an important field trip to burlington, dinner out at leunig's, a solstice sunset drive home. fresh peonies in the kitchen. a dog walk leading to the farmers market, a road ride on the new bike, and a big downpour. strawberry picking with mom, berry shortcake for dessert, and some more rain in between. summer: i love you.
here's an interesting piece about instagram, and the new instagram video feature. i agree with so much of the article. the new video feature doesn't have a lot of appeal to me, though i can imagine a scenario in which i might play with it. instagram is my favorite app, my favorite 'social networking' activity right now. photography is a favorite hobby of mine, and the app allows me to take my ordinary photos of sweet moments, put a perfect filter on them, and share them with my community. it's a 'well-crafted fantasy' world seeded with real life moments. you choose the perfect shot and the perfect filter, and then you get to imbed the memory just as you want to remember it.
i always think it's so important to remember that what you see (on facebook or on instagram or any other tool) isn't necessarily the full reality. we choose what we share-- just as i do on this blog. i share what i want to remember, what i appreciate, what i think will make my little reader following smile. the below photo is a perfect example: my living room still life. i cropped out the pile of wedding invitations, the computer, the dirty cups, the crumpled napkins. so you see this: my serene little scene.
"life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. this includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor, every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every breath. every moment is the guru."
sparkling blue sky. a soft breeze. my brand new orange bike out cruising paved & dirt roads for the first time. squinting into the sun. a little stretching on the front porch. quiet time at home while b & lu are out. a black bean burger. an episode of mad men. butterscotch pudding.
tomato quinoa soup. the sound of a downpour starting on our roof. smelly brie cheese. wake owl. making plans to enjoy every ounce of summer. a new blueberry muffin recipe, best made on sunday mornings. peonies on the table. starting our second round of seeds in the garden. buffalo chicken salad.
it's amazing how time passes. in those photos taken two years ago, jenna & alex were fresh homeowners. the following month, they would become engaged. a year later, they were married. and as we head to the show tonight, we are all eagerly anticipating the arrival of baby b in september. at that point, brett and i were only entertaining the idea of a dog. miss lu was a mere few week old pup living on a rural farm-- just waiting for us to find her so she could bring her sweet self into our life. now, we are engaged and planning a fantastic wedding, loving our lu, and tossing around dreams of owning a home.
on sunday, i had a great day in the kitchen. i love trying new recipes and playing around-- so long as i'm not in a hurry.
i made the fluffiest pancakes for breakfast. i added blueberries to some, and served them with raspberries, bacon and local syrup. we agreed: this is our new go-to recipe.
for dinner, i tried a new brussel sprout recipe. i was also eager to try this recipe for gnocci with sweet corn, arugula and cream sauce. i added basil and lemon zest, and the verdict was YUM. however, i couldn't find my usual gnocci in the store, so i underwent my first attempt at homemade gnocci. super fun, lengthy process. next time, more patience, more time, and smaller gnoccis. mine were tasty (i used two regular potatoes and one sweet potato as they were all small) but resembled flying saucers. enjoyed on the porch.
a rainy evening. a glass of wine with a new friend at a sweet little cafe downtown. an incredibly muddy dog transformed into a fluffy clean dog. an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese. a super shop at the coop truckload sale. home decorating: rustic frames from tj maxx for my new prints. an afternoon movie on the couch! a run in the park. a date night with b. coffee and lounging. a great workout. the cleanest bathroom you ever did see. some new recipes in the kitchen. a little pedal around town.
grateful for out-of-work fun with a coworker, a wine date with a new friend, a catchup call with the oldest of friends, texting with a far-away friend, video chatting hilariousness with a sad friend. i love my people.
"but i have learned this: joy doesn't follow anyone. rather it is chased after, laughingly, hungrily, boisterously. it is pursued like a child who, chasing fireflies, ends up with handful of starry sky."
it's going to be a wet and quiet weekend in vermont. we've got cold rain falling at least through tomorrow night, and most of 'my people' are out of town. tonight i'm meeting a new friend for a glass of wine, and tomorrow i intend to do some cleaning and relaxing.
i spotted this article today about 14 things successful people do on weekends. i think that i cover many of those-- though i could go for fewer chores, more vacation and more disconnecting. how about you?
i don't walk lu as often in the mornings as i should. brett usually takes her for a run, walk or bike while i go to the gym. and when i do take her in the morning, it's usually for a run or walk in the park. occasionally, i choose to walk her on her leash around town. today was one such day, and i just couldn't get enough of it. walking the neighborhoods at 6:15 is so quiet and still. by my final mile through downtown a bit after 7, the whole town was waking up and stretching-- cars buzzing, the smell of bagels baking, runners and walkers and bikers all moving fast. sometimes it feels like i don't get to spend enough time in my community, and this was such a good little taste of it coming alive.
where i have chosen to live in relation to where my office is located has resulted in a 38 minute commute (each way). every summer, the state takes on a few projects on the highway-- paving, ledge repairs, pothole repairs, whatever. and the drive gets slow. yesterday was the queen of slow. 1 hour 46 minutes to get to work. 1 hour 6 minutes to get home. my patience was thin. in order to turn things around, i reached into my glove box and pulled out some old cds. i was quickly transported to 2003 with a hilarious mix of michael jackson, bryan adams, alanis morrisette, and christian rock bands. whoa.
there is nothing more wonderful than getting in bed early to read, with a cup of sleepy time tea by my side.
there was an incredibly tragic shooting in steamboat last week involving a family i knew there. i cannot stop hurting for them.
i tried out this new recipe last night. super easy to prepare, very fresh, and wonderfully delicious. i used mango instead of papaya. and be warned that this makes a massive quantity-- probably serves at least 8. we both loved it, and as long as you don't mix the dressing and salad, it will keep for a few days.