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Friday, July 30, 2010

"Fashion! Turn to the left! Fashion! Turn to the right! Ooh Fashion!"

Can I tell you just how ready I am for cool weather? These days of 100 degree weather are KILLING me! Summers in the south, complete with frizz inducing humidity may well be the death of me. You would think since I have lived here my entire life, I would get used to it...but no....not yet...probably not ever.

So, in preparation for fall, I've been scouting around for some new duds to don. I lost some weight this summer, so I'm going to need some new things to fill out my wardrobe. Exciting!

Here's what I've found that I'm loving so far....

White House Black Market, $98

Macy's, $79.50

Anthropologie, $118
Great with jeans or dressed up for work! LOVE!

Ok, everything I am digging is gray or black...time to bring on some color.....

Tweak, $95
These necklaces are handcrafted with real dipped orchids...I neeeed one!!

KMart, Pleated Shrug, $49.99

Nordstrom, $91.90

Zappos, $67.46

Zappos, $87.45

Post Song: Fashion, David Bowie

Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high...take a look....it's in a book...a Reading Rainbow"

In my opinion, every little girl needs a puppy to snuggle with. Sasha and Malia Obama are no exception. With the campaign trail a daunting task to most adults, I can only imagine what it is like for two little girls who are used to having both mommy and daddy tuck them in every night. When I heard the Obamas promised their girls a puppy when they moved into the White House, I was thrilled for them. What would they pick?? I have to say Bo was an awesome choice. He is adorable. I may harbor the idea that he and Winston could be BFFs....frolicking around on the south lawn together. Chasing squirrels and sniffing at the kitchen garden. Ahhh...if only....

So, when I heard they were publishing a book just about Bo, how could I not think this was full of awesomeness?? I have placed my order and my own copy of The First Pup should be arriving soon.

I may have a soft spot for children's literature. I was only a couple of classes short for a minor in CL when I graduated, but to stay on the 4 year plan, there just wasn't time. I love the classics...I could read Little Women and To Kill a Mockingbird over and over never tiring of where they take me. I've read all the Harry Potter books at least twice, and Where the Wild Things Are is a favorite as well as all the Shel Silverstein books. Don't even get me started on Nancy Drew or Beverly Cleary's ability to get me through my middle school years or Dr. Seuss and the vivid images he invokes or Alice in Wonderland or Bridge to Terabithia or or or....ok so yeah, you get my point. I have a problem with books...bookstores are one of the places I can never leave without spending $100. I even bought a Barnes and Noble Nook trying to make my "habit" a little easier on the wallet...it has helped, but there is just something about holding a book in your hand that can't be replaced.

It's almost time for school to begin, so the next time you are in Borders, make sure you pick up one of the books they are selling for school children who can't afford them otherwise. It's a quick and simple way to share the love of reading with our next generation and to support those who, unlike me, can find the words that take us into a land of imagination....transporting us to another place or time...

Post song: Reading Rainbow, PBS


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall"

So, in my quest to recognize the awesomeness that is my life, because let's face it, I'm one lucky chica; I am going to shout from the rooftops and draw attention to the good I find.

Today's reason to be grateful literally fell from the sky. Rain. Unheard of in North Carolina at the end of July, right? Absolutely. It fell, it poured, hours later it was still coming down. I am thrilled...THRILLED, I tell 'ya.

Now, what I'm not too happy about was the rate of speed it decided was needed. Several areas of our state were flooded because of too much, too fast. But, well, I guess beggars can't be choosers, right? Here's to hoping it soaks in quickly and doesn't cause too many problem. So, thank you for the rain...we needed it.

Thanks for following me on this journey, y'all...it's going to be interesting!!

Post Song: Bob Dylan