life is better with...Mud

After much nagging from Andrew, I watched Jeff Nichols' "Mud" recently. Pretty great. Matthew McConaughney was fantastic and I was pretty much blown away by the performance of Tye Sheridan. Beautifully shot too. Enjoyed this...worth a rental for sure and has made me want to go back and watch Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter.

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resolutions 2013

DipticI have no idea why, but I tend to get into New Year's Resolutions. Last year, I made four and posted them to this blog. And lo and behold, I completed all of them (sort of)! Woohoo!

I really love self-imposed deadlines and structure...just ask Andrew, he'll tell you all about it. I have no idea why, but for some reason if I give myself an official task/goal/timeline/resolution, I'm able to follow through...it's when I have no deadlines or guidelines that I flounder. I thrive in a structured environment...which I know now is why I enjoy working at the land of extreme routine: an elementary school.

Also, I think it helps that I like to pick obtainable goals that are specific with lots of detail. No abstract aspirations like "be healthier!" I need something concrete that allows me to chart my progress.

So here are some resolutions for 2013:

1. Watch  NCAA basketball pre-March Madness. Yeah...so I know this seems silly, but every single year I don't watch at all until the tournament. This year will be different! I've already started on this one...so far, so good.

2. Read at least 30 books. Had this same one last year and just barely made it (I might still be working on one right now...whoops). However, this year I want to read at least 6 in this series, my 12 bookclub selections, plus my own picks. I want to be better on this one...always...

3. Set up an Etsy shop I have made an account, now I just have to take photos of my artwork/cards and get my stuff online. I have so many ideas for this, but have yet to actually DO any of them. Not anymore, it's happening.

4. If I get sick, TRY NOT TO BE SUCH A BABY.  This is honest, real talk. I need to get an attitude about not feeling well. I tend to complain, let it get me down, etc. I know this is a bit abstract, but I seriously want to try and be better about this.

5. Try to conquer my fear of going upside down (in yoga) Pay close, close attention to the wording in this last resolution. I have very purposefully set the intention to "try" to conquer this fear not that I will definitely. I have been practicing yoga since 2007 and while I can easily twist and balance in some seriously advanced postures, I am unable to consistently practice headstand, forearm stand, & handstand because of an irrational fear of getting my hips over my head. Part of me thinks this has to do with an inner ear issue I have inherited from my Dad, but I think it's worth another year of practice.

Also: I am going to switch up the way I blog (just a little bit). What I do know is that I want to use my camera more. So I'm thinking about a weekly photo blog a la Tracy Shutterbean. I'll keep you posted!

this year my life was better with...

photo if you regularly read this little blog, you probably know that I love to share things that I love.

this is a master list of some things that made 2012 probably one of my favorite years yet.

  • graduating from yoga teacher training at Orbis Yoga. I miss my yoginis very much. It was the best training. period. _MG_5733_MG_5639
  • leaving a  full-time desk job to teach yoga and library it up with lots of little ones. less secure, less money, and since I'm around lil' children all the time, I've been sick for months, but boy am I happier.
  • Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad
  • discovering HomeFries.com
  • we rescued the wonderful Reuben Photo Aug 16, 8 28 50 PM
  • this wonderful PBS Special of Ellen Degeneres winning the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for humor
  • taking classes in the great little studio via YogaGlo 2012.12.16.17.10.55-347773517849256854_8048159-859b93_870x550
  • the soundtrack for Beasts of the Southern Wild from Benh Zeitlin & Dan Romer [spotify id="spotify:album:1k6n6ngcUH4xJxwCjQcuBd" width="300" height="380" /]
  • Grumpy Cat
  • these boys (and my 10+ year old chuck taylors) Photo Dec 21, 8 31 22 PM
  • discovered a new frizz fighter this year: EO Lavender & Coconut Nourishing Hair Cream
  • Spotify. This has been making my life better since 2009, but I'm sorry, it just gets more and more amazing every year.
  • that one day when I made puppy chow using cookie butter instead of peanut butter...don't do this. you'll be sorry  grateful.Photo Dec 07, 8 23 26 PM
  • multiple trips to Asheville. As a matter of fact, I may or may not have returned from there just last  night...
  • discovering the key to non dairy bliss: So Delicious Coconut Milk creamer
  • another year of great learning: thank you x 1000 NPR.
  •  These guys. Living across the street my parents has been fun, fun, fun, fun. Love it.IMGP5893
  • and, thanks to them I have the most perfect little space to teach yoga.
  • great friends and great family.
  • a wonderful little house.
  • and finally, we recently got the wonderful news that Kaylex (my big bro & sil) are expecting a wee one! First grand-baby on my side of the family and we. are. so. excited. Yay!6941e8ccbc0f11e19894123138140d8c_7

Obviously there are tons more little and big things that made 2012 great.

I had a great Christmas with multiple family celebrations and a great trip down to Asheville. So thankful to have another entire week off before heading back to work. Ready to hole in and read, yoga, etc. I am still putting the finishing touches on my resolutions list, will be back with those probably tomorrow. I'm thinking about switching things up on the blog here, will let you know what I have in mind.

I hope everyone had a great holiday and also a great year. Cheers,

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at least 30 in 2012...

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downloadI'm reporting in one my 2012 resolutions: to read at least thirty books in 2012. I barely made it with thirty exactly! Still working on two, but should be finished before the new year.

While I barely made it, I still didn't read as much as I'd like and this exact same resolution is going on my list for 2013, but with a little twist.

Having a great morning so far. Drinking coffee with holiday candles & christmas trees. So excited for tonight's Christmas with my parents, Andrew, and Kaylex (bro and sil). This will include lots of chicken pot pie, cocktails, and presents. However, I did get an early present from Andrew and my Dad yesterday morning:

Pull out shelves for the pantry! I'm ecstatic, they're perfect!

Happy Holidays all!

Favorite Watches of 2012

 Like this poster? Breaking Bad? Anyone? Typically, I have a somewhat irrational hatred for these "Keep Calm and..." posters, but this one made me smile.

My favorite television and movies of 2012. Of course please keep in mind that I have not seen Les Miserables yet (going with whole fam on Christmas Day! So excited!)

Life of Pi

Nashville (ABC)

Looper

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Girls (HBO) I seriously have a love-hate relationship with this show. Regardless of things I don't like about it, it is very well executed and does great things with music.

Mad Men (AMC)

Can you tell that I still think television is far better than movies these days?

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my year in GIFs: not working, TV, dancing, & cookie butter edition

Summing up the year with some GIFs I've made. 2012 was good. Real good....here are a couple highlights.

Having May, June, and July off, knowing I had found a job that wouldn't start until August:

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Watching the entire series of Breaking Bad in six weeks:

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Cookie butter:

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Watching Homeland's much anticipated second season:

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Every time I heard "Call Me Maybe"

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watching Jef with 1 F win The Bachelorette after calling him as the winner on Episode 1.

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Hoping to be back in a little bit with some more. Did you know the GIF turned 25? Check out this awesome animation to celebrate.

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Halfway there...

Wow! Halfway done with 2012 already! Time to look and check on my New Year's resolutions...

Looks like I'm doing pretty well!

1. Finish yoga teacher training  I can definitely check this off--I graduate next Wednesday!

2. Be a better baker Yeah...this is definitely still a work in progress...Especially since I stopped buying a few things...

3. Read 30 books I'm right on track with this one. I just looked at my list of books read so far this year...13 with two in progress! Here's what I've read so far:

4. Keep blogging Yay!

5. Try to be more patient in daily life. Doubt I'll ever be able to cross this one off the list...