Friday Randomly Sharing

Holy moly, y’all. I discovered the loveliest blog, Blessed is she. They’ve got daily Bible readings and reflections, and it’s all just beautiful.

I’m really intrigued by this recipe for roasted chickpeas. Definitely something I’ve never thought about trying before!.

Always looking for summer salads (in the Southern sense of the word :)) without mayonnaise. This lemony orzo pasta salad looks amazing.

(Speaking of salad, that gyro salad was delicious! Absolutely worth trying out just for the tzatziki sauce.)

Last link up, I mentioned wanting to try my hand at dyeing yarn. So I just got The Modern Natural Dyer from the latest Taproot Preserve pop up shop. I’ll let y’all know how it goes!

Happy Friday!

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Friday Five: Podcasts

When I moved to Raleigh, all I knew about the area was where I would be working. When it came to apartment hunting, it was Google Maps to the rescue! I just found one I liked that was reasonably close and called it a day. Needless to say, when I moved to the house and my daily commute went from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, it was a bit of a change. Podcasts became essential. Here are some of my favorite currently-running podcasts that help my drive speed by.

  1. Weird fiction or fact?
    Welcome to Night Vale
     is one of my original favorites, long before I had my current daily commute. I can remember trying to explain what it was to people before podcasts were a Thing.

    Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.

    From WTNV, I heard about another storytelling podcast, Lore. Where Night Vale is completely fiction however, Lore is completely based in historical fact.

    Lore is a podcast about the frightening history behind common folklore.

    If you enjoy the X-Files or Twin Peaks, I think either of these would interest you.

  2. Supernatural conspiracy
    While looking for more storytelling podcasts, I came across these two, both produced by Pacific Northwest Stories. 
    The Black Tapes

    The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.


    Tanis is a serialized docudrama about a fascinating and surprising mystery: the myth of Tanis.

  3. Serial
    Then, of course, there’s Serial. This one probably doesn’t need any introduction to most folks.

    A podcast from the creators of This American Life. One story. Told week by week. Hosted by Sarah Koenig.

    In season 1, Sarah told the story of Adnan Syed, and the most recent season told the story of Bowe Berghdal.

  4. Serial-adjacent
    From Serial, I wanted more. More about the stories, and more true crime. I first discovered Undisclosed, which pleased my detail-oriented mind to no end.

    …Reframes, enhances or otherwise shifts everything you’ve come to know about the State of Maryland’s case against Adnan Syed.

    Towards the end of season 1, I also discovered Crime Writers On…, which started out discussing Serial, but has since branched out to other true crime podcasts, TV shows and more. I find the banter between the regular contributors hilarious.

    Podcast and blog about Serial, true crime, writing, pop culture, and more.

  5. Yet more true crime
    As I delved more into true crime, I found Someone Knows Something, which reopens the cold missing persons case of at-the-time five-year-old Adrien McNaughton, who vanished in 1972 while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. It’s a bit heartbreaking to listen to, because the story weighs so much, not only on his parents’, but also on the rest of the small town’s minds.
    Criminal is a bit of a crossover between storytelling and true crime. It takes a new person each week

    Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime, but something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

    An added bonus for me is: this podcast is produced in Durham, NC (I pass the studio every day on my way into work!) Often the stories take place in North Carolina, and sometimes very close by, which adds an interest factor for me.

I know I am always looking for new recommendations of things to listen to, so I hope that there’s at least one thing on this list that piqued your interest. Feel free to leave your favorites & recommendations in the comments!

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Life lately: Hello, Stranger…

…is what I imagine y’all would say to me.

Well, what can I say. Everything is always about time. And my time lately has been taken up by

The wedding

Planning, researching, talking to vendors, negotiating meetings, traveling to SC. It’s all a lot of work! I had high hopes in the beginning of blogging about all of this, and the DIYs I was going to do… with 1 and a half months left, I can safely say that’s not going to happen. And the only DIY I’ve managed are the flowers. I convinced myself in the beginning that it wouldn’t be that bad! It would go quickly! Um, no. An individual flower might not take that long, but the sheer volume of them… I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I’ve reached the burnout point. These flowers are the only thing I’ve been crocheting for the past few months and I am So. Sick. Of them. Thank goodness for my girlfriends who are coming over this weekend to help assemble the flowers to their stems, and the stems into bouquets.

Owning a house

I love LOVE the house so much! It’s been wonderful discovering our neighborhood and meeting our neighbors. I’m especially enjoying the yard and seeing how it changes with the seasons. The azaleas by the front porch were especially beautiful, and I’m looking forward to seeing our magnolia tree bloom soon. But there’s always something that needs doing. There’s suddenly so many more rooms to clean! And projects, always projects. Again, I had grand hopes of blogging those too, but… again, it didn’t happen. I think I have pictures of some things in various stages on my camera, but they haven’t yet made it to the computer, because I only re-hooked up the computer a few weeks ago. My fiance M and I front-loaded a bunch of painting (the living room, kitchen, dining area & hallway, as well as the master bedroom) before I even moved any furniture in. And since then, M has scraped popcorn ceilings, refinished hardwood floors, and we’ve painted and installed crown molding in the room we’re using as an office.

Then there’s always work, and the week vacation that we just returned from, and somehow finding time to spend with our friends, and with each other.

So, time. We’re in a fight 🙂

But I enjoy this little blog, and sharing things with y’all. So I’m trying out one of Google Calendar’s new-ish features that schedules time around all your other commitments for those things that you’d like to do more of, but never seem to find the time. (Sounds pretty familiar.) Blogging is now on the calendar!

Looking forward to chatting with y’all again soon! Happy Friday!

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Friday Favorites

Hi y’all! Are you as glad as I am that it’s Friday?? Here are some links that caught my eye this week:

I’m always on the lookout for tasty crockpot recipes. Anything that lets me prepare in the morning and have dinner ready by the time I get home from work is great! Doesn’t this Lemon and Herb Crockpot Roasted Chicken look tasty?

When I discovered these Unofficial rules for Quidditch Pong, it definitely brought me back to my grad school days. The twists on the rules to incorporate Harry Potter lore are super creative!

Before I met M, I didn’t realize eggs were a thing you could be allergic to. Now i’ve become aware just how many tasty things contain eggs! I love finding hints about how you can make things in a new way to leave out eggs, like this eggless french toast.

Being a designer, I love my Moleskine. Everything goes in there — notes, sketches, ideas, my whole body of knowledge about the projects I’m working on. So you can see how i’m pretty taken with this idea of being able to have digital (searchable!) copies of all these notebooks.

M and I went to go see the new Avengers movie last weekend. (Fun superhero movie plus snarky humorous dialog and interesting characters! What’s not to love?) So I investigated what’s coming up next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Turns out, a LOT.




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Snow Day, take 2


Ok, this is the South. We do not get this much snow! And not on the regular, multiple weeks in a row. But this year we did, and the second time around dumped a lot of heavy, gorgeous powder all over everything. Including the trees, turning them into something out of a fairy tale. Sometimes the trees could handle it, and sometimes… well, when they couldn’t, they fell all over power lines.

Yup, you guessed it. I woke up to a beautiful, white blanket of snow… and no electricity.

No electricity means no a-lot-of-other-things, it turns out. Like no heat. And no hot water, for showers or for tea. And no charging for my cell phone, or my work laptop (dead as a door-nail by the time I woke up). And no internet, so even if my work laptop were functional, I couldn’t log into anything. And no refrigerator to keep all the things I’d just bought at the grocery store the day before cold. Sigh.

The no-work I wasn’t exactly grumbling about, so put on a couple extra layers and I made myself a nest on the couch of all my extra blankets. I finished my book. I spent several hours crocheting. I watched one of my neighbors sledding down the hill with his small son.

I could focus on all those things that the snow left me without. But then again, I could focus on the time it gave me to slow down, unwind, and enjoy some things I haven’t had much time for lately.


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