Friday, April 29, 2011

happenstance has changed my plans.




The problem with packing is that you find things you forgot you had, like this fabric purchased at Reform School on a trip to LA a couple years ago. And then instead of doing what you should be, you take a break to sew a pillow cover. Because even if you still haven't decided which sofa to buy, you can never have too many pillows... right?

Our new walls are being painted today and tomorrow, and then next week we're replacing the kitchen flooring and refinishing all the wood floors. Then it's time to move in! It should come as no surprise that I'm feeling unprepared.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

you try to feel the beat.



Yeah, I've been wearing a lot of skirts lately due to a recent battle trying to find jeans that fit right. I lost, by the way.

I went for a nice long run outside tonight. It was really windy so my pace was probably twice as slow. Then, about fifteen minutes in my iPod battery died during this song, right after the lyrics "you're using your headphones to drown out your mind." Ironic, much? I took it as a not-so-gentle nudge that maybe exactly what I needed was to focus on my thoughts, my breathing, and the comforting rhythm that comes with feet pounding pavement.

And it was. Actually, it felt amazing. As much as I love my music, I could use a run like that every once in a while.

Monday, April 25, 2011

be here now.









For a few days, we were surrounded with family, food and treats. It made for a really beautiful Easter. Now I'm full of love and gratitude (and sugar...that carrot cake cupcake was as good as it looks).

Also, three different people told me yesterday that I looked sad. It kind of took me off guard, even though I have one of those faces that looks mad/sad when I'm not smiling. Note to self: smile more, because you are beyond blessed.

Friday, April 22, 2011

the earth asks you back.



Happy Friday, happy Earth Day, happy Easter weekend! I suggest you pick up some bright flowers to properly celebrate it all.

Five senses for today:

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tasting

We're going to Food Truck Friday in downtown Phoenix for lunch, and I think I'll try something from the crème brûlée truck.

hearing
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Blue Skies Again

seeing
My sister Emily, niece Alexis and nephew Justin, who are here visiting from California. So so happy about that.

touching
The new tile we ordered from Heath for our fireplace. Fingers crossed our tile guy can install it perfectly spaced (being picky about details is proving to be a nightmare with all our contractors).

smelling
Heat. Summer has arrived and it's uncomfortably warm already. I hope I survive.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

i came to your window.




"There are moments that I know I will long for,
even as I live them."

-Judith Katzir

This is us, waiting.
Sometimes patiently, sometimes not.
Part of me knows I'll look back on this time in our life and be grateful.
The other part of me just likes to pout.

(I'm really glad we have each other.)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

local love: urban picnic.








Yesterday we met up for lunch at Urban Picnic, a new little restaurant on Main Street in downtown Mesa. Beth told me about it (thank you!), and I knew I needed to go. Healthy organic food, white and wood interior, concrete floors, thoughtful design details... it's my kind of place. And the food was amazing! I had the grilled veggie and goat cheese sandwich with a baby green salad. This is exactly the type of place Mesa needs around. We will definitely be back, over and over. Next time I think we'll try breakfast.

After lunch I walked over to the Good Store Thrift, where I found a darling vintage dress and some mid-century candle holders. In case you couldn't tell, I'm so happy about our new neighborhood. We haven't even moved in to our house yet, but Clint and I are already on a quest to convince all our friends to join us downtown.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

find it and shine it.




When you were young, did you plan your outfit the night before and set it out so it was all ready to go in the morning? Sometimes I think it would be helpful if I still did that. I have problems getting dressed every day. Usually, I change my outfit at least three times. Clint thinks it's ridiculous and I have to agree, but I'm not sure how to do better.

The closet in our new house is about one-fourth the size of our current one. Maybe limiting my options is the key. Someone needs to come over to help me pare down my wardrobe and get rid of the things I never wear (or shouldn't wear).

Monday, April 11, 2011

your sun when there is none.*



It was surprisingly cold here the past several days. I took the opportunity to wear tights and scarves and sweaters one last time before summer ensues. And I kept our heater off so I could wrap myself up in blankets.

My sister Rachel made this quilt for us. Stripes on one side, triangles on the other. I love it, a lot.

On a similar note, I miss my out-of-state sisters, a lot. I would probably cry about it except I'm fairly certain I've already reached my tear quota for the day.


*happy note: We're going to the Black Keys concert this week! I can't wait.

Friday, April 8, 2011

searching the world for what's right here.



Every so often, I find myself really disenchanted with thrifting. But then, one trip will result in a handful of items like these in all their color-coordinated, retro typography glory. (Not to mention in the same trip I found a set of yellow Massimo Vignelli stacking dinnerware and a little black vintage Jonathan Logan dress.)

And so I'm reminded that it's a source of creative inspiration that I don't want to let go of anytime soon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

on the edge of the ocean.




It's kind of impossible for me to sit and watch TV without feeling like I'm wasting time. My hands always have to be busy with something else. During conference on Sunday, I decided to occupy them with some mindless sketching. So I found a tiny 3x5" drawing pad in my stash of art supplies from college, and pulled out a brush and watercolor paints. In a couple hours I had filled over twenty pages with mini watercolor doodles.

It was fun and made me feel like a little kid. Maybe I'll even hang some of them up on our fridge with my pretty fabric magnets.


listen to: Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean

Monday, April 4, 2011

every little thing is gonna be alright.




Two small but favorite moments from the last few days:

-making crêpes with berries, lemon, and a touch of powdered sugar
-holding and squeezing my darling, chubby niece in that little cherry outfit

As far as weekends go, it was a pretty good one.

Friday, April 1, 2011

pull the wool over your eyes.




Happy April! This morning Clint warned me that he's playing an April Fools joke on me and that I should be careful when I "reach for something." I have no idea what he's talking about but I've spent all day so far nervous every time I reach out my hand. I think it might have been a lie.

Five senses for today:

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tasting

Strawberries. I'm so happy they're in season right now.

hearing
LDS General Conference this weekend. I'm in need of some inspiration, so I'm ready to take it all in.

seeing
A friend of mine from college get married tomorrow! I love weddings.

touching
Hopefully my camera, a lot more than I have been lately. I've been wanting to start making videos too.

smelling
Cardboard. Let the packing begin.

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