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Friday, September 6, 2013


It's the weekend, again, already! Well, almost. And we made it through the first back-to-school week (almost), which hasn't actually been that difficult because it was such a short week. One of the benefits, I guess, of having underfunded schools - we get lots of short weeks around here (of course I am being sarcastic. i do love short weeks though.). Yesterday I got a call from the nursing home that my grandpa is going on hospice. I am letting that sink in, as I am not sure what it means exactly. Though I do know what it means technically. So I am thinking part of our weekend will be spent visiting with our gramps. The other part will most likely be spent just getting back in the routine of routines. Any weekend plans for you?

The photo above is from a lovely little cottage home in Vancouver, BC featured at Dwell, there are more photos if you click on this link, but I was especially drawn to this pretty bedroom. Also the location of their home and the views from it are stunning, worth a little peek.

Have you seen this video I forgot my phone? If you follow me on instagram and noticed I haven't been posting as many pictures this week it's because I watched this video. So instagram lovers beware. It's not that I haven't thought about this many times, or every time I whip my phone out to take a photo whilst in the middle of an occasion, but seeing this video gave those thoughts a lot more weight in my mind since seeing it.

I absolutely adore this artwork which is a collaboration between an artist and her 4 year old, also an artist, daughter. Not only is it a worth while read, especially for those with young children, but the result of this collaboration is pretty amazing.

And last, but not least by any means, is a recipe I made this week, finochino al forno (fennel baked in cream). Oh my goodness this was so good. I altered the proportions a bit because I had less fennel than the recipe called for and I also used an asiago with rosemary cheese instead of parmesan, and I think I will keep doing that because it was so very delicious. It was really easy to make too. I am definitely adding this to my thanksgiving menu this year. Because apparently I am ready to start thinking about such things now that we have the first week of September under our belts and the 3 inches of rain we have had since yesterday.

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  1. I am scared to watch that video but I definitely will because I need some unplugging. For me, the phone is an easy picture-taking device... gives me a break from the camera. I try to snap a pic and then up load when we're not "in the moment." Well, I try.

    I am definitely checking out that recipe. I'm thinking about Thanksgiving too, partly because we're going back to Nantucket and my friend and I are already whispering plans like excited school girls. ;)

    I love that little bedroom, and I'll definitely check out the rest of the house. I rearranged all my pinterest boards thanks to you (!), and I even have a board for vaulted ceilings!

    Cal's birthday is tomorrow, and much as I don't want to (give me a lake or a river) we're headed to the amusement park. It is his birthday, after all. But I'll also be spending my weekend thinking about you and your dear grandfather. Holding you all in the light.

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    1. you should watch it alone. i watched it with fisher and he was saying "oh, that is you. that is totally you. yep, that's what you look like." : / i don't think i look that bad but there have been times where i've thought to myself, ok, you don't want to be that person right now. put the phone down.

      i checked out your boards, they look great! i love all your different categories. exciting! and let me know what you think if you make that fennel recipe. xo

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  2. I just watched that video, and wow. Totally reaffirms what I've been feeling this past week, which is that I want to swap back to my old Nokia bar phone for a while. I'm feeling TOO connected, and I need a break. That video was so good. I know it might have been slightly exaggerated for the effect, but it's really spot on. I take out a book on my morning subway commute and I swear people stare at me like I've pulled out a severed head. They're all on their smartphones playing Candy Crush or whatnot. I sit in front of TWO computers at work all day, the last thing I need is more screen time. Definitely need to cut back. Thank you for the final push, twinsy!

    Sorry to hear about your grandpa. My dad was moved to hospice after a long time in the hospital and someone had to explain to me what it meant. It's not the best conversation, but it doesn't have to be sad unless you let it. Well, too sad. Take it as a chance to spend even more time with him. Have a wonderful weekend, I'll be thinking of you. xo

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    1. my iphone screen is broken and at first i was like omg i need a new phone! then i thought no, i don't. i also think daily about going back to a regular phone. simply because i have my computer, which i am on constantly and an ipad. do i really need to check my email at the grocery store? but i do like not carrying my big camera everywhere. sigh.

      thanks for you kind words. my grandpa is 88! he's had a long life. it's weird to be in the limbo of knowing someone will be gone soon, but he's had a good long life. i lost my grandfather, who was the only "father" i knew when he was just 62. that was hard. that was in no way not sad. this is much different. sad but not in the same ways at all. xo

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  3. oh, wow, hadn't had time yet to look at all your links, but that collaboration with a 4 year old. I'm impressed. and not just impressed. really excited, too. (sorry to hear about your grandpa)xxx

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    1. isn't amazing! i am wishing my kids could draw, well, and me too, i also wish i could draw ;) and thank you xo

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  4. Christine, that video is so relevant for the times we live in. It's the sad reality. It's one of the reasons I've refused to use instagram. And I will never understand how people forget to live their lives and enjoy the moment and instead feel the need to show the world their every minute of their lives. Why this need to show off, to expose yourself this way? It's like if the whole world doesn't see what you are doing your life doesn't matter. It's so sad.

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    1. it's true. there are times i realize that i am living a moment behind a lens and it makes me feel very uneasy. there was always that "one person" who was camera happy but now it's everyone. pretty soon we are just going to have pictures of people taking pictures. on the other hand i love pictures.

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  5. I have very mixed feelings about this video. On one hand I hate sitting at a table of people who can't put their phones down or at a parties, like just look up and talk to people. But I have no problem with snapping photos all the time. I live over 2000kms away from my family and life long friends and only see them 3 times a year if I'm lucky. So sharing with them and having them share is wonderful, I don't feel like I'm missing so much of my nephew growing up or my friends ever changing lives. Plus all those photos help me count my blessing, every cup of coffee is a reminder that life is good. But I agree, mindless phone time is toxic to a embracing life.

    Sorry to hear about your Grandpa, these things are so hard. I hope things you are able to find a little peace in these hard times.

    cheers.

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    1. i was thinking about that too. i have always been a person that has had a camera in hand. since i was little i'd steal my grandparents cameras and document everything. i was always "the picture taker." so for me it's not a lot different in that sense - as far as photos are concerned only. i make a point not to do anything else on my phone when i am out and about (no games, no email).

      and i know what you mean. i work at home and have kids. most of my friends are doing the same things so i don't get a lot of in-real-life time, not to mention blogging friends. in a lot of ways it keeps me much more connected and i love that. i think the video just made me think about keeping in mind a balance. xoxo

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  6. I'm really so sorry to hear about your grandpa. Big hug to you and my thoughts are with you. Also, I'm bookmarking this fennel recipe :)

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