Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Loveliness of Birthdays

I had a lovely birthday, despite the the fact most of it was spent on campus either in class or fighting the lines in the campus bookstore. In the morning before leaving for school, I received my traditional phone call from Grandmother and Bip. G & B sing "Happy Birthday" to all of their children and grandchildren on their birthdays. Over the years the song has become quite advanced, including harmony and Bip's glorious soprano on the very last "you".
Trust me, folks, in my family it's not your birthday until you receive your annual song from G & B.

After class I returned home around 7 o'clock in the evening where I found my husband, several cards and a brown paper package. I have an especial fondness for brown paper packages, more on that later. Speaking of G & B, my stack of cards included one from them with my annual one dollar bill, also a must on your birthday if you are of Couch descent. There were also very sweet cards from my husband. Oh, and the brown paper package was from my honey and contained this:


Yes, that is Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes 1 & 2! Looks like I better get cookin'!

I Love Birthdays!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This Is Our Fate, I'm Yours

My husband and I began dating NINE years ago today, January 13, 2001. Since then I've regarded the number 13 as the luckiest number in the world. Although, our first kiss did take place before that in December of 2000, but that's another story for another time. Yesterday on my birthday I realized that the first time Ben kissed me I was 19, now I'm 29. That just doesn't seem possible.

I'm declaring our official love song for 2010 to be I'm Yours by Jason Mraz. This song was introduced to me by Ben several months ago when he made it my ringtone on his phone. Click here to listen {in case you haven't heard it already during one of the 1001 times it's played on the radio}.

I love the lyrics because it reminds me of when Ben and I gave up trying to fight what seemed inevitable, which was being together. We joke that we are together in spite of our collective stubbornness. Only one thing is stronger than our stubborn dispositions, and that's God. Just one more thing I have to thank Him for, because man, do I love that husband of mine.

Wishing you lots of romance in 2010!

But I won't hesitate no more,
no more it cannot wait
I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
open up your plans and darn* you're free
look into your heart and you will find that the sky is yours

so please don't, please don't, please don't,
there's no need to complicate,
Cause our time is short
This, this, this is our fate,
I'm yours

If my life had a soundtrack these would be the lyrics playing in the background when Ben kissed me for the first time. Although, the song had not yet been written, oh bothersome technicalities!

*The lyrics have been slightly edited for bad words. Because bad words have no place in an anniversary post, don't you agree?

To properly give credit where credit is due, please know that the concept of having a "Love Song of the Year" came from this post.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I turn 29 for the 1st time today. I will celebrate by going to class. My spring semester begins today. Isn't 29 too old to be going to class?? As my gift to you, please enjoy this picture of me and my brothers from about 23 years ago. And don't be hatin' on the blue bow headband....I loved that thing! It served me well in many princess dress-up scenarios.


Maybe I'll dress up like a princess tonight for my birthday dinner with to the husband. You are never to old to be a princess!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Beating the Blahs #2

Enjoy the daily morning visit from the neighborhood cardinal...who shrieks at your cats and even beats itself against the window where they sit, meowing and shaking their little behinds. If the birds can remain spirited through this cold weather, so can I!


Monday, January 4, 2010

How to Beat the Blahs #1


Make Pizza Margherita with fresh ingredients and pretend the tomatoes and basil are from your backyard garden. We usually have this every Friday night, but it fell out of the rotation during the holidays. After the heaviness of holiday foods, we were ready for something a little healthier.

  1. I always add baby bella mushrooms.
  2. Try with a whole wheat crust to make it even healthier. Make your own so you control exactly what you consume!
  3. Use white balsamic vinaigrette so you don't discolor the basil. Add extra!

Read the history of Pizza Margherita here. It's more than a meal, it's a cultural and historical experience.

**Image property of Cooking Light.
(Not to brag, but I think this is one of the few things I make where my version comes out looking prettier than the cookbook version. I think it's because I use lots of basil.)

Oh yeah, wash down with plenty of good ole fashioned WATER and welcome back your previously healthy ways!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Already I'm settling into my after holiday BLAHS. Mainly because I'm dreading the next three months. The time from January to March has to be the most boring, drab, cold, ugly, horrible time of the year. Just thinking about it makes me want to crawl under my covers and sleep until spring. I think I need to change my attitude in order to survive what's coming. So, blog readers, help me, what can we do to make the last half of winter a Lovely time?

First I think I might go buy some pots of tulips for my coffee table. I need some color.