Crazy

I love this song, love Patsy, and love, love, love her look in this video! I wish I could see what color her dress was. Hmmm… you may be seeing a Patsy Cline Style Icon post in the near future!

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Song of the Day//4.26.11

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve got a lot to catch you up on! I started a new job (more about that later) and it has taken a bit of work to try and get everything balanced again. So to ease back into the blogging habit, I thought I’d share a song I heard and fell in love with last week. (That, and I ran out of time on my lunch break to do a proper post because I decided to go on a hunt for discounted Easter candy instead.)

I’ve been a fan of Miranda Lambert and Ashley Munroe for a while now, so I can’t wait to hear more from this group as they grow! They are called Pistol Annie, and they are amazing! Enjoy!

things that I love (& already have)

I often run across blog posts that display items that the blogger loves/wants/covets/wishes for. While I’m guilty of a little coveting myself now and then, I thought why not blog about items that I love and already have?! It can be so easy in our culture to look out around us and point out the things we want like kids in a toy store, but in this economy, it can be more fun to look around and appreciate the things we already have. Since today is a day all about love, I thought what better time to share my first installment in my new series, Things that I love (& already have).

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This guy.

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Best lip gloss ever! Buxom in "Dolly." My treat for sticking to my workout plan in January.

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Looks like my chicken's running low on toothpicks.

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When you leave dead branches in a jar of water all winter, things start to grow!

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My musical choice for bubble baths for the past week or so. I've got it on CD and vinyl... sounds so much better on vinyl.

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This face.

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And this face.

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and especially this face. Love that little snaggle tooth!

My Home is Far Away

One of my “ambitions” for 2011 was to read at least 24 books, 2 per month. I love to read and used to be all up in those things, but over the past few years I’ve found less useful ways to pass my time (stupid internet). Following my other “buy less, use it more” ambition for the year, I decided to sort through my collection of books to see how many I could find that I had bought but never read. I stopped when I got to 14. (Am I the only one who’s a sucker for those Border’s clearance sales?) Since those would get me through the first half of the year, I figured I was set, so I got to reading.

I finished my first book of 2011 a few weeks ago, My Home is Far Away by Dawn Powell. I can’t exactly remember how I first heard of Dawn Powell, but I remember loving her from the first page. Though relatively obscure, she is considered by many to be one of the greatest American novelists. A few years ago, when I bought these books, almost all of her many novels were out of print. I stumbled upon about 4 different used copies in The Strand bookstore in NYC a few years ago and of course I bought them all. I was surprised to realize that I never read them all though, but pleased that I could start the year with what I knew would be a great book.

My Home is Far Away is based on the story of Powell’s own childhood. It follows the lives of three young sisters growing up in Ohio at around the turn of the twentieth century. Originally published in 1944, in this book Powell introduces us to Marcia, the “middle child.” Being a middle child myself, I could totally associate with this little girl, always missing out because I would never be the first norĀ ever the baby. Despite being intelligent beyond her years, Marcia leads the reader through the pains of her childhood with the innocence of a child.

It’s very rare to find yourself noticing how well written a novel is. I found myself doing that several times with this one. I feel like to say any more would be giving away the story, so I’m going to stop there. Once again, Dawn Powell did not disappoint. I definitely recommend this book!

I’m about half way through my next book, a book of essays and speeches on writing by Flannery O’Connor. I’m looking forward to sharing that one with you as well, lots to say about it!