This weekend, fall fell.
The anticipation of fall has been an interesting experience for me this year. When the sun continued to shine well past our coveted month of summer and into September, I almost couldn’t speak of fall for fear that I’d jinx it for the entire city. And then, like that, [...]
People often ask me if Georgia peaches are actually better than any other peach in the country. I look at them, flash my prettiest southern belle smile and tell them as bluntly as a Yankee, “Yes.” No other explanation is needed, in my opinion, and I can’t help but feel indignant that such a question [...]
When I originally wrote that I wanted to ride a mechanical bull, the thought was that I would find a few friends, grab a bite to eat, sip a couple of drinks and go somewhere with a lowly lit room and loud music where no one would recognize me. I did not imagine myself [...]
I’m on the downhill swing of my fifth winter in the Pacific Northwest. Winter in the PNW means rain, sunsets at 4:30 PM and more rain.
While this winter proved to be one of the driest we’ve seen, it’s still a relief to feel the change of seasons just around the bend. Saturday I rode [...]
It’s just not fair to be sick over the weekend.
Or the week, really, when you’d much rather feel more productive and in healthier spirits during the 9 to 5. Friday night was spent curled up on my couch eating grits (soft, easy on the stomach) while watching my latest Netflix obsession, Gossip Girl. Intermittently, [...]
I have waited and waited and waited to publish this post, mostly because I didn’t feel like what I had to talk about was interesting enough to share with my faithful, but few, readers. Despite feeling this way, I decided to go ahead and publish this post, more for myself than for anything else. Hopefully [...]
A very dear friend of mine sent me a card in the mail last week with this picture tucked away inside. It came on a day that I really needed a pick me up and I was grateful for both her words and thoughtfulness in sending.
Looking at this image brings [...]
Merry Christmas, my friends.
I have a weekend full of baking, card writing and cat snuggling to do for my very first Christmas away from my family in Seattle. I won’t pretend that it’s been a bit hard to think about being away from traditions that I’ve kept for almost 32 years: Christmas [...]
One of my most favorite past-times since I was a kid is to send handwritten letters and cards through the mail to my friends and family. I’m fairly certain this love of letters all started with my great-grandmother, Grandma Mae. Every month I could count on a letter, a card, a booklet about Jesus or [...]
I wrote not too long ago that when I’m rocking it at work, dirty dishes runneth over in my sink. When my car is a mechanical disaster, my social life is one that rivals any woman on the red carpet. When my diet is healthy and robust, my dry cleaning sits on Denny Way for [...]
In ten short days, I will celebrate my thirty second birthday. Thirty and two. That’s a substantial step into my thirties and I must say, I’m still loving every minute of it.
I came across this picture the other day and it made me smile. It was my 7th birthday and my mom met me [...]
I think I will always remember the moment that I heard about the death of Steve Jobs. I gasped aloud so abruptly in the salon that most of the patrons turned and looked at me. My heart sank as I listened to the news anchor confirm what I didn’t want to believe. While there have been [...]
I absolutely cannot wait for this weekend so that I can work on my blog, sleep in until 8 AM and read the ever growing stack of magazines next to my couch I never sit on anymore. Two days and counting…cause you never count the day your already in anyways.
Yes, that is [...]
I am a terrible lover. The anniversary of my move to Seattle came and left without so much as a peep from me last week and I am mortified. How can I ever make it up to my city that I love so much?
Four years ago my father and I began a [...]
I was telling some co-workers this week that Thursdays are my favorite day of the week. I remember very clearly the night I realized it in undergrad as I sat down to watch ER one Thursday night in my apartment.
I sighed and thought “The week is over. I made it.”
If you can make [...]
Recently I was going through an old folder of random papers in my file basket when I came across a partially completed list titled “100 Things I want to do.” Written sometime around 2003 or 2004, I almost threw it in the pile to be recycled when I decided to glance over the list one [...]
Welcome to the new My Sundry Musings take two…or is it three now? I’m working to get somethings changed up. My very good work friend Dan helped me get some new things up and running last night but I’ll have the finalized blog up ready by Sunday. Until then, bear with me as [...]
There are moments in my life when everything feels perfect. My heart stops aching for just a minute and there is something about the light, the sounds and the smells of a moment that can get stamped into my memory so that days, weeks, months and years later I will think back with both a [...]
No link love for your Monday. My apologies.
Would a strip search of my luggage and pat down at Alexandria Municipal Airport get a sympathy vote? Evidently my carry on tested positive for explosives. I wish I was joking.
I was told, however, that cosmetics can also trigger the same result. Lucky me.
I did [...]
Are you not overwhelmed by the massive talent out there on Etsy? I could spend weeks on the website and never cover half of what’s available to purchase. My friend Colleen makes jewelry and books on her Etsy shop. Check her out!
Last weekend I had the opportunity to housesit for a family I’ve known for several years here in Seattle. The family is actually one of the first families I babysat for during graduate school.
I’ve told it many times. When I left Georgia four years ago to move to Seattle, I packed everything [...]
Hello readers. I’ve been a bit MIA these days. I’ve taken a much needed break from blogging to regroup and reasses the direction of my posts but plan to return very soon. Until then, I already mentioned that I’ll be in Portland this weekend at a blogger’s workshop with the ever talented (and very successful)
I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon that ended right at the tenuous moment where I still had an hour and a half of work left in the day. But with traffic, the parking deck, an elevator ride and set-up for my computer left to conquer before I could actually do any work, I decided [...]
Totally thinking about driving down to Portland for this…but the class I want to take is full: Social Media and Blogging. I’m hoping she’ll open up a second class. I’d love a trip down to the PDX for my quarterly solo time.
I typically don’t post on the weekend…but had to break the tradition to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom. This is one of my favorite pictures with her, taken outside of my Uncle Joe and Aunt Jackie’s house one 4th of July. My father, who is a wonderful photographer, took the picture as we [...]
No, not homesick. I’m at home, sick.
You know it’s not going to be a good day when you call in sick the night before you are actually going into work.
Symptoms: Throat and lymph nodes are swollen. Minor aches and pains in neck and a low, dull headache.
Self diagnosis: common cold, strep throat, [...]
This weekend I had the honor of co-hosting a fundraiser for a former classmate that is courageously winning the fight against breast cancer.
It was a beautiful and meaningful celebration.
We were blown away by the love and support of our friend by the artists and donors who gave of their time, services and gifts. [...]
I feel guilty.
My mother and father both share a birthday within one week of each other. Inevitably, I always forget to send my mother a card in time for her birthday. Her special day always sneaks up on me after the hustle and bustle of a new year and usually reminds me that I [...]
Over Christmas break I felt fortunate that I was given a week of paid vacation back to the east coast. I relished every cent of it. While home I visited one of my college roommates and met her third son, one that I helped in naming. While they were getting ready for bed I snapped [...]
Last night my friend and I made it to the SAM’s last showing of Picasso at 11:00 PM. What a memorable and fortuitous decision to go so late. My favorite piece was this Rothko, however. I’m sure Picasso would understand.
Today I thought a lot about what it must be like to be a person of color on this national holiday. My office sits above downtown Seattle and from my window I have a view of the Federal Building. Dark, empty and barren for the day, I was reminded every time I looked outside that [...]
I know this excerpt has made its rounds on the blogosphere but I think this piece is stunning.
The juxtaposition of so many contradictions is brilliant: light-skinned women in black tutus, black dinner guests dressed in white, the interplay of seamless fluidity with constrained choreography and finally, the glaring similarities to classical ballet’s Swan Lake [...]
Feeling a bit under the weather this afternoon. Left work early with some muscle spasms in my neck and shoulder and have been taking it easy tonight watching The Bachelor–alternating chocolate chip cookies with milk every few minutes.
Will chat soon.
Ps. If you subscribe to me on Google Reader, I’m not sure why it’s [...]
Welcome 2011. 2010 was a full year: graduated with my master’s, went to Maui, moved into my dream apartment, started an amazing job and [drumroll please] rescued a cat on New Year’s Eve from the Seattle Humane Society.
I’ll snap some shots this week but the paparazzi got ahold of her and she’s a bit [...]
Hello and welcome to the new mysundrymusings!
I’m thrilled it’s finally up and running.
Thanks for all of your encouragement as I contemplated a new vision for my blog. I had emails and comments from people asking when I would be back and it’s always encouraging to know that you are missed. It took a while [...]