February 8, 2011

Short but Sweet

It's been nearly five years since I last visited Paris. This brief video, done with a deft hand and restrained eye, captures the essence of its beauty. Makes me long for a reunion...

EF - Live The Language - Paris from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.

June 8, 2010

The Skin You're In

I recently got a new "skin" for my Macbook! Pretty, huh?

May 13, 2010

Around the House

Here's a peek at what's hiding in my closet.

May 3, 2010

A Room of One's Own

It is with a sigh of wistfulness that I observe the date on the last post of this blog...March 10, 2009. Has it really been over a year since my last entry?! Granted, much has taken precedence since my days of happily posting as well as voraciously reading other blogs. I still remember when I first discovered that new and wonderful corner of the world wide web--the blogosphere--and how easily enamored I became of it! Now, sad to say, I am unable to visit as often as I'd wish, other than to quickly and briefly catch up with certain friends who have remained faithful to the practice. (And how glad I am that they do!) There are two main reasons I have been remiss on this enjoyable outlet. First and foremost, I was convicted by the amount of time it took away from the most important thing in my life...my family! The one to suffer most from this distraction was my young son. He would often beg for my attention as I either waved him away or promised to be done in just five more minutes. After a time, I came to my senses and realized that being a mother to my son was, and should always be, my top priority. That's not to say it's impossible to do both, but at the time I had not yet learned to balance the two. Shortly afterwards, a long-dormant desire was rekindled within me--the urge to write! Once more, I was faced with the conflict of fulfilling my duty as wife and mother versus indulging the need for my imagination to take flight whilst harnessing it in words. It was a bitter struggle, with my family bearing faint bruises as a result. In the end, I learned to accept the fact that though I may not be able to satisfy my love of writing as frequently as I'd like, I can be thankful for the precious moments when I can steal away and write to my heart's desire! And for the last year or so, I have been doing exactly that. In the dining room. On my bed. On the floor of my living room. All this to say that....(tum-ta-da-da!) I am happy to announce that I now have a writing room of my very own! Which is the real reason for this post.

a clean, well-lighted place

scope for the imagination

and a few...

important, little...


February 23, 2009

Valentine's in Vegas

I must admit, it sounds a bit cheese-y, doesn't it? Valentine's in Vegas? Really?! Not to mention the irony involved...my husband and I don't gamble! So why would we choose this place of all the possibly far more romantic locales we could have decided upon? Namely this, it afforded me the opportunity to attend a production I've been wanting to watch for years, the Cirque du Soleil. For our very first show, we went to see Mystere and I was not disappointed! Touted as "an intriguing blend of beauty and strength, power and grace, passion and precision", Mystere was just that. I was truly amazed by the talent, strength and skill of the artists. Their performances left me awestruck and many times on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to watch another one!

entrancing drummers

amazing acrobats

astounding contortionists

fantastical costumes

December 15, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Michelle, this is for you....Thanks for giving me a reason to blog here!

3 Joys
  • my adorable son
  • smiles and kisses from my hubby
  • a nice cup of tea or a hot mug of coffee

3 Fears
  • anything wiggly or slimy
  • not being prepared
  • port-a-potties

3 Current Obssessions or Collections
  • writing
  • at the risk of being repetitive...coats
  • OCD - obssessive Cullen disorder (ha-ha, had to throw in a Twilight reference!)

3 Surprising Facts
  • I once wanted to be an astronaut
  • Orange was my favorite color in kindergarden
  • I love baking but don't care for cooking too much

August 26, 2008

A Girl Can Dream

I found this on Paloma's blog, La Dolce Vita. It is officially on my list of dream homes!

Maui on My Mind

Balmy breezes. Swaying palm trees. The delicate scent of plumeria. The whisper of the ocean waves. The exotic flavors of papaya and guava. Ahhh, Maui. Just got back late last night. Miss it already!

July 27, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Skopelos, Greece

My mom and I just saw this movie and now I am dying to visit the above location.

July 14, 2008

The Fireflies Have Arrived!

Thank you, Michelle! See the post below, for it is a fitting tribute to you, one of my oldest and dearest of friends....

A Toast to Friends Old & New

photograph by John Granen

I have a new friend to thank for this lovely homage to old friends....

"...being with my old friend, caused me to contemplate just how important these sort of touchstones are in one’s life. Places you can return to, and friends that you can be with, that remind you who you are. Who you really are. Deep down. When you spend time with a friend such as this, it is restorative. There is an ease of conversation emanating from a shared history, a finishing of each other’s sentences, comfortable companionable silences, and the salubrious joy of being understood without effort. That type of friendship, I’ve found, is harder when one gets older. Perhaps we tend to grow a little more guarded with age. But if you are blessed, as I am, with an old friend, I wish you a clear summer day like mine and a chance to appreciate that friendship anew."

Raise a glass to all of our dear friends, old and new...

July 13, 2008

Nature According to Lord Byron

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is a society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar.

~Lord Byron~

I've just returned from a camping trip to the Mendocino Coast.
These are a few of the natural and scenic photos that I took from there.