Thursday, June 30, 2011

a well read audience

it turns out, i have a fantastically well-read circle of friends. soliciting suggestions on facebook yielded lots of great suggestions, from patti smith's "just kids" to janice dickinson's "no lifeguard on duty." i'll get around to these soon. in the meantime, my little online solicitation led to a very fortuitous donation by one of my favorite readers who may be relocating soon. last night after class, i swung (swung? is that a word? it's early.) by her apartment and there she was, with a paper bag of good reads. i'm going to pick two or three to take with me on vacation...right now, i'm thinking:

1) edith wharton, the age of innocence
lots of interior design references, a compelling story of scandal in upper crust 19th century new york city. what's not to love?

2) anais nin, a spy in the house of love
once again, all the makings for great beach stuff -- romance, scandal, heartbreak. the internet describes this book as "a character study of a woman in torment." much like janice dickinson's tome, no doubt.

3) jonathan franzen, the corrections
this one centers around a midwestern family whose kids flee to the east coast; the major themes this book deals with are aging, deep personal flaws, and the pursuit of personal resurrections from those flaws. not a light one, but i think it will be compelling.

any other must-reads from the above list? a huge THANK YOU to those who emailed me with your suggestions -- i am now keeping a list of them for future reference.

p.s. i love summer.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

my to-do list today

tank in a t-shirt. why not?
i had a most lovely dinner last night with my juliebride at ping pong dim sum (followed by an extended dessert session at busboys & poets). we looked at old pics of her in wedding dresses (pre-bump), she let me feel the baby kick (ohmigosh!), and talked about all the awesome vacations we're going to take in the future. then, likely due to a warm vegan brownie and milk overdose [the best kind of overdose], i hit the hay almost immediately when i got home (at, um, 9:30). which i shouldn't do. as calvin (of calvin & hobbes fame) famously said, the days are just packed! here's what's on my to-do list today:

-finish maquette and inspiration board for class
-pick out beach reads for next week's vacation (suggestions?)
-squeeze in a workout over lunch (ha, haha...ha.)
-give presentation with maquette and mood board in class tonight
-start packing for the weekend

and i'm off! wish me luck, see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

tuesdays with nyc!

my sister in law heidi, i've mentioned her, yes? she sent me a couple fun pictures from NYC today -- she's at the palace hotel which is being guarded carefully by a fellow named doggy john...who bears a most convincing likeness to (who else?) tank!
pics below... 

this is summer.

hey there, supermodel.
summertime rule #1 - sun safety first. and last. and first again. seriously.

hard to beat this.
i'm so taken by sailboats. they are so graceful and still and pretty.
thomas point. i want to live there.
fun fact: brad and i both used to dream about living in lighthouses when we were little landlocked kids.
the underbelly of the bay bridge.
the underbelly of the bay bridge is the perfect place for a swim. thrilling.
multi-talented mister stro: he can judge american teens, drive a boat, and grill hot dogs. incredible!
mara controlls the dogs. or she's holding treats. but let's pretend it's the first one.
it's extra fun in annapolis in case i hadn't mentioned that.
this place is a phenomenal little find. they are local organic beacons of hope. they raise their own chickens, who lay their own eggs, which they make into omelets to give to me. yum.
sometimes it's the smallest things that are the prettiest.
and sometimes it's the salad things that are prettiest! so healthy.
or not at all. smith island cake -- this one, i was told, was baked by a 12th generation smith islander, on smith island, and it's maryland's state cake. you would have bought a piece too if you heard all that. it was so super delightful.
i'm sending this picture of tank in with his college applications. so distinguished.
watermelon margarita. you need this next weekend (recipe coming soon). 

Monday, June 27, 2011

things i did.

things i did this weekend:
i ate scallops and drank a smoked salt margarita here
i took a dip in the chesapeake
applied lots and lots of sunscreen 
rode under the bay bridge on a boat
went to a bbq and ate my weight in corn on the cob
watched tank tear around the backyard at market street with two other dogs
ate lunch here
made fish tacos and watermelon margaritas
drew sketches of the porch on the porch
read halfway through tina fey's "bossypants"
took some rad pics that i'll post maybe tomorrow
and i laughed and laughed a lot

it was a good one. see you tomorrow.

update: (filed under: moms reading blogs!) my mom wrote me an email to let me know that she didn't like the roy lichtenstein, pictured above. i snapped this photo while i was at the moma in the city in february. i really love this painting mostly because it makes me laugh lots. sorry it's scary, ma; everybody had fun/is ok/nobody sunk/i called brad anyway.

Friday, June 24, 2011

weezer smells like sunscreen

doesn't it?

with any luck...
in about 11 hours, i'll be sitting on the back patio with a cocktail
watching the dog chase a ball
in about 30 hours, i'll be on the chesapeake
maybe even in it, briefly
this is the last weekend we have on market street
you can bet i'll be making it count

happy friday, happy weekend.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

meanwhile, in class...

i worked hard last night. very hard. this is drawn in pen. drawing one-inch measurements on a quarter-inch maddening. no, it's not perfect, but it kind of blows my mind that i'm even at this level of proficiency. of course, hand drafting is an old-fashioned skill (like knowing how to make butter or being able to sew)...there are easier ways to do it now (auto-CAD), but gosh it's cool to make something with your own hands. anybody need a floor plan? i can make that happen.

toki underground

i'm coming around on h street. at best, it feels like a little sliver of the lower east side; at worst, it feels like a dc social experiment that could go wrong at any moment. there are some tried and true gems on h street: granville moore's for instance, or the pug (dying to go take some great pics in there). my favorite yoga studio's on h street. restaurants there have opened at a rapid clip, which would be encouraging, except that most of them are only-ok-not-going-to-go-back type places. except...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

what i really wore.

here's something. i was inspired after reading the hairpin's "what i actually wore" column that was inspired from the new york times "what i wore" feature. i thought it could be an exciting experiment. 

it wasn't. 

in fact, looking at what i wear for a week, every week, has been painfully boring. but, it took a lot of time so i'm posting it anyway.  here we go:

Monday, June 20, 2011


you need some mr. mister in your life today?
you need some 1985 to go with your workday?
i thought so. me too. 

happy monday.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ten very wonderful memories with my dad

Photo credit: Sarah Morris

in no particular order, because today is about celebrating dad, i bring you ten eleven twelve very awesome memories with mine. i'm immeasurably lucky for you, dad -- enjoy the day. here they are:

Friday, June 17, 2011

under the weather

i'm afraid that tank and i woke up feeling under the weather
well, "woke up" implies that i slept 
(i didn't--my allergies have been destroying me all week)
poor tank is struggling with "something gastric"
as danny, our neighborhood dry cleaner, so delicately put it
off to the vet for tank and the doctor for me today
not the happy friday in june i was hoping for
but i'm optimistic for the rest of the weekend anyway

until then...!

never again will i make light of allergy suffer's plight
i am now fully medicated and so is tank
and we are on our way to a wonderful weekend
i just know it
happy friday, after all.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

what i remember

this weekend my hometown in nebraska will hold its annual summer festival: swedish days. i have deeply fond memories of this celebration growing up. when i was very very small, i was excited for swedish days because i stood on the corner of 7th and east avenue with my grandma and collected candy from the parade floats that passed down the street. then i got to the age that i could participate in the parade - either riding in the back of a truck as part of a 4-H cohort, or pushing my cat, petunia, in a stroller (why did i do this, again? i can't remember, but i did it). in middle and high school, i marched in the band in the parade. now as i reflect on those halcyon days, i am overcome with gladness for them. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

i like this one too

it's a good one
i love his deep voice
and this very
very sweet song

hope you do too.

mo' pho

i think we've come upon a lovely new tradition
this stuff is so good it begs for a special occasion or good company
or both
or neither
it's just so good
there aren't any rules, really
when it comes to eating pho
(except that you have to really, really like the people you eat with)

Monday, June 13, 2011

tuesdays with tank


i was looking through old photos tonight
and found this video gem of brad encouraging tank
in his worst puppy behavior

here again

view from the market street dock via iphone

things i did this weekend:
took a dip in the chesapeake
watched my husband drive a boat
re-read the great gatsby
made sketches in my sketcbook for class
went on walks around the dock with tank
ate very cold watermelon
enjoyed the nighttime view from the porch for hours

happy monday.

Friday, June 10, 2011



things that brad used to do.
for the uninitiated: he would "like"
just about everything on my facebook profile.
to the tune of several hundred notifications.
i know: i'm so lucky.
we're off to work and then to the weekend -- 

happy friday.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


                                                                           you guys.
i did something.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

the tank

say what you will about the tank, but he's a pretty darn good dog (most of the time).
here he is cuddling with aunt heidi during her visit a few weeks ago.

Monday, June 6, 2011

ten things

Photo by Tom Williams (Courtesy of Julie & Brian Notario). 2011.
here are ten things you may or may not know about me.
i'm not asking you to care.
but! here they are in case you'd like to know: 

time stopped

 time stopped friday night
it stayed stopped 
until we got on 50 back to dc
this morning
until then...
i made coffee and 
read books on the porch
for hours
walked by the water 
for days
i ate my weight in crab
like a proper annapolitan 
it was heavenly
and it was only the first weekend
pictures coming . . . 

happiest monday.

Friday, June 3, 2011


way back in march, after something of a rotten day
brad and i came home to the dog
i sat in the hallway and let the dog jump all over me
because sometimes that's nice
and brad sat down with me
right there in the hallway
and told me something
he knew would cheer me up

as a surprise, he rented us a place 
in our friend's summer rental
on market street in annapolis
for the whole month of june 

it's june now.
i am so excited to be in that place:
a backyard, a front porch, a walk to downtown
and even though tank was a bad dog yesterday
(he took a sharpie to our couch)
we're taking him with, too.

happy weekend to you.
see you monday.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

new york this time

i love new york city. i crave it. i am not sure i'd survive it for much longer than a weekend at a time, but you can bet that when i'm in the throes of escapism: new york is on my mind. i love it because every time i go, it's a different city. the last time i went -- five museums in a single day. lunch on fifth avenue. haircuts at bumble & bumble and drinks in brooklyn. the time before that - an all night exploration of the lower east side followed by brunch in gramercy park. this time i was there with my brother. it was a totally different trip -- and i loved it, just like i always do.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

the wedding at tinker's ridge farm

 there is a farm in wentzville missouri that was so full of love last saturday night, it was bursting. congratulations to julie & brian on what was one of the loveliest, sweetest weddings i've been to. 
here are a few of my favorite parts: