Thursday, January 27, 2011

puppy love

A very good dog:

I am, because my little dog knows me. ~ Gertrude Stein


Friday, January 21, 2011


This Friday, I bring you some random musings on ordinary life.

Do you ever feel like you need one of these:

60 oz Jumbo Cocktail Shaker = $21.29

Shouldn't that straw be sprouting from Belle's back between her shoulders rather than from...:

At least she's BPA-free.
I think she might be screwed together wrong,
but they were all like this.

Does every 4-year old's birthday end like this:

Let this be a lesson to you.

A wonderful concept, yet somehow it sounds like an insult:

I give you CHEESE BOY.

May your weekend be full of wonder.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

paying attention

Today is a snow day. I think I enjoy them even more as an adult, except now I have my computer and email and phone at home with me. Still, it's a reprieve. And so, I am paying attention to the storm that has granted me this quiet time at home in my dimly lit apartment, baking bread, sipping mimosas, watching snow swirl.

Last night, the wind woke me up. It sounded like a living being, moaning, howling, shrieking; I listened to the millions of unique six-pointed snowflakes batter the glass. I thought about how strong the forces outside my walls are, and how warm and safe I am inside.

Scenes from a snow day....


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

personal penguin

Davy Jones + penguin = love
Rather, P + penguin = love

At long last, I have my own personal penguin. P has adopted me a little blue penguin from the New England Aquarium and I love, love, love him/her. Please enjoy the vocal stylings of Davy Jones (whom I would have asked to the prom if I weren't 32 and didn't already have a fabulous husband) to celebrate.

See pictures of my new baby here.

Happy day to you.

PS - Sandra Boynton, author of PP, is also the genius behind one of my other theme songs: "I Love You More Than Cheese..."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

a proper lunch

The way lunch should be.

While not a formal resolution, a proper lunch seems to be making all the difference to my mental health so far this year. It is not helping me save money, lose weight, or drink less, but it does create a structured amount of time to step away from my desk, spend time with a friend, and relax for an hour (or an hour and a half if I'm feeling bold).

Yesterday, while debating whether or not to enjoy a cocktail at my proper lunch with the delightful J (Me: No, I won't. I won't, no. Well, I'm going to the gym tomorrow so maybe), she enabled me in the most effective way: "Whatever," she said, "I'm having champagne. The French drink wine with lunch, it's normal."

Indeed! I looked around at the other people having lunch and wondered why we deny ourselves the small things. And so, we had a glass of champagne, we clinked glasses, and even returned to work with time left on the meter. In 2011: I resolve not to deny myself the little things.


Monday, January 3, 2011

new beginnings

The world is my oyster.

Greetings, 2011! Welcome, and thank you for bringing fresh starts, the promise of possibility, and the opportunity to do better, to be better, and to love more.