Sunday, February 6, 2011

FEB 2011: A few of my favorite things..

In no particular order...

1- Flannel lined jeans: I now have 4 pairs and I love them all. Four pairs may seem excessive, but 1 pair is now a size too large (thanks healthy eating!) so they are reserved for super cold weather when I need to layer them up with a pair of thermal underwear. That's right, thermals, flannel and denim- guaranteed to keep you toasty warm. Another of the 4 pack are ripped at the moment and need a trip to the seamstress, so that leaves only 2 pair in rotation that are my go to jeans.

My favorite brands are Eddie Bauer and Land's End. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair. Your warmed bum will thank you.

2- Bali's Barely There Breathable Boy Shorts: Pretty specific, I know but I like the details on great products. I am boycotting Target, so I had to do a little searching to find a replacement for my Gillian O' Malley underthings. These boy shorts by Bali are the winner. They are tagless, seamless, and made of breathable microfiber. And I can confirm that they are super comfy and produce no visible panty line, even in yoga pants! I pick mine up at the Bali outlet, but there are also plenty of places online you can find them if you are not blessed to live near an outlet mall.

3- My new iPhone4: Why oh why did I resist so long? I love my new iPhone and am already a heavy user of the shop shop app, Pandora, and the facebook app. I am in the process of mastering the on screen keyboard which honestly wasn't as tricky as I imagined. Now that Verizon is releasing it's version of the iPhone, you should be able to pick up one from AT&T on the cheap. Mine came via my company's discount and was too good of a deal to pass up. I also highly recommend the anti-glare screen protectors and this handy little cover that let's you keep your license and some cash on hand (this is my gym solution instead of carrying my wallet).

Feel free to chime in with a few things you cannot live without or have recently discovered and have made it onto your favorite's list.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Edie

Happy Birthday Edie!

First, God bless you for reaching 41 before me even if it's only by 23 days, my Aquarius sister. I am counting on you to lead the way into this new year of our lives.

For those of you not in the know, Edie is one of the main reasons I started my personal blog. I had been blogging for work and exploring social media and was contemplating taking the plunge myself when I stumbled over lifeingrace. Not only was it a kickass blog in general, but it was written by sweet Edie who I first met in middle school way back before kids, or home schooling and even prior to blue eyeshadow. Yes, I have seen her do a hitchkick, don't be jealous.

I obsessively read over the archives while also making note of the design and structure. It was so fun to be able to peek into a friend's current life and catch up on what I had missed since high school. I could almost hear her sweet southern voice encouraging me, "Cmon now, you can do it!".

And so, I did. I kicked off my blog and love the outlet it provides as well as the ability to have an online journal of sorts since I was never very good at keeping the written version. I am also pretty lax on my blogging discipline but hope to improve this year.

So, back to Edie and her fabulous blog. I read it faithfully and find guilty pleasure in spying into a life so wonderful yet completely opposite of my own. It's like watching a movie of an alternate path I could have taken. A path filled with cheery home-schooled children, baking, faith and a down right admirable lust for books. If Edie has inspired you, made you laugh, brought a tear or made you rent Coal Miner's Daughter, take a moment and wish her a happy bday.

And my gift to you, dear Edie, is a rare and precious thing. It could just be considered your anthem, which is a pretty bold statement, but it meets the following qualifications:
1. It's sung by a kick ass southern chick, Ms Tanya Tucker, at the ripe age of 14. Yes, 14.
2. The video is from Hee Haw in 1973. Enough said.
3. The lyrics make me think of you (see below).

Warning: This song is infectious. You may be singing it all day. I have also included the lyrics since some of ya'll non Southerners may not be able to catch all the words with Ms Tucker's delicious twang.

PS..I am also giving you a rain check to be redeemed whenever I am in town for some Starbucks and good a good gossip session.

Delta Dawn: Tanya Tucker

Delta Dawn, what's that flower you have on
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by
And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky

She's forty-one and her daddy still calls her "baby"
All the folks around Brownsville say she's crazy
'Cause she walks around town with a suitcase in her hand
Looking for a mysterious dark-haired man

In her younger days they called her Delta Dawn
Prettiest woman you ever laid eyes on
Then a man of low degree stood by her side
And promised her he'd take her for his bride

Delta Dawn, what's that flower you have on
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by
And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky

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