Wednesday, September 2, 2015

last night at a parent program at school, i was walking into the room at the same time as some parents i have known for two years.  the mom gave me a hug and then ran her hands over my hair.  "look at your doll hair!," was her first comment.  "oh yes," i said as i laughed awkwardly, "it's gotten really long - i need a haircut!"  

doll hair?!  i don't even know what to make of this.  my hair hasn't gotten REALLY long…it's just a smidge longer than normal…but i didn't know what else to say.  i think this is a compliment and i will totally take it, but i'm laughing to myself a bit.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

what i'm listening to right now

from the finale of the daily show with jon stewart, this gorgeous song - "land of hope and dreams," by bruce springsteen:

i must admit that i have a tiny crush on bruce.  how can you not?!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

the late, great stephen colbert - this is a truly remarkable article.  interesting in what you learn about how he's transitioning to the late show, but don't read it for that.  read it for the second half, where he talks about love and loss and being grateful.  i don't think i'll ruin things by sharing the last paragraph:

The next thing he said I wrote on a slip of paper in his office and have carried it around with me since. It's our choice, whether to hate something in our lives or to love every moment of them, even the parts that bring us pain. “At every moment, we are volunteers.”

or sharing this, from a few paragraphs earlier:

I asked him if he could help me understand that better, and he described a letter from Tolkien in response to a priest who had questioned whether Tolkien's mythos was sufficiently doctrinaire, since it treated death not as a punishment for the sin of the fall but as a gift. “Tolkien says, in a letter back: ‘What punishments of God are not gifts?’ ” Colbert knocked his knuckles on the table. “ ‘What punishments of God are not gifts?’ ” he said again. His eyes were filled with tears. “So it would be ungrateful not to take everything with gratitude. It doesn't mean you want it. I can hold both of those ideas in my head.”

beautiful and thoughtful.  read this article.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

a ruby a day

Early morning conversations with her friend Frederick, on the next balcony over, whom she has never met in person. Is Frederick inviting her out to play? Taunting her with his freedom? Is this the first time they've met like this, or do they regularly commune through the window? We may never know.  All I know is that she had no interest in me this morning. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

more stuff i've been cooking that has turned out great:

smitten kitchen's buttermilk salad dressing (i hate the chemical-y flavor and the gloop-y texture of store bought salad dressings, but that sometimes stops me from having salad at home because oil and vinegar is only so interesting.  this salad dressing is solving lots of problems!)

then i made pioneer woman's tomato tart and about died of happiness.  i made my own pie crust (because, people: it is so easy.  the best pie crust i've ever made - so now it's the only pie crust i make - is julia child's.  of course it is.  i am so classy).  but back to the tart: it's got a layer of caramelized onions!  and then a layer of delish roasted tomatoes!  and there's some cheese!  and julia child's pie crust underneath!  this is absolutely worth making immediately.  it is savory and perfect and reheated great for lunch the next day.

oh, that's right: the pie crust did not fill the pan that it was supposed to fill.  don't worry!  just have half of it be ugly.  that's my solution!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I ate a yogurt for breakfast instead of a breakfast taco. I went to yoga after school instead of taking a nap. I ate homemade brown rice and roasted veggies (with a peanut sauce) for dinner instead of, well, more tacos. Who am I?! First day of school - off on the right foot!