February 21, 2013

Awkward & Awesome Thursday: douze

  • Accidentally matching and older man in my new toastmasters club.  He welcomed me to my first meeting as an official member with: "If I had a scarf on, you wouldn't be able to tell us apart!"  *Insert grumpy cat meme: NO!*  Sir, I sincerely hope not.  
  • Trying on a number of outfits on a given morning and thinking "That would be cute...if you were pregnant!" for every. single. one.
  • McDonalds.  I always hear or see something unusual when I go in there.  Yesterday, on the way to the bathroom I walked past a disheveled looking middle-aged man.  From behind I could hear him muttering and signaling to the emptiness in the far corner of the room to "call me."  When I passed him again on the way back he was in quiet conversation with the space across from him.   He was the only person in that wing of the McDonalds.
  • Getting super psyched about the hand-me-downs that my grandma was going to donate to goodwill, and being rather nonchalant about the retail clothing (designed for people my age) that my grandma actually bought for me.  Yes, I wear clothes that my grandma was even giving away.  Don't laugh.  You'll be jealous when you see the upcycling projects I have in mind. :-)

  • My acne regime is working.  This is quite a breakthrough.  I've not the blessing of clear skin and I hate having to put make up on, so being able to look like this⇧ without any make up is super cool.  Hallelujah!
  • Singing.  Playing the piano. dancing.  It's all good.
  • Productivity.  I've started using lists again and I have never gone to bed more mentally exhausted.  It is not like a muscle that you can massage out, all that information gets stuck in your head and there isn't anything you can do but sleep.
  • Italian.  My brother Hudson is learning it through Rosetta Stone and announced the other day that he can't wait till we will be able to converse in it.  I guess that is a hint to started. :-)  So I've started.
  • Climbing a climbing wall for the first time and Emily's birthday party.  Yes, this is old news, but I'm going through photos to post so it is on my mind. :-)
  • Memorizing scripture again. Just do it.  Just start with one verse.  One more, just for today.  You will not regret it, I can guarantee it.
  • Planning to not do school tomorrow and sew instead!!!!  People! I'm so. super. excited.
  • You guys!  My followers!  I went from 118 to 121 and had 6 comments to moderate.  That just makes my heart do a little flutter jump.  Thanks.
  • Let my life be the proof, Lord!


  1. Hi Joanna!
    I love your outfit! Did you make the skirt?

    1. I did not! I could have, I suppose, but I didn't this time. My grandma bought it for me. :-)

  2. That's one of my favorite songs lately! Wish I lived it better.

  3. What's your acne regime? Do tell... I've been struggling with the same thing for a while now and nothing seems to help. But I do have several natural remedies in mind to try. =)

    Love your awk+awe posts! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sure! Maybe I'll do a post on it eventually... but I'm using Rodan and Fields Unblemish regime. My Aunt is a distributor so we decided to give it a try. It is pretty expensive, but my mom says it is worth it, especially since nothing else has worked for me. https://www.rodanandfields.com/shop/unblemish

  4. Super cute outfit! I love the purple.

    Glad your acne is getting better! Mine was really bad the last couple years so I know the feeling! Just today I made the connection that when I was avoiding dairy completely a couple months ago (which also meant I ate way less sugar) my skin was clearer than ever. It's been popping up again so next week I'm going to stop eating dairy again so I know for sure.

    Congrats on the new followers! Your sewing is amazing, so it's not surprising so many people would want to follow. :)

    1. Thanks Sereina!

      Yeah, I've noticed some dairy connections as well. Not specifically with the acne, but I get congested and feel gross all around, so I don't drink milk plain and try to avoid cereal for breakfast when there are other options. :-)

  5. I love your outfit ! Especially on the first picture where the shirt is tucked in...Somehow, when I try this look it makes my belly pop out and I end up taking my shirt off and wearing a t-shirt instead ;-) Have to do more abs before I can do this :-)
    I love reading your awkward and awesome (and seeing "douze", yeeaaah for french !) The part about cute preggo outfit seriously made me laugh out loud...thankfully I was alone in my office at that precise moment ^^ And I'm glad for your acne. I've never had breakouts on the face but I have eczema (I don't know if it's the right word in english) and in winter it can get really bad : red itchy spots on the dry places of my faces. So I sorta understand you ;-)
    I can't wait to see more sewing/upcycling posts !
    Blessings from France !

    1. :-) Thanks for the kind words Marie! Sorry about your eczema (that is the right word), I have a friends who has something a little similar and I know it can be a big pain.

  6. Hey Joanna, I didn't realize Hudson was learning italian, my brother Nathan is taking it too! They'll have to get together sometime. :)

    1. Yes! That would be great. Hud is probably going to visit after he graduates, so we definitely need some practice. :-) Maybe there will be some Italian in the next movie? ;-)