NYC Bound

May 26, 2011

Well, thank you Glee for sending me off right.  I hope everyone has a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! I will undoubtedly by frolicking through central park, having breakfast at Tiffany's, and belting it out on the Wicked stage. Okay, maybe just the first two. 
Farewell!

Saturday Morning

May 22, 2011





Farmer's Market bliss

Cleaning House

May 18, 2011

  
The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.
-  Edwin Way Teale

This week, despite a ghastly rainstorm, Spring is really starting to make itself seen here in Spokane. My little vegetable garden, though slightly under water at the moment, is soaking up the little sun we have and getting ready to give us lots of lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, onions, carrots and herbs. Our tulips have just opened, and the front of the house is framed with pink, red, and yellow blooms. I love it! 

This time of year I always get inspired to clean, detox, and make new. But this year it's hitting me in a whole new way. Last weekend we had a yard sale at which we sold off a TON of household goods. My friend Erik asked if that freaked me out, getting rid of so much stuff. Just the opposite - I have lived many years of my life collecting, storing, keeping, and watching over numerous belongings, art supplies, family heirlooms, fabric scraps, etc.  - and this year I decided that a true detox was needed. Spring cleaning: yes!

I'm also thankful that we're entering a season that offers more than potatoes in the vegetable  department. The veggie offerings can get a little scary up here in the off months, and I'm ready to embrace the greens, fruits, and herbs that the summer months have to offer. Thanks to Huckleberry's (our tiny Whole Foods Wannabe) I've been enjoying fresh juice infusions (spinach/ cucumber/mango/blueberry is my fav!) - which now has me pining for my own juicer. Bonzai has really inspired me in my juicing quest - check her out! You will love her.

What ways do you detox and make new? 

Mother's Day, Redux

May 11, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

This week has been far more eventful that planned for - Matthew got sick, I split my forehead open in an act of absolute stupidity, I built a greenhouse and planted veggies , and the best news of all - I finished La Lune's new website! All that, plus lots of meetings have made this week feel super productive and packed.

Just the way I like it. :)


I neglected to write an actual Mother's Day post this weekend, 
so y'all get to hear about my fabulous Moms today. 
Mother's Day has been difficult for our family - my mother passed away 8 years ago from a horribly advanced case of breast cancer. I know people tend towards hyperbole after someone is gone, but really, she was the best. Every school field trip, concert, musical, awards ceremony - she was there, most of the time contributing some sort of culinary masterpiece. (I get my love of presentation and not following directions from her.) There was Halloween and her famous one needle costumes. 
Her knack for making the perfect salsa and her absolute love of music. 
She really was the best.
For the first few years I could barely leave the house on Mother's Day - afraid someone would ask me what gift I had gotten my mom, asking really anything related to moms was terrible to bear.  But over time I've gotten better - I can talk openly about it and have learned to celebrate 
Mother's Day right along with the rest of the world.
I'm very lucky, you see, to have someone that loves me just as much as my mom. 
My mom's best friend Kathy has been a part of our family for as long as I can remember. 
When my mom died she stepped in and truly became our surrogate parent and friend.
Nowadays I simply introduce her as my mom - not just because it's easier than explaining the whole drama of our family - but because I love her and she loves me; and being someone's daughter is priceless. 

So, although belated, I celebrate the wonderful moms in my life: my surrogate mom Kathy, my brave Aunt Peg, my matriarchal Aunt Susie, my inspirational Sister-in-Law Anna, and my beautiful Mother-in-Law Liz - and always my dear mom, who I will never stop celebrating. :)

I Heart Marching Bands

May 4, 2011

I'm working on a 1920's styled shoot - isn't this gorgeous?

Wow, Wednesday is it? I'm not sure what's with this week, but I'm almost positive it should be Friday. The weather has been downright wonky (clouds, hail, wind - BAM! SUN!), meetings a-plentiful, and we're still getting settled in after picking up my sis-in-law from college so she can spend the summer with us here in Spokane. I am exhausted. 

Today I woke up to the sounds of a peppy drum line, a classic tune, and sharp whistle bursts. Yep, our neighborhood high school's marching band was practicing their heel-toe walking down our street. While one might assume that this was not the ideal way to wake up, I actually loved it. It brought me back to my time in the marching band (yes, geek) at EDHS...the starchy uniforms, french braided hair....blue felt cowboy hats
Yes, I said cowboy hats.

How is your week going? Excited for Mother's Day? 
(If you're still looking for a yummy Mother's Day brunch recipe, check out my Foodzie post on Vanilla Almond French Toast with Lemon Balm Fruit Salad. It's really easy and very good!) 

Happy Wednesday folks.
 

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