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Tuesday, April 19

How Does The Garden Grow?

I loved Mary, Mary as a child. It was my favorite nursery rhyme, hands down. Does that surprise you? Probably not. After church on Sunday, we worked in the yard. Jonathan mowed and edged, and I worked in the flower beds. My herb seeds were planted, and I removed diseased leaves from the rose bushes. I also pulled an incredible amount of grass out of the flower beds. I guess that's the price you pay to have nice grass...you get grass in the beds as well.
I'll take grassy beds. It's so much better than the dirt that we had last year!

Thursday, April 14

Lucky Anthro Day

It was a good sale week at Anthropologie. I've been on the lookout for skirts for a while (two of my weekly staples are Banana Republic classics from 2005. Classics are great, but I have worn them every week for six years. When I say every week, I mean every week. My coworkers can attest to this. My camel and gray skirts take me from spring to winter. They are that classic. However, I've lost a few pounds in the past year or so, so they're on the big side. Plus they're ancient and could stand to enter semi-retirement. I don't think I'll ever retire them completely. I love them that much. I guess I'd have to -- I've worn them weekly for six years. :) Sadly, I'm not sure today's BR could handle six years of weekly wearing...
Anyway, after a great Youth United meeting, I headed straight for Anthro to check out the sale skirts. Several skirts that I had tried on over the past few months were on sale, so I tried them on again to see if I loved them enough to add them to my closet. These babies came home with me:

This one wasn't on sale, but for me, it was worth the full price. It has butterflies on it, and it fits like a dream. I had to have it. Plus it can wear it everywhere (work, dinner, church, the mall) from spring to fall (not sure about winter though). Click here to see the butterflies up close. Love!

I think I'm done shopping for skirts for a while. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect cork wedges, but that's about it. Fashionwise, what do you have to have this spring?

Monday, April 11

Flowers Everywhere!

Wow, what a fun weekend! Friday night was spent catching up with old friends at Anna's pre-wedding party. Saturday was Youth United's Battle of the Bands. In case you're wondering, Youth United is Habitat's program for kids, teens and college students. I'm not kidding about this -- working with Youth United has been the highlight of my five-year career. The energy, creativity and tremendous work ethic that these kids bring to their work reminds me that the future is going to be bright because they'll be in charge. If you're interested in learning more about YU, check out our website.
Okay, enough plugging my program, and back to Anna's wedding festivities. They were truly lovely. The bride and groom were so happy, and they threw an awesome party at the Hi-Tone Cafe, which was the site of their first date. They even hired the band they saw on said date to play at their reception. As if that wasn't enough, Anna's very creative friend, who formerly worked on the visual team at Anthropologie, did all the decor. The whole thing was so pretty, personal and fun, and it had midtown Memphis written all over it, which I loved.

I also loved that I was the lucky recipient of Anna's wedding bouquets. At the end of the night, they needed a good home, and I happily obliged. We've been enjoying them so much. I love having fresh flowers in the house (I just have to keep them a long way away from Ollie).

Finally, guess what's blooming? Here's my first bud of the year!

Other happies? The Memphis Farmers Market opens this weekend, and our new office signs are going up!
It's the first building signage I helped design/coordinate, so I'm especially excited.

Thursday, April 7

Putting A Little Spice In Your Life...

Penzeys Spices has a store here in Memphis, but you can also buy their stuff online. Jonathan recently picked up three of their salt-free blends, and they are amazing. If you're going for a healthier, low-salt lifestyle, herbs and spices make all the difference in the world. While we're talking about them...Fresh herbs, anyone? It's almost planting time!

Tuesday, April 5

Polyvore Post: Slightly Groovy

I haven't been a big fan of 1970s fashion since I was 13 years old and obsessed with smiley faces and Dr. Martens. I'm 27 now, so it's been a while. At first I wasn't too sure about the fashion world's love affair with that decade, but I'm starting to fall for it. I'm not sure if it's braids, the feathers or the more forgiving jeans, but I feel like buying some platform sandals and a maxi dress. I want to listen to James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac and wear my hair like Stevie Nicks.
Okay, maybe I won't go quite that far, but you may spot me with a braid in my hair before spring is over. I'm also on a mission to find round velvet pillows in green, orange and blue for my couch. My mom has some that belonged to my great-grandmother, and I want some as well. Gotta love the velvet....

Monday, April 4

The Downside of Twisty Yoga and Other Facts of Life

Hello friends! Sorry for the break in blog posts, but last week was a doozy.

It all started last Saturday with our third trip to the yoga studio. It was a great class, but it involved A LOT of twisting.

Apparently I am not built for that much twisting.

Day one, I was a little sore. Day three, my left side was tender to the touch. By Friday night, my left side was constantly aching. I actually thought I was coming down with a bug. It hurt that bad.

Then I remembered the twisty yoga, and I started to wonder if there was a connection. Today I visited the Walgreens Take Care Clinic, and I learned that I do have inflammation. It's not a hernia. Yet.

Ouch.

I'm supposed to take 800 mg of Advil every eight hours, and I'm supposed to take it easy.

Double ouch. This isn't going to be fun at all. I've been working out four times a week. I've been feeling really good about myself for the first time in years. I've been on a roll with the healthy eating. I don't want to stop.

Ugh, ugh, ugh.

I don't want a hernia either, so I'm just going to feel a little sorry for myself. Is that okay with you? My mood fits today's weather perfectly. We had strong storms and high winds all day today. There are trees down all over the city, and more than 60,000 people are without power. We do have power, and we didn't lose any trees. Our gate did suffer some damage, but that's it.

Thank goodness. Gut damage + gate damage = quite enough for one day.

To end this post on a happier note, here is some good news to start the week:
-My friends Anna and Kevin are getting married on Saturday.
-Ezekiel 4:9 tortillas taste amazing and are super healthy too. Find them in the frozen foods section of Whole Foods.

-After three years of sore tushies, we finally bought cushions and throw pillows for our Adirondack deck chairs yesterday evening. The cushions are green, and the throw pillows are beige with blue and green flowers. We also bought a string of paper lantern lights to accompany our colored Christmas lights. Jonathan and I tried everything out last night, but then we had to store the whole lot thanks to the 40 mile per hour winds. The winds were insane all day yesterday (and today as well), but the 82 degree weather felt incredible. I spent most of the afternoon in a shady spot on the deck (pre-pillow purchases) with Porter and Elizabeth. I also dug up a few weeds and contemplated a possible deck extension (pre-gate damage).

-I picked these (in beige) up at Urban Outfitters on Friday night. I have dreamed of feather earrings for oh-so-long, and now I have some!

-I also scored this from Burke's Books. Lots of lovely inspiration!

-Finally, I bought my first herb seeds of the year. So far, I have basil, oregano, chives, cilantro and lavender. I am happy to report that my thyme plant survived the winter. I may attempt to start my seeds this week, now that the gym isn't an option. Maybe there is a silver lining after all! :) Wishing you a happy Tuesday...