Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Funness in the mail - the concoction kit for my Herbal Medicine course. Unfortunately I've sort of dropped out of the course for the time being so it will be a while before I reach the assignments that use all these treasures. But soon enough, for now I'll just take it one or two other things at a time.

Monday, February 22, 2010


School: Now (as opposed to Then)
I finish up my homework around 9 pm instead of starting it
I can study over a glass of wine
I start papers two weeks ahead instead of two days
I line my books up with the edge of the desk
I work harder but don't take it all so seriously
Now and Then Aristotle is not my friend

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Two evenings in a row with the babies. That's a pretty good weekend right there.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


An update of sorts: I still use, and love, the Oil Cleanse Method. For toner, during the summer, I was using either straight up Witch Hazel extract or a combination of green tea and apple cider vinegar. When the weather turned cold and dry a few months ago I found both to be a bit too harsh and drying. I had picked up this rose flower water at the grocery store because I thought the bottle was quaint though I had no idea what to do with it. Somewhere along the way I heard of using rose water as a toner. I tried it and found it left my skin incredibly soft not to mention beautifully smelly. I don't know whether this particular rose water is organic or mixed with any other dangerous chemicals but I ignore that concern because all the words on the bottle (aside from 'Rose Flower Water') are in French and like any girl who likes stripes and messy buns and Amelie I'll buy into anything French.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Lime Tree In Bloom

Lime tree in bloom. I'm taking this to mean I haven't killed it yet.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


'To recognize reason as the rose in the cross of the present and thereby to enjoy the present, this is the rational insight which reconciles us to the actual...There is less chill in the peace with the world which knowledge supplies.'
- G.W.F. Hegel, Philosophy of Right

I start out so well, reading every sentence carefully and underlining and making my notes in the margins and I feel like I might actually be understanding it. Then I realize I've only read two pages in an hour and I have 18 pages to go and far less than 9 hours in which to do it. Should I skim the rest (guaranteeing I have nothing more than 'huh?' to say in class)? Or should I wake up at 4 am (guaranteeing I'm too exhausted to contribute to class)? Or should I become overwhelmed and watch a movie instead of it all? These are the truly great and timeless questions that my studies make me wrestle with.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Breakfast this morning: a fresh chocolate croissant straight from Paris flown in late last night by Mr. and Mrs. London-Gray.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Another Blizzard

This fellow describes today pretty well (although I think we're over 22 inches and still going strong):