Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Midweek Musings

Feeling Thankful For:  My safety net.  This week, we were reminded yet again at how fragile this world is.  At times I feel like I’m standing with each foot planted in two very different worlds – on one side is a realistic, cynical world and on the other side, an idealistic, childlike one.  And while one part of me proceeds through this life with caution, not to step on the cracks, I have this safety net there to swallow me up at the end of each day --- my happy place that makes the other side of the world worth the fight.  

Eating:  Tonight, I talked Beau into eating at Applebees.  He detests Applebees about as much as any other restaurant, but every now and then I get a craving for their oriental chicken salad, perfect margarita and their nice, family-friendly atmosphere.  I don’t care what anyone says, there’s something about that place that is inviting.  Plus, kids eat free on Wednesday nights and there’s nothing that makes me happier than being able to order Cruz an Oreo cookie shake and sneak in a couple of spoonfuls myself. 

Watching:  Anybody else subjecting themselves to Fox’s new show, The Following?  If you haven’t been sucked into the ultra creepy vortex of cult worshipping and literary crazed killers, consider yourself lucky.  The show is kind of like a super creepy version of 24, with Kevin Bacon as Jack Bauer, hoping to stop a sort of hot version of Hannibal Lector.  Have you ever sat through a movie and seriously wondered if it was good for your heart rate?  I can feel my stomach turning in knots and watch the clock just waiting for the hour to be over so that I can breathe easy again.  And then it ends and I wish for five more hours to watch.  You know, that kind of show.   

Reading:  One of the great things about having a mom as a librarian is that I always have a long list of books on my wish list.  Finding the time is one thing, but I’ve discovered that when I save twenty or so minutes before bed and read, it does wonders for my mind.  I go to bed relaxed, not thinking about the millions of things I have to do in the morning because I’ve just spent that brain activity on the world within my book.  Right now it’s The Light Between Two Oceans by M.L. Stedman and I’m really enjoying it.  The book recounts the story of a young couple living as lighthouse keepers on Janus Rock, unable to have children of their own when they discover a boat washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.  The book is wonderfully written and makes you think about circumstance, choice, and the consequences of each.  I

Looking forward to: This weekend.  Since all this April rain has dampened plans to enjoy the early signs of spring outside lately, I’ve got plans to bring springtime inside this weekend.  I want to explore the world of caterpillars and earthworms, dig in some dirt, and plant some seeds.  I want to stomp in rain puddles, dance with umbrellas, and cuddle up with a bowl of buttery popcorn and a good flick. 

Loving:  my new lilac nail polish and blue maxi skirt from Anthro, Cruz’s hair, and the way Beau told me I looked cute yesterday.  Walks outside in sweatshirts and pancakes for supper.  A surprise file of all our wedding photos, watching the wheels turn in my future teachers’ heads as they teach their very first lessons this week, and a much-needed getaway with my mama.    


  1. just want to throw a happy note your way and tell you that you rock, mama. hope you are enjoying spring despite the rain. it's better than snow, right!? and when you come to KC this summer for mumford we NEED to hang. ok. that's all. :)

    love ya!

    xx, amanda

    1. Thanks for the note, Amanda! Are you getting spring in KC? It's cold and blustery here, but it looks like seventies are in store for the weekend...fin-a-lly!

      We are SO excited for Mumford. We're thinking a little anniversary weekend away, so I'll for sure be in touch about getting together. That would be so fun.

      Looking gorgeous as always. You've got the glow, girl!


  2. Oh my, The Following is so good! I used to get scared watching the Wizard of Oz when I was little so I'm kind of surprised at myself. I can't wait for Monday sucks me in! I must admit I have a blanket ready at all times to cover my eyes and I have been known to hit the mute button on the remote when it gets too intense! My heart is usually racing when it's over too!

    1. Ahhh...did you watch it last night?!?! I thought of you as I plugged by ears during the last second shot of Parker in the ground! Last night's episode was almost too much. I just heard they got approved for a full second season, so I'm sure it will end with a cliffhanger!



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