Maegan's theme for this week was a fun one! When I saw the prompt I instantly thought of my niece and nephew who never seem to stand still, they are always in motion.
I convinced Miss M to show me some of her dance moves. She hasn't started classes yet, so all these are moves she's made up on her own, saw someone else do, or picked up watching TV.
I love that even her pig-tails are in motion when she spins.
Today's songs is completely obvious, a little Elton John.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
To celebrate a little night photography, here's another one of my $5 amazon purchases - Josh Ritter's Beautiful Night:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I'll admit it, I spend a lot of time reading design blogs and dreaming of projects I want to do around my house. While I'm home this fall and have a bit of time off I'm planning to tackle one of those projects - my home office. It's a large airy room, with big windows that is perfect for an office. Best of all moving out there will get me away from the kitchen table which is much too close to the pantry and fridge for my waistline. I anticipate working from home more during the next year so I want to get the office ready as quickly as possible and I'm planning to share my progress with you as I go.
I have decided on a color to paint the walls and on the type of flooring to install, but I'm still working on all the little details which, let's be honest, is what will really make the place my own. I'm trying to keep the budget down, so there will be lots of bargain shopping, DYI and re-purposing for the project. I almost wish I was eligible for the surprise I have for you today, my very first giveaway.
The kind folks at CSN Stores have given me a $35 gift certificate to give away to one of you! CSN is an online shopping mecca with over 200 stores where you can buy anything from dining room chairs, to rugs (I need some for my office), to lighting right down to storage solutions for media collections (another thing I really need!)
All you have to do to win is comment on this post telling me what home project you plan to tackle next. For a bonus entry become a follower and add a second comment letting me know you've done so. Already a follower? Simply add a second comment letting me know you are.
There has never been a better time for all of you lurkers out there to come out of the word work and show me a little comment love. The contest closes at mid-night Sunday, October 31. I'll use random.org to pick the winner and will make the announcement on November 2.
The small print
CSN only ships to the US and Canada and international shipping charges apply to those of you in Canada.
A little song for luck from one of my all-time favorites:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
As I sit and watch the first snow fall of the year I realize I haven't posted any of the photos I took just over a week ago of the gorgeous fall color I found on the Alpine Loop.
Last Sunday, to celebrate my homecoming, I got in my own car and headed to the Alpine Loop which has some of the best fall colors in Utah and happens to be practically in my back yard.
It was such a peaceful ride, just me, my camera and some good music. No responsibilities and I was free to stop anytime I wanted to grab a photo or to just take in the beauty all around.
About half way through the trip I remembered that my car had a moon roof, then it took me digging out the owners manual to remember where the controller was to open it. A sign the moon roof doesn't get much use.
If I had waited just a couple more days the leaves would have mostly been gone, so I feel lucky to have gotten home just in time for one of my favorite times of year.
I mentioned Friday I had discovered my local library had a great music collection. I found a couple of Kasey Chambers' albums and have been listening to them pretty steadily. I love her voice and her song writing.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I'm talking about inspiration today at Mortal Muses. I am so honored to be participating with one of my favorite online groups. The Muses are celebrating an entire week of inspiration with posts by some talent folks and lovely giveaways, do come over and check it out, you don't want to miss a chance at the Shutter Sister's book "Expressive Photography."
I've listened to this song about 10 times in the last week - I love the lyrics and the melody:
Friday, October 22, 2010
After last week's music week, I thought I'd set aside one day each month to highlight some great music you can pick up on the cheap. Each month amazon.com has a list of about 100 albums you can download for $5, I usually want to buy everything, but maybe sharing my wish list will help me control myself.
Those I already own and can vouch for:
Those I purchased this month and LOVE (especially Tift Merritt):
On my wish list:
Looking for something even cheaper than $5? Check out your local library. I discovered this week that my library has an AMAZING music collection, I've got a great list on hold, that I'm waiting to hear.
If only I didn't have to wait for the 100 other people ahead of me on the list for the new Kings of Leon.
Have you found any great deals on music lately? What song or album have you picked up lately you can recommend to the rest of us? Pin It
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The playlist we created this week over at Inspiration Studio is so AMAZING that I can't resist sharing it here too:
I'd love to have your suggestions for next week's playlist: Sunny Days Will Come, so hop on over to the post and add your picks.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
You know that luck I talked about last week? I'm happy to say it has continued - except at the horse track and looking back, my bad luck there may actually be lucky because I now have no desire to bet on the ponies again.
I got an amazing parking spot on a Friday evening at Gardner Village during their October festival (those of you from the SLC area know that took AMAZING luck.) Then, this weekend I discovered I won another blog giveaway, a Simply Deliteful Cookbook, over at Caitlin Wilson's Design Blog. I hope the emphasis is on the simple part of the book and it will improve my non-existent cooking skills. But the best luck of all came in the form of a shiny new Kindle as a going away gift from my friends in Kentucky.
If any of you have advice on cases for the Kindle or any other tips or tricks please send them my way. I've had the Kindle app on my iTouch for a long time, but I'm excited to see how the actual Kindle works.
The last bit of luck was discovering this lovely song while my iPod was on shuffle this morning. I'm sure I've heard it before but it reached out and grabbed me this morning while I was getting ready for the day.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I'm in love with this song.
Monday, October 18, 2010
On my last full day in Kentucky one of our great volunteers decided I couldn't leave without going to Keeneland, the local race track. She talked one of her friends into giving us her box for the day, which was conveniently located on the finish line, the perfect way to see my first horse races.
None of us had a clue which horses to bet on, but we sure had fun. I tried picking my horses by looking at the colors they wearing, their number and by name. None of my methods worked - but I still argue voting for a horse called "Six Pack Abs" is a good method.
I came home $10 poorer, but had an amazing afternoon. What a great way to say goodbye to KY.
I'm working on this week's post for Inspiration Studio, and this song was one of the suggestions for the playlist. It is so amazing (and fitting) that I can't help but post it here too:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
As you read this I plan to be on a plane. I've said goodbye to KY and am saying hello to UT.
All my UT peeps - drop me a line, I'll be in town for a while and am dying to catch up with you. It's been a long, long year (or 5.) This will be the longest stretch I've had at home since I moved away in 2002 and I plan to make the most of it, so let's get together so you can fill me in on all of your adventures.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Here's the deal - saying goodbye is taking more time than I thought, and since I want to enjoy the time I have left here, I'm going to put them emphasis on living life, not blogging. Thus the short post, with one of my favorite photos from the past few months and a song I love.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Last week was a lucky one for me.
I was the VERY lucky winner of a $30 gift certificate to Gaby Burger Design's Shop thanks to Kirsten at 6th Street Design. Both Kirsten and Gaby are insanely talented, so I'm feeling very lucky indeed. I think I'm going with the earrings pictured above, but there are so many great things to chose from I'm having a hard time making up my mind. I'm also dreaming of giving Kirsten a call for some of her design expertise in my master bath. I'm totally stumped and could use a bit of her design genius.
I also received a lovely award from the oh, so talented Tezzie, the mastermind behind the lovely Not Always Picture Perfect blog. Regardless of the title of her blog, her photos are nearly always perfect , I love checking in on her photos of her life in Finland. Its like a mini escape each day. Thanks Tezzie for thinking of me, I'm honored.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The event I've been in Kentucky working on ended Sunday. We are thrilled it went well and exhausted after months of planning and at least 6 weeks of operations (without a weekend.)
To commemorate our success and to make sure we had a reminder of a group we loved working with, we got together for a photo op, on 10-10-10 at 10:10. What a great way to celebrate, with a team that ranks a 10 in my book. I'm going to miss them.
Where were you?
Friday, October 8, 2010
One of my favorite artists from Kentucky - Dawn Landes (thanks Cindy for the introduction to her music.)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Recently I was given tickets to a $300/plate dinner catered by chef's selected by the James Beard Foundation. I don't run with the society set, so a fancy dinner isn't part of my normal life, but when something like that drops in your lap, you can't say no.
I threw on a dress (and after a month of nothing but khaki's, tennies and a work polo shift, I felt like a new woman) and headed to the dinner. We started with cocktail hour which included a wine tasting and a signature cocktail, none of which I tried (I'm a non-drinker) but soon the hors d'oeuvres came out and I was in food heaven, check out this list:
- Smoked Pepper Polenta, Sweet Corn Relish and Chile-Maker's Mark Bourbon Glaze
- Stonecross Farms Pork Belly, Confit Tomato & Thyme, Sapori d'Italia Goat Cheese and Brioche
- Tesa wrapped Kentucky Blue Brawns, Henkle Farms Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho and Chile Oil
- Potato Chip with Scallop and Caviar (I missed out on this one, but I was ready to give caviar a try for the first time)
- First Course: Tower of Yellow Fin Tuna, Herb Salad, Yuzu Granite
- Second Course: Parsnips Agnolotti, roasted Pumpkin and Heirloom Apple, Parmesan-Parsley Jus
- Third Course: Sous vide Venison Loin, Candied Yams, Red-Eye Jus
- Fourth Course: Braised Alltech Angus Short Rib of Beef, Field Bean Succotash, Confit Musrooms and Tomatoes
- Fifth Course: Roasted Fig and Dark Chocolate in Phyllo, Brandied Cherries and Muscadine Syrup.
It's Thursday, so don't forgot to click over to Inspiration Studio for my weekly post, I'd love to hear your suggestions for next week's playlist
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Today's post started when I watched last week's episode of Private Practice (don't judge me, I couldn't sleep and it was on.) I was half-heartedly watching when a song playing in the background caught me attention. I knew it and yet I didn't. I kept listening until I placed it and realized it was a cover version of a song by a band I LOVED back in the day, a-ha.
Now I know that for most folks in the US they were pretty much a one hit wonder, but I fell in love with them and even had a German friend who would send me cassette taped recordings of their European hits since I couldn't find their music in the US. While I was in grad school I was checking out the offerings at a used music store and found an imported CD of their greatest hits. I snachted it up and loved it.
A few years later I pulled it out to load it into iTunes but the disc wasn't in the case. I was convinced I'd lost it to a roommate in one of my many moves. I was sad, since finding it again wouldn't be easy, but I also didn't spend a lot of time looking. A few months later my lovely sister surprised me at Christmas, she'd tracked down a copy of the import and got it for me.
I tell this story for a couple of reason - to prove how great my sister is, to share what sometimes geeky music taste I have and to introduce an awesome cover version of their one big US hit, "Take On Me." If you like interesting covers - check out Runar Eff's other stuff on YouTube, kind of great!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Today I'm sending huge birthday wishes to one of my favorite people in the world, my sister N. We are far enough apart in age that we never went to the same school and didn't share a lot of friends. This meant we led separate lives growing up, but we were lucky enough to live together for a couple of years after she finished college. Those two years were an incredible gift for me, I got to know her better and we became not just siblings, but friends. The very best kind of friend, the one you can share every win with and the one who will cry with you then cheer you up.
N - I wish I was there to celebrate with you, but I promise to help you celebrate again in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, here's a song that was written for another baby sister, the first line is perfect, "What good is a dollar without your baby sister." You're the best.
Friday, October 1, 2010
When I saw Sunday's prompt, a line from a song immediately got lodged firmly in my head and it didn't go anywhere all week. I found myself singing this song all week, which since it is such a great song isn't such a bad thing.
I decided to go with the lyric and attempt to photograph it, but I cheated a bit because they sky was so much more interesting to photograph with a few clouds around.