Monday, January 31, 2011

Mascara Revolution

For years and years, I suppose as long as I've been wearing mascara, I've dealt with daily raccoon eyes. After every shower or at the end of a long day, there would be more mascara under my eyes than on my lashes. When first realizing this annoyance as a teen, I went to my mother for help and she opened my eyes (no pun intended) to the wonderful world of eye make-up remover. I used hers for a while (thanks Mom), but eventually began buying my own.....and have used it daily for years...I'm talking decades (OK not really). But I could probably own stock in this stuff.

My lifesaver
 Well.....I recently became the glad recipient of a sample size tube of Clinique mascara. I loved the color and the ease with which I could apply it, but the greatest and most exciting thing happened after a day of wear....NO dark circles. And after my shower....NO black streaks running down my face. I was flabbergasted! I even shrieked for Jameson to come quickly and observe the lack of dark, scary raccoon eyes. He of course was not as keyed up about this as I was.
But, I believed I have found my new lifesaver......better mascara!!!
Now the question is...does the prospect of never having to buy eye make-up remover again justify the pricier mascara? In the long run, is using higher quality mascara better for my eyes because I'm no longer subjecting the tender, under eye area to daily remover residue? Or do I just want a reason to buy nice mascara?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

Today is my mother-in-law Vickie's birthday!! We were sad to not be able to celebrate with her, but hope she is having a lovely day!
To a lady that does so much for so many, today I hope she does something for herself!!
Happy Birthday!!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

pancake party

Last Saturday Jameson and I stayed in our pajamas for a little longer than socially acceptable and made a fabulous brunch. The main course was sour cream pancakes from Pioneer Woman's cookbook (which I love). Jameson initially turned his nose up at the name of these pancakes, and watched me with very disapproving and judging eyes as I mixed the ingredients together. His doubt of the tastiness of these pancakes actually began to make me worried that I wouldn't like them either. Growing up I was quite picky, and sadly if I'm not careful, I feel those tendencies creeping up again. But thankfully they were fabulous....even better than that...they were incredible. We will be making them again!!
First taste....
What I love about this picture: his sleepy and puffy eyes, messed up bed hair, and utter confusion as to how to get the plastic off the syrup. Haha! Love it.


 We aren't ready for this snowy season to end. Bring it on.....we want more snow!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My fashion critic

Monday night Laura and Sadie came over for a quick visit. I was already bundled in my comfy p.j. wear for the evening which included a long sleeve t-shirt, baggy pants, thick socks, my bathrobe (that I think is 100 years old but my absolute favorite), and....................... my glasses.
I have very poor vision. Very bad. I'm practically blind. The lenses in my glasses are quite thick.
Not many people have seen me in my glasses.
Sweet little Sadie walks in and her first words are:

OOOhhhhhh Aunt Meme, you have on such funny glasses.
Oh those are silly.
Don't have those on Aunt Meme!
You look like a monster. You have monster eyes.
Those are boy's glasses.
Those glasses are for boys!
You have funny eyes.

I believe I'll be wearing my contacts the next time she pays me a visit.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A little help from my friend

Heavy, exhausting, draining Monday, weighing on my shoulders.
I'm enjoying some quiet time with the husband; him reading Volquest at the kitchen table, me doing dishes.
Pandora streaming from his computer.
Joe Cocker's With A Little Help From My Friends begins playing.
Love this song. Bluesy, soulful, meaningful.
He says....."Let's dance!"
Me with soap covered hands, him with his workout clothes still on......dancing in the kitchen.
Uninhibited, pure emotion, dancing like no one else exists.
Dancing turns to impromptu lip-singing concert.
Laughter, smiles, heartfelt moment.
Memory to have forever.
My Monday melts away.
With a little help from my best friend.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Adventures in cooking

Last week I made a pasta dish from my best friend Ree's Tasty Kitchen site called Bacon Parmesan Pasta. YUM!! Just the name of it is appetizing; I mean what can be bad about bacon, Parmesan, and one dish!?

The first step in making this is frying the bacon. I'm not very good at frying bacon. Quite frankly I'm not very good at frying anything (which maybe is some kind of innate or subconscious attribute to prevent me from eating unhealthy things) Or more likely, the reason I'm not skilled at frying is because I rarely do it....because I'm scared. I'm scared of the popping grease....terrified....petrified.....I hate it. But, I was determined to make this dish so I had to find a way to get through it. My solution??
Full coverage. No skin exposed.

Brilliant right??
Beautiful, tasty, wonderful bacon...without the pain!
The dish turned out OK but honestly it was not my favorite. The bacon was a little overpowering. I tried to combat that by adding triple the amount of crushed red pepper ( I love spicy stuff!), but it didn't really help.

Jameson on the other hand LOVED it, and so did the neighbors. The neighbors are both my guinea pigs and trash disposal. After cooking, I try to send them a serving to get their opinion and to prevent our fridge from being full of uneaten's a good relationship.
Hopefully this week's adventures will be better!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Potty mouth

Last Saturday, Jameson and I watched Sadie while Laura, Robert, Mom and Gary went to see Bill Cosby at TPAC (very jealous!) As usual, we had a really fun time with Sadie; we spent our day painting, napping (just me and Sadie of course), painting nails, playing house, making and eating pizza, and using Jameson as a jungle gym.
One of her favorite things is to stack pillows on Jameson's lap and pretend she is riding a horse. It's pretty comical.

During dinner, Sadie and I watched a little football with Jameson. Since Sadie is probably not very accustomed to watching football, Jamo and I tried to explain the basics to her and involve her in the game. We told her which team we were pulling for, and encouraged her to pick a team as well.
"Sadie, do you want the red team or white team to win??"  "RED!!!" she would exclaim, "Go RED guys!"
In attempts to further involve her in the game, I tried to point out specific players that had the ball, so she would be able to follow along with the action.
"Look Sadie, watch number 33, the guy there with the big butt, watch him, he is going to run with the ball"
During this particular drive, number 33 (Michael Turner of the Falcons) had many carries, which of course prompted me to say... "Look Sadie, there he is again, big butt number 33!"

Well little did I know, Sadie's tiny ears were paying very close attention to what I was saying...and she was not impressed.

Laura told me that the next day Sadie immediately tattled on me....
"MOM....Aunt Meme said BUTT, she said look at number 33 with the big BUTT...that's not a nice word...she isn't supposed to say that!!!"
Needless to say I was a little embarrassed. I had no idea my sweet little niece was viewing me with such disapproving eyes, that she was so disappointed with my potty mouth. I thought she idolized me. Instead she was traumatized and tattled on me.
I've definitely learned my time I will spell butt!!!     ;)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Am I the only one at work???

Oh the Monday blues!!
It was such a struggle to get out of bed and get going this morning. The sun was also quite slow in making its appearance...I tried to convince myself that there is no way it could really be 6 am because it was too dark outside. But alas it was 6 am, actually 6:25 by the time I rolled out of bed, and the sun was hiding behind a deary, cloudy sky.
Jameson didn't have school today, and it was tough to get ready for work while watching him sleep, snuggled warm and cozy in our bed. I stared at him with glaring, malicious eyes, finding myself resenting him for being able to sleep in (I really like sleeping, it's my favorite). He must have felt my intense glare, because he became restless and eventually woke up, immediately asking if he should start my car for me. What a sweetheart right?? Of course my resentment then melted away, for the most part, and I was able to finish getting ready without giving him the stink eye.
Once on my way to work, I again doubted whether or not I got up at the right time because there was no one on the roads!! It was 10 minutes into my trip before I passed another car. Then it hit me, today is a holiday, most people don't have to work today! My foggy, sleepy brain didn't put those two things together while watching Jameson peacefully sleep.
I thoroughly enjoyed my effortless commute this morning, but it was such an isolated and forlorn feeling to be one of only a few people who had to get up, go to work, and suffer through this rainy, slow-moving Monday.
Ohhhh 4:30...please hurry and get here!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

Today is my dear friend Laurel's birthday.

Her name rhymes with Floral. She has fabulous red hair. She's the proud owner of a deaf cat. She makes great fruit salsa and eggplant Parmesan. She is a fabulous planner and always prepared. She loves mother earth and treats it with care. Her wit is uncanny and keeps me in stitches.
My husband loves her, and so do I. 


Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Favorite Soup

I'm definitely a soup girl. Love, love, love soup. Especially in the winter. When it's 30 degrees outside, I'm not sure you can beat a hot bowl of soup, sharp cheddar cheese, and warm bread or crackers.

On Sunday, before all motivation left me with the onset of snow, I made a pot of Tomato Dill Soup. Paula Dean's Tomato Dill Soup. It is fabulous (not tooting my own horn here, just Paula's).
The first time I made this soup, my sister was lucky enough to be at my house dropping something off and went home with a container of soup to test. She loved it, and so did I. So this time I made enough to share with ol' sister again (she requested it numerous times) and my Mom. I received such positive reviews, and demands to have the recipe, that I decided to share it here.
Of course all credit is due to Ms. Paula Dean. The recipe is found in her book entitled Paula Dean's Kitchen Classics; I highly recommend it.

Tomato Dill Soup
3 cups peeled and diced fresh tomatoes, or one 28 oz can
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/3 to 1/2 cup white wine
1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
3 tbs chopped fresh dill
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped parseley
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine first 7 ingredients. Cook over medium heat about 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Here are my variations:
I used a 28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes.
I processed the tomatoes and onion in a food processor just a little bit because I didn't want chuncky soup.
I used chicken broth instead of white wine.
I used a little more than 3 tbs of chopped dill; the dill flavor is so wonderful!

Thank you Paula!!


Well, I realized this morning that it has been a week since my last blog past. Unacceptable.

I believe the snow has made me lazy. Something about the way it makes everything seem slow moving and quiet makes me want to burrow in a quilt and not move. Most of the snow has melted in Nashville, but in Dickson there is still a blanket of white covering all surfaces. By the time we get home in the evenings, the sun is already setting, and our silent snow-covered surroundings prompt me to hurry inside get settled in for the evening as quickly as possible.
So needless to say, I haven't given a second thought to blogging. I'm much too cold and concerned about the warmth of my toes to think of things to share.

As much as I've enjoyed the beauty of the snow this week, I believe I'm ready for it to melt away and thus bring back my motivation. Hopefully.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


This week, much to my surprise, has FLOWN by!! I was soo dreading coming back to work, and quite frankly it really hasn't been that bad! I find it hard to believe that today is Thursday; of course some of that could be attributed to the fact that I didn't know what day it was for most of Monday and Tuesday.
But it is Thursday and I'm stoked!!

I brought a super yummy (and healthy) lunch, some not so healthy (but delicious) snacks, and the sun is shining!! Jameson has to work tonight, which is sad, but also means I have the house to myself. I plan to do some yoga and then watch hours of girly TV, including Grey's Anatomy. So excited. For years I enjoyed this show with my girlfriends; it was a weekly ritual to get together and drool over McDreamy and cry with Meredith. My already wonderful Thursday could be greatly improved if my girlfriends (who I miss very much) would come over, bring fattening snacks, a box of tissues, some gossip magazines, and crash my house for an evening of shameless girliness!!

Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


So, it's already January 5th, and it seems I'm a little behind on pondering my New Year's resolutions. (Our as one of our consumers recently called them, 'revolutions').
I believe I've been in denial that the new year was actually upon us, and was heartbroken that Christmas was actually over, and that I actually had to return to work, and actually work while there.
But the truth must be's 2011 now, and time to make some resolutions. I, like many other people, don't always do well at keeping resolutions. But maybe there will be something different about 2011, maybe I will tap into some previously unrealized vat of motivation, maybe I will become more productive and focused than Jameson, maybe I will conquer the world and eliminate hunger.....all not likely. But there are a few things I'd like to work on.

- Take my vitamins everyday. I've always wanted to be better at taking vitamins, but I suppose I've lacked motivation. But this year is different; I'm SO sick of my short hair and I'm hoping taking multi-vitamins will make it grow super fast!! (It worked for my girlfriends who've taken pre-natal here's hoping!)

-Exercise. It is absolutely ridiculous that I get out of breath when I climb a set of stairs. Ridiculous. So I bought some yoga/pilates dvds, some work-out attire, and hope to get my heart-rate up at least twice a week.

-Continue to learn about photography. I am determined to master this craft. I bought a book about 35mm photography from Amazon for $2.50 (waahooo!) and hope to practice, practice, practice. Anybody want their picture taken?? It's hard to find pretty, inanimate objects to take pictures of in the winter... everything is dead and brown. So let me know if you want to be my guinea pig.

-Continue to learn about cooking, sewing, home-making, and gardening (how old does that make me sound???). This is a resolution that is on-going. Mastering these 'talents' will take me a long time, but since Jameson and I are kid-less, now is the perfect time to tackle them.

Happy New Year!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Back to reality

Oh what a harsh, harsh reality to be back at work today! I've been off work since December 22nd, and it was such a wonderful break!

As expected, Jameson and I were super busy:

Friday afternoon we headed to McMinnville for Christmas Eve celebrations with his Mom's side of the family.
Then back to Dickson Friday night.
We slept soundly at our own house Christmas Eve and woke to a wonderful present..... a White Christmas morning!! It was quite a memorable morning for our first Christmas together as a married couple!! (cheesy, cheesy, cheesy....I know...I can't help it)
Then we headed to my parent's house for our traditional breakfast and opening of presents.
Next we all loaded up and traveled to Winchester for the Clardy Christmas with Gary's family.
After that, Jameson and I departed from my family (tear!) and headed back to McMinnville for celebrations at Nana's house with aunts, uncles, and first cousins from Jameson's Dad's side.
And THEN, we made the short trek to Jameson's parent's house for final Christmas day activities with the immediate family. 4 Christmases in one day!!
Sunday we went to church and enjoyed a pot-luck get together with Jameson's Dad's extended family. It was quite the family reunion!
Monday we went back to Dickson to have lunch with my Dad at my sister and brother-in-law's home. (awesome meatloaf Laura!!!)
Then back to McMinnville Monday afternoon to hang with Jameson's cousin and brother that night, and spend a few more days with the Bouldins.

It was a busy, busy, busy few days, but we felt so blessed to have such a great family to spend the holiday with! The sad thing about such a whirlwind break is how quickly it goes by. It's as if I blinked and the next thing I know I'm sitting at my desk unable to recall what day it is, and trying to remember how to turn my computer on. It took me till nearly 11 o'clock today to feel slightly coherent as to my surroundings, and remember exactly what my job duties are.
Hopefully my acclamation process will be quick, and my sadness for the abrupt passing of our Christmas holiday will subside as Tuesday comes around.
Here are a few photos from our memorable, whirlwind Christmas 2010! (Note there aren't any of Jameson and I...what was I thinking?!)