Pretty flowers


I wish I had taken before shots, but the super dry super hot summer was just too depressing. But it's amazing what a couple of weeks of good rain can do. There is green and color popping all over my yard. I've really been enjoying the time I've spent out there this year. I'm saying this now because in a few months when our Post Oak drops leaves all over the front yard I won't be so positive about it all.

Three Cups of Tea


Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I loved the story presented in the book. Truly inspiration as to the power of one. The writing was fairly straightforward but got tedious by the end which is why I rate it only three stars. Mortenson seems like an amazing yet difficult person. I totally embrace his philosophy of education to solve so many of the world's ills. Great message.

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Breaking in new shoes


My girls were both in need of new shoes. I have no idea how this is possible since we did the shoe thing just a few months ago. But apparently they have decided to grow. So we shopped (they are soon going to kill my joy of shopping for shoes) and then later I took them over to their favorite greenbelt to break them in.


While in Arizona last week I got to accompany my good friends up North to camp near Flagstaff. *Near* Flagstaff is an important distinction because the first "campground" (read: RV park) we tried was actually *in* Flagstaff and that was a recipe for disaster. It was a total comedy of errors getting there, but certainly ended up worth it. The stars were spectacular and it's been a long time since I've had such a good view.

Thanks for having me along!

The Girl who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book swept me up even more than the first. I thought it was a little tighter as a flowing narrative and super exciting to boot. It is also a little more (really a lot more) edgy with language and situations than the first - so keep that in mind. I'm very excited for the third volume. Gotta find out what happens! I might have to read a few more mystery/thrillers from time to time now too.

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Tunes for Traveling vol. 7


Seven? Really? It's felt like I've had a small hiatus, but I guess I'm still traveling lots. And this one is a long one as I'll be gone Thursday to Thursday. I'm doing my very best not to think about how much I'm going to miss my girls. (Or maybe even them missing me?) Maybe this will be the trip when they finally get in the groove of the phone thing. Neither one of them are very good at holding conversations on the phone.

My iPod is good company, but not quite enough to keep the homesickness at bay. Here are the tunes I've loaded up for my week:
  • Anonymous 4
  • The Avett Brothers
  • The Be Good Tanyas
  • Beck
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Billie Holiday
  • Bjork
  • Centro-matic
  • The Cure
  • The Decemberists
  • Elbow
  • Gillian Welch
  • The Gourds
  • Iron & Wine
  • James Taylor
  • Jean-Pierre Rampal
  • The Jayhawks
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Laura Veirs
  • Moby
  • My Morning Jacket
  • The National
  • Neko Case
  • Pink Floyd
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • She & Him
  • The Shins
  • The Sixteen
  • The Smiths
  • Spoon
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Van Morrison
  • White Rabbits
  • Wilco
  • Yo-Yo Ma



It's been such a new experience having both of my girls in school all day. I really feel like I've entered a new chapter of my life. I just feel more on my own as an independent person. It's a great feeling for the most part, but a tiny bit vulnerable too as it's an adjustment in my identity. No longer a baby mama. I feel some guilty about it too (who knows why) but I'm keeping myself busy enough to combat that one pretty well. I for the first time since having my girls have a nice chunk of dedicated time to get my work done with even a little time left over. And I've given most of that spare time over to my new yoga studio which has been absolute bliss.

My girls are both doing really well this year although I think Sylvie is still dealing with the adjustment to being gone all day. She's tired and grumpy in the afternoons. Wait, that sounds about normal now that I think about it. But they both love their teachers and are flourishing in their classes. So gratifying to watch them grow.


Yes, it's called a greenbelt. But we are having a considerable drought at the moment so the green is somewhat absent. But it makes a good spot for girls and bikes.



Sylvie got a new activity book that has all sorts of pop out paper toys and ideas for crafts and imaginative play. Both girls have had tremendous fun with it. Yesterday they were both cowgirls in the rodeo. Today they made a magic potion that bubbled in their cauldron. So much fun to watch.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium, #1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I finished this book last night and had to go out and by the next in the trilogy this morning. I don't read many thriller/mysteries, but this one totally swept me up. Be warned that there are parts of it that are pretty disturbing (they are searching for a serial killer and rapist after all). But the story, characters, layering, were all totally captivating.

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