The books I found at our local thrift shop the other day.  I was completely in awe that these were sitting on the shelf (among a hundred more) in a shop in our little town.  And the best part, they were all between $1.50 to $3 + 25% off.  Score!
The new books put my piles of books next to my bed over the edge.  It was becoming a bit unbearably messy, so I stole James bookshelf and moved it to my side of the bed.  It feels so good to have all my books (well, the ones I'm currently into, there is a whole other bookshelf in the other room) in my little bedroom corner, since that is where most of my reading happens.  I was having a good laugh with my friend last night at dinner about the fact that just a few years ago, I thought I didn't like to read.  My whole life, I thought books were for the birds.  Until I realized, I was a bird.  Hello, I love them!  I just don't like novels.  Call me crazy, but I'd rather get into my own head then someone elses.  Im probably missing out on alot, and one day Im sure this will change...
Visit.  My adventword for last weekend.  I pulled it on Saturday morning which was perfect b/c I was on my way to a family party.  So I kept this word for two days.  And visit I did.  We had a family cocktail party, a tradition my great grandparents used to have.  It ended up being like a family reunion, and 64 people came!  I got to see cousins I forgot I had b/c I hadn't seen them since they were babies, and now they are full grown adults.  Crazy.  It was kind of weird, seeing my cousins who are in high school all gathered around the table having a great time talking and being silly... I found myself on the outskirts of that circle.  I realized then that I have officially graduated from the kid table to the adult table.  Although I usually mingle with older peeps better in general, it was odd to see the transition before my eyes.  I guess at 30 I can consider myself an adult, huh?  I just don't feel like it most of the time.
My way of giving myself some self love when I was feeling sick.  I took a long hot bath and burned some incense and listened to my yoga mix.  It was very relaxing and just what (my inner) doctor ordered.
A little gift wrapping I have been doing this week for the holidays.  Four days until christmas and Im still wondering what to do for a few people.  I'm really wanting to change my holidays traditions in my family.  At least in my own little family at home (me and James) since I know my whole family wouldn't have much to do with these changes... 
Miss Violet Mae has been sleeping in the bed alot the past few days.  It started the night before last when the winds of change were howling outside all night long.  She was scared and slept in bed with me all night long, which she never does.  And even during the day, she has decided she does not much like the cold weather, and prefers to be snuggled up next to warm floral blankets and teddy bears... I can't blame her.
I myself have found snuggly sweaters and sweatpants to be the norm at home right now.  All I wanna do is curl up on the couch next to a fire and read... and sip on whiskey and ginger beer.  Sounds good right?
Accept.  This was the adventwindow word I pulled the other morning, right after being almost in tears b/c I realized how behind I was on things I had signed up for.  I realized at that moment, I needed to accept where I was, right then.  And beyond just those thoughts I was having, but accept where I am in life, fully.  And then not only accept, but fully embrace.  Accept my body.  Accept the quietness from friends.  Accept my own quietness.  Accept my past.  Accept my challenges.  Accept others with all of their own pasts and challenges.  This is a big word. 
My sweet Bella, glad to be home after a day at the vet.  She is sitting next to me on my computer desk as I type this.  She is my sweetest little friend.

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NEET Magazine Photos & Extras >>>

These are some of the pics they used in the N.E.E.T. magazine feature, along with a few outakes.  I thought Id share them bigger since they are a bit small in the mag.  It was so much fun doing this little shoot with Violet and Bella.  Bella was not too thrilled but she hung in there.  Im kind of surprised I managed it all by myself, besides my tripod being a little crooked, they came out great!  I also got some of the best photos of Nico, our lovebird then ever before. 

Ill be going back to my Nanna's for a while, so Ive put together several pre-scheduled posts that will be coming up.  A few things I had ready to post before I left.  Also, Ill be leaving my shops open while Im gone, we just really cant afford to close them down for so long right now, so shipping will take up to a week right now.  Please be patient if you put in any orders.  Thank you!


Light Leaks >>>

Im kind of in love with playing with the filters on my phone.  I found a combination of settings that I just adore the outcome of, and took a bajillion photos around my house.  So many that I decided to do a little mini series of them here on the blog.  I love how some of them you can barely tell what the item is.  Like tiny little dream-state glimpses of the world around you.  Instead of explaining each photo like I usually do, Ill leave it up to your imagination.

I have a little time to myself right now.  Im done with my shipping for the day, James is at his parents, so Im going to spend the next hour listening to some readings done by my lovely friend Julie, and soak it all in.  We are having homeade tamales for dinner!  James ex girlfriend's grandparents make them.  They are in their 90's!  This is the last year they will be making them, so Im going to savor every bite!


Peices of home in photos >>>

Random bits of home and life.  I miss sharing these posts, it seems like its been a while.  Ive been so busy lately, its been harder to remember to take photos throughout my days.  While I was photographing jewelry the other day, I took a moment to take some black and white photos.  I almost forgot how much I love them!  And I just love this photo of Bella on the rug, her eyes are the same color as the rug!!!  The curtain below was my mom's curtain in one of her houses when she was a young adult.  I love it.  And in the photo of me, Im wearing my PPP bell sleeve top. 

Today we are attending a very important baby shower!  James brother is having a little baby soon and we are so excited!  I will now be an auntie to two little boys!  Its about time James and I make a little girl for our family, its turning into all boys!!!  

Last night was the night we were suppose to go see Rocky Votolato play in austin.  But we both decided against it b/c it was at 10:30, which would put us home at around 4 am... We are too old for that, ha ha!  Im glad we didnt, b/c I ended up having a headache anyway.  James still surprised me with an invite to go out to dinner, so we went to our local wine bar and had yummy sandwiches.  Im already drooling over my leftovers in the fridge!  And its always a double plus when we go there b/c one of our best friends is the cook, so we got to chat with him for a while!  

On a side not, there are all new sponsors up on the blog today!  Go check these girls out - you may just find a new friend or something you cant live without :)

Oh, and I made a new treasury this morning called MODERN ROMANCE.