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i want to be BFF with mindy kaling

Hello friends, sorry for the mini-absence.  I am struggling right now, hence the absence.  In an effort to pull myself up I did two things that made me smile.  I watched Footloose ( 1984 version) and convinced David that next weekend we would learn a choreographed dance together. No, I did not learn anything from the dance/arm/cabinet incident.  Secondly, I re-listened to Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  Ok.  I dare you to read this book and not come away from it wanting to be Mindy’s best friend.  She is so warm and funny. The book is a collections of essays and reflections on really everything.  She talks about getting her dream job, not peaking in high school, the rules of friendship, love, being a daughter, and her healthy body image.  I seriously want to meet her and for her to like me.  She sounds awesome. Read more…

oh football season, back so soon?

Let me preface this by saying if there is food, booze, friends or a team I actually care about, I can kinda get into football.  I wish I loved it.  I’m from Texas, I feel like a love for the game should run in my blood.  I love the camaraderie, but a game, especially on television, just can’t hold my focus.  So while David enjoys his football, I have created a guide for surviving the season.  This is noticeably an indoor guide, and for two reasons.  The first is that David is only home on the weekends, so when he is watching the game we still want to spend time together.  Even if that means just sitting cozy together doing separate activities.  Secondly, today is was 102 degrees…It is just not time to play outside quite yet.  So, here it is:

Football Season Survival Guide

  1. Read. You all know I have a terrible television addiction, so this is the perfect time to catch up on my reading.  First on my list, Great House by Nicole Krauss.  More suggestions, friends?

  2. Catch up on correspondence.  During a busy week, I hardly ever get my thank you notes, cards, etc. finished.  I usually get as far as picking out a card…I am naturally a hoarder, and cute stationery is definitely abounding in this girl’s house.  The writing, addressing, and postmarking usually never happen.   It is time, friends. Expect mail.

  3. Invent a signature drink. I have been meaning to make this happen for a while.  On the other hand, how will I top this cake batter martini?

  4. Bake! I love to bake.  I have yet to make whoopie pies or macaroons, and I am ready for the challenge.

  5. Paint my nails. I mean, there are always new colors and interesting nail art to try.  Plus, for me, painting my nails becomes rather zen-like. I like this about it.

  6. DIY. Design Sponge at Home arrived today and I can’t wait to start some of the fabulous projects inside.  I have also been bookmarking DIY projects all summer that I haven’t gotten around to, but look amazeballs, so I am ready to get my craft on.

  7. Plan a dinner party. Our house is finally starting to come together and I am excited to have friends over for dinner.  Luckily, my friend Tyler has agreed to be my partner in crime, so I will have amazing help with planning, and most importantly, cooking!


How do you survive football season?  Do you love to watch a good game, or do you have any great ways to make the most of your weekend, while staying in with the people you love?

ladies who lunch

A new friend and I decided to do lunch today, which I was so grateful for!  It helped pull me out of my “new to Houston” funk.  She is expecting, which is of obviously thrilling, but gives me a glorious excuse to scour baby stores as well.  After lunch we looked at the Lambie bedding set she is thinking about at Pottery Barn Kids and also stopped into Janie and Jack, where I immediately lost my mind and wanted to buy everything!  My favorite item was also probably the most girlie item in the store, the pink tulle swimsuit! Here is that little gem of perfection!

Tulle One-Piece Swimsuit

After lunch I decided to do some more exploring around Houston.  I happened into a little gift shop called Impromptu which had a great selection of stationary and a small but impressive collection of vintage jewels!  The owner and her son were there and they were just delightful.  AND, they actually told me I changed their mind about people from Dallas (in a good way).  I loved the space dedicated to journals, which I never seem to get enough of.  When I got back to the apartment I researched my favorite discovery, a journal by Girl of All Work, only to find that this wonderful designer has recently been featured in Lucky and InStyle and you can find her online.  She makes great journals, magnets, pushpins, address books and more!

Curious Hedgehog Journal

Ona Collection

Teapot Journals

Ladies' Address Book

Blue/Sunny Days Journal (Two Sided!)