Monday, February 21, 2011

Miscellany Monday

With nearly two months passing since my last Miscellany Monday post, I'm thinking today is as good a day as any to join in a little first of the week randomness. After all, life around here has been nothing if not completely random lately!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

c is for

{one} C is for congratulations and Cool Gal, the winner of the fabulous February giveaway sponsored by Kara Compliment. Yay!

spring fever

{two} The absolutely gorgeous weather we've been experiencing here along the Gulf Coast this past week has me giddy with anticipation for Spring. With my shorts and flouncy sundresses itching to make their season debut, I came to the realization that my heart and mind may be ready for warmer days, but my body is screaming saying something different. So it's time for me to kick it up a notch, work out a little harder, run a little further, and reach for those carrots instead of cheesepuffs! And until the day comes (hopefully in the not so distant future) when I can look in the mirror without cringing, these Casper-like legs of mine will not see the light of day!

But my toes, well that's another story! Even a desperate need for a pedicure, can't keep me from settin' these piggies free!

one fish, two fish

{three} Sweet Bean loves animals, as most children do. She likes nothing more than to play with the neighbor's dog or to spot a kitty cat romping through the bushes at the end of the street. Lately, GG has become so enamored with Dorothy, Elmo's pet goldfish, that she apparently decided it was time that she have one (or ten) of her very own.  How did Gillian Grace's first pet come to be, you may ask? With a bottle of water and a snack cup full of goldfish crackers of course!

Bean's got great taste in pets, quite literally!

hot, hot, hot

{four} Unless you've actually witnessed this phenomenon first-hand you may think I'm fibbing. But in the microwave, a jalapeno with light up just like a sparkler on the Fourth of July! Though I've known this to be true for quite sometime,  I was reminded just the other day after popping a slice of pizza smothered in jalapenos in the microwave to reheat.  Any idea why this happens? Or is it just destined to remain right up there with Lindsay Lohan's mental state and Lady Gaga's true identity as one of life's great mysteries?

here we go again

{five} If you've read my blog for a while, you'll remember a post several months back when I admitted to being addicted to Diet Coke. And while I was able to kick the habit and go completely Diet Coke free, unfortunately I swapped one bad habit for one that is actually worse--regular Coke. My reason for giving up Diet Coke was simple, I did not like the controversy and uncertainty centered around artificial sweeteners. But loving the fizz and the taste of soda like I do, I decided to just treat myself to a regular Coke every now and again when we went out. The problem--- I'm out all the time! Like a junkie looking for her next fix, I began looking for reasons to run here and there just so I could purchase a soda. Well enough is enough! And clearly, since moderation doesn't work for me, I'm going cold turkey beginning today. Not only will giving up soda mean a healthier me, but it will also help me to be a better example to Gillian Grace. Lawdy knows I don't want her craving that sugary crack juice like her Momma! Wish me luck, friends!

bloggy encounter

{six} Late Friday evening, after Sweet Bean's marathon nap and a day spent at Gammie and Grandad's, we headed out to a local diner for a quick bite to eat. As I sat down, I noticed a lovely family seated at the booth just behind us, and after a couple quick glimpses while setting up all of Bean's dining-out paraphernalia, I couldn't shake the feeling that I knew them from somewhere. After a while it hit me---we follow each other's blogs!  Soon thereafter, we were both able to catch one another's eye and introduce ourselves, our other better halves, and tiny tots! It was so fun to meet Jennifer from The White House in person, and for Sweet Bean to meet her adorable daughter. I see many playdates in our future! Just wish I would've thought to take a picture!

sale-a-brate good times, come on

{seven} With the best of intentions to have it posted soon, I'm working on putting together my first blog sale. While I don't have frocks that would make Rachel Zoe stop and take notice, I will have several new and gently worn garments for sale at very reasonable prices! {Shhh, just don't tell my husband!} And there may or may not be one fancy schmancy handbag in the mix! Who's to say?  You'll just have to check it out for yourself!

winner winner chicken dinner

{eight} Joni and I are super excited to announce the winners of our first-ever Valentine's Day photo contest!

Make it a great one, y'all!


Tiffanie said...

GG has the cutest outfits. Seriously, adorable!

Mrs. Mama said...

LOVE your babies outfit... yaya for spring coming!

Lindsay said...

GG is the best dressed little girl :) Hope your weekend was great!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Great post! I had no idea that jalapenos did that! So so weird. Congrats to Cool Gal! We got to wear sandals this weekend too. Love it!

SassySillySpunkyMomma said...

Oh Shannon you are a BRAVE girl to give up pop! I think I would go crazy without my daily treat! Let me know how it goes!

Hope you and GG are doing well!

Susan R said...

Okay...Now I'm going to go crazy until I know why jalapenos make sparks in the microwave. AND you know I'm going to have to test it out too.
GG looks adorable in her polka dots, but then GG looks adorable in anything.
Do you have a lot of clothing boutiques in the south, particularly baby and children's clothing? I'm just wondering where in the world you get all those cute clothes for GG.
I love the goldfish in the sippy cup. Oh c''ve got to go buy her a goldfish. Hey...every child needs a pet, pretty soon she'll be wanting a dog.

Cool Gal said...

I am laughing so hard at Bean's new pets. That is absolutely HILARIOUS! Kids are so creative.

I am laughing equally as hard at the "C" she's waving around for "Cool Gal." You are just so creative (I can't wait to show my mister!)! :) Please give her a "big hug" for me!

Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway! I am so excited to have won! The earrings are just beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

So happy you are experiencing nice weather - flip flop weather. We got blasted yesterday and are buried alive. Your cute shoes and toes put a smile on my face. I can't wait for warmer weather!

Happy Monday.

Thanks again!

Jumping Jack said...

Good luck giving up the Coke! I don't think I could ever give up my daily DP fix.

GG is precious, as always!

YAY for spring on the way! We had a beautiful weekend here and I think the weather's supposed to be nice this week too. We've grilled out 6 of the past 8 nights - LOVE this time of year!!

Have a great day!!

The White House said...

Ha! Maybe we need a pedicure date! Mine are desperate! I flung some pink polish on them so I could wear my flip flops!

It's so funny you had Elmo on here! I remember Keller looking back at what turned out to be GG's bag saying "look!Elmo!" =)

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

you're gonna make me want to zap a jalapeno in the microwave now to see it happen! haha....who's gonna clean it up? does it explode?

Lea said...

This is my first stop by and I so enjoyed the visit. What a lovely blog and what a precious little girl you have.

Isn't it fun to meet fellow bloggers. I've had the privilege a couple of times and I do look forward to many more.

Selling through your blog. Now, that's brilliant! I'll stay tuned to see how you work that.

Blessings for a wonderful week!

Traci said...

The weather has been fabulous!! I had a pedi Saturday & wore flip flops all weekend! I feel you on the Coke. Dr Pepper is my weakness & I don't drink diet. I've been doing good limiting myself to 1 or 2 a week.

Little Pink Rain Boots said...

How awesome that you met a fellow blogger face to face and by mere kismet.
I have the same fizzy soda fixation but I recently switched to Coke Zero and have lost a few pounds. I too hope to kick the habit completely. By the way your sandals are too cute :)

Jennie said...

Oh my gosh, those goldfish are too funny!!!

Mama K said...

I am addicted to Coke and Mt. Dew! I limit myself to no more than two a's hard!! Good luck going cold turkey!!

Congrats to all the winners! GG looks adorable as usual!!

Michelle said...

I haven't commented to you in awhile, so I just wanted to say hi and happy Monday! GG is adorable, as usual :)

Karen At Home said...

Great post Shannon!!!! How fun you met a Bloggy friend IRL, wish we lived closer so we could have a few random encounters!!!! Hope you had a great weekend! Love Miss GG's dress!!!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

Coke is my biggest weakness! I swear I would be 20 pounds lighter if I were to give it up, but I am addicted!! It's better than being addicted to the other kid of coke, right?!?! :)

Hope you are well. Haven't heard from you in a while.

Daphne (Flip Flops and Pearls) said...

Ok, you met Jennifer?? THAT IS HILARIOUS!!!! I can't believe that! I still have y'alls pic to post of my bday goodies from the 2 of y' have no idea how that made my day!!

GG's outfit.....oh my....I am in love:)

Who knew that about a jalapeno? I eat those bad boys all the time. Never microwaved them, never will now, haha!

We have to catch up sister friend. Can you believe I just got in about 6:15. I need to get a job so I can rest:)


Emily said...

I keep forgetting to send you the link to the elmo shirt! I will send you Lindsays email right now! I can't believe she made her own dorothy! How smart!!! She is always dressed so stinking cute! I love the outfit you posted her in on valentines day! How presh! She is so cute!!!! Oh and I love her nursery! So darling!!! Gosh I have missed you!! We have been sick again! Cate got a yucky virus and this weekend passed it on to me!!! Go away winter! We had some nice days last week too but then Cate got sick and then me, so we werent able to enjoy them as much as I would of liked!

New Mommy!!! said...

She is getting so BIG! Love the pics! Love the goldfish, literally. Nik is obsessed with her goldfish and snack cup, though we have switched to whales to save money, she still calls them fish though. I can't wait for Spring, I know.
Good luck! I gave up caffeine and soda when I got pregnant with Nik. I did go back to non-caffienated diet coke after nursing Nik when she was 14 months. Then I quite again before Baby 2. I drink Vitamin Water Zero now if I need something other than water. I'm not sure that that's better but soda just amkes you sick after you stop drinking it, which is easier. I neber did go back to caffeine after the first pregnancy. I get the shakes now if I drink a caffeinated soda, crazy! Every once in a while thoughy I have a Rootbeer.

Gil's outfits are adorable and love the pic of Elmo, too cute!

Jennifer said...

Love seeing a Miscellany Posts from you this always have so much to say :) that GG has made her own Dorothy. Wish you all could have come with us to see Elmo this past weekend...GG would have loved it :) I am jealous that you are even able to wear flip less be worried about a pedi....your piggies look fine :) How funny that you met Jennifer in real life. I know I haved read that you two should try to get you probably really will..LOL! Wishing you luck with the Coke. I stopped cold turkey a long time ago and I have never looked back. When I do have to have an occasional sip, I really do not even enjoy it. You will do it...I have faith. And looking forward to seeing what is in your blog sale :)

Kristin said...

Those Valentine pictures were so cute. So is your little GG! :)

jackiegarvin said...

Just dropped by to say, "Thank you" in person for visiting me at Syrup and Biscuits. What a little doll baby you have!! I could eat her up! :)