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Sep 1, 2014

I've always loved the handwritten word. I jump at any chance to have a pen pal. I've had some form of online blog since I could remember such as LiveJournal, Xanga, Tumblr, and formed friendships through the miles. I've had a diary or journal since elementary school, and I have a stack of bound books in chronological order to prove it. In a fire, after S and Mordechai, important documents, childhood treasures, etc, it's those stacks of journals that I go back for if I could. Although I blog online, I still hand write in my journals. And although I email all day at work, I still love sending handwritten notes and cards.
I've blogged about our retired racing greyhound adoption process, and I wanted to take the time to appreciate a very special volunteer at GPA GO. Joan was always quick to answer my numerous questions, spend time talking with us during our kennel visits, and never rushed us when it came time to pick only one out of all the wonderful greyhounds. Someone as  dedicated and kind as she, deserves so much more than a handwritten note, so with the help of Treat, I was able to create a card with a portrait of Mordechai.
Treat reached out to me about my photographs, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give a thank you card and a post-adoption photo of Mordechai to Joan. I love the card and think it came out perfect for her. I am so pleased with the quality since it's made of thick paper and has a matte finish. I opted to leave the inside blank so that I could hand write my thoughts, but I could have added another photo of Morty, or some typed words inside. 
We make sure to walk Mordechai in the morning and in the evening together, our little family tradition. We have the rest of Mordechai's life to create more traditions together, but it was with the help of Joan that Mordechai is part of our family. Every day with Mordechai, feeding him, playing with him, petting him, hugging him, couldn't be a part of our lives unless it was for Joan. For that, we are so thankful. 
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Currently // 2

Aug 26, 2014

eating // homemade proscuitto. my dad visited new york and caught up with our old neighbor who hunts. they gave my dad a delicious treat and i've got some now to enjoy with all of our cheese.

drinking // white wine, chardonnay. i know - me, white wine? but it is florida summer and too hot for red wine. 

practicing //  how to be myself. normally, i am a people-pleaser. but  sometimes, all i want is to fully accept how i don't have to please everyone, just myself. 

mastering // how to think like a dog so that i can train my dog. he is such a good boy though, we only need to work on him chewing somethings that he shouldn't. he's a three year old puppy! 

learning // how to delegate. i have this mentality that i can do everything [at work] and it takes more effort for me to set things aside to delegate to my team, rather than doing it myself. however, i'm still learning, and i'm so happy to have this experience and learn these skills. 

finishing // decorating the house. everything is in place and we've had numerous friends and family over. the house feels so complete and whole-hearted with our loved ones here. even mordechai is playful and friendly when our dearest come over; i sense that he enjoys them too.

reading // the perfume collector. a story about a woman in england who inherits a large sum of money from a lady in paris that she has never met. her quest to learn about this lady introduces her to the world of perfume. i love reading about the scents of perfume more than i enjoy smelling them. i find the descriptions to be a sort of poetry that i can smell. it's incredible. 

enjoying // walking mordechai in the mornings while the grass is still dewy and the shaded sidewalks cool and the brick roads are quiet. sometimes we pass the neighborhood cats eating their breakfast, and sometimes we feel a cool breeze hinting at autumn ahead. 

listening // to relaxing mellow-fi music like tycho. it really puts my pup to sleep. 

walking // five to six times a day with mordechai! of course, not all are long due to this hot weather. but even getting outside for five minutes under the trees and among the flowers, it's refreshing. 

needing // mordechai was adopted from GPA GO and it was his home for nine months. their kennel is in need of a new roof and they've started a campaign to raise the funds. it was because of them that he's with us today and they nursed him back to health after he broke his leg. if you can donate, i'm sure all the pups would be so thankful! 

wearing // my laite jewelry necklace. kristyn's entire collection is minimalist and gorgeous,  and lays daintily on the skin. 

cooking // meat and produce from a local farm marketplace with incredible prices and a vast selection. i go there for our organic chicken and the fruits and veggies that are in season. the pineapple and watermelon have been a favorite of mine for breakfast these days. we sampled some sweet black figs and juicy rambutans. i also purchased romanesco for the first time! i put it in a quiche for a picnic and it was like broccoli, but prettier. 

wondering // will it ever be fall? i am so ready for fall traditions and winter holidays! i think mordechai will enjoy the weather and festivities when it comes time! 

working // and about to get so busy! event season is coming up and i am so excited to have a change of pace. 

travelling // to new york and new jersey in october for a wedding. wedding season is really upon us with five weddings in a span of three months.

smelling // black pepper buttermilk biscuits that s made over the weekend and warming up in the oven. can we make sunday biscuits a tradition?

thinking // that there is nothing cuter than when s comes home and mordechai gets up, stretches his long legs, all the while wagging his tail. these little moments of my two favorite boys make me smile every day.

I originally saw this currently feature on Joy Felicity Jane.

Links for Your Weekend

Aug 23, 2014

I've been inspired to cook up a  storm this weekend. We have ingredients for pizza tonight, homemade strawberry basil soda, and a breakfast quiche for tomorrow. Here are some links to keep you inspired this weekend. Many of them I've pinned on Pinterest, so definitely follow me for future inspiring links.
1 // When we interview people at work for open event positions, inspired by my dear friend and previous colleague, Steven, I always love to ask, "If  you could plan any event in the world, what would it be?" I find that the answer reveals a lot about the person without them saying many words. For me, that event would be one for Royal De Luxe, a mechanical marionette street theater company. Each host city shares a different story in their performance. The one in Nantes is by far my favorite, with a little giant girl talking a walk, showering by an elephant, licking a popsicle, and napping on a chair. And, there are rumors of Chicago planning to bring Royal De Luxe to the United States... could my dream-event come true?
2 // I've been looking into parks that are shaded and quiet to bring Mordechai and a picnic. So far, there are more parks in the area than I realized that are dog friendly and would be the perfect spot for a cool morning with Morty.
3 // While at work, I'll occasionally get an email from S with a link to an article. He sent me this one, The Perfect Way To Cut Cheese. As a cheese lover, this is pertinent information. 
4 // Every morning I've been drinking Earl Grey tea instead of coffee. Then I stumbled upon this Earl Grey Tea cocktail, with gin, honey, and lemon which sounds absolutely perfect for summer evenings. We sit outside on our porch, watching people walk by, Mordechai laying next to us, and this cocktail seems like the perfect addition. 
5 // Lastly, I'm currently reading The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. It takes place in Paris and London in the 1950's as well as flashbacks to Paris in the 1920's, how dreamy? I am about half way through it, and I came across this quote and had to find it on Pinterest. So let's end on this note:
Most people assume that a muse is a creature of perfect beauty, poise and grace. They're wrong. In fact, there should be a marked absence of perfection in a muse―a gaping hole between what she is and what she might be. The ideal muse is a woman whose rough edges and contradictions drive you to fill in the blanks of her character. She is the irritant to your creativity. A remarkable possibility, waiting to be formed.” ― Kathleen Tessaro, The Perfume Collector