Life

every sheep has a silver lining

Last week, I had an epiphany. Sort of. It was just one of those days. Actually, it was just one of those weeks. You know the ones: when the entire universe is working against you, and you just want to spend your day cuddled in a blanket binge watching The Office and eating mini chocolate donuts. But, no. Instead, you go out into the world and try to get through the day as best as you can, only to get slapped in the face by a butterfly.

Anyways, back to the epiphany part. I was just sitting in my desk chair like a pathetic lump, waiting for class to start and wishing I were anywhere other than in that prison cold classroom. Like I usually do, I decided to take solace by strolling through Pinterest. My sister, Shannon, and I have a habit of sending each other silly pins that we find. We are the masters of memes.

Lo and behold, as soon as I open up my messages, I find this little number staring up at me:

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You could say it took me off guard. I had to physically restrain myself from completely losing it right then and there. I don’t know what my classmates would have thought of me if I’d randomly started snorting or clapping like a retarded seal.

However, in that moment, as I stared down at a hundred glowing sheep eyes, I realized that that was the first time I had genuinely smiled, or almost laughed, in quite a while. So to get to the point, my epiphany (which I’ve decided wasn’t really an epiphany) was that…hmmm. Well, I guess it can be summed up in this cliche saying: every cloud has a silver lining. Okay. That’s enough of that. I’m starting to sound like a Hallmark card.

Anyways, in honor of this special, heartwarming moment, I thought I’d think up some of the things that tend to help make my bad days just a bit better. In no particular order:

  1. Funny pins from Shannon (Duh.)
  2. Fuzzy blankets
  3. Sad movies (Ugly crying is good for the soul.)
  4. Naps
  5. Music (Varying from heart-wrenching to eardrum-breaking.)
  6. A good cup of hot tea. Or hot chocolate.
  7. Cartoons (Charlie Brown? Garfield? Phineas and Ferb? Anyone?)
  8. Toe socks
  9. Home videos (yes, I’m sentimental.)
  10. Fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies

For this last one, I have decided to share my not-so-super-secret family recipe. Although, I don’t know if it can technically be called a “family recipe” since I’m pretty sure a similar recipe can be found on the back of every bag of chocolate chips in existence. But, those recipes don’t come with “Cookie Pro-tips,” courtesy of me. I don’t mean to brag, but I do make the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Or at least in Western Oklahoma. I’ve even been Mom-certified. Chocolate-y goodness: coming soon to a computer screen near you.

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Arts and Crafts · Holidays

pipe dreams and pumpkins

Last night, I had a dream. In it, I woke up and looked out the window to discover that piles of new, glittering snow had covered the ground overnight. It was like some giant being had dropped a sack of sparkles and marshmallows on the world. School had been canceled, and happy children were making snowmen and creating the imprints of angels on the frosty ground. It was perfect, and beautiful, and all was swell.

Then, I really did wake up. I looked out the window, as I do every morning, half expecting there to be snow and ice covering the ground. But, alas. Instead of a winter-y wonderland, I saw a cloudy, humid, 90 degree summer day. Ah, well.

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It’s no secret that I love winter. My sisters think I’m crazy, but it’s the best season there is. With winter comes sweaters, scarves, comfy socks, hot chocolate, snow, reading in front of a cozy fire, and, best of all, Christmas. What could be better? Sadly, that wonderful time of the year won’t be arriving for another few months. For the time being, I’ll just have to do my best to enjoy the second greatest season of the year: Fall.

The tell-signs of fall are beginning to spring up everywhere. Halloween candy is already lining grocery store shelves. Pumpkin flavored everything is taking back its place in the world of confectionery goodness. Even some of the leaves are beginning to change. I’m just hoping some of that nice, cool, autumn weather is following close behind.

In the spirit of this upcoming season of pumpkins, I decided to peruse Pinterest for some fall decorating ideas. (Side note: I love Pinterest. I also love decorating. I will, without a doubt, be mentioning Pinterest quite often in my blog posts. I may also share my latest endeavors in the art of DIY decorating. Just a warning.) In my search, I discovered a pin for 50 fall projects.

50 Fall Projects for your enjoyment! Includes crafts, food, and home decor ideas!

Being the generous person I am, and partially to give this post purpose (alliteration!), I have decided to share the link with you, my lovely readers. I do this in the hope that you will be inspired to do some fun projects of your own, and to encourage you to embrace the wonderful season that is just around the corner. So go, check out Vanessa Brady’s blog, Tried & True, and see if something catches your eye.

Enjoy!