Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Jury Duty went well- aka- I didn't have to serve - and I even got some reading time in waiting to go into the court room. I am reading this and it is good and quick and I would recommend it to anyone.
After I left the courthouse I walked through downtown to my favorite bookstore and grabbed a cup of coffee and a copy of this, which believe it or not I have never read. Sweetie and Mr. Ray met me there and we went in search of some lunch, which we found at the startling early hour of 11AM.
Next, it was on to Children's Hospital where I checked in on some friends and their new precious little preemie Elliot. Being in there around all those tiny babies, and all the parents and nurses who are huddled around them, stroking them, reading to them and loving them was really comforting. Usually trips to hospitals are not that great, and everyone seems tired, stressed and agitated - staff and patients alike. But there in the NICU things were remarkably peaceful and warm and soothing. If gives me hope that something is going well in the medical world.
After that it was on to my favorite thrift store where I bought a ton of linen goodies, along with some Melmac and pink flowered plates.
And I couldn't pass up this crazy piece of art made of flocked wall paper, sequins, glitter paper, lace and fur. And that I love,love, love! But is it Queen Elizabeth I or Mary Queen of Scott's? Any thoughts?
I also found this adorable chair that is much needed at our dining room table (and the perfect size for the littler members of the family.)
Finally, after picking Wylie up from school and visiting with the In-Laws, my 3 boys & I all piled into our bed and Nate and I dozed while the boys watched Peter Pan. All four of us tucked under the blankets like sausages. It was a much needed respite. Eventually we had to get up and resume life - dinner, rehearsal, bath time, bedtime, Grey's Anatomy... but it was lovely while it lasted
(Note: The pictures are courtesy of my in-laws camera on-loan till I get my new one. Finally I can breathe again!)
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Juneau (where all these pics are from) is where I first tasted the true downtown experience - walking instead of riding, thinking instead of rushing... and I have been hooked on small local shops ever since. I think little bookstores & little coffee/sandwich shops are my favorite kin. Where we live is full of big stores and box stores and run of the mill stores, but if you look hard enough you can find those perfect little locally owned stores, where you can get to know the people who work there. I have finally found 2 bookstores that make me so happy just to browse. The first is Taylor and Taylor here in our neighborhood and the other is a used bookstore downtown in the Rivermarket at the Cox Center. It is an extension of our Library, and always has great gifts, cheap books and good coffee. Yesterday, on our V-Day Lunch Date -we are Lunch Daters - we found Nathan a copy of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking II." This was a really big deal because it is out of print and extremely hard to find - I guess not a whole lot of people want to read 22 pages on how to make the perfect french baguette - but Nathan does and who am I to stop him??? That book was the perfect Valentines Day gift for him, and finding it there made it even better. I even came home with a sackful of used books for myself. I find that I love used books the most. They are cheap, and I like the idea that they have been held and read by someone else, I like the sense of history. I guess the same can be said of the downtowns.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentines Day dear friends and readers - may you renew your inner springs this day and love on those around you!
PS-What is better on the Day of Love than be inspired by something that pays tribute to the French? Now I just need some yummy pastries and a cafe au lait!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
I would like to introduce you to Constance, my sock puppy. She arrived from Leeds this week and I am over the moon for her. It was love at first sight - the soft pink and the pearl necklace were just too irresistible and I knew she was meant for me. She arrived in a package post-marked "Leeds" and "Great Britain" and she had been through Customs! I am already so jealous of this little softy who has traveled further than I ever have. I will have to keep the stamp and frame it as my First Package from Across the Pond. I haven't been this excited about postage since I was 14 and ordered a big info package and map from Parson's School of Design. I would spend hours pouring over the map of Manhattan and the course names.... I was going to be a Fashion Designer. But I hate to sew clothes. I hate all the math and having to get things just right so they fit. So out the window that dream went.... But I digress. Back to Constance, who is too adorable and who I am sure barks with a lovely British clip, very Tea and Crumpets. She came to me from Manda over at Tree Fall , who I hear is now working on a litter of Mini Pups. Beware of the cuteness!
Constance now lives with Pooh on the collage box my mom made a few Christmas's ago. They are very happy together and keep me company while I work.
Speaking of work...this week I got do one of my favorite things - styling the Riverside Outlet Showroom... Over the past year I have developed a great relationship with the guys at Riverside and now they let me style their windows - and yes I mean let me, as in I would do it just for fun if I could - it is that much fun. The store is an outlet and has a very stripped down showroom, so there is no budget -I just use whatever knick knacks they already have and go to town. They have lots of painted pieces, which I adore, it's like playing with a life size doll house - just using what you have and having fun doing it. Here's the only picture I got before my batteries died... I'll have to go back and take more.
And if you are looking for inspiration and some fun new crafty-blogs here are some new fav's:
They are a great distraction from things like potty training (how I wish I could just skip ahead to age 4 about now) and making the bed (why bother? I am just going to get back in it soon...) So regardless what you need to escape this weekend, these blogs are bound to help!
Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!