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Today I Am Thankful For

5 Nov

I noticed on various social media sites that people are listing what they are thankful for each day in November. I try to regularly write a post of things I am thankful for throughout the year to remind myself of the wonderful things I have in my life. I’ve decided for the month of November to post a few days at a time…so, without further adieu….

I’m thankful for…
1. The fact that I wake up every morning (sometimes in the afternoon, and especially thankful that I get to sleep in!).

2. My Parents. They are such a shining light for me. I’ve watched them tough it out, and I’ve watched them prosper, and through every step I’ve watched them show true, unconditional LOVE for one another. They have given me, and still do, so very very much. I cannot thank them enough for everything.

2a. My Daddy-O. He’s the best for telling me to chin-up and keep on. He will not stand for me giving less than what he knows I can. An entrepreneur himself, he’s great for giving advice and encouragement when I need it, even when I don’t realize I do. He’s a wonderful teacher, has great stories, and is a blast to sit back and have a drink with. His laugh is one of my favorite things ever, and I really miss hearing it since I moved away from home.

2b. My Momma. She is such a beautiful person through and through. I couldn’t possibly ask for a better person to show me how to overcome my fear, find my inner “happy place” (woosaaahhhh), teach me to be curious and show me through example how to be a true lady. My love of art most definitely comes from my mother’s passion and encouraging me to create and be expressive, that’s such an big part of who I am, and I have her to thank.

3. My brother going to school at my Alma Mater. I’ve got several years on him, so it’s almost like we are only children sometimes. By the time he was big enough to hang out (and didn’t interfere with my curfew) I had moved off. I still live near my college and we try to hang on the reg. He’s a pretty cool guy…but awesomeness is a family trait.

4. Thomas. My absolute best friend. My adventure partner. He is amazing. I’m so thankful for the friendship that we had for years prior to us dating, the prodding from friends who “just knew”, and his persistence. I am so blessed to call him family and cannot wait to be his bride. My everyday is made better by his presence in my life. ❤

5. My privilege as an American citizen to vote. I early voted, but if you have yet to hit the polls, I encourage you to cast an educated ballot tomorrow for the candidate of your choice and take the time to realize what a GREAT BIG DEAL that is!

I hope you take the time to remember things you are thankful for every day, not just in the month of November. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you as the month progresses!

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Location, Location, Location!

29 Sep

After MONTHS of scouring the internet for a location for our wedding, I found it while walking downtown in my fiance’s home town. Once again the Universe took care things. Although in the excitement and making sure I covered all the questions (I had no idea I was so unprepared!) I neglected to take any pictures when Thomas and I went to go look at it together. So for that dear readers, I apologize. It’s beautiful though. Loft style, exposed brick, artsy and industrial. Exactly what I had in my minds eye. In all honesty, I don’t really care where it is, so long as its indoors and air conditioned, I just cannot wait to marry my very best friend. ❤

Follies & Romance

24 Jan

Myrna Loy and William Powell are one of the greatest on screen couples of all time. So great, in fact, they were partnered in fourteen films! I fell for their chemistry in The Thin Man movies. Their romances feel so believable and effortless, so attainable. Recently, I grabbed up The Great Zeigfeld (1936) from a bargain bin. This film has zest, glitter, great music, humor, and a beautiful story all lead by Powell as Florenz Ziegfeld and accompanied by Mrs. Loy as Billie Burke.
The Great Zeigfeld is now one of my favorite movies, if for no reason other than, the scene where Flo and Billie are sitting by the river. It makes my heart flutter as this is how I see love. My love. It’s everything I want.

“… there’s little I can offer you. There’s nothing I can give you except my love.”

“That isn’t enough….I’d expect one-third of your ambition, half of your trouble, two-thirds of your worries, and all of your respect.”

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So with that dear friends, I’m off to bed! I’ll be dreaming in show tunes and of romantic moonlit walks with my dearest Thomas. ❤

A new year, a new beginning

13 Jan

We are half way into January and many people I know are fumbling through their resolutions. This is why I don’t usually commit myself to such things. However, this year, I have decided to make a few. They are more of a lifestyle change as opposed to a resolution to be broken.

• Find a true focus for my blog.
-I dabble in a bit of this and a bit of that. I’ve not quite nailed down “my place” in the blogosphere. I love the vintage life, but I’m always excited to share my knowledge on many topics. Either way, I would like to blog on a schedule. We’ll see.

• Create.
– I am an artist at heart. My interests in art are quite varied and constantly changing. Vintage is an art, and one of my passions, but I paint, sew, craft, write, cook & bake, take photos….and I’m sure a few other things. I seem, however, to neglect actually finishing most projects I begin, leaving a trail behind me as something new catches my eye. I want to complete something and feel the thrill of that accomplishment.

• Be healthy.
– Yes, this hopefully will result in weight loss, as my weight is currently unhealthy for my height. (According to IBW scale I should be around 98-112lbs…I laugh) But essentially, it’s just go to the gym, have a set sleeping schedule & watching my portions. I have a bodymedia armband, and when I was using it I LOVED it. I’ll try to get a post out this weekend on that.

• Take more photo & get prints.
– I thoroughly enjoy photography, yet I neglect to frame any, they just live as memories on my computer. I want to surround myself with images of the people and life I love.

I think those are all reasonable and attainable. In the coming months, I’ll update as to my progress.

Dear Friends, …

9 Nov

Dear Friends,

The most wonderful and exciting thing happened yesterday. My dearest Thomas asked me to be his wife! He got down on one knee, gave me a shinie and all!! So anyway, more to come about that later. Just wanted to share the news!
LailaAnn

perfect ordinary day.

13 Jan

Today has been a good day. In fact, really everyday i wake up is a good day. I got to wake up in the arms of the man I love, the man who loves me. All I could think is what a lucky, lucky gal I am.

Got my hair done by a girl who was so excited to do a “cool hairstyle”  in the midst of a bunch of little old lady styles, and she totally aced it! Plus she had me show her how to do eyeshadow like mine, but she didn’t think she was brave enough to really wear it. I gotta say, if I were in the beauty industry, I would rock my look all the time….but the hospital frowns on it. I don’t know how trusting I would be with an RT who had pink hair.

I’m such a domestic girl, I love wearing aprons and doing house work. Cooking, cleaning, ironing….these things make me happy.  I just finished prepping every thing for dinner, all thats left is too pop it in the oven about an hour before Thomas comes home. It’s a new recipe…but I’m stoked about it. Cranberry chicken. We’ll try it out and i’ll review it. I LOVE retro recipies.

I haven’t had Christmas yet. If this weather will give me a break, I might be able to. I’m also in the middle of working on some aprons. I need a few new ones (One can never have too many aprons) and one for one of my favorite girls, H. EXCEPT…I can’t figure out my sewing machine. How embarrassing is that? So I guess when I do make it back to see my family for a belated Christmas, I’ll take it back down there with me, and have Mother show me again how to wrap and wind my thread about the little hooks.

I’m fixing to get started on cleaning the house again, then work out, shower…and by that time, it’ll be time to get on dinner, set the table and get dressed and ready for Thomas to get home.

I hope, dear readers, that you find as much joy the “simplistic” things in life and really take the time to cherish those around you.

 

 

I’m not sure what the time zone is

22 Oct

I am in a rare state today. I don’t know whether I am up or down….but what I am sure of is that i am happy. This “happy” is terrifying and beautiful all at once, and as much as I enjoy it I am ignorant of how to proceed. The most mundane of things even seem somehow more magnificent. I think this is what one might call being absolutely in love.