Monday, November 28, 2011

Procrastination at its best.

As I sit at my desk in an attempt to focus on the tasks at hand - 6 papers all due this Saturday - I am constantly distracted by how uncomfortable the chair is that I am sitting in. Unable to focus, I of course begin looking at new chairs, and have convinced myself that I will have a new one by the end of January. (Providing Uncle Sam gives me a reasonable refund this year.)

Here is a picture of my desk, along with the chair that is currently providing NO support whatsoever. (I can't believe that this has been my desk chair for over 7 years.

Now for my some new options... (In no particular order.)

Kooboo Wicker Chair - World Market

Peacock Tufted Dining Chair - Pier 1 Imports

Wingate Rattan Swivel Desk Chair - Pottery Barn

Cabria Honey Brown Woven Arm Chair - Crate and Barrel

Eames Molded Plastic Armchair - Herman Miller

Nimes Khaki Grey Tufted Linen Side Chair -

Just as you are probably tired of looking at chairs, I am just as tired of sitting in mine. If only I could manage to fit a La-Z-Boy under my desk, all my problems would be solved!

Since I can not seem to get any homework accomplished tonight, I am off to bed in an attempt to sleep off the winter cold which I picked up over Thanksgiving break. (Thanks, Dad!)

Annual Warehouse Sale

Every year, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, Logo Chair Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee holds their annual warehouse sale. Throughout the year, all of their products are only sold in bulk to participating dealers and are therefore, not available to the general public. (This is why the warehouse sale is SO exciting.) Walking into their warehouse, I immediately became speechless as I was overcome with a rush of excitement. The event can best be described as a mix between the thrill and friendliness of Disney World and the overall efficiency and effectiveness of Airport Security. Not too mention, the prices are only a fraction of what they would cost in a normal retail store. With the success of my first year, I have no doubt in mind that I will return next year, and the year after, and the year after...

Below are a few pictures from the sale:

Holly is ready to go, with the price list in hand.

 This place is HUGE!

And, the trunk of the Turn was filled. (Mostly by Holly, of course.)

See you again next year!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Week in Review

Greetings from Missouri!

My brother from another mother - Tucker.
Me: "Tucker, go see your daddy."
Dad: "I am not his daddy. I am Ed, that is Tucker, and he is my best friend."

I spent some time at my favorite flea markets, and came home with over 
15 pieces to add to my milk glass collection.

We played a little BINGO...AND won!
(Probably would have won more if we did not keep clearing our boards by mistake.)

 Fancy is once again convinced that she is ready for grandchildren.

Thursday night, Fancy and I went shopping at Aurora's mall, Wal-Mart, and asked everyone what they were in line to buy - There was actually a line for socks and underwear. Some people...

Enjoyed a sampler platter from The Bootlegger. (YUM!)

No week is complete in our family without a craft project! These were made to add a little pizazz to Grammie's room at the nursing home.

Grammie and Fancy.

And finally, we added a little Christmas spirit to Grammie's walker.

I hope your Thanksgiving week was just as 
wonderful as mine! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Please pass the stretchy pants.

 My parents arrived in Missouri yesterday, and I was so thankful to see them! Even though I live hundreds of miles away from my closest relatives, I am constantly reminded how truly grateful I am to have family and friends who love and support me unconditionally, no matter how far away I am. (Or difficult and frustrating I can be).
Throughout the last few years, mom and dad have slowly been giving me all of my belongings from childhood. With 5 new boxes to sort through and determine what I would like to keep, (Report cards were quickly thrown away - no need to share those with my children one day; but they did give Fancy and I a good laugh last night) I found the perfect "craft" project from first grade that I would like to share with you today - obviously, not much has changed!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dear Santa,

I have been a good girl this year - I promise!

Kate Spade Idiom Bangle
*I need all the help I can get to keep my resolutions!*
This it the year to...

Amazon Gift Card
(Unfortunately, I already know what books I need for next semester.)

My dear friend Leigh Ann us UBER talented; and therefore, I would gladly accept anything from her Etsy store, Sweet Auburn Studio. Below are a few items that I currently LOVE. (Cough, Cough, Wink, Wink)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Old Maid

This Thanksgiving, I have made the journey to Aurora, Missouri to spend time with my grandmother. When someone is living in the mental health wing of a Nursing Home, I can assure you that there become many good stories to tell.

This morning, I was visiting with my grandmother in the nursing home, when one of her friends asked me if I was married. When I replied, "no," she followed with, "Well, how old are you? I am sure you have plenty of time." When I mentioned that I was only 27, Jewel was quick to respond - "Oh Shit, you are an old maid!" (In complete seriousness) Lucky for me, my grandmother jumped in and replied, "Well, her sister is not marred either." Thanks Grammie, you always know how to make me feel better!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cheesy Corn Chowder

*Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Corn and Cheese Chowder"

4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
3 Cans, Whole Kernel Corn
3 Bell Peppers (Green, Red and Orange), Chopped
1/4 Cup of All Purpose Flour
4 Cups Vegetable Broth
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 1/2 Cups Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
1 1/2 Cups Grated Pepper Jack Cheese
1/3 Cup Sliced Green Onions

*Add salt and pepper throughout cooking process.*

1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onions for 3-5 minutes until clear. Add in diced bell peppers and cook for a few more minutes. Finally, add corn and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

2. Sprinkle flour evenly over the top and stir to combine. Pour in broth and stir well. 
Allow time to thicken, approximately 4-6 minutes, then reduce heat to low. 
Stir in cream and cover, allowing the chowder to continue thickening for 15-20 minutes. 

3. Stir in cheeses and green onions. Once cheese has melted, check seasonings, 
and add salt and pepper to taste.

( I know I did.)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Antler Obsessed

Lately, I have been inspired...

So, I determined that I needed to find my own set of antlers...


And now, I am officially obsessed!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Endless Laughter

There is nothing wrong with laughing out 
loud - I do it all the time, and did with each picture below!