Thursday, December 20, 2012

...and I feel fine

"It's the end of the world as we know it"
...Well, at least the Mayan's thought so.  And so, as I'm pretty confident that I'll get to wear my Hudson boots that I searched high and low for after the "world ends" tomorrow, I can't help but wonder what those calendar keepers so long ago must have thought.  While we've crept closer and closer to the "end of the world" date I tried best not to think about it.  But now, it's upon us.  And so I think...what will I do today?  Too bad the "last day" is so rainy and dreary.  But, if it weren't...I'd take the preschooler to the beach, her favorite place...and mine too.  We'd then head to Disney World, because,'s the happiest place on earth, right?  And I'd be heartbroken if she didn't get to see Aerial and Mickey and all their friends.  Then we'd eat the best crab at Joes Stone Crab in Miami Beach, before heading to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and eat a bacon sandwhich and macarons from Laduree.  I'd then head to New Orleans for dinner at Commander's Palace, followed by a Pimm's Cup at the Napolean House and listen to Dr. John at Tipitina's.  We'd swing by Cafe Du Monde for some beignets and get a coffee to go before heading home to be with my family...hold them close...hunker down with our dogs, and tell each other how lucky we are that the day is over and we're still alive...except we'll have no money left after that little jaunt!  Fun to think about nonetheless.  As the holidays approach, I'm so grateful for family and friends and just knowing they're there even when we don't see them often enough.  My heart is broken for the Connecticut children, their parents and their community.  It makes no sense and there are no words for such unspeakable events.  But, to say that we are all lucky to have what we have whether it's a lot or a little is an understatement in light of so many that are broken and hurting.  My heart goes out to them.
And so, I leave you with this...take a moment to reflect on the things in your life that you've experienced, endured, accomplished, this past year.  Make a promise to be a better person (we all need improvement), make a promise to be more present in someone's life who needs you or just needs a friend, make a promise to be more accountable for your actions and those that affect others, make a promise to be kind to others.  If we all do that...the world will be a better place and no calendar would ever make us think otherwise.  What's the world coming to?  It's coming to us, to better serve it, to better serve each other and to make it a better's up to us. 
Hope your holidays are safe, happy, and sparkly.  Hope you get exactly what you want but most of all love.  Until the new year...xoxo!

Here's a little something to get your day and tomorrow started..."It's the end of the world...and I feel fine"

image credit: vale-timon-tumbler

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wish List time...

Where has the time gone?  It's nearly Christmas and I've yet to post my wish list...much to the dismay of my Mom...I'm sure!  So, here goes.  As before...these are things that I want, love, am coveting obsessed with!  I'm not suggesting that you should buy something or suggesting superior quality of an item...just merely suggesting that there might be a BIG ole smile on my face come Christmas morning if I should happen to open one of these items.  So, without further hesitation...I give to you...

The 2012 Wish List:
  1. Dyson Vacuum - still pining for this sucker!
  2. Banjo with lessons - cause let's face it, I'd be the hit of the party if I could twang a little twang!
  3. French lessons - cause it's just pretty.
  4. Sandgren "New York" clog boots in Royal Navy - cause they're different and they'd look good with everything.
  5. Dixie letter press print from The Old Try via Garden and Gun - cause, know.
  6. Dixie T-shirt from The Old Try - again, just cause.
  7. A weekend at Palmetto Bluff - cause it looks like heaven on earth
  8. The Summer Red photograph from Garden and Gun for over our bed (top image) - cause nothing is more relaxing than thinking about riding in a truck with the windows down and the sun flying on your face.
  9. A creative job - cause I'm so full of ideas I might pull a Van Gogh!
  10. Tuckernuck Sunday Bag in chestnut or mango (or any color, really) with block monogram- cause I'm a Mom and my purse has to be big enough to hold gum and mints and small forks and wipes and tissues and magnificent drawings and baby dolls and general stuff that the preschooler no longer wants to hold! (and because I might have a tote fetish obsession)
  11. A Barbour waxed canvas coat - cause, well...I don't know...I just really like them.
  12. A hair stylist that I trust with all my heart - for obvious reasons.
  13. A weekend with my girlfriends - cause it's been too long!
  14. An upholstered wall - cause they are so glamorous and I could then fling myself against the wall or bang my head against the wall when I throw a fit for added drama.
  15. My grandfather's old Chevy truck that no one drives that just sits there begging to be loved and driven down a winding road.
  16. A Sarah Ashely Longshore painting - cause they're just plain fun and she's from my hometown and my friend!
  17. A goat - the little kind - cause they are so cute and I've always wanted one.
  18. A professional organizer - cause when I moved I discovered just how close I am to actually being on TLC's Hoarders.
  19. Crazy, wild-eyed, no consequences kind of fun - cause I'm not sure that still exists once you're over 35 or have a child.  But I know I still have it in me...just sayin.
  20. Calligraphy lessons - cause the art of handwriting is becoming extinct.
So, there you have it. I'm sure I'll receive next to none of those items but it's still nice to dream a little.  Maybe I'll compile all my wish lists into a little book to look back on.  Wouldn't it be fun to be able to see what I "wished" for in the 80's?  Man, I'd love to know.  I'm sure it included makeup and hot rollers and roller skates and anything sparkly or scratch and sniffy. 

What are you hoping and wishing for this year? 

image credit - Summer Red by stacey haines, photographer 
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