my long weekend begins now.....beginning with this photo taken moments ago from the lobby window. six inches of snow will fall by six p.m. tonight.
good news though! a roommate, gretchen, from san francisco is in my neck o' the woods until tuesday, so we'll have time to hang out a couple times! what fun!
hope your friday is swell and that you have a great weekend! I'm working on various projects this weekend and shopping at IKEA so there should be updates this weekend!
happy friday to you!
photo by sunnygirlwi
this weekend I received the most recent Blueprint magazine - with a red cover. LOVED it even if it is the last (and my favorite) issue.
Heard a rumor that the magazine will be folded into Martha Stewart Weddings - an idea I'm not overly fond of.
Anyone else read Blueprint?
You decide to run to the mall on Saturday because you need two more gifts. It might not be that crowded, you reason, so you drive the half hour to the mall and suddenly see a line of cars stopped at the freeway exit. They couldn't be...yes, they are. You're all going to the mall. The lot of you begin trolling for a parking space, driving up and down the aisles.
You know you have to get to a Major Bookstore and a Department Store and look! there they are - side by side. So you begin your search for a space nearby, and you go up and down the same four aisles - for about 15 minutes. Then you reach your breaking point and CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE!
Just then, you see someone back out of a space close to the stores..but no... the truck ahead of you will get it, and surely it's a handicapped space or a "10 minute only" sign... but no, it's NOT. The driver ahead of you overlooks the space, choosing to prolong their search for a spot. If they only knew what they passed up. You pull into the FRONT ROW parking space gleefully and in somewhat a bit of shock.... because WHO DOES THIS? Who gets to the mall and gets a front row spot mere steps from a store's front doors? YOU DO!
You go in, complete your errands, linger a bit too long, then see the time and rush out the door. You pause to take a photo of your blue car because this moment MUST be documented. Then you stand by your car and try to catch the eye of a driver who surely must want THIS SPOT! Two drivers of two vehicles gaze over your head as they sigh and contemplate a left or a right turn because surely it doesn't matter...no spaces are free. You look at them like, "HELLO???"
As you turn back, you notice a car full of young women who see you and recognize what you're trying to do. "Yes" you smile and point to your spot, "THIS spot is free." Immediately there's shrieking and laughing so you smile as you get in your car, confident that you'll be able to back out safely and also bring joy to those women who are worthy of The Best Parking Space at the mall a mere three days before Christmas.
hard to believe it's the day after Christmas..and life is back to normal...for three days anyway - then another long weekend!!
Christmas weekend was a pretty good mix of busy and not-busy. Read an entire book, hosted a Christmas party for my junior high girls, got over a cold, took a nephew to see Alvin & the Chipmunks, went to a family party where I wish I'd taken a video of the youngest nephew there opening his gift of the Transformers movie. He was in shock and kept jumping around. So cute.
Didn't do much on Christmas Day. Slept in, watched old movies and caught glimpses of A Christmas Story, read, connected with some friends and went to bed too late.
How was your Christmas?
Meet Nick. He's my friend Annette's stepson.... After playing two competitive games of Settlers of Catan yesterday, I couldn't resist taking a few - or nine - photos of Nick here at his grandma's house. And oh yeah, he WON both games of Settlers. We'll have a rematch in a few months!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, by the way! I'm off to run the computer for the 11 PM Christmas Eve service at church.
Hope your Christmas Day is lovely and warm and fuzzy and meaningful. I celebrated today so Christmas Day will be Movie Day for me. (Juno + National Treasure)
I have a cold. *sniff* *sneeze* *cough* (and.......repeat)
I am around Mr. and Mrs. Paranoid who are avoiding me and my office and the papers in my hands as if I have the plague.
Did NOT see this cold coming. Not even when I received the following email from my mom yesterday.
Am home sick. STOP Have a cold. STOP Send chicken soup with the evening mail. STOP*
What bigger red flag do I need that I too might get the cold my mom got from her two youngest grandkids..the very same ones I was throwing in the air (AND catching), cooing at and hugging and kissing all I could this past weekend?
*Anyone know why telegrams did this? (okay - the people who transmitted the telegrams, not the telegrams themselves) put STOP in there? Then with the evening mail delivery, there used to be a time when there was morning and evening mail deliveries...where a mom could put some soup on a train and it could be picked up by one of her kids at one of the stops. I read that in a historical fiction book once. those were THE DAYS!
Britt Nicole was one of many artists performing in the Christmas Promise concert this week - including Todd Agnew, Matthew West and New Song.
I am looking forward to seeing P.S. I Love You on Friday and then hosting my junior high girls for our Christmas/slumber party.
On Sunday, the youth are responsible for the two services - with Youth Guy speaking on family dysfunctions (I'm sure the audience will be empty as we all have perfect families!).
Monday and Tuesday will be family time, movie time, and more family time!
Matthew West signing a photo for one of my junior high girls, Kaylen. This is a good photo to explain the foyer of my church. It's huge and easily holds two hundred people. It's for this reason that Sunday morning attempts to find friends between services can be a challenge!
I attempted to quote amy butler the other day and wanted to give you her exact words:
I would be happiest if, after perusing this book, you felt inspired by your own style and surroundings, or felt the impetus to create that feeling for yourself. ....the ideas generated in this book are for your interpretation - a starting point for your personal creativity.
It's not about money or talent. It's about creativity and love. I put my personality into everything I do, and that makes it both exciting and intimate. When I put my clothing on in the morning or design fabrics or choose colors for a room, I want it to be a reflection of the confident and optimistic person I aspire to be. That is why home decor and fashion are so much more than fluff and pomp. They are the calling cards to our personalities. The very act of participating in your personal appearance and the creation of your surroundings defines how you see yourself. ~ Amy Butler - Amy Butler's Midwest Modern
a view of my office.
drinking caffeine in an attempt to be alert and productive today.
practically counting the hours until the five-day-holiday-weekend.
(shopping + movies + church + family + friends - not necessarily in that order!)
what Christmas weekend plans do you have?
GOOD MAIL DAY!
Received my copy of Amy Butler's Midwest Modern. In the few minutes I had to begin reading it, I was struck by her words about using her appearance to portray her as the confident, creative woman she aspires to be. I realized that if I were not allowed to speak to you to show you who I am, then my apartment would
I have been living in a pale rental apartment without decorating it much (letting my words and personality show visitors and friends who I really am)....the vaulted ceilings in my apartment result in a lot of wall space that has yet to be decorated. After looking through Amy's book, I have this urge to color up my world..and brighten it up and not depend on my words and personality alone to reveal who I am, but to let my surroundings reflect the real me as well as my words.
With my wardrobe, people already go "oh..that's so you"..I want my apartment to evoke the same reaction.
nah..it's not a freaky friday. it's just FRIDAY! with Christmas and New Year's not far away! was immersed in a long project all day then found myself with a free night. got together with a friend, krysta, for her belated birthday celebration.... dinner and a browse through barnes & noble.
[above I'm practicing my driving skill of "If I don't look at you, you don't exist, therefore the stupid driving move I just completed doesn't exist either.]
it's going to be a good weekend. a little youth group leadership meeting, a little listening to the christmas choir, some ice skating, a family christmas party, and a little time at home in a cozy apartment.
this photo from port2port makes me smile.
it's wednesday. almost halfway through the week. am happy that the sun is out - after yesterday's snow and ice storm.
anyone else have netflix films that sit there for more than two weeks? I've had Love Actually and Family Man at home for a long time; both are films I've seen before but wanted to watch again. at what point do I decide, "If it was really important to me or if I really did want to see those films, I would have made time to see them."
What films are you watching?
It goes well with this photo from Style for the Stay at Home Mom (not just for moms! it's for all women looking for style!)
(click image to read this page from the article in the November Vogue)
Someone mentioned that my office has a fragrant aroma. My office is scented by an apple/cinnamon air freshener, but I could have responded with:
A. I get that a lot. I think it's the pheremones.
B. It's the easy-bake oven in the corner. I'm making a special dessert for you that should be ready in 4.7 hours--if I remember to change the light bulb.
C. Must be the new fabric softener from the dollar store. It's called "eau de office".
D. You like my new incense? Don't tell anyone I'm lighting matches in here!
E. Uh...who uses the term "fragrant aroma"?
F. (jumping up and hugging him) "THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW SPECIAL THAT MAKES ME FEEL!!! VISIT ANYTIME!"
great studio filled with light!
the weekend has flown by once again.
the brother living in missouri with his family has moved back and his almost-three year old daughter has begun telling my mom (the driver of the van) on the long trip to wisconsin, "you're driving me crazy" and then moments later, "you're STILL driving me crazy!". Apparently her auntie is now driving her crazy as well.
kudos to the niece for using the adverb "still" at such an early age.
loving these jars karin uses to light the path to her studio.
When I was younger, I'd say things at home like, "I don't want to stay in, but I don't want to go out. I don't want to watch TV, but I don't want to read." My mom would glance over at me knowingly and say, "Sounds like you need sleep!" and she'd be right of course.
But what can I do now that I feel that way this afternoon? Drop suddenly onto the carpet for a nap, waking smiling to a confused group of people gazing down at me?
some "eye candy" for you from emma's blog. love the blackboard next to the white cabinet then a closeup next to a distant view of a living room. also loving the black + white theme running through these photos.
someone asked me today why I was so quiet......it's because of the effects of taking something to help me sleep last night (following two very sleepless nights). I slept soundly last night which is a great thing but somehow the medicine is lingering, causing this contemplation... thus the relaxed tone of the entry below.
more snow is expected this evening so tonight I'll use earplus and take half the dosage of medicine I took last night, and tonight will be lovely and full of deep sleep, and I will not hear the snow removal guys doing their jobs at two in the morning.
am happy it's thursday..because it means a night at home with no commitments to be anywhere, do anything, or say anything.
looking forward to puttering around the house, putting things away, arranging items until they're pleasing to look at, finishing a good book, enjoying some christmas music or a bit of silence, and writing a page or two in a journal.
odd night. haven't slept well since being sick on monday and tuesday. sleeping fitfully then woken last night by the snow removal truck at 1:30 AM. couldn't get back to sleep until 5:00 AM. Got about three hours of sleep total.
thus this photo from pixiegenne fits my day perfectly. my headache craves the darkness in the photo but need a bit of light every day, and this cheerful front door is just perfect!
How's your day going?
this photo has me craving owning a striped scarf that's bright and cheerful.
speaking of stripes...in reply to a friend's inquiry about what search terms to plug in when looking for fun, new blogs, I suggested she try, "purple nose picking crocodiles wearing striped scarves" Sure enough, 195 results on Google's Blog Search mostly about picking your nose. JACKPOT!
a sunday post for you today (monday):
*whew* am finally home. today was every bit the whirlwind that yesterday was not. hmm..that's vague. let me explain.
saturday brought a snowstorm that kept most of the county inside. I'd been hoping all week for the chance to stay at home, thinking the result would be a sparkling, perfectly organized apartment and a well-rested sunny but reality included watching a french film, cooking dinner, watching an oprah episode about hairstyles, and reading a few chapters in two books. all the while target was calling my name......but I couldn't go. *sigh*
sunday began with my oversleeping, rushing to church for the "upstairs church" (the regular church service on the main level) and then going downstairs to see if one of my team members from the "space bar ministry" (the media team that runs the computer during services which are run by youth for youth...with the exception of the youth pastor who give the sermons) was ready to go.
I got swept into the crowd and attended the service then suddenly had two of my girls at my mom's for a quick lunch and some card playing..then rushing to the theater to meet 14 friends from the youth ministry to see August Rush. (my second time seeing it).
Now I will enjoy a late dinner and watch the amazing race while rooting for kynt & vyxen - since they seem to be appreciating the race, the travel and the time in each country they visit.
and how was your weekend?
[happy birthday to both AZ and K-O, and happiness for katy whose dad is leaving the hospital today!]
MONDAY UPDATE: woke up at 4 AM monday with a cold. (raw throat, full-feeling ears, watery eyes, a headache and a cough.) so it's time for sleep. nighty-night.
amazing race - father/daughter team. such a close knit family. let's listen in, shall we?
daughter in the taxi with her father, "I love you soooo much"
father, perusing the current clue, "lithuania...they make great pastries as I understand it"
daughter then gets this quizzical look on her face, most likely realizing a teensy communication challenge she and her dad share.
well, she was pretty vague and he might have thought she was saying "olive juice so much" and he's all "yes!! that's my daughter. and she thinks we're so alike... hey, juice goes great with pastries.... pastries, hmm.....our next stop is lithuania..I'm going to encourage her line of thinking and talk about pastries...yumm... I'm hungry"
I'm tucked away safely inside while a snowstorm continues outside. After venturing out to get a mocha with hannah and to pick up a couple books at the empty library, I headed home to bundle up and enjoy a quiet afternoon.
In a couple hours, I'll don a fancy frock and make my way to a local Irish pub for a company Christmas dinner. I had wondered about going but then nicole mentioned to me, "I love Irish pubs; it seems everyone is always happy in them." I'm now looking forward to a cozy evening with good people and yummy food.
*hmmm the party has been called off so I will remain at home and curl up now with the film "Paris, Je T'aime". Hope you are enjoying your weekend!