I have a big crush on Elle King and this has been playing on repeat lately...
I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with this blog and not really coming up with anything. I haven't been sharing as much lately for a lot of reasons. I have been legitimately busy, I have not felt all that well physically for probably the past 6-7 months, and I'm kind of stuck in a rut. I sort of hibernated all winter because I was dealing with some health issues and trying really hard to stick to a cleanse to get better. I don't really know if I have a hold on all of that, truth be told, but I'm tired of not living my life.
The change in seasons has given me renewed energy and hope that things will get better. I'm spending more time outside in the sun, walking more, doing yoga again and taking more time to foster creativity. I am proud to say that I actually worked on my book for the first time in months the other day and it felt damn good. I am also forcing myself to get out in the world and interact with people. It's really easy to isolate yourself, especially when you write for a living, but I know that good writers are good observers of behavior and, lately, the best conversations I have had are the ones I have with my dogs. Not exactly profound stuff.
So, I guess I'm saying that I'm trying. I want to be engaged, share and be more present in my life. I think I lost sight of my big picture goals a few months back and wasn't taking very good care of myself physically. I keep telling myself that this is going to be a great spring and summer. I am hopeful and positive and ready for some big changes.
A few photos from the week...
This little guy decided to hide in my grill cover—probably to get out of the bad storm we had the other night. He stuck around and watched me give the dogs a bath and wasn't afraid when I got really close to him with my camera. I hope he sticks around the yard because I love him, and I named him Bob.
I hope everyone had a good week!
Typically fall is the best season for sunsets here in coastal North Carolina, but there was a pretty spectacular one the other night.
I hope everyone had a great week!
I took an unexpected blogging break last week. I'm blaming the warmer weather because the last thing I wanted to do when it was 70 degrees and sunny was sit in front of the computer one more minute. Yesterday, I finally got around to uploading some photos to share with you all...
My New Product Obsession:
I get kind of sick of drinking plain water or even water with lemon so I tend to drink a lot of herbal tea. Traditional Medicinals makes some amazing tea blends and my favorites lately are the Nettle Leaf and Licorice Root.
Nettle leaf tastes surprisingly similar to black tea but without the caffeine, is a great source of iron and helps balance hormones. The Licorice root supports adrenal health, helps with digestion and has a delightful slightly sweet flavor.
So, this happened. We got our annual truck-full of mulch and I spent two days freshening up the backyard beds.
Speaking of the backyard, the weather has turned and everything it budding and starting to bloom. Spring's rebirth never fails to amaze me.
I hope everyone had a great week!
As a child of the 80's, The Princess Bride naturally played an important role in my life. Not only was it one of my favorite movies as a kid, but one of the more famous lines of the movie was quoted to me the day before my wedding, and I have thought about that at least once a week for the past seven years.
At a party at my mother's house to celebrate the upcoming wedding, one of my uncles pulled my soon-to-be-husband and I aside and proceeded to explain to him that all he needed to know to have a good marriage were three words. "I love you?" my husband asked. "No," said my uncle. "As you wish."
I guess it's similar to the sentiment of "happy wife, happy life" but I much prefer Westley's famous line when summing up the key to a successful partnership. Sometimes, as a joke of course, my husband will utter these words to me, especially when I'm being particularly demanding.
Cary Elwes's book is a delightful light read for die-hard Princess Bride fans. While there aren't really any good juicy behind-the-scenes details in the book other than a hinted relationship between Cary and Robin Wright, there are some sweet memories that Cary shares that are worth reading about if you were ever a big fan of his or of the movie.
It is clear from his sentiments that Elwes is very aware that he wouldn't be where he is today without the movie and I found it endearing how appreciative he is of the opportunity he was given and of the intense loyalty of his legions of fans. Perhaps there is hope that one day Robert Pattinson will look back on his role in Twilight and realize what a lucky bastard he was to get that that opportunity and write a sacchirine memoir recounting his time filming the movies.
I won't hold my breath.
We had a mini snow/ice storm this week, which is a bit a novelty here in coastal North Carolina. It was just enough of a winter storm to make things exciting, but not really mess up anything too badly. I did get a few photos:
A little bit of snow before the ice and sleet came.
My husband has been working on a new table for his office and finally completed it this week. It was difficult to photograph with all of his junk already on it, but I think it turned out beautifully.
I hope everyone had a great week!
I have had a birthday "week" with more festivities planned for this evening. My friends and family showered me with beautiful flowers and I had a wonderful time getting a little mini makeover with my mom earlier today.
I guess the secret is out that I love fresh flowers.
My new hair which I will attempt to recreate at home with this wand curler.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
I realize I probably talk and write way too much about my dogs but, given that I spend the majority of my time with them, they often play the role of muse. Dogs can be amazing teachers, and today's lesson really stuck with me.
During our walk, as I plodded along the familiar path, eyes down, ears plugged with headphones, and, in general, closed off from the world--a position I have found myself in quite often lately--I saw out of the corner of my eye one of my dogs give a little happy hop and quicken his pace. I looked around for the source of his excitement and saw a huge flock of black birds streaking low across the sky--just a mass of inky feather against pale blue. Had he not alerted me to this, I would have completely missed it.
I don't believe in coincidences, and I think there is a reason why I was taught this lesson today of all days, being that it is my 33rd birthday. Life is passing by: Look up and notice the world around you and open yourself up to all of its beauty.
I think, truly, Ferris Bueller said it best:
Hello, I'm Kate. When I'm not reading, or stalking authors, I'm a writer who lives in the Wilmington, NC area. Thanks for visiting my blog where I write about books, writing, healthy foods, yoga, and life.