ever have one of those mornings? I got up at 6 AM and still felt late as I ran out the door at 7:40 AM. complained to a friend that I got nothing done. She responded that our lists were completely different and that my morning made her morning look positively sluggish. (Yet I know she's in her office looking chic and fabulous... even with a quick beauty routine this morning!)
+personal hygiene, shower, dressed in a nubby sweater, black skirt, black tights, and black flats
+ate a tangerine and took a vitamin
+unloaded the dishwasher
+watched last night's project runway (laughed + enjoyed kit's designs the most)
+styled my hair into some kind of order (thanks to a cute pink bobby pin)
+blended a smoothie to enjoy while driving + ran down to the parking garage while juggling my purse, tumbler holding smoothie, purse and keys.
as my friend describes her morning
-hit the snooze for an hour
-decide to skip the shower
-fling on whatever clothes are on the back of my couch
-run downstairs to tori's car holding my shoes and trying to button my shirt
a friend and I were exchanging emails today about organizing - paperwork and other items that accumulate rapidly.
we both live in places that are mixtures of orderliness and untidyness - a mixture because items that have homes are easily put back in place but items (like mail, catalogs, pay stubs, statements and receipts) often get tossed into a Deal With It Later bin and really, the items are never dealt with again.
I'll be posting photos of what I'm dealing with and then the oh-so-pretty-and-organized results.
I smiled all weekend at my nephew Hudson. He is six months and apparently at the age where you have one expression...unless you're laughing at your toes. The look includes an open mouth, lots of drool, an intense gaze and/or a surprised look no matter what is going on around you.
darn. he looks just like his auntie. (pardon the drool)
no christmas tree yet but here are the outside lights on my deck that are making me smile tonight. I keep taking glimpses through my patio blinds to see the pretty lights.
I keep hearing from friends who may have had plans to go out tonight but changed their minds and stayed in..and are in turn having cozy evenings just like I am. I watched a film, made dinner, enjoyed the lights and am now watching the second of the first two Project Runway episodes. I do have some favorite designers and some that are making me laugh out loud.
Saw August Rush this weekend and loved it. It's a clean movie and includes such beautiful music. I might have to see it one more time.
photos by yours truly. was playing with the camera settings and it turns out that the "evening portrait" setting takes a pretty good photo. it was dark outside but look how clear the table and chairs turned out!
a soothing image on this quiet afternoon before a long holiday weekend.
looking forward to seeing family in town, friends, and a couple movies (Enchanted as a Girls Night Out with a six year old and her mom, and also August Rush).
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving + time with family and friends.
photo by camilla
Tuesday was Annette + Annie + Nick Day
Annette and two of her kids are in town from Tennessee and spent the day with me in Milwaukee at the art museum and at a fine Thai dinner.
Annette + Annie in a museum art piece.
the museum pavilion - including the Burke Brise Soleil, a sunscreen that closes & opens throughout the day.
the highlight of the afternoon was when nick and I were sitting on a bench, contemplating a particular wintry painting when a group of third grade students swept in with their tour guide who asked if we could all share the bench. we could, of course, and scooted over to let them in. I then reverted to being eight years old myself as the guide would ask various questions while leaning over and speaking to us (as a group) as if we were all three years old. I would actually RAISE MY HAND to answer one of her questions forgetting I hadn't been in school in...forever and a day and a half.
"What season is in this painting?" [hmm..lots of snow and they are traveling in horse drawn SLEIGHS, so I have to go with summer. FINAL ANSWER, REEG.]
"How many sleighs are there?" [an infinite number of sleighs exist in the world. shall I go on? ohhh..you mean in the painting. rightyo....I don't know. never learned to count. PASS.]
"Do you see a DOG IN THE PAINTING?" [there is a creature with fur and with brown and white spots on it, hanging out of the summer sleigh, so I gotta go with goldfish, so no, no dog in the painting]
"Is it a warm or a cold day?" [again, wondering about the well being of this guide, who seems to be ignoring the surprising amount of snow on the ground on this wonderful summer day. can she not see that it's obviously tropical? so 92 degrees with low humidity. NEXT? oh, we're DONE? why ever is that the case?]
Love this filing system + I adore those folders!
My weekend goal is to set up a similar system in my office/reading corner and then file the pile of papers just waiting for a home. Photos of my new office/filing system next week!
1. Don't forget when titling your posting that PMS is not spelled 'PSM.'
2. When overwhelmed by something that you can do three weeks out of the month with no problem whatsoever, try to simplify! Use numbered lists like blogger AZ to keep thoughts in order and maintain a semblance of control.
3. Don't suggest seeing a movie about a tall elf to a friend who enthusiastically agrees, then change your mind last minute, then get mad when she doesn't understand, then have a conversation about compromise, and then, when she understandingly gives in and offers to see something else, change your mind and decide you want to see the tall elf movie after all.
4. Don't try to listen to Piano Music to Quiet Your World. It may just be some guy talking for over twenty minutes while you wait for piano music, leading you to believe the program should be called Piano Talk That Irritates Your Already-Irritated World. You will find yourself wanting to strangle this man. You are not quieted.
5. Switch to an online classical station that has the tag line "Relax...it's good for you." Here, you will find music. And it will quiet your world.
gina's comment below about filling in your own words reminds me of The Funniest Scene Ever (almost) in the British version of The Office.
Gareth (the assistant) is investigating who sent out a risque, fake photo of the boss to all employees, so he's talking to two employees. Watch the guy on the right.
click here for the scene.
a new favorite blog, wiksten-made, posted these photos of european style. I love the top one and it's reminding me to buy a new pair of dansko clogs. love those shoes worn with tights! and the bottom photo is great because I love her combination of denim and black...two things I regularly put together.
I originally signed in here to write about a perky announcement I hear regularly on the radio. I listen to a station that is commercial free and 100% listener supported. so there are no commercials but there are "announcements." This morning, my least favorite announcement* came on, so I had to change the station, but that station had on the even-more-perky eharmony advertisement, so I had to change the station one more time. I found a fun country song to listen to. *whew* perkiness avoided.
*because the station is listener supported, there is a music team listeners can join (I did) and help decide what songs air on the station and at what intervals...we can vote for songs to be played more often or less often. the person who represents this team is a girl named MICHELLE! and she's the perkiest music team member EVER. Her perky voice is overwhelming....so I tend to change the station for a little while.
This is the same station that had an announcement about how it is a family station..and it started the announcement by listing family events: "Your child's first bike ride." "A family dinner." "Wiping your child's........"
BUTT. That's what I heard in my head Every Single Time.
The correct answer, of course, is "tears" BUT (ha ha ha I did say but) I didn't think of that...my mind instantly going to "butt" automatically. I never said a word to someone at the station....yet two weeks later, a modified announcement began airing. thank you very much!
a friend lives in france and blogged this photo.
I have to visit Paris once in my life.
Realized a month or so ago that wishing I could visit various European cities doesn't get me there. Time to make a list of places I'd like to visit and create a savings account for travel.
Looking at the above photo will be motivating as well.
saturday evening: just finished an hour long conversation with a friend, renee, whom I've missed. she called as I was driving home from a birthday dinner at my brother's house. I drove to his house after an afternoon of sorting through paperwork and picking up books at the library. and watching the latest CSI in vain - wasn't aware I needed to record the hour following CSI - to see part 2 as it aired as Without a Trace. so I don't know who did it or if the guilty one as caught. anyone see it?
friday night was a dinner at church where I ran the computer during the presentations by eleven people. then I went home and watched a french film online via netflix but kept mixing up who was the brother and who was the boyfriend and who was just a friend...and did the brother really die? I give up. sleep was calling me anyway!
tomorrow will be church + fundraising lunch and watching the packer game + cards at mom's.
then it will be monday. again.
photo found here
it's thursday. bit of an odd week really. but the end is near. (that sounds like some big announcement that requires a sign and a megaphone while standing on a street corner.)
tonight is the first free night I will have all week. time for some sesame chicken + thursday night shows.
a coworker gave up smoking after 30+ years and did it by using jalepenos. that's right. jalepenos. when she craved a cigarette, she'd eat a jalepeno or two and all thoughts fled her mind of anything but what was in her mouth that very moment. it worked well.
got a new printer at the office today. it's a pretty, little thing.
Honda owners - check this out. My car at 118,000 miles is a baby compared to the ones mentioned in those stories. Now I'm nostalgic for the '82 Honda Accord I drove from 1988 to 1990. It was beige and reminded me of a little Mercedes. *sigh*
what was your first car?
I'm notorious for wearing dark colors and had the following dialogue today:
Coworker: Hey, I like your purple sweater! When will I see white?
Me: When I complete my nursing degree.
Coworker: "Ha ha! ...Wait. Are you going for your nursing degree?"
late sunday afternoon: very quiet. contemplating a nap. washing machine is running, the neighborhood is quiet, the television and radio are off. feeling behind in watching shows and movies - but not wanting to break the quiet mood at home.
had a great morning at church then went out to lunch with three of my junior high girls. had such fun in the dollar store - taking dozens of photos. will post those this week to share the fun!
at the moment, am thinking about cards, stationery & creatively wrapped parcels.
top photo from frenchy's finds
bottom photo: gift marta (m.writes) received from her husband