Thursday, December 10, 2009

Daily rundown and 10 things

Hello blog world! I just woke up from a long nap, which was not the smartest thing to do. Who sleeps from 4pm until 8pm?! Oh, I do. I really am annoyed at myself for doing that, but I guess this will enable me to be a bit productive tonight. After school Hank and I went to get an early dinner and do a small amount of food shopping. I came home, intent on getting some things done around the house, logged into my email on my computer, and proceeded to fall asleep with my laptop on my lap. I must be exhausted!

So I just woke up a bit ago and I'm still in relax mode, and thinking about how quickly this semester has gone by. It's crazy! Next week marks the end, and the half way mark for this school year. There are lots of changes going on in our life right now, with Hank and also with us (all super great, promise). And I will be sure to update you all on these things as time go on! It just seems like this year in particular has been one of the fastest years of my life. It feels like just yesterday I was with Amber and Adie in our hotel room in Tucson, getting ready to go watch Hank and the dudes play a show. One whole year. This year has been a transformative one, but I won't go too far into this, as I'm planning on writing a rather long 2009 post soon. This New Year's Eve though, is one of the first in half a decade that Hank isn't playing a show or on tour. And I am so, so happy about this. We are planning a very quiet, cute little evening. We may spend it at my parents', eating yummy food and watching the ball drop, or we may stay up here, depending on Hank's schedule. Either way, it'll be a cozy night, which sounds great to me. I wrote about this awhile ago, but recently I decided to stop drinking any and all alcohol. I never drank a lot, but I do have a lot of friends I like to go out with, and I usually always have some cocktails or wine when we do that. For me though, drinking isn't good. I never feel my best, my fitness goals always get derailed, and it changes my usual happy-go-lucky attitude into a depressed little rain cloud the week after. I have tons of fun without drinking, so I didn't really see the benefit in continuing to do something that didn't really add anything positive to my life. In the past couple of months I've still gone out to birthday parties and other events, but refrained from alcohol. And I love it! I feel really healthy and happy. So this New Year's will be a non-drinking holiday. Hank is straight edge and has been since he was a teenager, so every New Year's is like that for him.

Tomorrow is glorious Friday and I'm looking forward to a great weekend! Hank and I are planning on baking lots of cookies- shortbread jam thumbprint cookies to name one of my favorites! We also have a little photoshoot on Sunday so we can hopefully capture a good shot for our New Year's cards. I have a few more people to check off our Christmas list too.

Also, my friend Tyler emailed me and asked me (and Hank) to contribute to a zine he is putting out in 2010. The idea behind it is 20 Prescott artists and their top 10 favorites or things that inspire them. Very cool. So here is my list- I added photos to this post, but his zine won't be featuring pictures of each thing. I will be sure to share the zine once it's printed! I know some of these things seem pretty cliche- I mean, who doesn't love Amelie?! hahah. Either way, enjoy! <3

1) my husband Hank - his love and all around amazing-ness inspires me everyday.

my beautiful hubby- I love this photo

2) books. And I mean books in general. The way they look, smell, everything. I like to always be surrounded by them.

photo from weheartit

3) Sylvia Plath. She is my all-time favorite writer- I can literally get lost for hours in her poetry. I also love her unabridged journals. Check 'em out.

4) tattooed ladies of the early 1900s. We have a wall in our home dedicated to photos of them.

tattooed ladies on our wall

5) Angelique Houtkamp, artist/tattooer. I love everything she creates.

6) the television show "My So-Called Life," circa 1994/95. Angela Chase is one of the coolest ladies to ever grace my television screen.

from weheartit

7) style blogs and style sites (like, facehunter, etc)

8) our pup Madeline...she's so cute you can't help but be inspired by her.


9) old children's books from the 1930s and 40s, like "Caps for Sale" and "The Little House"

both photos from amazon

10) the French film, "Amelie"


Do any of you own this car (Toyota Highlander Hybrid)? We are going to upgrade to an SUV and I am loving this one (in black!). I was just curious if anyone knows anyone who drives this, or drives one themselves! I would love some first hand opinions.

Thanks guys!


  1. :) what a lovely post. :) i love all the photos.

  2. amelie is one of my fav movies! and i was addicted to my so called life, i think i'll put it on my netflix rotation and watch it again!

  3. I LOVE My So Called Life, Amelie, and Caps For Sale. Thank you for a pleasant post.

  4. Hey love! I was looking at getting a toyota SUV, and I found that the new Toyota Venza is almost the same as the Highlander - but way roomier, and way cheeper! It's way nice, supper comfortable and has lovely "stock" features that do not come with other "stock" cars! Test drive one - you will fall in love! I did. Hope you have a great workout. xoxo

  5. My father has the Toyota, he bought it so he wouldn't have to drive his truck so much. Its an awesome car, I have taken it on some road trips and really love it. The hybrid takes some times to get used and if your coming from a smaller car your not going to notice much fuel savings because its a large vehicle. I am almost 6 feet tall and can sit in any of the seats for a long time and dont feel cramped. Its very well planned out for use of the driver, and drives really well. I would go test drive it, I think you will fall in love.

  6. you have some of my faves as well. classic children's books and then books in general and amelie...

    i'm definitely on the same page as you are on the alcohol topic. unfortunately, most of my friends are still very dependent on it for a good time. sucks for them, glad to know i'm not alone though. it seems that being around good people takes the place of alcohol for me.

  7. Love everything on here!!! As for the Highlander - I don't own one but my parents have driven Toyota 4Runners for my entire life and they're GREAT cars. I don't think you can go wrong with a Toyota SUV!

  8. I love Highlanders. We are going to get a new car soon....we have a Volvo SUV but I want a minivan!! Much easier to get a car seat in and out of. We will probably end up getting a Mazda5. I can't believe I like a Mazda better than my beloved Volvo.

  9. Check to see if they come in hybrid!!

  10. my husband and i both adora my so called life, and claire is his dream of a girl, lol!

  11. I love your wall of photos! That is so awesome! Your pup is pure cuteness :) Happy Friday!
    Love Love,

  12. hmmm tyler asked jeff to do this too. but he hasnt asked since. are u going to be in it?

  13. I feel that way with alcohol too. Coupled with the fact that I am asian, I get the red-face syndrome when I drink & get really sweaty. So, it's not a pretty sight and like you said, makes me feel down!

    & sounds like these new changes are so exciting! Can't wait to hear about them :)

    Love your list of things that inspire you!

  14. so called life! i love it...hence my blog name! and jared = yum! ooh + thank you for following my blog by the way <3
    have a lovely evening,

    [p.s. late afternoon snoozes are the best]

  15. Great list! I used to be an elementary school teacher and I LOVED reading Caps for Sale to my kiddies. Such beautiful memories!

  16. oh, great post!
    ive taken a break from drinking, which has been a lot easier not being in college. and i agree, it makes you feel so much better!

    i feel productive. and healthy.
    keep on keepin' on.

  17. Hey blog pal,
    I've been a. REALLY shitty mood. Winter is beautiful, but only in pitures, I miss the sun, thank god I get to read your blog, makes a lot of us very happy. My so called life, amelie and angelic houtcamp are the most amazing things in the world. Amelie is such an incredible movie, it owns me, it is very me, I know it sounds selfish, but it is me, its is my 1st fave movie, my number 2 is eternal sunshine. I'm glad I found your blog. You are a wonderful spirit. And you make me miss my best friend, just friends in general cus its only me and my bf here in phila(zzzzzz)
    Thanks again!

  18. I'm hoping for a Highlander Hybrid soon! Toyota's are the best! PS Have you see Love Me If You Dare? I love Marion Cotillard- who's also in Public Enemies! Haha :)

  19. hello to my new favorite blogger.
    i've been lurking since elsie posted about you..
    i figured it was time i say hi. :]

  20. Dude! You're a teacher?! I'm pretty sure you're the prettiest, most stylish and awesome teacher ever. Please move to Texas so you can be my english teacher!

  21. I do that sometimes, take a really late evening nap. I always wake up really uncomfortable and more tired than I was before.