Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ciao chessa.

sadly, no, this isn't my work - thank you to ciaochessa for this lovely 5th avenue image!


...I was thrilled when she left a comment on my blog (a real photographer and how in the world did she find me???)...and I've been lurking around her blog since, absorbing all the nyc details...living vicariously....

then today she posted about reaching 100 followers on google friends connect. and a giveaway.

so of course I had to jump on board.

not just for a chance of winning (ooohhh, hope so!) no, mostly to share her blog - hope you enjoy it as much as I have! (thanks, caiochessa!)

Monday, July 27, 2009

give me more time, please!


208/365 - making cards
Originally uploaded by mere2007

...I continue to be amazed that people ask "what are you going to do when you're retired?". the answers have changed just a bit since I blogged them the first time. (and not to go into too much detail here, but thinking my post-retirement budget needs to support a camera and an iphone and probably not a sewing machine)

having 2+ hours (and that's in addition to the time I spent before work today flipping through the catalog searching for "inspiration") each month to spend on birthday cards...not to mention a few more for those "thinking of you" cards I hope to be sending.

and knitting - oh my! - the fall interweave issue preview... can't wait!

and the park - I have over 80 podcast episodes to catchup for the two new ones I found this weekend - that must be, what, at least a few weeks worth of walks.

yeah, and then there's cooking, and reading, and .....

Saturday, July 25, 2009

multi-tasking.


205/365 - multi-tasking
Originally uploaded by mere2007

...I was very caught up in mudbound* when sara asked me to mind the soup. just a little stirring in a big pot, so of course I can read at the same time!

reminds me of my mom, not that I have any pictures of her doing this particular type of multi-tasking, but I'm sure she did it. because she loves to read, and gets caught up in a story she can't put down ... even if she has to get dinner on the table.

I also love multi-tasking for the pure joy of getting more than one thing done at a time. like running and listening to podcasts. or knitting and watching a movie. I read a thread on ravelry this morning about someone reading and knitting. and that one surprised me...reading and knitting both engage my brain in a similar way and that's hard. I have tried knitting and working crosswords (when sara "drives" with the pen to write in the answers) and it works well, but only if the knitting - or the crossword! - is simple.

*this month's bookclub pick. a very quick read (I started it after work and finished it just after dinner - wow!). thought-provoking themes about racism. I think it will also spark some good discussion.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

not that I'm counting.


203/365 - lunch at my desk
Originally uploaded by mere2007

...but I have just over 100 days left of work. and I'm thinking a lot about the routines I have centered around my job. things like getting up dark early. stopping at starbucks for a second cup of coffee. timing the GA400 traffic. the view from "my" parking spot (they're not assigned, but I try to park in the same place every day so I don't have to remember where I've parked). my office - not so much a routine but a place I love, that feels like "home" (it's filled with photos, memorabilia and has a gorgeous view - all conducive to being productive!). and lunch at my desk.

not even thinking yet about the actual work, the people, my clients and what I really "do".

rich experiences for sure. and I realize I need to try - a little bit - to document it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

the (herb) garden grows.


201/365 - watering
Originally uploaded by mere2007

...briefly blogged here, we have three pots of herbs on our deck this summer. and quite happy to report that everything is thriving...only wish we had rosemary (like katie), but that's my only complaint. we're enjoying basil by the bunch and the thyme and oregano in vinaigrettes and pasta salad. just need to find something more for the mint. it's true. it does completely take over its container. maybe I need to learn to love (and make!) mojitos!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2-day walk preparations.

...karen and I spent a few hours this morning getting our 2-day walk site up...and sending out over 100 emails to family & friends asking for donations. fingers crossed this year's fundraising goes as well as last year! (I also updated the sidebar to include a link to the site, and to show our fundraising status)

farmers market.

alpharetta farmers market...sara and I have been planning a trip to the alpharetta farmers market all summer - but yesterday was the first time we made it. and it was smaller than what I remembered from previous years, but the quality (and the prices) were still good. we picked up a loveley wedge of thomasville tomme (planning for lunch today) and then filled our bag with vegetables from this stall.
the cheese stall199/365 - farmers market
three huge tomatoes, an onion, two limes, two jalapenos, two red peppers...just $12!

and then we made a quick trip to kroger for the rest of fish taco fixings.
fish tacos for dinner

Friday, July 17, 2009

verdure*.


198/365 - verdure
Originally uploaded by mere2007

...inspired by my real simple quote of the day:

"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."

—Jane Austen

*don't worry, I had to look it up, too. here's what dictionary.com says
1. greenness, esp. of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
2. green vegetation, esp. grass or herbage.
3. freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

bookclub at donna's.


196/365 - bookclub at donna's
Originally uploaded by mere2007

...a lovely evening. we discussed bunnie's pick from last month - pat conroy's beach music. lyrical. beautiful. a big story told the right way. I think everyone loved it. and I felt better that everyone else who re-read it for this discussion had also forgotten what the big conflict was and the details about shyla's parents. and we agreed the story was just as good the second time!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

the story.


moving to nyc.summer 2009...I didn't really know until just this morning how the album would come together. honestly, I didn't decide until just a few days ago there would even be an album. but after I picked up the 62 prints from the move, I knew it was just too big for the regular photo album (especially after the 58 prints from the apartment hunting trip). I was thinking - as usual - photos + a few words (and hopefully a bit of pretty paper). so yesterday morning I visited aaron brothers since they have the best selection of kolo albums. and (lucky me?!) this location is going out of business and everything is 50% off. and of course this is bad when you don't have a plan, but I picked out six (maybe more!?) albums that seemed like they'd work. and sara helped me decide on the camel catalina album. same format I used for paris. plenty of room for the photos. and the coloring is perfect for my favorite basic grey periphery papers. I roughed out the format - three sections, one for apartment hunting, one for the transition/packing and one for the move. and it must be meant to be because that left one slot for closing thoughts.

this morning I started on the journaling for those four pages. searched my ali edwards collection of digital and found the perfect one. the story. used photoshop to add a subtitle (part one, etc) and the journaling to each one. then the title piece.

thank goodness for flickr to help me remember the captions for the photos. that part went fast. and I'm very pleased with the final results.

here's the first page.

and the last.

and images of the journaling.



Friday, July 10, 2009

still here!


191/365 - 28thirty progress
Originally uploaded by mere2007

and sweater progress to show for it. not as much as I'd hoped (no knitting on the ride to nyc - being navigator and fiddling with the radio was a full-time job), but I did get a bit done settling in...and love a weekend to make a few birthday cards, put the photos into an album (format still tbd) and read the book for bookclub.

happy weekend!

Monday, July 6, 2009

home.


187/365 - home.sweet
Originally uploaded by mere2007

(sweet.) and no more vacation scheduled til October. plenty of time to enjoy home - summer and fall are lovely here and I intend to pay attention to all that's good at home. not that I won't be thinking about nyc all the time...

took a nice walk in the park with sara after work. chatting about all kinds of good stuff. like ice cream - her dad bought her an ice cream maker and she is full of ideas for yummy flavors (sour cream cherry? peach? I'd be fine with vanilla!). summer reading - both of us are "behind" but I've got plans to catch up this weekend. work - three big meetings in the next two weeks - likely a couple of day trips (so good opportunities to keep my travel skills honed!) - and hopefully - a lot more relaxing and just enjoying the slower pace. and the sunshine. and home.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

happy fourth.


happy fourth
Originally uploaded by mere2007

(a little late). we spent the afternoon at central park - on the lawn by the turtle pond - enjoyed a picnic from eli's manhattan and great people (and dog) watching.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

having fun in nyc.


lunch at southwest porch
Originally uploaded by mere2007

...a lot of walking, some shopping and plenty of time for fun. I honestly haven't walked this much (for so many days in a row) ever. and now we're headed off to central park for one last run. happy 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

finished.

(well, at least for now!) we spent the morning cleaning up and hanging pictures - got everything ready for the last piece - the coffee table. it arrived about 2:30 and katie had it together and ready for the final photos by 2:45. here's a quick run through (click the photos to see the descriptions):
182/365 - picture wallentry hallbathroomkitchenbedroomliving roomliving room

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

getting closer.

...to getting done. yesterday the couch, tv console table and a bookcase arrived. the only other piece of furniture is a coffee table and that's supposed to come today. and since we don't know when it will come, I expect we'll be hanging around the apartment waiting for it, and maybe hanging pictures. because that really is about all we have left to do.

here's the living room.
the living room
and the entry hall.
the entry hall

another sign things are turning more normal. we broke in the blender last night with margaritas - to go with nachos for dinner.
i was here