Sunday, September 18, 2011

On the Borderline//Sally Seltmann

I'm usually a peaceable person. I hate fighting even more than I hate bed bugs.

Sometimes, though, things get hard and you need a good song to help you rally. That's when I listen to this little gem. I'll leave all of the Notre Dame Victory Marches and Boomer Sooners to you--when it comes to fight songs, this is the one for me.

So there. Take that, world.
, Molly

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Malls of Dubai

“You got big ones, small ones and all of them are awesome.”

Another controversial internet teen sensation. Watch out Rebecca Black, you've got a rival in the UAE!
, Molly

Monday, September 12, 2011

Jon Foreman//House of God Forever

Declaring this as my official go-to song for the month of September. It's just right.

Update: I've probably listened to it 100 times by now.
♥, Molly

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Redeeming Love

image from Simple Pleasures

i made a pact in high school never to read a francine river's novel. 10 or so years and 3 insistent friends later, i guess i did. maybe the biggest thing i took away from this book was the theme from job 1:21--"the lord gave, and the lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the lord."

♥, Molly

Friday, September 9, 2011

bird by bird

image by good reads

it's not very often i come across a book i look forward to re-reading right away. helpful, honest, funny, and so very good.
♥, Molly

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The English Assassin

image from Daniel Silva Books

my sister likes spy books part II.
the english assassin is #2 in an 11 book series. the author had an excellent way of describing characters and inserting interesting historical references and tidbits.

♥, Molly

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rules of Betrayal

image found here

my sister likes spy stories. this one was horribly cliche (bitter afghani terrorist + rich arab fundamentalist unite to destroy new york) and the ending left me completely unsatisifed (emma ransom, you're annoying). however, i had a bit more grace for the sloppy resolution when i learned it's only part 3 of an ongoing series.

♥, Molly

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Imperfect Birds

image from critrature

My first novel by Anne Lamott was a bit disappointing. I liked certain passages, but overall didn't connect with the book. You never know, though--maybe in 25 years when I'm the mother of a challenging teenager I'll have to give it a second try.
♥, Molly

Monday, September 5, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

image from SBF

yes, i do think this series is worth all* the hype.
♥, molly

well, okay--maybe i take that back. definitely not quite this much. or this. or this. or this, either...

Cat Scan

The Cat Scan

Today I'm heading to the Gulf International Cancer Center for my second PET-CT scan.  This is where I get to have radioactive superpowers for a day and am not allowed to be near pregnant women or small children.

Praying my results will come out clean!  No more cancer = no more chemo!
, Molly

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Prodigal God

image from Andrew Fuller Center

Our Bible study group has been going through this book together. You may know the story of The Prodigal Son; we've looked at it more from the perspective of The Two Lost Sons and the Lavish Father.

♥, Molly

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Have A Little Faith

image by Rate It For Me

A thoughtful gift from a friend. A thoughtful read.
♥, Molly

Friday, September 2, 2011

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

image by Spill

Once you start, you can't stop.
♥, Molly

Day 30--Last Hurrah!

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

Yes, popcorn was my last hurrah.  Before you think it's a completely lame ending to the 30 Days of Fun project, you should know that it's one of my all time favorite foods and also represents one of my all time favorite memories. The instant I smell it I'm reminded of Sunday nights when my whole family piled into my parents' room to eat popcorn and watch PBS Nova nature shows and old school episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos.  Good times.

Although I think air poppers to be the best, owning one hasn't been too conducive to my transient lifestyle.  Since the beginning of college, the microwave stuff has had to do.  That is, until Pinterest helped me discover DIY microwave popcorn, which is really just like the traditional air-popped stuff.   All I ever do is throw a few kernels in a bag, fold the top over twice, and stick it in the microwave.  When there's a 3 second lull in the popping action I consider it done. Ta-Daa! Easy as that! 

Caitlin doing a fine job of displaying the best discovery of the summer!
My favorite part is that if you only want a little bit, you don't have to make a whole big bag.  And if you don't feel like the funky taste of chemically coated kernels, you have the option to eat it plain. 
Like I do. 
For dinner.  
Here's the full recipe + nutritional, environmental, and economical reasons to try it for yourself. 

♥, Molly

Up Next:  A slew of summer reading . . . 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 29--Henna

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

 For Caitlin's last day in town I convinced her to get a fun little souvenir of the UAE:  henna.  She didn't try it when she came the first time, so I was extra excited for her to have the experience this go-around.  Due to awkward bug bites all over my arms, I was content to hide beneath my cardigan and just watch. We tried a new-to-me salon and were most happy with the results. (I think.)  Although she burned her leg in the drying process, it was worth it. (I think.)  Nobody ever said that being beautiful was easy.  ;-)
Thanks for coming, Caitlin!  I'm going to miss you--you've made my summer extra special!!
♥, Molly