Saturday, October 23, 2010

Living Room!

Joining up with Kelly again for the Tour of Homes! I know this week is nursery/kids room week, but since our only "kids" have four legs and a lot of fur, I am doing a living room post since I missed that one a few weeks ago.

Here is our mantel! The painting is one I bought for Taylor in New Orleans for Christmas one year when we were dating. The cool little wooden sculpture is the one item we bought and brought home from our honeymoon. It is an African carving of the Last Supper. I LOVE it.

View into the kitchen. Taylor thought to put books up there over the door. We need all the book space we can get!

View back towards the front door.

The weather has been so beautiful around here that I've been leaving our french doors open when I'm home during the day.
The rug in this room is a temporary fix until we can find and/or afford something a little nicer and more colorful!

Taylor is SO proud of this--the red stag he killed on a family hunting trip to Argentina. You should have seen my brother-in-law in the process of hanging this thing up there...I was just sure he was gonna fall and break every bone in his body.

A couple of my favorite pieces of pottery--both wedding gifts.

Thanks for stopping in! Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, October 15, 2010

25 Things

Ok, so remember when that 25 things "note" was going around facebook, and everybody took part, even the people who never take part in lists or forwards like that? Well, I randomly rediscovered mine the other day, when I was poring over my facebook, after going to see The Social Network (and yes, there will be a movie review for it coming up soon! In short though--GO SEE IT!). Anyway--as I read back through it, I realized that I really liked my list! So I am posting it here--with a few addendums.

25 Things:

1. I consider Super Bowl Sunday a holiday.

2. I am a little too obsessed with my dog, Teddy. He was my wedding gift from Taylor, and I consider him my practice child. He has several nicknames, including "precious", "little ted", "darlin", and "the weenie".

3. I am both embarrassed by and thankful of the fact that my husband is a wayyy better cook than I am. I'm working on it though! If I can just learn to bake well, we'll be the dream team!

4. I want to live in Nashville and New York. And Jackson. Simultaneously.

5. I am VERY excited about being a dentist. But some days I want to be a singer, or a broadcast journalist, or a personal trainer, or a labor and delivery nurse, or a senator. It's a bummer that I have to choose.

6. My next project, after I graduate from dental school, is learning French and Italian.

7. I am currently reading the Fountainhead. I read Atlas Shrugged several years back and have been meaning to tackle this one for a long time. (I am of course finished with the book now--it was a great read! I'm now currently reading New York Days by Willie Morris--and my board review books).

8. I love to dance, but people usually laugh at me when I do! I've decided to take it as a compliment.

9. I have sung in 14 weddings. (I think this number is up to 20 or so now).

10. About once every 6 months, I have an insatiable desire to play Super Nintendo. Not Playstation, or Xbox, or the Wii. Super Nintendo.

11. I have been to Italy, South Africa, Spain, and Belize. I can't wait to go to Greece, France, Chile, and Thailand. Not to mention anywhere else a plane will take me. (Since writing this I have been to Paris, France! I am so thankful to have had that amazing experience. We've got another big trip on the horizon that I am SUPER excited about--I'll be blogging about that soon!)

12. I love the Lord and I am so grateful for the fellowship of believers with which he has blessed me. My friends are the salt of the earth--as is my husband.

13. Speaking of Taylor--he is incredible. He puts up with my idiosyncracies and quirks and he still loves me! He is a well of patience and forgiveness, he is the sweetest and funniest guy I know, and my life is more joyful because I am married to him!

14. Dance parties are my favorite.

15. I am also slightly obsessed with working out. I love pushing myself to the limit. And I love encouraging others to do their best when it comes to fitness and nutrition.

16. I want to run a marathon one day, but I'm scared that I won't be able to finish.

17. My favorite instrument is the cello. I wish I could play it.

18. If you play Britney's "Womanizer" or Spice Girls' "Wannabe" you will learn #s 8 and 14 firsthand.

19. I've never seen any of the Star Wars movies. I realized that this calls into question my status as an American. I need to see them. Movies I think everyone should see: Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Steel Magnolias.

20. I wish I were smarter and more decisive/direct.

21. I am going to plant a garden this spring! I want to grow peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes! (We did plant the garden, and we ate from it that whole summer! Although our squash and cucumbers cross pollinated to create giant mutant vegetables...but that's another story...)

22. I have a WONDERFUL family. This includes in-laws.

23. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love oatmeal with peanut butter, berries, or almonds.

24. I am so thankful for the things I have--but I have too much! When I got married 8 months ago I promised myself that I wouldn't buy any clothing, shoes, or jewelry for a year (I did accept gifts for bday or Christmas if that's what someone gave me). I'm thinking about extending it to 2 years. It has been wonderful. (We have now been married for two and a half years. I finished out the full year of not purchasing any of the above items. I didn't extend it to 2--honestly, because I love to shop! But it made me very mindful of how and when I do purchase things.)

25. I'm a planner. I love to plan!

Hope this gave you a little insight into who I am!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fair Date!

Tonight Taylor and I went to the Missisippi State Fair! It's one of my favorite pasttimes this time of year. I've long since ceased riding all the crazy rides (due to an unfortunate incident my freshman year of college when I saw some popcorn and a coke I'd eaten, well, after I had eaten it), but I love to go and people watch--and let me tell you, there is some VERY interesting people watching at the state fair--and maybe play a game or two! Taylor loves to show off and win me a stuffed animal. He's a cutie.

Here's one of the fair staples--it's been there for years and years, way before I was born I think. I remember as a kid that whoever brought Malone's Taffy in their lunchbox at school was envied and everyone always tried to trade whatever they had brought for a couple of pieces!

We stopped in the petting zoo to see all the cute little goats and alpacas, camels (!), etc. This little guy was SUPER eager--I think he had been fed plenty of carrots today already! You could buy them at a table nearby for a couple of bucks to give to the animals.

This one was kinda shy.

Ok...and here is possibly one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen. I heard about it on the radio a couple of days ago and refused to believe it...until I saw this:

You have GOT to be kidding me. I think if you eat one of these, your life expectancy may decrease by 6-12 months. I can feel my arteries congealing already...
Although I will say, I thoroughly enjoyed a Pronto Pup (footlong corn dog, for those who may not know what that is), and Taylor and I split a funnel cake. But hey, that's what the fair is for, right? A little bit of a fried indulgence every now and then, in moderation, is fine by me!

I always love to see this off in the distance--it makes me think of my childhood. This giant cone is big, but it seemed unbelievably huge when I was a kid!

Make time for a date with your husband/wife this week!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Kitchen Time!

Welcome to our kitchen!

Here is the breakfast area:
I love my kitchen window!

The stove. I would love to have a gas one someday! I love my "S" over there in the corner--it was a gift from my best friend, Emily.
I sort of have a love/hate relationship with the fruit bowl that's painted as the backsplash. When we first looked at the house, I hated it. Then we bought it, moved in, and painted the walls in the kitchen--and it sort of seemed to go along with the color scheme! So the jury's still out on that one.

The next few pictures are of some of the art (or art-y things) in our kitchen. We are big believers in art and literature, and in being surrounded by them both!
These are Wolfe birds that I have perched on the windowsill--beautiful little pieces of art that are done by a local studio in my town. These were wedding gifts.

These are pictures from our honeymoon! I can't remember if I've ever talked about it on the blog before--we went to South Africa! Half the time we were in beachy Cape Town, and half the time we were on a safari in the African bush. It was amazing. I was pretty much singing "It's the ciiiircle of liiiiife!" from the Lion King in a replaying loop in my head the entire time as we rode around looking for animals. It's a whole 'nother world over there! From left to right: zebra, lions, giraffe, rhino.

Here is a sweet little piece of art that one of my very first patients made for me. She took a picture of some pansies, and then picked a few and dried them, overlaying them onto the photo. I wish I were creative like that! I told this lady that I was moving into a new house, and at her next appointment she brought this for me as a housewarming gift. So thoughtful!!

Really cool pic of a blues musician. We love the blues! Taylor is an excellent harmonica player, and we are both big fans of blues music.

This plate belonged to my grandmother, Mimi. I am so happy to have it in my kitchen as a reminder of her!

Taylor and his family bought this on a trip they took to Argentina. From what I understand, it is a photo of a really cool building in Buenos Aires.

I gave this to Taylor for his birthday a couple of years ago--a lady at a local farmer's market does paintings of pets and houses on reclaimed wood. It's kinda folksy, and I love it!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Finally Fall, Y'all!

Yesterday was the most wonderful, pleasant, easy day I have had in a long time! Taylor and I went to church, then came home and just sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I studied for about five hours, which I will admit was not exactly what I would have chosen if I had my 'druthers, but if you have to study, my gosh I hope you get to do it outside in weather like this! We opened the french doors in our living room all the way and left them that way! Taylor put on some good music inside, and it floated out to the backyard at just the right volume. I sat at the outdoor table, and he said up his "deerstand" (aka the stepladder) in one corner of the yard and practiced shooting his bow:

The bow portion of hunting season officially started Friday, so as I joke to my friends, Taylor headed to the deer camp, and I will see him again next February. Ha! No--he is actually really great about always talking to me first before he decides to go up the camp--so I try to always be great about saying I am fine with it! When he goes for a few days in a row, he always comes in and sees me at lunchtime. He is such a wonderful husband, I figure I can let him get away with some extra man-nights at the deercamp this time of year!

I love getting this kind of picture from him when he is in a tree, usually with a caption like, "Wow, look at this amazing creature I found in the woods....":

Ha! I really do love that he is such an outdoorsman--I think being involved in hunting and fishing especially from a young age instills responsibility, and respect for God's creation--and for him, it is such a wonderful time for the men in his family to be together. I look forward to his taking our kids along with him one day!

Yesterday while we were outside, the dogs got scared of the "whoosing" noise that Taylor's arrows made as they shot across the yard. There are two things that scare Ruby to death--those arrows, and the vacuum cleaner. The way she runs from those things, you would think they were the devil himself! So funny. I didn't realized they weren't outside with us at first (because the doors were open.) When I realized they weren't around, I went inside to check it out, and this is what I found when I went to our bedroom:
Guess they found a safe spot!

And one last pic:

The beautiful Bougainvillea in our backyard--the one plant I haven't managed to kill! My thumb is not green. It's not even brown. It's black. Oh yes. I get it from my mother. If we look at plants, they die. Pretty much immediately. Sigh--oh well...I am working on it! At least I can keep people's teeth healthy, right? ;) They say life's a trade-off!

Hope you have a great Monday!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dining Room, and a little bit o' Autumn

I'm jumping in on the home tour again, albeit a couple of days behind, but here is a little glimpse into our dining room! We use it when we entertain larger groups--anything over four people, really. The table and chairs were handed down to us from Taylor's great aunt Eris, as were several other pieces we have in the house (you may remember, as I mentioned that last week). The table is the perfect size for us, and it has the option of expanding by adding anywhere from one to four leaves! We leave two of the leaves in all the time, which allows us to comfortably seat eight people. Perfect!

I love the backs of the chairs, with that little art deco kind of cut-out. The fabric on the seats is a little dated, and truthfully I have been meaning to recover those things for like two years now! I've just got to bite the bullet and do it. I know it's a pretty easy do-it-yourself just keeps getting in the way!

Ok, so here was my project for the my study break (ok, breaks :) yesterday, I finally put together the frames I bought several weeks back and the pictures I had developed and started a picture wall!! I have always been drawn to the ones I've seen in magazines--I think having a wall like this done in a classy way can really make a space feel more homey and more "you"! The pics here from left to right, starting with the top row: a cool pic of some purple garlic I took in France last May, a close-up "nose" pic of Ted, a cool symmetry kind of a picture, also from France; bottom row--Taylor and me on horseback in Montana at Big Sky Ranch, a part of our 1 year anniversary trip to Yellowstone; a pic of the Royal Sonesta Hotel sign in New Orleans at night; a pic of my dad's parents--Granny and PawPaw--who have both passed away. I miss them dearly! This picture is a perfect metaphor for their personalities! The picture in the very center you can't see very well here, but it's a pic of Taylor riding in a convertible in the Ole Miss homecoming parade. He was a Class Favorite at Ole Miss, which I think is a pretty big deal! I love the picture though because it is so quintessentially Taylor, and so quintessentially Ole Miss--he is riding along, having an awesome time, looking straight at the camera and laughing out loud, and he is wearing red and blue with a bow tie like he always wore in college. There is a homecoming maid sitting on the back of the convertible, and one of his best friends, Lofton, is driving the car. Makes me happy to look at it!

Welcome home! Now all we need is a big pot of chili or jambalaya and we'll be set!

And a little fall decor to kick off the season!

I am outside right now, enjoying this BEAUTIFUL day. I am about to hit the books, so I figured I might as well do it while enjoying the weather! Hope you find time today to step outside for a moment and enjoy God's beautiful creation!