Wednesday, November 30, 2011

tables...

i love this letterpress woodblock table so much...mostly because it reminds me of the game boggle.  i think this table would drive o crazy...i can picture him with the old dustbuster sucking up the crumbs and dust that fell between the letters.  maybe it needs a piece of glass on the top?

i'm also loving soulemama's kitchen table...
rustic and beautiful and with space for lots of friends.  i imagine hobbes would use the bottom level as a secret dog compartment.

pretty pretty this wednesday morning!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

wish...

while in new orleans, i was at an event with our staff from all over the world when i walked past a table set up by our staff in brazil.  i saw the ribbons instantly and i was suddenly eleven years old.  i was at an international camp when i was that age with a group from brazil and they had these bracelets/ribbons called "fitas".  i approached the table and asked for one.  my sweet co-worker pulled a crisp white ribbon and wrapped it around my wrist.  i made a wish each time she tied the knots to secure the band.  my eyes brimmed with tears and my vision got a little blurry.

i don't know if you can tell people the wishes you made, so i won't share them here.  all i know is that i need to wear this until it falls off...which can sometimes take years.  i'll let you know when the wishes come true...and when my fita falls off.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

stuff...

while home for thanksgiving my parents asked me to clean out the items that were mine from the closet of my childhood bedroom.  i found lots of mix tapes, photo albums, and boxes of stuff (a box from with all kinds of items from a camp i went to as an 11 year old and a box of all my notebooks and papers from college).

just the week before i checked out the book stuff from the library, as i am so curious about the things that people keep and how and why.  it was great to go through the boxes...and also great to part with a bunch of the stuff.

i found two truly great things in the boxes...that stayed in the keeper box.  first, was a paper i wrote about my lebanese ancestors for a citizenship and migration class in college.  i forgot i had done that and rereading the paper and pieces of the interview i did with my grandfather was so special.  second, was my journal from the first trip i ever took overseas...it wasn't anything earth shattering, but it was interesting to see what i wrote about.

have you found anything interesting from the past lately?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

what did you love as a kid...

i was always fascinated by...

the tube at the bank that you put the capsule in and whooosh up it went into the bank, the trampoline hanging from the ceiling at sam's club, the map of the world on the floor on the show carmen san diego, playing in cars that weren't on, putting glue on my hand...so it could dry and then i'd pick it off, calling airlines and asking about itineraries to exotic places, playing tag team wrestling with my brother even though there were just two of us, hanging out in nooks/forts/corners of the world, and playing in the woods.

what about you?  what did you love when you were young?

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

raking leaves with hobbes...


i took yesterday off from work and tried to relax...and did a few chores around the house and out and about with hobbes.  we went to the dump, dropped off recycling, went to the drive-thru teller at the bank for a dog bone, and then raked some of the yard.  raking with hobbes is a challenge.  he dives into the pile of leaves and burrows in.  oh and when pulling the tarp loaded with leaves across the yard he tries to help...by jumping on the tarp, biting the tarp, and eating leaves. it takes longer, but it's worth it.

oh to be home and outside with the dog.

and home is looking really great...o and his parents did all kind of things to make the house better...raking, installing gutters, painting, and more!

again...it is so nice to be home!

Friday, November 11, 2011

laissez les bons temps rouler...

i'm off to new orleans tomorrow for our annual work conference.  i'll be there all next week and then some, so i'll be back on the blog during thanksgiving week.  the thought of turkey, mashed potatoes, and my new favorite love pumpkin pie will keep me going through all the crawfish and conference craziness!

until then, be well!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

names...

i'd love to paint a bunch of colors on the wall and then get to name them myself.  i bet most of my titles would be old memories or odd things...vcr screen blue, skin in the middle of february, cider hill rubber swing black, and barbie convertible grey.

if you could name a benjamin moore color what would it be called?

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

simple white...

simple white ramekins.  two...maybe four.  they are on the list.  walking myself to le roux during lunch today to scoop them up.  a future of baked eggs and mini chicken pot pies awaits!  what's that?  oh right, it's the sound of the button popping off of my jeans!  here's to winter weight!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the coast of maine..

i love this photo because it reminds me of home in a dozen ways...mostly because it seems like this could be on little john island, the colors remind me of our living room rug, and because it seems like hobbes could come tearing across the screen with muddy paws at any moment.  i also love this photo because if you look at the top of the photo and let your eyes blur a bit, you forget that there is even a rug there.  

one talented lady that angela adams!

Monday, November 7, 2011

bookloo...

an igloo made out of books...genius!  what a home! this should be a staple in every school and children's section of the library.  and i'd take one, too!

when i was a kid, my dad would build us an igloo each winter.  since then i've been obsessed.  i even remember being a kid and walking through sam's club with my mom and seeing the dogloo and thinking i somehow needed that...not for our dog, but for my life.

new winter goal: build igloo in the backyard!  o want to join?  if so, eskimo kissed for you!

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Friday, November 4, 2011

an extra hour...


we fall back this weekend and i'm trying to stay positive on all this getting darker waaaay earlier business.  i'm keeping a few things in mind.  first, every second is a second closer to the shortest day of the year.  two,   lighter mornings (but lately a morning is still a morning!).  lastly, we get an extra hour.  i'm going to spend mine doing the following...some thing artsy and creative.  stay tuned!  what about you?  how are you going to spend you extra sixty minutes?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

this morning...

there are various foods that i could eat seemingly endlessly...bacon, honey sesame sticks, and good bagels.  today i'm craving a bagel...oh lets be honest bagels plural!  maybe with veggie cream cheese and cucumbers...or with cream cheese and raspberry jelly.

i blame my parents for our endless trips to the bagel cafe in bangor as a child.  thanks mom and dad! bless you!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

grateful...

lately i've been grateful for...warm fireplaces (especially on nights without power), inspiring bookstores, cuddly dogs, hubbies that clean the house, conversations with friends, thinking about old books from childhood, warm socks, puffy coats, blaze orange, my commute time, the power of a checklist, quick email exchanges with o during the day, falafel, humor amidst chaos, and fresh baguettes with butter.

what about you?  what are you grateful for lately?

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

pick one...

this reminds me of life many moons ago working in a paper store, my dear friend tobi, and living in brookline.  so...pick a color and then click here to find out what it means.  then maybe read all the descriptions and find out what color you maybe should have picked.  

all this going back in time in my mind makes me want to go to anna's tacqueria for lunch and then to khao sarn for yellow curry (and pad thai) for dinner...with jani and tobi.  

so tell me...what was your color?

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