Thursday, September 27, 2012

Second Best Dad Ever*

Have you heard of Buzzfeed?  I'm pretty obsessed with it. It's my favorite way to take time out from work duties and catch up on completely useless information, whether it's 90s nostalgia, cute animals, or random celebrity news. The other day there was a link about "Awesome Father Daughter Portraits." I clicked on it and giggled for the next 5 or 10 minutes.

When his daughter, Alice Bee, was born, Dave Engledow wanted to document her life in a creative way and did so by creating father-daughter portraits that are a far cry from the Sears portrait studio pictures that I'm sure adorned most of our walls growing up.  Here are some of my favorites.





And my personal favorite...

This looks like such a fun family and such a wonderful father-daughter relationship. I only hope that when Paul and I have kids we will have this much fun together. 

Check out all of Dave's other photos here.

*My dad takes the title of best, obviously!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mid-Week Ramblings

I have a billion thoughts running through my head today, none of which could create a substantial post on their own.  But I've just got to let them out.

1.  Whenever I do work on someone else's caseload at work I turn into the most critical person alive.  I'm critical of things that I do wrong too.  For example, I don't spell check a case until I'm done with it, but if I see one typo in this halfway-worked case I think "You misspelled duodenoscopy?  Idiot..."  It's pretty terrible.

2.  I've become obsessed with Pretty Little Liars.  Are you watching it?  You need to.  It's pretty wonderful.  It actually has decent writing and acting, unlike a certain other ABC Family show, *cough*The SecretLifeoftheAmericanTeenager*cough*.  I've watched 18 episodes in 3 days and get angry when I have to go to sleep and then work the next day because I want to know who A is and how he/she is going to screw up these girls lives next.

3.  Fall is officially in the air, y'all!  When I leave the house it's chilly and when I leave work it's breezy and wonderful.  I had a pumpkin spice latte this weekend and it was good.  Not just the latte (though it was), but the experience.  I have SO MANY fall crafts I want to do.  I'm seeing lots of burlap in my future.

4.  Speaking of burlap, did you know you can get colored burlap?!  I had no idea.  That was a life-altering revelation there.

5.  Today I attempted the sock bun.  I don't have a large hand mirror so I just had to hope it looked okay from the back until I got confirmation when I got to work.  Why didn't I discover this hairstyle in the beginning of summer when keeping hair off my neck would have felt super-delightful?

6.  Sometimes when your day is going all wrong, all you need to make it better is some Old Crow Medicine Show. Take 'em away, take 'em away Lord. take away these chains from me.  My heart is broken 'cause my spirits not free, Lord take away these chains from me.

7.  I like to work in flavor variety when I plan my menu for the week.  For example, only one day of pasta, one day of mexican food, one day of sandwiches, etc.  But this week I messed up.  Monday we had southwest wraps, yesterday we had big salads, and today we're having taco salad.  How in the world did that happen?

8. Why did my mom just text me to ask if I've seen "Cats"?

9.  Last week I sent off my phone to be repaired.  After two runs through the repair process, it's still dead.  I've accepted that it will not be coming back to life.  But the iPhone 5 is being released today, which means that soon I'll be able to upgrade.  I've considered waiting until December to just get the iPhone 5 instead of the 4S, but it will just be so much more convenient to upgrade as soon as I can. I miss youtube on the go and I miss having my Couch 2 5K app at the gym. 

10.  I've been doing the Couch 2 5K program for going on 2 years.  I finished it once and then stopped running for a while and have since restarted it more times than I'd like to admit.  But I finished week three yesterday, which is the furthest I've gotten since I did the full program the first time. So that's good, right?

11.  These TOMS are amazing and I must have them:

I think that's all I've got.  What about you?  What's on your mind today?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Favorite Thing

Back in college when Myspace was still hip and cool, I would routinely fill out "surveys" comprised of questions as important as, "Who was the last person you texted?" "What's the closest yellow object to you?" and "What's your favorite item of clothing?"  The answers, since I'm sure you're interested, just as everyone clearly was 5 years ago, are as follows:  Miranda, a post it note, and an old, holey, paint-covered tshirt that I got for free after donating blood when I was 18.

The ol' shirt in action circa May 2006
I absolutely love this old tshirt.  I don't wear it in public anymore because it looks tragic now, but it's my favorite shirt to lounge around in at home.  When I received the shirt after donating blood I appreciated it much less than the ham biscuits I was being given at the blood donor recovery canteen.  When I got home I shoved it to the back of a drawer and forgot about it.  But then junior year of college I traveled to England and Scotland to study for a month and I found myself needing long sleeved shirts.  I was going to be spending my time hiking in the Lake District where it's chilly and rainy and muddy and, it bears repeating, rainy.  So I grabbed this shirt, along with every other long sleeved one I had, and threw it in my suitcase.  I experienced so much wearing this shirt.  I was wearing it when I had an unfortunate run-in with a barbed wire fence that ran along the muddy road we had to travel in order to get anywhere that wasn't our hostel.  On that day I tore a hole in the shirt that was probably about a centimeter wide.  I wore it when I visited Mr. McGregor's garden at Beatrix Potter's home.  I wore it when I chose to roll down the hill where we had just had class, instead of walking down it.  I wore it when I became friends with people who I never thought I'd speak to, much less travel across the globe with. And, as the above picture shows, I wore it the day that found my Passport when I thought I had lost it.  I did just what my mom told me and promptly taped it to my chest.

Now that centimeter wide hole exposes my entire elbow and is surrounded by three other dime-size holes.  There's grey paint on the sleeves and I have no idea how it got there.  It's faded and slightly shrunken from 6 years of washing and drying it on at least a monthly basis.

That month-long trip to the UK changed me. I can't really put my finger on how it changed me or exactly when it happened, but I know that I was different when I got off that plane in Greensboro at the end of the trip.  And more than any other object I had with me, I associate my bright orange shirt with that trip.  Likewise, I've continued to change since that trip and so has this raggedy shirt.  I didn't have a blankie or a favorite doll or stuffed animal as a child, but I feel like this shirt is my version of a much loved blanket.  One day I'll have to retire it. And maybe some day I'll make something out of it.  But today I'm going to wear it while sitting criss-cross-applesauce on my bed writing about it, instead of going to bed like I should.

What's your favorite piece of clothing?  Is it nice and fasionable or comfy and cozy (and maybe riddle with holes?) like mine?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

30 Before 30: Eat at New Yorker Deli

Saturday was a lazy day.  It was so lazy that I can't seem to remember what I did.  I slept in super-late, wore an outfit I wasn't crazy abou, and took a stroll around Target and Sam's.  And that's really about it.  But then Paul came home and must have known that I needed to accomplish something, so he suggested that we go to the New Yorker for dinner.  I don't know if he remembered that it's on my 30 Before 30 list or not, but I'm telling myself that he totally remembered and was excited to help me mark an item off the list.  I'm sure his suggestion had nothing to do with his wanting an italian sub. 
When I first created my list and linked to it on Twitter, one of my local followers suggested that I bring cash.  I remembered the suggestion right when we pulled in the parking lot, and sure enough, a sign on the door informed us that they don't take credit or checks--cash only.  So after a quick trip to the ATM, we returned.

The atmosphere can best be summed up by saying it felt like somewhere the cast of Mad Men would stop and eat if they're on a roadtrip. It was a very no frills kind of place.   It was all dark wood and vinyl upholstery and, basically, exactly what you'd expect from the outside.  We sat ourselves and ordered off the paper menu at the table.  Paul got an italian sub and I ordered a roast beef sub. I was a little concerned that it didn't come with a side and thought I would be hungry after, but I definitely wasn't.  The sandwiches were HUGE!  I don't have a picture, but it wasn't really pretty.  And it didn't need to be, because it was delicious.  We both managed to polish off our sandwiches, but I saw a woman ask for a bag for her leftovers and she was presented with a square of tin foil and a brown paper bag.  Hey, I said no frills, didn't I? 

I give the experience a thumbs up.  The food was good and the music, which included both Rick Astley and New Kids on the Block, was top notch. What?  Those artists are top notch to me!  I also dig me some Toto.  If you're in Roanoke in the Williamson Road area I'd definitely recommend it.

Have you tried out any new restaurants lately? And when was the last time you were at a restaurant that only took cash? Blast from the past, I tell you!