in place of words.

Sometimes, I have days where I want to write, but it seems that instead of forming sentences, all I do is hit the backspace key. The repetitive cycle goes on and on. Write a few words, erase three out of four, write some more, and consequently erase some more, until you're left with what you started with – a blank space.

When faced with this frustrating predicament, it seems that the only remedy is to use photographs in place of words. After all, don't they say that a picture is worth a thousand words?

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(Taken in January...until I stumbled across them on my hard drive today, I'd quite forgotten about them.)


a few of my favorite things

a ball of yarn

Neatly wrapped balls of yarn. This particular ball was previously a jumbled up mess until I finally took the time to untangle it. It's so much easier to work with now.

Sunny seventy five degree weather in late November. Yes, it's true. As I'm typing this, it's over seventy five degrees outside. I guess that's what you get for living in Oklahoma...being pretty much smack in the middle of the country, we get everyone else's leftovers. Ha.

twinkling art museum

Sparkly Christmas lights. This is one of our local art museums, decked out in twinkly colorful finery. But to tell you the truth, even though I'd love to, I can't bring myself to turn on Christmas music and drag out the jolly Santa figurines until after Thanksgiving. But this Friday, you'd better believe I'm going to be weaving strands of Christmas lights into my headboard and making paper snowflakes.

The fact that I have five hundred and eighty followers. You have no idea how much joy it gives me to see that people actually like what I write and photograph. Thanks for putting up with all my dorkiness :)

tortilla man

The crazy ideas Jeremiah comes up with. This is his "Tortilla Man" mask that he fashioned using none other than a tortilla and a knife. Ever since he was a baby, he's been coming up with the most hilarious, but extremely creative, things.

a quesadilla

Quesadillas. The buttery, flakey, melted, cheesy triangles of goodness are the epitome of comfort food. No matter what's ailing me, they never fail to cheer me up. And they're so simple, too. I just slather two tortillas with soft butter, slice a few pieces of colby cheese, and fry them in a buttered non-stick pan over medium heat. Delicious.

Shopping. I know, that sounds totally materialistic, but it's true. I love flipping through racks filled with colorful clothing and finding amazing deals. My favorite stores are the moment are Target, Delia's, and H&M. I just wish the latter two were closer...I'm just going to have to deal with shopping online. And don't get me started on the amazing store that is Etsy. I could spend hours on there.
Speaking of Etsy, I've been thinking of opening a shop there, selling some of my photographs. What do you think? Would you be interested? Let me know! :)

dried up leaves

Crackling, falling leaves. Even though they are a bit of a nuisance to rake up, I love them.

sweet kitty

Having my sweet cat, Patches, curl up on my couch in my room and sleep for hours, only waking up to purr when I pet her. I love that cat.
(Please ignore the purple and white checkered sheet. Embarrassingly, it's still on my couch from when a friend slept over a week ago. I still haven't gotten around to taking off the sheet yet...)

My wonderful friends. I seriously have the best friends a girl could ask for. I'm not one of those people that has a ton of friends...I only have a few really, really, really close ones. You guys know who you are...I love y'all :)

swirly brownies

Brownies with a swirly design. I think I'm going to do this to all the brownies I make now. Before placing the pan in the oven, I made swirls in the batter. I love it.
I just wrote about swirly brownies. I really need to get a life.

The new iPod Touch. While I don't have one, I'm planning on purchasing one soon. I've got to hand it to Apple...they have amazing designers. All their products are so sleek, gorgeous, and have wonderful features. It's my dream to have to have a silver MacBook Pro for my next computer. Swoon.

a field

Fields dotted with horses and separated with wooden fences. Enough said.

What are some of your favorite things? I'd love to know!


perfectly imperfect, among other things

While wandering around town a few days ago), I stumbled across - or rather my parents pointed it out - this candle room in a chapel. The crooked way they were all standing intrigued me...perfectly imperfect. 

You know how much I love bokeh...I couldn't resist getting this shot.

Our visit to Germany is going fabulously. 

I adore the freedom I have one gives me a second glance if I'm wandering about town alone. Not to mention, everything is so close. It probably takes about 5 minutes to walk from my grandparent's house to the middle of the town. 

There's this fabulous ice cream shop here that I'm obsessed with. I think the attraction began in 2007, and it hasn't lessened since.
This store ice cream amazing. Every thing (including the cones) is all hand made in the store, with fresh, natural ingredients. When strawberries are in season, their strawberry ice cream is unbelievable. And I don't really even like strawberry ice cream! But my favorite - by far - is their chocolate ice cream. Mmm. I wish ice cream that good was available in the States. Seriously. Plus? It's only €.70 for a cone. That would be about 90 cents in America. Good ice cream, for barely anything? That's what I call a deal.

My German is slowly coming back, but now that I want to be more grammatically correct, it makes it harder. I'm probably too much of a perfectionist...but at least people can understand me. It still frustrates me, though. Even though German isn't new to me (I've been able to speak it since I was three or so), I don't speak it often in America, as everyone speaks English. It always takes awhile for everything to "resurface" in my mind...I know what I want to say, but I can't always make it come out right. I don't remember it being this hard last time we were here...but I know it'll get better the longer we're here. I still have another 3 1/2 weeks to improve :)

Jeremiah's birthday was wonderful - thank you all for your sweet notes on his birthday post yesterday! He loved the attention. Among his presents was a new hat he'd been wanting...I stole it - see above photo. What do you think? I'm thinking of getting my own...even if it is a men's hat. Oh well.

Note: I'm not trying to be vain by posting photos of me. I admit, I've posted more in the past few days that I have in a long time, but I really only have good intentions :)

I gave Jeremiah The Encyclopedia of Immaturity. It's just what he needs to give him even more crazy ideas:) But really, from what he's said of the book, it's a riot. He also now has a Blogger profile (with the picture I took of him a few days ago as his profile photo!) if you see a familiar face following/commenting on your blog, yes, it is my brother.

And now? I have a stack of homework to do a foot high - yes, classes don't stop even while I'm in Germany - so I'm going to conclude this post.

Also, don't forget to enter in my giveaway! It ends today at noon (CST).

Have a wonderful day! What do you have planned?