a letter

dear blog,

i'm sorry. i know you're feeling neglected. i've been so good lately and then i disappear for a few days. but you see, i've been really busy. i finished up my summer wedding orders, i spent some time with friends, and we had some out of town visitors. there was a museum visit and meals and a trip to powell's. 

i know. i know. excuses, excuses. the truth is i knew august was coming. and in case you've forgotten august is crush month. you and i will be spending at least a few minutes together everyday for the next month. see you tomorrow!

xo,

shana

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crush month - day 1

even now, thirty years later,  i want to be just like the go-go's. 

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crush month - day 2

i love good storytelling and snap judgment is some of the best storytelling around. don't tell this american life but i think i might even like it better. this is my favorite episode but really, they're all good. a few saturdays ago i was listening and laughing so hard i was crying. it turns out those stories were a part of a snap judgment movie, which you can watch right here:

some stories are hysterically funny, some are heartbreakingly sad and one, by l. ron hubbard's great grandson, is downright fascinating. 

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crush month - day 3

this guy. its his birthday. we've been together forever. still can't get enough of him.

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crush month - day 4

vintage millinery flowers

i just can't get enough.

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crush month - day 5 (flashback friday edition)

can we talk about how awesome my mom is here? those jeans and that hair! also, petting the dog and keeping me from falling on my big bald head. what a multitasker! totally adorable mom!

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crush month - day 6

this owl. i first spied him at the antique store in march. i didn't buy him. i think i was still recovering from packing all our stuff, moving it 2000 miles, and was wondering why we have so much stuff. a new owl, however cute, would just add to the stuff. but then i went back in july and he was still there. i felt like it was meant to be. and really, who could resist this?

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crush month - day 7

instagram. i wasn't sold at first. i really wasn't. but the more i used it, the more i loved it. you get these tiny glimpses into people's everyday lives - what they're wearing, what they're eating, where they're travelling... small and sometimes huge moments captured and shared. its pretty great.

  

i'm cookoorikoo on instagram, of course. 

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crush month - day 8

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crush month - day 9

this afternoon wil wheaton tweeted a link to this story and to this blog post. i listened, read and knew that i was going to need to watch stand by me tonight. i'd caught bits and pieces of it recently but i hadn't actually watched the entire movie in years. and so i did.

i forgot. i really did. i forgot how magical that movie is. first of all, how can this movie be 25 years old when it made me feel like i was 11 again. i remembered sitting with my best friend marni, underneath the giant oak tree at our elementary school arguing over who was cuter, wil wheaton or river phoenix. we had bought tickets to another movie and snuck in to see stand by me since it was rated R. it was awesome.

it was the summer before everything changed. our elementary school fed into two jr. high schools and this was our last school year all together. marni & i would do to the same school but many of our friends wouldn't. there would also be a ton of new kids in jr. high. things started to get complicated, the way they do. so that summer was it for us. there were no dead bodies but we rode our bikes for miles and miles, we got into a fair amount of trouble, we ate nothing but candy, listened to music and we talked for hours and hours. replace these boys with girls and you've got it.

a magic movie. really and truly. its sad and beautiful and hilarious. it captures those moments, those very last moments of childhood perfectly. 

incidentally, river phoenix breaks my heart now but wil wheaton is still cuter. then again, i always did like the smart boys.

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crush month - day 10

(photo by skunkboy)

there are lots of reasons to love katie of skunkboy creatures. #1 being skunkboy creatures. i have not been shy about my love of katie's work in the past. i think her work is amazing. i have an owl, a cupcake, an elephant, a bunny, a dog, a birthday snail... when she was starting out, my friend kateri & i would email each other links to new things she'd listed on etsy with subject lines like "so cute i could die" or "OMG did you see what she did?" we gave each other skunkboy creatures for every birthday or other such occasion for the first couple years of our friendship. we love skunkboy.

but then there's katie herself - she's adorable and SO NICE. her husband johnny is great. hope, their older daughter, is the sweetest and poesy, their new baby, is so freakin' cute. they are one of my favorite families. really and truly. and i love reading katie's blog to hear about what they're up to - whether its hope's post about her birthday party last year  or a post about katie's latest custom project. her post yesterday made me love her even more. 

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crush month - day 11

where has everybody likes sandwiches been all my life? my first introduction to jeannette  was on poppytalk last fall. this recipe was posted and i baked them THAT DAY and OHMYGOD they were so good. i believe i was following too many blogs before this particular post and i just somehow missed her previous posts on poppytalk. believe me, after those cookies i paid closer attention. i started to follow jeanette (aka kickpleat) on twitter and started to follow her blog. i've tried lots of her recipes since the cookies and they've all been great. 

tonight we made a big salad for dinner with her latest recipe on poppytalk - creamy tarragon dijon vinaigrette. yum. 

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