The Friday Five (a little late)

A list of five things I’m enjoying today:

1. Grace by Grace Coddington, Creative Director for Vogue, whom I fell in love with after watching the documentary The September Issue.

2. The reality series Braxton Family Values. Tony Braxton, a lupie herself, and her sisters are hilarious. Love!

3. A handful of almonds mixed with a handful of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. So good.

4. Lavender Verbena: pretty, remind me of sweet, virginal weddings. Ha!

5. Brian Eno! 1974! Just listen.

Clever, Whimsical Art: Book Bricks

Some days, like today, when I’m feeling down, I’ll head on over to Pinterest and see what’s new. There’s always an image or a group of images that cheer me up with their beauty or humor, such as these bricks painted to resemble books:

Clever idea: Old bricks painted to look like books.

The faux books against the bold blue stairs — how can you not smile at that?

Sister, Sister

My sister and I agreed to a challenge in which we each write one blog post a day, for a week. While she has a blog about her Guam experiences, I Quit My Job and Moved to Guam, her challenge involves writing for her personal blog OK Now Back to Me. I blog here and that’s about it.

We only agreed to this on Friday, so I spent all weekend trying to figure out a few topics to write about. It’s been a rough couple of weeks — fatigue, old symptoms coming back. I’d been doing well for a while, struggling a bit with work, home, social obligations, writing. I don’t really want to write about that, but if I need to I will. Reality is, well, reality.

For this post, I’ve decided to write about my sister’s recent visit. She returned to the States almost two weeks ago to visit family and friends. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel when I saw her. I knew I’d hug her a lot, which I did — I practically suffocated her with my embraces, especially when I felt myself tearing up. She was lovely! Tanned, toned, healthy: traits you see in someone who has lived on an island for over a year. She made the trip home with her boyfriend, also a native Oregonian, and they looked happy together. I hope they continue to be happy but in Oregon or Idaho. Somewhere closer to where my parents and I live. Also, I’d like to have some nieces and nephews. (Just putting that out there, Tonia!)

Although our time together was brief, it was wonderful to see her. I wish she’d had more time and that I had the energy to have a special sister day with her, just us, but I realize getting to see her in person was a gift. For now, that’s enough.

Antonia and me in front of my big, blue door.

Antonia and me in front of my big, blue door.

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