Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Poem

One trip more to go,

Bracing ourselves for some ice and snow.

Don't really have much else to say,

Just letting the pieces fall where they may.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

^ ) ^

Do I have  to go to work? Couldn't I just stay home and sleep??

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Here we go....

to Louisville!

Our goal is to walk out of the apartment in 1.5 hours. In Smyth time, that translates to 2.5 hours. And we don't even have kids! What we do have, however, is a carpet cleaning guy coming to steam our nasty floors while we are gone. And when I should've been getting everything ready last night after my lessons, I instead decided to lay on the couch and watch "Nanalan' on PBS Kids. Oh...and I think Angelina Ballerina.

I know. I'm pathetic. But it made me smile and there was nothing else on.

Ok...wish us luck!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Friendly Face

I don't know what it is about me...and I'm certainly not complaining...but I tend to attract people (and customers) who are just ready to unload their life stories. It happened on the El in Chicago. It happens with parents of students. It especially happens everyday in the store. And...I absolutely love it. I LOVE the fact that certain women feel so at home around me that they will tell me the most intimate details of their lives (within reason, of course..) after only knowing them for about 5 minutes! It happened tonight, and this customer ended up chatting with me for well over an hour. It was mostly her just venting about her life---kid with aspergers--terrible relationship with her mom--no time to run for her marathon training--living in a city with no family support--the list went on and on. She actually came in to purchase a gift for a baby shower she was attending tonight...but I think the real gift was hers. She just really needed to get a load off of her chest....and I am so glad she found it in our store. I am so happy that moms can come in---cloth diapering or not--and feel totally accepted. I love that when they walk through our doors they can find individuals who care about them more than they want to get their money. And I'm super stoked that I get to be a part of it!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Great Book

A dear friend recommended this book to me....and then GAVE it to I decided that maybe she was trying to tell me something and that I should actually read it.

I was reluctant at first....

Because, by reading it, I'm admitting to myself that yes---I am pretty darn insecure.

The first chapter was rough, but each subsequent chapter has been getting better and better. The one I read before falling asleep last night really cut to the quick. It's exactly what I need right now.

In other news, Tom and I watched a 2 great documentaries on netflix yesterday---a snow day. One was a National Geographic film on the Appalachian Trail--something I've ALWAYS wanted to experience. Watching it just confirmed my desire....hopefully I can convince my husband to trek three months into the wilderness without the luxury of his razor....

The other one was called "The Spirit of the Marathon" and followed 5 people from different walks of life as they prepared for the Chicago marathon. I know it sounds ridiculous, but tears were welling up as each one crossed the finish line. It is SUCH a statement of accomplishment....especially to those who never would've ever thought they could complete such an amazing distance. It was very encouraging to me...even as Tom and I are training for a 1/2 marathon. It might as well be 26.2 all sounds pretty daunting to me still! The farthest we have run is 7....and we have an 8 mile coming up next week. Considering I was about to die last week during our 5 mile, who knows how it will go!

It's a good thing Erin gave me that insecurity book....I think I need it now more than ever!

Happy Friday....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I've assigned myself a list of positive thoughts.

And for your reading pleasure....

1. My husband made dinner two nights in a row...and it was DAMN good.
2. My apartment is clean.
3. I get to take a fun trip to Louisville next week to check out a school.
4. I have a healthy body that can be pushed to physical limits I'd never dreamed of.
5. I am no longer an insecure teenager.
6. I have a day job that I love.
7. I have 6 amazing young ladies as flute students whom I get to teach every week. It warms my heart!
8. We are digging out of debt and watching in amazement as God provides.
9. I get to enjoy the wonderful gift of music God's given me.
10. I have food in my belly, a roof over my head, and a warm bed to sleep in. I am truly blessed.

I'm also looking forward to having some time to sew in the near future...and this blog added to my inspiration. It isn't so much of a sewing project, but rather a frugal decor project. Lord knows I've been jones'n for some CHAIRS in my living room. It's not a lofty goal in life...but it would make having company over a little less awkward. And to be quite honest, I love any kind of project that accomplishes what could be a rather expensive venture for a fraction of the price. I like it!