Monthly Archives: July 2011

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Spending most of July with all of  my sisters
  • Calling in sick to work to squeeze in a little more family time
  • My new purple dress
  • A sweet card from my sister
  • Homemade peach cobbler with homemade whipped cream
  • Lots of packages in the mail
  • Mac & cheese
  • “I’ve met Sarah Palin, & YOU are no Sarah Palin!”
  • Jets tickets for December 4th!
  • Super fruit coolers
  • Dinner with Mr. O’kane
  • Huge halfsmokes with chili, cheese, & onions from Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Exploring southeast
  • Cupcakes from CakeLove
  • Midnight grocery shopping
  • Baking fresh bread for Sunday morning breakfast

Sisters, Sisters

My three beautiful sisters & I were in the same country, & the same state, & the same city for the most of the month of July. This was a tremendous blessing.

This happens only about once a year, so it’s a very special time for my family.

If you look closely, you can see our matching love knot rings.

While my oldest sister was visiting from the UK, & my youngest was home from field training & on break from college, & my older sister & I cleared our schedules, we decided to get matching “sisters” tattoos.

top: oldest & older
bottom: me & younger

It says “сестры” which means “sisters” in Russian. In cursive cyrillic, the “t” looks like an “m”. My three sisters & I are completely different people, so it was amazing that when I was inspired by these sister’s tattoos, & I pitched the idea for ours, they all agreed. To honor our individuality, we went with different designs & locations.

My sisters added five birds to represent each of the children in our family, including our sister Rachel, who was stillborn at 9 months in October of 1982.  My birds will be added coming up from the first “c” up towards my left shoulder in a few weeks, & I’ll have my serif letters touched up a bit once I see how they heal.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Seeing progress on the condo redesign
  • Arepas smothered in butter & crumbled quesito Colombiano
  • Our new PS3 slim
  • More Dexter marathons
  • Getting back in touch with old friends
  • Watching The Rescuers with my sisters
  • My new purple purse
  • Spicy sweet potato fries sprinkled with powdered sugar
  • Lunch with my mother & oldest sister at the Café
  • A fridge full of peaches, blueberries & strawberries
  • Sweet tea + citrus vodka
  • New ink with my sisters
  • Breakfast for dinner (my favorite!)
  • Cartoon Network & huge bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Sunday dinner with my family

Banana Coconut Rum Bread


  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp rum
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded coconut, divided

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until well mixed. Whisk the mashed banana, coconut milk, butter, rum and vanilla extract into the sugar and egg mixture.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until mixed with no streaks of flour remaining.

Stir in 1 cup of the shredded coconut and pour the batter out into the greased loaf pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded coconut on the batter.

Bake for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 1/2 an hour before slicing.

(You can also add about 1/2 cup of pecans. Just fold them in right before you pour the batter.)

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • New music
  • Salt water taffy
  • Getting new tires for my car
  • Vats of sweet tea
  • “March 2013.”
  • Telling her how I feel & the weightlessness after forgiveness
  • Baking peanut butter chip cookies & banana coconut rum bread
  • Dexter marathons
  • Skin butts
  • Extremely productive work days
  • “I would hug you right now, if it were appropriate.”
  • “It will happen, just you don’t know when.”
  • Visiting the farmer’s market
  • “Do you think we need the sombrero?”
  • Funfetti cupcakes with rainbow chip frosting (my favorite!)
  • The festival with my family
  • Watching Fried Green Tomatoes, while enjoying fried green tomatoes
  • Coming home to Bubba ♥

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Andrés ♥
  • “There’s a rumor that you’re a good proofreader.”
  • Giant grilled cheese sandwiches on sourdough
  • “Vitches of england, you may remove your vigs.”
  • Family parties
  • Meeting Andrés’ uncle who stepped up to raise him as a son
  • Grand melon bacardi + limeade
  • Fielding endless probing questions from family about our future
  • Sunday brunch at Mr. Henry’s
  • Afternoon naps
  • Peach smoothies

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Having all three of my sisters home ♥
  • Mango pineapple smoothies
  • Dexter marathons
  • Extra midnight cuddles
  • Lots of family time
  • Dying my hair with fierce rouge henna
  • Planning my next tattoo
  • Buying six gallons of vodka
  • Deep conversations with my oldest sister
  • Chinese, ordered in
  • “Ew, you guys are making me wet!”
  • A three day weekend