1. Nicole from Making It Lovely was our surprise guest at Chicago Mini Camp! This sequence of photos is my favorite thing ever: Nicole is all sweetly explaining something, and I am over there looking like a fool. Anyway, Nicole was a delight as always, and answered many Chicago-related questions, and others besides. 

There's a great guide on Nicole's site about what to wear to Alt. She clearly included all those dotted items just to torment me; I mentioned during my Camp Mighty talk that I was totally over dots (even though I still wear them, because I am nothing if not contradictory), and Nicole teased me relentlessly about it in Chicago. I will never live it down. Death to the dot!

PS, the above photos were taken by Helen (known to campers as Janky G.), who wrote a sweet recap post about camp.

And now, let's do some Christmas shopping, shall we?


2. Speaking of campers, one of my NYC girls just opened an adorable shop called Hattan Home. She has some real cute stuff, and I am certain she is sending me one of those Harry Allen piggy banks as a Christmas gift. Go, Lindsay!

3. Emily's Clementine Store has some awesome stuff for the holidays, and she is putting together the best gift guides, all of which items are available in her shop. Emily is yet ANOTHER camper, and I obviously have the best job in the world to be able to connect with all of these good people.

4. Surely you know of the great Jamie Meares, yes? She is running a Christmas sale at her shop called 12 Days of Furbish, and I suggest you get yourself over there so you don't miss any hot Furbish action. Also, she has a really good Christmas mix on Spotify. Quit being so awesome, Jamie. THANKS.

5. In Louisiana-related news, please enjoy this story about former LSU basketball player Stanley Roberts' quest for a college diploma. I'm sorry about the crying you're about to do.

6. Y'all enjoy your weekends! I'm going to maybe finally do some holiday decorating, and get ready for a super-quick last-minute trip on Monday. Be sweet, and don't get into the eggnog while I'm gone.

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Photo: Tennessee Resident Ben Corda

Internet, I have somehow injured my back and I am laid up like an old lady. I am also taking an unreasonable amount of anti-inflammatory/muscle-relax-y medications, so if you would like to be entertained, give me a call.

In the meantime, here are some fun things happening on the internet today:

1. Go Mighty. Reading other people's life lists is one of my great enjoyments in life, so I am glad that Maggie and Co. finally made this website for me, where the lists are all in one place.

2. I recently saw Bernie, which you should watch if you enjoy Texas and the people who live there. The movie is based on this crazytown Texas Monthly article from 1998, which I am surprised I haven't read, since I have a bad crush on Skip Hollandsworth and want to marry him. Anyway, read the article and see the movie.

3. This IKEA PS 2012 dining table. Hello, my little two-toned friend.

4. Four ways to combine type. I am really bad at this, so this little cheat sheet has been a revelation.

5. Aaaaaaand I just found my Halloween costume. I always wait until the last minute, but I already have all of these items. Plus I just got this haircut!

6. Did you know? Hateful Buntsy is writing recaps again. It's my favorite thing that ever happened.


What have y'all seen/read/watched lately that is awesome? I'm going to be sitting like this all weekend.

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Internet, I have not done your Dewit. That's right, I ain't done did yer dew it. You're just going to have to wait until next week. But in the meantime, please enjoy these five things I have been excited about this week.

1. Sanderson's 50s fabric collection. Oh, I know. Now I can order the FANCY fabric. That is correct, I can -- and I am feeling a little smug about it.

I am working with an adorable couple who is using one of these in their house. I'm so excited. I'm so excited. I'm so scared.

2. New running shoes. Y'all, Nike is going to be so mad at me, since I've worn their shoes for nearly 3 years (when I started running). But, come on. Could you pass up a shoe whose name is so close to Beyonce's? I thought not. Brooks, I hope you do me right. I have a 5K next weekend in Austin with Miss Laura Mayes, and I've committed to the half-marathon in New Orleans with my huz, Eliza, and a person who refuses to be named at this time. Oh, also, if any of you has connections to Windsor Court in NOLA, please let me know, because we are currently paying 36 frillimillion dollars for our room.


3. Green Goddess Dressing. Y'all, it is so good! Make it. Make it now. Have it with a wedge of iceberg lettuce. No, I don't want to hear it. Just dewit. Ingredients:

½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 anchovy or 1/4 tsp anchovy paste
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove
1 small shallot

Chop all up, stick in blender or food processor. Mix in olive oil if too thin.

I do not understand what is happening here with these carrots.

4. Atlantic-Pacific, with her adorable neon whatnots. Pity that scarf is vintage, or I would have snapped it up like a... thing that snaps. An alligator. A snapping turtle. Your mother.

I want her scarf, but she does look a little cold.

5. BIKES. It is finally, finally cool enough to ride bikes. I think the last time the temperature dipped below 80 it was April or something. Today, I rode my bike to the neighbors' house to supervise the picking up of some picket fencing (shout-out to Joey and Virginia!), and it was delightful.

I hope you have enjoyed this list I've made instead of writing a real blog entry. I am not lazy. No, YOU shut up.

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