And So… It Snowed

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Saturday morning dawned bright – the sun shone and the sky was a perfect blue. There was a breeze on the air but not a cold breeze. I made a Target run in jeans, a t-shirt and my Columbia windbreaker; it certainly didn’t feel arctic outside and the sunshine just added to the feeling that there was no way snow was coming.

I came home and had lunch – and as the afternoon got under way, clouds rolled in, the sun disappeared and the temperature dropped. Around 2:00 I happened to look outside and see the smallest little flakes falling from the sky… I assumed it would just do a little light snowing and then pass on by, but within minutes, the snowflakes became thick, wet and heavy…

2:15…then 3:15…then 4:15…then 5:15…

The snow continued to fall in a thick curtain for several hours. Around 4:30 I took Watson outside and he was having none of it. Sometimes he loves the snow and sometimes he would just rather not, ha-ha!

The sun set and the snow kept falling and before very long, everything was covered in a thick blanket of white…

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The temperature definitely dropped – my walks around the neighborhood in the falling snow were brief; the snow was wet and heavy and stuck to everything. I snapped pictures and hopped my way back inside. And I snapped so many pictures because I do wonder if this will be the only snowfall I’ll see this Winter…

I borrowed a few pictures from a community Facebook page of the lake all bedecked in snow, the trees mantled in white and weighted down with decoration. Snow makes everything…quiet. Everything is blanketed in the pure white, undisturbed and at peace.

Later in the evening, around 8:00…as the snow was still gently falling I took Watson out one more time. This time he was in love with the snow, bounding in and out of the drifts, sniffing for things buried under the mantle of white and enjoying every minute. When we finally came inside, he was wild – jubilant with his little adventure in the white wild outside.

So – after all that wondering – the snow did come. However; I should mention that as I write this the sun is shining, the temperature outside is hovering at 50 and all signs of the world of white from Saturday afternoon are…well…gone.

But hey – it was certainly lovely while it lasted!

 

Five on Friday

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This week has seemed long y’all – I’m not entirely sure why – but it has! I’m glad to see the weekend on the horizon; and whats more, its a three day weekend! All the praise hand emojis!

It’s raining here in my little corner of Northern Virginia and I’m hoping our boss will be nice enough to let us end this slow week a little early. Fingers crossed and on to the Five!

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One. Black Panther – The Marvel movie tradition continues; I’m joining my friend Jennie and her son Jimmy for the newest installment in the franchise, tonight! Jennie grabbed our tickets over a month ago and I can’t wait to have some delicious food while watching what I’ve heard is an excellent movie… I make Jimmy take a picture with me at every Marvel movie we see together; the older he gets, the less he’s interested – but maybe one day he’ll appreciate my fondness for capturing the moment?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Two – way back in the Spring of last year – whoosh!

Two. Snow – All the rain that is pouring from the sky right now is supposed to be bringing a big old cold front…and snow! All the weather outlets are forecasting a Saturday that includes 1-3 inches of snow accumulating throughout the day. Only time will tell if that actually happens, but if it does – it will be the most snow I’ve seen this winter – so far. Perhaps on Sunday I’ll have some snow shots to share? Who knows…

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Obviously snow here in VA has nothing to do with snow in the UK – but this picture was too beautiful not to post. This picture makes me want to go back to London ASAP…but perhaps in the Spring?

Three. Erin Napier’s Journal – I stumbled on to Erin’s journal on the Laurel Mercantile website and I’ve fallen into a hole, re-reading all the posts she has done in her journal. There’s really no way to catch up on the 2,000+ journal posts but I’ve been looking at them here and there and I’ve decided Erin and I could be best friends…this is mostly based on the fact that she saw Titanic in the movie theater 12 times (I saw it 13). It’s also fun to read because she references so many places I know from growing up in Mississippi: the truck stop in Meridian, Zack Garvin’s in Newton, Landrum’s Homestead and Village…the list goes on and on!

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Do y’all watch Home Town? Do you love it as much as I do?

Four. Studying – The other thing I’ll be doing this weekend besides hoping for/watching it snow (which isn’t really doing much…huh?) is studying! I’m taking a real estate certification test on Monday and I’ve got to hit the books to prepare! Eek! I’m a little nervous because I don’t know what to expect from the test; obviously more of what was on the test(s) back in October at the end of my class, but in a different way – does that make sense?

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I’m not sure where I can get my copy of that book – but I’d take it! I’m no dummy and I can re-take the test every day if I want until October 31st – but the goal is to knock it out of the park on Monday and move on in the journey! Wish me luck!

Five. A Watson Picture – I know it’s not Wednesday, but this face was too cute not to share! The weather yesterday was unseasonably warm and so after dinner, we spent some time on the deck as the sun set. I’m so looking forward to Spring and spending time outdoors again – and I know my little fella feels the same way!

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It was almost 75 yesterday and tomorrow it’s supposed to snow – so I guess you just never know, huh? All that to say, if you need me this weekend…I’ll be studying and watching it snow!

Watson Wednesday

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A few scenes from our travels last week/weekend to Mississippi. Watson is honestly the best traveler and even when just thrown into the car at the last minute to take on a 13 hour road trip – he just rolls with it. He handles hotel rooms like a champ and loves seeing all his favorite people (mostly his Lindsey) when we arrive. My pup is such a winner!

Just Today

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Today – as with most Mondays – has seemed both hectic and long. There was always something to do and somehow not enough time to do it all in…but too much time being taken for the work day to pass. Mondays tend to be that way, don’t they?

This Monday was much easier than the last; the first Monday of February in 2018 will always have that mark on it, the stain of sadness and finality that can’t ever be undone. The first Monday of February in 2018 will also be tinged with some of the more harsh realizations of growing up…but that’s a topic for another post, I suppose.

The past weekend was calm and easy – Friday morning arrived with a fire in the sky that looked like something not quite of this world. The work day passed well enough and Friday night was spent doing a little of this and that – having grilled chicken and a baked potato (a white potato at that; not a sweet potato, now that I’m free of the rigors of the 30 day diet…) for dinner, with a delicious salad! Organizing some aspects of my little home and cleaning up. Watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics and taking short walks with my dog…

Saturday morning dawned…not so bright and definitely not early. I slept in until almost 9:00, which is the latest I’ve slept in what’s likely the past six months. I was shocked when I looked over at my phone to see it read 8:54 – who was this layabout that was still in bed at almost 9:00?? I’m not sure – but it was pretty wonderful, ha-ha!

It rained pretty much the entire day, which meant is was perfect for doing home improvement projects. However, that first required running a few little errands around town – my Mom joined me and we popped into Target, Lantz’s Pharmacy (a local shop that has the most excellent finds), Hobby Lobby and Home Goods before grabbing Chipotle for a late lunch. I spend the afternoon painting another wall of my bedroom, putting new drawer pulls on some “upcycled” side tables and getting my bathroom put together.

I promise the wall isn’t quite as…bright…as it looks. I suppose it just photographs odd?

I passed my evening with leftover chili (that I shared with my pup – of course), an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and even more Olympic coverage…and then Sunday was upon us.

My Mom and I popped in to church for a sermon on marriage (taking notes…I suppose…) and had lunch together at Chili’s. Since we’d literally only been in Home Goods for three minutes on Saturday and that wasn’t possibly enough time to see everything, we went back and did a more thorough visit. Purchases were made – of course.

After a little afternoon reading and relaxing, I went to see Peter Rabbit – because who doesn’t love a movie about a talking rabbit in a wee blue jacket battling it out against an uptight city boy for control of the garden? Apparently the parents of children with allergies – but I thought the movie was hilarious, cute and perfect for kids. It managed to be entertaining without slipping in nasty little nods to the adults on the sly – that’s a win, right?

Sunday night the sky was also on fire again – hence all the sunset pictures. I captured a few as I walked around the neighborhood with my pup, during a break in the rain that hung over the area for most of the weekend. After a delicious dinner of roast, potatoes and carrots with corn, my family and I caught up on Victoria, watched Olympic figure skating and decided we didn’t understand scoring at all (how did Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu not both get first place points?!?) and brought the weekend to a close.

Not a dramatic weekend – to be sure. But then again; I think the first weekend in February brought with it enough drama to last for a while.

Life Lately – A “Brief” Recap in Photos

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Once upon a time I did a weekly/bi-weekly sort of “life lately” recap through the pictures I’d taken on my phone…but then Christmas arrived, the New Year started, my family went to Disney World and then unexpectedly headed back south to MS and lo and behold – here we are at the second week of February and I’ve had this post in the works for something like six weeks.

So without further ado – the last six weeks or so in pictures and brief snippets – so I’ll finally feel “caught up” on life.

My office mates and I are notorious for our love of coffee – we like to keep a rotation of flavored coffees and creamers and we all drink at least two, if not three cups of coffee a day. Heck – we even hired an intern that has the same coffee inclinations as we do…and my boss visits Starbucks more than once a day. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes times to give gifts, coffee mugs are always a big hit – I need a way to display all the mugs I have. One of the three mugs (yes – three) that I got for Christmas is all things Sith and I love it! Combining my love of Star Wars with caffeine – for the win!

The morning my sister left to fly back to Las Vegas – it snowed! And yes, this is going back to December 30th…and so far, that’s the only time I’ve seen it snow and stick to the ground so far this Winter! It did enough snowing to cover the ground and make everything look pretty, but much like my little sister…by the late afternoon, the snow had moved on to other places.

My dad took the pictures below without my sister and I knowing. I was singing to her as I told her “bye for now” – since when she boarded her flight to Vegas on the 30th, it would only be six days until we’d see each other again in Orlando on the 5th of January. The pictures crack me up!

Also of so much importance – have y’all heard of Nothing Bundt Cakes? My little sister introduced them to me and oh my! The company makes…no surprise here…Bundt Cakes that are to die for! Happily, there is a Nothing Bundt location quite close to Dulles and so after dropping my little sister at the airport, we stopped and grabbed a couple “bundlets” to have – those are small (not mini – the minis are called bundtinis) bundt cakes and they are delicious. If you’ve never tried Nothing Bundt, I’d definitely recommend them – they are so good!

The final day of 2017 was crazy cold; I think the temperature at it’s highest hovered just above 10 degrees. It was the definition of bitter cold! I kept seeing people posting pictures of frozen bubbles and when I read that they could be created as long as the temperature was below 11 degrees, I went for it! I didn’t have an actual bubbles – so I had to make my own bubble solution and so I think that’s why my bubbles were only…sort of…okay. It was still fascinating to see them become these perfect little round “pearls”. Unfortunately my home made bubble solution only produced a few wee bubbles and mostly a lot of light blue sludge…oh well – it was fun to give it a try!When the time came to dismantle all the Christmas decorations, I really felt like a slacker. I love decorating for Christmas but I hate taking it all down; it makes me sad and not to mention, the flame retardant that is on fake trees causes my arms to break out in welts! So I decided that I would put away all my ornaments and then sit the tree, still with lights and tulle into the storage room. I topped them with plastic garbage bags and then went around each tree in a big circle, wrapping them in Saran Wrap to keep them from getting too dusty and funky until mid-November. I was pretty pleased with my ingenuity – although I’m sure I’m far from the first person to “put away” my Christmas trees this way!

One of my Christmas gifts was a gift card to Tiffany’s – and the one item I decided that I wanted was; of course, sold out at the flagship store in NYC. It was also sold out at the store in Tyson’s and so I went ahead and ordered my necklace to be delivered to my house. It arrived less than a week after our visit to NYC and I am in love with it! I knew when I saw it on the website it was exactly what I wanted and it’s one of my favorite pieces of jewelry that I own!

I also received a really sweet bit of mail from one of my higher ups at Perfectly Posh for having such a great December – I thought it was really sweet and I’m still trying to decide exactly what I want to use my cute new bag for!

I know I mentioned a couple times (or something…) that after our family returned from Disney World I joined my sister in doing a thirty day clean eating challenge. Well the company whose products I was using was Arbonne – I was drinking two protein shakes a day and had to cut so many things out of my diet – including coffee, which almost killed me. My sister and I were past the halfway point when we headed to Mississippi for my grandmother’s funeral and with all the other stress that comes with that sort of situation, we just decided to call it done.

I lost five pounds in the 2.5 weeks that I was doing the clean eating and while numerous people touted all the benefits – I honestly hadn’t yet felt the burst of energy and renewed health that other people were talking about. I don’t feel like I eat that poorly – I don’t fry food, I eat a ton of vegetables and the only things I ever drink are water and coffee. So, it wasn’t really for me and while I’d have definitely kept it up for the thirty days…life sort of got in the way.

I mentioned in my Five on Friday post that I’m just in re-do mode all over my little house and I recently received the most gorgeous hand painted Game of Thrones postcards from a friend as a Christmas gift. I got those framed and found a shadow box for my signed copy of the script from season 6, episode 9 – the Battle of the Bastards – and placed my wee Jon Snow and Daenerys and called my new couch table decor a done! I need to decide what color to paint…

Of course, no post from the past few weeks would be complete without some shots of Watson! The cold weather has made him especially snuggly and we’ve spent many an evening curled up on the couch catching up on our favorite shows and enjoying the warmth of the fireplace!

 

 

Just two weeks ago, I spent Saturday afternoon with my friend Katie and her precious baby boy – he is growing so quickly and is already five months old. We caught up and I watched the little guy taking in the world around him; he’s especially fond of his puppy dogs and gets a kick out of everything they do! He’s so sweet and snuggly – and those cheeks are just too precious!

 

 

Last…but certainly not least…just a few shots from my time in Mississippi. I didn’t take that many pictures and I guess it wasn’t really a trip that warranted a ton of pictures, but there are a few that were taken here and there.

And finally – at long last – this is the life lately post; although using the word lately is stretching things just a bit. However, I finally feel caught up and now maybe I’ll get back to the business of blogging about present day…

Five on Friday

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I started this post last Friday…and then last Friday happened…and it was left as is. As it would happen, most of the things I was going to do last weekend – they are going to be the things I am doing this weekend. Life is funny like that sometimes, huh?

One. Scandal – I planned to spend last weekend catching up on the ten (yes, ten!) episodes of Scandal that I have let pile up on my DVR since the seventh and final season premiered last Fall..and I did catch up; albeit in the car on my iPhone as opposed to sitting on my couch watching it on my TV. The ten episodes I’ve watched have included some epic and action packed hours of television…and one that was; quite frankly, a bore (hello Fitz in Vermont…) – but the general theme for me in all ten episodes: I really don’t like Olivia Pope very much anymore. When I started watching Scandal, I certainly didn’t think the final season would have me cheering for her downfall…

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Two. Painting & Decor – About a year ago I added an accent wall to my room in a bright yellow; I’ve decided it’s finally time to do another accent wall and so I’m going to paint the wall opposite my bright yellow wall…yellow! So that the two yellow walls bookend each other and hopefully balance out the room. I updated my bathroom just two weekends ago and I’m also planning to look into a color to paint my bathroom – I’m thinking a pale purple…or a bluish gray. We shall see…

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Three. End Table Redo – The updating and redoing continues! My parents are doing some painting and updating of their own and when they decided to get new end tables, I decided I’d like to take their old tables (pictured below), give them an update and use them as matching side tables for my bedroom! The tables are an aged white with silver pulls and I’m on the fence as to whether I should paint the tables another color and get new drawer pulls…or just add new drawer pulls and call it a done deal. My bedroom is done in gray, white and yellow…so the aged white color would be fine. I’m leaning more toward adding new yellow/gray pulls and calling it a done deal… Thoughts?

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Four. Peter Rabbit – I grew up reading Peter Rabbit and when I happened to catch a preview for it a few months ago; well honestly, at first I thought it looked pretty silly…but the more I see previews…the more I want to go see it! So my adult self may be taking a trip to the movies this weekend to see a sort of animated movie about a rabbit that just can’t resist playing tricks on his new neighbor.

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Five. Rainy Mornings & Doing Nothing – The forecast for this weekend shows that it is supposed to rain on Saturday and Sunday…and that’s perfectly fine by me. Beyond my excursions to choose paint and drawer pulls and potentially going to see a movie; I don’t really want to do much of anything this weekend. So perhaps I’ll just sleep in and listen to the rain…that sounds amazing, don’t you think?

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And that’s all I’ve got for this Friday – I’m looking forward to spending the weekend doing my projects and relaxing. And perhaps in the midst of that, if going to the movies is a part of that…so be it. I’m just glad the weekend is almost here; this week has been…long(ish).

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Oh wait y’all – one more thing! So technically this is a Five(ish) on Friday!

The Olympics start tonight! I mean; they actually started on Wednesday night with curling & I watched men’s figure skating on Thursday night (so many falls…)…but they “officially” start tonight! I’ve always loved the grandeur and pageantry of the Opening Ceremonies and I can’t wait to see what South Korea has in store! So you can find me this evening seated on my couch watching the Opening Ceremonies…and you’ll be able to find me watching the games over the next few weeks…

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When Life Comes at You Fast

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What a “week” it’s been… I guess it hasn’t actually been quite a week and yet it’s almost been a week. It’s been one of “those” weeks.

The picture below was taken last Friday – when the day was new and everything was calm…normal…as it should be. I went to work, went about my routine as usual and around lunch time got one of those calls that no one ever wants to get.

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Could I please come home – something had happened and I needed to come home. And so, home I came…in the middle of the day. I spent the next hour hurriedly compiling clothes and shoes and things into a suitcase to make the trip to Mississippi – a trip that now existed because a person so dear was no longer on the Earth.

My precious grandmother; my Nanny, that I have referenced on this blog since it began almost eight years ago…her car was struck by an 18-wheeler last Friday and she was killed instantly. She was on her way to her Monday/Wednesday/Friday exercise class, the sun got in her eyes and what she thought was a clear roadway…was not.

I’ve experience sudden loss – my grandfather (my Nanny’s husband) passed away just as suddenly almost ten years ago. It was a different kind of sudden though…somehow…the same and altogether different.

The past few days – Friday afternoon through Wednesday night – seem like they passed in some sort of strange haze. I discussed with my cousin this morning that the days seemed long but it altogether seemed very short. Like a blink of time – so suddenly passed.

My Nanny was one of my best friends – she listened to me talk; sometimes for hours. When I lived in Mississippi, I would sometimes spend hours on the corner of her couch on a Saturday afternoon…talking about anything and everything I could think of, she’d listen and chime in from time to time.

She would always hug me – not a wimpy hug, one of those tight, fierce hugs that was filled with love and so much more. She told me all that time that she was proud of me; and I knew, more than I knew with anyone else – she meant it. She would tell me she prayed for me every morning and I’m sure those prayers helped me through days I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten through.

My Nanny was always laughing and always filled with joy…even after her best friend was no longer here, she was still filled with happiness and she offered that joy to everyone she came in contact with. And now we will all have to live with that same amount of joy and offer that happiness to others around us…

Life comes at you fast – so hug the people you love. Let them know you love them. If you are proud of someone, tell them…and as corny as it may sound, try to find the joy and happiness in each day – because you are never guaranteed another day to do that.