Friday, September 7, 2012

Read it: Book Club



When I was younger, my dream was to own a book store and call it "The Book Club." It would be a small store, with wooden ladders and only a few copies of each book. But the best part would be that it would also have an area that was a lending library. Leave a book, take a book.  My dreams have shifted slightly, but the lending library is still there; in the front of a bakery, the lobby of a movie theater, the patio of a cafe.

Until those dreams come true, I have my real Book Club to enjoy. Even if those dreams do come true, the club will still be there. It's one of my favorite things, with some of my favorite people, and the only thing that sucks is that our lives are so busy that we've had to change our meetings to every 6 weeks instead of every 4.

Over the almost 3 years (really 3 years?!) since we've started our club, we've read a lot of books. Here's the (hopefully) complete list, in no particular order because I'm not that organized.

**The Help by Kathryn Stockett (this actually was the first book we read)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
*The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
**Room by Emma Donoghue
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
**The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
**Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Caclida Jethra
*A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
**The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (book one)
The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steve Hockensmith
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
**Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
**The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland

Some of these books I liked (the ones with a *) and some I really really like (**), but even the ones that I didn't enjoy, or didn't finish, I'm still glad that I read them.

The next book on my list (not for Book Club, just for me) is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn but first I have to finish A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

What books are on your bookshelf lately?

...graces...
.Working out with my step dad.
.Seeing lifelong friends become moms. It is seriously amazing. The last time I saw something so special was when I saw my brother become at dad, 12 years ago.
.My garden. After a hot and dry summer, I finally have three (3!!!) cubanelle peppers and four (4!!!!) jalapeƱos growing! And my basil is out of control! If only my tomato plants would catch up...
.My Rosie dog and her love of the lake.
.Nail polish in a variety of fall colors. So ready for fall. 







Thursday, August 23, 2012

Three




Rosie turned three years old yesterday. Like every other year, I completely forgot it was her birthday. She's a dog, she can't remind me of such things. I always think I'll "celebrate" with her on her adoption day, which is in October, but that day always comes and goes without any recognition. She doesn't seem to mind. 

Here's the thing about dogs: puppies are stupid cute and hilarious to watch BUT they are also ornery and bratty and wiggly and get into everything. 

But dogs? Dogs are awesome.  Rosie is supremely awesome. She's really quirky and funny and damn that dog is smart. She is sweet and gentle. She's loves to be loved but never kisses your face (unless you have a beard). She is super fast at running when chasing a ball, but drags behind me when we actually run. She loves her mama the most, but has a crush on Matt. She loves to smell the flowers on the front porch and in vases around the house. She will only eat her dinner when someone is in the kitchen with her. She lets little dogs, puppies and babies tug on her ears. She loves watching airplanes fly by. She is really good at freaking out unwanted solicitors that come to the door. She loves boat rides and swimming. She lets me tie bows on her head and put her hair in pigtails. She thinks everything is better when it's done outdoors. She's a girl after my own heart and guess what Rose? It's yours. 


So happy birthday to my best girl, my squeezie dog, my Rosie. 



"Now my life is rosy, since I found my Rosie. With a girl like Rosie, how can I be blue?" - The song I sing to Rosie every day, from Bye Bye Birdie. 







Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eat it: spinach and eggs





I woke up this morning dreaming of spinach and kale. No really, I did. I had one of those half-asleep-half-awake dreams and all I remember from it was spinach and kale.  So I knew I had to have some for breakfast. 


Spinach and Eggs on Toast
This is almost too easy for a recipe, but here's how I made it, along with my no-fail way to fry an over easy egg.
      -Start by toasting a piece of your favorite bread. In my case this is whole wheat toasted in the oven until just slightly browned.
      -Fry up an egg over medium heat in a pan coated with just a bit of olive oil. When the whites are just set but yellow is still jiggly (I can tell it's at this stage when I can easily move it about the pan),  sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on egg, then very carefully flip the egg over, making sure not to break the yolk. This is always tricky for me, so I found that using two spatulas is easiest. Once it's flipped, turn heat off but leave the pan and egg where they are. This will result in a runny yolk, which is my favorite. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
     -To assemble, put your toast on a plate. Top with lots of spinach, at least a good handful.  Gently place your egg on top. Grate a bit of cheese on top (I used white cheddar, but parmesan would have been wonderful) and finish it off with a very generous shake of Cholula


...grace...
-Succulents.
-My new garden!! I'm obsessed.
-Sunday Funday's consisting of brunch with friends and a Thunder game with my brothers and dad. 
-This Land Press.  I'm sure I've mentioned it before, and probably will do so often, but the current edition out is awesome.  I highly suggest you check it out online, or in print, if you can.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Read It




Tonight is World Book Night so I'm going to celebrate by curling up with a good book.

Last book I read?  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Next book on the list?  My grandma gave me her copy of Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo, I still need to finish The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and our next pick for my book club is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. But after reading, and loving, Jane Eyre, I'm thinking I may stick with some classics for awhile. I don't know where to start next.

What books have you read lately? Or have on your to-read list? 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fresh flowers


I love having fresh flowers in my home. The past few months it has been a very rare day to find my home without them. Sometimes I buy already arranged bouquets and break them up into a few separate smaller bouquets, but lately I've really liked getting one flower in a few different colors and sprinkling them throughout the house. This week it's gladiolas.


(and my orchid that I've managed to keep alive for like 6 months now)








So tell me, what are some of your favorite flowers for around the house?



....grace....
-Last weekend. It was a crazy fun weekend full of local eats (S&B, 501, Republic [for beer], and Upper Crust), birthday celebrations, drinking games, storm watching and a Sunday night dance party.
-Pilates videos so I can work out in my living room whenever I want.
-A week of sunshine after a week of rain...I can finally take Rosie on walks long enough to get rid of some of her crazy energy.
-Hard boiled eggs. Seriously.
-My new-to-me lucky rabbits foot, a gift from my cousin. I hung it in my kitchen to give me good cooking vibes.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Saying I Love You

Here's the deal: I love to say, "I love you," but I'm not an I-love-you-slut. I've never been the first to say it in a relationship, I don't say it to my mom every time we talk (bc that would be like 15 times a day), and I am not shouting from the rooftops how much I love everyone. I don't even make it that easy for others to love me.

Even so, I really love saying it to people I really love.

I've noticed lately that there are lots of people who don't say "I love you" quite so easily. The same thing goes for hugs. There are those of us who hug, and those who don't. What's up with that? Hugs are like the new handshake. I don't remember the last time I saw someone I know and didn't hug them (unless they were one of those non-huggers).

I think it's all about family. My family is full of hugs and I-love-you's and always has been. I love being around other people's families to see if they are the same. Most are, but not all. And I'm fairly certain my brothers and I are the odd ones out on the "I love you" part, because we say it all.the.time. Whether it's the shortest of phone calls or simplest of texts, there's always a "love you" thrown in there. It's automatic, but sincere.

I guess I'm just saying that if you love someone, tell them. Because I think "I love you" is the nicest compliment I've ever received.


..grace...
- tree shopping
- tomato plants
- Still being able to make my niece and nephew laugh. Who knew they'd think a walking-hug would be so funny?  (It wasn't)
- hot pink ballet flats
- vacation planning


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Simple lunch



I've realized recently that when it comes to food, and most things in life really, simplicity is best. Why throw every vegetable into a dish when you could just have one or two as the stars? I know this isn't new news to anyone, but it's a fairly new concept to me. So here's a simple meal I've been eating lately. 




Whole Wheat Pasta with Spinach and Parmesan:
This is so simple that it's really silly for me to provide a recipe...but here's a lame attempt at it anyway. Put a few handfuls of cooked whole wheat pasta* (or plain, whatever works) into a bowl. Zap it in the microwave for 1min 11seconds (I zap everything for this amount of time because I'm a little strange). Remove from microwave and add a small handful of grated Parmesan cheese, a good shake of red pepper flakes, and a handful of spinach. Toss it all together, adding more cheese or spinach if you like. Done!

*I make pasta at least once a week and I always have a ton leftover because I can't seem to figure out how to cook just enough pasta for one meal. To keep it from getting sticky, I drizzle the warm pasta with a really good olive oil (because I don't really like olive oil flavor, so if I'm going to taste it, it's gotta be good) and toss. Then put in a container and store in fridge. 


And here's what I've been eating on the side...



Salad:
Toss whatever salad greens you have on hand into a large bowl. I used a baby spring mix and lots of spinach.
To make the dressing: In a small jar, add 1tsp. grainy mustard, 1/2 tsp. minced garlic or 1 clove crushed, a heavy drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a squeeze of honey (probably 1 -1 1/2 tsp.), salt and pepper, and some olive oil. Put lid on the jar and shake it like you mean it. Taste and add more vinegar or oil as needed.
Toss the salad with a bit of dressing, starting small because the flavor is quite strong. Then add 2Tb. of pomegranate seeds and toss again. Done!


Super easy and really filling and delicious. And spinach is the star of this meal, which is always a good choice in my book.

--

....grace....
-The tulips in my front yard that we planted with my grandma. They're blooming!
-An extra day off this week.
-Free classic books on iTunes. Or is it ibooks? Either way, it's awesome.
-Early morning stretching/breathing exercises by myself in my living room. It's a perfect way to wake up.
-Howiette, the duck that nests in my bushes, and occasionally sleeps on my front porch, every spring. She's back!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Loving right now






  • This Pendleton blanket (seen above. Also THAT SKULL) which was a Christmas gift from my dad. It currently lives on the end of my bed and I love it. 
  • Speaking of Pendleton, I'll also take thisthis and this
  • You all know I love Oklahoma, so I'm obviously really loving this Oklahoma print. (via Design*Sponge)
  • I want this cute print for my kitchen. I don't care that it's for kids. (via Oh Joy!)
  • A ton of spinach and flax seeds in my morning smoothie. 
  • Girls night's with bison burgers, a fire and lots of wine.
  • My favorite new jeans
  • Joy the Baker cookbook! Recipes I've already made: Oatmeal Raspberry Ginger Scones (except I used blueberries), Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (I topped mine with sea salt), and Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies (perfect for girls night). Easily three of the best things I've ever baked. 
  • Frozen Planet.  I haven't actually watched it yet, but I can't wait.
  • Quite possibly the most beautiful magazine I've ever seen. Thanks, Meesh!!
  • This blog written by a friend from high school. She's listing her "graces" daily!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Popcorn

Popcorn has always been popular in my family. Growing up, it was a regular nightly snack and was always popped on the stove. When I was in high school, my brothers and I knew exactly how long to microwave a bag so that every kernel popped yet none were burned. We also discovered that melting an obscene amount of butter and pouring it over hot popcorn made for the most ideal bowl. Looking back, that kinda makes me gag.

While my butter-laden microwave popcorn days are long gone, my popcorn addiction is still strong and I still snack on it regularly. Here's my current favorite way to make it.


Stovetop Popcorn
1-2 T. oil, I use canola or olive oil
1/3-1/2 c. popcorn kernels
finely grated Parmesan cheese
Krazy Jane's (which is technically called Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt)

To make: Over medium heat, add enough oil to a large pot, like a spaghetti pot, just to cover the bottom of pan, about 1-2T. Add a few popcorn kernels to pan and cover with lid slightly askew to let steam out. Allow those kernels to pop (it'll take a few minutes) then add in the rest, anywhere from 1/3c.-1/2c., or enough to cover bottom of pan. Remember to keep lid on, but not tightly fitted. As kernels start to pop, shake pan vigorously every so often, until popping slows. You'll know popcorn is done when there are about 5 seconds between pops. This whole process takes about 10 mins. When popcorn is ready, pour half of it into a big bowl. Immediately sprinkle on parmesan cheese and Krazy Jane's, 1-2tsp of each. Pour remaining popcorn in bowl and again top with cheese and seasoning. You can use however much of the cheese and seasoning you want, depending on your personal taste. Popcorn will be good for up to three days, but I personally think day-old popcorn is the best.


::grace::
- Re-reading Jane Eyre as an adult. I'm pretty certain I didn't pay attention to it in high school.
- Impromptu Thunder watch parties with beer, burgers and brussels sprouts.
- Unexpected birthday gifts.
- Cute stationary for thank you notes.
- Sharpie pens, ultra-fine and multi-colored.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

And it was all yellow



It started with a yellow hoodie.

The morning of my birthday was dark and stormy, so I put on my yellow hoodie to bring some brightness to the day. Then came a scarf full of bright colors, lots of yellow. At lunch that day, my friend gave me a bouquet of yellow flowers. When I got home, there was a package on my porch...the yellow shoes I had ordered a week before. Within the next few days, my house became flooded with yellow by way of daffodils.

And so that's how yellow became my power color for 29.



Some of my favorite facts about yellow:
-yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy
-yellow means joy and happiness
-yellow produces a warming effect
-yellow is associated with food
-yellow brings clarity and awareness
-always use yellow post-its

So bring it on 29, I'm armed and ready.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. I woke up to a thunderstorm, cold winds, and a snuggly pup, who I immediately exclaimed to "Happy birthday!" even though it clearly wasn't her birthday. Then I proceeded to say "happy birthday!" to at least three other people throughout the day in response to them wishing me a happy day. It's like when you're at the movie concession stand and they say "Enjoy your movie" and you respond with "Thanks, you too!" Am I the only one that does it?

I have plenty to say about turning a new age, but I'm going to extend my birthday through the weekend, and start fully embracing 29 on Monday. Til then, I've got a lot of celebrating to do.

Friday, February 24, 2012

All I can do

I've been trying to say a lot this week. About books, candles, my new computer. The most awesome of those things (the computer, obviously) is giving me some trouble. As in, I have no idea how to use it. So all I can do is look forward to this weekend. Here's what I'll be doing, if all goes as planned:

Celebrating big news times three tonight with my best friends.

Visiting an annual booksale. It's something I look forward to every year.

Walking with Rosie through my neighborhood.

Riding my bike.

Watching Charlie Day on  SNL.

Reading some new books, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others by Kathy Diamond Davis. (They're both excellent so far.)

Shopping for new trees with my grandma.

Learning how to use my new computer...and hopefully understand it.

What do you all have planned this weekend? 





Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Right now....


...I am obsessed with this story of a boy and his dog (and so much more). It's long, but totally worth the read. I've read it twice, have printed it out and passionately recited it word-for-word to boyfriend over dinner last night. It makes me feel like I know what Rosie and I's mission in life is. To give love.


...I can't stop listening to this album and am counting down the days til I get to see them in Tulsa. Live!

...I've had this song playing on heavy rotation lately. And this one. And this one too. Oh, and this one, always.

...My go to breakfast of choice is a big, juicy grapefruit and a cup of tea with lemon and honey.

...All I want to watch on TV is The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey, which are totally unrelated.

...I'm reading Dragonfly in Amber (again) and Jane Eyre

...I can't get enough of this soup, although I was out of celery so I made it with brussels sprouts. Bam! Brussels sprouts soup!

...I'm excited about going to a Health Starts Here training event at Whole Foods tonight.

...I'm on a hunt for a new bed, living room rug, and entertainment center. Although I sort of loathe entertainment centers....so we're trying to compromise.

...I've made like 10 of these and love having them all over the house. They make a nice little gift for brothers and their girlfriends too, filled with flowers, of course.

...I've started and quit working out for three weeks in a row.

...I love getting this in the mail every two weeks.

...I'm excited about spending Valentine's Day with The Beard (ahh!! I'm obsessed) and the rest of the Thunder.

::grace::
All of the above.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wrap it Up


I love giving gifts and I love reusing things, which means if you've received a gift from me anytime in the past few years, it's probably been wrapped in a paper bag, embellished of course. 

Here's a few of my favorite wrap jobs from the past year or so.


My little brother's 22nd birthday gift. Wrapped in the leg of some jeans I had just cut up to make jean shorts. 



And his 23rd birthday gift. It's a little ransom-noteish, but the mustache helps. Or...maybe not.



 2010's Christmas gifts for my family.



Justin Bieber or dead body? This was a group effort, by the way. I think my mom re-touched our bows.



And one of this past years Christmas gifts. I tried to step it up a notch and actually purchased a roll of craft paper, instead of using paper bags.  But I still managed to wrap a few gifts in balloons and crepe paper, just for good measure.




...grace...
-80* weather on the last day of January.
-Season two of The Walking Dead on Netflix.
-Bright orange Gerber Daisies to brighten up our living room.
-The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards. Not my favorite book ever, but I'm glad to have it to read every night and think it'll make for a good discussion with my book club friends.
-A fresh cut and color.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Daily Dozen



My Daily Dozen
The personal creed of Robert Louis Stevenson
1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.  (What a great start to a daily list! I love this advice, as evidenced by my blog's little tagline, although I must admit that I often have to remind myself that my level of happiness is totally in my control.)*
2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears. (I love the words "the gladness of life" and am thinking of writing this on my bathroom mirror so I'll never forget it. Is that weird?)
3. Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't think that somehow you should be protected from misfortunes that befall others.  (I don't.)
4. You can't please everybody. Don't let criticism worry you. (Amen.)
5. Don't let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.  (This...this right here is one of my biggest struggles, every.single.day. I've always struggled with insecurity and I am the queen of self-comparison; I even quit Facebook because of it [among lots of other reasons.] I often think I know who "I" am, but then I find myself comparing everything to everyone, so I guess I'm not so sure just yet. Do any of you struggle with this? Or if you once did, how did you/do you overcome it? I'm on a constant search for the answer...)
6. Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.  (Solid advice. Luckily, I'm pretty easily amused.)
7. Don't borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than the actual ones. (Truth.)
8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities, grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.  (Don't you with you had this advice when you were in high school? Sheesh.)
9. Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about new places. (Now I know which is #1 on my dad's list.  I really love this advice. I don't understand when people can't answer the simple question "What do you like to do?"  How can you be an interesting person if you have no interests?)
10. Don't hold postmortems. Don't spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes. Don't be the one who never gets over things. (Can I get an "AMEN??" Get over it and move on. Now.)
11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.  (We have so much to give. Go out and spread the love.)
12. Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.  (This falls so naturally into my goals for 2012. Busy, busy, busy.)

*I'm sure you've figured this out by now, but everything in ( ) are my own thoughts. 



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Brussels Sprouts

I love brussels sprouts. Seriously love them. I'm still trying to convince boyfriend of their magic, but he'll catch on eventually. I've already converted him to kale (in chip form) so there's hope for the sprouts.


But since he's not quite on the brussels sprouts wagon yet, and he was out of town last weekend, I decided to make brussels sprouts the star of my Sunday dinner. 



Brussels Sprouts with Sausage and Walnuts
(serves 1, but can be easily doubled or tripled)

what you need:
1 sausage link, sliced.  I used Applegate Organics Sweet Italian Sausage (it's chicken and turkey)
10 brussels sprouts, halved or quartered.
1 or 2 cloves garlic, chopped.
1 T. fresh rosemary OR 1 T. dried Italian seasoning. Or both!
a handful of walnuts, toasted
shredded parmesan cheese, to taste
olive oil
red pepper flakes
salt & pepper

How you make it:
Add a bit of oil to a big skillet and saute the sausage until browned. It's already fully-cooked, so you're literally just browning it here. Once the sausage is ready, take it out of pan. Add a bit more oil and toss in the brussels sprouts. I like to put them all cut-side down first. Saute the sprouts for a few minutes, then add the garlic and seasonings. Keep sauteing until sprouts are browned and softened. Add the sausage back to the skillet, and cook just until sausage is warmed. Transfer all that yumminess to a big plate, top with the walnuts and parmesan, and shove it in your face. It's delicious! And healthy! So don't feel bad if you eat it all.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Reason #473 Why I Love My Dog


She knows how to rock a 'hawk.



grace:
-Baby Garren, healthy and oh so handsome.
-An unexpected Monday night date.
-Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
-Skittles
-Instagram. (I'm wallycado if you'd like to follow)

Friday, January 13, 2012

I heart OK

I've always wanted a tattoo, but I never knew what I wanted to have permanently inked on my body.  There's no beauty in a random bird on your foot if it means nothing to you. My boyfriend's siblings love tattoos and his sister has been trying to help me decide on what to get for years. Then, almost a year ago, we went out for a night of bowling, and came home with tattoos.


And just like that, Oklahoma found a permanent place on my wrist (and on Taylor's ankle), and in my heart.

It's more than a love for my home state. To me, this little tattoo represents everything I hold dear: my family, my history, my friends, all in one place.

Friday, January 6, 2012

I love : Polaroids

Here's a picture I took with my phone of a picture I took with a Polaroid camera.



It was a gift from boyfriend this Christmas and I love it. I'm tempted to take picture after picture, but there's only 10 pics in a roll of film so I've had to be very selective. I thought Rose dressed up in her New Year's finest was a good choice.

.grace.
1. My new 2012 planner from Erin Condren. I'm slightly obsessed. It makes me feel very organized, and I am not an organized person by any means.
2. Sunflowers. I know I mention them often, but they are such happy flowers I can't help but be happy with them in my house.
3. Sharing a chocolate milkshake and fries with my nephew at Tucker's. You have to dip the fries in the shake. Just believe me on this one.
4. The Joy of Less. 2012 is going to be a year of de-cluttering my life, starting with my home. I plan on writing more on this in future.
5. Morning snuggles with a freshly groomed pup. The Squeeze can get rather stinky...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to put 2011 behind me. It wasn't that it was a bad year, it just wasn't what I hoped. Now that we are four days into the new year, I'm officially over 2011, and therefore don't need to rehash all the good, bad and ugly of the year. Like everyone else, I'm looking ahead.

I was going to list all my hopes/dreams/goals/resolutions/whateveryouwanttocallit for 2012 here, but after typing and erasing the start of the list like seven times, I'm decided against it. It doesn't matter to you what my goals are. And lots of them are personal anyway. So instead I'll just share one. Because it's a good one and I'm excited about it.

I got a set of Boom Boom Cards from my sis-in-law for Christmas. I had no idea what they were, but am super excited about them now that I do. Basically, there's 25 cards in the deck. Each card has a good deed written on it and they all vary from things like buy a stranger a cup of coffee to writing a letter to a long lost friend. After the suggested deed, there's also a way to Revolutionize It! by stepping it up a notch, like instead of writing that letter to your best friend from second grade, why not write it to your worst enemy from senior year of high school? Anyway, each card has a tracking code on it. When you complete the deed, you go online to register your card and tell your Boom Boom story. Then you pass the card along to someone, anyone, and watch as that card and it's good deed gets (hopefully) passed around and around. I think the whole concept is awesome. So my goal for 2012 is to complete my deck of Boom Boom Cards and pass them along. 25 cards, 12 months. Absolutely doable.



grace.
1. Magazine subscriptions...specifically Whole Living, Elle Decor, Taste of Home, and a new OK based paper This Land.   All of which were gifted to me by loving people (and Recycle Bank points!)
2. Spending New Year's Eve at home with boyfriend. We cooked a fancy meal, drank champagne, cheered on the Thunder, and squinted way too much while watching a Swedish movie. It was the first time I've stayed in on NYE, and it was so, so fun.
3. Fresh sunflowers from Sunflower Market. They are SO pretty!
4. Being blessed with a wonderful and giving family on Christmas.
5. Sharing your goals and wishes for 2012 with your best friend only to have her tell you that she has the exact.same.goals. It's always more fun to go through things as two rather than one.