In which it’s all bits and bobs

Morning, chickens! Today’s post is a collection of odds and ends. It’s been a whirlwind week for sure. With the release of SPEAR–YAY!–there have been loads of little projects to tie up and some new opportunities to pursue. Loads of good stuff going on, just trying to keep myself organized so I don’t miss anything! For some reason I have a mental block against using my phone’s calendar so I end up jotting everything down on two calendars, neither of which I carry with me. It’s daft. It makes no sense whatsoever. I love the idea of a proper organizer; I desperately wish I could be one of those terribly efficient types with a Filofax, but after a few months, I get tired of lugging it around and it always ends up in a drawer somewhere. Hopeless, really. But perhaps I should begin anew? The trouble is finding anything the right size–say 6×8–and attractive. Why do all these organizational things have to look so GRIM? And if they aren’t grim they’re in alarming florals. Why can’t they make something that looks like it fell out of a 19th-century Parisian attic? Or something a self-respecting flapper wouldn’t mind tucking in her traveling bag? Bah.

So, onto the bits and bobs–first off, if you missed the previous post’s edited announcement, I’ll be in Georgia in March for the Dahlonega Literary Festival. Yay!

Also, it’s GATSBY time, y’all! I probably won’t see the film in the theatre, but I am delighted that the 20s are officially a “thing” now. ALL the better, since this is my preferred setting right now. It’s making it much easier to find research materials and images for my files and collages. Thanks to an FB post, I found a glorious magazine on newsstands now called “The Great Gatsby Era”. It’s a “bookazine”, one of those special editions with a thicker cover that’s produced to hit the market right when there’s a lot of buzz. It’s $9.99 and I found it at Target–and it’s GORGEOUS. I haven’t even let myself read it yet because I plan to savor it with a pot of tea and a lazy weekend afternoon, but if you’re into all things Gatsby, you need to hunt this one down!

And speaking of down (see what I did there?), “Downton Abbey” merchandise, including CLOTHES, is coming soon. Can’t wait to see what they look like! And this is as good a place as any to ask a favor: I’m still researching the 1920s, so if you come across resources–links, books, website, images, etc.–please give me as shout.

Since I’ve gone gluten-free, the biggest challenge has been eating out. Some restaurants–like Abuelo’s and several of our locally-owned eateries–have been amazing, with dedicated gluten-free menus and super-accommodating waitstaff. Others have been abysmal, and still others have just been confusing. Like Panera. For the record, I like Panera. The food is fresh and tasty and much healthier than the usual fast-food fare. And kudos to them for making an effort to offer gluten-free options. Except. It’s on a Hidden Menu. No, I’m not kidding. A bakery chain is probably the last place gluten-free folk would think to look for a menu just for them. SO WHY WOULD YOU HIDE IT? The food looks great and it appeals to a demographic Panera wouldn’t otherwise be able to serve–celiac sufferers, folks with gluten or wheat sensitivites, paleo eaters, Atkins dieters, and people who just don’t want loads of carbs. But they’re keeping it secret? Does not compute for me. But I’m thrilled to know I can find food there beyond just a fruit cup and a bag of chips, so I’ll take what I can get. (Note the Hidden Menu is in addition to the regular menu items that are gluten free–the black bean soup, the tomato soup without croutons, etc.)

New blog find you might want to check out: Lost Splendor. I haven’t had a chance to really dig around in this one, but what I’ve seen is delicious. Just a bit of photographic swoonery to inspire an afternoon.

And this last link comes with a warning. This act from “Britain’s Got Talent” is pure magic. I’ve watched it twice, and both times I was absolutely wrecked. Huge thanks to my friend Sherri for sharing this on FB. Performance starts at 1:25. Bring tissues.

5 thoughts on “In which it’s all bits and bobs”

  1. Angie Baugh says:

    I am totally into organization and I have found May Designs to make cute personalized calendars and notebooks. They’re 5×8, eco-friendly, and they have lots of designs. You should definitely check them out.

    Congrats on the new book!

  2. Terry Lynn Thomas says:

    Deanna, Check out the 2013 diary at Persephone Books. I love mine plus it is gorgeous!

  3. Sarah Borland says:

    I too struggle with the aesthetics of organization but I love the Moleskin calendars. They are substantial in the best possible way.

  4. Elaine Cohoon Miller says:

    I had finally trained myself to put appointments on my phone calendar with little reminder tones (tried to pick a pleasant sound) when – YIKES – the phone software required an update which – DOUBLE YIKES – wiped my calendar and then synched it with Facebook events!! No doubt I did something to cause that little snafu, but really! Still working on scavenging information about MY schedule from my friends.

  5. Lesley says:

    Thanks for sharing the last link!!! Unbelievable thank you

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