Saturday, May 7, 2011

I Love You Mommy!

4 generations, Mom is the little girl
This is Mother's Day weekend and also my Mom's Birthday.  When I was growing up it made perfect sense that her birthday was at the same time as Mother's Day, because that's what she was. It is also easy to remember.  But it must be hard to have them run together.  So, I celebrate Mom as a mom on Mother's day but I hope she knows I also celebrate her as a wonderful woman and whole person on her Birthday.

Mom taught me tons of stuff but mostly to tell a good story and add a little drama to everyday life.  It certainly makes things more interesting.  She is also an excellent singer. 

Me and Mom, it's the '70s don't judge.
Several years ago we went to Italy and that was so much fun because we got to act like friends too and see new things together. We went with her friends and they welcomed me to the gang and it was strange at first to be hanging out like that but also very cool. 

I don't get many chances to do that living so far away from her and I miss hanging out.  Happy Birthday Mom and thanks for being my Mom (and Steve's, I guess).

Monday, March 14, 2011

When You are Worried About the Future, Redecorate Your Living Room

Yeah, so I have been a little nervous lately for a variety of reasons I will not go into here. Needless to say I had to channel that somewhere and my mind kept coming back to my living room. I found myself spending countless hours searching the Internet for area rugs and throw pillows. I hated my area rug. It was wrinkled in several places and I could never straighten it. I was over it. I also had some pictures I never did get framed 4 years after saving a place for them behind the couch. The new chairs seemed to be insulted, having to sit in this half completed mess of a room. If I can't get my life together at least I can finish my living room.

So I finally framed the pictures and replaced the rug. The rug was a tough one since the chairs had such a loud pattern. I wanted my living room to be grown up but also quirky and fun so no classic oriental pattern would do. Last, the room is very small because I live in a small apartment because the east coast is expensive, yo. I discovered shag rugs and decided maybe texture was a better solution that pattern. I thought about it for several weeks and had to decide if I really was the person that was going to buy a gold shag rug. But in the end I decided I was, I was indeed that person. Does gold shag say grown up but still quirky? I think it does. Or maybe I will hate it in a few months. Hope not.

I still have to replace those horrible pillows. I have several picked out on Etsy. What do you think? (Ed. note: Mark tried to fix my wonky formatting on these pics but then he got frustrated and I got a lecture about how to upload pics which I was not in the mood for so they remain wonky)

Penmanship Pillow