friday five

on my summer reading list:

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saturday stats

for the week of june 22 - 28:

exercise - of any kind: 4 times
number of smoothies: 4
number of glasses of green juice: 4
meals involving pizza: 0
meals involving piles of vegetables: 6
pints of snap peas eaten: 1
i cooked: 4 times
i baked: strawberry pie 
letters written: 0
packages sent: 13
things made: 23
photos taken and edited: 238
best thing i watched: the series finale of the west wing (yeah, i watched the whole series in a month!)
books read: a discovery of witches by deborah e. harkness
days i wore no socks: 7
living room (and kitchen) dance parties: 1  

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mama said (a list)

  • fighting with shawn. he's under deadline and feeling under pressure. so, not really fighting but snarking, for sure.
  • making a double batch strawberry jam of questionable consistency despite its passing the freezer test.
  • wanting to call my grandma to ask her WTF about the jam. alas.
  • i cleaned out my closet this week and got rid of a ton of clothes. people told me not to get rid of the the things that are too big, that it'll jinx the weight loss. yesterday i wondered if that was true.  then i was bummed out for even thinking like that. 
  • because the truth is that a week of munching on rare, homemade bread caught up to me. one word: bloat. 

  

so, nothing devastating. just some annoyances that added up to a not so great day. tomorrow will be better.

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things i love tuesday (a short list)

these new necklaces and hair things i've been making with silk yoyos and vintage handkerchiefs. they're so much work but i think they're lovely. 

the west wing. i'd been thinking about it a lot lately. the election, i suppose. then, last week, kathryn joosten passed away. she played my favorite character on the show, mrs. landingham - maybe one of my favorite characters of all time. anyway, i decided i needed to watch. i started season 3 this afternoon. (i watch a lot of tv while working. don't judge.) its so good. the best actually. an episode i watched earlier today is going to need its own blog post. plus, its making me really excited for aaron sorkin's new show

diane's new bunny plush toys. i thought it couldn't get any cuter than the monsters. the girl's a genius, y'all.

these two new colorfriends. so pretty i could die.

this picture of shawn & i from yesterday. i am totally giving him a look behind my sunglasses. quelle surprise.

  

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saturday stats

for the week of june 3 - 9:

  • exercise - of any kind: 3 times
  • number of smoothies: 4
  • number of glasses of green juice: 6
  • meals involving pizza: 1
  • meals involving piles of vegetables: 5
  • pints of snap peas eaten: 5
  • i cooked: 4 times 
  • i baked: strawberry cupcakes 
  • letters written: 2
  • packages sent: 10
  • things made: 8
  • photos taken and edited: 189
  • best thing i watched: the entire first season of west wing
  • books read: gone girl by gillian flynn
  • days i wore no socks: 7
  • living room (and kitchen) dance parties: 1  
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flashback friday

one year ago i was reading the second in the mira grant series. i just finished the third a little over a week ago.

two years ago i was hooked on the guild. still am.

three years ago i was in love with a new pair of shoes. they are still in the rotation.

four year ago i was trying to get used to life without lucy.

five years ago i was obsessed with the cicadas.

today, i was sick. i've caught a not-quite-summer cold. i had plans to see a movie with a friend and maybe grab a cocktail with a new friend. i was going to have dinner with my mother-in-law who is in town for the weekend. none of that happened. i stayed in bed all day, reading, wishing i felt better. tomorrow, i'll feel better.

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saturday stats

for the week of may 27 -  june 2:

  • exercise - of any kind: 4 or 5 times. i think there was a walk with monkey i didn't write down. not bad. still not entirely back in the swing of things.
  • number of smoothies: 3
  • number of glasses of green juice: 4
  • meals involving pizza: 1
  • meals involving piles of vegetables: 5
  • pints of snap peas eaten: 4
  • i cooked: 4 times and made pear jam
  • i baked: bread
  • letters written: 3
  • packages sent: 13
  • things made: 23
  • photos taken and edited: 0
  • best thing i watched: mad men (OMG)
  • books read: blackout by mira grant and i finally finished swamplandia by karen russell
  • days i wore no socks: 7
  • living room (and kitchen) dance parties: 1  
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so, that happened (a list)

this weekend:

  • there was sunshine. lots and lots of sunshine.
  • so much sunshine that crafty wonderland was slow. SO. SLOW.
  • crafty wonderland was still totally fun though. i can't really wrap my head around how many womderful people we've met in the year and a half we've been here. crafty people are the best.
  • also fun? hanging out with donovan.
  • we saw waterfalls, mountains, drank some beer and cocktails, visited a photobooth, ate donuts, browsed powell's, played some videogames and pinball. we also had a really nice time at donovan's pen pal meetup. 
  • at the pen pal meetup, i met jennifer. she's one of donovan's totally delightful pen pals and we've all decided to be friends. 

and it was good.

 

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saturday stats

for the week of may 6 - 12:

  • exercise - yoga or otherwise: 2 (shit. again.)
  • walks with monkey or bike rides (yeah, yeah. this is exercise. but its fun and doesn't count as exercise in my head.): 2
  • number of smoothies: 2
  • number of glasses of green juice: 4
  • meals involving pizza: 1
  • meals involving piles of vegetables: 5
  • i cooked: 3 times
  • letters written: 2
  • packages sent: 14
  • things made: many, many things. i stopped counting. 
  • photos taken and edited: 0
  • best thing i watched: tv - the avengers. 
  • books read: none. craft show head is not conducive to reading. fire bad, tree pretty.
  • days i wore socks: 0
  • days i wore no socks: 7
  • living room (and kitchen) dance parties: 2  
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things i'm thinking about

  1. maurice sendak. in this interview, he said he was in love with the world. i think the world was in love with him. i know i was. if you haven't seen tell them anything you want, do. be prepared for tears.
  2. joss whedon. when we saw pheonix at lollapalooza a few years ago, i was thrilled for them. they said it was the biggest show they'd ever played and you could tell that they were really excited to be there. they were having so much fun. when we went to see the avengers sunday night, i felt the same way for joss whedon. yes, cabin in the woods was awesome and may be in my top ten favorite movies now but the avengers was SO BIG and SO FUN. he got to work with all the people and play with all the things. its clear he had fun doing it. 
  3. planning adventures. kateri's move to portland is around the corner. we've been talking about the adventures we'll take since before i left chicago - places like thor's well and the sea lion caves. first up though, the redwoods. i can't wait. (in truth, there's a long list of places i haven't been to in portland yet that i'm saving for when she gets here.) 
  4. my old job. i've been thinking a lot about my almost eleven years at the synagogue. maybe because its been two year since i left and my brain is finally letting the walls i'd built collapse but i'm remembering things, good things. working for god may be hard but i did learn a lot - about myself, human nature and yes, god. maybe its finally time to start writing about it.
  5. my parents. tomorrow is my mom and dad's 31st anniversary. impressive, isn't it?
  6. hats. there are big ideas brewing for new hats. i think that will be at the top of my list for when we return from bazaar bizarre at the end of may.
  7. these shoes. they're kind of wacky but i love them. plus, i feel like they'd go with everything in my closet. although, these are the shoes i'm saving myself for.
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