October 28, 2011


Hello Blogging Friends!
First, If you're here from the October Followers Fest, it's so nice to meet you!  
Comment or follow my blog and I'll do the same for you.  
I'm always excited to make new friends in the blogosphere! 
I'm in a costume crisis...

Last year, I mentioned to my friend Melissa (the day before the Halloween party) that Sean and I still had no costumes. She promptly invited me to her basement to look through bins of vintage clothes. (Most of them from her family.) After two minutes of searching she handed me a stack of clothes and said, “Here, wear this.”
And 24 hours later… here we were:


The costumes were a hit and I had an absolute blast spending the night in true vintage clothes, pretending to have the type of hair I've always wanted, and trying to dance like John Travolta every chance I got.

This year, we’re in the same position.  The Halloween party is 24 hours and we still have nothing.  While our friends are sewing, stitching, ordering, and planning, Sean and I are relying on the fact that we work best under pressure and will come up with something… eventually.

If not, we can always put on long underwear and go as toddlers again. (2008).

If you have any ideas, please send them my way!!

In the meantime, have a safe, fun weekend, full of costumes, candy, and strangers knocking at your door after dark, begging for things that are bad for them, dressed as things they aren't.
What a bizarre tradition we have created.

Be Safe,

October 27, 2011

22 Things...

Today I’m linking up over at Mama Kat’s Mama’s Losin’ It blog.  Every week she gives you a list of writing prompts to choose from and then you link up on Thursday.  I’m new to the party, but here goes:

22 Things I Have Done:

1)  Owned a pet deer. Her mama was killed by a hunter and she was left with us at our farm to bottle feed… she never wanted to leave, so as a grown deer she still walked in our house, hung out with the dogs, and ran beside our car.  On occasion she'd wander off with the other deer on the farm, but before long she was back, wanting to lay on a dog bed by the fire. She was the best.

2) Cut off my finger. They sewed it back on.

3)  Got stuck in a tram with a claustrophobic, panic stricken woman under the Dallas / Ft. Worth airport. 

4) Caught a 98 pound Halibut in Alaska.

5) As a kid I was the proud owner of rabbit teeth... (that lived in my mouth.)

6) Married a musician I was a fan of before we started dating.  Yesss

7) Taught middle school and loved it.

8) Owned a rescued zebra. He came from an abusive background and found refuge at our farm.

9) Gained 30 pounds my first 8 weeks of college.

10) Threw up in the flowers at the entrance of my sister’s college graduation ceremony. I was car sick, I swear. Seriously.

11) Cleaned stalls for the Budweiser Clydesdales.                              

12) Worked at a surf shop for a summer on the beach. 

13)  Drove a friend to the hospital when we thought she might be in labor.  When we arrived she was at 10 centimeters and I could see the head…

14) Accidentally called my boss at midnight when I thought I was calling the cops to report a reckless driver. Oops.

15) Accidentally sealed my entire thumb with hot wax and in a desperate attempt to avoid the doctor’s office I went to the hardware section of Wal-mart and asked the young man working if he could help me with my problem… Despite the fact my skin was coming off with the wax, the 2 of us decided “Goo-be-Gone” was the best medicine. 

16)  Lived in a single wide trailer.

17)  Helped my mother run a bed and breakfast where we also boarded horses… (thus the reason for #11).

18) Earned my Master’s in Education and started my Doctorate. (Only 7 more semesters to go…)

19) Had a stranger fall asleep on my shoulder during a flight.  Yes, I woke him up and made him move. Yuck.

20) Unknowingly left a song I was making up on the spot (and singing at the top of my lungs) on a girlfriend’s voicemail.  (The song was about some 16 year old girl who got herself into adult decisions too fast… are you uncomfortable yet?)

21)  We are adopting first (having biological kids later). 

22) Met my husband at age 19 (say what?!?), married him one year later and have fallen more in love every day since. Best choice I ever made.

October 25, 2011

Missing Family

After reading Mrs. Thriftary's post about visiting family, it made me miss them terribly.  Here is one of my favorite pictures of the McConnell siblings.  As we were leaving a Mexican restaurant and walking to our cars, one of the parents found their camera and said, "Hey guys...you're on an album cover" to which we immediately struck this pose without thought or question.

We rock. 

To Charleston and Denver and Milledgeville:
Let's live closer.
Glad we got that settled.

October 24, 2011

I've Been Creating

I love pottery.  I love eating off of it, drinking out of it, lighting candles in it, and even wearing it as jewelry.  My love affair with pottery started during two years of highschool pottery class and reignited this year when I took a community class with some of my friends.  (You can read about that HERE.)

After my community class, I decided my love affair should turn into something a bit more serious... going steady if you will.  So, I got some clay, bought a small kiln off of Craigslist, and make stoneware pieces during my free time.  I love to make bowls, magnets, vases, and jewelry. This weekend I took some time to create.

Yesterday I bisque fired, today I glazed, and now, as I type this, my kiln is off firing in the garage... heating itself to a mere 3,000 degrees.

(Side note: a friend of mine told me about this really good lookin' chick he knew with some seriously killer lips.  Turned out she got her volumptuous kissers by giving a hot kiln a smooch as a child... Did it get my wheels turning? Yes, yes it did.)

Anyhoo, this thing should cut off soon and be cool enough to open in a few hours.  Am I excited? yes. Do I get up to check on my kiln multiple times during the night? yes, yes I do. Will I show you what I've been creating? Yes... eventually.

Until then enjoy your Monday... only 2 months until Christmas Eve...

October 23, 2011

Bringing Vinyl Back

We got a record player this month and it has officially changed our lives.  Rather than sitting down to eat dinner and watch tv, we eat dinner at the table and then sit in the living room and listen to records from top to bottom.  Here are a few of the records we’ve listened to so far:

The first night we were listening to a record I heard something I liked and instinctively looked for a rewind button… oh yeah. Not there.  I love how records force you to listen to the entire album, top to bottom, as a solid, cohesive unit.  (Unless of course you want to get off the couch and go deal with the needle thingy… but I mean come on, who has that much energy?)

As I type this, I’m currently listening to this:

Wowza.  Mumford & Sons on vinyl? Yes, please.
Absolutely Incredible.

Cheers to bringing records back.  It’s not a choice, it’s a lifestyle. J

mae mae