A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND
It's a melancholy Monday night. I've just finished a delicious supper of red beans and rice. I am in a space where change begets more change and I am struggling to catch my breath under it all. A pint with friends will help. But before I head over to Snoqualmie Brewery, I wanted to take a deep breath as I listen to Miles and recap the lazy weekend I just enjoyed.
February 22, 2010
February 22, 2010 Candace Morris 4 Comments
have you ever smelled Daphne?
On Sunday, our normal family day, we enjoyed Olive...Brian and Jenn's newest addition. Cousin's came over to meet her...and the saint played with our youngest cousin.
Abbey loved playing fetch.
Brian came out to play with Olive...
We all took a turn, in fact. This child has her needs anticipated...to say the least.
Uncle Joel admiring Brian's brewing handiwork...
SIGNS OF PROGRESS
February 19, 2010
February 19, 2010 Candace Morris 6 Comments
MY ENTIRE POINT IS THIS:
So, like the big girl I am, I turned around, put my hands on my hips, and answered this question with sass. Here they are:
- I've been studying my whole life to be a teacher.
- I became a teacher and had the courage to know it wasn't for me.
- I then had the courage to enter a career that I knew wouldn't matter in any other way except to provide me rest.
- From that career, I realized that I was an artist and was wasting my time pretending it wasn't true.
- I have tried to learn what that means for me here at home, in the country.
Just helping the saint with his wood-choppin' chores:
February 17, 2010
February 17, 2010 Candace Morris 8 Comments
Olive Jade Wigand...
February 16, 2010
February 16, 2010 Candace Morris 5 Comments
February 15, 2010
February 15, 2010 Candace Morris 5 Comments
Well, now that you know the context, and since you're already used to the method of delivery (see previous post), I shall now list the (less than profound) lessons of this love-infested weekend:
- i was surprised that i didn't hate Avatar. entertaining indeed, but not worth all the hype. honestly, we went after a few drinks at dinner totally prepared to hate on it, which sounded like great fun at the time. but we both ended up finding merit in it...plus there was NO ONE in the theater, so we had plenty of room for an honest reaction.
- joel LOVES kenny logins. he had never seen Footloose (how this is possible, i shall not here conjecture), and thought the soundtrack was pretty great. oh he's such a sucker for 80's synthesizer.
- restaurants are really important to us. like really important.
- the key to looking good REALLY IS in feeling good. if i stuff my face with junk, i notice that i feel instantly fat and old...and i think i'm just now noticing that correlation. if i be sure to get plenty of exercise and prioritize eating well, i notice how much younger and prettier i feel.
- marriage is a fascinating and difficult endeavor...to know where you end and they begin and how to vocalize changes in emotional climate, it's so supremely confusing and also quite blissfully calm. i'm a fan...and joel and i are noticing that our relationship is changing and it's a bit hard to pinpoint where and how, but it's necessary for us both to sit down with honesty and release of the other's reactions to meet somewhere on mutual ground wherein we BOTH feel heard and understood. The biggest battle in a lifelong relationship CONTINUES to be fighting against our expectation of what we THOUGHT it would look like to be in love after so many years...
- I still want to grow up to be a figure skater.
- Commericals WORK. I hate (like HATE) McDonalds, and all through the Olympics, they were advertising the chicken nuggets, and MAN DID I WANT SOME. But I resisted...for now. I'm still thinking about them a day later. Gross. Why can't I fantasize about SPINACH?
- Women's bodies are vastly miraculous.
- It is becoming more and more tempting to use household chores as a fall back for boredom. I do not want to clean because I don't know what else I want to do with myself and "it needs to be done anyway." If I clean, I want it to be intentional and soulful...not routine and compulsory. I didn't do dishes on Saturday when I was in a funk because at that moment it would have talked me out of some soul searching I needed to do. So I didn't. Bravo me. AND bravo the saint...because he did them later that night while i passed out from red wine consumption.
ON WHAT I LOVE AND OTHER VALENTINE'S DAY RANTS
February 12, 2010
February 12, 2010 Candace Morris 10 Comments
It's my V-day edition.
I'm feeling a bit cheeky this V-day.
(though truly there are no plans here at Booklings Manor to celebrate...because we both live our lives in an after school special about love (wait, weren't after school specials about some teenage angst issue? okay, how about a romantic comedy instead) and have V-day every day. It's gross.)
(but in a really sexy way)
(meaning it's not gross!)
Now that we have cleared that up...
DIY IN THE SUN
Seattle is finally getting back to it's rainy goodness, but I loved the last few days of blissful sunshine. It sure lit a fire under my arse to get some things done around the place. You know those spring tasks like reorganizing your dishtowels, weeding the flower pots, moping the floor, etc...well, on Tuesday, it sent me outside to FINALLY finish up those spray-painting projects that built up in the winter.
February 10, 2010
February 10, 2010 Candace Morris 7 Comments
Here are the various goodwill finds.
Letter Holder: $.99
Wire Basket: $2.99
Here's the spray paint purchased for $.99/can. It's the month of frugality, after all.
If it wasn't, I would have purchased the can with the nice press thingy (the technical term).
Otherwise my pointer finger wouldn't have died and gone to appendage hell.
Planning out my strategy.
(Also seriously pondering going back inside for almonds and my sunglasses)
Getting down to work.
Letter holder needed like four coats.
Missy Octavia decided to venture outdoors and see what I was doing.
She's like totally almost an outdoor kitty now (except for the eating and peeing inside, you know)
I also decided to finish up the coat tree from AGES ago (hence the cobwebs, but why remove them! ;) ). Turns out it needed even more than 2 cans of magenta spray paint.
Aren't they kind of gorgeous?
Tree with a few more coats, drying in the sun.
Going back to the tray...
By now, my finger FLIPPING HURTSSEES.
Here's all the stuff with a few coats, I'll be back in an hour to finish them off.
Well, I am excited to see them back in the house, breathing their FRESH WHITENESS into my otherwise drab house.
Bonjour & welcome
Saint Theresa newly adorns my green room. I'm in love with a new muscle T-shirt I found second-hand. I showed them to her last week wh...
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