The Halcyon Days

The Halcyon Days

Well, at long last, I’m back. I didn’t intend to be away (from the blog) this long,… To back up chronologically, I took each of my kids to their colleges. First, Luke who asked me to help him spruce up the townhouse he’s rented for the past two years with a few fraternity brothers. I was extremely flattered by being asked, as it marked the first time one of my kids acknowledged that my repertoire went beyond making mac n cheese or what colors go together when sorting laundry. We take our glories wherever we can 🙂 After a week cleaning his place (wish they sold hazmat suits at the hardware store!) and crushing it with some incredible Craigslist furniture finds, I left him and DC feeling a sense of pride that exceeded well past any other design project I’d done prior.

Upon arriving home, I had a week to get Lily ready for her first year at University of Denver. If there ever is a time when the differences between the X and Y chromosomes are apparent (I know, I’m generalizing) it’s getting ready for college. Lily shipped nine enormous boxes of stuff plus the bag she took on the plane. I think it was a duffel bag, but it was the size and shape of an adult rhinoceros. Not to mention the 6 months in planning her room decor, which included Pinterest boards, numerous trips to Ikea, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Urban Outfitter. I spent almost a week in Denver getting her settled, and just exploring the town. All is going well, I’m happy to say.

When I came home and sat down to start thinking about what to post, there were a series of political and environmental catastrophes that, just left me with a feeling that whatever I could possibly say would feel trite or lacking empathy for the millions who were experiencing such utter anguish. So, now I’m back. I’ve missed you.

xo

s

My summer in review:   The halcyon days.

The above five photos are from a July 4th dinner party in St. Helena. The light, the setting among the grape vines, the mix of people and the incredible food made for a great night.

Along a dirt road, that blackberry had my name on it.

I don’t remember where this was actually, but I thought the daisies poking through the white picket fence were so pretty.

Running along the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle during my annual summer visit. This exact spot was where took my very first long run in high school. It’s still my favorite and my best.

Records are to Seattle what bacon is to eggs. They belong together.  Growing up with Tower Records and all the smaller record shops along ‘The Ave’ in the 80’s that gradually disappeared, it was a welcome sight to walk into this Capitol Hill record shop.

A special day at the beach.

When the first peaches appear at the grocery store in early summer, I do an internal happy dance. There is no better breakfast than a perfectly ripe peach and summer berries.  On to apples and pears!

 

 

 

 

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Hi beautiful I don’t have much to share as it’s been a pretty quiet week. Aaaahhh. Excuse me while I take a moment to fully appreciate what I just said…. It was Luke’s 22nd birthday last weekend, so we had a family dinner in the city. Luke picked where he wanted to go – Fogo de Chao. If you’re not familiar with this chain of restaurants – it’s an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steak house. The waiters dress as pirates or something, maybe conquistadors – I don’t know exactly – wearing pantaloons and vests and poofy sleeved shirts. They come to your table with giant swords with huge slabs of meat on them and carve off pieces for you to add to the other meat you’ve taken from the buffet. They just keep coming to the table with different kinds of meat until you, in a meat induced coma, flip the card by your plate to the ‘red’ side signaling defeat and for he pirates to halt. It was a wonderful and unique evening, and most importantly, Luke loved it! 

xo

s

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