Wednesday, December 30, 2009
and for today, I followed shimelle's prompt and did a quick look back to 2009. much harder to do with photos than the words-only view from 2007. but I guess that's a good problem to have. looking back through the thousands of photos to select just 12 took a while. and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
not much has changed since I first journaled about this in 2007. except that I am setting my alarm and not staying up too late. I really do love this morning time. and I think it makes marc feel better when he gets up at 5:30 to head to work that I'm up, and coffee's made...oh, and I have a much better camera! (and am knitting a LOT more)
yesterday afternoon when the undecorating was done, and another load of laundry was folded and put away, I sat down with a mug of tea (loving tazo's joy and bigelow's vanilla chai) and my knitting. and just knit. for over an hour. and it was wonderful.
Monday, December 28, 2009
and admit it cheered me immensely to have two whole hours this morning to play in photoshop, and look back over my 365 project , remembering all the very good times this year has given me.
now looking forward to a very chilly walk and then un-decorating. getting the house ready for the new year is a huge part of getting myself ready for it, too. and one chore that I really don't mind that much (maybe because I have the time to do it since I have this whole week off?!)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
we enjoyed a late breakfast with bagels and lox and then opened stockings and presents and watched four christmases, julie & julia and mary poppins. love that marc visited the factory twice to wish the shift workers a merry christmas. and the look on sara's face when she opened her gift from me and marc. many special moments. and I did cry more than once...and laugh a lot.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
and then, all too soon, our traditional last night in nyc dinner at becco. the food was good as always, but my favorite part was the company. silly stories (funny what they remember!). talk about college and looking forward to life. special times...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I did insist on a break at morandi for a salad. and we met katie at otto for dinner.
Monday, December 21, 2009
thanks to the beginnings of blizzard 2009, we got started a little late, but spent saturday and sunday making up for those few lost hours.
mindy terasawa's I believe paper and katie pertiet's classic curled frame, notebook edge and grungy ledger grids 2
saturday we walked down 5th avenue, saw the tree (and so many people) at rockefeller plaza and did a bit of shopping before a late, long lunch at gallo nero. then back to katie's for movies before the snow got too deep.
sunday we went to church, then down to locanda verde in tribeca for brunch and back uptown to central park to enjoy the snow. and I'm so happy I finally have two photos at alice in wonderland - it's one of my favorite sculptures in the park and really special that I have them with both girls.ali edwards' december daily 2 template and 31 days circle number and anna aspnes monoblendz winter white pp
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
350/365 - soft winter light
Originally uploaded by mere2007
...I know we need to take it however it comes. and I was struck today by just how soft it really is. today was the day that promised sunshine. and after a weekend full of rain (and knitting) I was desperate for a long walk. I worked from home and started dark early, so I could take a walk in the afternoon - in the peak of winter sunshine.
and once I was out, I realized that the sun at 2:45 pm was barely strong enough to make a shadow. and that the bare tree branches might make an awesome black and white photo.
turns out I didn't need to adjust much to convert the photo to black and white. and I really love the lines that those bare branches paint across the pale sky.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
and then I remembered the quick trip I made to nyc back in december 2007. I did see the tree at rockefeller plaza and lights on 5th avenue. and of course I took pictures (and blogged about it!).
somehow it seems especially fitting to create this page with those two year old pictures. ones I want to recreate this year. with people I love standing in them!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
our trip to nyc is the big gift for this year - and I'm wishing for lots of photos, (patient) lessons from katie on how to use my new camera, lights on 5th avenue and the tree at rockefeller center, sara's bakery binge, advent sunday music and maybe even snow! but on christmas morning, it would be lovely to see a new foundation brush, a candle (ummmm, smells wonderful!), a movie, a 2010 desk calendar, christmas ornaments (you know I love birds, and I'm thinking our tree will be really bare once katie and sara claim their ornaments!) or a box of tazo's joy tea.
and please, if there is anything I can do to help you get ready for that big night, just ask - I've got plenty of time!!
xxoo - m.
thursday's layout was inspired - last year! - by ali edwards and these were some of the first designer digitals supplies I purchased way back in the summer. monday's search through old photos was to find a "before" photo of the treetop ornament, now featured on our mantel because the top of our tree is too thick to hold it.
friday's page shows photos mostly taken from the point of view of our kitchen table. always a center of activity and when I work from home, my desk. love the view. (oh, and the wine was from much later in the day - promise!)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
mindy terasawa's I believe pp, katie pertiet's christmas cutups and ali edwards december daily and 31 days circle number (all designer digitals)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
p.s. the homecooked dinner was pumpkin risotto, very loosely based on a butternut squash risotto that rachel ray prepared on her 6pm show. it was really good - I took photos...planning another blog post soon to tell you about it!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
katie pertiet's stacked photo clusters and la cremerie fraise papers, ali edwards' holiday title and journal block and 31 days circle number and a little bit of anna aspnes stitches 2 (all designer digitals)p.s. loving all the kind comments here, on flickr and in email about these pages. thank you!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
mindy teresawa's I believe kit and solid papers, katie pertiet's stacked photo clusters 2, anna aspnes stitches 2 and ali edwards' 31 days circle number (all designer digitals)
Friday, December 4, 2009
wishing for time with my family, good food, plenty of laughter. and love.
more designer digitals, all ali edwards. december daily templates vol 2, holiday words and 31 days circle number
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
mindy terasawa's I believe papers, katie pertiet's stacked photo clusters, ali edwards' holiday words, holiday title and journaling blocks and 31 days circle numbers
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
and tonight's moonrise was exceptional, thanks to a stormy day just clearing.
not a big orange moon, but a nearly full one. which I'm sure katie will be able to see despite the bright new york city lights. and when she does, she'll know I'm thinking about her.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
::time with my mom & dad, especially the "just us" time that makes for good conversation
::lunch with my mom & sister...especially loved talking about "where were we when karen turned 18" (and the fried calamari)
::family mexican with both marc and rob
::one-on-one time with katie
::five miles in the park with sara before we cooked
::cooking thanksgiving with katie & sara - the parade on both tv's, and a very clean kitchen when we finished
::time to decorate, which allows all of december to enjoy (and a dark-early visit to lowes with marc to pick out our tree)
::a few days of beautiful late fall weather
::the traditions we have for this week with my parents and my family
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
we started with the fig pizza.
then katie had the scallop special.
and I had quesadillas.
too full for dessert. but still managed one more photo.
of course the food was delicious, but the conversation was the best part. our upcoming trip to nyc. katie's job. a trip next spring for me to nyc, or to china? digital SLR advice. thanksgiving and christmas plans. fashion advice. boys. wrapping christmas gifts. parking so we don't get a ticket. people watching. high school friends married already. weddings. ready in the flashiest of flashes. and now over. but I have the picture to remember it by. (thanks, katie - it was very fun!)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
☑lunch at macaroni grill (the new menu is a huge hit - I told sara we'd definitely try it! roy and polly had rosemary skewers with grilled vegetables; roy had lamb and polly had sausage; mary had tomato-mozzarella salad)
☑thanksgiving shopping at costco
☑getting sara to work
☑cast on cottage for 5th avenue yarn (color 6268, very appropriately named "candied yam mix", since I'll be knitting this over the thanksgiving weekend)
☑plenty of time for catching up
...will be hard to top all this tomorrow, but I know for my parents, having sara along is probably all it will take!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
so I cleaned off my desk, updated the photo album, added three pages of collage-y goodness to my journal, and then read the 75 blog posts that had accumulated in my reader (birthday followed so closely by anniversary is hell on my daily on-line habits :-)
I was especially happy to see TEN knitting posts (and that doesn't even include the Yarn Harlot who makes my Daily Reads - at the top). and even better, there were two about infinity scarves. I am so hoping to get to Cast on Cottage for yarn - burnt orange? - to knit this one (my plan to avoid the stress of college football).
Thursday, November 19, 2009
...I felt so stupid asking vanessa about the title of the book. she said "oh, it was at the very beginning" and I said "oh, I guess I missed it". [note to self - do not do this often - it's not good!] and she read it for the group:
Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth. -- Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Custom-House"
those words made the book sing for me. not exactly like specific stories (especially "only goodness") spoke to some, but more broadly. reminding me to always keep replanting myself, and encouraging my family to do the same. unaccustomed earth.
...sara had an early release day on wednesday, which combined with my "hey I have a few vacation hours to use up" made a perfect excuse for a late lunch at vinny's. deja vu!
we ordered a salad
and a pizza
lovely. delicious. all of it.
and even better, we finalized (??!really, are you sure?! does this mean I can post them on the blog??) menus for thanksgiving and the sunday family brunch.