Researching Wildflowers & Odd Plants/Flowers - I've always been interested in flora and fauna, and I've always a book in my bag about one or the other but there's SO MUCH to learn about the plant world that it is unceasing task to try to study it all. Right now I'm looking forward to spring as it is only a few months away here in Georgia! I'm updating my list of wildflowers to try to find and photograph AND odd plants/flowers that I would love to try to grow in a small garden this year. The plant above is called Love Lies Bleeding and not only does it look cool as hell but you can eat parts of it. Win-win, eh? If you're interesting in seeing an online site that has an enormous amount of categorized flowers for my area then I highly suggest this one. You may just fall down the rabbit hole of spring floral dreams though...just a warning.
Taoist Tai Chi Classes - The YMCA offers Tai Chi on Wednesdays and I AM SO THERE. I took Tai Chi off and on for 2 years when I lived in Valdosta but that was a good bit ago and I'm rather rusty. But it really does help with stress and god knows that I've been dealing with stupid shit at work for months and months now that is finally wearing me down and making me feel like poop. Exercising always helps as does a variety of other things I've been putting into action lately. Aligning your mind and body is a good thing 'round here and I'm trying my darndest to get in a good head space.
Penny Dreadful - Hooooooooly shit am I obsessed with this show. I started watching after a coworker loaned me the 1st season and I've glut-watched it for weeks (often rewatching episodes) with sheer delight. Alas, I'm at the final episode of Season 2 and I just can't bring myself to watch it just yet. For someone who has no self-control in many areas I find I have a will of steel in creating anticipation in my shows. I mean, I portioned out 30 Rock for months before I finally finished it up. But let's not talk about that because I'll get sad and mad that it's gone forever. Anyhoo, back to Penny Dreadful! It's at once gory, violent, wretched, beautiful, heartfelt and unbelievably intriguing. I recommend you take a gander and be prepared to be blown away by some of the richness of Season 2's dialogue.
Toccoa, Ga - This town is super tiny and struggling economically but it has some of the friendliest people, neatest old signs, cool murals, bestest soul food and greatest outdoor adventures around. There are dozens of waterfalls in the area to found if one knows the places to go (many involve setting the odometer after passing landmarks or mile markers) although none of the sights are as dramatic as Toccoa Falls. I bought this book and now we go exploring every single time we have a day off. Brady may go mainly for the fried chicken (this area is crawling with fried chicken joints!) but he still hikes along to the waterfalls with no complaints.
Oatmeal Cream Cheese Sandwich Cookies & Vegan Chocolate Mousse - I can't keep these in stock in the bakery and I'm making them almost every single day. So. Freakin. Good. I'll try to get the recipes up in the future but I always leave my camera sitting on the dining room table instead of taking it to work with me. And no phones in the bakery 'cause they're germy germ gross.
Jenny Lewis - Hot damn! That's good stuff. I missed her in spring 2015 here but I'm living vicariously via all the videos that Nashville friends have uploaded from the recent show. I'm also loving Dori Freeman and her work with the Carter Family Fold. She doesn't have those badass suits like Jenny Lewis but she's just as talented with a definite Gillian Welch / Lucinda Williams feel...
Rosemary Oil - A few months back I bought a fairly inexpensive diffuser and I've just ordered a bit more expensive and bigger one since I keep them running constantly. My oil of choice? Rosemary! It's a wonder oil! I put it not only in the diffuser but on my body. All over the body. So much rosemary everywhere. It can bring down a pimple, cure dandruff, reduce a headache, soothe a tummy ache, keep bugs away and a million other things (ok, 21 according to this article) including just making you smell green, fresh and yummy AND boost your spirits. Much needed. I get compliments on it all the time since it's such a unique scent.
I'm also obsessing over things like building a kayak storage system for my new birthday kayak (it's PANK!), stressing over bakery stuff since classic Athens band Widespread Panic is playing for 2 days and Drive By Truckers for 3 days (the insanity that is the GRIT right now boggles my mind and is giving me migraines...but people love when their favorites come home to visit), avocado toast, my new-to-me juicer (all veggies and fruits should be in fear of their lives because I'm squishing them all and drinking them down), flax dresses (I've got 5 that I wear all the time now and I should just get rid of everything else I own), wool socks and this 365 Project thingie. Phewww! But Ain't Life Grand? Yes, it is. It is at that!
Happy Monday to everyone!