Tuesday, November 29, 2011

mirror, mirror

Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror in the morning and think, Wow. I did a good job of putting myself together today! and then want to take a picture of yourself to commemorate the occasion (but don't because you hate how you look in pictures)?

No? Really?!

Are you sure?

Maybe it's just me...

(Today, I gave in to the urge to photograph.)

(It only took 10 tries to get a decent self-portrait. I'm going to blame the poor lighting in my yellow bathroom.)

Sunday, November 27, 2011


A few random things to keep you occupied...

I have a student who sometimes raises his hand to tell me that I'm: nice, a good teacher, or fun. It's usually right at a moment when I don't feel like I'm any of these things.

Things people want to buy on craigslist = dog house, ottomans, a recliner, a DVD/VCR player.

Things people apparently do not want to buy on craigslist = Arrested Development seasons 1-3, The Office seasons 1-5, never used crystal beverage glasses.

I am at the point in the semester where I have to bribe myself to do classwork. Last week it was... "finish the paper, and you get to put up Christmas decorations." This week it will be "finish the other paper, and you get to go shopping for craft supplies and Christmas gifts." After this semester I will be halfway done with my master's, semester-wise. But, I will have 21 of my 36 hours finished. All because of my practicums that have to be done during the school year. It's a little discouraging, especially when I think about how I could be done a lot sooner if  I had chosen a master's in curriculum and instruction. I have to remind myself that this gives me options other than what I'm doing now (ones I'm excited about, no less); the other choice wouldn't, even though it would be faster and easier.

Sorry. I kind of went on about that. 

Tomorrow is Brad's basketball scrimmage. Friday is the first game. I'm excited. I think he's nervous.

I have a new nativity this year, from Grandma Lu. It fits perfectly on top of my cookbook/picture book shelves. I love it! I'll post pictures when I get a chance to take some in daylight.

Jazzy has learned how to "throw" her tennis ball with her mouth. It's pretty funny (if you like my dog).

I tried using an online tutorial to make headbands with elastic. They were extra wide and looked weird. Fail. But now I have an idea of how to do it and can adapt to make it work. (I just wish I hadn't cut out three before trying one all the way through.) That will be one of my Christmas break projects...the list is getting pretty long.

I have a couple of friends who have started doing crafty things recently (darn that pinterest!), and we decided this morning in Sunday School that we're going to have a "craft day" together sometime after the holidays. I'm already super excited about it.

I hope you enjoyed my random Sunday evening thoughts. The next few weeks promise to be pretty busy, but hopefully not to busy for me to find time to blog.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I (sort of) fixed up my book wreath. Remember, the center wasn't exactly a circle?!

I took a bowl (thanks to Katy's great suggestion)...

And ended up with this...

Still not perfect, but definitely better.

I made another wreath today. All it takes is a wire hanger and ornaments.


If I make another, I'll probably use smaller ornaments and make sure the hanger is dark, not a weird beige color. Other than that, I love it! Now I just need a place to hang it...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The sun is shining, and my grass is greener than it was all summer.

Today, I'm thankful for so many things... so many of them cliches.  And here are just a few...
  • Brad
  • my family
  • my in-laws
  • a job I (mostly) love and amazing coworkers (and a good evaluation from my principal, that I've been so worried about!)
  • my health and the health of my family
  • home
  • my crazy dog
  • sunshine
  • our church family
  • friends
  • that friends have had healthy babies in the past couple of weeks
  • that I have family members who will appreciate my handmade Christmas goodies
I know there's so much more, but here's the quick list. What are you thankful for today?!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

simple supper

I'm about to embark on my first annual (maybe) pre-Thanksgiving baking extravaganza. I'm making butterhorn rolls, pecan pie, double-crust apple pie, and pumpkin pie for the first time. For the in-laws, no less. (I've made dutch apple pie a lot, just never the double crust version. And now that I've committed that to writing, I can't chicken out.)

But first.... Need an easy to make supper? Maybe for post-shopping nourishment on Black Friday? Or Small Business Saturday? Or, quite possibly, Cyber Monday?

Last night I made my new favorite meal... at least, my new favorite meal to make. It's quite possible the easiest thing I've ever cooked thrown in the crock pot.

Here it is:
1 package round steak (or minute steak or any other stew meat)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can french onion soup
1/2 an onion, sliced

Throw into crock pot on low all day. Serve with rice. Or noodles. Or alone.

That's it. The onion wasn't in the original recipe; I added it because I like a little onion with my meat. Brad doesn't, so I make sure the slices are easy to pick out. We're thinking this will be perfect for post-game meals for the two of us.

This is delicious, especially for being so easy. It's in the same family as my mom's baked steak, which I have managed to completely mangle. Twice. Maybe this is the less sophisticated and refined younger cousin (like me!).

Anyway. Enjoy.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Sometimes life is heavy. Like right now. It's almost Thanksgiving, and there is so much to be thankful for.

Yet there is a lot of hurt happening as well. In the past week, we have had friends announce diagnoses of their own and their family members. Colon cancer, severe pneumonia and blood infection, congenital heart defect, lung cancer.

It is a tough list to type. It is a tough list to pray.

It is so easy for me to become consumed with all that might or could happen.

The reality is that we just have to live the best way we know how, love others as well as we can, and trust that we are doing all we are able.

I wish I had more to say, or some words that are more comforting to offer to my friends. But this is the best I can do. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Micah Aaron

I got to meet a precious baby boy today. Micah Aaron was born yesterday afternoon, and he and his mommy (my friend Becca) are doing well.

"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven." - Henry Ward Beecher

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

reuse + craftiness

I've wanted to do this project for a long time. But, I wasn't sure if it was an okay thing to do. I mean, cut up a book and glue it into a wreath?! It was one of the first things I "pinned," and I finally decided to just go for it. I had an old piano book that I never play out of (I tore out the few songs I wanted to keep). And I cut and rolled and glued. Here's the result...

It didn't turn out exactly as I hoped (I have a little problem with some OCD/perfectionistic tendencies, so.... I just wish the middle would be more round - can't quite figure out how to get it that way), but I really like it. I'm glad I reused that old music book and cheap frame. (It's even worth the hot glue gun blister.)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

new house

My Grandma & Grandpa Loganbill are building a new house. Last weekend I stopped by (between baby showers) and got to see the progress.

The front

 HUGE garage!

 big closets in the garage

yellow study with HUGE windows

I love the color!


living room side of the great room, with some more HUGE windows

dining room side of the great room with pass-through to kitchen

kitchen before cabinets

the view from the living room windows

back of the house

I'm sure things have changed some in the last week. They are on track to move in mid-December. I'm excited to see the finished place!

Monday, November 7, 2011

projects (post postponed)

I love making gifts. I also dislike making gifts because that means I have to wait until I give them to post about them...

I went to two baby showers on Saturday for two dear friends, Lisa and Becca.

Lisa & Kyle, friends from church, are expecting a baby girl on the 21st - just a couple of weeks left! We're pretty excited; they will be the first of our close friends to have a girl! I started this blanket before they found out the gender, but Lisa said that Kyle will be glad it's not super girly.


Becca is one of my closest friends. We lived together for two years and spent half a summer doing VBS together as well. She & Beau are having a little boy, who's due on December 3rd. Beau told her that they'd be fine... as long as he's not born on his due date, since that's the last K-State home game. I have a feeling he'll be there either way. ;)

These were my second and third "fray" blankets. After the first two, I decided to experiment a little with Becca's. I'm pretty proud of the way they turned out. (And I have to admit that it's pretty fun to have people ooh and aah over the gifts you bring ;).)

I did take step-by-step pictures of the train blanket. Unfortunately, they were lost when the computer went berserk in July. (It did recover, just minus a few files...)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

giving in

Today I gave in. I'm now "pinning." Pinterest is basically a bookmarking website where you can "pin" all your favorite things and share them with others. I decided to join when I realized that my bookmarked inspiration was getting a little out of hand. You can follow me if you're really that bored...