Monday, January 26, 2015

On the eve of a blizzard in New York City, I am so happy I live in Houston, where the high today was 65 degrees and I went to yoga in just a tank top and pants. The winters here are fantastic, and the beautiful weather puts me in a good mood on so many days. But...a tiny part of me wishes I was in New York this week. The foot of snow we got the winter I lived there was beautiful (for a day), and there is something fun about preparing for bad weather and slogging through it (again: for a day).  You can walk to the grocery store and to a friend's house and even to Central Park if you want. And bad weather is an excuse to curl up in bed with a movie once you've braved the world. In New York you think you are at the center of the universe, and in a way you are. Seeing photos online of snowing falling on the streets of New York made me a little nostalgic. I had a great year there. 

But on day two of a blizzard - day three? It's not one bit fun anymore. So tomorrow I will miss New York. On Wednesday I'll be so glad my home is in Texas. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

a photo a day

My morning: kitty checking out the world while I bake bread (I tried to make the loaves the same size. I failed. Ha. Good thing they will taste amazing anyway).

Duke plays in an hour, and an excellent discovery (that I would not have made had I not cancelled cable and started asking friends if they want to watch a game at a bar with me): three friends from school are such big basketball fans that they will almost always say yes, even though Duke isn't their team. Life is good. Potluck lunch with fun beers at one friend's house today!

Happy Sunday, all!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

59 degrees and sunny = walking to brunch. Happy girl. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

a Ruby a day

I missed my Ruby cat this weekend - and judging from the amount of purring she's done since I got home, I think she missed me, too. Sweet girl.

Friday, January 16, 2015

a Ruby a day

"How do you expect to fit me in your bag? Those boots are taking up way too much room."

Nashville, here we come!

what i'm listening to right now

another "welcome to night vale" weather report that i enjoyed (the podcast might be worth it just for the music).

"this too shall pass," by danny schmidt:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

newest knitting project: fish mobile!

fish mobile for my cousin nate's coming baby!

i love these little fishies and i'm so pleased about how they turned out.

ruby will nap anywhere, apparently...even on a knitting book, surrounded by her fishies and other knitting supplies.

dad made the wood structure for the mobile while i was home over christmas break.  we decided on a slight curve instead of just straight lines.

two doggies guard the door of the shop.

i had only completed one fish when i was home, so we used the weight of that fish to balance the mobile.  turns out, the four fish weigh slightly different amounts (don't ask why - it is a mystery), so when i assembled the mobile there was a great deal of hemming and hawing about how to rebalance it.  in the end, i added some dry beans to two of the fish to make it balance perfectly.  whew!  i'm so pleased with how it turned out!

fish mobile in action:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

preach it, mark bittman: let them eat foie gras

(vegetarian rant over.)