Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

So, did you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? That's one of my mom's favorite events of the year. I'm sure she had it on while prepping the turkey in LA. I even got a text from my brother, Luke, this morning asking if I was watching it. I was sleeping. It was 8:30am. I did catch the end of it but I'm not the biggest fan of parades, don't tell my mom or Luke.

Ah, I love my family and I'm thankful that I get to see some of them next week at my cousin's wedding. It's hard to live so far away sometimes. Wherever you find yourself today, I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

First Snow

It's snowing! It's snowing! It's snowing! This is my favorite day of the year. Seriously. And it came 9 days earlier than 2006.

The rain changed to snow before my very eyes and in that moment a miserable day turned beautiful. There's a rush of energy running through my body and nothing can alter my state of happiness for the rest of the day. Every year on this holiday, I find myself sitting on a comfy chair or couch near a window, with a blanket on my lap, a steamy beverage in my hand, while writing in my journal. It's my little tradition and I love it. I love the first snow. I feel like it's just for me.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dreams

Do you have them? I don't mean the kind that come with REM but those that answer the questions, "what do I want to be when I grow up?" or "what do I hope for my life? or "what do I wish to contribute to the world?" What are your dreams? Can you articulate them? What were your childhood dreams? Are you living them? Where do dreams come from? How important are they?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Isn't She Lovely?

I've spent the last several weeks drooling over the artisic talents of some designers and printers I recently discovered. I didn't realize I was in love with the letterpress until I saw this. Lynn Russell is the designer and printer behind Satsuma Press from Portland, OR, and her work is lovely. Below is one her holiday cards and if I had the money, I would be sending one to all of you this holiday season.



You can purchase this card and others from Lynn's Etsy Shop. (Be sure to check out her 2008 calendar, someone in my life will be getting this for Christmas. Love it!) And if you haven't discovered Etsy before, you're in for a treat. It's a great place to find original and handmade art. I felt so inspired after seeing Lynn's work that I had to share it with the world. I hope you have a similar experience.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Week...Or Maybe Next

I've had much to think about lately but I won't bore you with all the details, at least not right now. But I will ask you a question. What motivates you to workout? Apparently, I need the fear of a marathon to get me to the gym. While this isn't exactly breaking news, it is an incredibly frustrating reality.

This was supposed to be The Week. The Week I return to a regular workout routine, although, not as rigorous as my marathon training routine. I gave myself a nice two weeks to enjoy some rest, food, and all the extra time that suddenly appeared in each day. But I thought that was enough and I was looking forward to exercising and feeling good again. However, after the cold and dark walk home from work, I've yet to make it out of my apartment and down the block to the workout room. (That's right, it's only a block away!)

I would love to be one of those people that just loooooooooves to _______ (fill in the blank with any form of exercise) but I'm not. I know and even feel all the benefits that one receives as a result of regular exercise and I value those things. So, why haven't I had a single workout this week? Do I really have to sign up for marathon after marathon just to live healthily?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS, HEIDI!

My fabulous friend, Heidi, ran the NYC Marathon today! Please, join me in congratulating this incredible woman and her amazing accomplishment. I'm so proud of you. Love ya, girl!



(This is the most recent pic I have of me and Heidi and it was taken July 2006 when I was visiting her in her beautiful city.)

Thursday, November 1, 2007