Thursday Things

Edgar James

  1. I jammed my finger killing a spider yesterday. It’s all puffy and bruised. I haven’t done that since I played basketball in middle school. Oy.
  2. My friend Kristen and I booked a room on the Golden Girls Cruise for next year! I can’t believe in just 368 days we’ll be setting sail from Miami in our finest silk nightgowns.
  3. I finally bit the bullet and put Edgar on anti-anxiety medication. Of course, the day after I did that he wound up in the emergency vet on an un-related issue. He’s just gotta be difficult. (And is doing just fine now, thankfully.)
  4. As my wedding bouquet finally and completely gives out, I’m aching for the smell of fresh lilacs in spring. Anyone else?
  5. And right after typing that, I clicked on this post from Jessica. The first pic? Lilacs! Omg. Spooky. Her words were also so necessary for me to read.
  6. Elise got me this pin for Galentine’s Day and it’s perfection. Duke’s or death.
  7. Podcast things: MFM will never get old. FTCF (if you know, you know). The PenPals read my letter a few episodes ago! Go listen! It’s under the title “Midwestern Grandma.” And Jason Mantzoukas may be my very favorite guest on any show I listen to.
  8. Carhartt makes leggings now! Mine should be arriving today and I cannot wait to try them on!

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Harry Potter Ornaments

  1. Are these not the CUTEST ornaments ever?! Gladly made room on the tree for big-headed Hermione and Harry after Seth’s mom gave them to us.
  2. BRB, getting on the next flight to California to make all my dreams come true! Think they’ll have an endless supply of coffee available?
  3. We’re FINALLY watching Elf tomorrow! For years and years, I refused to watch that movie thinking it was total nonsense. When I finally did I fell head over heels for it and have to watch it every single year. (I can only hope to embody the positivity of Buddy during the holiday season – and beyond!)
  4. The Fawn Moscato episodes of New Girl are truly some of the best.
  5. Even though Seth and I spent the better part of 6 hours in a major shopping city on Sunday, I didn’t do most of my Christmas shopping until Monday. Online. I’m the worst.
  6. New podcast alert! (Well, new to me.) Pen Pals with Daniel & Rory. Two comedians (one of which has a hilarious Netflix special) read letters of all kinds from listeners and just talk about it. Kind of in the vein of Dear Hank & John, but less soccer talk.
  7. EyeBuyDirect is having a major sale right now – you can open a virtual gift box and get anywhere from 20% off to BOGO and anyway that’s how I ended up buying four new pairs of glasses…
  8. I want to make use of my Christmas gift from last year and prepare some fresh pasta ASAP.
  9. Baked mac and cheese generally bums me out. That is all. Lotsa pasta talk right now.

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Diamond Cutout Cookies

  1. Working on my piping skillz. (And boy do they need work!)
  2. Julie & Julia is on Netflix now! So even though I own a copy of it, I immediately watched it on my laptop the other day in the kitchen. Because that makes sense.
  3. Time has been moving so oddly since we returned from vacation. It moves slowly one day and then is sped up the next. Like jetlag? But not? Seth is experiencing it too!
  4. Deer season opens tomorrow so you know what that means – venison stew for everyone! I’ve got some in the oven right now that should be out and photographed and up within the next week or so. Stay tuned!
  5. This weekend, Edgar and I are going to another doggo’s birthday party and I’ll be making her a batch of pupcakes to celebrate!
  6. It me.
  7. Seth got me a Carhartt vest on our last day of travel. I love it! More than I expected to. It’s the first piece of Carhartt anything I’ve ever owned and I’m officially hooked.
  8. As if I needed more of a reason to get the Christmas decor up this weekend, this article sure helped.

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dog halloween costume

  1. Look at this delightful little Jedi Master! He actually won’t let me take the costume off and has been Yoda since yesterday morning.
  2. Crazy to think that in just four days Seth and I will be eating our way through Greenville! I’ve got a list of about a dozen places we absolutely have to go to. (Plus, it’ll also be amazing to have an entire 10 days off work – omg.)
  3. Last weekend, we went to IKEA with some friends and spent four.hours.there. We got a lot of cool design ideas for the house and made mental notes and took photos of what we like, but other than getting some new props for photos we didn’t get anything that requires assembly. Praise be!
  4. Now that Halloween is dunzo we can get to the main event – CHRISTMASTIME!!! This is me.
  5. I’m working on putting more graphics into my posts and really like how this one came out!
  6. These high schoolers are cooler (and have more rhythm) than I’ll ever be!
  7. I’m going to be taking a book or two on our trip since we are driving and will certainly be putting Hank Green’s novel in my bag – I can’t wait to read it!
  8. Speaking of bags – I haven’t even started packing yet. Which is so unlike me. I guess it still feels surreal that we’re leaving? That, and I’m just a procrastinator. Ah, well.

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Pear Trees

  1. Maybe it’s too early to be this excited but OMG! Elf sugar cookies! I used to make these cookies every year on my birthday to share in class (back when they came in a tube and you had to slice them and inevitably some were thicker than others). Now I’ll be making them again – all for myself!
  2. Again – some people are going to tell me it’s too early to be this excited buuuuuut…I may or may not have listened to a few Christmas songs the other day. It was the first frost! I was walking Edgar. It just felt right. Don’t kill my vibe.
  3. Can I get these for next year at this time?
  4. We officially have carpet in the house! Seth and I spent the weekend texturing and priming and painting my bedroom and getting the rooms ready for carpet. They installed it Tuesday and it’s like an entirely new house. Now all that’s left to do is lay the hardwood floor and then bam! The house is ready and Seth will move in and then I will follow after the wedding. How exciting!
  5. We watched what may have been the worst Nicolas Cage movie of all time at my mom’s house Tuesday night. We took over good Chinese and watched a really bad movie and I’ll never be the same.
  6. Now that I’ve made a few pumpkin flavored goodies I am all on board the pumpkin train again! Pies, cakes, cookies. Let’s get it.
  7. I love a classic glazed donut and these have me drooling!
  8. Natural deodorant – where do we fall on this? It’s probably TMI, but my underarms are very sensitive and every time I’ve attempted to change up my scent or brand I have a terrible reaction. But in theory, I shouldn’t with something “natural,” right?

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SONY DSC

  1. Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman wrote a book! It comes out next week and I cannot wait to listen to it. Then read it. The re-listen. Then reread.
  2. My grandma and aunt came to visit this week! They’d been wanting to get down and see my apartment and where I work and where Seth and I will live after the wedding for quite some time. It was so fun to show them around town and eat and talk. I’ll never tire of being within driving distance of my family.
  3. They also brought me the most adorable vintage cape coat! It’s a beautiful orange wool plaid pattern with orange satin lining. Their vote is for me to turn it into a pumpkin costume for Halloween. Mine is just to wear it forever and ever, amen.
  4. This album was made for cool fall mornings. Seriously, I listened to it on loop this same time last year and now it’s back on heavy rotation. Get up on it.
  5. Apparently Edgar read my post last week and decided to make up for all his good behavior. Last night I came home to a disaster of monumental proportions. The bathroom was wreck, their was laundry everywhere, he’d dug out boxes of chicken stock from the pantry and emptied them onto the couch. Somehow, in all this chaos, he managed to shake off his collar and lose it. In the house? I looked for the better part of a half hour while cleaning up his handiwork and for the life of me I can’t find it anywhere. Kudos, Little Man, kudos.
  6. I got a few bottles of the Mrs. Meyers Apple Cider soap that everyone is raving about and I’ve got to say…I get it. I really, really do. And now I want to get all of it before it disappears for a year and smell it for months to come!
  7. Poor Seth caught my cold – and it’s somehow gotten worse. I don’t know if it’s a bigger cold for a bigger guy or what, but it sure knocked him down. I feel guilty. And have subsequently tried to stave it off with copious amounts of tea and soup.
  8. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, please do! You’ll be glad you did!), you’ll have seen in my stories that I made pear cider from How Sweet Eats. It’s a genius recipe and I cannot wait to make more! Apple too!
  9. My first official item of fall décor has been purchased! I got the teeniest pumpkins from a local produce stand and they’re too cute for words. I regret not buying the entire crate as they were only $0.50 each, but maybe she’ll have more next week!