Wednesday, July 30, 2008

end-of-summer lovin'

i've had a rough couple of days, so i decided to focus on the positive, albeit somewhat shallow things in my life that i've been loving recently - and because i'm sapped of all energy today (both from the humidity and our most recent dilemas) this will occur in a short list form (becuase, as i've stated before, nothing makes me happier than lists!) :

::1:: Pandora: this is my new favorite site online. I just might never buy music create your own radio stations by typing in an artist or a song that you like, and this site creates a playlist for you full of that artist and other artists and songs that are in the same genre then can thumbs up or down each song, to tell them whether you want to hear more of that type, or skip someone altogether...its quite remarkable, and better yet, it also is able to be streamed onto my second summer fave...

::2:: my iPhone: i can listen to my pandora radio stations, dial a phone number on an old fashioned rotary dialer, read deuteronomy or update my facebook page, all from my most recent splurge...which has become more than a crackberry (for you blackberry users out there)...i have become both more efficient and less efficient all at the same time...and i love it!

::3::Phillipa Gregory: This summer has been marked by my growing affection for this author of England Tudor fiction. I never was one to like to read about this time period until starting with her now famous work, The Other Boleyn Girl. Well, from then i've been hooked and spend countless nights and lazy weekends balancing my time between her thick novels and my #4 of the summer...

::4:: Deuteronomy: I have been reading through the Old Testament for the past few months with a good friend, and i've just finished what is by far my favorite book of the OT. Deuteronomy has had a warm place in my heart since my travels abroad to Africa, where i read it and felt a deeply rooted connection to the Israelites. Their wandering, their inconsistencies, their heart to follow God wherever, but their constant failings. This time reading it i had the same reaction. It was more than the bible this time, it was the story of my heritage and i felt a brotherhood (well, sisterhood) with the chosen ones. Moses' wisdom and advice like a grandfather caring for his children, who only wants the best for them... i was deeply moved and inspired...

::5:: On a lighter note, i have been drinking pomegranate juice and seltzer water like i'm a camel in the desert...the drink of the summer for me is this, and as i sit here, i'm happily sippin' away.

::6:: Lastly, i try to stay abreast of many blogs throughout the week, but continually i always go back to this, the first one on my list, it's called PerfectBound and i am always cheered by her bright photos and sweet little posts.

So, there you have it, even in the midst of a crappy week, i found a few, albeit somewhat insignificant things to be thankful for.

Monday, July 21, 2008


since thursday I've been a bit preoccupied.
We decided to splurge and treat ourselveswith two new toys...
I'm blogging from itright now as a matter of fact-
And this weekend i've learned that I too, along with my husband am a tech nerd-
it just takes the right gadget.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

::to-do lists::

i love making to-do lists...
there's nothing more gratifying to me that making a to-do list and checking things off of them...
the sense of accomplishment, the sense of productivity.
i keep numerous to-do lists in my life.
a couple at work, broken down by projects and timelines,
and a few at home - grocery lists, daily to-do lists, long-term lists, and the list of to-do lists goes on and on.
the one list i've never made however, is one of those, "things to do before i die" lists...that is, until today.
i was sitting at my desk at work, listening to NPR while working and they were doing a segment on using trains as a means of travel, and people were calling in, reminiscing about traveling by train, and it sounded so peaceful and adventurous, i thought of myself, whether alone or with someone, spending hours writing in a leatherbound journal - while town after town speed past out the window... so i wrote on a post-it note at my desk: take a train on a long trip somewhere...which got me thinking, what else have i always wanted to do, and thus my small list of a mere five things i hope to do long before i die...and i'm sure the list will keep on growing.

::1:: Take a train on a long trip somewhere.

::2:: Work & live in India.

::3:: Publish at least one book.

::4:: Start a business.

::5:: Learn how to letterpress.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

the fourth is not for the faint-hearted

our long weekend is wrapping up and as sad as i am to head back to work, i am partially relieved that the festivities are over.
it was a lovely holiday weekend, don't get me wrong - but there's something just not right about
hosting a bbq for 30 with a sinus infection and a fever... i was a mess, to say the least.
sneezing and coughing and just plain pooped, all before the day even started.
i was fighting this thing all last week and finally i broke down and went to the doctor, knowing exactly what i needed...
twenty minutes later, i left with a z-pack and an rx for some nighttime cough syrup.
but i'm a warrior and i pushed through, and though i felt on the verge of collapse, i grocery shopped cooked and cleaned for the party...and it was worth it, we had a great time, sipping beers in the backyard until it was time to head to the fireworks...which i barely made it to...but i did and was better for couldn't even hear my hacking over the crack and boom of the firecrackers.
i practically fell into bed that night and have slowly been recouping ever since...but there's no rest for the weary when it's summer, so we're back at it with full force and trying to enjoy every minute of the warm weather.

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