Merry Merry Quite Contrary how does the story go?


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the only good thing about daylight savings time is that i still have an hour or so of daylight after work.  and one of my favoritest things to do (outside of chillin on the porch with good friends and a frosty salty dog, natch) is a leisurely walk/jog/run around the neighborhood.

part of it is the freedom of just letting my mind wander whilst listening to amaze jams.  i also like to look at the houses and pretend what they’d look like after i redecorated them.  yeah, i do that.  oh, and burning calories are rad.

sooooooo, today i am grateful for my sweet new kicks.  i finally spent more than $50 on crappy mom running shoes and bought a pair that are both comfortable and snazzy looking.  and, i’m convinced, make me much much faster than i used to be.

belize bikini body, here i come!!

so fast.

oh!  and i totally love that i got to hang out with one of my favoritest people in the whole wide world.  haven’t seen her lovely face in way too long.


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i’m only 3 days into this mini challenge…and lemme tell ya, it is awesome.


here’s the thing.  all day long, i’m searching for my “what am i grateful for” moment as opposed to the “what the hell were they thinking” moment.  is it an attitude booster?  you betcha.  almost to the point of absurdity.  i swear to you, when i was driving home today i think i saw some Disney cartoon birds (like from Cinderella, or Snow White).  they were chirping alongside my car while i rocked out to Sledgehammer.  one even offered to braid my hair and tie it with a ribbon, but i thought that was a bit much.


i’m that absurdly upbeat.


after filtering through the twenty or so things that i mentally tagged as gratitude worthy, i narrowed it down to just one.  i know i’m bordering obnoxious with my sunny rays of positivity & pink fluffy clouds of optimism, so i won’t list them all.  you’re gonna have 27 more days of this & i don’t want anyone sending me death threats…that would surely be a bummer.


so for day 3 of gratefulness, may i present to you a picture of my window…


do you see that?  there’s 6, count ’em, SIX LIVE PLANTS!


i have kept 6 plants alive for exactly 1 month!  this is a freaking miracle!!!  a christmas in March miracle!!!!!!  our lavender, our rosemary, our sweet basil, our little pot of succulents, our name-unknown flowers, our snake plant…all alive and not withering away!

you might think that this is somewhat of a trivial thing to be thankful for.  i assure you, it is most definitely not.  normally i take one look at a plant, proclaim “hey!  i’m going to buy this and take it home and it will be beeeeeeeautiful!” that’s the moment that the targeted plant shrieks (if plants could shriek) and dies.  i have the opposite of a green thumb.  i am Meredith Black Thumb.

but not anymore!  the times, they are a changin!


i am grateful that these little buddies have decided to stick around.  and i am grateful for my roommate extraordinaire for remembering to water them when it miiiiight have slipped my mind.  finally, i am grateful because tonight i used fresh sweet basil & fresh rosemary to season my homemade chicken salad.

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lemme take you on a little road trip down memory lane.  the year was 1991.  C + C Music Factory was constantly blasting on KJ103, Full House was teaching us lots of life lessons, and, thanks to the movie Hook, i had a huge crush on a character with a red tri-hawk…bangarang Rufio!

i was about 8 yrs old & had my first optometrist appointment.  i was sitting in the chair with that crazy eye measuring contraption, staring at the letters on the board and willing my eyes to need glasses. 

which looks, or two...

i even lied.  just a little.  not too much, i just said “two” when i should’ve said “one”.  i mean, i really Really REALLY wanted glasses.  only problem was, my eye doctor is kinda related to me.  he called me on my eye bluff.  “well, meredith, there were a few inconsistencies, but the good news is your vision is perfect.  you don’t need glasses.”

foiled!  while most people would be rejoicing, my little 8 yr old heart was heavy.  no glasses.  none for me.  curse these perfect 20/20 hazel eyes!  i passed by the display cases of glasses, longingly picked up a pair & tried them on.  “are you sure?  like really sure?”  i asked hopefully.  “yep, i’m sure.  you’re eyes look great.”


see, i have a love for glasses.  they transform you.  depending on the frames, you can be “smart and studious”, or “artistic and quirky”, or “sophisticated and mysterious”.  it’s like a costume for your eyes.  they are the most brilliant of accessories.  and that really speaks to my theatrical side.

*side note: at this time, i also really wanted braces.  not as much as i wanted glasses, but a close 2nd.  yes, 8 yr old meredith wanted to be a uber dork.

this girl had everything i wanted.

yeah.  def didn’t need all that.  i was…ok, still am…spazzy enough on my own without the help of vision and orthodontic correction.

ok, back  to the future.  ish.  last week i tried on Monkey’s glasses and i. fell. in. love.  dear baby jesus, i needed these magical glasses.  my life would be more complete with a pair o them on my face.  greens would be greener, i would be instantly more organized, i would know calculus AND how to apply it in real life, and my cooking skills would vastly improve if i had these glasses.

i called up the eye doctor and made an appointment the next day.  and this time, i think i actually had a shot of needing glasses.  i ain’t as young as i used to be…i stare at computers all day long…and i read every night for at least an hour.  all of that surely is a recipe for poor eye sight that can only be cured by a pair of rocktastic glasses, right?!?

3 days later, it was the day.  the day for checking of vision. 

i sat in the chair, i did the “which one looks better, one or two?  two or three?” had some lights shined in my eye (it is freaky when i can see the capillaries in my retina) and had numbing eye drops so they could check my eye pressure (yeah, totes not a fan of that feeling.)  finally, the tests were over, and i asked the tentative “soooooo, do i get to have glasses?” 

rays of sunshine, birds chirping, all that good stuff

yep…i sure do get to have glasses!  huzzah!  i finally got to go to the magical wall of glasses and pick out a pair of my very own! 

with a huge smile on my face, i sat in the chair and talked with the lady that fits the glasses.  “so, what style would you like to get?”  yeesh…where to start?  i want a pair that is fun & quirky, classic & cool, edgy yet sophisticated.  after trying on a few, i found a pair that i liked.  but, see, i only really need them for reading & computer time.  the pair we had picked out were nice, in a ‘i wear these everyday’ kinda way.  but they weren’t quite right.  then, i caught a glimpse of them.  the glasses.  my glasses.  the ‘i know how to do smart kid stuff, but i’m still hip & cool…but not too cool that i think i’m a hipster’ glasses.

after 20 years of waiting for glasses…and a week for having them made…i officially have my dream glasses.  they are the jam.  and although i don’t really need to wear them all the time, i have a feeling that i will.  for at least the first few weeks or so.  ladies & gentlemen of the readership, here they are…

yeah, the pic is a little myspace-esque. but whatevs. these glasses are the bees knees.

kiiiinda wish i had worn my hair down today for this epic moment…but, well, i hit the snooze button a few times & had to do the mad-dash-around-the-room get ready.  however even with a pony tail, they are rad.  i will name these glasses Penelope.  Penny for short.

ok, ok, ok…you caught me.  i haven’t been 100% to-the-facts with this.  i actually got reading glasses 4 yrs ago.  but they were not as cool as these ones are.  and it makes the story a little less dramatic when i say “oh yeah, i got to pick out some ok glasses 4 years ago but i never wear them because my temple is really wide & i feel like they pinch my brain”.  see?  not nearly as good.  the other version is better.  so can ya give me brownie points for being honest but sorta forget this part so the story is better?  cuz that’d be swell.  you’re the best, a real gem.

either way, long version or short,  i have glasses now.  me & my 8 yr old self are finally bespectacled.  and it is awesome, my friends.  really awesome.

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man, there have been many a changes in the good ole Casa de Meredith.  it’s like i literally blink and a day, week, or freakin month has passed by. 

no, not you Blink 182...


i mean, i know people say that time goes by faster when you get older.  but i’m only 28.  i don’t consider that old.  i consider that awesome.  guess time flies when you’re awesome and having fun, right?  right.

sooooo…let’s do a whirlwind recap on the past 2 months complete with photos…readysetgo…

    1. i finally cleaned my garage.  that was literally a hot mess.  but it’s beautimus and now holds 2 cars.

      so it's not prestine...but it's a whole lot better. trust.

    2. i turned 28.  which was really grand.  KK tried to throw me a surprise party, but i was being a brat and wouldn’t commit to going out for a night.  so i messed that one up.  dangit.  i’ve always wanted a surprise party too!  but i did make my friend Angry Santa let me share his bday party.  and the Porch Mice (an awesome band that my friend is in) played.  they gave me a shout out, but i missed it because i didn’t know that they had started playing & was hiding in the back room soaking up the air conditioning.  woopsie.  but their set was rocktastic, and there was tons of hanging out with friends, and many a pimm’s cup was consumed by yours truly.  so def a good bday in my book.
    3. i went to bermuda with the fam.  yes kids, be jealous.  cuz i am totes pulling the “i went to bermuda” dance right now.



    4. i have a fantabulous new roomie.  we’ll call him Aa.  so now it is no longer casa de Meredith…it’s casa de Aarodith.  it is the bees knees of casas.

      a super old pic of us, but we still look this amazing.

       having Aa as a roomate is the jam.  he’s hilarious.  he can beatbox like a freakin champ.  he’s thoughtful.  he loves my monster puppy & has given him a new middle name.  he has great style.  he has great music taste.  he listens to me when i whine and either gives me stellar advise or tells me to suck it up & be an adult when i need to be.  he likes to do the chores that i don’t like to do (and i like to do the chores he doesn’t).  he’ll wax poetically about the great music videos of the 90’s.  we have dance parties.  we abusively abbreviate words.  we watch 1G5Gs together every night.  really, the only problem is that i stay up way to late because we’re hanging out & having a blast.  so, yeah, other than sleep deprivation, i’d say that it is fantastico.

    5. speaking of clean garages & new roomie…the ole hacienda got a face lift as well.  although i loved my old home decor, i’ve had it that way for 6+ years.  so i decided new roommate deserves a new vibe to the house.  something breezy with a dash of bright.  and random things that are awesome.  so headed over to our local hardware store, bought a crap ton of paint, and had a painting party.  new curtains, new chandelier, new vibe.  i like to call it beach glam.  although there is not a beach in sight.  but whatevs.  i won’t let that tiny detail hold me back.  we painted a stone dog statue lime green.  i folded a billion paper cranes & made flowers out of magazines.  and (get ready for my moment of pride) we developed 23 of my photos to create  a photo-explosion wall.  i can’t decide on a favorite new item.  i love them all.  and i love that i got to decorate it with Aa.  he didn’t run screaming when i unleashed what i like to call “project meredith”.  she is a detail oriented, slightly obsessive freak.  here’s a peek at some of the stuff we repainted…

      don't be scurrred...the rest of my house i kept really neutral


    6. visitors are awesome.  i’ve had a few friends pop into town, and i love that.  Noodle came into town 2 weeks ago, and Annie Bee is coming into town tomorrow.  these are things that make my heart happy.  great friends and great times.

so yes.  that is all that i’ve been up to.  you know, besides the normal work work work and whatnot.  gotta love it.  oh!  and i’m getting new reading glasses.  which is super freakin rad.  because i love glasses.  if i could, i would have a million pairs of them.  unfortunately i don’t need them too much.  only when i’m staring at a computer (which is a lot) or reading (which i do that too).  but, you know, i just might rock ’em when i don’t really need them.  that’s how i roll.  living on the edge.

final thing, and then i swear i’m signing off for now & will return again.  dude, have you noticed the weather lately?  it’s like fall is here.  kinda.  i checked out my weather app & the rest of the week is under 100 degrees.  fall…soups…sweaters…boots…scarves…new glasses…oh my, i’m about to have a full on overload of wonderfulness! 

it's fall! jump for joy!!

 until next time…stay classy my friends.

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i remember valentine’s day back in the day when you bought everyone in your class a valentine’s day card.  it wasn’t about having a big date at a fancy pants restaurant.  or if you were in a couple or single.  you got a card from everyone (i even gave one to that evil so-and-so who always stole my eraser & moved things around in my desk).  it was about being nice to everyone & finding the most awesome bunch of perforated cards to hand out.

so, from me to all of you out there in internetland…

happy valentine’s day!

and here are some awesome valentine’s day cards, so pick which ever one you like best. 

and Mr Bix sends you one too…

he wanted to give you a raw hide chew toy too, but i explained to him that people don't find those to be as awesome as he does. you're welcoome.


oh yes, i almost forgot…your valentine’s day card isn’t complete without lots and lots of these…

so what if they taste horrible, you gotta love 'em



happy valentine’s day kiddos!  hope it was a good one.

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1/5/11, i officially love you.  seriously.  i do.  big, whole heartedly love you.  in fact, i’m on quite the 5 day love affair with ‘011.

have you ever had one of those days where it just seems like everything is going your way?  the radio plays only killer jams…better yet, when i put the ipod on shuffle it somehow magically knows exactly the song i want to hear (when normally i spend a good 2/3 of my time skipping songs that i have no idea how they made it on my ipod in the first place).  and taking a quick stroll outside?  it seems like the whole world is just in sync…like there is a magical band leader that puts everything in the right beat, and all i have to do is take a step to have the song start.

yes.  this is the past 5 days.  it’s like some teeny bopper movie dance coordinator just popped into my life and orchestrated magic dance scenes.  all day long.  and i seriously, seriously, seriously could get used to this.  did i mention seriously?  because, seriously.  i could.

i mean, creatively i’m feeling like i’m getting the swing of things.  i’m feeling less like a bumbling idiot who loves photography & occasionally can snap a good pic here and there.  instead, i’m feeling like i’m actually capturing the images i see in my mind and making them reality.  through the magic of my lens & the marvelousness of photoshop, i am creating a visual voice.  it’s not perfected…by no means am i near the majesticness that is KK.  but i’m starting to develop something.  and i like it.  a lot.  in fact, i’m so in love with this image i can hardly stand it…

work wise?  well, i have finally been able to take off the blinders that is holiday season in retail.  from november to early january, all us retailees can think about is surviving, making it through the endless line of customers and long hours.  but today, after a very productive meeting, i was able to glance up.  i was able to see where my team & company has been, where we are, and take the moment to see where we’re going.  i’m going through a leadership transition.  i was nervous, i was missing my old leader.  but today, i am hopeful.  i am inspired.  and i am ready to rock and roll.  the little engine that could (aka my store) is about to bloom into the little store that does.  oh, there will be bumps and challenges along the way.  but i know we can do it.  and we will, because that’s what we do.

which brings us to the final part of my world…family and friends.  honestly, i’m so lucky.  i have the best family in the world.  i really do.  The Blondes, the dad’s family, my brothers…yeesh.  they’re just so rad that i am literally at a loss for words (hard to imagine, i’m sure).  i have the best friends in the world.  and they continue to surprise & delight me with how straight up rocktastic they are.  and a few new peeps have been added to the mix of old school homies (hogie…this is your first official bloggity blog shout out…) which is just fucking awesome.  seriously.  how lucky am i? 

oh! oh!  and the blog!  i have finally revamped it.  i was seriously stressin about it.  i know it sounds silly, but i was.  i mean, this thing has come to be like my kid.  i was worried that it wouldn’t pass 1st grade.  but i finally came up with a new “theme”…and it doesn’t involve a battle of wits  with an entire 365 days.  nope.  not this time.  so then i had to metaphorically organize the “new and improved” bloggity blog-ness.  which makes me so happy.  it was like a giant closet that exploded into a mass of chaos (ok, just like my real closet…the one upstairs that is mocking me as i type with its disorganization)…

i wish i could say this didn't resemble my closet...but...well it does...times 2. damn you guest room closet!

and then i totes made it my bitch.  a new, freshly organized, and revamped blog.  yep, that’s what i’m starting the year off with.

so.  kids.  i’m quite literally bouncing off of the walls.  i’m so full of positive, sunshiny rays of joy that i doubt i will be able to sleep tonight.  i’m making plans, listening to lots of great music, and getting very excited about this whole, brand spankin new year ahead of me. 

let the good times roll.