Things I'm loving right this very second

What has two thumbs and ran 5 miles before work this morning?

This girl!

Don't get too excited or alert the pressesit was only one day. Granted, I did get up early on Saturday to run before the book festival in Los Angeles, but that doesn't really count because while it was 6:00 a.m. in L.A., my body was still on Indiana time and thought it was 9 o'clock. So today's early morning run was a first for me since like, 2010.

But I still didn't bother to wash my hair before I went to the office.

1 step forward, 2 steps back.

But in addition to sweating on my treadmill while watching Boy Meets World first thing in the morning, here are some other things I'm currently diggin':

My Owl Key Chain

A few weeks ago I found a surprise package in our mailbox from my sister, Ashley, and I opened the tiny padded envelope to find this adorable owl keychain. Not only am I excited to carry around a little owl whose eyes light up at the push of a button (and makes a shrieking sound that terrifies Joey to the point of tucking his tail between his legs and running out of the room), I love that my sister was thinking of me and wanted to send me something she knew I would greatly appreciate and enjoy. :)

 Revisiting Old Passions

The other day I noticed how much dust has accumulated on my guitar, and I immediately felt disappointment in myself for neglecting my beautiful (and shall we say, "pricey") Washburn. I took guitar lessons for almost a year before I gave up on playing completely. Admittedly, I rarely practiced and I'm smart enough to know that's why I never really progressed, but when you're used to most things coming easily to you, it doesn't take much fumbling and off-key chords to make you feel frustrated enough to quit. I had absolutely zero discernible guitar skills to work withif playing guitar were literacy, I'd still be sounding out the words in Dr. Seuss' One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. But seeing my dusty ol' guitar sitting in the corner all by its lonesome ignited a familiar spark that left me longing to pursue the hobbies and passions that fulfill me, no matter how poorly I am at actually doing those things.

Lately I've been doing a lot of pondering about what I hold dearest in my heart, and I know that without a shadow of a doubt my life can be summed up by my love of writing, running, music, humor and dogs, and I'll be darned if I don't spend my life surrounding myself with those things. And if I can make a career out of any of them, all the better. Finding your passions and "discovering yourself" is overrated, but you know what? Actually doing it is completely underdone. I need to stop being afraid of potential limitations or criticisms because when I'm old (and inevitably still looking fabulous) in a nursing home blaming Clayton for hiding my tapioca pudding, I don't want to look back at my younger days and feel like I did myself a disservice by "playing it safe" or "taking the easy route". More on this inner dialogue in a later post ...

Fun Rings

Several months ago I posted a picture of my $1 owl ring from ebay in a different "Things I'm Loving Right This Moment" post and since then, I've acquired another fashion ring for my collection. I'm not a big jewelry person and usually leave my house wearing only my wedding rings and earring studs, but I've been getting more and more into the trend of costume jewelry. I found this turtle shell-esque ring on clearance at Kohl's while I was shopping for a belt to wear with one of my dresses in Los Angeles, and I couldn't pass it up. A chunky ring is actually a really smart way to spruce up an old outfit or give you a touch of instant glamor (or in my case, a lethal amount of instant sex appeal).

                                 Glee's version of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know"

I had to rewind the opening scene of last night's episode of Glee twice to re-watch their a capella rendition of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" (when Clayton got home from his workout I made him watch it too, all but pressing his face against the TV screen shouting, "DO YOU HEAR THIS!? IT'S LIKE I HAD NO IDEA WHAT SINGING WAS UNTIL I HEARD THIS SONG!!!!!"). Mercedes, Santana, Rachael and Kurt's harmonies were dead on and flowed so magnificently that I couldn't get my goosebumps to go away for hours ... literally hours. In fact, I grabbed my iPod Touch the second the show was over and bought this song and several other from last night's episode on iTunes. While I worked out this morning (Ha! Had to sneak in that I did that just one more time!), I listened to "How Will I Know" on repeat even though it's by no means an uptempo song. It's shows like Glee and performances like this that remind me of my choir days of yore and how desperately I love to sing, even though I know I'm not that great and will never be able to belt out a number like this in a billion years (and it doesn't help that I'm painfully shy). But I guess it doesn't matter how good you are as long as you love what you're doing!

Team Spirit

I've been positively lusting over this Atlanta Braves baseball tee since last summer and my hubby loves me so much that he surprised me with it last week before I left for L.A. (And when I say "surprised" I mean I left him countless hints in his email inbox and eventually wore him down enough that he caved in and ordered it for me just so I would shut up ... Semantics.) As much as I love sports of all kinds, I love sharing that love of sports with Clayton even more. Sports Center plays on a continuous loop in our house and even though watching more than five minutes of it makes me feel comatose and I start drooling (i.e. How Clayton feels when I make him watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta), I love that fanatical side of my husband. Sports is something we definitely bond over and after he introduced me to the Atlanta Braves several years ago, I want nothing more than to impress him with my significant knowledge of baseball. Plus, I don't think anything gets his motor runnin' more than seeing his favorite lady wearing his favorite sports team across her chest.

I'm sorry, that last sentence was wildly inappropriate.

Clayton and I don't have sex.

That's gross.


  1. Yay Owl Key Chain!!! I love that you finally got that Braves shirt. Good job Clayton!

  2. 1) GO PHILLIES!!!! Sorry. Couldn't resist.
    2) that video is amazing. glee lost me during the first half of the season, but after seeing that, I may have to go back and on-demand the episodes and catch up over the summer. As a former music student myself, I love the music of the show...the characters got to whiny there for a I'll give it a second chance. PS - you wanna hear acapella gold? go to itunes and listen to The Beatles "Because" from the Anthology series -- it's the vocal track before they overdubbed the music track. A.MA.ZING. Talk about goosebumps.....
    3) GO PHILLIES!!!!! Sorry. Again. Couldn't resist.

    1. The Phillies? Really, Jacki? REALLY? I guess I'll give you a free pass since you know, you live there in all.

      I've heard a lot of people say that they've stopped watching Glee because it's getting whiny and melodramatic. While I definitely agree to some extent, that's part of the reason why I like it. It's just fun and ridiculous. :)

    2. Listen. The Braves had their 16-year run or whatever ridiculous amount of time it was that they just kept on winning, and the Phillies dwelled somewhere between the sewer and the coal mines. It's our time to shine, and I'm loving every second of it. Since, ya know, I'm a Philly girl and all.

      And how did you end up as Braves fans to begin with?! Why not the Cardinals or the Reds?

    3. Alright, fine. The Philliies are overdue, I'll give you that. I got into the Braves simply because of Clay. It has always been his family's team and I just couldn't resist jumpIng on their bandwagon. My Mom is actually a huge Cubs fan, but I could never get into them.

  3. I felt as though the fact that we are name twins wasn't our only common ground, and this post solidifies it.
    -Wahoo! on having a desire to pursue your hobbies. Doesn't it just kinda make you feel like you hit the jackpot?
    -Nice find on the ring; so fun.
    -Even though it's only Wednesday, Glee is the highlight of my week. How did they all manage to nail her songs?! Completely blown away.
    -GO BRAVES! Totes digging that shirt.

    1. I think just discovering a passion is like hitting the jackpot! Seriously, what better life motivation is there?!

      Glad to have a fellow Braves fan (and name twin) on board. :)

  4. Cute keychain!

    I've been feeling like going back to old stuff too, since I have too much free time on my hands. Luckily you still have your guitar, my cousin has my piano keyboard and I just don't have the heart to ask for it back. Maybe I can find a good one for cheaper :P

    1. Thanks! My sister said she got the keychain at Bed Bath & Beyond of all places!

      Try a garage sale, Craigslist, stealing it back from your cousin--anything!--to get back on track with your talents and passions! :)


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