Saturday, February 28, 2009

my own personal secretary

if we get a decent tax return,
i think i will do the economy a favor
and obtain my own personal secretary.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I think i'm finally ready to admit.

I'm not over all the all the
DIYing &
that the wedding plans allowed for.

{ hmpf! }

there, I said it.
and it's also probably why I've been
about sending thank you notes.

"Thank You."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight...The truly wise person is color-blind.—Albert Schweitzer

Sunday, February 22, 2009

library overhaul

so dying to do this at my own library.

thank you skye g.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

is it as easy as 25?


1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, "My purpose is to __________ today."

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts, things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. { serenity prayer always works for me. }

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals EVERYTHING, in HIS time.

20. However good or bad a situation is it will change.

21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:

I am thankful for __________.

Today I accomplished _________

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. Please practice & share this with everyone you care about, {and hope to inspire complete strangers by doing so.}

how to survive the style

this is by no means my way of condemning all of y'all who are out there shopping away and keeping our retailers in business, and other SBOs (small business owners) inspired to add to your local economies. this is my deal, my way of keeping fresh, despite the stale and 'reinventioned' take on style. so if you think i'm looking a little rough around the edges, it's b/c i'm ok w/ it and will have to be ok w/ it for a while.
NOTE: this is more like a letter to myself but b/c my noggin has some good ideas, here is me spilling the knowledge.

{ this picture only really refers to #5 but i didn't want to wait til the end before i shared the cuteness with y'all }

1. be happy with your hair - long, short, curly, straight...i have to embrace the fact that I was able to donate 9 inches of my pre-wedding hair to beautiful lengths and I'm a little encouraged to start all over again (no matter how much i bitched and whined about everyone bobbing it in 08.)

2. learn to sew, polish, 'hide' & be content:

+ sew:
not happy w/ my longish jeans since i dont wear heels these days. SOLUTION: get rehemmed in preparation for pretty spring/summer flats & sandals. EXTRA CREDIT: not buying newer, comfier jeans to fit growing booty.

+ polish:
some of my favored handbags have gotten dull b/c of all the city funk it acquires in my daily commute; clean, polish, refurbish w/ various cleaners and convince yourself of a decent "find" at imaginary thrift store.

+ hide:
favorite patterned button downed is little too tight for the jelly - pair w/ ridiculously reduced sweater vest and VOILA!

+ be content: you probably have more clothes than you even need in one laundry cycle. unless your mom remembers each item you own/wear (like mine) most people won't even remember or comprehend how often or how long you've worn something and well. at least you're not walking around naked... then again???? nm. oh, and if not and you're debating if you need it or not, maybe refer to this list, check what you have and deal w/ what you'll have to be w/out for now. chances are you've reached 90% of this list and yeah, you're good Girl.

3. makeup gives you pimples - ok, that's not true. it gives ME pimples. but one thing i've learned in my adult acne experience is that its forced me to look beyond my derma-blemishes and see how my beautiful smile has grown up through the years and no matter how much make-up/peels/creams/ointment could cure all these blemishes, i just need to be a little more diligent in my facial care routine w/ some of the old-skool treatments that lola still uses (DOVE bar soap + J&J facial powder from PI) and a beautiful smile is all you need.

4. love + kiss more. and i'm not just talking about those w/ sig.o's/husbands/jump-offs! be kind, not just when you rewind, but when you go to the store, give the cashier your cash, walk past someone in an nice people! we're all hurting. that's all. it's an instant pick me up.

5. turn off the tube and look to your loved ones -- hold your breath, and exhale and hold onto whatever gratitude you have left in your sole to realize that you have a roof over your head, food to put in your stomach, socks to put on your feet and warmth to come home at night. then look outward and figure out how to share this w/ those who are without. and then say thank you to whomever your ALMIGHTY is and hold fast to the rollercoaster of life.

ok. hate on me if this has turned you off. like i said, it's how I'M coping and recommending to those near and dear to me, but by all means you do you and i'll see you later.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I love me some Orla Kiely.

target + orla = doomed destiny!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What I know today -

What I know today - the whole thing about friends coming and going in and out of your life for certain reasons? SO TRUE!

list of 'to be happy'

a coworker of mine has taught me one of her tricks at staying positive, especially now during these tough economic times -- she jots down something "happy" everytime something "crappy" comes in her midst. she started not too long ago and is now up to 100 something.

so for all the bad things happening these days, Lord knows I'll get to 100 in no time! and after yesterday's downers, i'm praying that the Lord saves us all from just 'giving up' and looking up to Him for some kind of inspiration and guidance through all of this.

1. i spent the day saturday playing with my nieces before they leave for California for a break and after playing 'bouncy' with all three of them on top of my stomach and banging my head around, their juicy smiles put a permanent imprint of them on my brain, knowing the capacity of happiness within them, and shared with me.

2. i oddly enjoy my bus rides - not so much when it's standing room only - but moreso because it allows me to observe and peer out into my neighborhood (without having to pay attention to the road and drive) and every so often, i bump into a nice stranger on the bus who enjoys having a nonchalant conversation, for nothing else other than nonchalant conversation.

3. i love tissues and blowing my nose in the morning. it's almost as satisfying as picking a piece of lettuce out of your teeth. ok tha'ts kind of gross, but i feel like i've perfected the art of noseblowing - or else, i don't tolerate many things to linger in my nasal cavities for very long.

4. i organized my key chain the other night and love that i have so many 'homes' - work (sometimes), new home (yay mortgage!), mom/dad's home (i still miss them, don't tell them), and mom/dad-in-law's home (eeeps!) - and then there are our two cars...still debating if we need both, but they get us to where we need to go and allowed geoff/moi to survive our long distance relationship. so basically, i'd be lost without my keys. :)

5. v-necks are just wonderful. they just - are.

Monday, February 9, 2009


2002-2003, 1200 hats crocheted by residents of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women - one hat for every incarcerated woman. $6000 in donated yarn from members of United Church of Chapel Hill. c/o daintytime

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

today I'm going to...

a.) set out to accomplish my goals.
b.) be complacent with the reality of today.
c.) be optimistic about the challenges set ahead of me.
d.) stare out the window and count the snowflakes falling from the sky.
e.) do all of the above.
f.) do none of the above.

photo: pretty tree from costa.r