Archive | September, 2012

American Honey

14 Sep

Isn’t it amazing how a song can conjure up so many memories? That is exactly what happened on my way into work this morning.  I heard “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum and was immediately transported back to my childhood.

Growing up I spent every summer at my grandparents farm on an old dirt road in the middle-of-nowhere Texas.  I always had so much fun, and wouldn’t trade the memories made for anything in the world.

My cousins lived right next door, and with 6 kids there was never a dull moment.  I remember running around barefoot with the smell of freshly cut grass in the air trying to dodge the sticker patches, and riding 4 wheelers through rolling green pastures.  Or the taste of freshly picked blueberries and the melody of chirping cicadas in the trees at twilight that will always be the sound of summer to me.  I will never forget eating watermelons on the front porch and having seed spitting contests, or the way fresh honey tasted when my beekeeping Pop would bring us all a sticky sweet treat right off the waxy comb.

Lazy days were spent fishing in the pond, riding horses, or listening to Mom tell funny stories.  Each day ended with everyone crowded around the dinner table to enjoy a fresh home cooked meal with vegetables picked right out of the garden.

It was a simpler time where all you had to think about was whether or not to wear shoes that day or when to be in for dinner.  They were happy summer days filled with lots of love and laughter.

Every now and again reminiscing helps to regain perspective on what matters most;  family, friends, and the importance of enjoying the small things in life because, more often than not, it is the small things that have the most lasting memories.  Thank you Lady Antebellum for the walk down memory lane.


Pokē Picnic

12 Sep

I was starving when I left work tonight, and needed something quick and easy since I was on call.  We wanted something fresh and healthy and decided to check out the Pokē selection at Foodland.

Pokē has become one of our favorite Hawaiian cuisines since we have been in Maui.  It is a raw fish salad made of cubed pieces of fresh ahi (it can actually be made from a variety of types of fish like salmon or even Octopus, but ahi is my favorite), and then marinated in a variety of wonderful concoctions like shoyu (soy sauce), sesame oil, onions, pepper, spicy mayo, oyster sauce, and wasabi aioli.  It can be eaten alone or served with rice.

The fish doesn’t get much fresher than what we have found on the island, and we plan on enjoying as much as we can with the precious time we have left!  This was a perfectly satisfying end to a busy day, complete with reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond (I love that show!!) Aloha!

We served ours with brown rice and sushi


Yummy frozen blueberries for dessert!


Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend for a Reason

6 Sep

If there is one thing I have learned this year, it is the amount of “stuff” I can do without. When we decided to become nomads we packed up all of our belongings, and now we pay PODS a monthly fee to store things I can guarantee I don’t even remember having.

So the question “What is your most meaningful possession?” is hard to answer. There are definitely things that help make life more comfortable; things we sometimes bring along that make life easier (like our calphalon cookware😊, my favorite fleece blanket, and our Ninja blender). But none of these are things I can’t live without.

However, there is one tangible item that I cherish above all others, and that is my wedding ring. It’s classic and timeless. It’s details lend just the right amount of simplistic character that is perfect for me, and every time I look at it I see just what my husband was thinking when he designed it. But for all it’s beauty, that is not why I cherish it.

When I look at my wedding ring I see the promise of a commitment Tyler and I will always have. I see that I will never be alone, and that I have the love of my very best friend to guide me throughout all of life’s trials and tribulations. I see the privledge of growing old next to an amazingly devoted and loving husband.

My ring is the ultimate token of affection, and this is why I would say it is my most prized possession. It serves as a reminder of the bond we will always have, and that is the best prize of all.

A Fall Agenda

2 Sep

Thanks to Kate at The Small Things blog, I discovered Smashing Magazine’s website.  Every month they post new desktop calendars created by different designers from all over the world.  Their designs are unique and fun with a little bit of quirkiness (and they are free!!). I found the perfect calendar to get me into the fall spirit.  For some reason it reminds me of a book I read as a child, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.


2 Sep

With fall comes football season!! There is nothing like the energy and excitement of game day, and today happens to be the first game of the season for our LSU tigers!!!  GEAUX!!  As I write this post I am watching them dominate North Texas.  Of course, I am also watching the USC Trojans have their way with Hawaii (ah, marital compromise, your welcome Tyler).  I’m looking forward to a season full of wins!! (for LSU, not USC)

Death Valley

The Rise of Fall

2 Sep

I can’t believe it’s already September 1st!  This means my favorite time of year is just around the corner.  It’s a time for shorter days, cooler weather, and cozy nights.  Here are some of my favorite things about fall!!

Before I know it Christmas will be here so I plan on making the most of this wonderful season.  What are your favorite things about fall?