26 June 2014

Little Things Mean A Lot

Photo by Ben Moore courtesy of Unsplash.
I'm currently grateful for the little raspberry sized baby growing inside me. Yup! I'm 8 weeks pregnant! 

For ginger capsules. Praise God. They're working miracles on my all-day nausea. I promise sweet peas, I'll be back to visiting blogs more regularly soon. My tummy hasn't been able to tolerate focusing on computer screens for too long.

For audio books. They make it possible for me to enjoy a book while resting my eyes. I recently devoured the The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line and Better Homes and Hauntings. Both mega fun. Got any fun audiobook mysteries I should check out?

For my Mr. Whimsy. He's the bestest.

And for finally feeling well enough to take small morning walks.

Got any little things you're loving or grateful for this week?

05 June 2014

Colin Fever?

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that all fans of Pride and Prejudice must try the 1995 BBC miniseries. While I very much liked it, I am however faced with something I've been wondering for years.

Why do some women love Colin Firth?

My imaginary bestie Mindy Kaling said of it, "All women love Colin Firth: Mr. Darcy, Mark Darcy, George VI—at this point he could play the Craigslist Killer and people would be like, "Oh my God, the Craigslist Killer has the most boyish smile!" (Source: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling)

So help me understand it. What is it about him? Other than the accent of course. That part I totalllly get.


29 May 2014

Click Click: Let's Talk Instagram

I finally joined Instagram. I know I know I'm always late to the game. I blame my smartphone. I pretty much LOVE taking pictures with it. I also LOVE browsing all the gorgeous nature photography on Instagram. So here is what I've found so far, most folks crosspost on Twitter and Instagram. I totally get that but I don't love seeing the repeats. So I've been thinking, if one of my friends is a big crossposter, I might follow them on one or the other instead of both.

Is that OK?

Tales of Whimsy on Instagram

28 May 2014

Little Things Mean A Lot

This week I'm grateful for time with Little Miss Whimsy's great grandparents. Mr. Whimsy and I don't remember ours and we both delight in seeing our little gal bonding with hers.

For a dinner date and coffee date with friends.

For finding sushi I like. Yay maki sushi! I now totally get how people can put down massive amounts of sushi. That was me on Saturday. The one I tried had avocado, crab, dried pork, and egg wrapped in rice and seaweed.

For Mr. Whimsy buying me a veggettiHoo-ray! I told him about it and he ran out and got me one. I haven't used it yet but I'm so excited to.

And for all the lovely bright colors in my closet. I went shopping and didn't buy a single black thing. I'm so proud. That's big for me.

So tell me dears, what little things are you thankful for this week?

21 May 2014

Serving Memories


I don't always have time to read magazines. I usually collect a pile until I have a small block of time to sit down and peruse them. This past weekend I finally sat down with my Parade magazines. The Miracle in My Mother's Pudding by Sarah DiGregorio (featured in the May 11, 2014 Mothers Day edition of Parade) really stuck with me. Especially the way Sarah ended the article.
"I was 21 when my mother died, and every year that passes without her is like a map of a foreign country, unfurling with new, unexpected ways to miss her, new ways that she is gone, still gone. But when I make this pudding, and all the other dishes she left behind, we are together in a way that is not a metaphor. A recipe is a magic trick: It makes the past live."
Isn't that brilliant? My mama is very healthy and well but I did lose my dad three years ago. I can totally relate to her describing life without a parent like a map. Something foreign and unknown that unfurls. I also love what she said about recipes being like magic. This article has me thinking that this summer, I might ask my stepmother to let me go through some of my dad's old papers. Maybe, just maybe, I'll find the recipe for that delicious pie he used to make on special occasions when I was a kid. Wouldn't that be sweet?

Do you have a recipe that helps you connect to someone you've lost?

Please visit parade.condenast.com to read The Miracle in My Mother's Pudding by Sarah DiGregorio in it's entirety.