Sunday, March 31, 2013

Egg Eli!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Garden Time

 It's been up near 70 degrees and really pleasant for being outside, so we actually did a little bit of yard work today, just raking and picking up sticks and branches. The yard is a wintery mess so it felt good to as least get started on clearing it out. Eli wants to build an archery target in the backyard and also grow some veggies. There is a sad, barren flower bed in front of Darby's doghouse that I am going to make pretty, but I'm not sure how. What are some pretty but easy/low maintenance flowers I could put there?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pictures of Good Things

A sunset walk with Darby...
A trip to the Museum with friends...
Freshly sharpened colored pencils...
Homemade Passover tzimmes:

Gina's Paintings

Gina is a super talented artist, and I am obsessed with her paintings and drawings. These are a few that were around her apartment this weekend.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Rebecca got Married

My cousin Rebecca and her boo (Bryan) had a simple and sweet wedding ceremony and a beautiful reception in a converted warehouse space. Coincidentally, there was an exhibition for the 10 year anniversary of the You Are Beautiful project, which Anna and Joseph collaborated on several times over the years.
There was even more You Are Beautiful in the bathroom, written so it could be read when you are looking in the mirror:
Speaking of beautiful, Eli's beard was large and lush and received several compliments.
In the dining space there were tulips on every table, Rebecca's favorite.Here is my mom in mid-giant-laugh during a sweet dance with Eli: Dessert!
Here I am with my littlest cousin, Alison, who was a bridesmaid (and is not so little anymore).
And "doing the spin thing" with Rania :
I wish I had taken more pictures (with an actual non-phone camera) but I was busy eating doughnuts and dancing and playing with babies. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scenes from Logan Square

Shopping, brunching, and coffee drinking:
Tea time with Phil:
The view from our adorable sleeping alcove:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chicago Arrival

We landed in Chicago Friday for a brief visit to attend my cousin Rebecca's wedding.
Gina and Phil offered to host us, so from the airport we hopped on the train to their 'hood.
While we waited for Gina, Eli adorably/nerdily examined the foliage and identified the nearby trees.
 (e.g. Ginko!)
 (e.g. Not a Real Leaf!)
 So Gina picked up us from the train on her lunch break and then had to go back to work for a couple hours, so we decided to take a post-travel nap, only I was so excited I couldn't fall asleep so only Eli actually slept.
This is notable! I can usually sleep when/where ever, and Eli usually doesn't even like naps. So you know I was really excited about this little trip.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Forsynthia from the Yard

Happy spring!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Little Treat

I bought these $7 earrings at Target yesterday and they are making me very happy.

Monday, March 18, 2013


It's been way too long since my last photobooth escapade.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Funny Bunny

My colleague Karen and I are hoping to lead a workshop series this summer that will include hand-sewing, mobile-making, and some other crafty textile and paper projects. Brainstorming about that left me inspired to make this tiny (kind of off-kilter) bunny this afternoon with some upholstery scraps I had in my stash. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Pretty Thing

I went to the mall this afternoon to look for a dress to wear to my cousin's wedding next week. I didn't find one, but I did see this pretty sculptural thing made of driftwood and porcelain:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Dressers

Dressers are assembled! 
Assembly is definitely not my favorite part of new furniture acquisition. My favorite part comes now, when I get to think about the art to hang over it, the objects and photos and practical things that I can place in pretty vignettes on top...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Waiting and Whining

For a few months I've been working on getting a program started to do some digital art therapy work on the pediatric bone marrow transplant unit at Duke. There have been a lot of forms, meetings, proposals, emails, more meetings, and more paperwork. Everything has been moving along though, and things are looking promising. Last week I had to go have a pretty comprehensive "health review" to make sure I have clearance to be around immuno-suppressed patients. So I got all my immunization records and health documents and went to Duke to meet with a nurse. She gave me a TB test, and drew blood to check my antibody levels for immunity to Varicella (chicken pox), Mumps, and other scary diseases. She told I'd need a whooping cough vaccine, a flu shot, and a Tetanus booster and to come back on Monday (today) for those and to have the TB test read and get the antibody results (which would mean even more shots).
But this morning when I got in my car to go back to Duke hospital... My car wouldn't start. My car is relatively new and I take good care of it; I always do it's tune-ups right on time and change the oil and everything. So this was unexpected. It took about 10 minutes but I got it started and decided to take it to get checked out at the service center, where I was led to a waiting room and proceeded to drink a lot of terrible coffee.
Two and a half hours later, I gave them a bunch of my money and still had no clear explanation of what was wrong. I did find out that if this happens again I will need a new starter (to the tune of $480) and OH GUESS WHAT, my warranty expired LAST WEEK. Obviously.

So then it was off to Duke, where I waited some more. Then I met with a nurse who told me my antibody levels were all good and I don't have TB. Good news! But then she told me all the shots I need are not only not available through her because I am not funded through Duke - becaue my program receives outside funding I am technically a volunteer and they can't vaccinate non-employees. Not only that, but they are surprisingly expensive and unless I got them today and went BACK to duke with my documentation I couldn't get my health review cleared.
So off to the Target clinic, got painful shots, gave them the rest of my money, back to Duke, waited some more in a creepy basement waiting area for another nurse, and finally got my health review clearance.

All of that is to say that I have very sore arms and no money and maybe a busted car.

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

My mom sent this little bear squeaker toy for Darby. Eli gave it to her yesterday and this is what it looked like 2 hours later. 

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