Some Odds and Ends

This is what I’ve been thinking about lately:

People never use the word “marvelous” anymore. I think it’s a shame. What a great word! As a matter of fact it’s marvelous. So expect to hear it a lot more on this blog.


My New Year’s resolutions have gone outstandingly well except one: to not sleep on top of my arms. I got in the habit of this while I was pregnant. I’m a stomach sleeper and when my belly got big I’d sleep on my arms to sort of cradle it and buy myself a few more weeks of sleeping in that position.  But now it’s just a bad habit and I can’t stop! Even though my arms go numb every single night and I’m sure I’m causing some sort of damage to them.  It turns out that keeping resolutions while you’re fast asleep is a smidge difficult.


I’ve been watching and rewatching Downton Abbey so much that I’m a little peeved that nobody dresses me in the morning. My husband hates Mary and thinks she’s the devil but Mary reminds me a lot of myself, so I don’t know what to think of my husband hating her. He must just think I’m a super sweet, cheerful person. (Not sure how that’s possible but that’s the only explanation, right?)  If you’re not watching Downton, you are the only person in America who isn’t. Just so you know. And for heaven’s sake, don’t watch it on Netflix; the picture quality is really terrible. Get the BluRay. So much better.


I’m starting to get back into cake decorating. I was doing it a lot several years ago but wedding cakes were really freaking me out so I sort of quit. Then I had a bunch of babies and while you might think a woman with six children would be the perfect person to make lots of cakes since she has an excuse, it turns out she is much too tired for that sort of thing. But I’m starting to get back on the bandwagon. I did a really fun cake this summer for one of India’s friends and I’d forgotten how much I like it (and hate it. It’s stressful.)  I’m doing a few master classes with some pretty well-known people in the cake biz in February. Hopefully this will get me psyched to be up to my elbows in buttercream again.


It’s Girl Scout cookie season again here. For some super bizarre reason the cookies in Texas have different names than they did in Oregon and Michigan. Tagalongs are called Peanut Butter Patties. Who wants to eat a cookie that’s called a “patty”? Gross.  Samoas are called Caramel deLites. While I think “caramel” is a good move, “deLite” makes it sound like diet food. I wish, little Girl Scouts, I wish.


Is there anything better than clean sheets tucked in extra tight? And to you naysayers who think tight sheets will give you ingrown toenails, you are dead wrong (and crazy). I’ve never had an ingrown toenail in my life.


The other day at a church activity a girl was asked what one food she would take with her to a desert island.  I’ve thought a lot about my answer because I like to think about that sort of earth-shattering stuff. If I could get away with it I would say chips, salsa and guacamole from Chuy’s.  That’s more than one food but if you consider something like, say, spaghetti and meatballs which has lots of components, then chips, salsa and guac should totally be allowable.  If only one food were allowed I would say a deep dish pizza with sausage, black olives and mushrooms.  In either case I would require a supply of thoroughly chilled Mtn. Dew to go with.



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5 thoughts on “Some Odds and Ends

  1. I’ve watched Downton Abbey season 1 4 times (that is the whole season). It never gets old, and the more you watch it, the more you pick up on. And I live for season 2 and my friend texted me and told me there will be a season 3. Stoked about that.

    And for clean sheets–I almost posted on that. Every time I have clean sheets, when I put myself in bed I say audibly “mmm clean sheets” EVERY time. It’s the little things.

    And it’s nice to know someone whose brain is as random as mine.

  2. I love tight clean sheets as well! If I had known my husband was going to rip out the sheets from the bottom of the bed each night before he climbed in, I would have rethought things!

    1. I LOVE clean sheets and a freshly made bed. I have been known to change my sheets 3 or 4 times a week.

      I have escaped to Downton Abbey, I’m almost speaking to the characters under my breath. I’m actually living vicariously thru Cybill, although, I disagree with the politics she’s heading toward, I envy that time in your life where you don’t consider the consequences and get caught up in the emotions of the moment! Ahh, to be that young.

      Marvelous observations of the world!

  3. I’m jealous of you. Because I can’t sleep on my stomach anymore. I now have permanant lower back problems such that I cannot do it. I try to, every night, and roll sightly on to my tummy, but with one leg bent to keep me from totally lying flat. But within 5 minutes I wake up with an ache and have to roll back to my side. Damn aging!

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