Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened  November 21, 2014

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

by Jenny Lawson (aka. The Bloggess).

Let's Pretend This Never Hapenned I’ve been a long-time reader of Lawson’s blog, The Bloggess, and I finally got around to picking up her book. And if you like the humor and writing on her blog, you’ll like the book, because it’s more of the same, just expanded and somewhat organized.

Lawson takes us, in her own unique storytelling style, from her childhood growing up in rural Texas with an eccentric taxidermist for a father, through the trials of marriage and motherhood and generally being an adult. Some of the stories are outrageous (ok, most) but they do go a long way towards shining a light on why she is the way she is. And while everything is dealt with and presented with humor, she hits on some pretty heavy topics. Miscarriages, losing a pet, living with a pretty severe anxiety disorder – it’s not all happy times in the life of the Bloggess.

I loved the sort of free-format writing that comprises this book – exchanges of post-it notes with her husband, little sidenotes from her editor correcting some of her claims, general rambling and excessive post-scripts. It fits her voice. And it makes reading her book feel like she’s talking to you. You got lots of little insights about silly habits and the self-talk she has when she knows she’s being illogical but does things anyway. Or the kinds of things that you know we all think but no one ever says. It makes you feel like you know her. I particularly loved some of the off-the-wall conversations between her and her husband Victor; Ian and I have conversations that go off on strange tangents and we end up talking about something really random and weird, so I was glad to know we’re not the only ones who do that. :)

It’s not the quickest or lightest read, and she does sometimes get bogged down in her own tangents, but overall it’s a really fun book.

I give it 4/5 stars.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened


Tuesday Treasure Trove  November 18, 2014

Tuesday Treasure Trove: this week's round-up of read-worthy links.


Things of Note:

This nonsense of it being less than 30 degrees when I wake up can go away any time. One of the reasons I moved to & love Austin is its warm weather. Emphasis on warm, even supposedly in the winter. C’mon, city, get your act together.

Ahem. In other news, I have a new shop newsletter in the line-up for tomorrow. If you want in on that action, sign up here. Insider info shop-y goodness direct to your inbox. :-D

How’s your week going?
 


Seasonal Recipe Round-Up  November 17, 2014

Seasonal Recipes

I may not like the weather that accompanies this time of year (it’s currently only 28 degrees out – ick!) but I have to say, I do love the food. So today I’ve got a round-up of some of the best fall and winter recipes I’ve featured on the blog in the past. There is some good stuff here, check it out:

Snacks & Appetizers

Meals

Dessert

For the House

What are some of your favorite fall/winter/holiday recipes?


November Etsy Round-Up  November 12, 2014

For this month’s Etsy round-up, I have one more thoughtful collection (in honor of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving) and one funny one (inspired by Movember). Take a look:

Gratitude

Little Notes of Gratitude - Thank you Notecard Set perfect for Mother's Day
£9.50
Black and Pink earrings with Sterling Silver Long pink chandelier earrings, Swarovski crystals in pink and fuchsia with lampwork glass beads
$41.00
The Best Days begin with gratitude PRINT
$10.00
Give Thanks (gratitude, thanksgiving)
$59.00
Black and White "Practice Gratitude" Mug. Word mug. Graphic. Minimal. Porcelain mug. Modern kitchen. Gift. Affirmation mug. MADE TO ORDER.
$28.00
greeting card: thank-you, appreciation, gratitude, i appreciate you, gee golly
$4.00
Balance Rock and Stick Photograph Zen Photograph Beach Decor Ocean Themed Art Marine Art Ocean Rock Driftwood Print
$6.99
Zen Decor, Meditation Stone Painted Lotus Flower in Black Ink on Peach Granite, Nature Inspired, Yoga Stone
$22.00
Modern Wedding Invitations Suite with Wood Imagery and Delicate Floral Accents, Suite Includes RSVP Cards, Place Cards, and More
$25.00
Thank You Card Trunk - Card Box for Wedding Reception - Box for Wedding Favors - Rustic Wedding Decor
$60.00
Red Resin Happy Buddhas Tiny Trio - Laughing Buddha Figurines
$14.00
Gratitude Girl muted greens, reds, browns.
$85.00
Gratitude Chalkboard Style Instant Download
$5.00
Sterling Silver Gratitude Symbol Necklace - hand made sterling silver necklace
$50.00
Gratitude bracelet, Mother daughter jewerly - Bracelet personalize with your message inside
$24.00
Gratitude Stone, inspirational print, inspirational artwork, Zen art, Namaste, yoga, om, gratitude, meditation, yoga decor
$25.00



Movember

Macchio with a mustache - Bulldog Stache - Handsome English Bulldog wearing a pink mustache - Cute Rescue Dog - Funny Dog Portrait
$7.00
Pink mustache milk jug
€5.50
Mustache Hipster Three Colorful Patterns Print - 8"x10"- Digital Art Print Wall Decor - Dorm Room Art - Baby Room - Wall Art for Kids Room
$15.00
Painted Journals // Mustache Journals // Striped Jotters // Notebooks // Mini Journal // Monthly Calendar // Set of 2 journals
$16.00
Mustache ring, glasses ring, adjustable ring, statement ring, antique brass ring, glass dome ring, antique bronze / silver plated ring base
$10.85
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Derby Hat And Mustache Photograph
$20.00
halloween decor dictionary art vintage SKULL with MUSTACHE print - vintage art book page print - skull dictionary art halloween decorations
$9.00
I Mustache You to Back Away from My Cookies - Ceramic Cookies and Milk Dunk Mug
$24.00
8x8" art PRINT of Sir Octopus Fancy Acrylic Painting w/ Beer, Mustache, Top Hat, and Cane
$10.00
Cat Necklace Moustache Necklace Bottle Cap Jewelry Mustache Necklace Bottle Cap Jewelry Mustache Cat
$11.00
Infinity scarf mustache scarf - circle scarf loop scarf bright coral orange mustache gift idea for her - gift for mom gift for girl
$15.00
Squirrel Watercolour Painting PRINT, French Squirrel, Mustache, Red Beret, 8x10 Print
$20.00
Black and White Photography, Mustache Portrait, Ringleader, Androgymous Art, Circus, Dark Art, Steampunk, Quirky Surreal Photo
$30.00
Lumberjack and Crow Beard and Mustache - Original Graphic Art PRINT SIGNED
$25.00
ON SALE 20% OFF Mustache Cufflinks - Mustache Cufflinks For Men - Men's Jewelry - Men's Accessories - Gift For Men's - Groomsman Gift
$18.00
my stache  (mustache) vinyl decal FREE SHIP in basic black
$4.25


What does November make you think of?


Tuesday Treasure Trove  November 11, 2014

Tuesday Treasure Trove: this week's round-up of read-worthy links.


Things of Note:

Not much to say today. Work & life as normal over here at the moment. So let’s mix things up: tell me some good news you got recently!
 


Right Now  November 10, 2014

Right Now

Right now, I am…

watching Ian trim the tree over the driveway. He has the week off and is apparently in yard work mode. He already tackled hunting out new fire ant mounds.

fighting off what feels like the beginning of a cold. Yes, right after a craft show. Again. This is becoming a pattern I don’t like. Do show, don’t sell much, get sick. Not a fan. I’ve got one more show this year, let’s hope it breaks the pattern.

glad that we got our Christmas plans finalized this weekend. We’ll be going out to Arizona to hang with Ian’s side of the family. Flights are booked, puppy boarding and day camp reserved. Good to go. Bonus? I get to see the Grand Canyon for the first time, as we’ll be taking a mini side trip to go see it. Woohoo!

playing my way through the Myst game series. I got the 10th Anniversary pack for my birthday (thanks, sis!). I played through Riven this past weekend, and now am in uncharted territory as I never played any of the games past that back in the day.

still surprised to have taken my old Macbook out of storage/the closet to find that the battery had exploded. Apparently this is not an uncommon thing once laptop batteries hit ~7 years old? It looks like my computer got into a car crash and internal air bags exploded.

plotting out my Christmas gifts for everyone on my list. Some people are tricky.

hoping I don’t have to cancel ladies coffee date tomorrow because of this stupid almost-cold becoming a full cold.

needing to put away all of the stuff from the craft show that made it out of my car but not farther than the living room. But really not feeling up to that undertaking right now.

going to go investigate our tea cabinet and see if we have any of the throat tamer or antioxidant stuff left from last time I was sick.

How’s your week kicking off?