Friday, August 17, 2018


Waiting is an art form that I've yet to embrace gracefully. SO many job opportunities and zip codes to be considered.

Had a good interview this morning~this is my job. It was like my being exhaled as I walked around the campus~and that hasn't happened in a very long time. Usually, I range from 'meh, I could do this job' or get the heebie-jeebies and flee the interview. (SO much like dating.)

Figured the Torpedo Art Factory was the ideal place for some eyes to appear.

This morning was an interview with the Lower School Head~by mid-week, I will be interviewed by the Head of all three schools. 

Meanwhile, I wait. 

There is delicious Vietnamese food to be enjoyed,

and monies to be found!

And rescued trash to be rejuvenated... 


Thursday, August 16, 2018

smitten kitchen

Happy that the usual afternoon t-storm held off long enough for me to get a walk in after school. Sweet little kid sitting along the trail with a free lemonade/water stand. 

Since my Westminster friend and I went to the ball game, we're curious as to how fast we could throw a ball. We're tempted to get a few and throw them at this radar in our town.

Since the incomparable Queen of Soul died today (and my housemate is gone for 2.5 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), I decided that tonight needed some comfort food. I've had this  recipe tucked way for awhile.

Am pleased to say that it turned out exactly like the photos and it quite delicious!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

crescent moon & crickets

Well, look what appeared at the Aveda Institute, DC this evening!! 

Loving the summer evenings~cicacdas and crickets serenading the end of the day. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

livin' on a prayer

Actually, today was more stretchin' on a prayer rug as I taught my first yoga class! We had a good time~inhaling lemongrass mist and listening to zen music.

So v.e.r.y. true.

Monday, August 13, 2018


“I would rather be ashes than dust,
I would rather my spark should burn
out in a brilliant blaze, 
Than it should be stifled in dry rot
I would rather be a superb meteor, 
With every atom of me in magnificent
Than a sleepy and permanent planet.”

~Jack London

A long day~but enjoyed the above excerpt posted by Dan Rather on fb. If you're not following him, you might want to check out his thoughtful essays.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

some days

you just need to walk on a beach. I've got a couple of job offers to ponder and am not quite sure which direction to head, so I thought some saline air would clear my thoughts.

So, I drove to the closest beach~just outside Annapolis. Let me just say that Sandy Point State Park is the scuzziest state park I've been to and I won't be going back. 

But I ate lunch, perched on some sun-warmed rocks and amused myself by placing some googly eyes on a shell.

Then I made the mistake of thinking I'd pop into the historic town of Annapolis. It may have been opening week for the Naval Academy? It took me an hour just to get around a roundabout. From what I saw, it's a darling town and I'll have to go back on a weekday to explore it. 

This broken tab on my coffee can pretty much sums up the weekend. (I neglected to post about yesterday's fiasco of trying to get into DC to go to Aveda, only to find out that my appointment was cancelled due to the white supremacists roving the region. I live 11 miles away from Lafayette Square and there are still police swarming my 'hood.) But I am safely tucked inside while the latest thunderstorm pounds the region.

Friday, August 10, 2018

suuuuummmmertime, and the livin' is easy

Or, it is if you sing 87 rounds of that aria to little CupKate to lull her to sleep. We continued the birthday celebrating with lots of pool time today!

And since workmen are bashing about our roof (fixing the storm damage from, ahem, February), I fled to the library and Trader's for some peace. Happily came home with a mushroom quiche that is new to their inventory.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

the days ARE long, but those years are short

This chandelier at my sister's home gets more crooked every time I see it. Wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that it's oddly placed, super low-hanging, and riiiiight next to a lovely sofa launch pad? I fully expect to see just wires hanging down at some point. 

 Definitely dreaming of rainbows and clouds and unicorns tonight.

Youngest sibling was wiped out from dinner fun~we'll have to photo shop her in.  

Feeling lucky to have known this little man for six years now!

A gracious birthday host~sent me home with a thank you card and gift for a DQ treat later. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

slowing down

I'd forgotten how relaxing it is to stare at clouds.

To hold still long enough to watch them morph into random shapes. 

A perfect use of the dog days of summer.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

high summer holds the earth

(Okay, so it's not night, but these lyrics were running through my head during my walk.)

Sure on this shining night
Of star made shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground. 
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, 
all is health.
High summer holds the earth. 
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night 
I weep for wonder wand'ring far
Of shadows on the stars.

~James Agee

Haven't seen the stems turn colour while the blossom stays green~intriguing plant.

Monday, August 6, 2018

happy herbs

Grabbed some mint, oregano, and thyme at Trader's today and popped them in their new home. They seem to be enjoying the 103 heat index~but what else would you expect from Mediterranean natives?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

through the eyes of a 5 yo

Since all my Littles are blessed with things, I'm wanting to give them experiences as gifts now. As my favorite five-year-old is just about to have a birthday, have been trying to figure out an outing that he would enjoy.

So, when my sis texted me and asked if I wanted to take him to a BrickLand expo, I hopped in my car and zipped up the road.

But is it Art?

The sheer scale and number of tableaus was incredible. It must take some of these people an entire year to create these.

Grand Central in DC.

It was a stunning display of mechanical engineering~SO many trains and rockets and race cars.

My voice is completely gone from shrieking over the sound of excited hordes. 

There were, natch, many snacks to be had. 

And hopefully some joy to surprise someone in the bathroom. 

After a few hours of deliberation, the birthday boy decided to spend his money on a fire engine kit.

He did most of the building himself~with some coaching from Mama.

Since "sharing is caring", some other little hands got involved as well. 

A beautiful memory to tuck in my head & heart.