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I stayed glued to my computer screen on Friday, as so many did, trying to find updates on the shooting and hoping beyond hope that it wasn’t as bad as everyone feared. It was.
I received a phone call early Sunday morning from my mom with the news that my 17 year old cousin was in a serious car crash and is now in a coma.
Josh turned to me as I cried and said “If we have kids, they will not drive. We will keep them locked in the basement and home school them.”
While this is obviously not what we’d do, it’s what part of me will want to do. We live in a big scary world. A beautiful world, but a scary one.
When Josh took me to China to meet his dad before we got engaged, I knew several people who warned me to be careful because it’s so “dangerous” in China.
I tell Josh to be careful every day because it’s dangerous here.
We can’t live in fear, no matter how much of a struggle it is to choose to hope. I know that the only thing that I can do is try to be better and love more.
This prayer of St. Francis is one to live by, especially in times like this:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Our hearts and prayers are with all the lives touched by the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and with my cousin and his family.
Bryan and I own a bungalow built in 1920. We’ve lived here for nearly 4 years and have been blessed to not have to do too much work to it. Besides replacing an appliance and doing some work in the backyard this past summer, we haven’t done anything other than paint a couple of rooms.
I’ve never liked the tile in the shower, but it was at the bottom of our to-do list. From the moment I first saw the house I had a minor kitchen reno in mind for about 3-5 years down the road. Unfortunately for me the grout in the shower has decided it didn’t like being there anymore and we had some serious concerns about water damage. So as of yesterday we started with a major bathroom renovation. I guess its not too major as we’re keeping the flooring, the sink, and the toilet. But it is major in the fact that we’ll be living without a shower (in a one bathroom house, no less) for nearly 2 weeks. Weeeeeeeeeee!
I’ll have a full report for you afterwards, but I thought you might like to see our before’s and some of my inspiration. Just humor me, okay?
Here’s what we’re working with:
This is from the doorway looking in. We have a shower, sink, radiator, toilet, and built ins surrounding the toilet.
We actually had the shower curtain made a few months after we moved in. This bathroom was also eggplant purple when we moved in and we painted it the blue that first year as well.
Here’s our sink area. There is a small cabinet/cubby type thing to the left of it beside the shower.
Here’s the toilet area. Not too much will change here.
Here’s another angle of the shower. It’s positioned a little weird, so we had to have a custom shower curtain made to accomodate that back end.
I can’t believe I’m about to show you this, but here goes…
The reason for this whole mess. Yeah, that towel rack in the middle of the shower is not at all functional. And the grout is some of the nastiest I’ve ever seen.
Here’s a look at the far end of the shower. I have to say, I kind of like having that shelf there. It comes in handy for all my woman shower products.
Now onto some inspiration! We wanted to keep the bathroom consistent with the age and the feel of the house.
I liked the light and openness of this bathroom. The tile is period correct and we were really thinking about going with the glass shower.
I’m not going to lie. When I first saw this one I simply said “meow!” The marble, the flooring, and the glass. It just does it for me.
This one is most true to the direction we’re heading. We are going with white subway tiles and are having marble added to the top and surrounding the tub and adding some wood treatment to the front of it to make it more built in.
I’m so excited to see progress happening. In a way I feel like we’re making this house just a little bit more ours.
I’ll keep you posted.
It’s inevitable that every year, around this time, our life starts to kick up a notch. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that fall in TN makes everyone want to party (which is completely understandable), or if it’s kind of pre-gaming for holiday madness, but I find that every weekend starts to have multiple events.
We just had a wonderful, crazy, so very full weekend, and now I need a few days off. Too bad I have to wait until Friday.
As if normal fall insanity isn’t enough, this happened last Thursday:
Our poor Minerva got fixed. This led to a weekend of keeping her locked up in our temporarily dismantled office. Funny how cats completely don’t understand the concept of not jumping and climbing on everything. So much whining and crying, and I was only responsible for about half of the crying. It was rough. However, apparently the male cats in the neighborhood were starting to get a little too interested in her. Hussy.
In good news, I successfully made a dairy free, gluten free, delicious cornbread for a party over the weekend. That recipe will be coming soon! We have a lots of allergies in our group of friends, and a great longing for cornbread, so I decided to rise to the challenge.
Anyone else feeling the fall craziness? Or are you just bracing yourself for next month?
It’s not even November, hell it’s barely mid-October, and I’m totally over the election season. I’ve gotten to the point where I give my husband the evil eye should he mention either one of the candidates or worse, a debate.
Is it too much to ask to be able to keep your political opinions to yourself?
A friend of mine posted on Facebook last week that election season is like a magic sorting hat of who to “unfriend” or “mute”. Which is totally true. I find the same true for American Idol and other reality contests. If you post about it, there will be consequences. Granted the poster may not know about it, but I sure enjoy that moment of satisfaction on my end.
The Pioneer Woman’s website has been one of Allyn and my favorites for a very long time. Last week after a political debate she posted about her hair. I loved that. Yes there are bigger issues in life, but that doesn’t mean we all need to talk about it.
So, on that note, what’s your favorite superficial subject?
It’s a disgusting morning here in TN, the kind of morning when you just want to curl up at home and whine. As I drove into work, I was grumbling in my head about the fact that it’s a rainy Monday, and all I really want to do is go back to bed.
Then I got to work, and had an email waiting for me. This email included an update on a woman I know who is doing what very few else will do. She has moved out to Los Angeles, and is devoting her life to rescuing women (and very young girls) from the terrifying and heartbreaking world of human trafficking.
Her latest update is here, and I think everyone, regardless of religion or lack thereof, can agree that compared to the women she rescues, we have so much to be thankful for.
We don’t normally post things of a serious nature on this blog, but I encourage everyone to read through her blog and regain some perspective on this Monday morning. I know that I needed it today.
Alternate Title: Best Weekend of my Life
This past weekend was the first annual Cochon Heritage BBQ Festival & National Bourbon Month kickoff in Memphis.
A three day festival bringing nationally recognized chefs to come together to learn, eat, and compete focusing on the heritage pig and some awesome bourbon.
There was a Cochon weekend competition earlier in the year in Memphis, but Bryan and I missed it as we were out of town. I heard it was incredible and when they announced this event I knew I would not miss it for the world.
We purchased tickets to two events. Even though they were normally out of our budget, I knew it was something worth saving for.
Friday night was the kick off event on the rooftop of the Peabody. For $50 a person it was all you can eat appetizer portions from 8 different restaurants and all you can drink specialty cocktails mixed by the best local bartenders featuring bourbon. The weather was amazingly cooperative giving Isaac was in the area. It was a beautiful night on the rooftop overlooking the Mississippi River.
And the cocktails! Amazing. Allyn and I have been planning a spring bourbon country tour and this whole event really made Bryan and I super excited for the spring. I can’t even describe some of the cocktails as they are totally out of our beer-loving realm.
Saturday morning Bryan took a group on a 5.55k run around the neighborhood before the bloody mary/oytster/bacon brunch. Attendees could also do a BBQ tour of Memphis and had some seminars set up. That evening a few of the chefs collaborated on a “pop up” dinner. We didn’t go, but heard it was amazing.
The second event that we attended was Sunday afternoon and was the culmination of the whole weekends activities. Eight chef driven teams competed against one another. They had to cook 4 pork dishes with separate requirements and 2 side dishes (one mayo based and one mustard based). We started off the afternoon at a local restaurant across the street from the main venue. We had more bourbon cocktails: Bourbon with bacon bitters and bourbon, orange bitters, and Proseco topped off with a bourbon cherry. We also enjoyed fresh oysters and a build your own BLT bar with three different types of bacon. Le sigh…
After about an hour of mingling and bourbon drinking it was time to go over and do some tasting. Attendees can sample everything at every one of the teams tables. Below is just some of the stuff available at one of the team’s tables.
There was a lot of food to try. I don’t think we even hit up half of the teams it was so much food.
In conclusion, I will be singing the praises of this event for at least the next six months and then I will be switching to gearing up for the next years event.
For more information visit the Heritage BBQ site.
You guys, we were totally woken up by a thunderstorm last night! It was amazing!
Middle TN has been in the midst of a drought, and we’ve been praying for rain.
We’ve still got a long way to go to get back to normal water levels, but let me just say, I don’t know that I’ve ever been so happy to be woken up in the middle of the night.
Anything else exciting happen this weekend?