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God is good! And why I don’t get away with anything.


I did something to my shoulder two days ago. Not sure what but it was definitely nerve related and hurt intensely. It probably happened from swinging my backpack into the trunk before work …

Anyhow, I was really wanting to not make a big thing of it, not draw attention to it, not tell anyone, not let it distract me … but yet, in all my attempts to do that, it was distracting me bad. Real bad. All day.

I made it until 8:00 pm without saying a word. Then I reached across the table for my Sprite at the Listening Room and winced at the take-my-breath-away pain. I succombed to temptation and I opened my mouth.

Me to Jason: “I really jacked up my shoulder. It’s killing me! I don’t want to make a big deal of it, though.”

I don’t know if it’s our 10+ years together or his super observant nature or his prophetic gifting (probably a combination of all 3), but he can see right through me.

J: “Ya know, there is a difference between saying you’re not making a big deal about something, still worrying and obsessing about it in your mind, and actually not making a big deal of it.”

I couldn’t help but smile. I knew I was pegged. He knows me better than I know myself.

J: “I’m not saying you’re doing that. I’m just saying —”

M: “I love you.”

J: “Don’t you mean, I hate you?” It’s hard being the messenger. Can you tell I usually react defensively?

M: “No, I love you because you don’t let me get away with anything.”

Driving home, I was praying about it. I decided if I was going to stop thinking and obsessing about it, I needed to fully give it over to God. I trust Him to take care of all of my needs big and small, including stabbing shoulder pain, but sometimes I need to confess that I’ve been letting it burden me and release it to Him. I think I prayed something like this:

God, forgive me for letting this become such a distraction for me. I’m handing it over to You. I trust You with it.

Instantly, the pain went away. Hallelujah! I have faith but even I was pretty surprised!

Then I made a wide right turn and stabbing pain took my breath away again.

Ok, I need a reminder. Something I say every time it hurts to refocus and remember that I handed this over to God. … How about “God is good!” Because He is good. Even when I have pain. He is still good!

So that’s what I did and have been doing for the past day and a half. The pangs of pain have been getting progressively less frequent. But when they hit, I proclaim “God is good!”  And whether the pain stops or not, that is what I will keep doing. It’s amazing what a difference it makes for me to say-try-attempt to not do something and to actually resolve to hand it over to my God who is able to do immeasurably more than I ask or imagine.

You don’t have to believe me if you don’t want to. You may be carrying secret burdens and letting your thoughts be consumed by your situation, even while holding it together on the outside. I just wanted to let you know there is another option.

George Nelson Starburst Clock


When we moved into our house 3 years ago I immediately started keeping my eye out for a great deal on a mid-century starburst clock for our dining room. Problems: the cool ones are super expensive, usually electric and many are brass with traditional roman numerals … we prefer something more modern.

Here’s a beautiful example of Westclok brand Sputnik-style atomic wall clock that’s available through Etsy. LOVE the teak and the spokes. It’s $110 and if you have that much money sitting around you should definitely buy this.

Anyhow, last summer at a yard sale Jason and I found a retro modern starburst clock. We haggled with the stingy seller and finally walked away with this plastic time keeper. It was silver-plastic faced with navy blue spokes so we decided to paint it black and white. I’m very happy with the result. We used appliance spray paint on the spokes (because we had some sitting around) giving them a really glossy finish. (I’ve blogged about it before.)

Also, we changed out the hands to some simple chrome pieces from a free clock I got from work.

Recently, I saw a blog post somewhere about this clock available from MoMA. I can’t believe it! I think our plastic garage sale find must be a replica of  George Nelson’s 1949 Starburst Clock. The aluminum and wood version from MoMA is also a replica. And those clock hands? Yeah, that’s what ours looked like, only navy.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I like ours the best! Sorry George. And now that I know it’s a George Nelson replica, what was intended to be a temporary place holder for a vintage atomic clock will be sticking around.

One of the owners of Wonders on Woodland – our neighborhood MCM antique store – gave Jason and I a valuable piece of advice last year. If a piece fits with your decor and looks vintage who cares if it’s just a replication or modern interpretation of mid-century. It’s your home – fill it with things you love!

Waterfall Faucets


We’ve been looking at vessel sinks and faucets for our bathroom renovation and I keep coming across these waterfall faucets. They seem to be very popular on eBay. Jason likes them but I’m a little concerned about the functionality. We have a glass vessel sink in our other bathroom that has many chips from us and guests over the past three years. Also, the glass doesn’t stay clean-looking for more than 24 hours. (In other words, even though it looks pretty, I would NEVER recommend a glass vessel sink!) I’m also concerned that the big chunk of glass would get in the way and/or splash too much.

Do any of you have experience with these waterfall faucets? What do you think?

• Does the glass get dirty?

• Chip easily?

• Get in the way?

• Does the water splash everywhere?

Jenn Ski Print Winner Announced


Congratulations to whitneyjc from Huntsville, AL, winner of my first ever giveaway! I’ll be contacting you so I can send you your prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated! I’m looking forward to doing more giveaways in the future.

Phone Photo Friday


Last day to enter to win this Jenn Ski print! Looks like your odds are pretty good.

Waking Up


My husband is a professional musician so in his circles of influence he’s always discovering new music and graciously sharing it with me. Yay! … or is it me stealing it out of his iTunes library?

Regardless of how it was acquired, I am listening to some new music from One Republic today and LOVING it! Their newish album Waking Up is only $7.99. It’s kind of a funky neo-soul rock and very creative. That’s the best this non-musician can describe it!

But don’t take my word for it, have a listen:

One Republic – All the Right Moves

I already loved the song but I was really pleasantly surprised by the beautiful video! Sound quality is poo-poo though.

One Republic – Everybody Loves Me

Not actually a music video but you can listen at least. Sound quality much better.

Enter to Win this Print from Jenn Ski!


The very talented graphic designer, illustrator, mid-century modern enthusiast and blogger Jenn Ski partnered with me to offer you this beautiful print! (Matted size: 8×10) I love her work and style — creating retro-modern digital collages with interesting textures and an amazing eye for color. She also blogs about her beautiful mid-century home.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the many prints she has available through her Etsy shop. She also has a shop dedicated to vintage finds and another (temporarily closed) shop for vinyl decals.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment tell me what city you’re from, just cuz I’m curious.
(If you don’t want to tell me, that’s fine, just say hi!)

Contest closes Friday night at 5pm CST. Only one entry per e-mail address please.

By the way, friends and family members are welcome to enter! You are probably 50% of my readers.

I Love Y’all!


It’s the week of Valentine’s Day and I just want to take this opportunity to tell you all how much I appreciate you. When I started this blog (like any other blogger I guess) I was talking to myself, then a few friends, then a few strangers and now there are a whole bunch of you who read. I am seriously so humbled that you take the time to visit this here little blog.

A week or two ago my post to comment ratio inverted. Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal to you but I was pretty excited about it. I don’t ask for comments very often and not many of you comment. I don’t mind cuz I still know you’re there. I mean not specifically who you are or anything creeper like that, but I know the number of you that are out there on the other side of the screen. And truly, it means the world to me. I love you all!

In celebration of love and blogging and mid-century modern, I’m doing my first giveaway tomorrow!

Back to the Old


Last week I dug out my old backpack – the one I used from middle school through my second year of college when I discovered tote bags. As a commuter, totes where the best way to not have to carry 8 books around all day. I had my morning tote bag, my lunch bag and my afternoon tote bag (and occasionally some gigantic portfolio and art toolbox). They all resided in the car until called upon.

Back to the present. I carry my laptop to and from work in a neoprene sleeve in a tote back. This is the one I’ve been using recently:

The thing is, I’ve pulled or strained or twisted some muscles in my back or side 3x in the past couple of months. I think it’s from slinging in and lugging out the heavy tote from behind my driver’s seat.

Time for a change. So here I am with my new [old] backpack, ready for work and feeling like it’s the first day of school all over again.

What do you think – cute or nerdy? You can be honest. It won’t affect my decision to wear it (as evidenced by the pom-pom hat).