July 15, 2011

Tapioca & Canadian Respect

Congratulations friends! 

Today is National Tapioca Pudding Day and  Respect Canada Day. Two holidays rolled into one?  
Hot Damn!

In honor of this day, I am making my husband’s favorite dessert… (tapioca) while wearing respectful Canadian attire. 

I plan on looking something like this:

We’ll see how that goes ;)

So, throw on your party pants, slip into those red heels, and enjoy some tapi-O!  You only live once!!

Happy Holidays,

Mae Mae

July 14, 2011

Home is Where the Heart Is...

When I was in the 8th grade, my mom and stepdad decided to move to the mountain and build their own house.  This meant we would need to find a place to live during construction. Since we really wanted to be on our new property with the animals, we were left with a few options: 

1)      A single-wide trailer
2)     A small circle of campers (a camper for each bedroom and one for a common space)
3)      A renovated school bus
4)      A small cluster of teepees.

These are not make-believe options. These were the options discussed at our dinner table for a number of months.  My vote was for the trailer.  After going in a trailer when I was in the second grade, I was obsessed.  I loved the idea and begged that we go with this option, although the second option was actually okay with me too.  I kind of liked the idea of having my own camper and getting to decorate the inside (and the outside) however I wanted… The third option was terrifying.  It really sounded not good.  A bus would be very long, very narrow, and very cramped.  I couldn’t imagine how one would even go to the bathroom, and I really didn’t want to tell people I lived in the thing they drove home from school in.  The fourth was an option added last second, as we drove through a long stretch of highway in New Mexico.  Up until that trip we had only been contemplating the first three, but when we saw a field of teepees with a sign that read “For Sale” my mother zipped off the interstate and within two minutes we were touring some of the nicest teepees I’ve ever seen. I was not too excited with this plan as it would definitely not make me cool with the new kids at school.  “See that girl over there with the ponytail?  Yeah, she lives in a teepee.”  Actually, maybe that would make me cool.  Hindsight’s 20-20.

Anyhow, eventually we went with Option #1, the trailer, and I instantly fell in-love.  The narrow body made it feel very cozy, the fake wood took me back to an old friend’s house from the 80’s, and the open kitchen / living room combo made it an easy place to grab a meal and watch some t.v.  Plus, I had a walk-in closet.  What else could a girl ask for? In all honesty, it was one of the best places I’ve ever lived and I have a special place in my heart for single-wide trailers. 

Sometimes though, I wonder, “What if?”  What if we had lived in a circle of campers? What if we had lived in a couple of old school buses? Or what if I had really lived-out my teenage years in a cluster of teepees…   Looking back, I think they were on to something because these people seem to have made those options look pretty inticing:

Courtesy of willowroseboutique.blogspot.com

Courtesy of http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/

Okay so the school bus idea still sucks. 

Bottom line, what some might see as a downgrade was a serious upgrade in my book.  I've gained a lot of pride, some great stories, and some real down-home life-skills from my years with Old Betsy.  (That's what I named the trailer... just now.  Never used it before, but I'm going to stick with it.) So next time you face a move, don't be afraid to look at all your options and go with the most absurd... it just might pay off.  Although in our case, the trailer was the least absurd... so that metaphor doesn't really work.  So maybe you should go with your safest option... or just flip a coin, or see if you make the red-light, or make a pros and cons list, I hear that's a good way to go.

Until next time, 
Happy Thursday everybody

July 12, 2011


This kid is seriously living out a recurring fantasy of mine...

Happy Tuesday!

July 11, 2011

It's a Small World...

Meet Brittany.  

Brittany is a talented, independent, home-owning, marathon-running, furniture-restoring, book-making art teacher.  One look inside her house or wardrobe and you know she’s  super-talented and a lot of fun. (She's the owner and landlord of a 1940's bungalow AND has an entire chalkboard wall in her kitchen.) One thing that makes Brittany even cooler is that she somehow manages to pull you into her artistic world and convince you that you’re equally as capable.  Kids from pre-k to middle school take her classes and walk away with confidence, excitement, and a great piece of art.

Luckily for me, it was my b-day a few months ago and Brittany took three things I really, really like (chalkboards, globes, and Africa) and made this chalkboard globe! Not only can you draw on it, (which will be a great teaching tool) but it also has Africa and the United States permanently outlined with white paint, with a heart on Ghana and a heart on Tennessee…

AND… if I spread my hand out, I can put one finger on America, one finger on Africa, and feel like the kids aren’t SOOO far away…

I can't wait to be drawing airplanes, stick figure families, and names all over this thing... 

Thank you Brittany for the perfect gift!!