July Musings

2 Tue, 2011 § 15 Comments

I like looking back over the month.  It’s interesting how our preferences, favorites & inspirations play out, ebb & flow.

Here is what’s been going on this time around.

~We’ve reinstated an old favorite: weekday date night/family nights.  (I never know what to call them.)  Each week, we alternate whose turn it is to plan; the day often differs.  Whether Dave treats me to the climbing gym, I work on his trigger points, we go on a photo hunt together or play cards, these evenings make me smile & force us to do something different to break up the week’s monotony & potential laziness.

~Rain.  More rain.  It is officially monsoon season.  It rains almost every day, but usually only for a couple hours in the afternoon.  You just get used to it & accept being wet if you want to do something.  Fortunately summer temperatures mean it dries up quickly, & we can still climb.  Oh, my hair has finally accepted it is just going to be an afro for the time being.  Strange to have humidity in AZ.

~I am supposed to be reading The Comedians.  Instead, I’ve been spending time at the library perusing the Netter’s Anatomy reference book.  Nerd!

~Bright colors make me smile.  I’m trying to fill our home (& my nails) with bright, cheerful colors.

~Fashion follows a 20-year cycle.  I am beyond ecstatic our haunt of the 80s should be over any day.  So what’s next?  The 90s…which I’m not that thrilled with BUT it means inspiration will also come from the 70s & 50s.  I’m swooning & also irritated at the whole disco-revolt-movement.  Why did they feel the need to burn so many should-have-been awesome vintage pieces?

~Speaking of, if you have any vintage scarves you want to send my way…I’m bringing this back.  I’ve been doing it lately.  Dave totally digs it.

~I am still too obsessed with Pinterest (obviously) & can get a little out of hand pinning the hours away.  I’m not just pinning though; I’m doing.  I am keeping a short list of diy projects I am currently working on — & actually working on them!  Of course, I made a board to keep track.

~My current favorite recovery smoothie add in: tahini, especially with fresh strawberries.  I have been hit or miss about adding kale (it isn’t always blending smoothly), so I’ve taken to adding a touch of chlorella.  The taste is intense, so I’m starting small (<tsp).  The tahini & strawberries are flavorful enough to cover any hint of sludginess though.  My recommended method of making the smoothie: have your husband do it.  Dave’s smoothies always taste so much better.  He must add love.

~I am infatuated with mini homes.  Super neat.

~Also excited about this.  One simple demand.  I agree.

~Thanks, Dave, for introducing me to Doghouse Diaries; this is a favorite — for all you dog lovers — but there are a lot of laugh-out-loud strips.  Other new reads I’m enjoying: Elise Blaha’s Enjoy It, Dee Construction, Marta Writes & In the Little Red House (which isn’t actually new so much as rediscovered).

~Not to rush fall along, but how perfect is this? (Thanks Aubrey)


What stood out about your July?  Also, what is on your iPod?  August needs some new tunes.

With Style?

18 Fri, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’m lame.

I also have a tendency to procrastinate…especially when I know I am going to be awkward.

A looong while back, I was complimented by a friend I think very highly of — someone I really like.  How could I not be flattered to learn I am Faith’s “kind of style”? 🙂  “Athletic, out-doorsy, wholistic”.  That was nice to hear read, especially after the day I had had.  Allow me to be a little self-centered for a moment [as if this isn’t already one of the main premises having a blog] & revel in this flattery.

Then Julia honored me as well.  Too much from women I love!

Of course, along with any kind of reward comes responsibility…hence the procrastination…which is why I am quite lame & undeserving of their kind acknowledgments:

1. Make a post & link back to the person who awarded you this award. Easily done.

2. Share 7 things about yourself. Ok, I can do this; so I started writing & some of the things that came to mind…well, I guess I needed a little more nerve to share these.  Do I feel any more secure than I did weeks ago?  Nope.  Procrastination warranted then?  Probably not.

3. Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers. Perfect!  I have just the notion in mind.  See below*

4. Contact these bloggers & tell them they’ve won!

Seven Things

1.  I was seven when I learned girls are evil.  In high school, I realized it actually derived from insecurity & not necessarily a maldesign of corruptness.  Either way, for a majority of my life, I have been “one of the guys” & struggled finding female companionship.  As much as I always said, “eh, I just don’t like girls & their drama”…there was a little hole longing to be filled by sincere female friendship.

2.  I hit a pedestrian once.  She was ok, & fortunately only twisted her ankle.  I could go back in time [in my mind of course], but with the frost, fog & glare of the sunrise, I still wouldn’t see her.  I braked immediately when I heard her scream.  Then she rolled over the front bumper.  Worst.Day.Ever.  Exhibit A, why I cannot stand careless drivers – you just have no idea…even when you are careful.

3.  This always makes me cry…like big, sobbing tears of joy.

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4.  I was 25 when I first stepped onto an airplane.  My first trip?  To Thailand with Dave on our honeymoon.  Nothing like a nice 16-hour flight to break you in.

5.  I am truly a small, town girl.  I had classes at the university with as many students as my hometown’s population, which is less than 300 last I checked.

6.  When I was a child, I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up.  I even wrote a book in second grade about various sea creatures just for fun.  My ocean experience is limited to a ferry from Seattle across the inlet & kayaking along Thailand’s coast, yet some days, I still long for that little girl’s dream.

7.  I was two years out of high school before I learned what it was to have a true girl-friend.  It turned out not all women were cruel & driven to destroy.  In recent years I have discovered beautiful, kind, loving women all over the world, in life & in our little blogasphere.  My life has been blessed & enriched by your friendships.

*I have been wanting to add my own blogroll to the site for awhile.  This was the perfect chance for me to showcase the blogs I love to visit.  I will finish it over the weekend, so expect to see this page by Monday.  Thanks for being patient & bearing with me!

Enjoy your weekend — I’m off to Albuquerque for a girls’ trip!


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