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so today i saw a boy riding a unicycle while walking two chocolate labs. yeah. it was awesome.

finally found some black and white 620 film for my vintage Argus Super Seventy Five (circa 1958). i’m terribly excited to get out there and start shooting. next week i’ll have the perfect photo opp. as i’m heading up for a visit to my parents. lots of lovely trees and rustic barns to capture. i’m hoping for some sunny days since i currently do not have flash bulb for the camera. apparently they are dangerous, or so i’m told…

new pillow = no more sore neck. i am ecstatic. i guess it just goes to show that expensive does not always mean better. this $8.99 Target Bamboo/Cotton pillow is so showing up the $30.00 department store one i’ve had for a couple years.

blue skies today and no snow. had March weather yesterday. hope that’s over now.

i’ve been watching Lost for the first time. i’m addicted. i’m on disc 6 of season 1. it’s soo good. but there are a lot of things that bug me. mainly, if there are 48 survivors, why do we only know about the lives of, like, 10 people? that has always bugged me about tv shows and sitcoms. but it just seems even weirder when it happens on a deserted island…

buds opening in the forest undergrowth. it looks like green mist seeping through the trees. love it!

and that’s my magic today.




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my favorite things

it’s the perfect day: cool, rainy, autumnally delicious. i am perfectly and utterly, incandescently happy.

it’s been a productive, but relaxing day for me. earlier this morning, i went to the library and did some grocery shopping (including Trader Joe’s!), and now, i just got back from a brisk walk with the dogs. it was wonderful to be out in the fresh, wild november air. this is the time of year that i live for. spring, summer, and blustery winter days are nice, but i am alive in the Fall.

yesterday my co-workers and i broke out into some random singing of “The Sound of Music”, and because i’ve had “My Favorite Things” going through my head now for the past 24 hours, i thought i’d list some of my favorite things, inspired by this lovely overcast day:

  • leaves: falling, fallen, wet, crunchy, in piles, of blazing colors, running through
  • birds on telephone wires
  • Poppy Seed Chicken with whole wheat noodles (i’m making it for dinner!)
  • painting on canvas (my project for tonight- a christmas present for my sister)
  • postcards from family in far-off places
  • hot mulled cider
  • Over the Rhine
  • Bigelow green tea (i’ve had a lot of green tea, but this is the best)
  • wagging tails
  • vacuum cleaners
  • snuggling under my cozy fleece blanket (sewn by my dear mama)

and without further ado, i must not spend another minute of this perfect day on the computer.

have a blessed evening dear friends.

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my tuesday: voting, dogs, and fun stuff.

i exercised my patriotic privilege today and voted. i feel that this election was the first time that i actually made an informed vote. i struggled so much this past year, trying to see from all sides. the decision i made was not an easy one, but i’m glad i did it.

and thank you to the kind stranger in front of me in line who bought my grande soy caramel macchiato at Starbucks today. i’m sure you will never read this blog, but it was so sweet of you! i guess chivalry is not dead after all. by the way, Starbucks is giving out free tall coffees today if you voted!!!!

sweetsimplebirdmy Lisa Leonard necklace arrived yesterday! i love it! she custom made a modified design just for me. it’s like this one, only a smaller pendant, since i’m rather petite. thanks, Lisa! you rock! go check out Lisa’s site and blog if you have a chance. she’s a pretty amazing woman: a wife, mom, artist, photographer, and a true lady of Faith.


 dogsitting is going better. Lab has relaxed quite a bit and even played ball with me last night. he also sleeps faithfully on the floor next to the bed. he is so sweet! it’s only confirmed my desire to have a lab of my own someday. Beagle on the other hand….yikes. his cuteness is the only thing that’s keeping him alive right now 🙂 he pulled the lid and straw off of my half full passion tea cup, thus knocking the cup and its red contents to the floor (beige carpet). i was furious with him at first, but he was so funny trying to get me to chase him with the straw in his mouth (and the lid still attached) that i ended up laughing. thank goodness for carpet cleaner.

pink-klean-kanteeni picked up a new Klean Kanteen this past weekend. i bought my other KK bottles online at www.reusablebags.com, but i happened to be browsing the camping equipment (hey, a girl can dream, right?) at a local sporting goods store, when i spotted the new Klean Kanteen model that i’ve been eyeing online for some time now. it was a few dollars more expensive in the store, but when you factor in shipping it ended up being about the same price. i got this lovely pink one. i love Klean Kanteen bottles because they are super durable and they are made of Stainless Steel, not plastic. i do have a Sigg Lifestyle Bottle that i like fairly well, but it is made of aluminum, and even though it is coated with an interior lining to prevent leaching, i’m still wary.

so that’s my life as of late.

oh, and i forgot to mention that i finished The Art of Racing in the Rain a few weeks ago. i absolutely loved it. in fact, i cried when i finished it. although there is stuff in it that i don’t really believe in (i.e. reincarnation), i thought it to be a very beautiful story, well-written and sweet. i literally had a hard time putting it down. i probably could have read it in one day if i didn’t work two jobs.

what’s going on with you today, my dear readers?


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i was recently talking with an older pastor friend when the conversation came to the topic of “tradtion”. i casually mentioned that i love traditions. he was surprised by the fact since i am in my twenties. i guess he thought us young folk scorn the traditional over the modern. maybe that is true for many, but i have my foot in both camps. i love traditions, sometimes to the point of stubbornness, but i do lovingly embrace change for the greater good. i am a Vintage Modernist. i stand in the present, holding hands with the past and future. for me, tradition has grown out of the loyalty and security cultivated by a loving family relationship, and i am so thankful for it. 

while tradition is rooted much deeper than just cozy holiday rituals, those are the simple joys of life that help me to be thankful and reflect the reasons behind them. and most of the traditions i’ve kept are the ones revolving around Christmas, such as:

  • putting the christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving, and then watching “Home Alone”.
  • going to the candlelight Christmas Eve service with my family at the church where i grew up. the accapella rendition of Silent Night at the end always makes me cry.
  • my family’s “cocktail pajama party” on Christmas Eve (after church) with a dinner of hors d’oeurves and sparkling grape juice. afterward, my dad reads aloud the birth of Jesus as told by Luke.
  • getting up at 6:00 am on Christmas to open stockings as a family. my mom always makes made-from-scratch whole wheat cinnamon rolls; my dad brews Starbucks Christmas Blend to go with them. words cannot describe…

the traditions by themselves would not last without the family love burning behind them that fuels our hearts through the cold, dark days and nights of winter.

over the past couple of years, i’ve also developed some new holiday traditions of my own: baking/decorating 100% whole wheat organic sugar christmas cookies (my family has come to expect them), shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, listening to my “Peppermint Mocha Mix” ipod playlist featuring hundreds of Christmas songs, and watching “The Family Stone” after i decorate my Christmas tree (the day after Thanksgiving).


and tomorrow night i’m going to celebrate a new Fall tradition: watch “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, with a cup of hot cider.


what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

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in the valley of the shadow of blog humiliation

when i first started this blog, visions of sugar plum fairies danced in my head. i expected greatness. rags to riches. my meager contribution turned the “hawt post” of the day.

yeah right.

i’ve become uninspired and more than a little humiliated.

i wish i had something to say that was worth your while. but i guess i don’t.

sorry about that.

my original intent was writing for the sake of writing. now it’s how many (or how little) hits my site gets a day.

all this to say:

if you read my blog, fine.

if you don’t read it, fine.


i’m still going to write.


really, i’m just putting this out there for me, a sort of blogging rite of passage.


good night, dear readers (if i have any).

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i chased joy

i chased joy today. i ran as fast as my little legs would go. the world is a cold wind on some days, and the asphalt has potholes. today was such a day. but i kept running. i saw it ahead. i wouldn’t stop, couldn’t stop.

i ran and ran, and with a big smile on my face, one final lunge, i grabbed onto joy and pulled it to my heart. i looked at it in my hands, all sparkly and new.

i laughed and threw it up in the air and danced as it swirled, glittering around me, falling on me, making me all sparkly and new, too.


thank you for your joy, Jesus. there is nothing like it.



oh, and i paid $2.25/gallon for gas. yea!

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rainy days and fridays never get me down

it has been the most perfect day. i was absolutely delighted to wake up to a cold and rainy fall day. of course, it put my recycling center plan on hold for the day, but i rolled with it.

i had lunch at a cozy little bagel/muffin shop with a very dear friend. what a special lady she is! we got to know each other several years ago as adult leaders on a middle school missions trip and we have been friends ever since (not many people can happily survive a week of crazy middle schoolers!). she is such an encouraging and Jesusy mentor to me.

after lunch we browsed some nearby stores before i had to leave for my haircut appointment. since we met up in the same area as my hair place, i decided to walk rather than drive over. it was great! i love walking in the rain.

i’ve spent the rest of the day/evening holed up at home with DVDs from the library and some whole wheat crust pizza.

i love days like this.

and now, before i head off to make tea and settle into my crossword puzzle, let me leave you with one of my favorite poems. it just seems appropriate to me today:


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

 – “Hope” by Emily Dickinson

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