Friday, October 28, 2011

Fright Night

Halloween in upon us and all the ghouls will be out this weekend! Well, almost all of them. Instead of getting a sitter and braving the bars and clubs (like I would have in my life b.k. - before kids) I think the hubs and I will watch scary movies on Netflix and whip up a batch of this punch along with some spooky hors d'oeuvres and have our own party! How are you celebrating Halloween?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again

I'm back from a week in a NyQuil induced coma. Yes, the flu hit my house. Actually it just hit me. But I am on the up and up and ready to blog! I have to say, I don't know what I would do without my husband, who took up the role of nurse and Mr. Mom with gusto. And I totally believe his soup has healing powers. Well, it's not his soup. We found the recipe here. He added a lot of Sriracha (yum!) In addition to the soup, he made sure that Pride and Prejudice was on nonstop. There you go dearies - the cure for the common flu.

What makes you feel better when you're sick?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Don't Put Off Today What Can Be Done Tomorrow

For the past four years I've been eyeing this dress for my daughter. For some reason I always put off purchasing it (mostly for fear of her outgrowing it 5 seconds after it arrives. She grows so fast!) Well today I'm buying it and I am so excited! It's just a classically beautiful dress. On the plus side, I am killing two birds with one stone. I plan on pairing it with a Wednesday Addams wig and striped tights for her Halloween costume.

On another note I plan on changing up the routine today. Instead of walking around the same park we stroll through everyday, I think I may drive downtown so my son and I can walk around the river. New sights and sounds may be fun for us both.

What changes will you make in your routine today?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rainy Days and Thursdays

Today is a slightly chilly, gray autumn day. There is a constant drizzle coming down and depending on your outlook this could be depressing or romantic. I'm going with romantic. I've piled my hair on top of my head å la Jane Birkin and I'm heading out to do errands in my new trench coat. I even added some "cat eye" eyeliner for some drama! What little things do you do to liven up a dull day?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Debbie Downer is Looking Up

So I think I've become a bit of a "Debbie Downer." This is odd because I actually have a very outgoing personality. But get me started on something I can complain about and I will go on forever. And these negative thoughts just DRAG ME DOWN! Let me give you some background: I used to live in a large city and I worked in the arts. I was a bit of a party girl. Then my WONDERFUL husband got a job - a job he LOVES - and we moved. We landed in a small town in the south and I feel a bit lost. It's been almost six years and in those years I've had two kids and been able to stay at home with them. And I know that I am LUCKY to have this. I am thankful for it. But I've gotten stuck in the past, on how I used to perceive myself and I haven't figured out how to live in the now and fully enjoy what I do have. So here's what I am proposing to myself. To stop complaining. To record a simple joy a day. To find beauty and share it. Okay, so I live in a small town in the south and it's not a hip, big city. Okay, so I no longer have an exciting career where I get to meet interesting people and create. But I do get to live in a beautiful part of the country and watch leaves change color. And I get to see my kids grow everyday. And that in itself should make me filled to the brim with joy, right? Well, here's my first joy to share. This morning my son, Dexter, and I took a walk in the park. It was cool, quiet, the leaves are changing, and I watched my son discover all kinds of new things in nature. And I was filled with joy.

What have you found joy in today?