Saturday, January 10, 2015


when I woke up this morning I thought, "today is the day we go to joe's for breakfast."
there's nothing quite like a hearty, complete breakfast to keep me full all day,
and, wow, I do love that feeling. we arrived at the cafe in the late morning
and by that time we were preeeetty hungry so our choices seemed clear:
^^steak, eggs over easy, and grits. it just felt like I should do this, you know?
I've never actually had grits before today and realized that I've been missing
out on something so good for so long. thank goodness we rectified that.
^^ phil had the massive abc omelet: avocado, bacon, cheese.
^^ our restaurant fam-elfie. 
^^ waiting is so hard when you're a hungry, post-nap baby.
this is the pre-meal eye glaze.

^^ we said hey to joe on the way out. does that man knows how to cook
or what! and, the whole restaurant just had this homey feeling about it -- like
you could mosey on in a say, "I'll have my usual."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

goals of 2015

and some others:
  • wear my hair down. this sounds so silly, I know, but I wore way too many buns last year. I just need to, literally, let it go.
  • pick up a new hobby. as mentioned in the list in the picture, I want to try my hand at a new hobby/skill. I'm thinking of getting this calligraphy set. any suggestions? I think it would be neat to become good at beautiful hand-lettering. also, my mom was getting rid of some knitting needles and yarn, so I hoarded them and am thinking, "yeah, I could give that a try." why not? you have to start somewhere.
  • take more pictures on the go. sometimes I feel strange whipping out my fatty canon in random places. I don't have a smartphone/iPhone with an indiscreet camera, so sometimes I feel silly when I'm like, "okay, cliché, but I want to take a picture of my burrito." but, that's my own fault. no one is yelling out, "hey, blondie, stop taking that picture over there!" even if they're thinking it. but, so what? pretty much it boils down to me needing to stop caring what others think and follow my photo-gut, even if it's a just a slushie or a sweet crack on the sidewalk.
  • try new foods. we love to eat out, but I want to be more adventurous in my choices since I like to play it safe with my tried and true menu items. it'll also be exciting when we move (wherever that'll be...) to start trying the local restaurants.

2015 is going to be a year of transition, new adventures, and personal growth. I hope these goals will help me become a better laurel and bring us greater happiness and more positive life experience.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

state of the goals report

last january I wrote out a few resolutions/goals for the 2014 and I'm going through and rating them (five stars to zero) to see how we/I did. it's fun to look back and see how we've done.

fill a grateful jar: *
this lasted about a month and then dwindled. we still have the jar and looking through the things we wrote is fun, but I'm guessing we need a re-do year on writing down our daily gratitudes.

read a book a month together: **
well, phil and I read but not together and not the list of books that we initially put together. hmm, so why two stars them? well, phil read a lot of stats textbooks and I read a lot of french satire, balzac, and primary and secondary sources for my thesis. sooooo, two stars for effort but two stars for failing to follow the goal guidelines.

write and defend our theses: ****
phil just has to schedule his because that boy is milliseconds away from crossing that finish line. I am not as close but yet oh so close to thesis completion. let's extend this goal for two more months, yes?

get 4.0 in our remaining MA/MS classes: ****
phil: check.
laurel: one pesky yet hard-earned A-.

write more thank you notes: ****
I feel like I could have written more and found more things to thank the people in my life for, but I feel happy with my efforts and happy for all the love and help I could thank my friends and family for.

exercise 3 times a week: *****
I mean, the last month I counted walking from the parking lot to campus and teaching as exercise (don't judge). before that, however, this year has been my best exercise year EVER. I've never run as much as I did this year and have never been as consistent. I was lucky enough to finish three halfs and one full marathon, and for me, that was BIG BIG BIG!

read aloud to simon: ****
there are days ever now and again that we forget to read to ol' simon boy, but we've really tried to be consistent in reading short stories and talking to him about what he sees in his picture and board books. his attention span is, obviously, short and we end up often enough having to crawl with him, with the book, reading as he reaches for the new momentary excitement (hairspray bottle! plastic frog!), but he can turn pages and sometimes sits in the corner all by himself with his "animals" book in hand. 

write three poems:

platinum blond: ***
does a weave count? I'm just not brave enough yet to go full out...