I wanted to share our GISHWHES album with everyone. I had such a fabulous time during that one week and am eager for whatever Misha has in store for us next year. I hope that you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed being a part of this crazy adventure.

Gishwhes Bear

Having a little fun with the bear costume today for Gishwhes. Oh, Betsy Devos, we should have listened to you and kept our schools safe from bears.  
Ugh, really?!?!


"What's your passion?"
I read this question last night in my book The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin and am curious as to what everyone's response would be.
If you aren't sure, the book references a way to find out as stated by a professor....
"What do you think about when you're sitting on the toilet? Because that's what you *want* to think about."
Now, I'm not sure how accurate that is BUT I guess it's a starting point

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

My boyfriend and I decided to take the boys to Chimney Rock State Park yesterday. Although this is somewhere we had been many years ago, the boys had never been, even though we drive through this area every couple of weeks. We had been hesitant about planning anything as we have had thunderstorms almost everyone afternoon as of late, but fortunately for us, the weather decided to cooperate. We were even blessed with a slight breeze. If you've been in Western North Carolina lately then you know that this is unusual. I've heard the terms "Satan's Taint" "Depths of Hell", and other expletives used to describe the temperatures we have had the past few weeks.

The elevator was out of commission but I hear this seems to be the norm. I didn't complain though. I actually enjoyed walking ALL of those stairs to get up to the lookout you see in the picture. Not only did I get to see the beautiful scenery but I got a great workout in, no gym needed.


Never "_______" Enough

"For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didn't get enough sleep." The next one is "I don't have enough time." Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of. . . . Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we'r already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack. . . . This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jelousies, our gree, our predjudice, and our arguments with life. . . ."     Lynne Tw…

This is a First....

Today is the first day that I have ever come to work without washing my hair. I am not sure how I feel about this.

I told you guys last week that I was going for a Curly Girl consultation in Asheville. Well, I went on Friday and talked with Tricia Zinke at Asheville Hair Design. She is wonderful! My 15-minute consultation was filled with humor, information, and hope. I learned that I was doing some things right but also some things wrong. Using a t-shirt instead of a towel on my hair is good but adding curl smoothing products might actually be weighing my fine hair down. As I suspected, I should not be using products with sulfates nor should I be washing my hair every day.

Instead of going no poo, she recommended the Deva Curl Delight Low-Poo. She said this would be better for my fine wavy/curly. I am supposed to use it one day one and then skip them on day two. The only products I should be using would be the alcohol-free gel. Although I knew this was coming it is still difficult to…

Curly Girl???

I have REALLY been struggling with my hair lately. When I was little it had just a little wave to it but was mostly straight. It was cute! Fine and thin, but cute.
As I got a little older my mom and grandma decided that perming it all the time was a good idea. 

Why?? Why did they have to do this??

It went from cute to frizzy and full! Cue Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. 


I finally put my foot down on the perming but by then the damage was done. My hair became what I liked to call "Medusa Waves" I looked like I had curly snakes in amongst the straight to wavy parts. It was a mess! I took to hot rolling my hair every morning. This was the 90's, that was a thing. This gave me somewhat decent curls that at least were somewhat in style.

Not many years later I discovered the wondrous tool, the hair straightener! Oh my, now this was a gift from the gods. No longer did I feel left out because I couldn't get that silky straight hair that had become so popular. Unfortu…