words with weight

Half-way through the week, everybody!
Hope it's been a good one so far.

I don't know about y'all, but I sure do appreciate when God reminds me that He's taking care of me and to be at peace.

I came across this quotation from St. Francis De Sales on a blog I was reading last week, and it really encouraged me.  So much so, I decided to put it to pen {and memory}, jazzing it up a little with some florals...

In case it's hard to read in the photo, here's the text:

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares
for you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, and put aside all
anxious thoughts and imaginations.

I hope this encourages you, too.
He will supply all of our needs.
He is for us!


jive walkin'

Confession:  I have taken to mall-walking.

Yep, exactly what you are envisioning... something like this:

Photo: Adrian Brooks / Imagewise

Further confession:  This is not an everyday habit, but I try.  

It started several weeks ago when I met a friend for lunch in the food court of a mall that is conveniently located to both of us.  Close by and multiple food options?  Win-win.  We finished lunch that day, then I decided to take some laps around the mall.  It was an easy mid-afternoon calorie burn!

I have since gone back a few times during the holidays, and my friend and I met there again for lunch on Monday.  It is perfect for Winter, because 25 DEGREES OUTSIDE.  Also, the music they play over the sound system in this particular mall is spectacularly nostalgic for me... think cheesy, Top 40 late 80's/early 90's tunes. This would have been the actual popular music that would have been playing when I relished going to the mall and shopping when I was in middle school.  

Go ahead and click this link so you can hear one of the awesome songs they were playing this week.  {Keep it playing so you can get the full-on dork effect that is me mall-walking.}

Anyway, stereotypes exist for a reason, you guys... and I do have to report at least one sighting of a wind suit and a fanny pack during my walk this week.  Glory be.  But that's part of the fun of mall-walking!  The people-watching is unrivaled.  Aside from the wind suit wearer, aka "Whistle Britches," I saw a nice older man wearing his actual letterman jacket that had '58 stitched on it... that would be his high school graduation year, I am guessing.  Gotta give it to him, though, the jacket was in pristine condition!  I also saw a girl, maybe late teens/early 20's, that had neon paint applied geometrically on her face.  I was perplexed for a moment, then I realized that it was a tribute to David Bowie, who passed away this week.  I say, COOL.

I swear they pump oxygen through that mall, too.  It's a hard place to resist with the music, clean air, and Chick-fil-A!  The shopping is secondary.

You know they say exercise and a good night's sleep go hand-in-hand, so I'll leave you with this little gem I spotted on the internet recently.  I hope this is not any of you... but I'm sure we can all relate to this at some point:

Sleep tight!


better than Hootie

Considering this post I wrote last Fall, y'all know that my formative years were a decade called The 90's.
Naturally, my musical tastes were heavily influenced by what was popular during that time.  

No diggity, no doubt.

One of my favorite bands from that time is Better Than Ezra, or as the cool kids say BTE.
Don't remember them?

Well, if you watched MTV for at least five minutes any time during 1993 or 1994, you probably saw the video for this song... 

{yo subscribers, video embedded here!}

Catchy, I know.  {But they had a lot of great songs even better than this one!}

I was driving down the road one day this week, and a BTE song came on the radio.  How awesome!  And it instantly made me think of one of the best concerts I have ever attended, which was BTE opening for Hootie & the Blowfish.  Can you say LONG LIVE THE 90'S FOREVER?!?

Now, the funny thing is that this concert did not occur until 2006.  So, let's be honest... this would be a time that some {NOT ME!} would consider these two bands past their prime.  But if you were at that concert on an August night in Birmingham, you probably side with me.  I bought the tickets for my brother's birthday, which was the same week of the concert.  It was kind of spur-of-the-moment, but he liked the idea and we made a weekend out of his visit for this special event.  I bought the tickets less than two weeks before the concert and somehow managed to score 5th row seats from the stage!  This set us up for a great experience.  {Pro tip:  I've been told that a lot of times any tickets that the band and their associates don't end up using go back into the pool of tickets being sold to the general public a week or so prior to the concert.  I don't know if that is even true, but I would believe it in this case.  The show was well-attended, so our good seats were not a result of of poor ticket sales.}

This concert was well before Darius Rucker {don't call him 'Hootie'} launched his solo country career.  So Hootie & the Blowfish played all their signature songs and then some... and Darius proved himself that night to be the ultimate entertainer.  He and everybody else just had a lot of energy and enjoyed what they were doing, which made it even more fun for the audience.

I feel I need to include an homage to this beloved band of the 90's as well, so here's one of my favorites from them...

{yo subscribers, video embedded here!}

Now.  Fast forward from that wonderfully 90's night in 2006 to March of 2014.

I was in an airport... I want to say Dallas or Austin, but they all run together since I traveled so much for work during that part of my life!  I was sitting at my departure gate, which was conveniently situated next to Starbucks, and who should walk by me but the very lead singer of Better than Ezra, Kevin Griffin!  WHOA.  I immediately texted my brother, and his response was "Send me a photo or it didn't happen."  Fair enough.  I am not the type to casually stop a random {albeit famous} person and ask them for an autograph, selfie, tissue, etc.  I am so introverted when it comes to people I don't know.  And even if I did walk up to him, what would I say?!  "Ummm, your music was the soundtrack of my formative years.  Aha, it was GOOOOOOOD."  I don't think so.

As the clock ticked, Kevin had posted up at the Starbucks stand to get some coffee, I presume.  Maybe some biscotti.  So I did what any normal stalker person would do, and took a terribly grainy photo of him from afar.


It's totally him, y'all!  IT IS.

My brother didn't believe me either, all right.  I get it.  It may as well be your cousin Steve or some other rand-o.  That's what I get for being shy.  But it's not in my nature to approach someone like that.  I'm OK with it.  :)

Would you like to know other famous people I spotted {without photographic evidence} in my many passages through various airports in our nation over the past five years?  I saw R&B singer/producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds & Simon Rex {also a staple on MTV in the 1990's as a VJ!} in the Cincinnati airport.  And Kelsey Grammar was a few people behind me in the security line at the Denver airport a couple of years ago... seemed nice, very unassuming.  Let's pause for a minute and acknowledge I was AHEAD of him in line... A-LIST flyer, what-what!  Ballin'.

So there you have it.
A roundabout tale of bands from the 1990's and people-watching in airports.

The End.


rolling into the new year

Happy new year, one and all!

Hope the first few days of 2016 have treated you well.
It's so hard to resume "regularly scheduled programming" after the holidays, isn't it?!  
As the kids say, the struggle is real.

While we begin to transition into this new year, I'll share this time-lapse video I took not long ago.  I love seeing the cloud formations moving in opposite directions as the sun goes down.  Seems appropriate, no?

Here's to more frequent posting this year!
Not necessarily a resolution... more of a lofty hope.  :)