Last year, I posted my
26 27 before 27 goals. And it’s almost my birthday, ya’ll. I thought it’d be fun to see how well I did. Admittedly, I lost the original paper these goals were written on, so I haven’t looked at them in a while. Luckily, I saved it here and shared it with you lovely folks! Here’s the update:
26 27 before 27
- Travel to a new city: New Orleans and Philadelphia
- Try a new cuisine: Israeli
- Read a “classic” novel: I re-read the Great Gatsby. It counts!
- Make a new friend: Amber
- Learn to make a vintage cocktail: Tom Collins… gross
- Implement “do nothing” Sundays: I don’t think this will ever happen.
- Sleep under the stars: At Drew & Jordan’s wedding
- Print out old pictures: Noooope.
- Buy a new pair of jeans: I hate jean shopping.
- Go on an unplanned adventure: My whole life is an unplanned adventure at this point!
- Send a letter: Sent it with a package. It counts, right?
- Connect with an old friend: Lauren
- Throw a party: Doing this (again) on Monday!
- Take a night-time stroll: Do this all the time with George, of course!
- Live without regret: Done.
- Forgive often: Working on it, always.
- Visit the farmers’ market: I visited the one in Raleigh. It counts.
- Bake for a friend: Easter
- Play in the ocean: I touched the ocean last time I was at the beach. The water is still super cold here!
- Visit the antique store in Williamston: Never open.
- See a movie alone: Not at the theatre, but I have watched a few alone.
- Speak up for myself: On many occasions, still needs work.
- Learn to shoot a handgun: Just need to take the class now.
- Get a massage: Bah, I never make time to schedule these!
- Hug George daily: My welcome home hugs are the best!
- Laugh often
- Worry less!: Work in progress!!!
Tomorrow I’ll share my new birthday goals.
Do you make birthday goals? What do they include?
April 14 – 20 is National Library Week. We are having lots of activities to celebrate at my library, including fine forgiveness and a drawing for an iPad mini! In other words, posts might be a little sparse this week. Forgive me!
During tough economic times, library use skyrockets. We offer free Internet access, computers, books, homework help, instructional classes, a safe space and a plethora of other resources. (I’ve become a tax expert lately!) Libraries are also hit hard during budgetary constraints. I encourage you to call your local government representatives and tell them how important libraries are to you!
How have libraries helped you lately?
Our wedding is over on Junebug Wedding’s photoblog, Photobug today. Check it out!
Of course, I had to do something creative. That’s how I roll. I knew you could fold dollar bills into origami, but I wanted to take it one step further. So, I used the leftover embroidery floss from my sunglasses DIY to create a mobile!
- Embroidery floss
- A stick!
- Paper money
I folded the elephants using an tutorial found here. Then, I braided the embroidery floss and tied one end to the elephant. Next, I broke a stick in half, made an “x” and neatly twisted embroidery floss around the middle of the “x” until I felt that it was secure. I left a little bit of floss at the end and finished it off with a bow. Finally, I tied each elephant to one of the stick ends.
Have you ever given money as a gift in an unusual way? I want to see it or hear about it in the comments!
P.S. I sent my sister more than 4 bucks. I just didn’t want to use large bills in case she didn’t want to take it apart. I’m not that cheap!
It seems like everyone is juicing lately. I have to admit, I’ve been on a couple of juice cleanses and I absolutely hated it. Let’s be real, ya’ll. No green juice is ever better than a real bacon and egg breakfast. And to be honest, I feel better eating high protein, low carb instead of the other way around.
But George loves apple juice. He is such a little kid sometimes. And I do worry about the boy’s sugar intake. I can be a real mom sometimes. So, I was looking for a way to make a healthier, lower sugar, apple juice. Here’s what I came up with:
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 1/2 inch of fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup of cranberry juice (no sugar added)
I don’t have a juicer, so I made this one in my blender. It works well, but it would be smoother if you choose to make it in a juicer.
Peel, core and cut the apples into bite-size chunks. Peel and cut up the ginger. Add the cranberry juice to the blender first, then add the apples and the ginger. Blend until smooth and pour over ice. Enjoy!
Tart and gingery! Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Do you think it lives up to the hype?
It seems like the ombre trend will never die, huh? Oh well. I love it and I’m not afraid to omber-ize everything– including my sunglasses.
Here’s the how-to:
- Cheap sunglasses
- Ombre Embroidery floss
- Drill (optional)
- Fabric glue
Step 1 (Optional): (Enlist your husband) to drill small holes into the ends of your sunglasses. This will allow the ombre effect to be carried to the ends of the sunglasses. If you skip this step, you will just have to end the thread earlier on the sunglasses and leave the behind-the-ear-part empty. (Fancy terminology, huh?)
Step 6: End the thread by neatly wrapping through the hole drilled in the end of the sunglasses. Tie a knot and dot the ends with fabric glue for extra strength.
Step 7: Repeat on the other side!
I don’t know about you, but this week has been a long one! I have plans for some quality rest time this weekend.
It’s Friday and you all know the drill. If you are the first person to correctly guess the book that ends with the above “last words,” I will mail you a signed copy of the novel, A Moment in the Sun! Please submit your guesses in the comments.
Contest rules: Previous winners may not win the prize again. The prize applies to residents of the U.S.A. only.
This is the last copy of the novel that I have to give away! So guess quickly and guess wisely.
Having very little money to decorate has forced George and I to get creative when it comes to the home items we need. I’ve shared my secrets to thrifting, so today I’m going to show you a little bit of how we reclaim items.
We desperately needed a coat rack for our tiny entryway. I hate the look of coats thrown over chairs and scarves hanging on doorknobs. We found a piece of old barn wood, a horseshoe and two spigots in (what else?!) an old barn at my in-laws house. All we had to do after that was screw the horseshoe and the spigots onto the piece of wood and instant coat hook!
Kinda looks like something from Pottery Barn, no?
Have you ever used something unconventional to decorate your home? I’d love to see it, so leave the links in the comments!
I’ve been absent ’round these parts because… (dun, dun, dun!) I’ve had a huge project at work (whomp, whomp). But this is no ordinary project. Last year, I wrote a request to the senior leadership team at my school to fund new library shelving. The old shelving was falling apart. Literally. The furniture in the library was all original to the school, so it has been there since 1969! After much fighting, scraping and the occasional tear, we got the go ahead for new shelving!
Today I am happy to bring you the biggest “Before and After” this blog has ever seen!
It has been a long process. We weeded 6,000 books from the collection. We researched and designed shelves. And we physically moved and re-shelved 24,000 books.
I am tired. My body hurts. I didn’t know being a librarian often involves so much physical labor. I actually soaked in Epsom salts last night. I am an old lady, but a happy old lady who knows that hard work pays off.