Monday, December 22, 2014

feeling better


Here's proof.

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slowing down and filling up


Getting sick can be a good reminder to slow down. This family has a tendency to do lots of things, be on the road all the time, and seeking adventure in every corner of our region. But I needed to slow down.

I read this over the weekend.

And while none of our Solstice plans materialized, I did manage to refocus energy on what feels important to me. Eating healthy foods, drinking tea, listening to music, and hanging out by the fireplace - filling up with family and love. Solstice came and went and, even though nothing went as planned, today it feels good to know we're tipping towards the light.

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makes sense now


Now I know why I got absolutely nothing done last Friday. I woke Saturday morning to find my weeks long cold had progressed into something far nastier. Also, my arm hurt so much I could barely move it. The arm pain was the result of using a plastic axe to chop wood here in the city. The vibrations of hitting the woods reverberated throughout my arms and shoulder and probably, shook the heck out of my body.

All I want for Christmas is a new wooden axe.

Anyway, so I spent the beginning of Dave's vacation in bed. I probably needed that.

P.S. Please note that the one sitting at the top of this double-decker outhouse has frilly ladies underpants on!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

some festive looking berries


Juniper, I think. At least that's what I told the kiddo when she asked. They are a wonderful color, aren't they?

In other news today:

I dropped a bottle of cranberry juice in the checkout line at the grocery store. It busted open in spectacular fashion and spilled all over. I was too embarrassed to capture a photo but believe me, it looked rather festive. The spill was so bad they had to shut down that aisle.

Which is right in line with how my day is going. Tonight Dave comes home from work and he will then be home until January 5th. My plan was to have the floors swept and mopped. Instead I've gone on a mad rampage around the house, leaving clothes and papers in my wake not unlike the remains after a tornado.

I did buy a mop when I was at the store. Should have used it to clean the juice. Should use it to mop my floors but instead I'm going to ramble on this blog for a little while longer.

It's just a half hour until I have to pick up the little one. I've got beer chilling and xmas music on pandora as I look around the piles of crap, excuse me, piles of presents laying around that need to be wrapped. There is more on the way including the one gift that Lotus Bud asked from Santa - an Elsa dress. Shhhh. Don't tell her that she's getting what she wants.

Endings and beginnings. I'm so ready for both. I very much like seasons and cycles so that I can try to get it better again. I get this feeling that 2015 is going to be really great so I want to close out old tasks and projects in order to start fresh.

This weekend is the Solstice and we plan to renew our vows, like we do on every Solstice whether it's winter or summer. Sweet, sweet ritual of ours. We'll do it right next to the firepit, under the twinkling stars.

OK, that's it. I think I'll try to get in a load of laundry, then maybe I can get a shower in too. Living the high life here in NE Minneapolis with juniper berries, cranberry juice and mops.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

holiday photo fail

What? I don't even know what the plan was for this photo. Fly like an eagle? Fly into 2015?

After the kiddo was born, we made it a point to take our holiday photo out in Moab. Usually the setting is covered with snow so it fits the season. And since I can't ever get the cards out on time, they usually end up being New Year's photos.

This year there wasn't any snow. AND, I forgot to bring my remote shutter when we went out on our Thanksgiving Day adventure. Which meant that our usual jumping shots were out.

Yet, we kept trying because we found ourselves out in a beautiful area during the magic hour. Again, I don't know what's going on in this photo. Some kung fu on the edge? Knock it out in 2015? Ugh.

The winner! This is the one we will use despite the fact that it shows too much skin. Oh well. Still working on the text for the card but I've got a few weeks to figure it all out. I'm just happy to have gotten a decent photo in an incredibly beautiful setting!

Here's to hoping the new year is filled with as much adventure as the one before!


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a real tree


We picked the right tree for ourselves this year. The experience was so much fun and so sweet, I thought I would share another photo except this one was taken with my camera. It's interesting to think about the fact that just 10 years ago there was talk about the difference between film cameras and digital ones. Now I'm thinking about the difference between cameras and phone cameras. Each new photography tool requires new skills. I'm in that in-between place of being tired with my camera but having no skill with the phone.

Wasn't this post supposed to be about trees? Oh yah, the tree is sweet and the experience created a sweet memory that I hope to recreate every year.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Opal Apples

I guess I haven't gone through all the apples that appear in the Midwest stores. This Opal apple was grown in the state of Washington and I found it in my local conventional grocery store. It was crisp and tasty. I was surprised by how juicy it was. Apparently it was first discovered in Europe in 1999. It's only been growing in the US since 2010 so I guess the apply variety's availability is about as old as my daughter. I bought two yesterday and I'm glad I did because when I went for my snack, one was missing. D probably grabbed it on his way to work this morning. At least he left me one.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

green glass


I'm making a huge effort to declutter and get the house clean before the new year. I do it in spurts and yesterday, the effort revealed that I have a lot of green bowls. I can't even remember why I bought them and I know I haven't used them in years. They just sit in my kitchen cupboards taking up space. So out they go. But now I have to decide whether I want to craig's list them or just donate them to the thrift store. I'm guessing I'll go with the easy route of thrifting them (plus I'll get a 20% off coupon so that I can pick up more junk).

I see these numbers counting the days down to the end of the year and the end of the 365 photo project. I keep having these moments of uncertainty where I think I might (just maybe) want to continue for another year. But then I think of that time when my old roommate, Kevin, asked if we could look for an apartment together just weeks after we decided to get our own pads. And while I thought about that for a day or two, I decided I couldn't do it. Best decision in my twenties. Yah, this project has finally come to that point where I'm thinking thoughts similar to how I can ditch my old roommate. Ugh.

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