Friday, April 27, 2012

Fashion Friday: Florals

Fashion.  Friday. Florals.  That's a lot of F's.

What a perfect way to end my FML week. Yep, an F kind of week.

Whether you like it or not, florals will be big on the scene this season.  Yes, this is true of tulips popping up all over.  But it is also true of fashion.

So grab a floral top or bag or dress and embrace this feminine, "looks like a couch from the 70s" fashion.


Source: via RJ on Pinterest


Source: via RJ on Pinterest




Although I don't recommend it, FLORAL ON FLORAL is not out of the question.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Things I Love: Gemma Doyle Trilogy

I'm a fan of young adult literature.  I like to tell people this is due to the fact that I teach young adults.  Really, I just like how profound and lovely young adult literature can be (without takings itself to seriously).

Think about it.  How many of the most recent literature phenomenons have been geared toward young adults?  Harry Potter.  Twilight.  The Hunger Games.

I've never read Harry Potter {Gasp} and I have no intentions to do so.

I read and liked Twilight although I think Bella is whiny, helpless, and sets the feminist movement back to B.C. times.

I loved, loved The Hunger Games but even though I found Katniss to be a strong, caring lead, I didn't totally love her character.  She was harsh and cold and didn't have an ounce of humor in her.

Right after I read The Hunger Games I read The Great and Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray.  Ever since, I've been wanting to read them again.  The books are Victorian Gothic/paranormal which sounds odd but let me tell you, it's compelling. You aren't quite sure what you are gonna get.

And the lead.  Oh the lead.  Gemma Doyle is a great mix of Bella and Katniss.  She is brave, strong headed, and selfless like Katniss.  She is silly and dramatic like Bella.  But unlike both, Gemma seems really ... real.  She struggles with life--with thoughts of not being enough, with girl drama, with boy drama, with family drama but through it all, she is hilarious.  She thinks these sarcastic thoughts and is utterly delightful.

Anyhow, if you are looking for a new series to dive into, I'd suggest The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (I've suggested this to friends.  2 loved it, 1 thought it was so-so.  Although I will say one of the gals loved Gemma so much she contemplated naming her daughter after her ...).

This photo does not belong to me.  I stole it from Wikipedia but don't read Wikipedia and ruin the book!

P.S. Although I TOTALLY think this should be a movie, and IMBD thinks it might become one in 2015, right now, it's looking doubtful.  Rats.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I Think About: Nookie Lights

I did it all for the nookie, c'mon 
The nookie, c'mon 
So you can take that cookie 
And stick it up your yeah! 
Stick it up your yeah! 
Stick it up your yeah! 
Stick it up your

Anyone remember this dreadful Limp Bizkit song?  Seriously.  Blech.

BUT, I will say this, I'm a fan of the Nookie Light.

What's this, you ask?  Let me tell you.

Well, let me tell you a hypothetical.  Husband wants a little lovin.  Wife has had enough kids loving on her and wants to sleep.  She says, "not tonight dear."  Dear gets upset and says, "You never initiate sex.  You never seem to desire me."  Wife rolls over and consents to begrudgingly have sex but neither partner wants it now.  

You see, some couples fight about sex.  Between headaches and long days and kids and Aunt Flo and unmatched libidos, some couples just can't quite get it together, sexually speaking.  And so fights about sex are common.

The Nookie Light is one of many solutions.  Essentially, you put a light (or candle) in your bedroom.  When one partner is feeling it, s/he lights/turns on the light/candle.  This is a way of indicating BOTH interest and a willingness to make a move.  Now, if the other partner is interested (or at least willing), s/he leaves the light on.  If the other partner is NOT interested, s/he turns the light off/blows out the candle.  

In the event the Nookie Light gets turned OFF, there are two rules that CANNOT be broken: 1.  There is no questioning WHY the light was turned off.  2. Whoever turned the light off commits to turning the light ON within the next week.

The whole point of the nookie light is to help couples who fight about sex communicate desire and interest without actually communicating (because even when it is said in love, "not tonight" sounds pretty harsh.).  Now, is one partner sometimes still getting a "no?"  Yeah, sometimes.  But "seeing" no and "hearing" no sometimes cause two different reactions.  PLUS, the "no" comes with a promise to pursue in a week so there's a silver lining in the disappointment.

What I think is Nookie Lights will never be a substitute for open communication but if you and your partner need a little help communicating, then I'm all for the Nookie Light!

Thanks, Shell for letting me Pour My Heart Out on your blog.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Days of Play: Memory

A couple of years ago at MOPs, a group of little kindergardeners came in and performed their version of the ABCs.  Rather than just doing the traditional song, the kids recited a verse for each letter they learned of the alphabet.

I was blown away.  Here were little 5 year olds with more verses memorized than I know!  Momentarily I was convinced I needed to send my children to the school that these kids went to.  But then I remembered that educating my children in the way of the Lord is MY part of my commission.

So, I did some internet searching on ABC verses and found some of my favorites and here is a list I came up with.

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matt.11:28
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Ps:37:4
Encourage one another, while it is still Today. Heb. 3:13
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." Matt.24:35
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except thru Me." John 14:6
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 1 Cor. 8:1
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5
"Make music in your heart to the Lord...always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:19
"No eye has seen, nor ear heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Cor 2:9
O, God, you are my God: early will I seek you, for my soul thirsts for you. 
--- Psalm 63:1
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
Quench not the spirit; … hold fast what is good. 
--- 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7
"Surely, I am with you always." Matthew 28:20
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it. Proverbs 16:22
Verily, verily, I say to you, He that 
believes in me has everlasting life.
--- John 6:47
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14
eXcept a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  John 3:3
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.  Psalm 36:5-6
"....Zion, do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord, your God, is with you, he is mighty to save." Zephaniah 3:16, 17
I know that my children might not totally understand what they are memorizing (I feel this way about multiplication tables), but one day they will and these verses of hope, love, and encouragement will be burned on their hearts.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Music Monday: Neon Trees

What I love most about Neon Trees is their late-80s electronica pop sound.  What I like least about Neon Trees is ... um.  Well, I haven't decided.

Their new album comes out today and I'm excited to give it a listen.  I've already purchased Everyone Talks and it's awesomeness.

Animal--Probably their most famous tune

 Everybody Talks (this video cracks me up!)


 Sins of My Youth