Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ten Word Tuesday

Needle and fabric in hand, streaming Netflix. Who me, nap?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday night grateful moment

Oh, so sweet to have arrived at the weekend. For some reason, I'm particularly tired tonight... I'm going to blame the weather? It's been typically springy (ie, completely changeable at the drop of a hat) around here, but mostly nice with a mix of rain and wind... Or maybe I should blame the sketchy sleep? That's probably more accurate... Could be the carby lunch? I was at an all-day meeting today and the energy in the room took a nose dive after lunch. I saw some eyes go droopy droopy... through my own heavy lids!

But in my tired state, I can hopefully still articulate some thankfulness...

For my family. My men, right here with me, and family nearby, across the fields. And for family far away, too. So so blessed with much wonderful family.

For my health. I am glad to have gotten over the cold crud so quickly. Hopefully it won't come back!

For friends, dear friends. I'm a lucky girl, for sure.

For spring. In spite of my longstanding love of snow (I heard of a couple of people traveling over snowy passes today and thought, oh, I wish *we* had snow!), since that ship appears to have sailed, I have now flipped over to be happily on board with the green shoots and rain and longer days and sunshine (even it it's not consistent, I'll take it)! Just this afternoon I saw the most amazing skies across the valley--dark and foreboding on one side, bright sunshine on the other; a half-hour later it was completely flipped with the dark on the other side of the valley, sunshine on the opposite. Just beautiful.

For the flavors that come with spring and summer. I made pizza this week and chopped up fresh basil to go on my slices. Now that you can get basil any old month of the year it hardly seems like a "summery" ingredient, but to me the scent of basil is pure summer. Can't wait to be plucking leaves off my own plants! And asparagus... just bought a bunch of close-to-local  (closer than Chile, anyway) asparagus and can't wait to enjoy the bounty in the next couple of months. And then the fresh produce avalanche will arrive. Happy day.

For my Beth Moore study on the the fruit of the spirit. Each week it feels like she's talking straight at me. It's eerie... and incredibly inspiring for the week that follows. 

For bursts of color in my gray-black-brown wardrobe. I'm just sick and tired of the monochromatic winter color scheme I've been rocking for months. Ready to bust it up and look a bit more... well, colorful.

For the anticipation of spring break... it's coming! Not too far away, just one more week. I am so looking forward to our family time together, road tripping and hanging out.

For self-talk that's able to get me moving, without beating myself up (too badly). It works, I tell you. Pretty potently. Now to keep the movement going, so that I don't have to give the pep talk again very soon...

For fun handmade projects and making progress. Between my applique and crochet, I'm full up with crafts I enjoy and having a good time with them both; love seeing it all come together.

For after-school time with Seth. It is a gift, even as it's currently cut short by tennis as his spring after-school sport. I am still grateful for it, every day.

For speaking my mind without getting mad. It's so much better to not stuff things down, truly. If you're ever on the fence, don't stuff. Get it out, that's my advice. Not with anger, just be straight. If you're emailing, you might pause for a minute--my rule is to write it, then sit for a few hours (or overnight if you can). Then maybe edit (depending on  your tone), and hit send. Do it.

For sleep. Can't wait! (Don't call early tomorrow, if you were thinking about it. Just sayin'.)

For Friday nights together, for the best grilled cheese in a long time--the secret is in the pepperjack! and the baguette!--and tomato soup, and candles and conversation. Bliss.

I hope your weekend is filled with all the things you want and need to get charged up for the coming week! Blessings to you and yours.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday 13: Daybook musings...

For today...

Outside my window... we've had almost nightly visits from a big barn owl, lately... we named him Owen. I love his hoots so much, I hope he sticks around for a long time. I like owl hoots so much more than dogs barking...

I am thinking... that there are a lot of people in pain, and then I also think that a lot of people (myself included) don't always make the wisest choices. And the correlation between the two? Sadly quite strong.

I am thankful for... the fact that my cold cleared up so quickly. I keep hearing stories about people who are still fighting coughs and colds two and three weeks later.

From the kitchen... pizza plans tonight... and I'm going to make extra dough to make Seth a few calzones for his school lunches.

I am wearing... yoga pants and t-shirt... thinking about doing some yard-ish stuff this morning, so I will need to add a layer or two to stay warm out there...

I am creating... a hand-turned applique project for a class I'm taking. And also still continuing with the granny square crochet project, where I discovered that about half the squares I did with a 4.0 needle, and half with a 4.5 needle. So, now there will be TWO granny square projects. Sigh.

I am going... to take a good girlfriend over to TriCities for her birthday next week. Well, her birthday is the following week, but we'll do the celebrating early, as we're both headed out of town that following week--spring break!

I am reading... Blue Like Jazz with Seth. I'm enjoying it, quite a bit. Donald Miller's got a circuitous way of getting to the God stuff, but that's kind of his point, I guess. God is in the little stuff, and in everything.

On my mind... are all things related to spring. And, all the things I need to do to get ready for planting. It seems that every day I have time to be outside for a goodly chunk of time, it's raining. And on the days I'm full up with "stuff," it's sunny. Go figure. (Knock on wood, I'll get a little bit done today.)

Around the house... things are good. Back to normal (at least, as normal as we get...). Peaceful. Quiet. Ah.

One of my favorite things... is peace and quiet.

A few plans for the rest of the week... cleaning, cooking, maybe even mowing the lawn for the first time, getting ready for my sister-in-law's birthday, a bit more office-type work, and maybe, just maybe, a little attack on some of the longer-term projects. What, only two days left this week? Nuts.

And a window into my life...

This is a little piece of the applique project...

Hope your Thursday is marvelous. For other Thursday 13 participants, go here.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Artist I adore: Rachel Awes

When did I first discover Rachel Awes? It feels like I've known about her particular wisdom of colorful art and spot-on words for a long time. Whenever it was, her work made an immediate impression, and I bought a piece for my mom, and one for me. (Oh wait, the joys of accidental discoveries on my own blog: I found when I first discovered Rachel, and it was about one year ago, exactly.)

This sits right above my desk and reminds me what's possible. (Yes, I *do* make rainbows when I leap. Didn't you know that?)

Rachel is doing a giveaway on her blog, and so I couldn't help but get in on the action. I went over to her etsy shop and picked out my favorites, and am having a hard time narrowing it down to just one. But I'm confident that if I am the one chosen (chosen one?) by the random generator (or, her kids picking my name out of a hat), I will indeed be able to narrow it down to a favorite.

I encourage you to head over to Rachel's blog, and her etsy shop too, and enter her giveaway for yourself. And you can "like" her on Facebook too. And follow her on Twitter. She's around...

And leave a comment for me--which one should I choose?

Bless you, Rachel. You make the world a better place!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ten Word Tuesday

Thanking God for fresh starts, forgiveness, good health and sleep.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Future files: Hydrangea cakes

It must be a sign that I am ready for spring. (Not just ready, but Ready. Maybe even READY.) When I saw these cupcakes posted to Facebook by iambaker, my little ready-for-spring heart went pitter pat.

I have always been a huge hydrangea fan, and especially of the periwinkle variety that both of these bakers pulled off so wonderfully--though I do love the pink/periwinkle combo on the cake. iambaker linked over to Glorious Treats as evidence of her not having "recreated the wheel," but I am oh-so-glad she had the inspiration. (And be sure to check out iambaker's grandma's hydrangea watercolor she featured as additional inspiration. Quite lovely.)

I just need someone (anyone?) to announce a) an upcoming wedding, or b) an upcoming baby, so I may shower that individual with hydrangea cakes... so come on, people! Get with my program, would you?

I hope these dear cakes bring a little spring--dare I say summer?--to whatever little corner of the world you're in this morning. We're currently still quite chilly and overcast, so I might just sit and stare at these cakes a little longer, sipping my coffee, waiting for the phone to ring with baby/wedding news... (you know who you are).

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday night grateful moment

Many bloggers--the well-known ones--took a day off from blogging today, in a united "Silence for Japan" movement. I thought about it, I really did. But I just couldn't NOT do Friday night and gratefulness.

So here I am, grateful as always, even in this world that brings earthquakes and tsunamis to people who couldn't possibly deserve such devastation. I'm grateful that people and animals have been found alive, against all odds, and I'm also grateful that the world is so generous with their contributions toward the relief effort. If you haven't seen all the places to give online, here are a few:
Living Social + Red Cross
Samaritan's Purse
World Vision

I happened upon this TED video just today, and it seems a just-right way to kick off my grateful list, as she speaks of so many things I think and feel about the love of words. I'm not so "spoken word" with my poetry and love of poetry, but I appreciate people who see performance as a part of their art. I am grateful for her energy.

I am grateful for signs of spring all around. From green shoots and daffodils and blue skies--even skies that cloud up and dump rain--I'm glad of the turn of seasons.

I am grateful that even though I got sick this week, I didn't get THAT sick, and am already feeling on the mend. And I'm especially grateful to be headed into the weekend, so that being restful doesn't feel so lazy!

I'm grateful for all the drugs (Zicam!) and stuff that makes colds shorter (or is it all in my mind?). Either way, it's good. And those tissues with lotion in them? Lovely. My nose is grateful for them.

I'm grateful for comfort food. And I'm also grateful that we each get to define that for ourselves, in the moment... no single comfort food satisfies everyone, every time. (Just a hint, but for me in is usually going to involve cheese in some fashion. Probably melted cheese.)

You know that fabulous feeling when you close your eyes and lay your head on your pillow after a long day, and you're just bone tired? Yeah, I'm grateful for that feeling, too.

I'm grateful for longer days, and eventually, the warmth that will come with that... (until the warmer days, I'm grateful for extra blankets.)

I'm grateful for my men, for their love and devotion. For my dear family, too, near and far. And for my friends, and their laughter and love.

I'm grateful that you'll all understand that this list is awfully poor-sick-me-centric. And that next week will undoubtedly be less so (knock on wood).

I hope your weekend is peaceful. (And well.)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday 13: Rainbows for St. Patrick's Day!

Not being Irish, or a beer drinker, or much into shamrocks, I still enjoy St. Patrick's Day for the plethora of green that the day brings along with it; a real sign of spring! But the typical shamrock green isn't my favorite shade of the color, and as I've mentioned before, decorating for this holiday isn't something I really take any time with... I'm more like, let's make a beeline straight for Easter!

I don't know why, but it hadn't much occurred to me in past years that rainbows is the way to go with this holiday. Doh! Rainbows, with a pot of gold at the end, of course. This year I've seen oodles of cupcakes and cookies and all kinds of sweet things with a rainbow leaning, but I'm going a different direction (could be the fact that we've been fighting head colds around here for the past week, at least, that makes me a little down on the sweet stuff right now. Just give me a cup of tea, a bowl of soup, and a box of Kleenex!)

The rainbow discovery, and my love of all things Etsy, led me to wander the web site and look for rainbow items. And there are a few items that push the boundaries of what one might consider rainbow, per se, but I hope you'll bear with me. Click on the text below each picture to go to the shop. Enjoy!

And one extra, because I couldn't resist!

Check out this all-rainbow treasury.

And for more Thursday 13 participants or to play along, go here.

Hope you have a lovely St. Patrick's Day, whatever your plans!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ten Word Tuesday

Thinking of Japan's people, almost constantly; wishing peace and security.

Dear Japan (親愛なる日本) from Matthew Brown on Vimeo.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday night grateful moment

Prepare yourself for a dose of nostalgia, Sher-style. Seth and I are in Kelowna visiting my aunt and grandma for the weekend, and there is nothing like driving the highway between the border and Kelowna to really get me thinking about my childhood... yesterday was no exception.

This week my gratefulness has a twinge of sentimental...

I'm grateful I grew up in such a beautiful valley. The first few years I was away from the Okanagan Valley, I was transfixed by the sunsets on the Palouse in Washington State, and thoroughly enjoyed the smaller hills and rolling landscape around me. I guess it's one of those "grass is greener" moments, but coming back to the valley now and seeing the lake, surrounded by real mountains, it just takes my breath away. Especially with the snow on the mountains, still. (I know, me with the snow already. Whatever.)

That's the "old" floating bridge of my childhood... it's since been replaced with a newer, multi-lane model.

I am thankful for such happy memories of my childhood. I have so many wonderful memories of family Friday night suppers, a pot of soup or haystacks, something freshly baked from the oven for dessert, laughter and relaxation. That quote I shared yesterday about a warm stove and a mom? That resonates with me very deeply. I had a brother who stood up for me against any school yard meany, parents who supported me through even some pretty foolish nonsense, and acres and acres to roam if I needed a little space to stretch my legs and my mind. I was very blessed.

Coming back into the valley also brings up memories of my elementary and middle school years... I shared a particularly humorous (to me) story with Seth yesterday of a pool party that we had in the 8th grade and how I don't remember a parent present (that would irk me now, as a parent. I'm pretty sure there must have been one, somewhere, I just don't remember it...) and someone had rented a Cheech & Chong movie... one kid called their parents (not quite sure why, much of this is somewhat hazy, but I think there was a general unease among most of the kids with the stoner aspect of the movie) who then called other parents and before you know it there was a mass exodus of kids whose parents showed up (which I believe mine did). Rumor had it that the elite few who stayed behind watched An Officer and a Gentleman, which of course further solidified their cooler-than-cool quotient with the class... I hadn't thought about that in about 30 years.

I am thankful that my son still enjoys going on road trips with me, and especially to come see Great Grandma. She's tired, and we wear her out easily, so we dip in and out to see her, but it means a great deal to me that he comes with me, and has a sense of the generations that have come before him. It took me a great many years to appreciate that in my grandparents... so I'm glad he gets it sooner than I did!

I'm grateful for music, which makes the miles go by quite quickly. We are quiet eclectic, the two of us on the road... yesterday we listened to everything from Two Door Cinema, Ratatat and Flashbulb (Seth's iPod) to the soundtrack from Fame, Alphaville, Bitter:Sweet and Double (my mix). Yes, Double. 1980s! The video below just makes me smile, remembering.

In a related note on music, I am grateful for my love of hymns. Grandma was telling Seth and I last night about singing to herself each night before bed, and I thought to myself, I could totally see doing that at 92! Mix in a little Sound of Music singalong, maybe a bit of Abba, cut to some Rock of Ages or In The Garden, and that's me in the nursing home...

I'm grateful for a bunch of long-gened grandparents. The stamina of these people is amazing! The Goerlitz grandparents passed away at 90 (Charlotte) and 95 (Frank). Grandpa Kandt (Bert) passed away at 86, just about 87... and Grandma Kandt (Opal) is still going at 92. I'm very lucky to have had them all present in my life, but especially poor Grandma Kandt, who gets all the attention of being the last living grandparent!

I'm grateful for my aunt Bobbi, who houses us so generously when we visit. And feeds us too! The minestrone upon arrival, haystacks tonight... you don't get that at the Manteo. I'm just sayin'.

I'm grateful for our little traditions on these trips, from Scandia Golf and Games (mini jungle golf in the dark, essentially) to Tim Horton's TimBits to White Spot to raiding Save-On Foods for Canadian/European chocolate bars... and my little side trips to Art Knapp's... hmmm. How many of those are food-related? Just a part of our heritage, I guess...

Another, newer, tradition that I'm grateful for is the Bi-Annual Meetup of the Hollandaise Sisters. Tomorrow morning I get to have breakfast with my friend, Lisa, who lives in Kelowna... we went to elementary school together, but the two years between our classes meant that of course we weren't really friends... that was just too big a difference at that age, I guess. But with the arrival of Facebook and the rather lovely surprise that we have more than a few things in common, we have gotten together on my recent trips to Grandma's and enjoyed a breakfast catch-up (hence the hollandaise reference, one of the things we have in common!) on each other's lives. One of those lovely and unexpected joys in life, definitely.

I'm grateful for the technology that helps us retain memories. Grandma and I went through a memory book/photo album of their 60th anniversary today, while watching a DVD of their 50th anniversary... so fun to see all the great '90s haircuts and massive eye glasses, listening to the laughing of the aunties on the recording... my mom and her sisters have the best laughs. I remember so many times as a child, just enjoying being around the four of them and listening to the rising and falling of the laughter, that funny lilt and sigh they would do when they'd all been laughing for too long. I love that memory so much.

I'm grateful for time. For the ability to travel and come back to this valley, for time to have matured enough to appreciate things I used to take for granted, for time with Seth to share with him what I find important in this world. All of it.

Wishing you good memories and a lovely weekend. Peace.

Picture sources: here, here and here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday 13: Quotes on my mind

Quotes are a favorite of mine; an inheritance, if you will, from my parents... I am always culling and collecting quotes that appeal to me. I like to tuck them away to fiddle with in my calligraphy practice, or post here, or share with friends in a more personal way as needed... we all need encouragement, direction and reminders at different times, and sometimes knowing someone else thought a specific phrase or sentence  at another, maybe distant, time can be helpful.

Here are 13 quotes I've made note of lately, that speak to me especially:

In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.
-Barbara Costikyan

Believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else.
-Kobi Yamada

Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one’s mind.
-Mark Twain

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
-Helen Keller

We are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.
-C. S. Lewis

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.
-Ruth Ann Schabacker

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
-Henry David Thoreau

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

If you can't be a poet, be the poem.
-David Carradine

It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer. It is better farther on. Let us sing hallelujah in anticipation.
-C. H. Spurgeon

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
-Jane Austen (I can see an embroidery sampler out of that one, don't you think?)

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
-George Sand

And my all-time recent favorite, sure to make it's way to the my Top 100 of all time (as I know this to be true):
Given total freedom the work is likely to sprawl.
-T. S. Eliot

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Thursday. For more Thursday 13 participants, go here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ten Word Tuesday

I'm amazed how frequently I must be reminded: choose joy.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekend info-gathering roundup #6

It's been awhile since I've posted a "reading round-up"... while some of these were found over the weekend, others revealed themselves at random internet roaming moments... This weekend wasn't a big online weekend... Unfortunately/fortunately (depending on my mood at any given moment) the weather beckoned, the yard shouted of neglect, and I acquiesced, at least a bit... Sunshine is a wonderful thing, though, and I was amazed at the invigoration of the breeze, the sun, the doggies...

I love a colorful plate of food, and read an interesting post on tastespotting's blog about eating a different color each week of March. That may be a bit more extreme than I'm inclined toward--how about a lot of color at EVERY meal? All the time? But what a great idea, and a beautiful graphic to illustrate the point.

And in keeping with color coordination... I think this video is a lot of fun:

I think this is an interesting take on the decreasing price of Kindles... as a longstanding Amazon Prime member, I'm wholeheartedly in favor of his theory that a Kindle will be tossed in with a Prime membership, maybe by the end of the year. Sweet.

Here's an interesting thought, one that kinda resonates with this sometimes vegetarian: Bacon as a gateway meat. Funny, and maybe a bit true?

Happily, we make our way through most days meat-free. I found a wonderful post with lots of good inspiration at Food52 that motivates toward that end... the question is, what to make first? There's the butternut squash salad... or the ricotta and chive gnocchi... or the tomato rice or the saag paneer... uh-oh, hungry!

Love these felty flowers? Me too. Here's the DIY on those lovelies.

Other flowers I have "picked" on my online travels... these sweet roses on a pillow:

And lovely crochet flowers too:

I must be dreaming of spring, right?

And in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss this past week, check out these green eggs and ham. What a hoot.

If you haven't heard of the Khan Academy, do click on over and read about this really radical approach to education and how it's changing learning across the globe. Pretty cool. Maybe I could get a grasp on those math concepts even at this late date?

I have recently been fiddling around with a ceramic cone for my one cuppa coffee each morning... it's taken a bit of work to get it "just so," and this piece helped me get it right.

Ran across a great tumblr site called Doodle Everyday. Check out these fabulous doodles below... I wish I doodled like that... I'm still stuck in stars and hashtags and cubes in perspective and hearts... you get my drift.

Hope your weekend was lovely and there was a bit of sunshine, wherever you were. And that the week ahead brings you the right mixture of challenges and triumphs!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday night grateful moment

Thankful, so thankful...

For the springing weather. If we can't have snow (which it appears we cannot), let's just spring forward, shall we? The longer days, the sunshine, the warmer temps... all good.

For an appreciation for all kinds of food, from somewhat complicated to an apple eaten off the core.

For getting a few things accomplished that I've been procrastinating about... Hello, landfill. Hello, recycling center. Goodbye, rubbish! I guess mostly I'm thankful that self-guilt still accomplishes something with me. Don't let anyone tell you guilt is all bad. It's not.

For the flow of ink from a really nice pen. Experimenting with new calligraphy nibs makes me happy!

For my iPad. I haven't fallen out of love with it yet and don't anticipate that happening any time soon. And no, I don't feel the need to run out for the latest version, which came out this week. I will be happy with my happy pad and my flat-rate data plan for the foreseeable future, thank you very much.

For my boy and his texts and calls. (Even if it means he needs me to bring his fancy-schmancy calculator to him...)

For a meal with a friend that felt like summer (except for the actual weather). I can't wait until it actually IS summer and the basil and arugula and tomatoes are from the garden and taste like happiness. Yum.

Oh, that was yummy crostoni at Serafina...

For the anticipation of the greening and leafing of the yard. It's really looking tired and sad right now, but in a few weeks I know that the sunshine and rain will have worked their magic and we'll be in a whole 'nother place.

For Hulu+. I can get my Parenthood fix and relive the shallowness of Lipstick Jungle, all in one place.

For my husband, who makes me laugh. I love that about us.

For tulips. Now there's a sign of spring! Even if they are only in the grocery stores currently, and not in the flower beds...

For a functioning computer. I certainly don't take that for granted. Everything is better when you're not crashing and freezing every few hours... minutes...

For a weekend... to regroup, chat to my heart's content with husband, catch up on Netflix, worship, nap, clean my office, nap, make a big old breakfast or two, bake some bread (and maybe some cinnamon rolls?), nap, crochet, scan some pictures, download some music (yes, I'm way overdue to repay my musical debts to my musical sisters) and nap.

Oh, glorious weekend! Thank you for arriving, just when we needed you. Wishing you and yours the best kind of weekend: the one where you get to do what you want, when you want, with whom you wish.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thursday 13: Daybook musings...

For this lovely Thursday...

Outside my window... it is really looking like spring this morning. Blue skies with a few clouds, and birds chirping. Seems like a quick switch this week, I hope it continues in the general direction of warmth.

I am thinking... that I have a list of things to do today, and I had better get crackin'.

I am thankful for... a safe, quick trip to Seattle yesterday, and for good meetings and a lovely dinner with a friend.

From the kitchen... we are currently living off leftovers... I might need to get a few groceries so we can eat something new (and tasty) this weekend!

I am wearing... black corduroys and a khaki top. Need to start thinking a bit more spring-like in the wardrobe department... I've been black and brown and gray for months... time to infuse a bit of color!

I am creating... still working on my granny squares. Loving the color... going to have a little crafty session with a friend this morning at her studio. Oh joy.

I am going... to take Seth and go see my Grandma! There are these three wildly unexpected days off school next week. Conferences. I know, I could check the school calendar occasionally. I'm pretty sure they aren't "wildly unexpected" to everyone. Just me! So, we'll take advantage of a couple of those days and make the trek north. Very happy to be able to do taht.

I am reading... Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith, by Shane Hipps, just started... Seems like it's a bit of a let's-bash-technology kind of book, but maybe I'm jumping the gun... I'll keep you posted. It obviously spoke to me enough in concept that I downloaded it...

I am hoping... to be able to articulate myself later today. I have a meeting where I need to bring a fairly unformed idea forward and get some feedback. Wish me luck.

I am hearing... dogs barking.

Around the house... things are feeling good... other than the sunshine streaming through those dirty windows! I may need to do something about those this weekend...

One of my favorite things... is talking. Ha.

A few plans for the rest of the week... well, it's almost over, so I'll tell weekend plans. Nothing. Zippo. Zilch. And very much looking forward to all of that nothing, definitely. (Maybe a little window cleaning?)

Here is picture for thought I am sharing... of an amazing sandwich and polenta fries that I shared with a friend in Seattle yesterday. It was heavenly. The whole meal was lovely... we ate a lot and talked a lot; nice to catch up, Kari!

The daybook concept can be found here.

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