Sunday, February 28, 2010

portland showed me

1.  a very dear, very popular friend
2.  unfamiliar greenery

3.  sweet feet

4.  patient pups

5. hospitality

6.  Ellie & her friends, Kohls, Pig Bear, Pig, and Ugly

7.  a great mocha and divine pastries

8.  LOVE

Thank you, Portland!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

the sweet spot

right there in the middle of the February spending freeze.  (A little history:  we decided, in a completely undemocratic fashion, that February with its only 28 days, would be the first month that our family attempts to buy absolutely no new object.  No clothes, trinkets, toys, books, thread, cards, magazines, etc.  So far, aside from three comic books in NYC, we've been utterly successful.)  

This afternoon, as we drive home from French lessons in the ubiquitous minivan, after stops at two different public libraries in the quest for a Tintin book to satisfy the cravings of a finicky reader who insisted that we NEEDED to go to Borders in order to BUY a Tintin book, the interior is absolutely silent.  With their overhead lights shining, in the dusk between day and night, they've their heads bent over brand new library books, so absorbed that they don't notice the goofy grin on their mother's face as she heads toward home.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

If you need a reason to buy

here's one:  DEAR STRANGERS is one of their March bookclub picks! Thanks, Elle.

winter lemons

You know what you're supposed to do with lemons.  This weekend I made lemons cakes (yummy) and citrus olive oil cake (healthy) and though both were tasty, a certain young girl voiced her complaint.  She's very easy to please--stays up late eating leftover green beans--but for dessert, she's all about chocolate.  So when she smelled the olive oil cake she said, simply, "Citrus, again?"  

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

a heart

can get fuller, even, than you thought it could.
Unsolicited pipe cleaner valentines from the boy whose mother took away all his video games and packed them in a box to show her love for him.  

Friday, February 12, 2010

some things seen in nyc

1.  gigantic needle & button

2.  ethan hawke scowling in a chicken joint
3.  snow
4.  the most daunting preschool commute in memory

5.  so many friends
6.  lots of strangers
7.  homemade donuts
8.  views from 1501 broadway

9.  adam & arthur & the guvnor
10. a stuffed chicken at the bar

11.  seven meals prepared by somebody other than me
12.  the very same george washington bridge we drove over as newlyweds, with a cat and a van

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

check this out

Buy the book!


Tomorrow I get to wear the title of two-time novelist.  Without discounting discipline, inspiration, perseverance and work, I'd like to take this moment to acknowledge luck.  Only so much of life can be planned and thought out.  We can urge ourselves into the trajectory for which we yearn, but there's gotta be a little (or a lot) of luck to make it actually happen.  Thanks, universe, for supplying me with my fair share of luck.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Thank you, MORE

just like old times. . .

My bestest friend from college visited over the weekend and we sewed into the night.  What if we'd had a machine in the dorms?  Look out all you hipsters with zipper tutorials on youtube--we're not far behind.

We miss you, roomie!!