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A List of Good Things and Some Pretty Bowls

November 20, 2013

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I think it’s that time of the year when everyone is just kind of tired. Maybe it’s the dark long evenings. Maybe it’s the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the corner with Christmas close on its heels. This should be a fun, celebratory, exciting time of year but then there are colds and icky illnesses and deadlines and that dragging feeling . . . all together, it all just makes you just want to stay under the covers in the morning.

Let’s count up some good things that have happened this week, though, shall we?

  • I found a place to host the recital and Christmas party for the Christmas recital. Thank. Goodness. Disaster narrowly avoided, let me tell you. The process of seeking a recital-and-party venue for elementary-age children in a crowded, over-priced metro area should be carefully outlined in The Master Handbook for Piano Teachers.
  • Thanksgiving is next week! This is reason enough to celebrate, but we’re going to visit Mark’s family in Dallas for the week which means *WARMTH*.
  • Our Giant now carries both Talenti’s Double Dark-Chocolate and Belgian Milk Chocolate flavors. Be still, my heart.
  • I borrowed Kathleen Norris’ The Cloister Walk from a friend and it’s fabulous. Just the kind of quite, lyrical, thoughtful prose I like to read at the beginning of the day.
  • My mom sent me a gorgeous dress from Anthropologie that I would probably never have bought for myself. (Aren’t mothers pretty fabulous?) It’s similar to this one. The sweet package made my week, and possibly my entire holiday season.

Your turn. What is making your week wonderful, despite everything that is not?

Now, just in case things are not yet bright, let’s look at some pretty bowls. Which one is your favorite? I love the double-handled barn-red bowls from Williams-Sonoma, but the Anthro polka-dots pretty much slay me. Also, a STRIPED bowl??? So adorable.

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For some fun serving-bowl choices, jump over to Jess’ blog.

1. Double-Handle Bowl from Williams-Sonoma. // 2. Dot Pop from Anthropologie. // 3. Porto Bowls from World Market. // 4. Striped bowl from Crate and Barrel. // 5. Cabo Melamine set from Pottery Barn.

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    1. I was pretty sure those were the ones you have in white! I love the red . . . also, did you see the blue? So sharp.

  1. love these bowls. I love some of the bowls at anthro. I was thinking that now that I have most of the basics (thankyou wedding gifts), I want to start buying FUN things, like ice cream bowls and decorated pinch bowls for cooking, etc.

    1. Aren’t they so cute?? I love the idea of having lots of mixy matchy dishes instead of just one continually matching set.

  2. Oh, oh, I like the #3 World Market bowls. So pretty! Besides, I’m a sucker for tastefully done orange and blue.

    Speaking of Talenti, I just found a forgotten package of it in my freezer. How awesome can life get?!

    Funny thing, we’re going to be in Texas for Thanksgiving, too! About an hour and a half away, though. Too bad it’s the family time of year, but maybe it’ll happen again. Have fun!

    1. THAT is a hidden gem. WHAT FLAVOR?? Aaah, sad! I’m sure it’ll happen again though. You too! I’m super excited about the warmer weather.:-)

  3. That dress your mom sent is just too pretty! Yay for Moms sending sweet gifts in the mail. Mine often sends baked goods with personalized labels. It’s just too precious.

    And thank you so much for linking to my post – You’re so sweet to do it.

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