So.  It is one of those days.  Those days where you knock over a bottle of chili sauce in the pantry, the kind that isn't ketchup, but TOTALLY smells like ketchup, and now the whole house smells like ketchup, which is maybe the most horrible smell in the world.  Or in my world at least.  And your baby won't nap.  Like the screaming mad dramatic kind of won't nap.  SO LOUD.  And all you want to do is eat your feelings, but you are back in a committed relationship with MyFitnessPal, and you are no cheater.
So, what is a girl to do?
Grab her headphones, revert to her angsty teenage years, and blast Morrissey.  Mind you this girl had NO REASON to ever be a sullen teenager.  Even for a single minute of a single day.  I wish I could go back and tell her how dang easy she had it.  SO EASY.
So with the animal rights loving Morrissey drowning out the nap hating protests of Shane, I am breathing through my mouth to not smell the chili-ketchup wafting my way, and am going to list some of happy things right now.
Happy things are way better than cleaning up chili-ketchup.
Any day.

1.  Instagram + Shauna Niequist
I have so much more to say about this topic, but this article has really stirred something in my heart.  Such tough truth in it.

2.  Music + food
While Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred is perhaps the least favorite part of my day, it is suddenly way more tolerable with earbuds in and music loud.  No person needs to hear her say "I need a good chest fly in my life" more than once.  Ever.  Sorry.  The other good thing?  Sweating means more eating.  MyFitnessPal totally starves me unless I work out.  So work out I do.  Grudgingly.

3.  Drama + baby boys
Okay.  This is maybe my favorite Tumblr everrrrrr.  Because it could easily be Shane in each one of the pictures.  CRYING ALL THE TIME.  So much crying.  Crying that you have to laugh at because I mean SO MUCH OF IT.  Thank you Kim for knowing that I needed to know about it. 

4.  Fun + function
We moved into this house over three years ago.  For over three years the detergent has sat on top of the dryer getting in the way of the lint trap and controls, and making me crazy.  For three years I have wanted to hang a shelf to hold the dumb detergent.  I finally, gloriously, happily did it.  It has changed everything.  Not really.  I still am horrible at laundry, but I am less annoyed.  Well.  Sort of annoyed.  But the lint trap is accessible now.  Plus, I strung up some IG prints that I recently ordered from Origrami.  Obsessed, I say.  Obsessed.
5.  Han + Leia
I mean is this not the best ever?

6.  Tim + Riggins
While we are on the subject of Star Wars, I want to put my opinion out there as to who I would cast to be Han Solo in the rumored back story spin off.  Taylor Kitsch.  Better know as Tim Riggins.  Because well, he is RIGGINS.  Full of quiet swagger, charisma, bad boy-ness and HELLO IT'S RIGGINS-ness.  So there it is.  Texas forever.

7.  Taco + Tuesday
We spend most Tuesday dinners at Jason's parents' house for his mom's famous tacos.  I am the resident guacamole maker (and perhaps eater).  There is nothing like a fresh bowl of guacamole. His dad doesn't like onions or garlic, so I just throw in a chopped tomato, lots of fresh ground pepper, sea salt, Mexican lime juice (from his tree), and a whole lot of Cholula.  Simple, fresh, delicious.   We just planted two avocado trees in our back yard, and I simply cannot wait until we can just go in the back yard to pick fresh ones.  Cannot stinking wait.

8.  Me + him
We ditched town and everyone and everything for twenty four hours.
A mental health break, if you will.
Favorite.  FAVORITE.
I also love how he indulges me when I find an aqua wall and make him walk across the entire hotel in the wrong direction, just so we can take a picture in front of it.

9.  Camp Mom*tog + scholarship
When I read through the entries for the Camp Mom*tog scholarship spot, I sobbed my three coats of mascara off.  All of them so wonderful, beautiful, heartfelt, deserving.  Please read through them and cast your vote.  I am so excited to see who the spot is given to and to hug them when they arrive.

10.  Drew + radness.
We spent Saturday with Drew for our annual family photos and it was all kinds of rad.  Except the part where Shane attacked her with a huge stick, nearly breaking her camera and stabbing her in the eyeball.  Or when the teenage zombies came down the trail. (Not kidding.  Teenagers.  Zombie makeup.  So much zombie makeup.  What is with the zombie fascination?)  There are some sneak peeks on Drew's FB page.  Feel free to hate my guts.  I would.  They are sooooo good.  Drew is ridiculously talented.  I cannot even handle it.

11.  Polka dots + sunglasses
Okay.  So I have issue with Target's Dollar Spot taking liberties with the definition of DOLLAR.  Have you noticed how many things are $3???  It is not the Three Dollar Spot, right?  So when I found these sunnies in the $3 section, I almost passed them over on mere principle alone.  Then I came to my senses and realized that THEY ARE $3 SUNGLASSES YO!!!  and promptly bought three pairs.  Wishing I bought three more.


  1. I completely, totally, absolutely agree about the $1 aisle at Target!!! I was just thinking the same thing the other day! It totally ruins my $1 aisle experience if I have to check the price before putting it in my cart!!!

  2. dang those $3 items. and i totally loved that instagram article! it's so true. i know people don't like to see messy things, but when i posted a collage pic last week of all of the messes my twins had made in 24 hours and a pic of a major blow out that ended up all over my clothes {AND PHONE!! my speaker/microphone will NEVER be the same}, so many people loved it! i felt like IG needs a healthy dose of reality every now and then. love you friend!!


  3. "Remember that the very best things in life can't be captured in status updates" oh my heck what a powerful statement. Thanks for sharing that article. I am so guilty of feeling very lackluster when I see all the amazing and beautiful things my friends share but this article really gave me great perspective.
    Your pictures with Drew were amazing! Can't wait to see more!

  4. This just made my ENTIRE day! Thank you 11 times for your beautiful words!!!!!

  5. Please tell me that you have read/devoured all of Shauna Niequist's books. Amazing! I've eaten the Green Well salad on pg 81 of Bread & Wine for 6 meals during the last 3 days. And she shares our love of FNL. Texas Forever!

    Your pics are amazing! Enjoy!

  6. um. shane's eyes make me jealous. that shot of him is gorgeous.

  7. I've been reading your blog for years but I don't think I have ever commented before. I couldn't resist this time though. I have often thought we were long lost sisters, because we seriously share so much in common. Music, books, TV shows, eating habits (hot sauce!), life experiences...I even owned Supertones albums back in the day. And now Morrissey?! The Smiths/Morrissey are still on my regular rotation and is it weird that it's actually my happy music? Ok, maybe not the likes of "Every Day Is Like Sunday" or "Interlude" but we have car dance parties to "William, It Was Really Nothing" or "Shoplifters of the World" haha. I really wanted to go to his show here in Atlanta last November but I was 8 months pregnant with #4 and chickened out. It was bound to be a rowdy crowd.

    And Riggins! Love. FNL is one of the best ever, and I started watching the show primarily because of Explosions in the Sky. I think I'm remembering you listen to them too. Ahh, so good!

    Anyway, love your blog and it's fun to read about these things because none of my friends can relate. :)

  8. i want to eat guacamole with you.
    let's make it happen.

    earlier this month i put jillian on my phone calendar effective tomorrow.
    she told me i can't phone it in.
    i guess i'm gonna get a few good chest flys in my life.

  9. best list.

    first of all I discovered shauna neiquist just this last week, i know i've been living under a rock. seriously she's my new fave.

    tim riggins, yes texas forever. and sometimes i watch nashville only for connie britton you know!

  10. Is it wrong that I can recognize Shane in the shadows, high in the air? Such awesome photos!

  11. Seriously - Thank you for that tumblr. So. Needed. That. :)

  12. OMG I actually have a blog post coming up about the Target Dollar Spot but I will comment here too. They raised their prices. Things used to be $1. Then they were $1 or $2.50. Now there are a few for $1 and the rest of $3 or $5. Um I think I will just go next door to the dollar tree where everything really is just $1.


  13. Oh my gosh, I HAVE to turn off phase 1 before Jillian says, "You've been shredded" because I seriously cannot handle it. Ugh. Phase 2 made me want to die and never try phase 3, but 3 was probably the easiest of all. I'm doing her kick boxing one, which is hard but literally 20 minutes and 49 seconds (not that I'm counting).

    That's the awesomest aqua wall ever.

  14. I can't hate you because you're beautiful.

    (Just had to bust out that 80s reference.)

    I think those are some of Drew's best photos ever. Lucky lucky girl.

    Also Very Important News, I was at Target last night and they had the blue ball jars. $10 for 6. I know that is a little pricey for ball jars but still cheap for decorations.

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  16. I love this post. It's full of such goodness- linkies to follow and beautiful images. More please :) Happy spring!!

  17. this post is full of happy (as the title indicates).

    tim riggins...i'd watch star wars for that. my husband and i still miss "coach taylor" and the "texas forever" family.

    yeah! for 24hrs. i think i need to go find me 24hrs, too.

    polka dots are my favorite color...i'd pay $3 bucks.

  18. I'm all about Tim Riggins. I read an article about the show Parenthood on NBC (which I LOVE) and about how so many of the people from FNL are on that show and they mentioned Tim Riggins as a love interest for Sarah and I about DIED!

  19. RIGGINS!!! Die. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose. I still call Connie Britton on Nashville Coach's Wife. I die over Friday Night Lights. Best show ever.

  20. Riggins. Love him. I just watched every episode of FNL on Netflix and I still miss Riggins. Thanks for posting the pic of him!! Texas Forever.

  21. timmy riggins. yes. please.

    you're having avacado trees in your back yard?!!! dying.

  22. i heart your things list. that tumblr... i die.