that view

Seen from my sofa this evening...

'From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.' - Psalm 113:3

  1. We sang this hymn in church today... it is life-giving.  He is eternally faithful... our constant, abiding Lord and friend.  

  2. Abide with Me
    Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
  3. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
    Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
    Change and decay in all around I see—
    O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
  4. I need Thy presence every passing hour;
    What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
    Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
  5. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
    Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
    I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
  6. Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
    Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
    In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

    -Henry F. Lyte, 1847



So.... who's going to be first to break out the black Sharpie?!

Have a sweet Monday!


a pretentious post, yo

Look at me!  I'm reading books!  {Basically, that's what I'm here to tell you.}  :)  

But maybe some of you will be interested or find some good book suggestions in this pile...

This is my own little summer reading list derived from the recesses of my brain.  You may recognize some of the books from an earlier post in which I mentioned books I wanted to read that had been made into movies.

So far, I've read the first 3 on the top of this pile.  Brief synopses, you say?

+ 'The Year of Magical Thinking', Joan Didion:  Perfection.  Her matter-of-fact yet thoughtful writing style kept me turning the pages.  This is a non-fiction account of loss, written in an unexpected way on such a subject.  I cannot wait to read more of her books.  What to take away: "Life changes in the instant.  The ordinary instant."

+ 'The Great Gatsby', F. Scott Fitzgerald:  Honestly?  Meh.  Given the hype surrounding the release of the modern movie adaption this summer, I was reminded that I'd never been required to read this book during any part of my schooling.  Since this is considered a classic, I felt that should be remedied.  I do think the writing style is idyllic... but I came away wanting to know more about Fitzgerald the man rather than finding much interest in the mostly selfish characters.  I'm puzzled how some people live and die by their love of this book.  Can someone enlighten me?

+ 'High Fidelity', Nick Hornby:  This is a really cool read -- the Top 5 lists on just about every subject important to the main character's life are something I've never encountered in a book before.  The writing style feels like an internal conversation the whole time... loved that.  I watched this movie in my 20's but I got a lot more out of reading the book in my 30's.  I may have even been a bit convicted over my pop-culture obsessiveness.  What to take away: "It's not what you like but what you're like that's important."

The rest of these will have to keep me company on long flights as I travel this summer, I suppose:

+ 'Through Gates of Splendor', Elisabeth Elliot

+ 'On Writing', Stephen King  {Just so we're clear, I do not read or watch anything of the horror genre.  Shivers.  This is a memoir about his career as a writer, got it?}

+ 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter', Carson McCullers  {I died a little inside when I saw the "Oprah's Book Club" seal on the cover... but I've been anxious to read this Southern author for a while.  Step aside, O!}

+ 'The Outsiders', S.E. Hinton

+ 'Bridget Jones's Diary', Helen Fielding

All of the above titles are hyperlinked to a book description on Amazon if you care to know more about my selections.  Do you guys have any favorite reads I need to add to my list?  Let me hear it!

And while we're on the subject, just a few humorous takes on reading found across the interwebs...

{This is pretty much the talk I had to have with myself... ha!  No more Facebook.  It  feels good!}

Happy reading, all!


circle gets the square

Hey there.

Last week is going to be hard to beat.  I was on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!

I didn't travel anywhere, because I'm about to be doing a whoooooole lot of that for work... which is precisely why I took some time off before that madness begins -- the calm before the storm, if you will.  {I cannot bring myself to call last week a "staycation", you guys.  Sorry to offend, but I feel that word is one of the more disappointing of our modern day lexicon.  Blech.}


I felt like it was summer vacation in elementary school all over again in some ways with a carefree schedule and time spent by the pool, but minus the bored afternoons spent in front of the TV watching the likes of 'Hollywood Squares' and 'Press Your Luck'.  {You wasted a lot of time there, 10-year-old SHB...}

It looked something like this:

With some fun home improvement projects mixed in, too:

{This is great for prepping wood furniture to be painted... not for a toxic cocktail, as it would appear.}

{Spray-painting central on my deck... I secretly hope my neighbors think I am practicing the art of graffiti tagging.}

I will share photos of the completed projects soon!

For now, it's back to R-E-A-L-I-T-Y.  


Dad is great, Give us the {caramel} cake *

A nod to my dad on this Father's Day...

{circa 1985-ish}


Our birthdays are 9 days {and a few years} apart... and he always shares his caramel cake with me.

That's a good dad.  :)

* Oh, and if you've never seen the Bill Cosby routine this post title references,  it's a fun view on Father's Day.  

Here's the clip:

{yo, subscribers -- video embedded here}


My favorite day of the week...

... is sheet-changin' day!

There are few things better than crawling into a newly-washed pair of sheets.




blogs are funny

I really enjoy reading blogs.
And I like the creative outlet my own provides, even though it can feel like I'm just sending all of this info out into a dark abyss.  

{You can read about the humble origin of my blog here.}  

I have no idea who really reads this other than a handful of family members & close friends, which is cool.  

What Blogger does reveal are the terms people type in search engines that have directed them to my blog, and I want to share with you readers a few of my favorites.  

By far, the phrase that generates the most traffic here is "lady in the lake at barber motorsports".  

I posted this photo last year, and well... 

There you go.  I can't blame anyone for being curious about this weird sculpture after they've visited Barber.  The original post is found here.


Another great one is "Michael Scott as a magician".
This has been searched MULTIPLE times.  And oddly, mostly outside of the US.
If you've read my blog long enough, my nerd factor is well-established with you at this point.  So it goes without saying that I'm amused that anything related to 'The Office' has brought someone here.  The post they land on is right here.


Probably my #1 favorite is this one, verbatim: "Do Tammy and Coach Taylor get a divorce?"

Ahhh, this must be a fellow Panther.  {or Lion, if you are of the East Dillon persuasion}

Yes, that would my post referencing 'Friday Night Lights'.  Don't get me started.  Again.

It hasn't gotten much better than that one, so I'll end on a high note.
What about any of you fellow bloggers?  Any funny terms in your traffic sources?


discovery (file under: epicurean)

I think I've found the mother of all green salsa...

Everyone, this stuff is goooooood.

Do you see it has green olives in it?!

Aside: green olives are THE most delicious yet curiously underrated pizza topping.

{Dwight concurs.}

You should try it.

Of course, you're really going to retch at this stuff if you don't like green olives.

As you were...