Saturday, July 31, 2010

Zing Zang Zoo

This may confuse the h*** out of you. Clusterf*** of genres woot!

Skillet. I paint and spit poems to this and I plan on jogging to it too.

G-Clefs. As much as I wanted to throw the flamingos up here too I decided that it may be too much. I like to have this stuff as close to my ears as possible. Lovely harmonious fluff.

Ludovico Einaudi. I still do not know where I heard this. But I know that it brought me to my knees and punched holes in my guts.

3 Days Grace. A song I listen to with my fists.

Emerson and Waldron. If my ribs could speak to you they would speak in banjo. They might sing you a little bit of Peter, Paul and Mary, but the banjo would push all that out of the way.

Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks. It's never the wrong time of year to listen to this song. I listen to it every time I feel lonely. It feels like he's carving a mountain into song.

I'll save Pretty Boy Swag for another day ; )

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

life is good

busy busy day. one of those days full of emails, letters and phone calls. and tennis twice.

thankfully I am wearing this lovely shirt mom and grandma sent. it's a life is good shirt, one I've been trying to find for quite awhile. definitely makes me feel all sorts of loved to know momalu and grandma were thinking of me. and it's pink too! I know mom battled with that!

I will leave you with my current etsy loves:



and the fabulous Madeleine Peyroux:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

laughter and peace

I have been doing a lot of kicking back lately.

Laughter and peace have taken over my life. Just this evening we watched The Incredibles and I fell off the couch a couple times because I was laughing so hard. OMG JACK-JACK ATTACK. You've got to see it.

Oh and today we had an explosion of baby frogtoads. But not the Jack-Jack kind of explosion ; )

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


While I was at the gym I heard a Jason Mraz song. Yes, at the gym. It's usually a big giant whoosh of Hannah Montana and eighties crap and then today bam, Jason Mraz. And it wasn’t a fast song, or a loud song but I found myself cranking up the speed on the treadmill and running faster. I really should start taking my ipod to the gym with me. Unfortunately I really enjoy bantering with the folks next to me, the 87 year old gentlemen who occasionally outruns me and the lady who carefully lines the cup holders with napkins and then fills them with delicious crackers, cheese and chocolates. I would miss them. I can only hope that Jason Mraz magically appears again.

I have been tutoring a friend’s ten year old daughter in math, and today I was greeted with a beautiful salad. This may sound like a small thing, but this lady, who is a hair stylist and works from her home salon, took 30 minutes out of her day to make a salad and sit down with us before her next client arrived. From what I understand it was a rare moment for her. Usually she eats standing up.

In addition to the salad I also tried gruyere for the first time, and it was phenomenal. I plan on melting it into an egg substitute with a handful of arugula and mushrooms thrown on top for a future breakfast. I’m not sure I can do that though. We’ll see.

Speaking of delicious food Robert surprised me this evening with a mostly sugar-free treat. I first must admit that I am hopelessly addicted to pudding. If it weren’t for pudding and cheese I would have an easier time giving up dairy. Anyways there were three components to this dish – a layer of crumbled graham cracker, cheesecake pudding and on the very top a tiny sprinkle of sugar (the part that wasn’t sugar-free) that he torched. I don’t know the fancy term for that. It was pretty phenomenal.

You can say I’ve had a good food day : )

I am also getting closer to finding the perfect color for my craft room (I am not painting the shelves pink mom). I am thinking of a light grey. I am thrilled by the melody of salmon, yellow and grey. I had a dream about a salmon colored bookcase and of course when I reached to touch it my hands disappeared. Hmm is that my mother exclaiming in horror?

On an entirely different note Robert was singing to Rose yesterday and I decided to try a little experiment. As you know Robert is fond of singing to the girls, mostly songs he learned in church when he was younger, but occasionally he throws in the 12 days of redneck Christmas every now and then. The dogs love it. Rose is a big fan. If Robert starts singing at one end of the house she abandons whatever she is doing and finds him. As you know, I do not sing to them. Yesterday, we were all piled on the couch and Robert started singing to Rose. She immediately started the usual tail wagging and out of curiosity I told Robert to stop so I could sing to her. I sang a hymn and she barely flinched. No happy tail whatsoever. Heartbroken I told her she was a good dog. Nothing. I told her she was a lovely creature. Nothing. Exasperated I said I love you AND SHE WAGGED HER TAIL!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


We are home early due to an unfortunate accident with the RV. Everyone is fine. The RV, however, is currently getting fixed.

My five favorite pictures from the trip:

it turns out that South Dakota is really not that exciting.

I loved the clouds in Wyoming.

After this trip Robert and I have concluded that Rose is equal parts dinosaur and buffalo.

Just like Rose this buffalo took his/her time.

I will be putting all of the pictures up on picasa. Shoot me an email if you want to see them and I will invite you.

I read two phenomenal books while on the road:

And I listened to a lot of this.

My favorite day of the trip straight from the journal:

Today's Greats 7/9:

* running across the swinging bridge
* soaking in the hot springs
* all the deer wandering around in Thermopolis - in front of houses, walking across the roads, in a playground
* tiny nap!
* tennis!! The first time I've ever played on nubby grubby astroturf
* We're staying in an RV park!
* Watching the storm roll in w/R in the back of the truck
* snuggling with R and the girls
* Yellowstone tomorrow!

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Today is the day!

Yesterday we picked up the RV...

Hot right?

Well packing and cleaning it is in fact a hot task. I'm going to be ready to make a nest in the back of the truck with some mint tea, a stack of books and my ipod.

I will be out of touch most likely the next three weeks. Robert will pack the laptop, but we don't plan on using it. Josh will be here to check mail and email so don't worry! I will send texts! And when I get back I will have tons of pics (including the inside of the RV).