6.26.2017

can't shut the suitcase


I need to rethink my suitcase. I know I overpacked. Why do I always overpack?? This is kind of a random trip--I mean, I have a destination for Central Maine to attend a workshop, but then I'm just free-flowing. I don't really know how long I'll be gone. I just know I overpacked.

currently...

I am...

Reading: Dreamland Burning I juuust started it

Watching: the lights blink on the modem and router

Listening to: the clock tick and post office traffic

Wanting: strawberries--it's finally time!

Needing: to pack

Loving: having no agenda

Thinking: about plans for the week

Feeling: my tummy is rumbly from having breakfast

Celebrating: friendship: had breakfast with these delightful dear friends



Grateful for: funny friends

A quote I want to share:

6.25.2017

finished reading

This is a companion book to My Name Is Lucy Barton; the author says that as she wrote Lucy Barton, she knew the characters that are mentioned had compelling stories that had to be told.

It's a series of linked short stories. And I loved it. Each of these stories is full of aching humanity. Each is full of real people. Strout is a master storyteller.

From the publisher:
Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout s work.

“As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout says, “it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories—of course!—and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me.”

Here, among others, are the “Pretty Nicely Girls,” now adults: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton’s sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy’s aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.

sunday stealing

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The Greenish Questions


1. What is your current obsession? being on vacation

2. What’s your go-to coffee place? Dunkin' Donuts

3. Who was the last person that you hugged?
the dog

4. Do you nap a lot? why yes, yes I do

5. Tonight, what’s for dinner? I haven't even thought of it

6. What was the last thing that you bought? a manicure

7. What is your favorite weather? today: mid-70s sunny, a few puffy white clouds, low humidity

8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week? I think The Gal will play and I look forward to reading her answers--I think we would be friends outside the bloggersphere

9. If you were given a free house that was fully furnished, where in the world would you like it to be? Ireland

10. Name three things that you could not live without. coffee, naps, laughter

11. What would you like in your hands right now? good yarn (not acrylic)

12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures? good yarn

13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself? my sloppy housekeeping

14. As a child, what type of career did you want? I never really thought about it

15. What are you missing right now? my sisters

16. What are you currently reading? Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

17. What do you fear the most? being incapacitated

18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently?
I haven't watched anything memorable lately

19. What’s your favorite book from the past year? uhm... that's a toughie, I read a lot of books that excite me

20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy? mac and cheese (only now I like it gourmet)

postsecret


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.

6.24.2017

fun and funky

Early this morning, the Breakfast Club gathered at the 878 Waterfront Bistro for our gab session. The food was magnificent! And we had mimosas! Mine was made with a fresh pineapple/orange juice blend and soooooo smooth! Yikes, I could have had several!
A very funky, delightful atmosphere. An unusual brunch menu. Attention to detail. Fabulous, friendly service from the husband & wife team--he's the chef, she's the front runner (they both spent time at our table chatting with us). It felt like a special occasion.

saturday 9





Listen to the Music


1) The lyrics say, "What the people need is a way to make them smile." What song lifts your spirits and makes you smile every time you hear it? The Romantics' "What I Like About You." I just can't sit still!

2) Lead vocalist/composer Tom Johnston reports that he's made a lot in royalties because so many radio stations use this as a jingle. Tell us a jingle that sticks in your head.

3) The Doobie Brothers got their start in San Jose, California. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, thanks to all the tech companies that have headquarters there. Let's talk about the device you're on right now: are all your applications up to date? yes!

4) When they were still a local band, the Doobie Brothers had a strong following among bikers. Are you attracted to biker culture? I've never really been around bikers

5) This week's song is from Toulouse Street, which is considered their "breakthrough" album. Tell us about a moment in your own life that you consider a "breakthrough." a few years ago, I had a renaissance with my teaching--I changed my mindset, my approach, my attitude

6) In 1987, the Doobie Brothers did a benefit performance for Vietnam Veterans at the Hollywood Bowl. Next to the Beatles, it was the fastest-selling ticket in Hollywood Bowl history. Which group do you listen to more often -- the Doobies or the Beatles? the Beatles

7) In 1972, when this song was popular, Wranglers were America's best-selling jeans. Are you brand-loyal to one jeans manufacturer? I am not

8) Grocery stores saw seafood prices fluctuate wildly in 1972 because of a series of confrontations between the United Kingdom and Iceland regarding fishing rights in the North Atlantic. (Iceland won.) What was the most recent seafood dish that you enjoyed? lobster mac-n-cheese

9) Random question: Which of these "top ten" lists would you prefer to be on -- the sexiest, the smartest or the richest? the smartest

6.23.2017

finished reading

This work of historical fiction focuses on Parisian history I didn't know about. It was a fascinating look at how we identify ourselves with home and the family we choose. There are passages quite lovely to savor. I'm interested to see what my book group makes of it--this is one I liked but didn't love.

“The more I read, the hungrier I become. Each book seemed promising, each page I turned offered an escapade, the allure of another world, other destinies, other dreams.”
― Tatiana de Rosnay, The House I Loved

From the publisher:
Paris, France: 1860's. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a "modern city." The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand.

Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years.

the friday 56

The Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.


I'm reading The House I Loved.


There was that abominable day, toward the end, when I was returning from the market with Mariette, and we came upon Germaine in tears in the street in front of the house. You had gone. She had found the sitting room empty, and your hat and cane had disappeared. How could this have happened? You hate leaving the house.

6.22.2017

think write thursday

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Write about your three favorite things to wear.

Now that school is out, I have a summer uniform:

1) Sleeveless top. Even though I am a woman of substance, I have made peace with my arms. So, sleeveless tops for the win!

2) Bermuda shorts. I like the length but they're shorter than pants! No pants in the summer!

3) Accessories. I can almost always be found wearing a necklace or scarf or some kind of accessory. I think it adds an interest to the most humble of outfits in my uniform.

Bonus: 4) Sandals. I can't quite call them flip flops because they're leather; I hate calling them thongs (my students go nuts when I use that word). But I wear sandals as long as I can--beginning in April and going until October. In Maine.

6.21.2017

solstice


For Summer Solstice it's kind of a yucky day.

I started the day by facing my fear and going to the dentist! It was a great visit and I didn't freak out. Now my mouth is tender but pain reliever will solve the problem.


unraveled wednesday



Join Kat @ AsKatKnits for some fun!

I'm knitting the Holden Shawl and I'm listening to Opening Belle.







eta: the yarn is Malabrigo Sock in Impressionist Sky

w.w.w. wednesday


Welcome to WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay and listening to Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

6.20.2017

ten things tuesday

Ten things on my Amazon wishlist:

1. Blood Pressure Monitor. One of my colleagues suggested having a home blood pressure monitor. I'm not in a hurry to get it. My blood pressure is quite well managed.

2. Chalkola Chalk Markers. Because they're wet erase, I think I might be able to write weekly notices on my board without smudging by the end of the week.

3. Velvet Hangers. So luxurious! Plus they would grip my clothes better than the shoddy plastic hangars I have now. (NO WIRE HANGERS EVER!!)

4. The Art of Whimsical Lettering. This is a silly goal I've set for the summer--to work on my fancy lettering. I have precise handwriting on the board, but I lack the ability for fun, fancy lettering.

5. Small Weighted Lap Pad I'm fascinated by the idea of a weighted blanket! This is like a lap-size blanket, that might be comfy-cozy when I'm in my recliner.

6. Magic Adjustable Clothes and Shirts Folder Board. Have wanted one of these gizmos since I saw it in use at an upscale clothing store. Who knew you could get them for home use???

7. Brilliant Thoughts, Ridiculously Good Ideas, File & Forget Decorative File Folders. This set of funky folders made me chuckle--especially the File & Forget folder!

8. Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bar. Every day--breakfast!

9. Harry Potter Quotes and Sayings Art Prints. I love these! Where they don't come framed, I could use them for my bulletin board quote wall. Or I can frame them for home.

10. Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 Pencils. I am that teacher. I buy pencils in bulk so I can give them to students. I know there are colleagues of mine who resent me "just giving" the pencils away but seriously?? It's a pencil.