I have learned a lot from my mom; I still do actually. She is the adopted mom to many, and I am just proud she is mine.
The Thornton Women with very serious faces.
Here are some things I have learned from her over the years.
- Cook an onion to make the house smell welcoming, even if you do not have a real plan for dinner.
- Listen to the Holy Spirit.
- You can get happy in the same pants you got mad in.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Remember who you belong to.
- Sometimes the best dinners start by cleaning out the fridge.
- Water is never too cold to swim in–use it as an excuse to shriek.
- A hand written note is a true gift.
- A handmade valentine beats the store bought variety every time.
- When hosting, don’t worry about perfection, just enjoy those you have invited.
- Eat food that tastes good–life is too short to do otherwise.
- It is okay to use something before you gift it (mainly jewelry).
- You can never have too many friends–just make a little room in your heart.
- Being flexible with your plans provides opportunities for fun that should not be missed.
- Sleeping with the windows open makes for the best night’s sleep.
- Sometimes the splurge is just necessary.
- We are never finished learning about God.
I think even if Mom was not my mom, I would want her to be my friend. I am so grateful for her. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.
I really am a blog junky. I love reading blogs. Mainly about design and about food. One of my favorites is Cocina Marie. She is a childhood friend, though more of my sister’s than mine. She is also a lawyer who has turned into a foodie, cookbook writer, wife and mom. She may be practicing a little law too, but she doesn’t talk much about that on her blog. A blog about practicing law would be pretty boring, given the attorney client privilege and all. Recently, Marie highlighted an idea that I am taking on myself.
It is a memory book for five years. Each page has a day of the calendar year with space for all five years of memories. This makes it easy to compare your memories on a given day from year to year.
At first, I thought I would wait until January. Starting a memory book mid-year seems weird and disorganized. But then I had a bad day and thought about the book, and how nice it would be to log goodness in my day. And so I decided to start it, and write a line everyday of something good that happened–my highlight of the day. In theory, this will make me focus on something good everyday. And lately I have needed it. Our office moved up north, which means a commute to and from work. And the commute is to a rather depressing location in the middle of office building/cubicle land. It sort of sucks the life right out of you. Except it is just work–not life. I need to focus on the good in life. And this book is meant to help.
Here goes nothing.
Expect a report in 5 years. Maybe sooner.
Hi again. It has been awhile. No real excuse other than life. I don’t even have the excuse of spending more time reading than writing. In fact, I have done very little of either. But I did just finish a book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Frances and Bernard is a lovely story about the relationship of two writers, told in letters, based in the 1950s. I am drawn to stories with strong women characters and this one is definitely that. Beautifully told and quick to read, I would recommend it to anyone interested in smart but easy reading. It is a love story–sort of–but turns out well in the end.
My friend, Colleen, and I went to lunch one day and saw a lady with a pretty purse. We asked her about it and got enough information to find it online. That was in the fall. And I am now the proud owner of one myself thanks to my parents for my birthday. I am loving it. It fits everything and more.
I got this in a free sample and think it will be a new go-to. It has sunscreen, which is increasingly important to me and just a little color.
Fabulous K recently did her favorite list, and I have embraced one of hers. I put a few drops of this hair oil on the ends of my hair to protect it before I dry it. It has made my hair look much healthier.
I have been a lover of Lululemon since my friend, Kate, hooked me up before the New York Marathon. Thanks to Kate, Lululemon “outfitted” Scott and me for the race. I guess they thought that by outfitting super slow runners, the spectators could get a good, long look at us and admire our clothes. Those clothes are some of my favorites but they are pretty expensive. I have decided that I would rather buy less stuff, but get the “good” stuff. And for running gear, that seems to be Lululemon. I just bought this top with gift certificates and am really loving it.
I am also loving this shirt from Nordstrom.
The shirt is perfect for work with J Crew pencil skirts.
And last but not least, I am loving my new wok. It was not expensive, and is perfect for easy week night dinners. Tonight I made stir fried cabbage and it worked great.