Sunday, March 1, 2015

3 Things- Some Spray Paint, Art Capers, and The Final Ballad of Leslie Knope

1. Celebrating our 1 year anniversary in Seattle at the most appropriate place- Home Depot. We intend to whip our guest room into shape to seduce more visitors into staying. Because clearly they come for the glamour. We had fun pushing through the project anyway, and we can check two more things off the list. It's amazing how little you have to buy if you can keep reusing the same stuff over and over. We certainly had a productive year, and I am super proud of that.

2. This New York Times article on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Big Robbery- Great story, pretty good article. I love that feeling of instant gratification productivity. My baby almost grows fast enough to give my boobs that feeling, but a simple sand and spray paint really satiates that hunger. A good reminder that the art world is as much about money as anything else.

3. Parks and Rec's Final Season on Amazon- I know I am a few weeks behind, but we got there eventually, and I couldn't be more depressed and excited all at once. I might be in denial about the whole thing.

Quote of the Week- Home is Wherever I'm with You

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of moving in to our house and of living in Seattle. It has been a lot of year, and I really apologize for my blog bumminess. We both know this isn't the end of it, but I am trying so that is good right?

"Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it or to change it." Chuck Palahniuk

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

3 Things- Gutai, Rugs, and Naan

1. The Gutai Exhibition at Dominique Levy- I want to go to there. Gutai performances were preposterous and original, work in Japan that preceded and paralleled Body Art, Happenings, and the like.I have read so much by them and about them, but I think I have only seen one Gutai piece on display in my life, so I am really lusting after this one.  You can read about the show here.

from Tarzanpillow on Etsy
 2. Turkish Kilim Rugs- This is the kind of stuff I would buy if I didn't like traveling way more than stuff. I love them, but they are way too expensive to just put on your floor to be walked on. I don't know how people do it.
3. Naan Bread- Gah, so good. We went to Saffron Grill, which looks like an Olive Garden made into an Indian restaurant.  2 out of 2 success rate for Birthday week dinners so far.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Quote of te Week- Lovely

"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Picture of the Week- Love Love Love

5 Things I Loved About Valntine's Weekend

1. The Rise of Galentine's Day- I saw sooo much about Galentine's Day this year! I am nervous it won't be as big next year since the show is ending (in denial about this), but this has to be one of the best things Parks and Rec gave to the world. Someday, I am really going to have a Galentine's Day brunch, but until then, I am genuinely elated to see ladies loving on each other all over the place last Friday.

2.People Talking about how they Love Each Other- Mother's Day is still my favorite, but I do love people publicly loving on each other for V-Day. Even if I don't do it myself, seeing couples say how much they love their partners is cool to me. They should do it all the time.

3. Valentine's Food- With Ash Wednesday creeping up quickly (and an accidental bulk order of candy), we really committed to treats this weekend. Life can't always be Shari's Berries and heart cakes, but I won't complain when it is!

4. Doing the Holiday- As many of you know, my life philosophy is that you can't stop bad things from happening, and when they do, you have to deal with them. So one of the best ways to keep life focused in the good is to put as much energy and creativity into the happy things as you can. So I take celebrating holidays very seriously, and I mostly feel happy and grateful that we still have time and effort into our holidays (and that BBG loves sitting in his bouncer and watching us decorate).

5. Glamming up the Dining Room- I don't want to take these down! Making the whole house feel special.

Bonus: Birthday Week kickoff! Burgers, fries, and milkshakes for Day One.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Three Weird Things I Discuss with my Infant

Because, really, how many times can you talk about their previous burp?

1. Family Health Histories- Usually on walks, where I become exceptionally aware of how bad I am at the whole making conversation thing, but I figure it's information BBG might eventually need.
2. Etymology- It's all for language skills, right? So why not just talk about what I know about words? Because I know so little. He has to be bored. But not as bored as when we read Goodnight Moon.
3. About our Enemies, the Spiders- If someone listened in, they would think I am a crazy person, and they would be right. I will sing the itsy bitsy spider, but the child must know that we do not tolerate spiders traipsing in our house or up our spout. Luckily, we live in Seattle, so the sun does not come out and dry up all the rain.

Talking to an infant may be a necessary part of the job, but it feels like hearing just how stupid your stream of consciousness is every time you open your mouth.  If my child hits toddlerhood with a strong hate for a spiders and an extensive knowledge of diabetes and cancer, I will have done my real maternal job of making him sufficiently weird.