Thursday, February 04, 2016

TBT: The Reds

The Reds with their Schwinns in sunny California.  #pattonmemories

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The gym

I joined the YMCA a few weeks ago.  Then I bought work out pants.  Last week I went for the "get started" session.  #babysteps  I didn't have time to go home and change and I thought the trainer would be showing me around the place and telling me about the equipment.  She saw me and said, "you aren't dressed to work out?"  I told her I thought she'd be showing me around and she said, "that's a tour".  OK then.  Tonight I went back for my real "get started" session and it was great.  I am interested in doing weights so she showed me how all the machines work and I tried each of them out.  I think I'm going to like #workingoutatheY

Monday, February 01, 2016

Subway reading

I'm really enjoying this book and even carving out time to read at home (that's something!).

From  The Sound of Gravel:  RUTH WARINER was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father―the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony―is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.
In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl’s fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beehive Brunch

Back by popular demand: The Beehive Brunch.  Or Linner since church gets out at 2:30pm and it was between Lunch and Dinner.  We had Belgian waffles with fruit and sausage.  These girls are delightful.  #ilovemycalling #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Elvis Cookies

Cookies are not part of #themattdamondiet but sharing them is.  These are Elvis Cookies from the Food Network Magazine and they have bananas, chocolate chips, pretzels AND bacon in them.  #EPtreatofthemonth #bakesomeonehappy #amireallynoteatingany #iamreallynoteatingany

Gifts and Givers

Today at the antique shop I saw this book called Gifts and Givers from a wedding.  My favorite part is the right column"Acknowledged".  Every single gift had a check mark.  #sendthankyous #iloveantiquing


I went antiquing today at OMG Antiques with my friends Natalie and Alyssa.  We all found treasures!  #iloveantiquing

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fun fabric

I saw this fabric three days ago on Sunny Day Fabric and today a yard was in my mailbox!  #ilovesewing #ilovefabric #youcantmakeanythingifyoudonthavefabric


I love that my friends think of me when they are ready to part with their typewriters. #icollecttypewriters

The birthday boy

Happy Birthday to my younger brother John who I call "Walt".  He's the other half of "the Reds" (my mom's name for us), a good friend to all, and one of the best singles ward bishops in the church.  And he can rock a Peter Pan collar.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Studio Carta

 A few years ago I saw an article about Studio Carta in Martha Stewart Magazine and it looked like the coolest place.  It's not far away in Brookline.  Today my friend Aimee and I had an appointment to go and it was amazing!  Angela Liguori is so gracious and lovely and it was like ribbon heaven! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sister Missionary panel

Tonight's Young Women activity was a sister missionary panel with nine amazing women in the ward: Sisters Dunavin, Parent, Palmer, Daybell, Browning, Taylor, Parry, Johnson and Sweeney.  They shared spiritual experiences, embarrassing moments, told what their best piece of clothing was and something about the culture of where they served.  It was fantastic!  The girls were captivated by the stories.  I had my friend design missionary tags and I gave them each a fake mission call.  It was a great night! #wearemormon #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #plustwovisitors #sistermissionaries

Tuesday, January 26, 2016