Thursday, September 29, 2011


 we had a little rain last week, but the corn didn't seem to notice.


i like windy days.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


today's post is in honor of my friend, Raychel, a breast cancer pre-vivor, and all of her hard work on behalf of FORCE:


whenever i wish there were arrows pointing the way all the time, i remember how much i hate being told what to do.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


 "crazy hair" day.


i've watched this house slowly fall apart during the past several years.

Monday, September 26, 2011


today, i accidently grabbed someone else's coat when i went to lunch. when i exchanged it at the closet, i noticed that there were 4 very similar coats. i'm not sure if we all subscribe to the same chicago uniform? or if we all have very very good taste.

Friday, September 23, 2011


friday means the cello goes to school with him. it's his first day.


me: we need to schedule our next lunch.
her: forget lunch, let's go get a drink.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


clearing the dishes. doing the homework. all in an evening's work.


sometimes living in oak park is like living in a movie. this afternoon, there was a definite juno vibe.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


we all 20 (or more) of us wrapped our wrists in soft orange wool for the last month of her pregnancy.  Baby Dashel was born yesterday into a magical circle of love.


i was feeling overwhelmed today. not wanting to put much effort into anything this evening, and frankly, feeling resentful, i decided to walk onto my front porch and snap one picture. i was surprised by the pink streak across the sky and humbled by how lovely it was. i went immediately from resentful to appreciative.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


we had tacos for dinner. and then i folded and put away the last of the laundry.

Monday, September 19, 2011


sometimes the best dinners sort of sneak up on you.


after a summer of not reading very many books, i think i can once again call my reading habits voracious.

Friday, September 16, 2011


my neighbor has been learning how to fire dance.  he puts on a pretty good show!


you know winter is just around the corner when you start having 20 minute conversations about what kinds of boots are best suited for chicago winters.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


there is nothing like a couple of hours of soccer practice on a beautiful almost fall day to put a spring in your step.


i've wanted a pair of lucky brand jeans for a while, but could never justify the price. yesterday, i found a pair in my size at the consignment shop for less than $20. boo-yah!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


my guy enjoying a new view of the world (& looking mighty cute, too).


the us news and world report college rankings came out today. and this is what malcolm gladwell has to say about that.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


someone got a new bike for her birthday. logged about 20 miles today just riding around town.


Listening to NPR's report on poverty in America this evening while making dinner made me deeply grateful for our simple meal.

Monday, September 12, 2011


full moon at the end of a full day.


She was afraid that she wouldn't remember anything. But she did, and I got 2 thumbs up after class.

Friday, September 9, 2011


100 degrees on a Friday night in September means we're cooking outside.


a 20 minute uplifting conversation in the middle of the afternoon is sometimes all it takes to find the energy for the last 90 minutes of the day.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


In constant motion today.


"So look see the days; the endless colored ways; and go play the game; that you learned from the morning." :: Nick Drake

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


It has been nearly three weeks since she announced her intention to stop playing viola, but I haven't been able to bring myself to return her instrument to the music store. Maybe tomorrow.


We love pears.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


It was Holly's birthday yesterday! (Someone celebrated with a dragon tattoo).


cake (+ pie!) + cards + flowers = happy birthday. it's so nice to feel well celebrated.

Friday, September 2, 2011


burnt toast resigned to the fate of the front walkway after being tossed from the kitchen door.


a new opportunity presented itself this week; and now things aren't so clear.