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I'll be home for Christmas

Happy Christmas Eve Eve, friends!

Today I’m hanging out with my favorite littles, painting some pottery and spending a sizeable amount of time outside at our favorite park. Then, I’m heading north to spend Christmas with my family this week.

Though this image of my sweet puppy Buddy was from 2012, it is predicted to snow 8-12 inches in my hometown this weekend, a much welcomed forcast for a girl who lives in 80 degree weather in December.

Travel safe, my friends!

my 9 hour road trip companions

I made the long journey back from my hometown across Texas today.

9 whole hours. 540something miles.

Long solo road trips call for some serious audio loving.

Here were my companions today:

  • 2.5 episodes of Being Boss Podcast. These ladies just get it. Ep 1  & Ep 2

  • Elise Gets Crafty’s most recent episode on automation. Multiple mental notes made for my upcoming small biz. 

  • This American Life’s newest episode, Status Update. Always wonderful.

  • 75% of Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. Hilarious & research based & so much more than dating relationships. 

Whew. Now it’s time for a nap and a car wash.

taking it back to 2011 with the pioneer woman

While in Houston this weekend, Apple Guy and I & discovered that my girl Giada De Laurentiis was doing a book signing at the Williams Sonoma we were walking by.

I had a HUGE fan girl moment while simultaneously trying to explain to Apple Guy why this was such a big deal. (He still doesn't get it.)

Unfortunately, our hunger was louder than our willingness to wait hours in line. BUT I was reminded of a spontaneous trip to a book signing a few Novembers ago.

After hearing that Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) was going to be doing a book signing 2 hours north of my hometown, my mom, sister and I grabbed our PW books and hopped in the car.

The 4 hour wait was completely worth it.

Ree and her family were the nicest people. My mom and Ree actually connected on the fact that they grew up in the same small town in Oklahoma only years apart. Which basically means we have a standing reservation for Thanksgiving dinner, right?

Right. 

Oh and PLEASE, check those Instagram filters.

#onfleek <-- did I use that correctly?

Oh gosh. Forgive me.