March 20, 2012

on who I am (at the moment)...


I am…

…searching for a new book to get lost within. I haven't made any time for reading in the past several months (or year, if we're being honest here) and I miss that feeling of not being able to put down a book because I'm so wrapped up in the story.

…feeling a bit more like myself these days. I have more moments of calm, which have been a long time coming.

…also continuing to be highly emotional and have managed to channel Kate Gosselin entirely too often while in fits of hormonal drama. My poor husband. Despite everything, he still claims to love me "nonethelesser", so, for that I am grateful.

…making plans for a bunch of new shop goodies. Creating new items takes twice as long these days, as the process if often interrupted by the wee one, but I've been craving that creative process which is always so fulfilling. So, I figure adding at least a bit of craftiness to each day is doable. I want to do so much more with my crafts; it's just a matter of putting the pieces together.

…discovering the double-edged sword that is post-partum hair regrowth. I mean, honestly. While my hairline is no longer receding, it is kind of a hot mess of random wispy hair. Also, I'm this close to breaking down and spending too much money on highlights because I generally feel like poo when it comes to my hair situation. (I know. Vanity. We all have our moments. Don't judge me.)

…going to be published! Ahhh! Early next year some of my crafty goodness will be featured in a book. Once I have more details, I will definitely be sharing them with you! For now, I am just absolutely over-the-moon to have accomplished one of my creative goals.

…missing country living. I'm rather tired of hearing traffic all day long.

…pretty sure Eisley will be walking within the next couple months. She is crawling all over, easily pulling herself up on furniture, walking along the couch when she stands, and…I'm not sure I'm ready for this. She is just too eager to explore, it seems!

…trying to keep a level head. Finding (and keeping) perspective can be tricky.


…thankful for inside jokes, new (to me) gold flats, grilled cheese and avocado sandwiches, sisters, afternoon sunshine, and a clean kitchen.


  1. I was totally with you on all of this & had a great many things to say until I read "grilled cheese & avocado sandwiches," when I lost all other focus because i NEED ONE OF THESE.

    1. Yes. Oh...yes yes yes. Me too!

    2. SAME. I can't wait for lunchtime so I can make one of those bad boys.

  2. Lovely post and I relate to you on several points: It's been too long since I've gotten lost in a good book, I'm trying to keep a level head, and I'm sleepy.

  3. P.S. Gorgeous photo! I'm jealous of your complexion!

  4. Such a beautiful pic! Your eyes are so expressive. :D Also, I knew that book feeling at the beginning of this year, until I started reading Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor and The Hunger Games. I highly suggest both!!!

    I am so excited that you're gonna be published!!! Eeep!!! Congrats, girly. You better keep us updated so I can buy said book!!!

  5. grilled cheese and avocado what a wonderful combination...i will have to try that asap.

    i wish i had a great book suggestion, but i have not had much time on my hands with a newborn. i miss reading. i have heard the hunger games are great!

    happy tuesday!

  6. The Hunger Games! But really. Its fantastical.

  7. congrats lady, you have magical powers because that sentence of yours has consumed my brain with ONLY thoughts of grilled cheese and avocado.

    as for books that you can get lost in, I highly recommend the Hunger Games. I know it's very bandwagon-y and popular right now but it's so good!!

  8. Book recommendations!
    - IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? by Mindy Kaling (humor/memoir)
    - THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green (funny/heartbreaking YA)
    - THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (lush literary love story)
    - DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (twist on an angel/demon love story)
    - THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett (funny and heartwarming and powerful)
    - WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (another circus love story, but completely different)
    - HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford (literary/historical but more mainstream than it sounds)
    - ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein (family drama told from the POV of the dog)
    - THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer (scifi for people who don't read scifi)

    Okay, that's probably enough. I just wanted to name a variety, since I don't know what kind of books you like.

  9. That photo of you is gorgeous!! I miss country living too ... I've been in the city for almost 6 years but I don't think I'll ever adjust!

  10. Love this post - and congratulations on being published! Can't wait to hear more about that!

  11. I recommend reading Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard as a book to get lost in - it's a travelogue YA book that's filled with beautiful imagery, beautiful introspection, and emotion.

  12. Congratulations on being published! Can't wait to hear/read more about that! I'm relieved some of this hair that's been falling out everywhere is going to grow back.

  13. I really relate to the hair situation. I feel so discontent with mine! I also want highlights, but can't bring myself to spend the money. I do think I'm going to chop it off though. I'm 30 years old and I have yet to figure out what to do with my fine, straight hair. Frustrating!

    (I can't believe Eisley is so mobile! Meredith hasn't even crawled yet, ha. It's so fascinating how different babies are!)

  14. You're going to be featured in a book!? That is SO exciting and amazing! I'm not surprised though, your crafts have always been so adorable and so well made!

  15. gorgeous photograph!! i would recommend 'the moment i first believed' by wally lamb, as it really grabs you from early on. he is a wonderful author. after i read the hunger games series (don't judge! LOL!), this was the first book that could capture and hold my attention like they had.

  16. such a lovely photo. i could never take a photo of my face that close. i'm like a monet ;)

    how exciting that you are going to be published. that is awesome!

    and i totally get you on the kate gosselin thing. as much as i hate to be/feel that way, it sometimes happens. i just try to recognize and reel it in. and pray. hang in there :)

  17. Published! Wow! Congrats!! That is so exciting!!
    I didn't know your hair can be regrown after a baby...Or..whatever that may be!
    And that's understandable that you're emotional...just know that you can't be turning into Kate Gosselin. No one would want that!

  18. I couldn't do without my highlights, but I hate paying those prices! Killer....we need to learn how to highlight our own hair. It's on my list.
    Congrats on getting publish! I am not surprised though!!
    Oh- and your skin is flawless!!!!!!!!!!
    I love these posts of yours! Makes my day :)

  19. Read The Hunger Games. Also, the Lovely Bones and The Help.

  20. Congrats on being published! That's amazing.
    I'll second the previous comment about the Hunger Games, Lovely Bonds and The Help. However, do not see the Lovely Bones movie. I hated it. The book is much better. Also, The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett is great as well as The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer.
    And about post-partum hair. Oiy. My stick straight hair turned beautifully wavy after my second child. .... however, its only in one section of my hair! Craziness.

  21. I'm with you on being blonde, and needing to not be at that crappy in between color! See if you can find a beauty school to get some highlights. I live in Boston, which is an equally expensive city, and I just got a cut and highlights for $40 - which is WAY less than I would have spent on a cut alone at my typical salon - and it looks really good!


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