Even with the Kindle app, finding time is hard. When I find some, these are the first on the list.

+ Alison Wonderland — I heard good things about it.

+ Crime and Punishment — I watched The Lake House, and this book was mentioned so of course, I have to check it out.

+ The Help — I want to see if it is worth the hype.

+ Shanghai Girls — Because a Lisa See novels always makes me appreciate myself a little bit more than I did before.

What are you reading lately?

November 15, 2011

questions for you, friend.

Where does that sort of alone come from? Where do such empty spots feed from? Thrive?

And where do you throw them away?

Because I’m hoping you’re almost done with this.

November 14, 2011

i don’t want this night to end.

This song might as well be titled “Carrie’s Life For the Past 2 Weeks.”  It’s been that good lately.

November 13, 2011


+ Sometimes you find just what you need when you aren’t even looking for it.

+ I need to get seriously serious about this house. I can’t drag my feet anymore about it.

+ There are certain friends I can talk to about anything, and they are the best ones to have.  I feel much better after Friday’s dinner.

+ A neglected opportunity by one person turned into someone else’s good luck. So why, then, do I feel guilty about it?

+ Glitter can make or break any project I do.  Lately, it’s been making them.

+ I have sent more texts in the last 2 weeks than I think I ever have. My fingers are gonna get tired.

+ Never underestimate the power of unexpected roses. Even girls who aren’t typical “I like flowers” girls (me!) fall for them sometimes.

November 7, 2011

more pinterest love.

I cannot get enough of the neat things I find on Pinterest. It’s a total procrastination tool, and not a total waste since there are so many ideas. Inspiration galore.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last few days:

+ I want to do this with my guy. Maybe in the spring?
+ Pink hair for a day? Yes, please.
+ Words of wisdom.
+ I am loving all grey and black outfits, but especially this one.
+ Red boots. Need.
+ My next simple canvas project.
+ I want to try most of the recipes on Pinterest, but cake batter rice krispie treats. Pure. Genius.

November 6, 2011

layla, part 2.

Lindsay and Todd are great parents. Dayton is a great brother. And Layla is a great addition to their little family. She looks so much like Dayton, with blonde hair and tiny lips. She is perfect.

Dayton is not the only one anymore. His little sister finally made her way into the world, and he loves her already. We’ve all been trying to get this little man ready for Layla, but until she was here, there was no explaining the idea of a little sister to him. Slowly, he will ease into that role though.

She is beautifully perfect.

November 4, 2011

newest niece.

Here she is!

November 3, 2011

26 SMASH update.

I love this book. I have tried art journals before, but never really got into the idea. I think I put too much emphasis on making things look pretty instead of what content was there. This book is different. I am embracing the SMASH idea, and the fact that I was able to make this for so little money makes that easy. I make it messy and sloppy-looking and quit worrying about whether things were sticking out/up or crooked. I can stop hoarding away good supplies because nothing in this book has had much cost at all. In fact, almost everything has been stuff that has been lying in my crafty supplies for a while.

The important thing for this project: To make sure that what I want to remember is there. The words that are going to make me say AHA! when I read them months or years down the road. Some of the words have been pulled from blog posts or journal entries, and some haven’t. It just depends.

I can’t wait to keep painting, adding pictures, and sloppily getting all of 26 in there.

November 1, 2011

hey november, i’ve got plans for you…

+ bake something. I don’t know what yet, but something.
+ get plans finalized to get the trailer off my land.
+ figure out a yummy recipe for Thanksgiving & then make everyone love it. Taking suggestions!
+ HOUSE stuff.
+ decorate my office for Christmas. Yes, Christmas.
+ start sorting through sell, keep, donate stuff.
+ stop being such a worrywart about everything. I don’t know what that’s from lately.
+ SMILE. Just because.