Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 is no friend of mine

I like the ways these two talk about frustration and clipped wings and fruitlessness.

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over--

like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

--Langston Hughes

And now it's so hard to have faith in anything,
especially your next bold move,
or the next thing you're gonna need to prove to yourself.

You want to track each trickle back to its source
and then scream up the faucet 'til your face is hoarse
cuz you're surrounded by a world's worth
of things you just can't excuse,
but you've got the hard cough of a chain smoker,
and you're at the arctic circle playing strip poker,
and it's getting colder and colder
every time you lose.

So go ahead;
make your next bold move.
Tell us what's the next thing
you're gonna need to prove to yourself.

--Ani Difranco

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm a Giver.

Therefore, I'd like to share a few beautiful morsels with you this morning.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart from David Lebovitz

The power of parallel sofas via E of S

She made it from a XL golf shirt. Go see E Tells Tales.

Capital Kitchen via Griege

This and That

I just finished attacking Black Dogs by Ian McEwan, and now I'm starting to devour A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. I would recommend Black Dogs to anyone. It deals with the nature of evil, memory bias, communism, religion versus science, speaking up for the weak and abused, and I think it is just an important book. Period.

As far as Ms. Wizenberg goes, I teared up at least three times while reading it last night. What is it about discussion of the kitchen table that primes my tear duct pumps?

My favorite lines from the introduction:

"Dinner didn't come through a swinging door, balanced on the arm of an anonymous waiter: it was something that we made together. We built our family that way--in the kitchen, seven nights a week. We built a life for ourselves, together around that table. And although I couldn't admit it then, my father was showing me, in his pleasure and in his pride, how to live it: wholly, hungrily, loudly."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Boot Ranch Weekend

We took a trip to Fredericksburg last weekend with Carter's parents, his brother and Monique, and the Kelley family.

We had fun. Carter was adamant about visiting Texas Monthly's #3 Best Burger at this swanky little joint, Alamo Springs something or other. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal.

We did a lot of hanging out in the main house,

reading magazines, eating cookies, dominating the men in Catch Phrase,

talking, drinking beer, catching lightening bugs,

taking sunset drives in the golf carts, snoozing in cushy beds, playing pool,

cooking and letting others clean up,

(I think someone didn't want to have his picture taken in his glasses, so here's the revised version, too.)

and shopping in town. I came home with a smelly candle, a new pastry bag, and an extra large star tip for piping icing.

They weather was perfect. I even squeezed in a golf lesson. This was the view from the porch of Carter's and my sleeping cabin.

It was a perfect spot for reading and enjoying the breeze.

And taking in the pretty wild flowers.

Tag! I'm it!

Monique tagged me to share my dream home pictures... so welcome to my not-so-humble abode!

Elizabeth Kimberly

Elizabeth Kimberly

Bonesteel Trout Hall

Kemble Interiors

Ashington House via Griege

Blackberry Farm


Peter Pennoyer Architects

Urban Grace

Emerson Made

Elizabeth Kimberly


Bonesteel Trout Hall


Elizabeth Kimberly

Bunny Williams

Design Dump

Toby Fairly


Douglas Friedman Photography

Collette May via Elements of Style

Emerson Made

Waterleaf Interiors


Elizabeth Kimberly

Catskills Farmhouse featured in NY Times

Sarah Richardson

Lee Kleinhelter

Sarah Richardson

Miles Redd

Sarah Richardson

Jenna Lyons

Jenna Lyons

Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle


Cotswold Garden by Jinny Blom

La Tartine Gourmand

La Tartine Gourmand