Monthly Archives: August 2012


This was a big week for me – I finally learned how to curl my hair. I have very fine hair, but a lot of it, and it’s never held a curl for more than about five minutes. Until this week!

The secret was my old nemesis, hairspray. I’m Southern, so my childhood featured a fine haze of Aqua Net over everything.

The other secret was lowering my expectations.

So, this was taken at around 7:45 a.m.:

(Please ignore my face. My jaw was dropped in sheer amazement.)

And this was at 5:30 p.m.:


If you also have a lot of fine hair, I’ll tell you what I did. After I got out of the shower, I applied a strong hold cream and let my hair air-dry. The next morning I sprayed in some strong hold hair spray and combed it through. Then I curled, shook it out, and finally I shellacked it with more hair spray. And then I sat on my hands all day to keep from touching my hair.

It’s true. I’m a hair-twirler. It’s a problem.

Are you still here? Excellent.

In other news, Ron has been exceptionally pleased with himself this week:

He thinks we bought this rug because it matches him.

Last night I caught Tyler and Jensen doing something awesome:

A couple of years ago, I got Tyler these tiny Luchador Thumb Wrestlers from Etsy, so he and Jensen decided to thumb-wrestle WHILE ALSO WEARING LUCHADOR MASKS. Totally made my night.

Happy three day weekend!

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WIWW: Impending Three Day Weekend

It’s almost September. Let me say that again. It’s. almost. September.

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Last Thursday I dressed in a hurricane palette, in honor of Isaac. This is 100% not true. I just like gray a lot.

Friday Tyler and I petted Barbara before school:

Monday I added a homemade belt to my red pants, with a tuxedo shirt:

Tuesday I wore wide horizontal stripes because I laugh at conventional wisdom:

And today I curled my hair. And also managed to put on clothes. Red letter day, I tell you.

Last night I put Essie’s “Turquoise and Caicos” on my toes for two pedicures in a row. This almost never happens, and it means I am smitten with this color.

Have a lovely week!


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Dresser: Done!

So what if it took me a solid week? With Jason’s help, I finally finished Tyler’s dresser.


SO much better. You can really see the hardware now.

All the details in the wood really stand out, too:

Zeus is back to his perch on top of the dresser. He approves.

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The last weekend before school started found us without any children, and Jason had a work conference fortuitously scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, specifically at the Grand Sandestin. I drove over after work on Thursday, and we stayed until Sunday morning.

It was purdy.

The hotel also had several cats-in-residence:

And was located right next to the Village of Baytowne Wharf, a cute (but disturbingly pristine) shopping/dining/entertainment center:

Friday morning Jason had conference-related activities, so I was on my own. After breakfast I wandered around the village, visited the public pier, headed to the beach for a bit, and grabbed some lunch at a taco shack:

That’s about when it started pouring rain. So Friday afternoon we did some damage at the outlet mall and then had dinner with some people from Jason’s firm:

Saturday morning we had huevos con chorizo at the Donut Hole, a great local breakfast place, before borrowing a couple of resort bikes and heading to the beach, where the sand or the sea removed one toenail’s worth of pedicure with surgical precision:


After lunch at an oyster bar, we visited several local antique stores, where we met the jauntiest lion ever created:

He was FABULOUS. And if he hadn’t cost more than my car, he would be in my front yard right now.

At Smith’s Antique Mall we found something equally fabulous and priced to sell:

Internet, meet our foo dogs, Stan and Barbara.

Saturday night we drove out 30A through Seaside (one of the first master-planned communities of New Urbanism), and then had dinner at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. After dinner we stopped to watch a thunderstorm roll in over the Gulf.

It was a perfect vacation. It was so nice to reconnect and refresh right before the start of school (and being on the most beautiful beach in Florida doesn’t hurt, either). I always have a wonderful time with Jason, but being away from the distractions of home makes me appreciate him all over again.


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WIWW: Back to School

Sharpen your  #2 pencils and zip up your lunchbox, because school is officially underway here.

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Thursday I needed an outfit that would be comfortable at work, and then on a three-hour drive to Destin, where I joined Jason at a work conference:

Friday was a low-key day. (I was only borrowing Jason’s bow tie for this picture):

Saturday I made a new friend:

Monday was the first day of school. Tyler spent all of five seconds picking out an outfit. I am not responsible for those jean shorts.

While we were in Destin, we may or may not have made a field trip to the Loft outlet. The necklace in the picture above and the dress in the picture below were part of my haul:

Have a lovely week.

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WIWW: Last Week of Summer

Monday is the first day of school for our county’s kids. We’ll have a sixth grader (middle schooooooool!), a fourth grader, and a third grader – all at different schools. This will be the case until the 2017-2018 school year. YIPE.

But that’s not why you’re here!

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Saturday: I cleaned the house and ran some errands. And wore clothes!

I have had my eye on these pretty bracelets, so I made one for myself.

Sunday we went to church, and I wore my bracelet again. A six-month-old decided it would be an EPIC chew toy. That’s the mark of a successful craft project. The slobber of approval, if you will.

Monday I went with an easy day dress in navy, white, and lime, and paired it with my mustard-colored rosette necklace.

And a close-up, for fun:

Have I mentioned how much I love this shirt? It never needs ironing. This is good, because on Tuesday our iron stopped working, randomly. The white beaded necklace (there are tiny gold beads between each white enamel bead) was my grandmother’s.

And this is what I’m wearing right now:

Kind of amazing. I remember when one-hour photo processing was the most advanced thing EVER, and now we can take pictures at 7:50 a.m. and have them cropped, enhanced, and on the internet by 8:00.

Have a lovely week.


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The Pause that Refreshes

2012 began with a burst of creative activity for me. I completed projects in the fields of master bathroom, painting old furniture, and wearables.

One of my more challenging projects was to paint and glaze a headboard that had been given to me:

And then, for months….nothing. The creative well suffered a bit of a drought.

Strangely, it was the Olympics that re-kindled the flame (see what I did there?).

So this is my next project – the dresser that came with the headboard.

I’ve gotten 3/5 of the drawers primed and painted. I hope to have the whole thing finished before Tyler gets back from visiting his grandparents on Sunday.

I’m keeping the hardware. I kind of like it, it matches the other oil-rubbed bronze hardware in his room, and it would be a total pain to either match the width or drill new holes.

Wish me luck!

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