A Book a Week – The Buried Giant

I read The Buried Giant because amazon said it was the best book of 2014 and even though I kept resisting it, I finally just gave in and bought it.

Man, am I glad I did.

This was an excellent book. A tough tough one to read but really well written and such interesting thoughts about parenting, families, siblings, and more.

A really thought provoking read and I am really glad I stopped being stubborn and finally tackled it.

January 2016 - Fashion Girls - 13

Here’s girl thirteen:


Fashion Girls in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

2016 Stories – 03 – A Day in the Snow

At the beginning of Christmas Break, Jake mentioned that we really didn’t go skiing at all this past year. We had one very dismal attempt early in 2015 and it ended up being such a disaster that we never went back. He was quite upset that we let the whole season pass without doing anything.

This month has been an exceptionally good month for snow and Tahoe has had many many inches just in the last few weeks. So the Saturday before school was to start, we decided to have one final adventure. We all woke up at 5am and headed out the door to Kirkwood (which was around 3.5 hours of driving.)

When we got there, we all rented snowshoes and went on a 2.5mile hike. It was stunning and painful. It would have been hard enough for me to walk on flat ground for 2.5 miles, let alone doing it uphill/downhill at high elevation in my snowshoes. We all whined a bit (well, except Jake!) but we all did it.

After we were done with the hike, we drove to the ski area and had lunch. Jake and David then rented skiis and a half day pass to go downhill skiing. Nathaniel and I sat in the cafe a bit longer and then played in the snow for an hour or so. When Jake and David came back, they were super-excited and had an absolutely wonderful day.

Since it was already 4:30, we headed back home and made it back in about three and a half hours. All in all, it was a lovely day with lots of fun sports, fresh air, and family time. We decided that day trips to Tahoe is something we want to try more often. It feels less stressful to not have to worry about packing/scheduling anything even if it means we have to get up early and drive a bunch in one day.

Here’s to more snow-time in 2016!


Stories from 2016 is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

January 2016 - Fashion Girls - 12

Here’s girl twelve:


Fashion Girls in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Living Intentionally – 03

  • Weekly Intention:  This is another unusual week for me.  (January is full of them apparently.) Monday is a national holiday here and I am flying to Zurich on Friday, so I have three working days this week. Monday is not a holiday in Zurich so I expect they will work and it might be a bit hectic doing five days’ worth of work in three. But I plan to make the most of each of these days. I intend to do art and play with my kids on Monday. I intend to work hard and finish up all the middle school work on the other three days. And then I intend to enjoy my flight to Zurich. I will be patient and present and do the best I can every day this week. And if all goes well, I am lucky enough to get to see my mom on Saturday!
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to work hard and eat well.
    • Two:  I will choose to give Jake a lot of space. He worked so hard to take care of the family last week and he will be doing the same starting this weekend since I will be away. I’d like to make sure he uses this week to fill up his reserves.
    • Three: I will choose to do the best I can and to let the rest go every day.
  • I am looking forward to: Seeing my mom. Seeing some friends this week. Going to Zurich and getting a lot of work done.  I am looking forward to a quieter week after last week and before next week. This is a much-needed buffer where I get to sleep in my own bed. I am looking forward to working hard, resting a lot, and socializing a bit.
  • This week’s challenges:  I’ve already mentioned a few but I am optimistic, especially since I did a bunch of work on Saturday and hope to do a bit more today so I can catch up to my todo list.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: Get through my long-todo list and prepare for Zurich by setting up meetings.
    • Personal: Eat well. See friends. Be present. Listen.
    • Family: Be kind. Be present. Hug a lot. Lots of family time since I will be out of the country soon.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • Exercising daily. Starting to use weights.
    • Giving my time to friends. Filling my well.
    • Resting when I need and making sure I get a good night of sleep since I know I will be jet lagged next week.
    • Doing at least a few work items I’ve been putting off for a while.
  • This week, I want to remember to: Figure out some of our long term plans. Plan for David’s birthday, winter and spring breaks, and the summer. These plans will help me feel a bit more organized and I always feel more grounded when I am organized. I also want to remember how lucky I am. I want to remember to pay attention to it.

Here’s to a wonderful week!


Living Intentionally is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

January 2016 - Fashion Girls - 11

Here’s girl eleven:


Fashion Girls in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Weekly Reflection – 02

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to let everything besides work go this week. I knew it was going to be a long/tough week and decided to just not fight it.
    • Two: I chose to still exercise whenever I could.
    • Three: I chose to do the best I could every day this week, knowing it was going to be a busy week.
  • I read/learned: I am reading The Dog Stars and I am almost done with it. I’ve learned a tremendous amount about work this week but not much else.
  • I celebrate:  I am so very thrilled to have had all the visitors from Zurich. I celebrate all the time I’ve had with them.
  • I am grateful for: My husband. He did everything this whole week. I am so grateful for his kindness, his generosity and his love.
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • Walked nearly 10K steps every day (my weekly average is still 10K)
    • Did my extra exercise three days this week
    • Ate as well as I could, had no Diet Coke or lattes
  • I made art:  No art this week. Just writing. I will do some this weekend, I hope.
  • I let go of: I really was worried about how to balance work and home and sleep and health this week. But I just decided on Monday that I had to let it go. I had to be present at work and not worry about the others too much. I did the best I could but I also let it go.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I was very kind to my visitors for work. Drove everyone around.
    • Strong: I was scared to drive but I did it. I worked out, too.
    • True: I stayed true to my opinions and feelings all week.
    • Generous: I was generous with my time at work this week. I did a lot at work to sort out issues.
    • Brave: I drove. I went to social events. I did so much more than I usually do.

No major photos from this week sadly. I will do better this weekend :)


Weekly Reflection is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

January 2016 - Fashion Girls - 10

Here’s girl ten:


Fashion Girls in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Today I Choose – 02

Here’s week two in my sketchbook. I drew the left side back when I was going to a local coffeeshop on the weekends to sit alone with my coffee, croissant, and just enjoy a bit of quiet time each weekend. I decided I wanted to see if I could draw it. What I love best about this is that when I look at it now, I think of that moment. Just like photos, these drawings are parts of my life story. The one on the right was my drawing of a tea I drank with my sister in Bodrum, Turkey and the coffee cups I used to be able to be found with (before I quit drinking lattes) all the time.

I like thinking about the choices I’ve made each day. What they mean, which I’d like to revisit, etc. This is my way of living intentionally. At least trying to.

Here are closer shots of each side:


Today I Choose is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

January 2016 - Fashion Girls - 09

Here’s girl nine:


Fashion Girls in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

A Book a Week – A Spool of Blue Thread

I read A Spool of Blue Thread because I love Anne Tyler. Love love love love her. Her way of storytelling speaks to me. Her characters are always lovely and stay with me long after I finish her books. There was no way I wouldn’t love this one.

And I wasn’t wrong.

I loved it. It was so typical Anne Tyler.

If you love her as much as I do, it will not disappoint.

January 2016 - Fashion Girls - 08

Here’s girl eight:


Fashion Girls in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.