beka stays : april recap

April was good.

I really liked this meal.

And this post.

And this picture.

And this place.

The end.

(No, really.)

(But if you’d like to know how January and February and March were, I wrote really lovely recaps about them.)



staying real : thoughts that really should have stayed thoughts

Well it’s Monday. And it’s snowing. And I have no heat. So it seems like a great day to share this story and bring some levity to life.

I’m not sure what came over me when I went to the closest and cheapest a new hair salon over the weekend. Perhaps it was the shock from being in sandals and a sundress one day to a winter coat and scarf the next. Perhaps it was errand-weariness from a day with 1,000 stops. Or perhaps it was just me being me…uncensored.

It was probably that.

For whatever reason, I was filter-less. Like, completely filter-less. It was a direct flight from thought to speech. Not in a charming way. More in a way that made me regret every time I decided to respond to a question. Which was frequently.

So here you are, friends. A little advice on what not to say out loud to strangers. Not that any of you need this advice; I’m sure you’re all capable of having perfectly normal conversations with your hairdresser. Or, you know, with humans in general.

Clearly, I am not.

Things You Wish You Hadn’t Said To Your New Hairdresser, Or To Anyone, Ever:


Hairdresser: Let’s get started! Do you want a wash?

Me: Um…yes. Definitely yes. My hair is a hott mess right now. Kind of like my life.


Hairdresser: So, do you have any fun plans for tonight?

Me: Well, I have sweatpants and leftover takeout waiting for me at home, so yes!


Hairdresser: Do you want me to put your purse over by the coat rack?

Me: Only if you want a mild strength and conditioning workout. I’m kind of a hoarder.


Hairdresser: So…when was the last time you had a haircut…?

Me: Um. August? Yes, August. The last month that started with an A. Which actually speaks more to my personal hygiene habits than to the busyness of my schedule.


Hairdresser: Ok! What would you like to do with this?

Me: If by “this” you mean the mop atop my head…I’d just like it not to look like this anymore, please. So do whatever you need to do!

It’s good that this experience ended by me taking out a $20 that had been folded into a small square and covered in masking tape…as it had been stuck to the inside of my running shoes as a surprise by my mom over Easter (thanks, Mom!). I’m sure that the full minute it took me to untape the cash I was about to pay with was just enough time for the hairdresser to jot down my name, age, and general physical description so that I’m put on a black list and never allowed back in the salon again.

Oh my word…oh my word.

Luckily it was all worthwhile since I skyped with my parents later that night, sporting the new ‘do, and my mom asked me when I was going to schedule that haircut I’ve been needing for awhile.

Apparently this was an effective outing on all fronts.

inspired : 4.22.12

this list is chock-full of real inspiration. namely:

Steven Curtis Chapman’s Red Bus Project

The Welcome Home Blog…also known as the reason I sat at my computer and cried for 20 minutes tonight

please vote for Humankind Water!

and in this week’s food section we have:

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancake Baked Oatmeal

Coffee Coffee Cake Muffins. Yes, yes please.

So simple, so true :The Anatomy of a Really Good Grilled Cheese

And the miscellaneous entries:

this groomsmen portrait is hysterical

and speaking of hysterical…I think I’ve listened to this Utah Jazz announcer’s call 87 times and it literally never gets old (begins at the 2:30 minute mark)

I usually don’t like stenciling, but I really like this wall!

how does Scott Hoying not have a major record deal and 18 hit singles already?

pin of the week:

i understand this feeling. happy in the sunshine.

pinned here via here

(how much do you LOVE this puppy?! and how much do you understand the exact emotion he is feeling while basking in the sunshine?!)

(also, I hope you were all hoping for a post completely devoid of any semblance of punctuation consistency, because if so, your wish has come true!)

beka stays real : april chalkboards


[what is most important?]


[“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:45]

living room 1:

[anything less than your best is a failure]

living room 2 didn’t change…because I still need to be reminded of this on a daily basis!

[be an exclamation point, not a question mark]