Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Many thanks to this guy's parents for letting me snap some pics of their amazing kiddo! Happy weekend. May it be as relaxed as Bouba was on his mom's shoulders!
Pretty soon she'll be heading west for Boulder. I get so sad when I think about it and overwhelmingly excited for her at the same time.
Happy Birthday, Jani! Holding you deep in my heart on this--the day thirty-one years ago that you entered the world.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Check out the video here...
We were just tallying up our bills from the home projects we've done so far...
building a retaining wall...
and fixing up our back yard (including laying a brick patio, setting up a compost pile, planting gardens, and jazzing up our back entryway)
Poof...our $1,000 is already gone! Oh, but we had such fun filming last Memorial Day and now we own tools I never thought possible. In the credits you'll notice we suggested Jedd move next...and he did. Hooray! Em and Stew..what do you think? You could be this happy!
Have you ever seen someone this happy south of the Pis-ca-ta-qua?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I love watching the sweet peas in our garden, as they used their tendrils to climb upward. It reminded me of rock climbing, securing your foot and then pushing off that grounded place, arms reaching up for a hand hold.
And check these guys out...holding on for dear life to whatever they can find and each other.
The morning glories in our backyard are unbelievable, growing so fast each day and twisting their way up the strings. They are so determined. Check out this incredible video. It gives a little hope for if and when things seem to be spinning out of control, that there might be something to grab on to.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It usually only happens after 3pm, which is coincidentally when I need it most. I'm lucky enough to sit within earshot of a co-worker with what may be the world's best laugh. I can't help but smile when I hear it. A few weeks ago she was traveling for work. It was quiet in the afternoon and it wasn't the same.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This winter we spent our Tuesday evenings on a bowling league with a bunch of friends. When the season ended we decided to keep the Tuesday fun rolling, so we started a summer Leisure Sports League. Each week we pick a place, an activity, a suggested outfit, and a Sportarian of the Week.
If you have to lose to someone, there couldn't be a nicer person. We tip our hats to you and eagerly await next Tuesday. Activity suggestions always accepted.
Last August, upon moving to Portland, I had a month off before I started my new job. I did a lot of writing about the the past six years living in Boston. I typed around 30 pages and upon rereading it, I realized it sounded less like a journal entry and more like a novel. I have come back to the piece over the past nine months and now I have 63 pages.
A few weeks ago I read the first 25 pages to Jani. It was an experience to put it out there into the world and to hear my voice reading my words. It is a very rough draft that needs many more reads, but I am excited for that process. I gave myself the challenge of completing page 100 by August 31st.
A few years ago, I took a great writing class with the brilliant and ever-loving Kathryn Deputat, called Just Write. The class was based on Natalie Goldberg’s method of putting pen to paper and truly just writing. I found the class very valuable and I would highly recommend Kathryn as a teacher, if you have the chance. My favorite part of the class was the recall that would happen in the minutes after someone shared a piece of writing. It was simply people repeating back phrases that they remembered. There was no “I liked this part” or “I got confused when you said...”, rather it was hearing peers recall what you’d written and it was very powerful.
In reading aloud to Jani, I found myself simultaneously reading and recalling...Oh I recently used that word or that doesn’t read in the way that I’d hoped it would. I am working to find the balance of something that sounds equally as good when read out loud as when read silently in one’s head, which is something I hadn’t thought about much before.
My plan for my August 31st goal is to just write and get to 100 pages by the end of July/beginning of August. Then I want to spend a few weeks working on sequencing, editing, and further plot and character development, before I push forward into the next chunk of writing.
Some simple math says that’s less than a page a day (double spaced). Sounds doable! I’ll keep you posted.
(flickr photo credit: pensans)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
It was so nice to see throughout the weekend as a reminder of just how lucky we are--to both have parents that are still married, to be in one another's life, and to truly love where we were in that exact moment.
A trip to Pemaquid means one thing...a little dory! We enjoyed Saturday afternoon on the end of a pier with ginger ale, cranberry juice, lime juice and a mason jar.
I spent a better part of Saturday afternoon right here with a magazine, I had a chance to talk to Jani on the phone, and then I took the while to slow down and rest in the sun.
Just before sunset we took the dinghy out and about and left a little piece of love for T+D to find when they got home.
Sunday brought the kind of rain you could listen to for hours. We curled up in the living room with the Boston Globe, I with my tea and O with his coffee. I was still in my comfy clothes at 2 when his parents arrived back home!
When is the next swap? We're ready!