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Then somebody moves, and everything you thought you had is gone to shit/but we’ve got a lot, don’t you dare forget that.

cocktails on the mind (via pinterest)

Hello! What’s new? I’ve been quiet around here because I have things to share that I can’t share quite yet, so rather than be cryptic for a long stretch of time I figured I’d wait. Then it took a long time and I couldn’t wait anymore. So, hi! I’m scatterbrained today. It’s endearing, stop looking at me like that. I’ve been feeling a thrill of gratitude and happiness lately, not uncommon for me when the weather is more consistently warm. (The post title is a lyric from Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos, not meant to sound complain-y, but quite the opposite. Life is so good sometimes, it’s unbelievable.) See also: New England Noir was feature in another Etsy Treasury, it is sunny outside, and today is our second ever CSA pickup (hopefully there’s strawberries.)


Today we had the cat shaved; I’m picking her up in a bit. Only slightly embarrassing, and only for a day or two. For her, I mean. The humans think it’s hilarious. Later today we’re viewing a house across the bridge. It’s painted a bright green, somewhere between mint and lime, at the moment. Let me tell you, if it became our house… It wouldn’t be that way long.

Things around here are slow but good, I’m still pasty pale because for the last ohh, forever, my days off have been cloudy and rainy. Christine and I are trying to plan a beach trip soon, though I don’t envision that happening until the beginning of July, maybe later.  Don’t mistake me: pasty pale doesn’t change much, even with sun exposure. My emotional reaction to vitamin D is more what I’m going for.

See what I mean? I’ve been in nesting mode lately, wanting everything at home to be completely organized and impeccable. It allows me to focus on unimportant things rather than doing dishes. I can justify it by being all, “but I can’t put anything away unless the pantry is organized!” Patently untrue, but effective for procrastination purposes. We got a really cute vintage tablecloth at the flea market last weekend, the day *after* we had company for dinner. So, we’ll have to do it again, that’s all.

Tonight we’re having a big salad, using all the greenery we can from Many Hands, and on Sunday I’m trying a recipe I’ve thought about for quite awhile now: gratin dauphinoise as made by Bea of La Tartine Gourmande. I do love that blog! It’s my father-in-law Jon’s birthday, and we’re celebrating with family and food, as we normally do. :)

How are you? Give me updates.

Things I love Thursday: flea markets, flowers, and, predictably, cats

morning glories (via pinterest)

Today’s the day! We’re off to Brimfield in a few to look at old junk, take lots of pictures, and probably eat hand-cut french fries. (Maybe it will be just me eating fries… It’s getting to be a ‘thing’ for me. I just effing love french fries. See? Things I love Thursday.) After that we’re off to celebrate a belated Mother’s day with Adam’s family (it’s his parents’ anniversary today! Happy 27th anniversary, in-laws. I love you guys!)

On the short list of things I love today: morning glories! They’re one of my favorites. I love the climbing vines, how tenacious they are when creeping up the side of the house, how even when they’re wilting in the afternoon sun, they still open again the next morning. It’s a good metaphor when you’re having a bad day. Keep climbing, and try again in the morning.

Cats! Mt cats are just hilarious, and they make me happy every day. I also like this cat, who is the cutest thing I’ve seen on the internets all week. And that includes the child who was SO EXCITED to find a dead squirrel in the yard that she held it and loved on it like a puppy. (Maybe that was more weird than cute? I’m a poor judge.)

Okay, I have to give Adam his computer back now. Happy Thursday! I’ll take pics at Brimfield and share later this week,

Sparkly, lovely things

via shinne little light

I don’t usually just post a picture of something pretty the second I come across it, but this is an exception. It’s technically an engagement ring, but who says it can’t just be a petty ring for any finger? (By St. Kilda Jewelry)

This can be filed under Things I Love Thursday. :)

Things I love Thursday (because it’s been awhile)

gomisan via flickr

If you’re not familiar with the Things I Love Thursday meme, it’s a love-list of all the things you’re thankful for from the week. It was started by Gala Darling, whom everyone knows I love. This week, some awesome stuff was…

  • Roller skating! My friend Abby (who joined the Pioneer Valley roller derby not long after I mentioned it here) took me skating for retro night last week. In all seriousness, I haven’t had that much fun in forever. I mean hard-breathing, muscle-cramping physical fun. I felt that excursion for days after! And we’re going again tonight! I’m not ready to derby, but willing to learn!
  • Getting back to blogging. I missed my little internet home. There are a million reasons (some of which are more excuse than reason) that I took my little holiday, but with a newfound sense of fun, I’m back. I guess the whole point is not to let any one thing consume all your thoughts, or the magic fizzles out.
  • Regular socializing. Last week I managed my time and schedule more than I have been since school let out in June. I applied for a bazillion positions, went to the gym regularly, and managed to see four different friends! This might not seem like a big deal, since I have far more time than I ever have before, but that kind of communication is something I struggle with. Getting over it and getting out feels pretty great, I must say. I’m looking forward to keeping it up.
  • Getting healthy. I recently found out that I have a mild form of Type II Diabetes. I’m not “sick,” the way Lane thought Stacey was sick, but I do need to watch myself, eat carefully, and change some not-so-hot exercise habits. I’ve been gymming regularly and eating smaller, healthier portions– mostly, though not always, vegetarian. Something potentially serious isn’t as scary or intimidating when you are able to take charge right away and exchange bad habits for good. I’m down six pounds and my pants fit again. Truth.

What’s on your list this week?

Things I Love Thursday

(In case you’re not familiar with the concept of things I love Thursday, please do let me refresh you. TiLT was started by the inimitable (though I am a fangirl, not going to lie) Miss Gala Darling. TiLT is a love-list, a list of things that made you smile, what you’re grateful for, what you need reminding that you’re grateful for.)

Worcester State Hospital, by Kate Broderick Photo

Worcester State Hospital, by Kate Broderick Photo

This week has been much crazier than I am used to– it’s amazing how a summer of wedding planning and running here and there seems like so long ago after only two weeks of lesson plans & decorations. I’m so excited to meet the kids & their families tonight! This week, I love…

My classroom & bulletin board: Oh, my goodness. I don’t think I’ve talked about it yet, I’m sort of afraid of being Dooced if I talk about work online too much, but what. The. Awesome. My classroom is huge, full of light, and air conditioned. Whaaaat? I spent a good chunk of yesterday cleaning/decorating/unwrapping the new desks (!!), and the result was stunning. We were given $125 to a teacher supply store in Westfield, which was slightly disappointing in that most of the stuff was geared toward younger kids. BUT! I got peacock feather bulletin board border, and at the dollar store I got some schizophrenic looking wallpaper to cover it in. The result? Pretty amusing. I guess English teachers have some leeway with wackiness:
bulletin board

Radar the cat: Who isn’t stinky anymore! He usually sleeps either between A and I, or stretched all the way out along my leg, so when he was stinkified I was a sad panda. He’s also been very… ehrm, vocal, since the Incident of Smelliness, and is constantly mewling and moaning and talking to us. Pretty funny.

Meggie!: She had a rough week last week, and I am shouting out because I EFFING LOVE HER and can’t wait till she hitches me & the boy. (Yes, you read correctly, my best friend is marrying us. Thanks, Deval!) BFFs, as the kids say these days.

something monumental via flickr

something monumental via flickr

Lisa’s blog, Craft My Bride: If I were she, I’d throw some (tasteful, artsy) ads on that shiz and start making bank, because this girl has a talent for blogging. I like the craft trials best, but if we’re being honest I’ve had an art crush on her since high school, so I’m biased. Also, she’s awesome & funny, so you should go look.

Honorable mentions this week…: Bueno, again; having a functioning AC in the house; eating yogurt & fruit & wheat germ for lunch every day again– it’s amazing how good I feel eating better, I should just do it all the time; remembering my vitamins; challenges that will make me a better person/teacher; MY JOB, hello; planning evil funness for the wedding; sorting playlists with the violinist (classyyyyy); our gorgeous cupcakes; stretching and moving; setting my intentions (and working it into the curriculum); & love, love, love, all over the place.

Things I Love Thursday

H.Y.C. via flickr

H.Y.C. via flickr

Once upon a Saturday, at around midnight, a certain striped cat, whom we shall leave anonymous, was skunked.

You heard me. Skunked.

Things I Love Thursday this week is dedicated to smelly things, because I still love my cat. I wish I’d thought to take pictures of the tomato juice bath process… Then again, I was kind of busy being mauled and stopping said cat from climbing the shower curtain. It was an epic process, replete with drama and terror, fearsome growls and pathetic mewling. Stripe-cat plays the role of the ever-suffering victim to the protagonist’s misadventures quite well.

The New Moon in Leo: Leo is my rising sign (thought I was Virgo rising, turns out it’s just at 26* Leo, so Virgo traits are common), so I’m feeling lucky to have this astrological occurrence so close to both a new job & the wedding.

Honorable mentions: new opportunities; enjoying the ride to work; un-smelly kitties like fluffycat; wonderful fiances; cold cold showers; eating all the lettuce in the house; clipping flowers from the garden; reading my favorite blogs; feeling like I’m in the right place; Bueno; secret care packages; lovematches from the engagement party (!!); new friends & really strange coincidences; old besties & their creative, thoughtful love.

Things I Love Thursday

...emily... via flickr

...emily... via flickr

  • Stretching and trying to love moving around. Not being particularly flexible or athletic means that when I put my mind to moving with meaning I feel quite different than normal.  Stretching makes me feel taller, more graceful… Two things I am not. In the past, I’ve used this, maybe today I’ll boot up the XBox and give it a go.
  • Getting things done! As of this week, with four days left until I start my new job, wedding planning is 85% done. What’s left, you ask? Stringing the name banner onto some pretty ribbon, building my cake stands, making the favors, and printing off the program/menu.
  • Being so busy I can’t really use the internet. No, really, sometimes being unplugged for awhile is a good thing.
  • Neko Case! The concert was incredible, getting a speeding ticket aside. Burlington is gorgeous, definitely worth the 3 hour ride. And Neko sounded even better than on her albums– she rocked it, and looked hot while she did it.

meggie n me

  • Hanging out with my Meggie! She’s awesome & thoughtful, and when I have 800 appointments around the home-area for the wedding, she always makes herself available to come along & be supportive. I had a wedding dress fitting yesterday, the last thing I have to run around for in a while, and she met me there with hugs & jokes, which was great for taking my mind off the fact that I was sweating. Attractive! Then we got dinner at El Mariachi on the Taunton Green, and it was delicious. We decided next time, we’re going to watch Interview With the Vampire, because she hasn’t seen it. (What?!)
  • Getting called out on my non-bloggingness. Alicia told me recently that my blog was “sorely outdated”, and she is right. Sorry, Leesh. I am rectifying the situation as we speak.
  • The Furminator. Seriously, if you have animals, buy one. But if you can, definitely use it outside! The video in the link is NOT an exaggeration. I could have filled a pillow with all the fur that came off Radar! I’m hoping this save’s Adam’s allergies some.
  • Poetry workshop with Amanda. She’s taking the workshop in Boston with Lucie Brock-Broido, and has become incredibly intuitive with her edits. I’ve got a few things in the works at the moment, perhaps I will share some of them when I hear more from the other end of things. Amanda, thank you for all that help, it was innnnnvaluable.
  • Seeing the girls I used to nanny for. It was soul food, I love them.

See also: The Most Serene Republic; tomato-lime soup from the Moosewood Cookbook; cheddar cheese and brie; dirty chai; the koi pond around the corner; Radar following me on a walk; home organization; repotting plants; hoping for homegrown tomatoes; learning new recipes; FINDING MY CAMERA; wedding shoes; a blooming rose plant; productivity; making some jewelry, finally; reading; The Kennedy family mystique; the feeling that somewhere, someone can see things coming together; New Moon in Leo, for confidence & being articulate; 11:11.

Things I Love Thursday

via design*sponge

via design*sponge

Hardcover books with that library smell

worn in and taped up and beaten to hell,

the sunshine, the dew-grass

the stolen airplane blanket;

the sun keeping my coffee

warm while I drank it;

this black sharpie pen,

this huge unlined tome,

the backyard in summer

at my very own home.

It’s Thursday, I hope you take nothing at all seriously and play in the sunshine all day long!

Computer Issues — no TiLT :(

Hey, so… Ophelia is dying, methinks. Really, she’s Ophelia 2.0, but nonetheless. It won’t boot up Vista without freezing, then freezing during startup repair, then freezing at various points 2-3 more times. It’s a crapshoot, but when I can get Windows going it works just fine.It’s been doing this for a few weeks now with no small repairs working…

So I am reformatting today, using the recovery drive & hoping for the best. I was going to do this yesterday, which would have been better, but I didn’t and so now I will have to do it whilst also going to Framingham with Christine and writing my promised daily 5000 words. 5000 words is a lot. I’m up to 1169.

Leave good computer karma, I need it! :)

Things I Love Thursday

manipad via flickr

manipad via flickr

The space between the particles of pollen that spin through the air during mid-June in Massachusetts is slight, but therein rests the very thing that heals the scarified earth after winters that never end. My favorite thing about this time of year is driving over the Notch on the way to work, with the windows down and quiet music drifting up around my ears. That stretch of time is the glue of my day, because it’s that sticks me to my purpose and lets patience sluice through my heart. Soul food.

  • No longer succumbing to The End of the World. Being a teacher allows a different perspective on high school, and lately I’ve been sincerely grateful for that. I’m young enough that the old hurts haven’t slipped away 100%– I can still remember feeling that dreaded My Life Is Over about smallish stinging words, and now daily I see other young people going through the same thing. My life isn’t perfect, no one’s is, but seeing things from the other side of the desk makes me realize how wonderful and insightful and lovely those tumultuous years can be, even if we don’t realize it until later on.
  • Random happy memories. Perhaps it’s in the vein of new perspectives on The Institutional Years– this week my synapses fire randomly and from those tiny sparks come moments I’d lost in time, hung from a silver chain and preserved in the delicate, soft amber of childhood. The sticky memories come to the surface when I least expect it– walking the beach in Gray Gables and remembering the cache of pearly seashells I buried in the dunes one year; touching the box of fruit LifeSavers in line at the grocery store and being surprised by the sudden tartness of lime– my grandfather always gave me the green ones; dreaming of my mother’s backyard as I knew it before we moved there, standing on my garden stool beside that same grandfather, who patiently explained the delicate care of bonsai plants and taught me that all things beautiful come from the Earth. These memories mean more to me than a hundred teenage memories, butterfly-kissed with a twinge of ignorant self-consciousness.
  • My new Moleskine blank book. I didn’t splurge and get the sketchbook– the fine paper made it too expensive for me, and I plan on writing more than drawing– but this book is perfect for a journal. The pages, unlined, are thick and feel luxurious beneath the black Sharpie pen I bought to ink my thoughts. Unlined is best for compulsives like me, otherwise even my journaling becomes regimented, and I enjoy the freedom to draw craziness and bare trees in the margins.

And everything else:
Sharpie pens; laptop repair; clean laundry & neat closets; veggie burgers and good friends; friends with farmshares who bring delicious salads over for dinner; sunshowers over the Notch; finding my coat of arms at a curiosity shoppe I’d never been to before; Saturdays in Northampton with old old friends; reconnecting with one of the people I’d dreamed about recently– I dreamed of the day she moved out of her mother’s house, and brought a scared kitten to play in my mother’s back yard. Two days later, she found me on Facebook. I guess the energy just connected.; “I own every bell that tolls me”; stars in the WMA sky; new music & impressive debuts; getting over it and marking all read.