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{from The Littlest Comma blog}
I’m in total agreement with the blog author – these need to be wall art, and not just in a fabulous book. Maybe a fun project to try sometime?


Connecticut-based Bryan Nash Gill makes these beautiful prints from fallen trees. The outcome of the laborious printmaking process are these intricately detailed art pieces that somehow make you stop and think about everything that really matters. Somehow I feel a book just doesn’t do it justice – these pieces need to be blown up and hung on walls in people’s home for the full effect.

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s>o>w: Emy Reynolds, Tonight

Two years ago – maybe more, maybe less – I came across Emy Reynolds and fell head-over-heels for her voice; it was precisely what I was looking for at that time.  Folky, passionate, and has a uniqueness to it that can freshen a day filled with lame, yet catchy Pop songs.

The first video is her live, but as the quality is poor-ish, I’ll post two videos.

Below has much, much better quality!!


[w.o.w.] sanguine

I’m excited to share that my affinity for British dramas is still continuing to grow my vocabulary.  This week’s word is from Austen’s “Persuasion” – the newest version.


(when I found the above poster I was so humored – if you’ve seen the “Firefly” series you understand.  also, I came to know of said series as my boss had become so enamored with it.  he had me take an hour or so out of my day, when we weren’t busy, to watch the first episode.  I became hooked, and I don’t even like Sci-Fi…!)





1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.
2. reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.
3. (in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc.
4. bloody; sanguinary.
5. blood-red; red.
6. Heraldry . a reddish-purple tincture.
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(such amazing artists!)
7. a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.
1275–1325; Middle English sanguyne  a blood-red cloth < Old French sanguin  < Latin sanguineus  bloody, equivalent to sanguin-,  stem of sanguis  blood + -eus -eous

Related forms

san·guine·ly, adverb
san·guin·i·ty, san·guin·ness, noun
non·san·guine, adjective
non·san·guine·ly, adverb
non·san·guine·ness, noun
o·ver·san·guine, adjective
o·ver·san·guine·ly, adverb
o·ver·san·guine·ness, noun
pre·san·guine, adjective
qua·si-san·guine, adjective
qua·si-san·guine·ly, adverb
su·per·san·guine, adjective
su·per·san·guin·i·ty, noun
un·san·guine, adjective
un·san·guine·ly, adverb
Can be confused: sanguinary, sanguine .
1.  enthusiastic, buoyant, animated, lively, spirited.
1.  morose.
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: happy; optimistic
Synonyms: animated, assured, buoyant, cheerful, confident, enthusiastic, expectant, hopeful, lively, positive, secure, self-assured, self-confident, spirited, undoubtful, upbeat
Notes: sanguinary  means accompanied by bloodshed or eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed, while sanguine  means confidently optimistic and cheerful or inclined to a healthy reddish color
Antonyms: depressed, pessimistic, sad, unhappy
Conversation via text with friend using sanguine:
Me:  If today’s weather was a stuffed animal, I would have to squeeze it to death.  Happy Monday! 🙂
Friend:  Yes, very nice out.  It almost turned this old curmudgeon into a sanguine young buck, full of life and vigor… almost.
Me:  That’s a mighty big almost!
And, here’s a sentence using a word that shares the same ‘sanguis’ (blood) root:
The exsanguination of her face confirmed my suspicion that she had seen a ghost from her past at the block party.

I’mmm back

Someone’s been a little M.I.A. recently … my apologies!

As if two jobs and a busy school schedule weren’t enough, add in difficulty in getting quality sleep and a dash of severe pain, and you’ve got the recipe I’ve been dealing with.

On the brighter side of things – I’m loving school!

I’m also my very own guinea pig, haha.  That’s sort of going well…  I’m currently trying 5-HTP for my sleep issues, via Maria Emmerich’s two health books (her blog).

Other good news:

– In speaking with my boss (the accountant), I found I can write off my tuition if it’s relevant to my current licensure, so… I’ll be a holistic esthetician by the end of 2012.  Gotta love direction!

– More direction:  I’m hoping to host a few gatherings with the youth group girls from my church to discuss skin health, make-up colors, eyebrow shaping, and our inner beauty through Christ.  I have a feeling this will be one of the most rewarding ventures of my life.

– Also, my organization project is going very well.  Slow, but well.  This is such a huge relief.  My goal is to be caught up by the end of 2012.

– Season 2 of Downton Abbey had such a lovely ending last night.  Roomie Wright and I were both “aww”-ing (and probably cheering) by the end.  I also enter this sweepstakes almost daily to visit the castles.

– Lastly, I’m planning a semi-regular gathering with some sweet girl friends to watch Dickens’ “Little Dorrit” mini-series and to craft (maybe attempt low carb baking, too).

Even with some needed down time, I’m so pleased with how the last two months have gone.

Now it’s time to break out my reading glasses and get back into studying, but I’m sincerely so happy to be back up and posting.

Hope you all are well!

Free camera anyone?

Me, me!!  Or, I hope so, at least, but join in and be my competition 🙂

I recently posted about different dslrs after getting a great review from a friend from church.  I’ve decided on the Canon 5D, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s one of the two being given away.  Yippee!!

Here’s the information:

I hope I will, but if I don’t, I hope you do. 😉


As a sidenote, I’ve postponed blogging this week simply because I’ve needed to rest due to a few inhabitants partying it up in my sinus cavity.  Feel a bit better now, and will resume postings next week.  I hope you all stay well this Winter!

Mexican Brady, it is!

Auto correct fail.  When I posted the pic on instagram, it was supposed to be ‘Mexican bfast’

Oh well, maybe it’ll stick.

I was so excited about this low carb breakfast variety, as eggs can get old (even though they’re my favorite food…).

Isn’t it pretty?!?

Haha, maybe that’s pushing it.  It sure was good.  I had half today and am saving the other half for tomorrow.

So “What is it?” you may ask.  Good question!

Scrambled eggs w/ a little freshly ground pepper, topped with a little shredded cheddar, a half an avocado to one side, and the kicker – topped w/ a heated mix of salsa and cream cheese.

Yummy! If I do say so myself.

W.O.W.: Penchant

The second Word of the Week – go me for being consistent!

This is one of my favorite words to use.  It’s not so big and unknown that people look at you funny when you use it, but… I still don’t hear it enough, so I’ve added to my ‘comeback list’

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from and
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: fondness, inclination

a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something: a penchant for outdoor sports.
Synonyms: affection, affinity, attachment, bias, disposition, druthers, inclining, itch, leaning, liking, partiality, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, propensity, taste, tendency, tilt, turn*, weakness, yen
Antonyms: dislike, hate, hatred, indifference

* = informal/non-formal usage
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