tuesday morning treats | peony perfection

June 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

My peonies are blooming along just beautifully in my mint julep cups that I just got with the last of my wedding credit, yes dontjudge we’ve embarked upon our fourth year of marriage, and I was able spread out the two bunches of four stems each into four vases all over the house. Happiness.

By the way, since inquiring minds want to know, I improved my Bedside Table page over there on the left in case you’re looking for a good read. Would love to tell you more about any of them! Check it out.

Also, you must go check out a blog I just discovered, The Simply Luxurious Life. It’s filled with great pictures, sorry but a must for me when I peruse blogs, but it also has great advice and insight on living life. I think today’s post is great. Go now go.


monday sweet treats

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whammy of a weekend for y’all who follow my food blog too! Sometimes when I have too much time lots of ideasI schedule a few posts out. Saturday’s post was supposed to post Sunday night, but I guess I messed that one up! I had to go in and change a few things when I got the email that it had posted. Oh well. You had the treat and privilege of three blog posts from me in one day! You’re welcome. I hope it made for an extra special weekend.

Because we all need some sweet treats to get us going for the week ….

1. sweet little ballerina 2. little people mocs – do they come in my size? 3. clutch –  just simple and unassumingly lovely 4.bruschetta – what to do with my homemade bread and farmer’s market tomatoes! 5. lovey just lovely peonies –  today i bought ten buds for $8. serendipity. no shame. 6. major case of eReader case lust – my nook is in the mail!

sweet summer snippets

June 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

So these are some of the things I do with myself these days because I have the best job, and my husband’s pretty great for letting me do it. Go be a teacher because you get summer break.


Haven’t had long hair in the summer since ’round about 2003 {and that was pre Chi days…We are all thankful that mane and most of the pictures documenting its middle parted massiveness have been forgotten} Because my workouts and poolside sitting have of late turned into battle with a huge, sweaty whip of a long ponytail, I’m pleased to announce that I figured out the knot bun and accomplished the sideswiping french braid which successfully rounds up my bangs as well.


Neon pedicures will always remind me of my college friend and roommate Hanna who one day announced something to the effect of, “It’s finally spring! I need a neon pedicure!” as though the correlation between the arrival of spring and the paid acquisition of neon nails was most normal and obvious. Plus, she takes great pics with a great camera and was known to not only strut her neon nails but snap bright, springy pics of them in similarly themed sunny scenery to the extent that I was won over. Hot weather means hot nails. Thanks, Hanna.

I had the treat of meeting my friend Elizabeth during her lunch break to get pedicures this week. {I exchanged neon pink for more of a neon fuschia…still getting up enough cajones for the neon blues and greens, but just you wait, come August or even the end of July….my denial of summer’s impending end will set in and there’s really no telling.} Heard about all her travels, of which I’m super jealous, and enjoyed watching her light up when talking about a certain {and relatively recent!} someone.


aaaand Austin is great. I enjoyed yet another outdoor, another free, another chill live music event. The music was really the backdrop though, because what I’m loving about this town I grew up in is going to events like this and running into college friends, church friends, high school friends, work friends…. making all kinds of fantastic small world connections and getting to know friends of friends. Add good music, good food, good drinks and a great evening, life is good.



Scenes from my day job. Yes, I DO work! The variety of books I tote around is pretty ridiculous. We have this here gem of young adult fiction, The Clique series. We are also dabbling in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Quo Vadis, as well as Geometry and Algebra. It’s a blast though really. I get to go work Geometry problems and figure out heights of shadows and widths of rivers, then go analyze the Odyssey, then help Young Mr. Percy Jackson Reader compose a quite imaginative story about a boy who finds a magic bean and sprouts all sorts of metallic weapons. That one gets stickers when he’s done. Though the others have been known to enjoy my sticker and fun eraser collection…

I’ve also been working on my baking bread skillz.

Even if you’re at a desk job {and most likely getting paid more than me, if that’s any concession to my teacherlifetales} I hope you got to enjoy a happy hour on that lovely Friday evening and have had a great summer Saturday.

happy saturday!

June 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Saturday, Friends! We, pup and all, slept in to an unprecedented 9am this morning. For a house that’s always up and moving by 6 or 7 at the latest, it was grand.


Right now I’m enjoying this week’s new NPR Tiny Desk Concert Podcast with The Decemberists with my breakfast and big french press. Hope you have a great day!

thoughts. brought to you by billy collins

June 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House
Billy Collins

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.

The Chairs that No One Sits in
by Billy Collins
You see them on porches and on lawns
down by the lakeside,
usually arranged in pairs implying a couple
who might sit there and look out
at the water or the big shade trees.
The trouble is you never see anyone
sitting in these forlorn chairs
though at one time it must have seemed
a good place to stop and do nothing for a while.
Sometimes there is a little table
between the chairs where no one
is resting a glass or placing a book facedown.
It might be none of my business,
but it might be a good idea one day
for everyone who placed those vacant chairs
on a veranda or a dock to sit down in them
for the sake of remembering
whatever it was they thought deserved
to be viewed from two chairs
side by side with a table in between.
The clouds are high and massive that day.
The woman looks up from her book.
The man takes a sip of his drink.
Then there is nothing but the sound of their looking,
the lapping of lake water, and a call of one bird
then another, cries of joy or warning—
it passes the time to wonder which.

. Go listen to him read “Silence”



June 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

These are sketches I found on One Kings Lane by a dress designer whose name I, unfortunately, lost track of! I think they’re beautiful! Simple, elegant, detailed.

I love this dress. I want this dress. It’s from a recent film festival or awards show {ugh. must do better about naming my image files with their credits}. Those buttons {mom, you already know} remind me of dresses my grandmother sewed –matching outfits for me and my dolls.


June 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just learned that an etsy shop I stumbled across a year or so ago and then got to see {and remember how cute it is} @ the renegade craft fair has opened up shop in the atx. Bummed I missed the little opening party this week! I think Paloma is my favorite Spanish name. If I had any Mexican heritage, I’d name my daughter that. {there’s people laughing at me now, you know who you are} It means dove. I think it’s pretty. Spanish is just a more beautiful language. Reminds me of Sandra Cisneros’ quote from House on Mango Street, “In Spanish my name means hope. In English it means too many letters.”

Anyway. Enough about Spanish. I plan to stop by this shop ASAP.

hasta pronto.

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