Friday Afternoon Puppeh Fix

yeah, i’m real. deal with it.


me, melted onto the floor with love and awws.



We got our everyday china in from our wedding this week 🙂

Well, I should say got my everyday china in. Marshall couldn’t give a wink. But me? I’m winking! I’m winking!

Ahhh. I never knew there could be such a difference in the way plates feel! I feel like I could never break these.

Well, my friend Emily did break a piece of hers one time and cried. I’d probably do the same.

And as you can see, they’re beautiful.

I think I’m in love.

And yes, there is a monkey.

It’s so nice to finally have a full, matching set of china! I feel like an adult now. Except for the monkey.

Look mom, I’m all grown up!

Juliska. If you want to fall in love, look at their collection.

Happy Friday!



learning how to learn

There are a lot of ways to learn things.

I’ve been reading a lot of articles on photography.

A lot of photographers have given me a lot of different advice. Good advice.

I haven’t read the manual on my camera yet, but that’s on my to-do list. I should probably get to that.

And I’ve been taking a lot of pictures.

I’ve read a book or two on writing.

I’ve read blogs about blogging.

I’m taking a writing workshop in the fall. I’m excited about that.

And I’ve been writing in a journal since ninth grade. And I’ve been writing blog posts for a couple of years now.

I think that garnering advice from people you admire who are good at what you want to do (phew) can be helpful. I have definitely gained knowledge that has helped me. Learn from the people who have gone before you. There’s no reason to make the mistakes of your forefathers if they’ve already made them for you.

But then again, there’s something about learning things on your own that tastes a bit sweeter. And there’s a difference between learning from others and imitating others.

I’m trying to find a balance.

I don’t like making mistakes, so it’s hard for me not to run to the well of “knowledge” on the internet every time I want to try something new. But what’s the fun in that, really?

I have to decide why I do what I do, and that will dictate how I do things. I’m still working all of that out.

I want to learn from others, but I want to learn from myself, as well. I want to make my own way, blaze my own path.

Maybe you feel the same way, maybe you don’t. But what’s cool is, that’s what all of this is about. We weren’t all made to be the exact same person, do to the exact same thing, to create identical art. If someone doesn’t like what I’m doing, someone else probably will. And if no one likes what I’m doing, I better make sure I like doing it. Because that’s all that matters in the end anyway.

I’m still learning.



boys will be boys

What is it about animals and dirt?

I parked my car yesterday evening and emerged to this:

Then this:

And then, this:

I mean, come on!

And then he waltzes right on through the yard to the back door, wanting to escort me inside for dinner time.

Boys will be boys.

Speaking of dinner time, I made broiled tomatoes last night, easy and tasty.

I just sliced them in half, drizzled a bit of olive oil, sprinkled parmesan cheese and oregano, a bit of salt and pepper, and stuck them under the broiler for about five minutes.

Done and done. Nice way to fix tomatoes if you have really good ones and want to highlight  the flavor. I served them with quinoa and kale chips (still not over it).

I found a recipe online that uses dijon mustard, but I didn’t have any (who doesn’t have dijon mustard? I know.). Next time.

Stay cool, Nashville.