Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
I'm back! I finished school a few days ago (I wouldn't say with flying colors, but at least I finished) and we weathered a weekend blizzard and Christmas gifts are almost in line (I even managed a few handmade gifts) and we had company (Val and her BF) over for the first time since this summer and we're in full holiday mode now.
This school term kind of wreaked havoc on our lives. I have not done laundry for a month, have hardly seen my local friends and haven't called my long distance ones, haven't filed any papers since August and there's a stack on my desk to prove it, I haven't cooked anything, in short I haven't kept up on any of the little mundane details that I've grown to love so much (laundry excepted). Zeb has been a trooper househusband, never once complaining and in fact apologizing if I ever feel the urge to clean the bathroom that he didn't get to it first. But I miss those things like sweeping and writing letters and hosting dinners. When did I become so domestic? Don't get me wrong I love the philosophizing that took over my life, but I wish it didn't have to take over to the exclusion of all else.
I must confess I'm a bit worried about next semester. The work will be more difficult, and yet nothing else in my life can give way any more than it already has yet somehow I'll be needing more hours in the day.
I'm trying to not worry about it, and trust that the resources will be there when I need them. In the meantime I'm going to relax hard, play in the snow, make eggnog and chicken liver pate for Christmas, hold babies who've changed so much I barely recognize them, and read M.F.K. Fischer instead of Freud.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
The food and drink were incredible. We had steak, seafood linguine, gourmet cheeses with salami and olives, wine that cost more than our usual $7/bottle, and huge cowboy breakfasts including Irish Coffee with Jameson's.Bev and Axon make quite a team in the kitchen. And in general. We hiked the Appalachian Trail. Since some of you (ahem, Mr. and Mrs. London-Gray) have hiked the whole AT I'm not going specify the exact distance we hiked, but let's just say it was enough to tick it off my list of life goals. These beauties had me dreaming, again, of joining our local mycological association. What say you, Ax? This spring? See, it wasn't just a random path in the woods. It was the AT for real. I took a lot of pictures of him. Because he melts me with that look.
Fall is his color.
The view from my seat on the porch. I took a lot of pictures of him too. Because all of a sudden he became comfortable with a camera right in his face and he gave me lots of cute poses. I find these weeds beautiful. Someday maybe I'll do a series on beautiful weeds.
Next post maybe I'll catch up on the last month and a half. Maybe not.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Until this weekend when I begged, twisted arms, inconvenienced multiple parties and scored 3 citrus trees. For free.
One bitter orange (seen here), one lime, and one lemon. A citrus tree, just one, has been on my Christmas list for years, and here were three five year old, dwarf trees for the taking on Craigslist. I could hardly sleep I was so excited.
Those are oranges growing in my dining room. They are miniature and tarrrt. Try one when you come over. My sister had to drive 2 hours to go get them (why my sister was involved is part of the twisting arms part - she was such a good sport). She drove Lisa's truck, so Lisa got the lemon tree by way of reimbursement.
That lime? That is growing in my living room, and will be plunked into a frosty gin and tonic this weekend when its fully ripe. Its friends will be made into salsa and mexican chicken soup. And more gin and tonics.
Here's another baby lime on the way. Now the trick will be, of course, to keep them alive. Given my track record with plants that will be difficult. I'm super motivated about these, I'm reading Gardenweb.com (thanks Aunt Mimi) and everything. But if anyone has any experience or tips please help me out.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Shoes: Dolce Vita
So many fun new ladies have stopped by here because of the Fashion Week, thank you for all the nice comments! Here's a list of others who are participating:
Laura @ Every Path
Mama Bird @ Three Birds
Kalle @ Growing C's
Marla @ Today is Mine. Tomorrow is not my Business
Katy @ Trying to Live for Today, While Looking Towards the Future
Jilian Dee @ Jilian Dee & Dexter too
Amanda @ Lullabies to Terrorize
Marianne and Baby Penny @ Ancora Imparo
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Dress: American Eagle clearance
Boots: Gift from Zeb (thrifted)
Earrings: Made by me
Glasses: Zenni Optical
Note: I am standing straight up in this picture. The bookshelves, all askew behind me highlight the fact that our building is tilting toward the sea, if it weren't snuggled right up to the next house over it probably would have fallen over by now.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Dress: H+M clearance (I understand the clearance part now that I see in this photo that the hem is uneven. Details, details.)
Shoes: Anthropologie clearance
I don't think there's a single room in my house big enough that the camera could get me in one shot. So here are the shoes. They hurt. So bad. I switched to flats for the rest of the day. If that's cheating don't tell me.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This, this is typical Charlie. He cracks up at everything. He'll just look at you and laugh. Or maybe it's just my face. Next up - the twins at two months!