read it – summer – august edition

25 Jul
July 25, 2014

man.  can you even believe it’s almost august?  time.  flies.  i hope you’re savoring all the moments that make up this blissful season, and in that vein, i offer up the second installment of the summer reading list.

half these books, wait, math.  uhm, five of these books i’ve read (the first 5), and the rest i’ve downloaded samples of, or actually purchased.  one was given to me for FREE.  wait, more math.  2 were given to me.  are you following?  it doesn’t matter.  check out these books, and let me know what you think!

1- super hard to read, because… if you’re a mom, you’ve been there.  it’s hectic, you’ve got a million things on your mind, and you forget a kid.  i’m not saying i’ve forgotten a kid, but i am saying i can EASILY see how it happens.  i need a rating system, i’m rubbish at reviews… it’s good, read it.

2- i loved where we belong 2 (there was a ‘where we belong’ in my first list).  it was just a good story.  some of it’s hard to swallow- a teen with that much autonomy?  but i liked it.  read it.

3- again, i’m the worst at reviews- all of these books i finished in a day.  if it takes me longer than that, i know i’m not interested.  rosie project was cute.  easy to like.  read it.

4- free to fall- i’ve been a sucker for YA lately.  this was good because you can actually picture the world going this way.  soon.  facebook, phones, a plot with really smart people who infect us all with nanobots via flu shots.  what?  it could happen.  read it.

5- delancey.  ugh, so perfect for my life right now.  this was a loaner from a friend, and i felt like… listening to someone else vent about starting a business, how it affected their relationship and their self perception was perfect.  i don’t think you have to be going through any of that to enjoy it, so… read it.

6- this one was on my list last time.  i read the sample, and i keep meaning to buy it, and then keep getting free books.  it looks good, it’s up next.  right after i finish…

7- so this was another free one.  from the publisher.  i read a couple reviews and thought, yep, i’ll read that.  check it out.

8- a recommend from my MIL.  her book club is reading it next.  i like to pretend i’m in book clubs.  without the commitment of actually being social or going anywhere. or getting dressed.  or putting on make up.  you get the point.

9- it’s not surprising to me i can’t remember where i found the review for this book.  BUT.  what is surprising to me is how i remembered all that i read about it for days, and how this young girl made such an impact with her writing style and voice.  i want to read this book, if only to remember what it feels like to be young and searching.  i’m sad she’s gone, i’m looking forward to this one.

backyard adventure – summer edition

23 Jul
July 23, 2014

so, we’ve been spending a ton of time in our backyard.  so much time, that i’m starting to get ideas about actually attacking some projects back there (yeah, right, like in my spare time).  these photos are from early summer, (may) back before the grass died.  it’s such a funny thing here that every summer we let our lawn die, and then every fall, in like two days, it comes back.

it’s been nice to have a little rain again, but i’m looking forward to the sun this weekend.  i have a friend who wants to take a small hike will all the kids… i’m excited to get out of the backyard.  where do you like to get out to on the weekends… seattle has so many great spots for kids…

keep moving forward – inspiration for the week, a day late

22 Jul
July 22, 2014

soooooo.  yeah.  i still hate mondays.  i will however amend that to say… i did an amazing job of working through the negative yesterday, and finding my zen about what needed to get done.  some of it involved going to home depot and lowe’s with two kids.  which, for anyone who knows, can go two ways.  the one who’s supposed to stay asleep, can sleep blissfully through the whole thing, and the one who’s supposed to be awake, can take your phone and listen to 80′s music for the duration.  or… the one who’s awake can lose his mind when you take the phone to text the contractor (who was supposed to be at your house 2 hours ago) and wake up the one who was supposed to be sleeping.  then home depot could only schedule one person to be working while 5 people wait to be helped in what appears to be the only section of home depot with actual customers (blinds, carpet).  you could realize that you still have 4 more things to get, and another store to go to, while both kids scream their heads off.  it could go that way.  but i will say, no endorsement of fast food, french fries will make EVERYONE shut up for the length of time it takes to get everything you need.  and i got a much deserved, well earned coke FTW.

i’ve been working a lot on perspective, outlook, and mood control.  i’ve been telling myself that i am in charge of what my mood is going to be, and for as ABSOLUTELY hokey as i think it sounds… it’s been working.  when you tell yourself that you can be happy regardless of screaming toddlers, that you should be happy for all that you have, for the simple fact that you woke up today, and the world was still spinning… it can literally change how you feel.  i love that.  i love it.  don’t get me wrong, i’m am the last person you’d ascribe the pollyanna moniker to, but… it works.  so there’s that.  and when it doesn’t, there’s always french fries.

for more good mood inspiration, check out the pinterest location where i virtually hoard it all.

vote for it – baby socks

14 Jul
July 14, 2014

i’m sitting here thinking of the gazillion things i have to do.  i can hear two separate kids squawking in their rooms as they settle down and (hopefully) go to sleep.  a process that takes at least an hour.  i need to paint toes, and paint nails, and charge my iPad, and refine, refine, refine the script.  i might as well write out some cue cards, because, let’s be honest, there’s neither time nor brain power to memorize lines.

tomorrow i’m going to film a video for the kickstarter to FINALLLY launch the rest of my business.  the big chunk.  the fun chunk.  the scary chunk.

i’m jazzed.  i’ve been tweaking, and playing, and messing about with these designs, until each one feels like the best version of itself.  i put up these votes just as a way to refine one last time.  to make sure i’m not totally in left field.  i mean, i’d put pink on my baby boy, but i’m a design mom.  they’re WEIRD.

thanks guys!

online poll by Opinion Stage

keep moving forward – inspiration for the week

07 Jul
July 7, 2014

wow mondays suck.  not to be totally trite, but they seriously do.  i never really remember thinking that they were that awful.  but kids, a holiday weekend, sleep schedules off, fireworks, barfing-nervous-wreck dogs and crying babies all night.  this monday could seriously use some drone coffee delivery (million dollar idea, you’re welcome, someone please get on that).

i’ve been feeling lately like things fall apart to fall back together in better alignment.  it sounds dippy, but after the morning (and subsequent day) i’ve had, it’s right on target.  several things fell through for the beginning of this week, major things.  things i’ve needed.  but hours later, it’s like all of it happened to make space for what actually needed to happen.

love that.

i’m going with some beautiful images, because i need a bit of dreamy today.  i need ephemera. which is a favorite word for nothing more than the thought it creates… indulgent, whimsical, and beautiful.

photo credit- amazing poppies, nacelle, posie dress- tumbler rabbit hole, tulle in the trees, link not found, botanical 5510- kari herer prints in anthology mag.

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