january || miscellany

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

most opinions i have heard about the month of january are that people tend to loathe it; the days are long, almost feeling as though half the year resides in them. winter is hard sometimes.  and while most of the time i whole heartedly agree with this sentiment,  january for us has truly passed by in a blink.  well ok, maybe two blinks.

i can divide the month in between two distinct chapters, the first titled --"waiting for puppy" and the next -- "we have a new puppy!? " alternate titles could be, "we've lost our minds, we have two corgis", or " we have the cutest puppy ever!" but more likely "Oh wow, i forgot puppies did this- a memoir."

yes, we got another Corgi.  we truly love them so, our Lucy girl has stolen our hearts completely; and so my husband being the generous, dog loving man he is, surprised me with a puppy for Christmas.  the lack of blog posts this january can directly relate to puppy snuggling and adjusting to a new dog routine, but don't you worry i have made up for it in adorable puppy photos.
evidence below.


a few january things --
+ the first big snow on the first new days of the year.  wow was it a sight to see, 11 inches and blistery tempetures made for a frozen winter wonderland.  -- we balanced our snow days with the right amount of hibernation and fun, as we tend to do.
+ snowy scenes and slippered feet, photos shared between family, even states apart
+ the cleaning out, dusting off, and putting away tasks of january will forever make my heart do flips
+ eucalyptus on the table with candles softly aglow all the while granola baking in the oven, a winter morning of my dreams
+ cherished moments with my Lucy girl, before she became a big sister -- i savored her and even shed a few tears, she will always be my first corgi, my angel dog.
+ all the homemade soups this january, because winter : asain chicken noodle - hearty minestrone - thai coconut chicken- venison stew- the best game day chili - almost perfect homemade ramen
+ running miles and training for spring races to come -- 106 january miles ran.
+ my love for Trader Joes is nothing short of an obsession -- thinking a post on my favorite TJ's things is in order
+ a downright cold morning run on the boardwalk; it was hard and windy but rewarding.  a resolution of sorts, to not put off until "tomorrow" -- treated myself to my favorite breakfast as a reward!
+ a brunch date here and there, margaritas and chips after doctors visits, a glass of wine paired with an epic cheese tray at home, picking up our puppy & petstore shopping to follow, pizza and movies on the couch all the live long day -- january dates.
+ booking our annual trip to Texas and turning the Rodeo into a tradition -- Houston here we come!
+ our little Oliver.  a new puppy for us, a baby brother for Lucy -- we are completely smitten and she loves him more and more each day.  they have become quite the pair already. his puppy ways and perky personality are exciting and certainly keeping us busy, but i'm enjoying it so -- prepping for parenthood, we keep telling ourselves.
+ cozying together on the couch with two dogs in between -- reveling in the joy of the moment, ever thankful for this little life.

another note I want to remember about our January -- committing hard to twenty eighteen and finding the perfect place and doctor to help us in our parenthood journey.  we are headed into February filled with hope and answers, and thats really all i've been wanting, for years.

hello old friend, little blog of mine

Friday, January 12, 2018

Well well well, this feels rusty and nerve racking and all so wonderful all at the same time!  see its still me, I haven't changed much, still over-thinking over-feeling every little thing.

I've missed coming to this space, missed writing, missed sharing, missed diving into the creative parts of me, wherever she may be hiding.  Maybe most of all, I've missed connecting with those of you who read my words or scan our photos.   While I have no particular reason for my brief-ish pause, I still want to offer up some semblance of an explanation.  Last year I was feeling more and more obligated instead of inspired to share or write.  Blogging felt more like a "have-to" instead of a "want-to" and I certainly didn't want to turn this outlet into a chore.  And so after squeaking out a meager twelve posts last year, I unintentionally took a break.  It really wasn't a conscience decision to stop blogging, but more of a whoa its October where has the year gone/I'm not taking many photos/I'm enjoying the pause/who even blogs anymore/where is my computer/who reads this stuff anyways/my life isn't were I thought it would be and so my heart is having a hard time sharing/ time keeps slippin into the future / sort of thing.  ya know?!

But with that said, I am so incredibly happy and inspired to come back to this space and share and write and connect with whomever may read - (hi mom!)  I can think of no better time than the fresh start of a new year to rejoin a world and hobby you love.  And while I'm not sure how often I will be coming to this space; once a month- 10 times a month - five times this year? (my other new year goal, having more grace with myself)  I promise to share and write when I feel inspired and to be unequivocally, authentically me.

Thank you a million times over for your patience, your love and support, your reading eyes and kind hearts -- I've missed you!  & me!

april miscellany

Sunday, April 30, 2017

april has filled my heart up so. -- happy days and even sweeter moments seemed almost daily this spring.  the heartbreaking, raw and hard moments in between make life what it is -- real.  but goodness prevails and i will always search and cling to those gems of happiness, finding the good, enjoying the smallest of joys through it all -- this is my way.

lots of our time was spent outside this april, readying & enjoying our bit of earth.  gardens were made, grass was seeded & cut, hands were made for digging, flowers planted, trees cut!  morning coffee alfresco, afternoons reading under that blue umbrella, and sunset gazing way past 7.  magic! and our list of springtime plans and adventures keeps getting longer-- so much to do and fun to be had! dreams of strawberry picking and a drive down to the Outer Banks are high on that list

things I want to remember from our april:
+seasons first-- blooms! azaleas and dogwoods and a favorite tree with the gorgeous pink blossoms to which its name escapes me, Caprese salad, shorts and sandals, iced coffee, dinner alfresco!
+ a weekend in Raleigh with my two best girlfriends & one adorable baby boy! lattes & pimento cheese biscuits --stopping in shops for oils, spices, and cheese--talking and snuggling and cuddling that boy so close-- these visits and women are food for my soul
+ those early april days when he took off work and we yard worked all the live long day! exhausted but proud at the end of those days, cheers'ing with cold beers and lighting the grill.
+ herb & vegetable gardens planted & growing.  ten different herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers oh my! praying for lots of rain and to remember my watering duties.
+ a truckload of mulch, that new weed eater, rose arbors and flowers and plants and four trips to the hardware store -- that proud feeling seeing all your hard work at the end of the day, priceless.
+ a carrot cake of my dreams and an easter weekend with family.  sunny and 70, two glorious and slow days spent enjoying his family and mine; so lucky they are just a short drive away
+ Starbucks & Target dates with my favorite 13 year old girl, who is now 3 inches taller than me and still making my heart and days so full-- also trying the unicorn frappe was a must for her! she loved it of course
+ a lunch date & just because tulips from a girlfriend i don't see enough of-- remedying that this summer for certain
+ his new hobby of drone racing and flying and building --i sure love my nerdy engineer whose hobbies are countless
+ making time for bike rides and ocean walks, seeing my island home come alive one again -- family and farm visits and hugging more tightly than ever before we leave.
+ corgi grass rolling and coat blowing, spring rights of passage for our Lucy girl
+ dressed up hummus, cheese and cracker plates, strawberry smoothies, and grilled chicken on our salads-- a few april eats
+ a sushi and sake dinner ending with a movie on the couch, a late lunch for half priced shrimp and steamed oysters & to ring in soft-shell crab season, a mid-week date nights breaking up the week by sipping wine and ordering too many appetizers, spin class together on tuesday and friday nights -- april dates
+ Thursday night kickball games, surprised by how excited I am for them now
+ anticipating summer novels and crisp rose and fresh corn on the cob; boat days and sun kissed skin and steamed shrimp by the pound