Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
While placing my order, my eyes wondered to the pastry case, full of enormous, calorie packed, sugar-glazed goodies. Unable to avoid the yumminess tempting me from behind perfectly sparkling glass, I gave into my sweet tooth and ordered a dreamy vanilla bean scone. Just for the record, it was so heavenly that it should probably deemed illegal.
During my shopping adventure, I purchased my first official Christmas present of the holiday season. I adore present giving, but only when I know the person on the receiving end is appreciative. I have a feeling that this one will be a hit.
Allow me to leave you with the amazing quote that graced my Starbucks cup:
"Because true conservatives are pessimists, they are happier than liberals, for three reasons. First, pessimists are rarely surprised. Second, when they are wrong they are delighted to be so. Third, pessimists do not put their faith in princes – in government. They understand that happiness is a function of fending for oneself. Happiness is an activity; it is inseparable from the pursuit of happiness."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I enjoyed learning about others through the different artifacts they brought to class. Once we were given this assignment, I immediately knew what I wanted to use. The teapot speaks of my love for warm beverages and cuddle sessions; the daisy tops my favorite flower chart, and is actually the top of a perfume bottle; the necklace has proven itself rather lucky, as I wore it for my job interviews in both Fairfax and Berlin; and the small glass bottle demonstrates my love of tiny, delicate things.
I'm lonely tonight.... my Chad-o is at the Penguin game and I'm here with a sleeping puppy. It's great he's off having fun with friends, but I miss him. Hurry home, Turbo!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
While roaming in a daze through Wal-Mart today, I was roused from my lathargic state by the high pitched, excited squeel of a little girl. "Mommy! I want to go to Christmas!" she said, as she stared in awe at the glistening display of trees, ornaments, bows, lawn ornaments, and wrapping paper.
There's something so authentic about the innocence of children during the holidays. Even though I'm all grown up, I still get a giddy, yippie-skippie feeling when I see the first signs of Christmas popping up in shopping marts. As a matter of fact, my mom and I were just talking about the new Christmas cookie recipes that we want to try. It's hard to believe that Halloween hasn't even arrived, yet Mr. Clause is already knocking on the door. Trick-or-Santa?
This weekend proved to be full of simple delights: time with friends, late night conversation with Chris and Kami, good times rocking out to High Maintenance, Sunday morning lazies, and even a jog. It seems that Sunday night has quickly crept up on me again....
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I'm always looking for a reason to partake in this small pleasure. I don't know if it's that I enjoy holding a piping hot mug or if the smell reminds me of my mom's kitchen, but either way, coffee has a calming effect on me. Crazy, isn't it? Most people use it to perk themselves up, where I, on the other hand, find it relaxing and comforting.
Greta, thanks for the adorable picture that popped up in my mailbox today. You instantly brought a smile to my face and made me miss our coffee, cookie, and talking time more than ever. I miss you and our good times at Saratoga.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I was pleased to find that the rest of the class found my photos interesting. Having the opportunity to have a group of people quietly and gently comment and praise me resulted in an amazingly enlightening experience. Just like the children I teach, I found pleasure in hearing that I did something well.
Also, on Tuesday I began my stained glass class. Who would have thought that glass cutting would be so cathartic? I look forward to making my first project- a lampshade! I'll try and post some photos as I work on my masterpiece.
Looking back, I wish I would have taken more time for myself to be creative. I noticed a calm presence in myself within the last week, and I truly believe it's a direct result of allowing my creative juices to flow in new directions. Plus, learning something out of my usual realm has caused me to view the world around me with a fresh set of eyes.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
With the days getting shorter and the nights colder, I'll be forced to say good-bye to my evening walks, flower tending, and general time outside. Therefore I decided to take up some new hobbies. I've always been interested in photography and recently, a brand new Nikon camera magically appeared in my bed. I was, and am, beyond thrilled and signed up to take a photography class. I have high aspirations for myself....let's hope I'm successful. I have this image of using a modern approach and not following the typical rules of portrait taking. Wish me luck.
Also, when signing up for my photography class, I came across a stained glass class. I've been having a huge urge to purchase a Tiffany lamp, but now I have the opportunity to make my own. I'm beyond excited. Who knows...maybe I'll be opening my own workshop soon and you can come shop in my gallery. Try to hide your excitement.....
For now, I'm off to finish the Oreo brownies for Ava's 3rd birthday. I'd love to be 3 again, if for no other reason than to eat these brownies without the guilt of an exercise slave.