Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Haiku Wednesday

I love the seasons. Especially Fall. It signals that it's time to bring out the hot chocolate, start those pots of stews and soups simmering and most importantly I get to start wearing my Uggs.

It hasn't always been my favorite season though. It has taken me many years to come to appreciate it's beauty. In fact I used to dread it. I was bothered by all the fallen leaves. Call me crazy but I thought they made my yard look so messy. I was obsessed with keeping them cleaned up. I would spend hours each day raking them, just to wake up and do it all over again. I drove myself crazy trying to keep up. them.

Thankfully, I'm over that now, and I have come to appreciate them. (if you can appreciate leaves, I do. Really.)

I now pay someone to do all the raking. But, not until I enjoy them for as long as possible. Even the ones on my porch, the ones in the rain gutters those that have fallen into the window wells and even those that get blown into the garage and get tracked into my house. ;)

This week's haiku is about seasons.

Summer fades to fall
Start piling on the blankets
To ward off night's chill

Join the fun!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Finding the joy.

It's a snuggly autumn day in Utah-the kind of day when breezes dance among the leaves, the sun lazily appears once in a while, and a slight chill invites you to cuddle up in a comforter and read a good book. It's as if the very air whispers that life isn't going to last forever, so enjoy it while you can. It's a good reminder to take pleasure in every moment. Drink it all in this week and taste all there is to taste.

God created such a beautiful world yet I so often worry through it without noticing. So this week, I am dropping the worry, I'll stop fretting, take a deep breath and savor every second. Joy is everywhere for the taking. So, I'm gonna have me some.

Thank you internet

The most magnificent pair of boots that I purchased today.

I first spotted these when we were in Alaska. Unfortunatley, the shop didn't have my size. I have been coveting them for over a month now. They are so cute.

The shoes I will not be purchasing anytime soon. These are so not cute.

Now I'm officially ready for snow.

The reading has begun.

This is the reason I am so tired this morning. I stayed up way too late reading this under the covers with a flashlight.

My friend recommended this book. It's a teen novel so I must admit I somewhat hesitant to read it. But you see, my friend is smart. She knows her books. Which by the way, it's nice to have a friend like that. Someone who's judgement you trust. And you will go out and buy a book just on her recommendation. Thanks Jenne D.

It was an amazing read. I too would recommend it to you. In fact, it was so good that I'm headed out today to buy the next book in the series.

I'll have to wait until the weekend to read it though. I can't afford to stay up late two nights in a row. Because this girl needs her beauty sleep.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Silly Haiku Wednesday

Oh, how I've missed you Silly Haiku Wednesdays.I'm trying really hard to get back into the groove again.

This week's haiku is passion.

I've loved baking for as long as I can remember. Some of my fondest memories are baking cookies and sweet breads with my Grandmother. I love the all the measuring and how you have to be so precise and all. And the end result? Gooey yumminess.

When my son entered Culinary school, I tried talking him into specializing in baking. He wouldn't hear of it. Maybe in my next life I'll be a baker.

One of my favorite shows is Cake Boss on TLC. Once I watched a Cake Boss marathon Saturday. One episode after the other. Hubby thought it was a waste of time. Me? I think it was a day well spent.

I'm not much of a cooker (is that a word?), but man, can I bake a mean chocolate chip cookie.

If you're lucky I might send you some. ;)

Warm, homemade cookies
leave brown on my fingertips
And curves on my hips

Join the fun!

Monday, October 12, 2009


Left to my own devices on Saturday mornings, I putter. I putter to the bagel shop, where I sit and eat my breakfast and watch families. And then I putter to the bookstore and lazily sift through stacks of books. I putter to the park and I putter about in my little house. I sift through the laundry, fretting over stains and frayed hems, making space for thought and breath. On Saturday, I puttered. On Sunday, there was the most delicious cup of herbal tea in all the land and a new dress. There was a drive in mountains with twisty roads and a lovely breeze.

And then there was a rented movie. Is there anything better than snuggling with your honey to watch a good movie? (and maybe a little golf, too) Is there? And just sitting there and remembering why it is you choose to do the things you want to do? Being home, warm and happy, after the puttering, drifting off to sleep. I don't know if there is.

Also, it's Columbus day today, so have a happy one.

Friday, October 9, 2009

What are my Children doing right now?

When my children were born I think the hospital must have installed a chip in my head. It's an alarm. It goes off, PING!, all the time. When my infants first arrived the alarm was a constant loud gonging in my heart, "Little one, little one, little on." By the time they could walk, talk, tie their shoes and wipe their own bottoms at school, the alarm was ringing only every 20 minutes or so. Once said small creatures have grown taller than you, grown out of the eye-rolling stage, and learned to use a credit card, the alarm is down to once or twice a day. To my knowledge it does not disappear. Now matter how old they are, it never ends. We shall see.

Have a lovely fall weekend. I will be sipping hot chocolate by the fire with that boy that I am madly in love with.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Driving without Estrogen

Yes, I have turned into that old lady.

*Little old lady, do not pull out right in front of me and drive 5 mph. Everywhere. Including every stop sign we encounter.

*And while we are at it, listen up Utah County drivers: You all need to learn how to negotiate a 4 way stop. And roundabouts too, for that matter.

*Hey there cutie pie: Hang up and freakin drive.

*Slow down there hotshot. We are all impressed with your big hummer. Now go away.

*Turn signals, please?

*By the way, in a parking lot? Slow down! I cannot see very well because Biff and Buffy have blocked my vision with their massive SUVs.

*And whoever hit my car last week and didn't bother to leave a note? Thanks. Have you ever heard of karma?

I'll spare you my thoughts regarding BYU game day traffic.

Rant over.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sweet Dreams

All last weekend I had dreams of my teeth dissolving inside my head. This is my go-to anxiety dream. Another is I fall down my stairs and knock out all my teeth.

Toothlessness is obviously a big thing for me.

Recently, Hubby was flossing between a crown and it just popped right off. A month later it happened again. The dentist was shocked. He said he had used the most heavy duty cement available to him to glue that sucker in place. It was a mystery to him why it came off, again. The only thing he thinks could have caused this, are the pick flossers that my husband uses. (that, combined with the angle or aggressiveness of his flossing). He instructed Hubby to use normal floss from now on. "Be gone evil pick flossers", he said.

I wonder if Hubby is following doctor's orders. Probably not. But hopefully, mystery solved, and it won't happen again. We'll wait and see.

For twenty years I've had a crown of my own. On my bottom middle tooth. The one right smack in the middle. You can't miss it. And if you've never had a crown before, let me share with you what they do to your tooth in preparation for the crown. They file it down to just a pointy little nub. Yeah, real sexy, huh?

Needless to say, all this crown falling off business has caused me a little anxiety. Because my crown is going on twenty years old. And who knows how long that is in "crown years". That glue won't last forever, ya know?

So any day now I know that the "biting into an apple/crown missing/pointy tooth revealed" dreams are going to start up. Can't wait.

I wonder why my dreams can't be more pleasant and happy. Ones with George Clooney in them? ;)

Do you have a recurring dream? If so, share. Please.