Archive For 30 July 2011

The Best Day Ever.

The Best Day Ever.

This is my five-year-old nephew’s favorite line this week. The first time Alex said it was last Friday as we left the Oregon Zoo. We’d spent four and a half hours roaming though the zoo, ogling the fruit bats as they devoured broccoli and bananas, meditated on the giraffe’s less-than-graceful gait, rumbled along the train…

Telling the Story

Telling the Story

Three years since starting my memoir about our adventures in Vietnam, it’s time to get serious about finishing this enormous project. Today I pulled out the myriad versions of chapter after chapter, hoping to bring some order to it all. Seeing it all lying there made me realize just how much writing I have done…

Growing up

Growing up

the kids are, as always, thrilled to be photographed.

What I Did On Summer Break: Belize

My first grown-up vacation, spent without herding kids or worrying about them at all. Just me and the GuyFriend walking, driving, and biking our way around Belize for two weeks. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer vacation, especially amid the months of unemployment gloom. I’d paid for my flight months before and the Guy…

Oh Yes, Brownies!

Oh Yes, Brownies!

[Sorry for the lousy ipod pic, the good camera was with its owner today.] It’s been nearly four years since I had a “real” brownie, or any other gluten-laden delight for that matter. But I keep trying to find gluten-free versions that will emulate the look and taste of the “real” thing. Yes, yes, I…

So many ideas, so little time

So many ideas, so little time

I love summer break and the freedom to go and do as we please, but there are times when that loose scheduling really hampers my own big ideas. I’ve been tossing around a design in my head for little lunch money wallets (and bigger versions for bigger folks) for weeks now. I actually thought about…

Silky silk

Silky silk

A friend and former co-worker gifted me with a load of silk fabric samples. I love the feel and weight of the fabric and designed a couple of new wallet styles to suit them. Manipulating silk and the vast array of colors makes me just giddy–a nice return from a two-week vacation. Funny how a…

Sexualizing the Wrong Crowd

Sexualizing the Wrong Crowd

Is it just me or is Women’s Health using teenagers to promote an article on bringing the ‘sexy’ back into a relationship? Really, how old are these two? 14? Maybe 16? Seeing these two young’uns just makes me think of my kids, and while I know that’s where they came from, I don’t like thinking…

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Summer again–the perfect time to do a bit of reading. That’s what I think every year and yet, every summer comes and goes without me doing nearly the amount of reading I’d like to do. Usually I set a lofty goal of a book every two weeks, but that hasn’t happened since I could justify…

Finding Peace and Quiet

Finding Peace and Quiet

I’d had brilliant plans to return to Vietnam this year–go with a group of girlfriends, show off my favorite cities, visit with my beloved orphan friends (oh, how I still miss Lan and Tu!)–but one job loss after another thwarted those plans. It was too much money, too much time away from my kids. I…

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