Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dear Gap...

Please start making your children's line in my size...
I swear this happens to me constantly I always want the clothing they are selling at the Gap Kids ~why?!?

Monday, August 23, 2010

All Alone...

A couple of years ago I took a quick road trip home for the weekend and as I drive that familiar strip of highway I like to get caught up on my This American Life podcast it keeps me company and is usually a good idea. Here is the problem though ~This American Life has a way of staying with you and on this particular drive I listened to the episode called Home Alone and it has stayed with me ever since.
The exact story from Home Alone is Act I. Plot Without A Story that was too much for me. It is the story of the unclaimed dead of L.A. County. It is heart breaking to hear about these people who die not only alone but that no one notices that they are gone so they become the unclaimed dead. L.A. County has about 3000 people a year who end up this way. The county investigates who the next of kin is and they say the thing that come up time and time again when they go to the homes of these people is the amount of stuff they own. They will have so many things in thier home you can't tell where there is furniture or find anything more than a small path from the door to the place where they like to hang out in the house. They fill their lives with things because they don't have people in their lives. Most of these cases go unsolved the individuals are cremated and buried in a group plot designated by the year they died. I cried when I heard this for the first time and freaked out so badly that my father had to convice me that this would not be my fate that I had family and there is no way this would be me, I would be taken care of.
I moved this last weekend and everything I own is in boxes spread around my new apartment I am surrounded by things and am living there all alone. I am debilitated by fear ~I am so depressed. I have cried more this weekend than I care to admit to. I can't even face the idea of unpacking which oddly enough is the one thing I know would fix the problem.
So this week I will remind myself I am not alone I have family and friends I am okay. I have plans almost every night this week to hang out with people, I am busy, I am loved and I am looked after. Also if I die someone will take care of me and most likely begrudging would go through my things and take care of them too. So starting tonight I will unpack my things and purge as much as possible but I will not let it take away from time spent with people because even though I have way too much stuff I have just the right amount of friends and family in my life.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Breton *Update*

Okay because I know you are dying to know~

I went with the LL Bean Brenton Striped Shirt ~did you know they were referred to as Brenton Striped Shirts ~I didn't until now that I am sporting mine but really not so much because it is a little warm for the thick 3/4 length sleeve shirt right now.
I purchased both the land's end one and ll bean one invited my friend marce over and had her give me her two cents worth. ~i liked the stitching better on the land's end but the ll bean had a much more flattering fit ~so i went with it.

Expect to see me on a cool summer morning sporting my brenton look that will be awesome sort of like this...

Thursday, July 08, 2010

World Cup it's a big drink right?

Okay so if the Netherlands wins on Sunday I will win the office pool!!!
I am so excited about this possibility I am taking no chances~
I will be wearing orange everyday until we win the game~
On Sunday I will be eating dutch babies for breakfast~
And most importantly I have a good luck charm ~my favorite Dutch baby Mac-a-doodle!

Isn't she a good sport to play along with her aunt!
If you want to play along too you can make Dutch Babies for breakfast too~

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A little French

Okay I want one of those shirts that looks like a french sailor shirt of sorts ~which one should I get?

This one is from the Land's End Canvas collection.

This one is from the LL Bean Signature line ~the also have some really cute madras stuff.

This one is from LL Bean the regular line not the fancy signature line.

This one is from the regular Land's End line ~too.

Okay does anyone want to weigh in on this one for me?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

in case you aren't coming along...

So in prepping for my trip (nine days yeah!) I picked up tickets to see the Lady Liberty last night ~I have been to the NYC several times and have never made it out to see her (does the staten island ferry count?) Just so you don't feel left out I found this video that will show you exactly what it will be like...

Also I made reservations for this place...

Monday, May 03, 2010

coming along...

Okay so last April I did a couple of posts on unfinished project hoping it would inspire me to finish them and it helped a little.

So the sixth project I shared was a dress for Fi.

And some how I was blessed enough that yeah it still fit her last year at the end of the summer when I got around to finishing it and sending it to her.

The question is... will it fit this summer?

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I just don't get it...

I have tried ~more than once so it really does count. How on earth do people like cucumbers? I was blog surfing today and came along a post with the pretties picture of a cucumber sandwich you can imagine and part of me thought for five seconds "wouldn't that be lovely" and then I remembered cucumbers are evil. I have friends who love them, they enjoy them in sandwiches, salads, sushi I have one friend that loves them in water and I will admit that it does give the water a fresh coolness to it ~but i'm not one for water either so the cucumbers don't help. On study abroad every week for our field trip they were packed in our lunch along with a tomato and all I could think was if the world was good and right cucumbers would be bacon. I don't even like them in my lotion ~and that is only a sent and not a flavor. Only in the last year have I finally admitted defeat and now will eat the cucumbers that sneak their way into my salad or wasatch roll at sushi. I hope you're happy cucumber ~evil spawn vegetable.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Gut lover...

A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out with one of my nephews trying to trick, him into bed.
When I was tucking him in I asked my standard aunt question, "who loves you?"
He told me his Uncle Patrick.
"What about me?"
I was informed that "You only love my guts."
~it's kind of true I do always tell him I love his guts.

Oh and sometimes your sandwich is a mustache!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

planing plans...

I miss traveling ~don't feel too bad for me i have been to some amazing places and I have some lovely trips planed that I may get around to taking. Plus most of the time when i get out of town I get to go to my favorite place ~which isn't rome it's boise, i am a homebody and no where is better home. I have plans though and I am a huge fan of a little something that keeps those plans in my head ~so to remind me to get out of town and get traveling this last christmas with a little help from my mom and little something i got myself I wear this necklace in hopes that it works for me...

It's a little globe and a st. christophers medal ~he's the patron saint of travelers and I have high hopes that I will need a map to get around and little something extra looking out for me.

I guess we'll see...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Because it's all about the Irish today...

you know a girl can dream & sometimes it is kind of like this...

Monday, February 08, 2010

A lovely place to be...

Okay so my house looks like some sort of terrorism might have taken place ~maybe a robbery that somehow included a lot of baking ~it's hard to say at this point. This of course is what happens after on a whim last weekend I decide to work on a sewing project then have to literally drop it on my sofa when I come to the realization that I have one of my busiest weeks of the year at work this week and I am short on yardage ~argh. I then spend the entire week neglecting the house then on Thursday I realize laundry can only be ignored for so long before it become more of a do or die situation but who has time to put it all away (i'm just so grateful it's clean.) So when I survive Friday what do I do on Saturday ~hang out with friends that have been neglected instead of my house and then today what do I do to unwind ~I baked three key lime pies, a batch of rolls, bacon wrapped water chestnut and made chicken kiev for dinner.
You know what I don't even care about the mess though I love the way garlic and butter baking in my oven for 40 minutes has made my house smell lovely as I am headed to bed with dishes in the sink.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday in the sun...

I am currently on my computer checking my e-mails and finishing up some Sunday business before I head into the week and I have currently playing on my itunes my "classical" mix which really should be categorized as orchestral ~some of it is isn't very classic but it is all orchestral. I love listening to classical music on Sundays it is an odd habit that my dad lovingly bestowed upon us children. "Sundays are for classical music" and that is what played on the stereo system in the house on Sunday ~mainly it was Minnesota Public Radio Sunday Music Concert Hall and sometimes it was an album. I have a love of orchestral music ~something I thought all people had until I was 17 when I was totally gobsmacked to find out my friend Joel thought it was total rubbish and never listened to it ~my response was "What do you listen to on Sunday?"
I can't name a single composer listening to their work outside of Aaron Copland my favorite ~I know I really enjoy Russian composers. I miss not going to the symphony every month like I did all through High School ~it was where I volunteered to have perfectly lovely college applications. And just like my sister Noellie I miss that sunny spot on the carpet that had its own smell and was lovely and warm where the sun shone down on it every Sunday afternoon where you would read the funnies and listen to classical music because that's what Sundays were for.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

a new decade you have got to be kidding me...

Okay in all honesty the last couple of weeks when the radio or internet was talking about something or other of the last decade I thought they were mistaken. I can't believe it has been ten years since Y2K ~oh i loved Y2K. I rang the new year in that year down on the nations mall with some random friends I couldn't name beyond my roommate Becky if my life depended on it.
I can tell you this though~ If you had told me what the next ten years would bring I would have laid down and let the crowd trample me to death. So what have I learned in the last ten year ~you can live through things you never wanted to, you are often more prepared than you think for life's challenges and yes you are stronger and smarter in your thirties than you twenties, but with that come more cynicism and fiercer independence, life is full of opportunities and failures. Ten years ago what mattered to me most is gone and I am grateful that what matters most to me now is much more real.
I can't even let myself ponder about what the next ten years might bring for fear that I will wonder into the mountains and let myself freeze to death before I even think about facing it. I will remind myself that ~I can live through things I never wanted to, I am often more prepared than I think I am, I have so much more to learn and strength to gain, cynicism to loose and independence to shed, opportunities to embrace and failures to learn from and most of all one thing that makes it all worthwhile ~love to give.