Thirteen

 

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Thirteen years (yesterday) with this man. We have grown up together and I think the world of him. He is my best friend and truly my favorite person. We splurged last night on wild salmon and a good bottle of white wine and the little chocolate corks from the Bread Peddler. And our girls. And took a lot of pictures, some of them where we all pretended to be babushkas (cue the folded napkins). Life is so much better when you think you’re really funny.

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Lately Around Here

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Cate and I had an ice cream date last week. Cate may be the pickiest child I have ever known but boy she can pack away the ice cream. Grammy oftentimes picks one girl up from school on Thursday afternoon which allows me to spend one-on-one time with the other girl, a definite priority. Tomorrow is Cate’s turn at Grammy’s and I get Jane for a little outing after work/school. Ice cream is on the agenda.

We are getting ready for our garden! A new urban farm store opened in town and we had a marvelous time picking out seeds last Saturday. Telfer has already built one more garden box and we are contemplating another. We learned so much last year and can’t wait to plant (around Mother’s Day is the start of our planting season).

Recently finished The Shallows by Nicholas Carr and The Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass (a very loose sequel to Three Junes, one of my favorite novels).

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I realize this is a little late in the game but we did have a lovely Easter. Can you tell? Highlight was the easter egg hunt with our friends at G&P’s house.

 

 

Signs of Spring & a George Update

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A couple of things early in the week:

The sun is shining today and Spring seems like a possibility. To say it has rained lately is a bit of an understatement. But look at these beautiful purple flowers in our yard. Can you also tell we have some leaf management to do?

A few nights ago I settled in to try to finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. At around page 700 (book is almost 800 pages long) I could tell things were wonky. Pages started to repeat themselves and at one point the pages go from 714 to 757. So I finished but I am not sure what happened really? Powell’s is sending me a new copy. I should be annoyed but I made the mistake of leaving the novel and George together in the same room unsupervised. When I came back into the room thirty seconds after leaving it, the top of the spine was completely chewed up. So a new copy is not unwelcome. And maybe then I will find out exactly what happened with the painting. Because I am a little confused.

Speaking of George, we have entered into the late preschool stage of puppyhood. We have great days which lead to smug moments where we think things are going so well and maybe there’s just something about us that just raises good dogs. And then there has been the last 24 hours. George has dug holes, scared Jane, pooped on the rug, pottied on the floor, ran unsecured through the backyard and into our neighbors yard. I could go on. Our street is busy, particularly in the early evenings, and so I really do have safety primarily on my mind but I swear, my neighbors must think I am crazy. There has been a lot of “GEORGE!” stretched out into several syllables.

And finally, Jane is now a jumper :

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Four Favorites

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1. Evernote. I have been using Evernote for about nine months to keep track of my life – sending it recipes, receipts, contact information, to-do lists, random ideas and work projects. The possibilities are endless. I will say it took almost six months to even get Evernote completely. Now that I am a rabid fan I am trying to convert Telfer. I keep saying but we can share notebooks! So far he is not impressed. If you are interested, read this article. Title of blog aside, it is the best I have read on the possibilities of Evernote.

2. This little white pot. My Valentine’s gift this year from Telfer. The girls drink a lot of hot chocolate in the winter in little tiny owl cups and this white pot lets me heat up the milk on the stove and pour it carefully into their cups without dripping. I am on a campaign to rid myself of the microwave…

3. Project. On President’s Day weekend (and the week after), Telfer and I conquered our closet situation. Our closet in our room is spacious but it desperately needed to be painted and the lighting updated. The other thing we did was put together this PAX wardrobes from Ikea. I don’t want to be too dramatic but these wardrobes have significantly improved my life. Finally, I have a place for everything in my closet. My sweaters aren’t stored on the floor in bins where I can’t see anything. I can get dressed without making a huge mess. I could go on and on!

4. House of Cards. Telfer and I are obsessed with House of Cards on Netflix. We just started Season 2. I love so many things about this show – the lighting, the mood, the complete unlikability of the characters, Kevin Spacey’s direct asides to the audience, Robin Wright’s clothes. We are in deep.

Four Favorites

1. The 7-Minute Workout. We are both finally on board after months of talking about it. The girls like to do it with us which has been an interesting/hysterical experience. I really can't stand to have George in the room though. As soon as I start the pushups he is biting my hair, licking my face, behaving like a puppy. We have the apps downloaded on our phones and iPADs.

2. This graphic novel. An adolescent girl going through a rough time reads Jane Eyre. Pretty lovely.

3. My Valentine.

4. Watching the Olympics, especially figure skating, with the girls. They run upstairs, put on their slippers (flippers as Jane calls them), transform them into ice skates and then the twirling begins.