full bloom

This is what Easter looked like for me last weekend...

 {See?  I told you about these jars...}

It was so nice to be home.
The weather was beautiful.
The Savior was is celebrated.



This should be is real life.  And it is hilarious.

:: embedded video here, subscribers ::

LOL, right?


beep beep

I got behind this truck the other day...

Respect the sticker.  It made me chuckle.  Could be metaphorical, no?

... and a big 'War Eagle' to you.  :)


a tale of travel

Well, I finally dropped the snarling buffalo off to his new home last week...

I went to Colorado Springs to set up a model home.  It was a really fast trip with a lot of work to get done, so I don't have any cool photos like I shared from my last trip here.

Here's what I do have:

Puffy clouds above the stormy weather below...

One day it was 65 degrees.  The next, it turned cold and snowed!  This is what the route looked like on my way back to the airport.

And, believe it or not, this is the very same day from inside the airport.  {You can see the salt/snow residue on the tarmac there...}  I took this shot from a sunny spot of seclusion at an empty gate in the terminal.  That peace was short-lived as I was soon joined by a woman who deemed it necessary to clip her fingernails right beside me.  IN PUBLIC.  Would you believe I encountered another person clipping their fingernails around me when I moved to a different gate?  People.  What are we doing here?!  Fingernail clipping should be reserved for your bathroom.  Please.  I mean, we all have to ask the uncomfortable yet obvious question:  what are you doing with those clippings?  Free falling...  Ew.

That's about it for this trip.  Glad to be back in the warmer South!


I Am

Need a boost today?  
This song is my current favorite and a wonderful reminder that The Great I Am will never leave us...

'This is my resurrection song
This is my halleluiah come
This is why it's to You I run'

'There's no space that His love can't reach
There's no place where we can't find peace
There's no end to amazing grace'

He is the Truth.  He is Life.


notes from the weekend

Low-key was the name of the game for my weekend.  Rest is good.

I was super-glad to see Bubba Watson win again in Augusta!  How great.
The thought occurred to me while I watched the tournament this weekend that if I ever do get the chance to attend The Masters, I will have to stake out a spot on a green that is as far away as possible from any pines.  {That will not be easy if you've seen the lush course.}  As beautiful as all the blooms and green grass are, this tournament is always at peak pollen season, right?  I would find a way to fight through it... but I'd probably sneeze right in the middle of someone's back swing.  Hashtag Not Cool.

Because of the pimento talk in my last post and in honor of The Masters, I made pimento cheese this weekend:

I also watched a great documentary this weekend after spending some time this past week in Florence, Alabama for work...

Isn't it a quaint place?

As I drove out of Florence on my way home Friday, I passed the Fame Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals.  That jogged my memory to check out the buzzed-about documentary on all the music-making that has taken place in this small town over the years:

I was skeptical that it would live up to the hype, but it was really, really good.  You will love it if you are a music fan in general, but it will blow your mind in a good way if you're a resident of Alabama.  Also, the cinematography is beautiful... really well done.

Here's the trailer:

And that's about it, other than getting ready for some more upcoming work travels and looking forward to celebrating Easter.

Hope your weekend was what you wanted it to be. 
Go tackle Monday now.  :)


create & store

I've been working on a few around-the-house projects lately, one being a revamping of my bedroom that includes some creative jewelry storage.

Here's the result:

I've had this book shelf since I was probably 8 years old.  I think my dad built it for my bedroom, if I remember correctly.  It has served me well in those 17 years {hee, hee... see what I did there?  FOREVER YOUNG!}, as a trusty resting place for books, but I wanted to create a more accessible station for my everyday jewelry.  On the lower shelves behind the curtain, I keep desk supplies and my printer -- I love keeping those items out of sight.

To get into the details, let's take a closer look.

Remember my first mention of this lady?

I decided to keep her the way I bought her for now... but I can't promise she won't get spray-painted pistachio green at some point.

I found this sweet little bowl at a thrift store:

It's the perfect size to nest my favorite bracelets, and I love the raised dot design.

I keep my earrings sorted by size and style in these small jars:

If you have a keen eye, you'll recognize these as pimento jars!

They started out like this...

With a little primer, paint, and some gold accents from a pen, I turned them into this:

Save those pimento jars!  I know you're making pimento cheese on the reg, right?  Those jars are your friends.  I observed this early on, as my Pop {grandfather} would keep miscellaneous screws and nails in pimento jars in his workshop.  It's hereditary.

On to more projects...


And it was all yellow...

Well, if my blog hasn't been boring enough lately, let's take it a step further and talk about the weather!

Namely, this stuff:

Spring is so tricky.  You get the first few days of warmer temps and buds on the trees, and you think it would be great to spend some time out in the fresh air now that the days are longer... then, WHAM.

Maybe you don't suffer the pollen allergies.  And to you, I say a hearty congratulations.
For me, it is instant when I walk outside each morning.  My head feels like it is in a vise grip.  My eyes get itchy, and I want to claw them out with the force of 1,000 cats.  And for some reason, this sneaks up on me every year.  There should be a designated date on the calendar: "POLLEN STARTS TODAY!"

As I got in my car this morning to head to work, I saw the first faint coating of the yellow stuff on my hood.  I wept.

Oh well, it will only last a little while.  I will take meds when it becomes unbearable, but this is how I feel about that situation:

Happy Spring.  :)