Friday, January 13, 2012

Fashion Friday: How NOT to wear Boots

I love boots.  A girl can never have too many pairs of boots (which is why I have 8 or 9 pairs ... oops).

Boots look cozy with skinny cords:

Boots compliment a casual skirt:

Boots make a dressy skirt hot:

Boots make a date night hotter:

But there is one thing boots can't do--

Source: via Reagan on Pinterest

Seriously, it's either cold enough to wear Uggs or it's warm enough to wear shorts. It's not both. So recall your "weather" days in preschool, determine the temperature, and commit to either wearing Uggs OR shorts--not both.

That's all I've got to say about that.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Things I Love: Skorcher

So my dad was at an auction and picked up several of these work out machines called Skorchers.

Did you just think "never heard of it?"  My thought exactly.

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But he gave me one and I set it up and after the New Year I started using it.  Turns out, it's pretty freaking A.Mazing.  Now in truth, it is essentially just a work out bench.  You'll still need weights, etc.  BUT it isn't JUST a workout bench. The range of motion and the number of workout possibilities on this thing are incredible!

Here are a few options:

Legs. Butt. Core. Arms.  You can work it all on this baby.

Okay, so a lot of the exercises you do on the Skorcher can be done without it.  So why do I still love it?  Because it's there.  It's set up.  I can use it right now.  I don't have to find my yoga mat.  I don't have to bribe my kids to give me back the swiss ball.  I don't have to ask Matt to hold my feet while I do Twisty Crunches.  I don't have to pull out the kitchen chair so I can do chair dips.  Even though it takes up a bit of space, I love that it is waiting to be used.

The Skorcher takes minimal adjusting (which is why I got rid of the Total Gym.  Loved the idea--hating adjusting it every exercise) and requires NOTHING else besides weights.

Sadly, Skorcher went out of business, which is why my dad was able to buy several at an auction.  Turns out this was just another work out fad.  Of course, that's the way it goes with all work out stuff. They only work if you work it.  I'm working my Skorcher and I'm lovin' it.

The end.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I Think About: His Bold Move

I'm married to the sort of guy who likes to spoil his wife during the holidays and on her birthday.  That being said, I had a great Christmas (materialistically speaking).  I mean, the man bought me Miss Me jeans!  Seriously, most men don't even know what those are let alone where to buy them and what size to buy them in.  But my fella, well, he got me the cutest pair of Miss Me jeans.

But those jeans weren't my favorite gift.  The best gift was a book.  You see, every year Matt and I exchange books and those paper backs books are always my favorite gift.  He's always dead on with his selection, too.  Well, one year he got me a book that actually sucked but it was from one of my favorite authors and sounded good; it just happened to be horrible.  Not Matt's fault.  I still haven't forgiven Ted Dekker.

Anyhow, this year Matt got me this angsty-romance young-adult novel called If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  To say this was a bold move is a bit of an understatement.  I mean, the whole book is about a girl in a coma deciding whether to stay on Earth or go to heaven.  Giving this kind of a book to a woman whose own mother was in a coma for a week prior to her death was a gamble.

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The first few chapters I read with that horrible "something is stuck in my throat" feeling.  I literally thought I might not be able to read the book.  The coma.  The desperate family.  The loved ones losing themselves.  It all hit too close to home, you know?

And throughout the book there are lines--simple one sentence lines that just gutted me.  Things like "That's how we manage to survive loss.  Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal."  The implications of that.  Oh the implications!  How I needed to hear that truth.  Love never dies.  Even when those we love die--love doesn't.

I started reading this book with apprehension but I read it anyway.  It hurt. It made me cry.  But when I was finished, I couldn't wait to read the second book (which I read in 6 hours on my Kindle).  The second book is filled with more of those heart-challenging one liners--"I can't remember.  Remembering is like losing her again." Zoiks.
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What I think about Matt's bold book choice is that it was the right one.  He could have gotten me something light and funny.  But for a person who has a hard time sharing emotions and crying, this book was the right choice.  It answered questions.  It brought up more questions.  It brought me comfort.  It brought me peace.  It made me cry.  And though loss is still real and painful, I felt inexplicably better by the time I closed the back cover.  Now that's a good book.

P.S.  Turns out If I Stay was picked up Summit Entertainment.  Looks like another good book could be ruined by screenwriters soon.  Stay tuned ...

Thank you to Shell at Things I Can't Say for letting me vent my sometimes depressing thoughts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Days of Play: Family Movie Night

Growing up we didn't celebrate the holidays with much family.  Mainly because my mom's family is Canadian (and if there is anywhere you don't want to be in the winter it's "Friendly Manitoba".  BRRR! And I'm from Wyoming!) and my dad's family is ... dysfunctional.  And not the fun kind of dysfunctional.  The kind of dysfunctional that means you'd prefer to spend the holidays alone.  So we did.  Just the four of us: mom, dad, two kids.  Actually, it was really nice.

What we often did on Christmas day was go to the movies.  See my parents owned a video store (VHS!) so we'd go see what movies they needed to buy (plus, this family time was tax deductible).  Anyhow, one of my best Christmas Day movie outings was going to see Beauty and the Beast.  I know I'm really hard on Disney Princesses (a little critical thinking never hurt anyone) but if I had to pick my favorite princess, it would be Belle.

Did you know that Disney is re-releasing Beauty and the Beast in 3D this month?  YAY

Anyhow, if you can't make it to the movies, plan a movie night with Beauty and the Beast.

For dinner, keep it simple. Plan a tea and finger food feast!  Give your kids "real" tea cups to drink their tea out of, make different finger sandwiches (even PBJ), have baby carrots and hummus, etc.  You get the picture.

Then watch the movie.  Eat popcorn.  Duh.

After the movie, discuss these questions:
1.  Who in the movie was selfish?  How does selfishness affect the other people in the movie?
2.  In what ways does Belle see good in those who are "ugly" and see bad in those who are "beautiful"?
3.  What makes Belle a likable person?

For more information on family movie nights, or to get some Bible verses to go with the movie, click here!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Music Monday: Bon Iver

News flash.  I love indie music.

Phew.  I feel so much better after a confession.  Wait, you already knew that?  Ah shucks.  Now what?

How about if I confess to loving indie FOLK music?  Is that okay?  Will you still check my blog and think I'm amazing?  Oh good.

Then I confess.  I love Indie Folk Music!  Confession. Good for the soul.

Recently folk has been make popular by folk rock bands like The Avett Brothers or Mumford and Sons.  Both excellent, excellent bands.

But really, my folk heart belongs to Bon Iver.

Watch.  Listen.  You'll understand.



Flume (my personal fave!)

Hauntingly romantic, wouldn't you agree?