The blog has been a little quiet recently while I've been busy working on other projects. Cooking, cleaning, album design, business planning... On Friday evening my brother and sister came over for an impromptu taco feast by candlelight on the patio. Selfishly, I would just like to thank Colorado and Maine for sending those two home to me. Saturday there was a long walk for iced coffee and a dinner event at my husband's school, and on Sunday morning we went over to my parents' house for a pancake party. Then I spent a few hours going through boxes in their basement, collecting books for me, childhood items for Flora, and tossing all kinds of lifetime mementos into piles for trash, recycling, and Goodwill.
I am on a mission to purge and reorganize, which I know will feel great in the end but in the meantime turned me into a major grump for the afternoon. Too much dust inhalation? Or was it something about parting with all of those meticulous notebooks from college (and the strange sensation that I was, by extension, parting with my hard-earned--and expensive--education)? In any case, I move forward.
My point, finally, is that all this desk time and spring cleaning seem to have kept me somewhat isolated from the news and general mindless wandering on the internet. I haven't read a newspaper since our anniversary weekend and have only bookmarked two web stories since my last Monday post a couple of weeks ago. So let's consider this week's offering to be "Monday Lite," since I am feeling a little... disconnected. Lite like spring, okay?
-- I have been doing a lot of thinking recently about raising my daughter, which is actually a very different kind of thinking, going into her second year, than the keep-her-alive kind of thinking that consumes the first year of parenthood. Suddenly I'm feeling a great deal of responsibilty in helping her become a little girl, in guiding her, teaching her, allowing her to blossom according to her nature, raising a citizen of the world. Which is why this post on The Littlest blog really spoke to me. I think it's time for a date with myself (plus a beverage, plus a notebook) in order to reflect on some of my intentions. More to come about all of this mothering stuff on my other blog.
-- We recently acquired a new guest bed, trading our twin for a double, and I'm excited to have couples stay with us in comfort now! This aquisition also means that we need new bedding. I tend to be drawn towards ethnic-inspired textiles done in clean and simple ways, and to the colors blue and yellow. The first look to catch my eye was this one, but I don't think I have any business spending that much money on a quilt for our guest bed. Now I'm considering this option. Any other ideas for me?
-- I already have two of these. Is three excessive? It's just that dark peach sounds so summery. And it's about the only lip treatment that meets my finicky standards (must feel about like Burt's Bees and be clean enough to eat).
-- I have made a couple of dinners recently for my brother and sister-in-law since the arrival of their new baby. I just remember how loved and nourished I felt when so many kind people in our community (school families, friends, photographers) brought us food in the weeks after Flora was born. I'm trying to spread that love. These chicken enchiladas were a big hit. I sent them over with sides of brown rice and garlic/lime black beans, plus all kinds of heat-cutting garnishes (sour cream, avocado, chopped romaine, chopped tomatoes, scallions). Yum.
-- Just discovered this online magazine this evening (is there a hard copy out there, too?) and am working my way through it. Is this new? Am I late to the party? I still prefer my magazines in my lap rather than on my monitor, but I'll take it.
Also: you know one of the best things about warmer weather?
Drinking coffee through a straw.
Have a good week. I'm prepping a big, beautiful wedding post. Oh yeah.