My Favorite Things

Hot Dog, Happy Friday!

Here are a few of my favorite things lately. Enjoy!

The Snarky Voice in Your Head Is Killing Your Productivity; Here’s How to Stop It
A little bit of snark is funny. Truth. But let it get out of hand and suddenly you’re THAT person who starts criticizing the minute she gets the chance - and you don’t want that. This article really brought my own snark to the front of my mind, forcing me to call myself out and acknowledge my own Sally Snark-a-lot tendencies.

pinterest23.jpgPinterest
Seriously. Can’t stop won’t stop. Have we connected on Pinterest yet? Can we please? Because I will repin the heck out of your clever ideas and delicious sounding recipes, and I’ll love every minute of it.

breaking-bad-season-5-image-aaron-paul-byran-cranston.jpgBreaking Bad
I’m late to this party, but I’m HOOKED on Breaking Bad. I’m halfway through Season 2 (no spoilers!) and I have a LOT of feelings about Walt, Jesse (sweet, misunderstood Jesse), Hank, and the rest of the BB crew. Josh and I are grabbing pretty much every available moment to catch another episode, which means we’re watching Walt cook meth while we fold our laundry, eat our dinner, just before we doze off for our Sunday afternoon naps, and any other chance we get. (image via)

prius.jpgOur Prius!
Oh yes. Oh yes we did. We traded our Hyundai SUV in for this shiny beautiful thing, and I am now strangely competitive about my MPG and obsessed with using EV mode as often as possible. I haven’t joined any of the Prius message boards yet, but I have a feeling it’s only a matter of time.

Thankful Thursday

I have a great family. My little life is not perfect - we all have our problems, our worries, our stresses. But look at this crew:

I know that it’s part of my job to think that my husband is the best husband…but he IS. He works so hard and he takes good care of me.

He brings me a glass of water when my fingernail polish isn’t dry yet and I’m thirsty.
He takes the dogs out when it’s dark because he knows I’m afraid of the woods behind our house.
He stops for my favorite food on the way home.
He is so loved by our cautious puppy who is so scared of everyone else.
He plays his guitar in the other room and he is so good (and so humble).
He is really tall and really handsome.
He believes in me even before I do. 

Today, I am thankful for my husband. Last week, I was thankful for the little treats in life.

What are you thankful for?

Wanna know what my favorite things were this week? Yes? Good! I’l tell you!

1. These hilarious little synchronized dancers

Seriously? Seriously?! Adorable. If you click through to the video on Youtube, you’ll see their parents have uploaded several more hilarious and precious numbers.

2. This recipe for Nutty Seedy Pumpkin Bread

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband LOVES pumpkin. So when the season comes around, I bake pretty much every pumpkin recipe I can get my hands on. This was the second pumpkin bread recipe I’ve made this autumn, and it was delicious. Click on over to The Cozy Kitchen and make it if you, too, are married to (or just are) a pumpkin fiend.

3. Regretsy

I’m late to this bandwagon, but Regretsy is one of the most hilarious sites I’ve found in a long time. As a big etsy fan myself, I’m always bummed to see someone ripping off another artist or selling something as “handmade” and “one of a kind” that’s actually produced in bulk in a warehouse in China. Regretsy is all about calling out those frauds (and the bad policies the company has in place to protect those frauds) with a sense of humor.

4. 750words.com

I’ve told you about this site before, too. While I failed at my goal last month, 750words.com was NOT to blame. They helpfully emailed me every morning to remind me to write. Their site is so user-friendly and easy to use. This month, I’m off to a much better start. If you’re trying to make writing into a habit, definitely take a look at this super-simple site.

5. Fireworks!

We were lucky enough to tag along with a couple of friends to a fancy charity dinner at the Biltmore Estate the other night. We took a mini-tour of the house, we were wined and dined in the highest style, we got to try delicious foods that we would never have ordered for ourselves…

And best of all, there were fireworks. And I. Love. Fireworks.

What were your favorites this week? Leave me your links in the comments! 

Thankful Thursday

I’m starting something new this month. Seeing as it’s the Thanksgiving season, I thought it might be nice to write about (and remind myself of) the many, many things I have to be thankful for. So every Thursday this month, I’m going to devote a post to looking on the brighter side and counting my blessings. Starting now.

Yes. Coffee and tea. I am thankful for warm, comforting drinks.

More than that, I’m thankful that I have the money to buy frilly drinks for myself.
I’m thankful that I work for a company that lets me take all the tea breaks I want, that keeps me stocked with tea and honey, that allows me the chance to look out the window and sip from my mug and think of all the things I am thankful for.

And I’m thankful for my coworkers. This morning, I stopped by Starbucks to buy myself my very favorite frilly coffee drink, a peppermint mocha. In a red cup. With an extra shot of espresso, thankyouverymuch. As the barista made my drink, she said “That’s weird. This is the second peppermint mocha I’ve made for a Corley today.”

Let’s be real. I thought she was wrong. I thought she was thinking of Corey or Carly or even Courtney. I did not consider that she might have actually made a drink for Corley already that day. I am a self-centered jerk who is certain that she is the only Corley in the world, by the way. The thought that there might actually be another Corley wandering the streets of Fletcher, NC was just too upsetting a thought to bear.

But back to the barista. “That IS weird,” I said. “Are you sure it was another Corley?” (See what I mean?)

"Yep," she said. "I hope it wasn’t your friend buying you a coffee. If it was, you’re going to have a serious sugar rush."

Sure enough, when I got to my office, there was a peppermint mocha waiting for me at my desk. (And you’re darn straight I drank them both.) I’m thankful for coworkers who buy me my favorite coffee drinks. For baristas who remember my name and who don’t spit in my coffee when I imply that they might be wrong about the names on the cups. For peppermint, chocolate, espresso, and the magic they make when they are combined.

Also. I’m thankful for these hooligans:

But you knew that already.

What are you thankful for on this Thankful Thursday?

Rabbit Rabbit

If the first words you say on the first of the month are “Rabbit Rabbit,” you’re supposed to have good luck all month long. And if you should happen to forget before you say your first words and end up mumbling something like “coffeeeeeee” or “one more snoooooooooze” instead, you’ve still got a shot. You can reverse the words and make the last thing you say before you fall asleep “tibbar tibbar” and score some good luck points as you drift into dreamland.

That’s my plan for the month. Rabbit Rabbit, a bit of luck, and all my dreams will come true. Because I’ve got big plans for November, just like I’ve got big plans every month…and clearly, I’m going to need a little luck to get this business taken care of.

So Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit.

What are my big plans for November? Well, we should start with the list I couldn’t manage to complete in October, shouldn’t we?

Lose 5 pounds
Paint something (I know I said my Bob Ross costume counts, but let’s be real. It doesn’t.)
Finish 100 Years of Solitude
Write 750 words every day (CREATIVE writing. SEPARATE from this blog. As a part of #NaNoWriMo, to be specific. Along with my friends Jo, Addie, Jamie, Blake, and Stutz. This is happening!)

In addition, I’m planning to

Train for and run the Turkey Trot 5k…in under 35 minutes
Audition for a musical at our local community theatre
Create and stick to an editorial calendar for this blog (Oh yes. Nitty gritty nerdy style. It had to be done.)

What do you think? Are you taking part in #NaNoWriMo this month? Did you make a list of goals that you’re going to need a little luck making good on? And did you SEE that Starbucks brought out the big guns, and by big guns I mean red cups and peppermint mochas?

I can feel it in my bones. November is going to be a great month.

My September Birchbox

Do you know about Birchbox?

With Birchbox, you pay $10 a month to have an ultra-girly glamorous gift delivered to your doorstep every 30 or so days. The gift is filled with samples of different beauty supplies - and if you decide you love any of the products enough to purchase through Birchbox, you get POINTS! Toward more goodies!

This month, I got my first ever Birchbox, and I loved it so much that I made a video to tell you guys about it.

(I’m not sure what happened there with the wackadoodle freeze frame, but you get the point.)

So are you convinced? Are you ready to sign up and start getting your very own box of fancy, girly goodies each month? You could sign up at Birchbox.com…or you could leave me a comment and I could email you an invite, which would earn me points toward free goodies! Totally your call, buddy old pal.

If you know me, you know it was a struggle not to name this post with a fair-related pun (like Fair Ball, Fair Enough, or even Fair is Fair). I love puns. Love them.
Almost as much as I love the fair.

Josh and I headed for the Mountain State Fair on Saturday night. We went last year, too - Josh isn’t a fan, but I look forward to the bright lights, slightly sketchy rides, and elephant ears every year. The Mountain State Fair does not disappoint (Unless you get the lemonade. Just skip the lemonade. Someday we’ll learn our lesson and stop ordering the lemonade.).

We rode the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Ferris Wheel, and the Flying Swings (always a slightly terrifying experience).

Josh said after we got off the swings that he spent half of the ride imagining where he would land if his chains were to snap and send him flying over the crowd. Such an optimist, my hubby.
Why do I like the fair? I love seeing all the bright lights and tacky colors and food vendors. I love taking the most colorful photos I’ll take all year. I love how everything looks like it’s a few decades behind the rest of the world. I love the games we play even though we know they’re rigged and the cheap prizes and the powdered sugar.

I love holding hands with my husband while we wait in line to ride the Ferris Wheel, and I love remembering what it was like to be 14 years old and nervous while I tried to find a way to sit next to my crush on the Scrambler. (Not the upside down ship. Never the upside down ship.)
The fair has been the same for as long as I can remember, and I love that. Everything else can keep up with the times and get all shiny and futuristic, but I hope the fair stays exactly as it is forever. Grimy, smelly, sticky, slightly dangerous, neon, greasy, dusty, and corny.
Perfect.
Click here to see the rest of this year’s Mountain State Fair photos on my flickr. 
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If you know me, you know it was a struggle not to name this post with a fair-related pun (like Fair Ball, Fair Enough, or even Fair is Fair). I love puns. Love them.

Almost as much as I love the fair.

Josh and I headed for the Mountain State Fair on Saturday night. We went last year, too - Josh isn’t a fan, but I look forward to the bright lights, slightly sketchy rides, and elephant ears every year. The Mountain State Fair does not disappoint (Unless you get the lemonade. Just skip the lemonade. Someday we’ll learn our lesson and stop ordering the lemonade.).

We rode the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Ferris Wheel, and the Flying Swings (always a slightly terrifying experience).

Josh said after we got off the swings that he spent half of the ride imagining where he would land if his chains were to snap and send him flying over the crowd. Such an optimist, my hubby.

Why do I like the fair? I love seeing all the bright lights and tacky colors and food vendors. I love taking the most colorful photos I’ll take all year. I love how everything looks like it’s a few decades behind the rest of the world. I love the games we play even though we know they’re rigged and the cheap prizes and the powdered sugar.

I love holding hands with my husband while we wait in line to ride the Ferris Wheel, and I love remembering what it was like to be 14 years old and nervous while I tried to find a way to sit next to my crush on the Scrambler. (Not the upside down ship. Never the upside down ship.)

The fair has been the same for as long as I can remember, and I love that. Everything else can keep up with the times and get all shiny and futuristic, but I hope the fair stays exactly as it is forever. Grimy, smelly, sticky, slightly dangerous, neon, greasy, dusty, and corny.

Perfect.

Click here to see the rest of this year’s Mountain State Fair photos on my flickr. 

My Favorite Things

It’s time again for My Favorite Things!

Favorite Thing #1: Puppy Breath


I met Reno on my lunch break at Earth Fare last week, and it was love at first sight. I sent Josh a string of rapid-fire emails (starting with “Please?” and ending with “Don’t be mad!”) before racing back to the store to take her home before someone else adopted her. I’ve been pretty much too consumed by smelling her puppy breath and teaching her to sit to do much of anything else (hence the week of blog silence…sorry about that).

Favorite Thing #2: Google +

A kind internet stranger heard my plea on Tumblr and sent me over an invite for Google’s latest venture, Google+!

I’ve been too engrossed by Favorite Thing #1 to really spend time digging in, but I can tell it’s going to be my new favorite video-chatter at the very least. I think it’s going to end up functioning in my life as a better curated Facebook (read: No Farmville or notifications about So and So sending me a Courage Heart). If you want an invite, please leave me a comment or send me an email! I’ll be happy to add you to one of my handy new circles.

Favorite Thing #3: My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

This Tumblr is a fantastic look at ye olde hotties of years past, and it’s fantastic. My favorite so far is dapper young Ernest Hemingway, but the entire collection is crushworthy. Even the mugshots.

That’s all for My Favorite Things of this week! Check out last week’s top three list by clicking here.

What were YOUR favorite things of the week?

My Favorite Things

It’s time again for the roundup of my favorite things!

Favorite Thing #1: Develop Socially


You may remember I mentioned writing a post for my friends at Develop Socially. This is a fantastic resource for everyone who works or is interested in the field of social media and online marketing. What’s great about this team is that they are truly here in the interest of building community - a project with such a helpful foundation is SO hard to find these days. I’m hoping to write more for them in the future, and I hope you’ll head over to their site and take a look at the other fantastic posts they provide!

Favorite Thing #2: Alyson Willis Photography

I know I’ve already told you…but I’m going to tell you again anyway how fantastic I think Alyson is. Check out a couple of the photos from our shoot together:

I had such a great time running around the city feeling glamorous with Alyson - she’s a dear friend, fantastic company and a TALENTED photographer! Check out her website, blog, and Facebook page, and be sure to follow her on twitter, too!

Favorite Thing #3: Turntable.fm

Turntable.fm is like a better curated Pandora. You choose your “room” based on what kind of music you want to hear, and then you listen to music hand-selected by up to five real people acting as DJs. It’s perfect as background music while you work and as a perfect resource for discovering new music.

What about you? Any favorites from the week that you’d like to share?

My Favorite Things

I’ve decided to start giving you guys a weekly installment of my favorite things (online and off). I don’t really think we need more explanation that that, do you?

Favorite Thing #1: Allison Weiss
Our friend Allison rolled through town on her latest tour and crashed on our air mattress after her show at Club Hairspray here in Asheville. She and Josh shared a show at an art museum in Hickory, NC a few years ago, and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. Check out the video below for my favorite of her new songs, and visit her website at www.allisonw.com to hear even more fantastic music!

(more favorite things after the jump…)

Favorite Thing #2: Thumbs Up For ‘Wock and Woll!’
So pretty much everyone on the internet has seen this video by now, but I love this year’s inspirational speech kid. (You may remember this post about how much I loved last year’s inspirational wunderkind.) Click the video to have your heart warmed and your spirits lifted.

Favorite Thing Number 3: The Schultzes
Every few months, I like to make time to look at our engagement and wedding albums from Cheyenne and Geoff Schultz, our fantastic photographers. Each time I look through those photos, I remember those days perfectly. Flossing my teeth with a piece of hair in the car on the way to meet Cheyenne and Geoff in Charlotte. (Gross. I know. Don’t judge!) What a good sport Josh was for our engagement session and how much fun we were having by the end. My nerves before they opened the doors to the church and my absolute joy when I saw Josh standing there waiting for me, cool as a cucumber.

Our photographers were one of my top priorities when it came to planning our wedding day, and I am as thrilled as I ever was that we found Cheyenne and Geoff. I can’t recommend them enough. They were perfect, as photographers and as our friends.

So what were your favorite things of the week? Leave your links in the comments!