Sometimes it's just really hard to carry this burden of pure natural beauty in the mornings. It's a struggle.
This morning I'm going to share just two Smatterings, but first a couple of random things from our house to yours...
My husband and I have drastically different ideas of what constitutes good reading material.
Have any of you been catching up on the Oscar-nominated movies? We're just a couple of short weeks away from the big award show! Award shows are my thing. Jon knows this about me after 20 years together -- don't ask me to do anything or be responsible for anything when there is a major award show on TV. Major award shows include Golden Globes and the Oscars. So far I've only seen about half of the movies nominated for Best Picture so I have a lot of viewing to do between now and March 4th!
Alright so perhaps some of you parents out there feel me on this next picture. Sometimes I like to do really special things for the boys and spoil them rotten so they feel like kings of the castle. The only pitfall is that when you do it once, they expect it regularly. It's like they're children or something :)
It tends to be chilly in our front room because of all the windows so Croc once asked for a blanket to keep him warm. Now he pretty much refuses to sit at the table unless it's been draped with a (must be soft!) blanket. Then there must be another soft blanket draped on top of his precious lap once he's graced me with his seated bottom. I tell you. The lives of Riley, these kids.
Jon sent me the absolute perfect quote at the perfect time. He's such a good person, and is always helping me improve the way I handle situations. I'm a lucky lady.
I got into an inspirational quote spiral this afternoon but this one stuck with me. Remember that even when comparatively you've had a low day, you got through it which means you actually worked harder (so pat yourself on the back!).
Are these the worst fast food items of all time?
I used to work at Olive Garden during summer breaks in college. I wore a salad tie and black pants and worked double shifts so I could eat as many free breadsticks as possible. Then I had a friend who turned me on to their Alfredo sauce and showed me that dipping them in the sauce made the breadsticks even better. THAT was being decadent. What fast food restaurants are trying to do now is a whole new level of gluttony. It like a big glutton sandwich deep fried in chocolate sauce.
Olive Garden came out with this Meatball Pizza Bowl and I can't imagine the sheer numbers of calories in it. Don't get me wrong, back in my drinking days I would have torn one of these up, but now it makes me sick to look at it. Not appealing!
This Dominos pasta bread bowl looks like a mistake. It looks like the mashup of things that accumulate in your compost bag. It's truly dishes like this that make Americans the big fat butt (BIG 'ole butt!) of jokes.
Here's a slideshow with the worst fast food abominations courtesy of SFgate. Most of them I agree with wholeheartedly but there are a couple that I admit I would eat after a long run if I earned the calories -- like the Dunkin’ Donuts pancake sausage bites.
Asking for what you're worth
I thought this State of Salaries report from Hired was really interesting. It shows the average salary people in each age group tend to ask for versus the amount they're offered. This means younger folks (under 35) tend to ask for less then they would be offered, while older folks (over 40) tend to ask for more than they're offered.
It's actually not that surprising to me -- the older you get the more important money becomes. Bills, kids, retirement. When you're fresh out of school all of that stuff can seem far away.
I took the boys to see Peter Rabbit this afternoon and they wore me out. It is nonstop activity/drama with those wonder twins.
What was the last movie you saw? Mine was Dunkirk!
Have you ever walked a red carpet? I have not although I've worked them.
There is not a single thing in this world better than morning snuggle time. I am blessed that both of our boys immediately want cuddles when they wake up (well The Dude not so much these days but he definitely used to!).
I've been watching old shows on Hulu and I had to pause this scene from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Somehow she makes the ensemble, pig tails, and jazzercise moves work!
Do you ever have those runs that on paper should have been a breeze but in reality almost ate you up? I had one of those. But first, our Christmas in a nutshell... Here I am modeling the super fuzzy Ohio State socks that Jon's brother and sister-in-law sent. They hook me up with comfy clothes every year!
Apparently The Jesus Lizard show Jon went to was a real hoot. Here's David Yow giving these people what they came for... Like them or not, he still puts on a good show after all these years (from what I'm told).
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