February 2016

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Life has been good to us lately, not the least of which has to do with the fact that winter has been kind this year. So far. Knock on wood. (There isn’t enough wood in the world to knock on.)

There is something grounding about the fullness of my days, with these new people I’m learning about, who are taking the time to learn about me. They’re talented and interested and in the hours outside of work, they pursue the things that bring them to their own level of rock stardom.

While I don’t have the time to craft posts or photograph recipes these days, I’ve been wanting to do a better job of recording what’s happening in my life, if only for the purpose of looking back and having a snapshot of what these swiftly passing days have held.

What I’m listening to: The Amos Lee channel on Pandora. Emily and Chad were playing it at dinner one night and I remembered how much I love Amos Lee. How warm a space feels when his music playing. Our dear southern friends are moving back to South Carolina this weekend and we will miss them more than words can express.

And also, all the podcasts! I am loving the Happiness podcast and trying so hard to listen to Serial, but my mind wanders. I just can’t get invested. Could it be that the Serial team is also not that invested? Today, they did a short episode about the Adnan Syed trial (season one’s topic) and they were so wrapped up in it, they were nearly breathless. There is none of that this season. Would that be like lightning striking twice? Perhaps too much to expect.

What I’m reading: Everything I Never Told You. Which is one of those books about how life carries you, and changes happen, and you just can’t stop them. And how you must be absolutely, truly, resolutely yourself. I also read Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes and Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, both of which made me feel very I am woman; hear me roar. 

What I’m wearing: I fell hard for these Cole Haan d’Orsay pumps. They’re so ladylike–and comfortable! I want to wear them ALL THE TIME.

What we’re watching: We just binge watched Transparent and Making of a Murderer. In the middle of the two seasons of Transparent, James turned to me and said, with big saucer eyes, “TRANS. PARENT!” And now we have something new to laugh about. (He is still the smartest person I know.)

What I’m struggling with: Kona. Specifically, Kona eating other dogs’ poop and then waking us up in the dead of night with diarrhea. We have had to stop taking her to daycare. Then she did it on a walk the other night, when we were taking care of Emily and Chad’s dog, Oliver. I’m exhausted. I have no idea how people with actual babies do it.

What’s making my heart happy: Going home. To both homes: Portland and Honolulu.





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  1. Hurry up and get on the plane already! Hug you soon.

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