Sunday, June 30, 2013

Doin' it Right

My favorite thing this week:


Doin' it right
Everybody will be dancing
And will feeling it right
Everybody will be dancing
And 'be doin' it right
Everybody will be dancing
When we're feeling alright
Everybody will be dancing tonight

If you do it right
Let it go all night
Shadows on you break
Out into the light

If you lose your way tonight
That's how you know the magic's right
If you lose your way tonight
That's how you know the magic's right  


These lyrics give me goosebumps because in my weird way they capture my absolute  
excitement & anticipation 
of a Boise job offer (1 interview to go-fingers SO crossed) and upcoming move.
My heart is literally bursting with happiness.

Moving home will bring the last 8 years full this moment nothing could feel more right.

This song also gives me mental images of busting a move...dancing the robot with my mom and brothers-who I love and miss more than words. Thinking of this makes me smile huge and isn't too far off an activity we'd *par-ti-ci-pate in.

*said with acompanying robotic arm swing

+via here+

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Old Fave: Jessie Baylin

It's been a while Jessie Baylin. 6 years to be exact. Leave Your Mark was one of those special songs from back in the day that I played 100 million times or more.

I can't tell you how happy I am to come across some new(ish) goods from you...these in particular.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

1 down, 33 to go

It's already been over one month since I created my 34 list and I can finally mark one off!!! It's apparent that I'm going to have to kick it into high gear if I plan on actually finishing! Some creative combining perhaps? I could wear red lipstick WHILE painting something with abandon ALL WHILE spending the entire day in silence! BOOM-done!

Tonight I made my favorite Indian dish: aloo palak with basmati rice. 

17. Cook an authentic Indian dish done and done!

+recipe & picture via here+

If you didn't already know this about me, I don't cook.

Or, I mean, I try, but unless it's mac and cheese from a box or spaghetti from a jar, I screw it up somehow and it ends up in the garbage, money and time wasted. A girl with zero cooking skills whipping up an Indian dish seemed impossible   disastrous  challenging & rewarding-hence it made it to the 34 List.

So, yeah, I'm a little proud of myself tonight.

Don't get me wrong, It was NO Taste of India-that's for SURE, but it turned out like the picture and I didn't murder was edible and my house smells deliciously fragrant and exotic from all the spices.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hudson's Favorite Word

Hudson's vocab is expanding! But I definitely see us moving one step forward & two steps back. 

A month ago after visits from talking cousins H surprised us by becoming an instant chatterbox! Now we've settled on a couple favorite discernible words and lots & lots of jibberish.

Fave word of the moment and the one used to describe any moving thing with wheels:


And yes, it's a word he says in all caps. Everything is "TRUCK!!!!!" but in Hudson speak it sounds more like "TRUH!"

Other words of note:
Rawr-it's a word ya'll
What's this?

One part of parenting I can't wait for is finding out what my kiddos are interested in and fostering their trucks it is for now! We've been reading books about trucks and we've been visiting the school being built near our house so he can look at all the trucks. In awe. TRUH!

Trains are "TRUCKS!"

Thursday, June 20, 2013


No, not this...

+via here+


Someday, hippie-VW-camper-with-wreath-of-sunflowers-picked-from-the-meadow-I-just-danced-in, you will be mine.  
Oh yes, you will be mine!

I mean the new Vampire Weekend album Modern Vampires of the City which I've recently discovered a month and a half after everyone else on the planet.

But this may come as exciting news to any fellow hermit music junkies who live under rocks out there. 

After pouring over every lyric, I was surprised to find that this album is seemingly mostly about politics & religion. Until this album it's been a while (since Rufus Wainwright's Going To A Town) that I've been really moved (politically speaking and not specifically one way or the other) by a contemporary song...this album has a few.

A few faves:  

Don't Lie - These lyrics:
"I want to know - does it bother you?
The low click of a ticking clock
There's a lifetime/headstone right in front of you
And everyone I know"
"It's the last time running through snow
Cause the fire can't last and the winter is cold"
This song is a new daily listen.

Hudson, which is just hauntingly beautiful, bears my sons name, & whose enigmatic lyrics will definitely find me hitting repeat. A lot. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Laura Marling

Combine the smokey vocals of Norah Jones, poetic lyrics of Bob Dylan+Joni Mitchell and the bite of Fiona Apple and you have Laura Marling, the latest artist I'll be binge listening to the next time I'm in need of that perfect melancholy song fix.

Particular fave: Love Caster. It's basically magic, people, but I love all 4 songs following...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day

As a child, I never knew what it was to have a supportive, hands-on, loving dad.

Mine wasn't around for most of my childhood. I don't harbor any bad feelings towards him for it-in fact, I think it was better that way. He was busy dealing with his own issues and luckily my mom gave us LOVE enough that we didn't feel like we were missing out...most of the time.

I do remember feeling jealous of my friends who had great relationships with their dads. I wanted that for myself, but I mostly wanted it for my brother. It made me sad to know that he was growing up without a father figure-someone to teach him how to throw a ball and how to fish...but my brother grew up surrounded by women, which might explain why his house is neat and decorated and he never got into sports.

We always want better for our own babes, and growing up I dreamed about my future family (the one I'd have whilst working as a decorator, wearing J. Crew suits in the heart of Seattle) The man I would marry and start a family with would be responsible, loving, supportive, funny, kind, patient, inspiring, playful and most of all hands-on.

I totally nailed it with Mister B. (who has been begging me for kiddos for at least 10 years). From day one, this man has spoiled Hudson with such crazy LOVE that this little boy will never wonder if his father loves him or is proud of him. Mister B. is the definition of "amazing father" in my book. Besides the list of criteria above he is protective, proud, helpful, tender.

Today I'm thankful for this man! Happy Father's Day indeed!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Blog the Obscure

Well hello there my obscure little blog, long time.
I feel I owe you an explanation as to why I've neglected you for an entire month...
here are my top 3 reasons:

1. This is how I've felt over the last few weeks in regards to having motivation and/or overall energy to do anything above and beyond meeting the basic needs of my son (and that's even iffy) and sometimes myself and Mr. B.

Lately, my M.O. has been eating carbs all day in my bathrobe, napping, listening to Daft Punk and electronica on repeat, and occasionally walking barefoot through the rose garden. This is far from my ush...I normally don't know how to relax but I admit I kindof-almost-sorta like it (although my bigger/better belly pooch disagrees).

2. It's probably best I conserved all that energy, I needed it to prep for 2 interviews, find my lost portfolio-buried in the depths of junk we don't need or use piled in the basement, and deal with the emotional roller coaster ride I've been on the last week.

A week ago the impossible happened: I was offered an interior design position in Spokane. I know, I know, I've been talking so much about moving to Boise, but I applied and interviewed for some much needed practice with no expectation of actually getting it. I was so shocked/excited when I was actually offered the job that I accepted and ordered a cosmic brownie (which I would have anyway-who are we kidding) to celebrate @ The Elk.

The reality settled in a few days later as I met with childcare providers for H...full time childcare providers. As I drove away from one provider's house I imagined the horror of dropping him off with a stranger for a full day away from me and bawled my eyes out the rest of the night. As exciting as designing kitchens and baths was (and if I didn't have a kiddo I would have done it hands down) this decision didn't feel made me anxious, afraid, and uncomfortable...and ultimately it wasn't what I wanted most-to get home.

Don't cry for me argentina, since then, I've had a successful phone interview for THE PERFECT entry level design position in Boise and am scheduled for a second interview next week. I'm hopeful for, and most of all, extremely at peace with this prospect. Also very excited to take Hudson daily to spend time with his Granny and my long lost BFF Miss Allyson at the preschool he will attend in Boise.

3. My poor babe has been sick. For the first time in his life, Hudson was really sick. 102 fever, vomit (all over me-fun times), clingy, fussy, can't sleep, SICK! He's on the mend now, but for a few days we did nothing but snuggle on the couch watching Sesame Street and Alice in Wonderland. It was a total bummer...I hate not being able to take away my little one's pain! 

In conclusion: I still love you blog, even if you are mediocre and read by very few one.
Here's hoping for many more completely random posts to come.