Sunday, November 28, 2010

Six On Sunday - Randoms

Am I the only one who feels slightly skittish about a blog post that includes the word "Random"? I guess time will tell...

I'm fully aware that after this lame Six On Sunday post, you might have no choice but to break up with me altogether. But what if I tell you that I'm otherwise preoccupied and have a very good reason for feeling a bit...distracted? Would you forgive me, then? No, you'd probably be even more frustrated that I teased you with the "very good reason" bit. I guess I won't go that route.

All I can say then, is that sometimes, random things happen around here that are funny or beautiful or delicious and they simply fall through the cracks of other things that creep up, hot on their heels. It's a fast-paced race to the blog fodder finish line around here. But sometimes, the left-behinders get their due.

Today is that day.

1. Cory left me this note a couple of weeks ago before leaving for work pre-dawn, not to return until well after bedtime. I saw it on my desk and it made me smile. It inspired a photo, although it is obvious that I hadn't had my cup of tea yet when I took the pic. Just a few nights ago I looked closer and noticed his slip of the wrist. We had a day, alright. Did we ever have a day.

2. Calvin came home with a pedometer last week and immediately commenced in running laps around the island. His burst of athleticism lasted exactly two laps, or the pedometer equivalent of 41 steps.

(I swear, I am not intentionally highlighting my worst photos. You gotta believe me.)

3. This* is my newest obsession, courtesy of Sarah. Apparently, she's been holding out on me for quite some time. Well, the cat's outta the bag now, and it's not going back in. I have made this twice in the past two weeks and both times, I made a meal out of it. And then, just to prove my love, I had it for dessert. This isn't your ordinary bruschetta. There's something special about it. It's the lemon, ya'lls. It's always, always the lemon.
* Sarah omits the fresh parsley and mint, so I do the same, naturally.

4. True story. I searched long and hard for the perfect piece of art for the bathroom. I flirted with images of rusty, vintage bicycles as well as a whimsical ferris wheel, but in the end, per usual, I was drawn to words. I fell in love with this print (found here) and ordered it up. I already had the perfect frame, scored for $1 at a yard sale over the summer. The print arrived and I hauled it over to Hobby Lobby for a mat and some glass. 10 days later I went to pick it up and the guy informed me that the frame was cut in such a way that glass would not fit in the notch. At the time, I was happy to save the $8 for glass and it looked so pretty, regardless. It took Cute Maintenance Boy to remind me that unprotected art and bathroom steam is not a good combination. It turns out, a beautiful thing is never perfect and occasionally it isn't even useful. I'm still looking for a new home for her, but in the meantime, she looks imperfectly beautiful among dirty cereal bowls and a tired sprig of rosemary.

5. I found this and cracked UP. Several times over the summer, I forced my two oldest children out of the house. Usually during dinner prep. If you heard them tell it, it was among my meanest of moments. Forcing kids to go outside on a beautiful day? The nerve! On this particular day, they stood out on the step whining and crying until I shut the window so I couldn't hear them (just being honest) then they tried to nonchalantly just come back in. Oh, they have no idea how street-wise this mama is. I pushed them right back out, only after telling them to take some books with them. If you're gonna be miserable and tortured, you might as well be learning something.

6. I have claw hands.

Happy week after Thanksgiving! My tree hasn't even made it up to the main level yet.

36 comments:

  1. I love that frame!!!
    My goodness, what a cute random post. ;)

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  2. I adore you. I just love reading your life's stories. From the snippets of your family to the ongoings in the kitchen, I find myself wanting to be your friend and be in just a paragraph of your lovely storytale. I hope your holiday was blessed.

    Cheers~
    e

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  3. Love 'random' thoughts. Sometimes, my husband just stares on in awe and asks me what I am thinking....then I blurt it out to him and he looks at me like I have four heads. Life is just like that :) Enjoy the random thoughts.....they keep us sane.

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  4. Your claw hand comments always make me laugh out loud!

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  5. My sister & I used to pass hours on the porch swing when my mom would make us play outside. I thought she was terrible.

    I really don't think you have claw hands. You've been mentioning it, and I'm not seeing it. Really.

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  6. Your randomness is right up my alley! You crack me up!

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  7. Love the words! That's my motto in life.
    Also really love No 5. I will never understand why kids want to be inside on a beautiful day. xx

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  8. You the real deal & that's awesome! Thanks for the amazing recipe looks awesome.

    Your hands are very pretty, you should play the piano.They remind me of my gramy's she had very long hands herself~Cheers Kim

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  9. Your "random" post has made my day! And I think your hands are enviable... you could have my stubby, chubby, and constantly dry hands. If only we could trade... :)

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  10. Oh dear, I'm sure glad I blew my nose BEFORE reading that last bit. Otherwise, I'd be handy-wiping off my keyboard just about now.

    : )

    Julie M.

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  11. Love the random. And at least you HAVE a tree :)

    Chris

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  12. I too am looking for some art for the bathroom...why does it seem to be so hard?

    I love this random post...the fact that you push your kids outside while you make dinner was my favorite part.

    Happy Monday!

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  13. Random is awesome. Claw hands.. we know,, unique. :) Kicking kids out..funny. Your kitchen island..beautiful. The print for the loo...I want. I have insomnia...need sleep. WHY am I awake reading. Terrible.

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  14. I love your Six on Sundays. I bet Calvin is something with that pedometer. How many steps did he get?

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  15. I love your quote. When I was working in CO at a banquet for an Indian tribe, they gave me a pair of earrings as a gift and pointed out the flaw. They always make something a little off, because God is the only one that makes perfect. I'm so glad I got that table, because that wisdom stuck.

    Glad to hear Cory is working! Did I miss something in a post?
    xoxo
    C

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  16. Hooray for mean moms who throw their kids out of the house on beautiful days! And make them take books!

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  17. Your random lists on Sunday are so fun to read! That bruschetta looks absolutely delicious and I too, could totally make a meal out of it and have it for dessert. The picture of your children reading their books outside is priceless!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  18. You are so funny! You can be random whenever you want.

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  19. You do not have claw hands. You are beautiful!

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  20. For a preoccupied and distracted Farmgirl, you sure know how to put out a thoroughly entertaining post.
    p.s.
    Loving Ruby's summer wardrobe!

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  21. i.love.your.island!! btw i tried your tea recipe...it was love at first sip! thanks :)

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  22. Go #3, Go Go #3!!! All hail #3. I made it this weekend and YUM! Although my dinner companion I don't think loved it as much as you and I...and I learned that the Spinach Tortellini soup is not as tasty with veggie broth. I heart #4! Great find!xoxo SJH

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  23. Shannon...you and those claw hands completely crack me up! Why'd you have to end with that!

    Love the print...too bad about the glass. That's a bummer.

    Cory's note was funny...have a day with the kids...hmmmmmm! I would frame a note from my husband. He never does that:)

    Brushetta is my fav. Gonna have to make that.

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  24. i thought the note said i hope you have a day with the King until i read farmgirl paints comment. maybe it was a misread from God to me telling me to invite Him into my sleepy, rainy, after Thanksgiving monday.

    your recipes looked scrump. shush.

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  25. oh, I love random too! :) How fun is this?? I LOVE your print. She looks perfect where you have her! :) That frame is to die for!!

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  26. You have elegant hands! Love your randoms and love your new words. My favorite place to go for words is here-

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sevenlemons?ga_search_query=seven+lemons&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

    Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy your wonderful posts.

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  27. Oh I love that saying inside the frame - A beautiful thing is never perfect!

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  28. I love that you have almost 1000 followers and when I started reading I think you had just over 200. You are so talented, so funny, so blessed.

    Could you PUH-LEASE share several of your favorite etsy sites!!!??? I am loving the *idea* of etsy, but quite overwhelmed by the site...THX!

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  29. You are so cute. I love your blog. Let's live near each other in heaven, okay?

    Heather

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  30. "I have claw hands" HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
    ROTFL HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    :-D
    El

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  31. I love the randoms- a good writer such as yourself can make even the randoms very interesting!

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  32. I love random! And I love that print! :)

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  33. I adore this blog and am always happy I put off my precious, infrequent sleep to peek in and catch up. Thanks for that.

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  34. By the way....I am concerned that the cat food bowl was empty and Ralphie looks like he had passed out and Ed appeared nervous. Helen,she must have been scouting the fields for mice. I also noticed Rubes had her summer outfit on!

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  35. You have a great type of random. And I think I have to go and buy that print. Maybe right now.

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