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Makin’ my heart happy

A few wonderful things to start off the morning:


This was playing on XRT on my way into work. Nothing gets me going like the blues…I am flat-out obsessed.

The auction results for The Great Fundraising Act — holy moly!

Jojo’s kind words.

Getting tagged in Ashley’s 7 links.

 

Happy Tuesday!

July 26, 2011 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Linked: A Tale in Forgiveness

This is one of the best posts I’ve read in a very long time. Hell, it’s one of the best essays — not just on a blog, but anywhere — that I’ve read. I fear Heather is going to think I’m going a little cuckoo over all the compliments I’ve paid her over Twitter today, but that’s okay — any girl loves a bit of ego stroking, right? Haha.

When you have a few moments in your day to sit down and really open up to something great, read this. I swear, it was more effective than a $150 therapy session. And it warmed my heart. And I’m gonna read it again right….now.

Linked: A Tale in Forgiveness (& accolade, & giving up, & following your heart)

July 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm 5 comments

Droolworthy: Sunny White Sangria

I wish I could do justice in explaining how beautiful and utterly moutherwatering this stuff looks, but you’ll just have to meander over and see for yourself at Oh She Glows. If it weren’t 52 degrees, gray and rainy, I’d be making it right now. By myself. In my studio apartment. With my cats.

May 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

A bit premature?

I hate to jump the gun, especially because I have a tendency to hop back on the bad habits bandwagon every time I see a hint of progress, but I jumped on the scale Saturday after having ignored it for weeks, and voila! I appear to be about ten pounds lighter.

I’m not sure if this may be partially due to my lack of gym time recently (aka muscle turning to mush), my crazy-busy schedule, my tiny (and therefore barely usable) kitchen or just the fact that I am eating less (both intentionally and accidentally), but I find it interesting nonetheless. A huge change has been my conscious effort to watch portion sizes. In a truly un-Laura-like fashion, I’ve been cutting my beloved hamburgers in half and taking the rest home to enjoy as another meal the next day. This is in direct conflict with the little voice in my head screaming, “Eat this entire plate of foooood!! It’s so tasty!! It will make you feel GREAT!”


Does anyone else grapple with this little voice?

(I swear I don’t have beef-induced schizophrenia.)

Great, now I really want a burger. Shouldn’t have looked up that picture…*facepalm*

Anyway, I titled this post “a bit premature” because I don’t want to get ahead of myself. This new “journey,” if you will, is all about creating small, attainable yet challenging goals for myself and achieving them one at a time. Next on my list is to get back into my exercise routine — no easy feat, considering I’ve been out of commission and permitting my extreme laziness in an effort to get over this cold. I know without a doubt that I could have been back at it several days ago, if not far earlier. I am human, however, and let it get away from me. This doesn’t mean I’ve been “bad” or that I’m an awful person…it simply means my mind and body wanted a break for awhile, took advantage of the livin’ made easy, and will need a little extra push to get back into the habits and routine that I know makes me look and feel the best.

The question is — what will this “push” be?

Still too broke to buy some cute new Lulu gear…although I’ve been eyeing this bad boy for quite some time…Not sure how I feel about calling the color “toothpaste” though :/

A few random thoughts and images to occupy your brains on this loverly Monday afternoon…

  • There is a rather interesting debate/comment thread going on over at The Frisky right now. I’ve been a reader for quite some time, and, as many other regular readers may have noticed, their content appears to be going through a transition right now. The site was bought and has been shifting writers, strategy, tone, etc., and their readers have been letting them know in the comments. The site editor, Amelia, wrote a letter from the editor to address some of these issues, and the conversation going down in the comments is really heated. If you’re a regular reader, or even if you’re not, you might want to check it out! The conversation is centering on the expectations of writers/bloggers in regards to nasty comments, criticism, constructive vs nasty, and feminism. Interesting stuff!
  • I like to make silly faces:
  • I spent a good 15 minutes last night packing my breakfast and lunch for the day. This morning, I forgot the best part — the salad! :( Sadz.
  • Tina over at Carrots ‘n Cake is doing a blogger bake sale. Even if you, like me, are not a big sweets person, I’m sure you’ll still find something to drool over — I’m eyeing the soft pretzels!
  • Before moving the other week, I caught Molly snuggling with my teddy bear. Too funny!! (insert crazy cat lady joke here)image
  • I’ve spent a day back “home” at my parents’ house the last two weekends — one for Mother’s Day, one for an ill family member (happy times, sad times). While I was waiting at the train station to head back into the city, I had a lovely view of the adjacent park and the river. Excuse the poor photo quality, but it was still lovely!
  • imageI bought some cute organic mini peppers the other day. And lots of cucumbers. That is all.

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Have a great rest of your day, lovelies!!

May 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm 7 comments

Near and dear to my heart

When I was growing up, my mom spent a lot of time holed up in her bedroom, lying in her bed with the lights off and a cold towel draped over her face. I always thought she was stressed out or not feeling well, but never really understood what was going on.

The word migraine floated around a lot, but I had no idea what it meant.

She spent years — the majority of her life, actually, starting at age 13 — dealing with frequent and often debilitating migraines. Since I was too young to understand the severity of the situation (not to mention that migraines are difficult to describe and explain anyway), I shrugged it off. It’s only now that I’ve begun to understand how truly devastating this disease was for her.

Thankfully she was able to work out a combination of medication that works to hold off her migraines almost entirely. As far as I have heard from others, this is a rare thing, so I am truly thankful that she is able to function normally now, nearly pain-free. She is also incredibly grateful, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Unfortunately, my good friend Allison is still dealing with the ongoing battle of her disease. She’s incredible, hilarious and a great friend to have around (not to mention a fellow cat lady herself — hi Bosco!), so it breaks my heart to hear about the constant pain she deals with every day, as well as the huge impact it has had on her life.

As an outlet for her frustration, as well as as way to help others dealing with migraines, she has started a blog called Allison in Migraineland. At this point, I’m not too sure how many people are reading my little bloggie here, but I’m hoping that if any of you are coping with this disease, her blog may be another resource for you! She recently reviewed a few smartphone apps for tracking migraines, and also regularly discusses new treatments she tries, like biofeedback. Even if you don’t suffer from migraines, I highly recommend checking out her blog and learning about this debilitating disease that affects an estimated 30 million Americans and 18% of American women. And tell her Laura says hi!

May 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

Linked: no ordinary cube

So, as you may know, I just moved into a studio.

It’s small.

But not this small. I feel better now.

A tour of the Cube from Mike Page on Vimeo.

May 9, 2011 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Linked: Life Advice from Murphy

This just made my day — click for a laugh (or ten) and some adorable pug pictures.

Life Advice from Murphy.

March 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

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