12.01.2016

currently, vol. 25



reading: I just finished The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I adored it. Memoirs rarely live up to the hype to me, but this one did. The format was a little strange and read like the transcript of an interview or documentary, but I couldn't put it down. Their life has been fascinating from the start.
watching: If I watch the Christmas Pooh movie one more time I'm going to rip my hair out (I've been sick so the tv has been on a little more than usual--I'm desperate). I find myself humming the background music all day long.
cooking: Chili tonight! It's cold and dreary, so it's the perfect chili day.
eating: not gonna lie, about to get another piece of pumpkin pie. Lay off me, I'm sick.
frustrated by: blueberries. There is a pint of blueberries in my fridge that has declared war on me today. Twice they've managed to fall out of the fridge and scatter everywhere. A couple of them camouflaged themselves on the navy blue kitchen rug, and of course I stepped on them. Don't even get me started on Gracie asking for more berries with her breakfast and then throwing them across the dining room. I will be cleaning up renegade berries for the next 6 months.
loving: listening to my vintage Ella, Frank, and Bing Christmas records while eating lunch with G, getting Christmas cards in the mail (which reminds me, I still need to send ours out), being able to spend my days with my girl, even though she's been a giant handful today, and being able to borrow movies from the library. I'm waiting on Little Women, and I'm so excited since I finally read the book and fell in love with it.
overwhelmed: by Christmas gift exchanges. Every day I get more requests to participate in white elephant exchanges (I hate those), sock exchanges (you buy socks and then fill them up with gifts), and the like. It's exhausting and stressful. It takes planning and creative saving to buy gifts for our family, let alone for someone I barely know. Is that rude? Probably. But I don't ever want Christmas to be about stressing over money and gifts. Can I bake you cookies instead? I'm good at that.
thinking: our home is so cozy and comfy with Christmas lights and decorations. I love it.
listening to: the acoustic Christmas playlist on Spotify. It's perfect for my mood. There's been several variations of I Heard the Bells, and I love the line "God is not dead nor does He sleep." Edit: I've now I've moved on to the Little Women soundtrack. It makes me want to buy a grand old house and decorate the insides with fresh greenery and garlands.
planning: a grocery list and stocking stuffers. I'm currently taking suggestions for both.
sniffing: a peppermint candle.
feeling: like it's time to go grab that slice of pie.

19 comments:

  1. I added that book to my Goodreads list after I saw that you read and liked it!

    SOCK EXCHANGE? What the ever loving heck will people come up with next. Cookie exchanges and White Elephant exchanges and Secret Santas weren't enough, now we have to have sock exchanges?? I think this is a good time to research some inexpensive DIY gifts on Pinterest and put them to good use. Or, just turn most of those things down, no shame. I would. Christmas turns into one big materialistic ball of stress way too easily these days and that's not what it's about.


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  2. I hate gift buying. We are all adults, why do we need to buy each other gifts? I can understand seeing something and it reminding you of the person and then gifting it. -but- I hate the pressure of gifts! I'd rather just eat lots of food with my people and give more hugs.
    I'm glad that you are loving spending time with your girl. What special, special memories. Especially this time of year. Please give her a hug from me.

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    1. Exactly! I love buying meaningful gifts for friends and family, but not spending money on something dumb because I have to. It's too stressful.

      I do love it! I've been trying so hard to just relax and enjoy her. I will give her a hug, though you should come give her one yourself too ;)

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    2. I want to come and give you both a hug!!!!

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  3. Little Women is my favorite book and tied with The Sound of Music for favorite movie. Now that you've mentioned it, I want to watch it write now! When I was in the middle of my first semester at college, I called my mom and asked her to mail me the Little Women movie because I missed it so much! I Heard the Bells is my favorite Christmas carol. Have you heard the version by Mercy Me? It will make you cry.

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  4. You can bake me cookies, if it makes you feel better! Also, this is random but you really need to read Austenland by Shannon Hale if you haven't already. For me, it's the perfect blend of fluffy and light while still having growth and characters with substance. It's a bit cartoony at times, but I think the heroine's worth it. Anyways, we seem to have pretty similar taste in books so I'm curious about what you'd think about it!

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    1. That book is on my to-read list! I'll get right on it.

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  5. You read Little Women?!?!?! YAY!!! I love that book. I really love the movie too, with Winona Ryder. Watched it all the time growing up, and I've been getting in the mood for it recently-it's that time of year! (though I must say, it does not do all the parts of the book justice, imo, because it has to be choosy about what it portrays. One part that I LOVE in the book is where it delves into Meg and John's relationship, but in the movie it doesn't do it to the same extent)

    Anyway, now that that's out of the way, I wholeheartedly agree about the berries. Actually, over Thanksgiving at my parents' house, my husband was reaching in the fridge and knocked the small carton of blackberries ALL OVER the floor. Blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries are all ridiculous in the kitchen. The companies put them in these teeny-tiny containers that can open and/or get knocked over so easily, and they're really good at rolling across the floor. Ugh.

    I'm horrible at giving gifts, so gift exchanges are hard. I really love making homemade chocolates, so a lot of times I just resort to chocolate-making whenever something gifty is required.

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  6. I am obsessed with Little Women, both the book and the movie. I've read the book at least five times, and seen the movie at least that much. I'll need a report after you see it...

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    1. You will get one! I saw part of it on TV last year and fell in love. I read the book a few weeks later, and I've been smitten ever since.

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  7. I want to read the new book from Chip & Jo. I don't know if I've ever loved two tv people more... haha. Even K is obsessed with them! :D
    Your kind of Christmas music sounds like my kind of Christmas music. My brother was digging through my great-aunts records last week and snagged a Bing Crosby Christmas album. I almost beat him for it. I was so envious he found it/got it.

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  8. renegade berries had me giggling. I have the same problem with my honey bunches of oats cereal. The flakes are the same color as our wood floor, so if I spill (happens more than it should) when I'm pouring, I don't always find them until I step on them. It's the worst.

    And gift exchanges are the worst. I avoid them at all costs. Actually, last year I convinced both mine and Landon's family to have our gifts to each other be that we don't have to get each other gifts and it was the best Christmas yet. Because we only had a $20 (max) budget per person and that really doesn't buy much, so all together you're still spending hundreds of dollars for small things that just end up being clutter. Giving each other the gift of saving hundreds of dollars and more storage space was the best decision ever.

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  9. I love gift exchanges, especially if they're for a specific person, or easy like the mug exchange we're doing for a Christmas party. Give a mug, put something in it. Boom. I like that it can literally cost you nothing (give old mug, make cookies) but you still get to put some thought into it. It's also the only thing we're doing this year so that might be why I'm excited about it. It's nice not being popular.

    I love it when toddlers throw their food everywhere. It's even better when they put it down the floor vents. Parenting is so magical.

    I can't believe you've never seen Little Women. Watching that with Christmas lights and a tree sounds like the perfect Christmas activity. Enjoy!

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  10. I haven't seen the LW movie! I just love the book so much that I'm afraid the movie will ruin it, even if people sweat it's good. Let me know :) I'm sorry you're sick again, but Christmas lights and pumpkin pie and chili (!!!) will hopefully make it all better.

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  11. Christmas can be so stressful. I thought about hosting a Christmas party but then haven't because I don't want to add extra to this month to be too busy. Glad you are enjoying the pie!

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  12. LW. One of my favorite books and movie. And the blueberries? What's their deal lately? They have been one of Ben's favorite foods for forever and all of a sudden he is throwing them, feeding them to the dog, or eating them and spitting the skin back out 😑 All just in the last week! I agree about the gift exchanges. We agreed to buy only for the kiddos on my husbands side and we pulled names for mine this year and it's been a big weight off our shoulders. When I was still working we always did A name draw and then there were always friends wanting to do an exchange at a Christmas party. Always so stressful financially for me :/ Anyway your house looks super cozy and Christmas and I know you are going to love the movie ;) also, I don't know how it never occurred to me to get the soundtrack! Excellent notion! I hope you get to feeling better soon!!!

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    1. Gracie does that too! One day something will be her favorite food, and the next day she hates it. I can't keep up. I hear you on the gift exchanges! For my sanity I'm opting out of everything this year. I just can't handle it! I've been listening to the soundtrack on Spotify, and it makes me so happy!

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  13. I can't recall ever much doing gift exchanges of that sort--maybe once or twice back when I was in youth group. I didn't realize they were such a common thing. I make Christmas shopping really easy on myself by imposing my minimalist ideals on my family and taking all of my sisters out for a day trip of some sort. Piece of cake. This year I think we're either going to a ziplining place or a bug/butterfly farm/museum/whatever you call it. Around the community here I usually just make cards and cookies and hand them out and they're a big hit, because nobody really bakes here (home ovens are rare, I don't even have one but I use my parents' haha).

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  14. We bought Reuben a pooh stuffier for Christmas :)

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