Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On Cabins and Leather Sofas and Ernest Hemingway

Clockwise from upper left: 1//2//3//4
In a few weeks Craig and I are going to be moving to a little cabin closer to work. While the home isn't much larger than our current home, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to raise our son in the nation's second largest state park. The trails and free-roaming bison were pretty hard to pass up, and of course, it allows me the opportunity to decorate another home.

As I browse my Pinterest boards, I can't help but notice my affinity for leather sofas. Long before Pinterest, there was Better Homes and Gardens, and I would dutifully peruse my mom's old issues of the magazine when I was in high school and junior high. I distinctly remember seeing an advertisement boasting the Hemingway Collection and vowing that I would one day have that sofa in my home. I have a bit of a sentimental connection to Ernest Hemingway, since the first "adult" book I read was The Old Man and the Sea, and I played Hemingway in a play for Odyssey of the Mind when I was in third grade. (And if my photos weren't all packed up, I would totally put one up here, because let me tell you, my Hemingway was spot on.)

As I approach 30, I'm trying to practice a little more self-restraint and save up money for more long-term pieces, and I feel like a leather sofa would be a good place to start, and while it will probably be several months, possibly years before I have the funds, I can always browse and keep dreaming.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Country Roads + Links for Your Sunday (or Monday)

Cover Me Up by Jason Isbell on Grooveshark
+I'm looking forward to making this pot roast this week. I started telling Craig about the cloves in the onion trick, and he said, "Yeah, that's a classic French technique." So, yeah, I'm using a classic French technique this week. If that doesn't say anything about my level of culinary sophistication, I don't know what does.
+I love seeing other people's photos of my home state. Their perspectives are always interesting, and I love playing the "guess where that photo was taken" game.
+Speaking of my home state, a few items on my wish list boasting some home state love: here, here, and here.
+After a pretty stellar day at the thrift store--a pair of trouser jeans, no alterations needed for $4, and a soft old man sweatshirt for $1.50, I've added a few items to my thrift store wish list: elbow patches, the perfect tweed blazer, and a black and white Fair Isle sweater.
+I loved this. It made me wonder what item I'd put on the list--possibly my green leather purse
+Alison Winn Scotch's blog on was one of the first "mom blogs" I ever read. Even though it's no longer active, I still follow her on twitter and have enjoyed reading about her foray into self-publishing.

Photos taken during a trip home for my niece's birthday last month. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Read, Reading, To Read


I put both of these books on my to read list after hearing about them on NPR.  I loved the prose in The Panopticon and loved the spunk of the character Anais Hendricks. Once I started reading it, it was hard to put down. Once I finished, I decided it was time to pick up Orange is the New Black. I'm not sure what rock I was hiding under, but I had no idea that the Netflix series Orange is the New Black was based on Piper Kerman's memoir. After listening to an interview with Piper, I decided to grab the book and check it out. Normally, I'm a big fan of nonfiction, and I enjoyed both books, but if I had to recommend one over the other, I'd definitely choose The Panopticon


Like many people I got sucked into this series a few months ago, and decided I needed to finish it out. As Liam and I were laying in bed "reading" last night, he rolled over and said, "Mom, you got dragon book, too?" Not quite, Liam, not quite. P.S. He was browsing this book, one of his favorites. 

To Read

Carry On, Warrior: The Momastery Way to Let Go, Love One Another, and Build a Life