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The Friday Five (late again)

My sister and I decided to carry on with our Friday Five posts, where we list five things that we like/love.

1. Rainy, summer days. It’s nice to have some rain; it really brightens up the plants and provides a bit of coziness and quiet from all the warm weather activities.

2. Digging out weeds. A great way to let out my frustrations. Die, weed! Die!

3. It’s funny how certain bloggers can bring you peace and joy merely by posting gorgeous photos, a funny anecdote, engaging discussions. Their enthusiasm for life, art, fashion, food, and travel offers a lovely respite from the more difficult aspects of life. Fashion illustrator Garance DorĂ© does just that with her diary.

4. I think the “It Girl” right now is Zooey Deschanel and, yes, she is awesome. But my preference is for her equally talented sister Emily Deschanel, who plays Temperance Brennan on the tv show Bones. Her portrayal of the brilliant forensic anthropologist is delightful. Like Sophia Loren, Emily is beautiful, strong, funny, a great presence on screen. Plus, she’s an older sister with crazy tales about torturing her younger sibling. Yeah, I kind of relate to that.

5. Oh! Check out this wonderful house tour: Amy & David Butler’s Creative Textile Lab of a Home. Who knew a house could be so alive and happy? Plus, cats! (Photo from the Apartment Therapy house tour.)


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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