Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ten on Tuesday | Staycation Edition.

...Carole is enjoying a staycation this week and she's asked us for some ideas. Seems a bit ironic that less than 24 hours ago I was in an airport (with a bit of unpacking in my future). Truly, airports and unpacking are my least favorite things about vacations; one of the best things about a staycation is that you don't have to travel. Here are ten things I'd love to do on a staycation.

1. Turn off the alarm clock.

2. Write postcards from my hometown.

3. Be a tourist and visit local places of interest; for me, that would be the High Museum and the Botanical Gardens.

4. Enjoy a mini-spa day with a mani-pedi and/or a massage.

5. See a matinee.

6. Go out for lunch; splurge on wine and dessert.

7. Take a picnic to the park.

8. Indulge in a guilty pleasure; for me that would be a pile of glossy magazines.

9. Make popcorn, order in pizza and binge-watch an entire season (or three) of something on Netflix.

10. Take lots of photos so I have a good story to share back here once it's over.

...and now I wish I had a staycation in my near future! If you're not already playing along, click here to join the Ten onTuesday fun.

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weekending, Madison Style.

...what a delight! The weather was marvelous. I explored the neighborhood on morning runs (weekend Sara is not a morning person, so I had a few hours to myself to begin each day...just the way I like it!), read (I finished two books), knitted (not much still...that progress photo is from yesterday afternoon; I'm still on the first ball of yarn), saw Inside Out (which we both loved - highly recommend!), enjoyed a belated Mother's Day night out (complete with cocktails and Uber), watched tennis and soccer, cooked, taught Sara how to make margaritas, and saw fireworks (from her balcony...perfect view!)

As is our tradition, we went to Sardine for brunch yesterday and thankfully I now have one photo of the two of us to share. Thank you, Sara, for a truly lovely weekend! xo.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Watercolor Wednesday | In-flight Entertainment.

...coming to you from the Madison airport (where hopefully I won't have enough time to get on a first name basis with the bartender before Sara arrives to pick me up)!

I had a fun time looking out the window on the flight and thought y'all might enjoy a peek. Much of the flight was through full-on clouds but every so often we saw a bit of blue sky.

Yay for knitting! I cast on Lucinda...and I can't tell you how fun it is to start a sweater...it's been more than three months since I last started one (for a grown-up). and reading while knitting. I also started Emperor of All Maladies (originally planned to be audio, but turns out I have more time than I thought for eye-reading). The pretty bag is from Bonny - it's a great size for a sweater and it has a lot of pockets and a drawstring which makes it great for traveling (thank you, Bonny!)

I was really excited as we approached the airport that I knew just where we were...and that we were flying over Sara's lake! I decided not to Waterlogue this one - she lives just north of this lake, toward the left edge of my photo.

Marc never chooses the window seat...me, I wouldn't want to sit anywhere else. How about you?

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten on Tuesday | Home.

This week, Carole's invited us to share ten things we love about our home. Shortly after I picked up the prompt, I read this:
...then she'd walk from room to room in a small private ritual* she had, something she did whenever she'd been traveling. She'd touch all the things she loved the most, the objects and pictures and mementos that made this house her home, the one place on earth where she truly belonged and that belonged to her. (from Debbie Macomber's A Turn in the Road)
As I prepare for tomorrow's trip, the timing couldn't be better! (and a post that's long on photos and short on words is welcome, too!)  Here goes:

1. the front door. I love that it's a big window and you can see through all the way to the porch and the trees behind. and it faces west, so evening sunset reflections can be very cool.

2. the screened porch. it faces east. nothing better for a morning person than a front-row seat for sunrises.

3. just off to the left as you enter the front door is my study. this little vignette is on the corner of my desk. I love every piece of it...and the memories and emotions each evoke.

4. this is the path to the lower level. where all of Marc's stuff "lives". I love that he has his own space (that I don't have to see or clean...very often). That painting is of Katie/by Katie from a fabulous middle school art class.

5. the space where I live (almost) all the time. I love it all!

6. and this little corner (which is just to the left of the photo above)... a "shrine" to 32 years of marriage (I made the photo collage and Marc likes to bring home "pairs" from his Asia trips). a much-simplified cookbook collection. Georgia Tech (of course). and a reminder of last year's OLW.

7. and now upstairs. the bookshelves in my "office". my yarn stash (well, most of it anyway ;-), my favorite books and photographs and OLW's... altogether with my desk, swift & ball winder, laptop, printer... this is where I'm sitting now as I type this post. I have to say, I never dreamed I'd share an office with so much yarn-y stuff, but it's good...very good!

8. the 360 degree mirror in my bathroom. I took a photo of this the first time I saw the house. love at first sight!

9. a sitting room in our bedroom. the windows face east and the light is bright in the morning and not so much in the evening. (just like me!) I love to read and knit in those chairs. (yeah, I don't have a favorite - is that weird?!) the space is calm and serene....

10. except when Charlie's here! turns out our bedroom is the easiest place to entertain him. he can't get into too much trouble and there's lots of room for toys and exploring. (and nope, no walking today - he definitely walked along the windows, and the chairs, and the dressers... but nothing on his own!)

Thank you, Carole, for another delightful week. If you're not already playing along, click here to join the Ten on Tuesday fun!

*Of course my ritual isn't like the one Debbie describes. I run to the bathroom...then walk Holly, unload the car, pour a glass of wine, and chill at my kitchen counter spot (emails, blogs, Ravelry, Instagram) until bedtime. when I'm forced to carry bags upstairs and unpack. Honestly, I think I like Debbie's better. And I just might try it on Monday!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Currents | June 2015.

from yesterday's morning walk
Loving: Cooler mornings. It was in the low 60's yesterday. Holly and I enjoyed a long walk, our first since early May.

Hoping: I can stick with my daily step and yoga routines. I've managed both 10,000 steps and at least 15 minutes of yoga every day this month. It's starting to feel like a habit.

Reading: Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter on CD (which means only in my car - it's going slow) and Penelope Lively's Consequences as a real book. Both borrowed from the library and neither for a reading challenge!

Watching: Still not much. But Marc and I have seen a few episodes of Grantchester (DVR'd months ago) and we're both enjoying it.

Knitting: A little bit. yay! I'm managing to keep up with the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl (loving the lace and the Ivory Shibui Staccato I'm using). and feeling a bit of startitis coming on. I cast on a new shawl Saturday and have plans to start a sweater and socks on my trip.

Planning: All the knits! I'm still not able to knit more than a few stitches at a time, and I'm only using "big-ish" needles and mostly wool yarn, but there's a lot I can do within those parameters.

Working on: New routines to make the most of the Get to Work Book. The planner officially begins July 1, but there's a weekly spread that starts today. I haven't written the first thing on that spread...but I will. soon!

Wearing: Linen t-shirts and shorts.

Splurging: On a new Atenti bag, just in time for my trip and all the knitting I'm planning!

Drinking: Water. (yes, really!)

Eating: (still) Berries with greek yogurt and walnuts.

Wondering: If tomorrow might be the day I see Charlie take his first steps. He's close!

Remembering: To be present. to treasure the doing as much (if not more than) the getting done.

Anticipating: Six days in Madison with Sara (I leave Wednesday afternoon).

How about you - what's current in your world?