Maury loves to play the crane game. Regardless of the fact that his odds of winning, based on both scientific studies of the games and his own actual life-to-date history, are slim to none, he always pleads with me to play. Tonight, at Walmart, this was the face I got from him as he begged. This, of course, followed a bunch of other harrying from the girl child for everything she saw in the store that she wanted for Christmas.




Three events in six days in the same auditorium.


The cards are finally in the mail. So much else to do, but at least I'm keeping up this outward appearance of being ready for the holiday.


Meant to Be

Those who know
Will whisper when they see us walking
"There's a love that's always meant to be"
Meant to Be-Squirrel Nut Zippers
(The first song we danced to at our wedding reception, fifteen years ago)




Definition of HOLIDAY GAUNTLET - a series of events strategically placed on the calendar in December such that no free time is left for optional things like sleep, laundry or dishes, much less putting up the tree and finishing starting your Christmas shopping.


the negative street cred mix

Throwing all caution to the wind ("caution" defined as my desire for people to think my taste in music is ultra hip), I bring you the negative street cred 8tracks playlist. It begins with the tune that I saw a lot of other adults enjoy as Lizzie's dance studio danced their way through the Christmas parade to it this year (that's Lizzie and I after the parade in the picture). It continues on with a set of goofy songs that don't make me cool, but they do make me happy.

On the last song, the below is where I first heard it and every time I hear it now, I think of this and laugh. Out loud. Even if I'm alone.



During the last few years, I noticed what looked like mistletoe in the tree in our front yard. Today I saw a patch of it again and thought it would be the perfect "green" picture for this challenge. When I got closer to it, though, it really looked like it was growing right out of the tree. I don't know what I thought mistletoe was, but I thought it would be connected in a way that would look more foreign to the tree than this did. So, I Googled it to be sure it was, in fact, mistletoe. It is. I found out mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows attached to and within the branches of trees and shrubs. Learning things all the time.



By the way, I now understand "harry" being on the list. It means "to persistently harass". Not only should I have known that, but I was schooled on this by a sweet twenty-six year old on Instagram. At least I couldn't see her eyes rolling when she filled me in. Embarrassing.




This is day one of a new photo challenge I found on Instagram, 31 holiday adjectives. The shots can be done in any order and any number of pictures can be posted a day. I like the freedom of that given the busyness of the month.

I'm not entirely sure what the creator of this meant by "Harry", by the way. Is this a misspelling? Why would "hairy" be a holiday adjective, though?


Breath of Heaven

Today, the first day of Advent, I am thinking of Mary, mother of Jesus. Her song, found in Luke 1: 46-55, is, I think, one of the most beautiful scriptures. Her surrender to God's will is so complete, so unquestioning, so grace filled. And, this song is one of the most lovely of the holiday to me.
Do you wonder, as you watch my face,
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan
Help me be strong
Breath of Heaven-Jessica Simpson



Commute pictures taken from 9/22/2011 to 11/3/2011-various Hipstamatic settings

Time is a thief with a loaded gun
The sky rolls by while the days are gone
The night falls prey to another sun
All like clockwork they won't stop
Clockwork by MuteMath


behind the blog november 2011

My latest 8tracks playlist has the songs I've blogged since my last playlist, some other songs that didn't make the cut for one reason or another, and a few I am just enjoying now.



Nearly a month ago, our family of four went to visit my family in north Alabama. It was a beautiful fall weekend during which we celebrated my father and mother's birthdays. There were a few impatiens still in bloom and the light that afternoon was irresistible to me and my camera.

There were also some pretty good looking kids around that weekend. Taking pictures of them reminded me that I don't take enough pictures of people and that I really should do that more.


My Office

Hipstamatic: John S, Alfred Infrared

My office...wow. What can I say? Nothing, really. But, let me share a video that I think of EVERY TIME I put money in the vending machine at work...especially when I'm trying to buy a $1.00 bottle of Diet Coke with mostly dimes and nickels I've scraped together from the bottom of my purse.


Day Thirty: With Flaws

Hipstamatic: John M, Ina's 1969
Filter Mania: Retro, The Lion, Retro

Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away
Grace Like Rain by Todd Agnew


Day Twenty-Nine: Style

Hipstamatic: John M, Rock BW-11

I've said it before and it's still true. My style is 90% black and white. Monday's version included one of my favorite shirts...this lightweight really drapey cowl neck shirt. I feel slightly like Marcel Marceau when I wear it but I still love it.


Day Twenty-Eight: Air

Hipstamatic: Lucas AB2, Blanko
Collage made with Diptic

Lizzie catching some air on the swing set after church while waiting on her daddy to finish wrapping things up in the booth. I should have joined her. Swinging is really a great feeling.


Day Twenty-Five: Shadows

Camera+: Ansel

The lyrics to this particular song are so wonderful, you're going to get every word of them here and I hope you will listen to it if you don't already know it.

Life is full of light and shadow
O the joy and O the sorrow
O the sorrow

And yet will He bring
Dark to light
And yet will He bring
Day from night

When shadows fall on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When darkness falls on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When all seems lost
When we're thrown and we're tossed
We remember the cost
We're restin' in the
Shadow of the cross
Shadows by David Crowder Band


Day Twenty-Three: Big vs. Tiny

Hipstamatic: John S, Pistil

I am a tax accountant and this video, made by the vendor whose tax prep software we use, is SPOT ON.

I do love office supplies (binder clips of all sizes included), so that much about the job rocks.