Nailed It!

IMG_0142Is it spring yet? I know 3/4 of the county is covered in snow, but it was 70ish degrees here last weekend. And while I know that doesn’t really mean anything and Florida weather is fickle this time of year, I’m ready for Spring. So, why not reflect that in nail polish? Also, is it just me or do these nails remind you of Rocko’s Modern Life?IMG_0145IMG_0147

Splash of Grenadine by Essie
Turquoise and Caicos by Essie
Good Morning Hope by Essie
My friend Kyle and I also discovered that these nails perfectly match the tables at my favorite lunch time spot, Chasteen’s!


Parks and Rec – Bye, Bye Lil Sebastion

p and rp and r 3Guys, I LOVE Parks and Rec. I was not a fan from the beginning, and in fact Ray had to convince me to start watching sometime during season 3. But, now it’s my favorite and I’m devastated it’s over. I have a really hard time loving sitcoms. I usually find them cheesy and with poor writing. HOWEVER, Parks and Recreation was different. P&R was definitely over the top, but in a somewhat believable way.  #neverforget
I’ll be honest, it took me a few days to watch the season finale. I just didn’t want it to end. Last night we took the plunge, made homemade waffles, and enjoyed the final episode. It was perfect! I loved how the final season was set in the future and I loved the flash forwards for each character. I don’t think I could have asked for a better ending. Did you see the little Star Lord cameo? Are you so happy for Jerry? Is anyone else still wondering about Mark Brendanawicz? p and r 2

Here are few things I would like us all to remember from P&R:

“The library is the worst group of people ever assembled in history. They’re mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well read, which makes them very dangerous” -Leslie

“It’s not my favorite shirt, but it is my least favorite shirt.” – Donna

“Nothing is wrong. Just do your job. And they would never cancel Game of Thrones. It’s a cross over hit. It’s not just for fantasy enthusiast, they’re telling human stories in a fantasy world.” – Ben Wyatt

“Treat yo self 2011!” – Tom and Donna

“I think Comic Sans always screams fun, right?” – Jerry/Garry/Barry

“April is the best. But she’s 20. When April was born, I was already in the third grade, which means if we were friends back then, I would have been hanging out with a baby. I don’t know anything about infant care. My god, I could have killed her.” – Andy

And a clip from my #1 favorite episode. #2 is the series finale. #3 is Johnny Karate. #4 is Treat Yo Self.

Wednesday Jams

I’ve talked a little about my musical journey on here before. Oldies to pop to contemporary Christian to indie to oldies again to… well, you get the picture. Instead of podcasts, I’ve been listening to more music while at work.
Here’s what I’m currently jamming to:

We first saw Shaky Graves a little over a year ago when he was on tour with Shovels and Rope. We were instantly into him.

After Missy Elliott’s surprise performance at the Super Bowel I became re-obsessed with her. Ray is not enjoying this obsession.

What are you currently jamming to?

Alliray tips for living in an old house with sub-par heating

IMG_6409Four years ago Ray and I purchased a beautiful almost 100-year-old home. With our 100-year-old home we also got 100-year-old insulation, which almost means no insulation. While we have central heat, it isn’t always up to snuff. It feels weird posting this now, because we’ve had several super beautiful, not-too-cold days in the recent weeks. However, north Florida winters are fickle. Going from 80 degrees to 30 degrees in a 36 hour period is a norm. Without further ado, here are a few of our tips for staying warm in a cold house.

1. Slippers. Slippys. Slips. They’re essential. I never wore slippers until a few years ago because I always assumed socks were sufficient. Guess what? In the winter socks alone are never sufficient, even in Florida. Slippers have been saving my life and my ice block feet.faves 3

2. Lone Wolf. Ray and I consistently fight over this sweatshirt. We bought it at a Goodwill 3 or 4 years ago because we thought it was funny. Little did we know it was also warm and roomy and we both always want to wear it. Sure, we each have other sweatshirts, but none as perfect as Lone Wolf.IMG_0098

3. Casseroles. One cold COLD day last January Ray and I were freezing so we made a casserole and we truly believe it saved our lives. To be honest, we don’t eat casseroles very often. They’re not really my thing. BUT, if the temp is dropping below 30 I suggest a warm gooey meal.

4. Black Cat. If you’re going to live in an old home with sub-par heating or insulation you will need a pet to keep you warm. Black Cat (when he’s in the mood) is a great heater.bc 2

5. Double blanket. Sometimes one blanket just isn’t enough.

6. Bubble baths. A hot bath is great for curing what ails you. Especially if cold weather ails you. In the Hancock household we love baths. It’s the perfect place to relax, read a book, and warm up. Treat yo self!

7. Space heaters. Now, space heaters can be just as awful as they are awesome. They can cause dry skin, dry nasal cavities, and scratchy throats. They can also be dangerous. However, if you buy a good one it can be so wonderful. Ray’s parents gave us an inferred heater for Christmas and it has absolutely improved our heat situation. As space heaters go, you get what you pay for so don’t skimp!

Do you live in a super cold house? What are your tips for keeping warm?