weather outside: hot, sticky and yuck.
mood inside: reflective. this has been a very full summer. learning from the many lessons provided.
drinking gasoline. not really, it's sauvignon blanc.
cooking many recipes out of the most recent fine cooking "cook fresh" magazine. delicious. and very healthy, too. happy to have found this publication. it really mixes things up around here.
listening to cole being teased and him not too happy about it!
watching duck dynasty. we are all seriously addicted. no one is more surprised (and delighted) than me.
reading the fault is in our stars by john green. better late than never.
wearing a new black sweater! not as wonderful and long as my last one, but certainly far more presentable.
packing in preparation for claire to head to university. exciting stuff!
planning on the many projects which will keep me busy in the next few months. some things will stay the same. some things need a bit of a shake up.
feeling a bit hesitant and somewhat exposed. my healing period is over and i just joined match.com. right now i'm just looking around. it's time to take this tentative step. until it's not :) (so yes, all of you who have offered up brothers, co-workers and friends, i'm now more open to the idea.)
wanting the thunderstorms in the forecast to arrive and take this oppressive hot weather away. i love me a big storm!
needing to get my act together and prepare for guests!
wishing i could just wiggle my nose (a la samantha in bewitched) and have everything all tidied up around here. amazing how disorder reigns some, er, most days.
waiting for the school year - officially my new year - to begin. only a few more days!
thinking chloé will be surprised in the morning when she sees her sister and little brother picking her up from camp!
enjoying visiting with my sister and her family, newly returned to canada after 20-years in the states.
paying the plumber, again. leak in the kitchen fixed. dripping toilet fixed. i'm afraid to know what will be next. water and i do not have a great relationship :(
encouraging the kids to choose fun and different sports for the next school year. this is the time in their lives to try everything they can!
celebrating the reward of hard work. the shift to living mindfully in the present. aware of the past, aware of the future, but realizing that showing up right now matters more than anything else.
cultivating friendships - old and new.
marveling at how hot wasabi is when it gets too close in my "chef sampler a". yowza!
anticipating a very full few weeks ahead!
and tada, a self portrait: