Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happies Lately


1. This was one of my favorite outfits in the history of the JC Penney catalog and mock turtlenecks. It fills me with pride to see living proof that I am a layerer at heart. And the plaid. Don't get me started. Fourth grade, Baby. I feathered my bangs like no body's business. Cory is still convinced that I had a mullet. Nope. Not that year. My sides were just pulled back and don't even try to say that you don't love the look. No one will believe you.

And while we're here, you might as well know, there's something wrong with my eyes. All my life I've been plagued with the kind of eyes that appear to be looking up even when they aren't. My friend Chris used to taunt me about it. What causes this affliction? It's like they were put in on a really busy day or something. Sheesh, God.

2. Ruby presented me with this yesterday.

Mommy: I love it!
Ruby: It's a ferusterated kitty!

3. If you like funny people you need to meet my friend Erin. Only I call her Cheryl. I've done so for nearly 20 years now. She bought this Contemporary Christian video collection (in VHS) at a garage sale then PAID MONEY to send it to me.

I miss her.

And Steve Taylor.

But not so much Twila Paris.

3. Greek salad. I adore it. I keep thinking maybe I've already shared this with you? Either way, it's de-vine. Chop up one seeded cucumber, a yellow or orange pepper, some tomato and a handful of kalamata olives. Sprinkle with salt and oregano and feta. Boom. You can also mix it up with chopped Romaine if you want to stretch it out a bit.

Adore.

Adore.

*****

And now, a short story: I do not like animated movies. I never watch them. Never have. Last night I took Calvin and Ruby to a movie night for kids at our church in our pajamas. I can legitimately leave the house in my pajamas? Sign me up.

The movie was Lion King. I've never seen it. But I don't live under a rock or anything, I knew it was about a lion cub named Simba. Calvin is notoriously nervous about movies and started hiding his eyes during the scary chase scene. I whispered "Just remember that in these cartoon movies, even when it seems like something bad is about to happen, it won't. Simba will be fine." Then it started to seem like the Lion Dad was in danger, so I ducked back down and whispered "And the Dad will be fine, too."

And then three seconds later he fell to his death.

The end.

4. People. We are almost half-way there! This thrills me, every single day. I love knowing that we are living life beyond our own, comfy corner of the world. This is God's business. Thank you so much for getting excited with me and spreading the word. We'll get there!

(Click the logo to watch the progress or to give.)


Over and out, Party People.


39 comments:

  1. umm.. my favorite part would be the arms crossed .. confident.. your new dust jacket picture pose. :)

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  2. I don't know a whole lot about animated movies either but I do remember bits and piece of the Lion King only because I babysat little girls who watched it over and over back in 1995. I don't think my kids have ever seen it though.

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  3. AT least you didn't add 'you're just going to have to trust me on this' right before said Lion Pappy fell to his death.

    The way you wrote it made me LOL.

    Your delivery is hilarious.

    Through my nephew, I have begun to enjoy animated movies. If you've never seen Shrek or Toy Story...they are so fun for adults too!!

    Your photo: you certainly began layering way back when. I found myself wondering "are her barrettes those cool ribbon ones?" Do you remember them? I soo loved them.

    Along with good feathered bangs and sides...it was always very difficult for me to get a good feather as my hair is stick straight.

    I was forced into many an Ogilvie home perm in my day. I recall crying a lot and being told how great it would look after it "relaxed".

    Needless to say, I've just enjoyed and perhaps even reveled in my straight hair for over 20 years now. It's been a time of healing.

    Peace out, sister.

    xxoo

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  4. i see kim boyce on that vhs. she was my first concert ever.

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  5. I have never met you, but I feel like I have known you forever. It's the words. Words have a way of connecting people. As a 3rd grade teacher and mother of one, Flower Patch Farmgirl is my unwind at the end of a day. I cherish each post and cling to every word. I see glimpses of myself in your view of life and zest for living it. Thank you. Simply, thank you.

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  6. I love your picture!! And the fact that we're (I can say "we" in the human-kind type of way, right?) $4,405 of the way towards the well is so so so awesome!!

    And I don't know if you know the answer or not, but judging by the movie collection, I wondered if you could tell me, "Who's In The House??!?"

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  7. word to the mother - someone always dies in a disney movie! ca-ute 4th grade pic:)

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  8. : )
    a few seconds later the lion fell to his death....
    ONLY YOU!
    You are seriously a master feather-er. I would like to see some feathered hair now on the blog. Do you still have feathering skills? How dedicated are you to this blog? Get out there and feather, Shan. Feather it up.

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  9. High-fiving my sister of the feathered bangs who rocked the J.C.Penney fashion line, back in the day. I have a funny story about Twila Paris and some contemporary Christian singer named Evie. I should write it someday. Ferusterated is my brand new favorite word.

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  10. I cannot watch movies with animals. The Lion King was so traumatizing to me. I think I saw it in grade 4 or 5ish. oh the despair! Can you imagine going your whole life thinking YOU are responsible for you father's death!?! oh it's a horrible movie.
    My husband makes fun of me for not watching animal movies, even the animated ones. My theory is, they killed Bambi's mother, these people will do anything!

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  11. The Lion King story cracks me up, because my 4 year does not like many movies at all. He got Cars 2 for Christmas (celebrated at Thanksgiving) and I kept telling him that it was a kids movie and Lightning McQueen would be fine. I promised and he wondered how I could promise him that. Because of course in a kids movie they would not let him die. (That is, the main character at least!) After the movie was over, he declared he would never watch that movie again in his life, EVER! Too much violence and scary for my 4 year old! At least Lightning was fine in the end but he had enough!

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  12. I thought you said you were a lawyer at heart then I re-read layerer haha I love kid movies. I watch them w/o kids. And the Lion King soundtrack redeems the father lion's death. Admit it!!

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  13. My oldest was traumatized by that exact scene in the lion king! She was only three and she sat on the couch sobbing uncontrollably and yet completely silently. It was awful. I gave the movie away and none of my other kids have seen it! LOL!

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  14. oh, lion king. so sorry, calvin. and humanity.
    that kitty. i love ruby.

    you know, my fourth grade bangs may give yours a run for their money. the best part is, i have a post scheduled with a photo. it's legit and christmasy. and poofy.

    i am happy for your happy. and i love you!

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  15. Oh. My. Gosh. This is the funniest thing I have read in ages!! Thank you for the laughs. That ferusterated kitty is THE BEST! I heard an Amy Grant Christmas tune on the radio yesterday and thought of you. Also, I like the bangs. I wish I'd taken to feathering mine at that age, instead of puffing them into a giant ball on top of my face. You are hilarious.

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  16. Emma and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed your Lion King story and I think we will watch it tonight in your honor.

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  17. I love Ruby's presentation to you of the "ferusterated" kitty! I love God's working in the hearts of His people to give clean water! That salad looks awesome! I'll be trying it soon!

    And...just for the record...give me a call any time your kids are up for grabs. I'll take one or all three! Each one is so special in his/her own way. LOVE specialness...

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  18. uh...that picture of you just made my day. thanks for the happy! love the kitty....hmmm maybe that's what ruby NEEDS for Christmas. i'm just saying. a big furry indoor kitty sounds like just the ticket.

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  19. I'm so sorry about your Lion King misadventure. However, I have to be honest, and say I LAUGHED OUT LOUD. Because, that is a PERFECT PICTURE of parenting. Just when you think you have it all figured out, somebody goes & changes the rules.

    "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..." we like to say at our house. Ummm, that's a reference to the JAWS movie in case you DON'T know. JAWS, you know SHARKS. Okay, just trying to help. (LOL)

    Hugs to you, Friend. ~Sally

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  20. That Lion King story is great although not for Lion Dad I guess. I don't watch animated films either! I hate them and I don't even know the Lion King because I refuse to watch. Thank you for verifying my choice to remain in the dark.

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  21. I am hereby asking for official permission to print out that picture and hang it on my fridge.
    Pretty.
    Please.
    You'll be in good company - all my cool peeps are on the fridge.
    When you come to visit, I think we need a Toy Story marathon. That is if we can fit it in between the FNL marathon. Speaking of which....final season????

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  22. GIANT talons to do the Lord's work. Eyes ever cast heavenward. God knew what he was doing when he created You! :)

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  23. 'bout forgot...i share your distaste for animated movies. i have watched more animated movies the last two years than i had in my entire life. the sacrifices we make as mothers, i tell ya! ;)

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  24. Love vintage Shannan! Maybe I will revisit some of my old photos to see what they say about my style. Not sure what the frizzy perm says, but I'll focus on my clothes.

    Levi just watched The Lion King while I was at a bible study. He didn't say anything about Simba's dad's death, but greeted me with roars and "Me why-on".

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  25. And then he died.
    Disney movies = death.
    And you are hilarious. I wish with all my heart you still dressed that way though. :)

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  26. I'm just hoping your hair was pulled back in some coordinating combs. I lived in those. It might have affected my brain as they poked so much.

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  27. So loving that photo of you, we must have been born during the same era, I loved JC Penny and I feathered my bangs too! ha! i think I wore my sides pulled up all the time, cause I had a perm at the time that was outta control....wowza! And those disney movies a parent always dies, I really don't get it...

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  28. I love everything about this post. Especially the "then he fell to his death" "the end".

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  29. I think I had that same plaid shirt! No joke! Those were the days (except I had huge teeth!) ha!

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  30. My heart is suddenly a hint lighter—thanks for sharing your happies!

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  31. I'm in starbucks laughing my butt of and everyone is looking at me like I'm crazy. Thank you for that :)

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  32. i so love your sense of humors. and your bangs. :)
    you HAVE to see lion king on (or off?) broadway... it's AMAZING. i couldn't imagine how anyone would be able bring an animated movie to stage... but they did, in the most fabulous way.

    i'm waiting for them to do it w finding nemo. ;)

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  33. i just saw on another blog a picture of the gal in the 5th grade. it was totally hilarious and i could hardly fathom putting myself out there like that, but yours is super adorable. maybe you should host a linky party for our most embarassing school photos....now that would be good for a laugh!!!!

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  34. I am literally lol-ing right now! haha Thank you for that picture of yourself, along with the "don't even try to tell me you don't like that look" comment. And the cat Ruby cut out...great. Just my sense of humor...so thanks for the laughs ;)

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  35. oh dear. I love this post. You know who I really don't miss? Sandi Patti. There. I said it. It's out there now - out on the Interweb for everyone to read. I may have haters now. Kalamata olives? law. Feet. It would be like eating feet. I think if we knew each other in the fourth grade - we'd have been BFF's. And you may or may have not traumatized Calvin. I'll counsel him next time I visit.

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  36. sounds like the week got better! :)

    this Erin/Cheryl sounds like just the right kind of friend.

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  37. Shan. Cross over to the animated dark side and go see Arthur Christmas. And take your kids if you must (you know, if you want to feel legit in attending a kids' movie) but really, you'll end up loving it and Cmas and feel all magical and stuff.

    it's. pure. joy.

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  38. and then go see "How to Train Your Dragon." And after that "The Polar Express." You'll surely cry during the song on the train, but it's so worth it. I promise. :)

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  39. I was warned about that part of The Lion King and whisked my son out of the theater for a few minutes right before IT happened. He is 20 now and still remembers that. Over-protective. Um yeah.

    Hey, I still cry hard when Dumbo is separated from his mom and she's in the cage cradling him through the bars.

    Andrea in Calif

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