because teena said so...

things i like: this american life, my lumix, baking (especially cupcakes), my new neighbors - liam, delia and kyle - and their yummy lasagna, wwoz online, these photos, paint chips, monkeys, haircuts, spring, bird nerd, this pattern, these pins, this shirt, WAWAYAs, jet li's fearlessnot buying clothing, middle eastern food, television, old country, and much much more.

things i dislike - a short list because i'm in a delightful mood:  this and the war. dumb.

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sunday's random ten happy making things

  1. long days. i can't believe how late it got dark today. (although i'm sure tomorrow i'll be moaning about how dark it was at 7:00 a.m.)
  2. warm weather. spring. its coming. i can feel it. which means i will
    spend an entire month staring out my window at work and getting NOTHING
  3. erin mckeown. i heard her on all things considered and downloaded sing you sinners and am loving it.
  4. this monkey.
  5. the cute book.
  6. its old news because its been absolutely everywhere but this rocks.
  7. burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes from the nigella lawson domestic goddess cookbook.  i was skeptical but they were amazing.
  8. the ticket i received in southern illinois while driving down to nola has been dismissed. can i get a hell yeah?
  9. the pixie roll review in knitty. redundant, i know. but it made my week - without a doubt.
  10. the pixie rolls i just made.


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lovey dovey all the time

what can i say? i love valentine's day. i think its mostly a load of crap but i love the idea that one one day a year everyone should be unabashadly romantic. so, here's a list of my favorite hearts and flower-y type things on this here valentine's day...

  • popcandy whitney's v-day playlist
  • this dessert i got up to make shawn this morning.



  • mail. i actually got a couple of cards today from friends. there is something so sweet about handwritten letters, isn't there?
  • shawn.


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happy making


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things that are making me happy

  • joss whedon directing an episode of the office! could it please be an episode with an alternate dimension version of everyone - like the wish or doppelgangland? pleeeease?!?
  • dish network. who knew freeing ourselves from the bonds of comcast would be so great?
  • my indigo shoes. i'm thinking i'm never going to buy another kind of shoe. so comfy. so pretty.
  • special topics in calamity physics. seriously.
  • all of my holiday socks that shawn gave me. so much better than tights. stripes, cashmere and polka dots, oh my.
  • my newly embellished old skirt.


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You know the one -- everyone's doing it.  You answer with just one word. . .
1. Yourself: clever
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse): brilliant
3. Your hair: difficult
4. Your mother: generous
5. Your Father: patient
6. Your Favorite Item: necklace
7. Your dream last night: stressful
8. Your Favorite drink: cafe-au-lait
9. Your Dream Car: karmannghia
10. The room you are in: office
11. Your Ex: forgotten
12. Your fear: planes
13. What you want to be in 10 years? happy
14. Who you hung out with last night? shawn
15. What You're Not?  carefree
16. Muffins: chocolate
17. One of Your Wish List Items: art
18. Time: precious
19. The Last Thing You Did: work
20. What You Are Wearing: librarian-chic
21. Your Favorite Weather: humid
22. Your Favorite Book: marquez 
23. The Last Thing You Ate: cheese
24. Your Life: busy
25. Your Mood: unsettled
26. Your best friend: shawn
27. What are you thinking about right now? shawn
28. Your car: scion
29. What are you doing at the moment? typing
30. Your summer: short
31. Your relationship status: married
32. What is on your TV? nothing
33. What is the weather like? grey
34. When is the last time you laughed? earlier

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weekend to do

  1. mom's show
  2. see gram
  3. etsy (new banners for both pixie rolls and shanasays)
  4. send holiday show application
  5. clean blind lemon jefferson's bowl
  6. barnes & noble (make, adorn, interweave & rolling stone)
  7. clean sitch room
  8. put away depression glass
  9. pick a side dish to bring to mom's on thursday

there's nothing like accomplishing almost everything on your list to restore your soul.

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smell my feet

reasons i love halloween:

  1. its me & shawn's non-wedding anniversary. 14 years ago today, we became a couple. FOURTEEN YEARS.
  2. pumpkins. especially when they are as fantastic as this:Beaker_full
  3. scary movies. recently we've watched slither, poltergeist, dawn of the dead, shaun of the dead, wicker man, texas chainsaw massacre: the next generation, feast... i'm sure there are others. and i've watched a few on my own. never a good idea.
  4. costumes. seeing people randomly dressed like the mario bros. or vampires or girl scouts amuses me to no end.
  5. candy. what's not to love?

and with that, i am going to answer the door.

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friday's random ten annoyances

#1 - rumsfeld. "back off?" you've got to be kidding.
#2 - the pledge drive. i realize its a necessary evil for public radio. and i'm a member. i have been since i was 19. but i've been growing increasingly disenchanted with wbez and npr. there's this INSANE thing about wbez doing away with music next year.  if this is indeed the case i will be doing away with my yearly pledge. also, 11 central ave. is about the most annoying thing i've ever heard. npr pissed me off with the whole bob edwards debacle. and there have definitely been subtle changes to both morning edition and all things considered that i haven't enjoyed. it feels a bit like pandering. so, the pledge drive just fuels these fires.
#3 - this lingering / burgeoning head cold - i'm really not sure what its doing.
#4 - the case of the missing lap top - shawn bought a laptop from someone on ebay with our state tax refund. he received it - after much ado. it was defective. he sent it back and we've yet to hear ANYTHING.
#5 - traffic in the rain. the roads are moist people - use caution but there is NO need to slow down to a CRAWL.
#6 - my amazing new talent - i can hit snooze in my sleep thereby causing shawn & i to have to rush. and shawn really doesn't do well with rushing in the morning.
#7 - netflix. i have once again signed up. i have a queue filled to the brim with horror movies, tv, and music dvds for shawn. we're being good and watching things right away. netflix however seems to be following the mrs. butterworth philosophy of life and taking their own sweet time. oh yeah, and in less than a month a dvd has been lost.
#8 - the lack of free time in the hampton household. i've been wanting to carve my stinkin' pumpkin for two weeks now. no dice.
#9 - lady bugs. they're cute. but not when they are dead, en masse, on my window sill at work.
#10 - i know that there are real tragedies in the world but god damn, would it have killed old navy to put the elbow patches on my new sweater on the actual elbows?

and so we're clear - i don't hate everything. shawn is adorable. and i love my office and its view.


ok, so #11 - who the hell does tom cruise think he is? and when is she going to come to her senses?

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