Something I Get From my Mom

For as long as I can remember my mom has loved Rod Stewart. And I quickly developed a love for his music as well. There is just something about that voice. I really didn’t think things could get better after his “Human” CD. But then came his “Songbook Series” and Lord help me- they are amazing. (Rumor has it that there is one more, he is just waiting to release it!)

Anyways, the point of this post is to say that he had a CD released today!! It is “Soulbook” and let me tell ya- it won’t let you down.

Rod Stewart

A pretty different concept, but only because I am so used to the songbook sound. So go check it out- promise you won’t regret it! Below is the track list for your enjoyment!

  1. It’s the Same Old Song
  2. My Cherie Amour (featuring Stevie Wonder)
  3. You Make Me Feel Brand New (featuring Mary J. Blige)
  4. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
  5. Tracks of My Tears
  6. Let It Be Me (featuring Jennifer Hudson)
  7. Rainy Night in Georgia
  8. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
  9. Love Train
  10. You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me
  11. Wonderful World
  12. If You Don’t Know Me By Now
  13. Just My Imagination


If you live anywhere in the south, then you will understand this post more than most. For the past few weeks it seems that all it has done here is rain! And if it is not raining then it is cloudy with a chance of rain.


I did not sign up for this. I did not decide to move to Seattle, I choose Texas, and part of that was because I couldn’t stand the constant rain.

Not that I wouldn’t love Seattle. Gorgeous skyline, close to the water, cooler temperatures… All good things.

seattle 2

But I couldn’t do the rain.

We have now been soaked to the bone for weeks, and more just keeps coming. Last night we had another front move in and out this morning. As the day passed slowly we began to see blue skies again, and it came with a nice cool breeze!! So at least for the moment we can sit back and enjoy the weather- just not on the ground or bench- it’s still too wet for that.


Pictures from various online sources.

The Breaking Point

Everyone has one. Some can last longer than others, some blow up quickly. Many let it simmer for a long long time. After weeks of dealing with an issue at my apartment complex, I am reaching the breaking point. Yesterday a good friend summed up how I reach the breaking point.

First, I am mad. Not too mad, but people can see I am not satisfied. Then it builds, and builds, and builds. Then… I get calm and quiet. Following this there is the ‘bing’ moment. You know the sound when someone smiles big and white? The little ‘bing’? Well that is what happens next, I smile, real big and sweet. It’s my ‘bing’ moment. Following this is the snap.

It is that unassuming calm and quiet that fools people. They think I have conceded… But I haven’t. In truth, I have simply come up with the solution, and it usually involves me taking care of things myself.

Anyways, with this situation, I am quickly approaching the ‘bing’ moment. Obviously not a good thing.

As of today, it appears to be working itself out. That was not the case for the past two days.

We shall see.

Watching and Waiting,

The Southern Belle

Something I Am Not

First, I should apologize for being so absent over the past week. Things were very busy and something had to go. Then, I decided to make a quick trip home to recharge my batteries. So far I am feeling much more rested, so the trip has done its job. And I should be back now with regular posts! And plenty to talk about!

On to this post. There have been several moments over the past few weeks that have defined me, in one way or another. I am not going to get into specifics, I don’t think that is necessary. However, I do believe it is important to mention that over time people change. And I admit, that change has been a theme in my life over the past 5 years. So many things have happened, new experiences, new friends, and new ideas that have challenged me. 

Inevitably, there are those who believe that no matter how much time has passed that you are still the same person. And that is just not the case. It is quite sad to see this, especially when many of the changes are obvious. Something even worse, is when others build up this person in their mind that is nothing like the real thing. And inevitably, they end up disappointed because you don’t live up to the person they have created in their mind.

I think it is safe to say that we have all had this experience at one point or another. And I am certainly not exempt from this. I just never realized how hard it would be.

I am not the same person I was 5 years ago. I would like to think that the changes have been good ones, and that I have drastically improved over this time period. I feel like I have more of an open mind, and have developed more patience. At the same time I have changed my stance on several issues, and have begun to question things in a more serious manner.

Me 5 years ago- That is something I am not.

Ode to Orange

Orange is such a beautiful color. While probably not my favorite, that would be red, it is a close second. And while I am not its fervent admirer, I do know who is. So today, in honor of someone who loves orange I thought we could look at all the fun things in orange.

Don’t these look delicious?

orange 1

Who doesn’t love crayons?


I love the purple flowers in the background.

monarch butterfly

Beautiful shot.


And then there is this critter… I have no idea what he is- except colorful. He has that part down…

orange bug

Hope you enjoyed the tour of orange! Bear with me, this week is busy busy! Tomorrow it will all be over though and I should have more posts!

I take no credit for these photos. I can not cut an orange so perfectly, nor do I ever get that close to a bug.


Funny little thing fear is. It can cripple you, root you to the ground, and inspire you.  There are so many moments when if not careful fear can simply overtake you. Moments when you can’t breathe, and you feel as if you are being crushed. And it always seems that the fears come in multiples. It’s not just one issue, its 10.

I have many fears-

  1. My grandmother’s future. Alzheimer’s does horrible things to a person.
  2. Graduate School.
  3. Unnamed friends.
  4. Exams
  5. Success of my students

These are just to name a few. There are many more. But at the end of the day, I simply remember that they are not my worries to deal with. There is someone much more capable, and much more willing to take on the burden. And I could never do as good of a job as He.

Banned Books Week

Every year the American Library Association hosts the Banned Books Week. This took place last week, and while books can no longer be banned, there are still challenges to this decision. So for today, I thought I would go through my bookshelf and make note of all the “banned” books I own.


as I lay dying



for whom the bell tolls

Of mice and men

The Grapes of Wrath

The Great Gatsby

The Lord of the Flies

their eyes were watching god

To Kill a Mockingbird

There are of course, many more. And you can visit their website if you want to know more about banned books.

Do you have any on your bookshelf?