Mar 21, 2011

MIA

My apologies for being so blogless this past week. Had company in town all week, not to mention we celebrate St Patrick's Day here like it's Christmas. So that was a little overwhelming. My poor laptop has been so neglected. Im even blogging this from my phone. (Shame)
But I promise I will redeem myself soon! Don't leave me faithful followers!
And welcome new followers! It was such a treat to get online and see some more people have been reading. And I broke twenty. ;)

Did everyone have a good St pat's day?

Mar 9, 2011

Excuses Excuses

A couple years back my adoring, too-kind, wonderful husband bought me an acoustic guitar for my birthday. He bought this for me because it was exactly what I asked for. I asked him for it because I had every intention of learning how to play. Picture Will Ferrell's character in Stranger Than Fiction. "I want music in my life". Well, that's how I felt...and still feel for that matter.
(sidenote: If you haven't seen that movie, do it immediately)


Well since then, my poor guitar has been collecting dust, proudly displayed on the wall in my bedroom next to un-opened books such as Learning to Play the Guitar for Dummies. To this day, I couldn't play one chord on that guitar if you asked me to.

And why, you ask?

Because for some reason or another, I have found reasons why I cannot take lessons or teach myself. I'm either too busy, don't have the money, or don't have a sitter. Am I really blaming it all on bad timing, the economy, or dare I say, my own children?
I love being a mother, but I refuse to continue using it as an excuse as to why I cannot do something. It's not fair to me or my kids.

I know I can't be the only one out there who does this. Looking back at all of these excuses I have made, it makes me wonder...

WHY do we keep making excuses for ourselves? Are these obstacles in front of us really holding us back or are we holding ourselves back? Perhaps we're afraid of failing or we just don't want to put forth the effort it takes.
I don't know about you, but my bucket list has far too many items left uncrossed and I have a bad habit of putting them off to tomorrow...a tomorrow that will not always be there.

So, what about you? What's on your bucket list & do you find yourself making excuses to avoid getting it done?

Mar 4, 2011

Fill in the blank Friday {again}

I had some fun doing this last week, so why not do it again...
Thanks Lauren at The Little Things We Do
I truly {heart} your blog.


1. The phrase or punctuation I overuse the most is...LOL. It's ridiculous really. I bet if my friends looked through their texts from me, I use LOL with almost every text. If I was actually laughing out loud every time I typed it, I would look like a complete nutcase.

2. Today I am thankful for...the Delay Start option on my coffee maker. Waking up to a fresh pot of coffee is Delightful.

3. My best friend is...as if I only have one. I have a best friend from high school who remains my most loyal friend. I have my Mil Spouse BFF's. I consider both my mom & husband like best friends to me. And of course, how could I forget, my crafty other half, Becky.

4. A quirky thing about me is...I can wiggle my ears. My 5 year old thinks it's amazing.

5. This weekend I...plan to plant some flowers with the kids & put some food out for my little family of cardinals.

6. Something that worries me is...immunizations. Especially this week. The debate on this topic is not helping me at all & has been driving me nuts. I'm still lost somewhere on the fence...

7. On my nightstand you would find...the norm. Lamp, dust, alarm clock, remote, book (currently: Graceling by Kristen Cashore), jewelry tray, wedding pics. Sorry that's not more interesting.

Have a beautiful weekend!

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Mar 3, 2011

On the playlist...

As I'm sure many of you do, I love music. I especially love finding new musicians and new sounds. I mean, I like Katy Perry as much as the next gal, but I love having something original and unique coming through my iPod. I'm usually that person pressuring my friends to listen to this band or that. Likewise, I love to hear what everyone else is listening to. When you're not getting your music from the radio, sometimes you have to dig deep to find the real gems.

So this week my most played album has been Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons.
"Weep for yourself, my man,
You'll never be what is in your heart
Weep Little Lion Man,
You're not as brave as you were at the start"


Ok, so apparently, I'm the last person on earth to jump on this bandwagon. Becky...yes, Raw Potatoes, has been telling me for too long to download this album. But I'm a big stubborn ass (no, really I'm a Taurus...or at least I used to be). When I finally downloaded it & said "Becky, this is awesome!" She just rolled her eyes at me. Ok, I deserved that. So, thank you Becky!

They have that raw, organic sound that I love. I feel like this is one of those bands that is meant be heard live and the recorded version just doesn't do them justice. Hopefully one day I'll have that opportunity. Of course, my favorite song is "Little Lion Man". Becky & I agreed that we like this song because it's about a man who confesses that he screwed up. That never gets old.

So, let me open it up to you guys. What's been haunting your playlist excessively this week? Is there a band, singer or song that you just can't get enough of? Old, new, bizarre or mainstream, I want to hear.

Mar 2, 2011

Style Challenge Accepted

Confession...
I am stylistically challenged.

I never know what to wear and let me tell you...it shows.

(excuse the bad pic)

Our appearance is supposed to be an expression of ourselves. My normal day-to-day ensemble (if i decide to get dressed at all) usually involves a black shirt, cardigan, jeans & black shoes. No accessories. No color. Hair in ponytail & a 5 minute dose of makeup. That is not an expression of myself. That is an expression of insecurity. That is the anti-matter of style. It's the absence of expression. As of now, my wardrobe only says on thing about me...I'm playing it safe.

I truly believe our inward appearance and outward appearance are inherently linked. How we feel about our appearance will determine how we feel about ourselves and ultimately change how happy or melancholy we are...and vise-versa. And the blah-ness going on on the outside is making me feel blah on the inside.

Have you seen the "What I Wore Wednesday" challenge over at The Pleated Poppy?

the pleated poppy blog

If you haven't, check it out. When I saw this I thought...that is a perfect challenge for me. Basically, it involves posting pics of what we wear each day...not to show off our outfits, which as I have seen are adorable, but to hold ourselves accountable to get dressed & put ourselves together everyday. With a great put-together look that we can be proud of, we are more likely to have a good attitude ready to attack the day.

I love this challenge and I most definitely plan to participate. Stay tuned to see how it goes...