Yearly Archives: 2010

hump day nuggets: home

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week The vastness of eastern Washington We are home. Right now, I am sipping coffee on my couch next to my sleeping dog. Our living room is decorated with a cooler full of food, an open suitcase with its contents arranged like a small, sprawling mountain range around a lake of three pairs of shoes, five bags of miscellany, new gifts, two snowsuits, a half-eaten peanut butter sandwich, a cell phone charger, hats, socks…you get the picture. I really, really don’t like unpacking. Packing is kind of fun with the anticipation of the journey and arrival to a different place. Unpacking just sucks with all that stuff that needs a home and all I want to do is be home. Snow is piling up by the minute out there making my cozy tunnel vision even more appealing. Ruby is napping, Margot is at Owen’s house and the piles will wait. If I were to make a list of things to do right now it would contain a lot of stuff like laundry, cleaning and showering. But I am choosing to tackle a list of assembling nuggets, making soup, sledding and drinking coffee. Our holiday adventure was great, rich with prolonged coffee-pajama mornings, walks, shared meals, adult beverages, late-night game-playing, perpetually lost items and good conversation. Our adventure was also rich in a different kind of holiday reality, one that comes with many people in one house for many days: kid disputes mostly involving Margot exhibiting her love for her cousin with spirited shoves, one bloody nose and a misunderstanding over pasta. Our family gave the gift of a cold to everyone but last night I got a text from my sister-in-law who is more like my sister that said even though they returned to Portland with really sick kid and a collapsed ceiling due to a water leak, they were in high spirits from our trip, feeling grateful and in love. I married into an exceptionally fantastic family. nuggets. :: I wonder, if adults pick up thousands of pieces of paper and marker lids, never calling it quits and putting them out of reach, if the cyclical charade would continue for days. I think yes. :: Not many pics of Rubes this trip. My sick monkey was in arms, mostly mine. :: One time when Aida was crying I asked Margot what she thought might make her cousin feel better. Without hesitation she said, “My boob.”   :: I had a standoff with a squirrel. He spoke to me through his beady, asymmetrical gaze saying things like, “You think I am afraid of you just because you are tall and have thumbs? Well, only one of us can climb fences and only one of us is looking down on the other right now. So, you best move on homeslice.” Read more on hump day nuggets: home…
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Santa Claus Came To Town

We landed safely in southeastern Washington on Christmas Eve. It was great to hug family, share a meal, toast wine. I felt especially excited to be Santa this year. Because Margot is at an age where wonder and excitement reign and I finally came to terms with my lying-to-my-kids-about-a-flying-gift-giving-man hangup. Read more on Santa Claus Came To Town…
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hump day nuggets: lunar hug

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week I was up late Monday night making gifts thinking how I’d be so privileged to see the solstice eclipse but between dreaming of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and making my way out of my studio and up stairs I forgot. I fell into bed next to my exceptionally warm husband. But he stirred which is unusual and heard a noise he wanted to investigate. He got up, I fell asleep. I woke to him standing over me wrapped in his grandma’s wool blanket. “Babe, wanna see the eclipse?” I jumped up, thankful for the nudge. It was so cold, even with the heat humming. We huddled on our front steps in three degree air, wrapped in Dolly Mae’s thick blanket and watched the red moon, our girls asleep inside. The moon often makes me tear up. The same moon the whole planet sees, it circles every living thing once a day. A lunar hug. It’s so consistent, always showing us the same face, waxing and waning, pushing the ocean in ebbs and flows. The moon makes me feel calm and generous. :: elving nuggets :: The verb elving has been popping up all of the interweb and I think it is a strange word but elf is one of my favorite words in our language and the concept of elving is a lovely one. So, we’ve been elving. Read more on hump day nuggets: lunar hug…
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She’s Three

She’s kind, compassionate, fiery, opinionated, adoring, independent, hilarious, wise. She likes twirling on one foot, digging through my grandmother’s costume jewelry when I’m not paying attention and making Ruby laugh. She plays hide-and-seek every night with her papa and her giggling gives her away every time. She makes me feel proud, purposeful, important, humble, alive and in love. :: :: :: We were playing airplane the other night and I said, “Margot, I love you so much.”“I love you so much mom,” as she hovered over me, my heels against her belly button.“I can’t believe you were in my belly three years ago.”“You pushed me out? You pushed so hard?”“I did.”“You pushed me out of your body?”“Yes. Do you remember it?”“Yep. It was dark and I was stuck. And I went weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” :: :: :: We were at the grocery store fetching ingredients for her rainbow cake when she spied a display of giant foil number balloons. “Oh wow! Oh mom! Can I please have one?” In a nanosecond, I went from autopilot-no-way-am-I-spending-$10-on-a-balloon-mom to absolutely-YES-mom. Read more on She’s Three…
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hump day nuggets: celebrate

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last weekHard not to think about when the sun came out one year ago today. A reader, Erin O., left a comment last week about her Life Anniversary. When she was nine she went blind over breakfast, had three massive seizures and doctors predicted she wouldn’t survive. She did and now writes comments on my blog that I think about when I lay in bed at night. Her mom calls the day she lived her Life Anniversary. I like it. Today is Ruby’s Life Anniversary. Today is a day to celebrate and love. And then we have another day of hullabaloo this weekend when our bug turns three. Saturday is a day of Margot which means many specifics like: Read more on hump day nuggets: celebrate…
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