May 31, 2013

Smörgåsbord ~ 7QT (vol.8)

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My goodness, seems like it’s been such a long time since I’ve written a Quick Takes post, even though it’s only been a week…  I’ve really had nothing to write about that was short enough for a take, and even if I did, I’d run out of them.  Does that make any sense?  Brain function levels rapidly dropping.  Desperation energy frap has worn off, unfortunately for all humanity in the vicinity.  Also, I haven’t been doing anything write-worthy since the semester ended… just a lot of organization and cleaning and working with my dad while attempting to take a break from life (insert laughter here).
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I don't even know if this qualifies as a "take," but oh well...  My new favorite word is "anthem."  Don't ask me why.

May 30, 2013

{theme thursday} self portrait

Well, I know I'm not the only person who takes selfies when I'm bored... three minutes online will tell you that, but thanks to Cari over at Clan Donaldson, I actually get to show them off a bit without being weird.  Today's Theme Thursday topic is "self portrait."  I think selfies will do, since I have zero artistic ability when it comes to drawing.  No, you don't get a sample.

No, I was not driving.

May 27, 2013

.: a shameless plug :.

Well, first of all, I would be dreadfully remiss not to wish you all a lovely Memorial Day as we remember and honor our fallen heroes who gave their lives for our freedom.

God bless them.  God bless America.

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Now, y’all…  Today, I make a shameless plug for one of the darlingest stores on the planet, also known as Bliss Baby & Kids.

You’ve all met this girl.
the cute one on your left.

May 25, 2013

{simple saturday} flowers

Welcome to {simple saturday}!  

"Live simply so that others may simply live." ~ Mother Teresa


The irises are blooming in front of our house, and of course, I just had to take pictures.

I am shamelessly using today's link-up as a photo dump.

Aren't they stunning, though?

May 22, 2013

body image + a few irritated words for victoria's secret

I used to hate myself.  My body, my voice, my personality, my weird, inconsistent brain production - all of it.

And while we're being perfectly honest, I still do sometimes.  My annoying Flintstone feet (tiny and fat) which make me hate shoe shopping even more than I did in the first place, my skinny top half and chunky lower half which makes it impossible to wear most of the outfits I find attractive.  I look like I'm in pain when I laugh too hard, and I have a little extra chinnage goin' on here.

But enough of that.

May 18, 2013

{simple saturday} friendship

"Friendship?  Yes, please!" said Charles Dickens, and I quite agree.

I've said it before, but I'm saying it again...  Few things are more precious than spending time with those you love.

I am blessed.  Ridiculously so.

May 17, 2013

cheesecake + mamma Mary + then some ~ 7QT (vol. 7)

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Well, this is my 201st post on this here bloggy of mine!  I'm not exactly sure how special that actually is, but I feel pretty special.  I'm eating leftover cheesecake in celebration.  Here's a perfectly crafted professional photograph of what my piece used to look like.

After 5 hours in a car cooler down bumpy Ohioan/Michigan roads and my nibbling, it looks like, well, not that.

May 16, 2013

theme thursday {animals}

Well, I've been a fan of Clan Donaldson for quite a while, and I've been trying to participate in their Theme Thursday link-dink for just about as long.  But alas... my life is so ridiculously incongruent to anyone else's, and up until now, it just hasn't worked out.  But heyyyyyyy, it looks like I'm finally here this week, so yay for me!  Excuse me for three minutes while I devour some hard-boiled eggs in celebration.

May 15, 2013

Summer Book List (link-up)

It will probably grow, but this is what I have on my list for now...

What's on yours?  Submit your link below.


The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

May 13, 2013

pictures + mountains + a graduation

As I'm sure you've gathered from my various Instagrammings and postings on the Book of Face, I've spent the last few days in the lovely little towns of Ohio and West Virginia on the river and the surrounding area, for Navy Man's girlfriend's graduation from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The trip was brief, but we did have a marvelous time...

The Unit and I departed from home in the wee hours of Saturday morning and drove straight through, though it was my mother who did a great deal of the driving, as I was incoherent for most of the ride, and my father had been forbidden by the former.

May 12, 2013

Country Girl's Daybook {Steubie Style} (vol.2)

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Ohio flying by.  The sun is hidden behind the clouds and it's raining, and the bark on the trees lining the turnpike is almost black while the leaves are vibrant green. We're just starting to go through the mountains.

May 10, 2013

favorite things about summer - 7 Quick Takes (vol. 7)

Good morning, everyone!  Soooooo much TGIF goin' on over here.  Ridiculous.

Anywhoosle, I've been trying to participate in the 5 Favorites link-up over at Hallie's lovely bloggy, Moxie Wife, for a few weeks now (even though I'm not a wife, I think I'm allowed...), but I keep expanding my lists!  *le sigh*  I suppose it'll have to wait one more week.

May 8, 2013

Aaaaand, the pool is clean... (not even trying to be a DIY)

Man, I'm just hashin' out these project picture thingy-doos, aren't I?  That's what happens when hard manual labor is ascribed to this gal.

And there I was last night, worrying that I wouldn't have anything to write about...  Silly lil' me.

May 6, 2013

drywall & power tools & fried brain

My apologies - my brain is too fried to write anything substantial today...  I was up for the 6:30 mass and was working hard from then until around 6 p.m.  Here are some before and after pictures of my project.

May 5, 2013

Country Girl Daybook {gratitude sunday}

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a beautiful spring afternoon.  The sky is clear, for Michigan, with only a few wispy strands of cloud stretching across it.  The ducks are on the lake, and I think I see a few brand spankin' new ducklings following their mamma in a row.  It is sunny and almost 75, but the breeze makes it feel a little cooler.  Perfect.

May 3, 2013

The "I'm Now A Sophomore in College... Holy Crap, I'm Now A Sophomore in College" Edition ~ 7QTF (vol. 6)

First year of college, check!  And, I believe I survived virtually unscathed.

Here are some things I've learned over the past two semesters.  (Pay attention, all y'all high schoolers...)

May 2, 2013

Pictures From My Phone {pretty, happy, funny, real}


I went to my favorite place again.

I stayed there for about four hours just thinking and writing...

It's such a blessing to be able to wind down in a beautiful, quiet place for a while.

May 1, 2013

Ants. Ants everywhere.

I discovered a quite sizable and lovely patch of daffodils in the woods behind my house yesterday, and, of course, being a self-pronounced flower addict and lover of all things summery, I cut a whole bunch to put around my room.

My room smells so good, but that's not the point.