Monthly Archives: April 2010

Things I’m Grateful For – O

is for Outside.

Today is a beautiful day. The sky is gorgeous, the sun is shining and a warm breeze is filling the air. Outside, as a topic of conversation, always seems to pop up on days like this. People say, “It’s so pretty outside”, “I wish I could be outside”, “We should have outdoor meeting areas so we could be outside”.  From weather to flowers to sun shine, outside encompasses so many things. And it’s always the place we want to be.

Today I’m grateful for outside. And wishing I were there.

What are you grateful for today?

Things I’m Grateful For – N

is for Nolan.

He’s my little brother and he’s my hero. Always one to go against the grain, he’s a chameleon. He gets along with everyone. He’s not afraid to march to his own drum. Or guitar, or microphone. He’s so funny and creative and caring. He’s been my lifelong buddy. As non-traumatic as our parent’s divorce was, we were the constants in each others lives. It brought us closer. Sure we had our spats but Mom would make us hug it out and we’d end up giggling our way through it and suddenly we weren’t mad anymore. In terms of personality we couldn’t be more different, but somehow that’s what makes it work. There’s no competition, no jealously, only love and support. Most of my childhood memories involve him doing something funny. I’m supposed to be the older, wiser one but many a lesson I’ve learned from him.

Today I’m grateful for my brother.

What are you grateful for today?

P.S. Isn’t the Daily Drop Cap so fitting today. Thanks to Jessica for sharing these!

Farther versus Further

You learn something everyday…
It’s been a few years since I’ve been graded on my grammar skills so when putting together my ‘Grateful’ post of the day I wasn’t sure which was correct, ‘farther’ or ‘further’.
In case you were wondering (which you probably weren’t)
Farther shows a relation to physical distance. If you can replace the word farther with “more miles” then you have done it correctly.

Further relates to metaphorical distance or depth. It is a time, degree, or quantity. It is also another way of saying “additional”.

How ’bout that?

Things I’m Grateful For – M

is for Mom

Today I’m grateful for my Mom. She lives far away (ok I live far away) and I miss her everyday. Mom’s are great in so many ways – they get to add titles to their resume without ever having an interview – chef, seamstress, hairstylist, coach, cheerleader, therapist, counselor ….To list all the things a Mothers’ love provides would fill this blog and several more.

My decisions to move farther and farther from home have tugged on her heart for 9 years now. When we moved to Chicago 5 years ago she spent a week with my husband back in Tennessee selling things and packing up our house. Her heart was breaking but she smiled right through it. A best friend, supporter and nurturer, I feel most comfortable when I’m around her. I know I can truly relax. I am so blessed to say our relationship has always been easy. When I need ‘girl gab time’ she’s the 1st person I call. Even through teenage years there was a mutual respect for each other and we never fought. In fact, the only time I can remember her being really truly mad at me was when I pulled an April fool’s and told her we were moving to Russia! 

Mom’s are the best.

What are you grateful for today?

Friday Faves

 Image via Flickr

Happy Friday!

I have been so moved the blogging community this week. You are truly a wonderful network of people.  I appreciate every comment and interaction – you inspire me so much! This week has been a little emotional and your kindness couldn’t come at a better time. I was honored to be nominated for Little Known Lovelies by Some Kind of Style – such a sweetheart! You should definitely check out her blog, fashionistas will love it! It feels similar to reading a magazine, just easy and enjoyable. (You can also keep up on Twitter.)

The fabulous Frenchie Susu also surprised me with a wonderful answer  to my question about macarons (not to be confused with macaroons). If you haven’t visited her blog, Susu Paris Chic, I insist you pop on over, it’s like taking a daily trip to France! You’ll love her outfit documentations against the beautiful Parisian backdrop. (Today’s black and berry combination with fierce boots is especially smashing.)  Susu doesn’t know it but I’ve been obsessed with Paris since childhood, for many years my bedroom was filled with Eiffel Towers posters & figurines. Having only visited once I like taking a daily trip through her blog :)  Thank you Susu!

Here are a few more of my favorites from around the web this week. I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I’m looking forward to a very cheesy party tonight – a grilled cheese party that is – in celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month of course!

Oh Joy’s Astrology cards – I should buy one of each to have on hand…

Madonna through the years, what a chameleon

Toilet Paper Origami – wish I would’ve done this for our overnight guest last night. Strange but delightful, no?

Panic Poster – a twist on a classic, I can definitely relate!

9 Ways to do good with 5 minutes or $25 (via Zen Habits) – we can all make a difference :)