My favorite show

I look forward to Tuesday nights every week. Why? Well, I’m a little embarrassed to admit this but…I’m a total Gleek! Singing, dancing, overly dramatic teenage ramblings with sincere messages about life, love, and well, more dramatic teenage ramblings.  Adorable. I’m hooked.  Glee is on tonight. Yeah!


What I’m reading

Happy Friday, all!  Hope everyone had a good week.  Wanted to share an exciting new find with you–Fresh Home magazine.

I recently subscribed to Fresh Home magazine. Got my first issue this week! I'm a recovering magazine junkie. I recently let a number of magazine subscriptions run out, but I've been following Fresh Home online and loving it.

Links I Love: Because They Make Me Smile

So yesterday was kinda a crummy day for me.  It was just one of those days.  I woke up a little late.  Ran out of toilet paper after I was already on the pot. My shower started warm but then quickly turned frigid. My doggies wanted to take the scenic route on their morning outing exacerbating my lateness for work. In my rush to the car for work, I dropped my bagel on the ground, then shouted “5 second rule”  and ate it anyway. I ran out of one cup of coffee way too fast making a second and even third cup completely necessary in my mind. I was at work so, well, enough said there.  I was so beat when I got  home yesterday. I sat in the closet on a small stool tempted to burst into tears, when hubby peeked around the corner and reminded me I’d feel better after a run.  To which I replied, “But, it’s really cold outside.”  But, he was right.  I sucked up, piled on the layers and headed out for a crummy run to go along with my crummy day.  Sometimes when you can’t beat it, it’s best just to embrace it.

Okay, so maybe not all of this stuff actually happened yesterday (more like spread out over a few days), but it leads me to the topic of my post today.  Sometimes you need a little pick-me-up in life.  And so in keeping with my blogiversary celebration, I present a few more links I love because they always bring a smile to my face.

Mrs. Priss

Catalog Living

Derfwad Manor

Laughter really is the best medicine.

Weekend in pics

Surprised hubby this weekend with brunch at 1906 and a tour of the Longwood Gardens conservatory.


Has anyone read?

Has anyone read The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball?  I caught just a few minute of an interview with the author on NPR. Then, in catching up on all my favorite blogs this weekend, was surprised to see it mentioned again.  While I don’t know the whole story, it sounds like–girl likes to write, girl falls in love with man and farming, girl finds amazing new life as a one half of a dynamic, farming duo.  Oh yeah, that’s got my name written all over it.

Weekend Recap

Saturday morning paper

Sunday morning breakfast

Sunday night concert at Long's Park

Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys

Three-day weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone.  I love that the summer season kicks off with an extra long weekend.  Normally, we’d take advantage of the time off from work to get away. Unfortunately, it’s been hectic around our house the last few weeks and we failed to get on top of planning early.   So we’re enjoying the long weekend at home instead.

This morning started off with a great breakfast of eggs, sausage, fruit and coffee.  You may remember my thoughts about breakfast. If not, you can refresh your memory here.  Afterward we headed out for a drive.  We had to swing by our realtor’s office (We’re house hunting…part of that “hectic” to which I was referring earlier) to drop off some papers. Then, we decided to head out and explore a part of Central PA we hadn’t visited yet.

Our drive today took us to Manheim where we discovered a little taste of our old familiar Carolina home at  JoBoy‘s Brew Pub which opened just last month and serves NC style barbecue and several craft brews. Hubby and I are very particular about our barbecue and were pleasantly surprised. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and hubby ordered the beef brisket.  For those of you who don’t know…the side of slaw should be piled high on top of your sandwich. JoBoy’s also offered two sauce options–very Carolina–with a sweater, sugar-based sauce and a bitter, vinegar based sauce. I’m not sure what hubby thought of his beef brisket sandwich. I was too busy savoring every bite of my pulled pork–which was incredibly moist and tender–to ask.

Between the two of us, we sampled three of their craft beers on tap: the Patriot Ale, the American IPA and the Dark Side stout.  Hubby and I are very particular about our beer (are you noticing a pattern here).  Where we moved from in NC was just outside of Asheville which is known for its serious beer culture (among many other wonderful things). I enjoyed the Patriot Ale which was light and perfect for a lunch meal on a hot summer day. Hubby thought his American IPA and Darkside stout were both good.  The IPA had nice flavor and he enjoyed the hint of chocolate  in the stout.  I love to share the places we love with others so if you find yourself in Manheim, PA, definitely make time to stop by JoBoy’s.  It’s located in the coolest old building–the Summy House–in an area that’s been a tavern since the 1800’s.  Have a seat at the bar and you might even be lucky enough to meet JoBoy’s owners, Jo and Jeff, and hear how they managed to bring Carolina barbecue and several new craft beers to Central PA.