Friday, June 26, 2015

So this happened.

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that states can not ban same-sex marriage.

It's a landmark civil rights decision, in a squeaker of a 5-4 split.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Learned something(s) new today

Thursday, June 18, 2015


I'm unbearably sad, frustrated and angry about the murders in the Charleston, S.C. church. Why is a young man so full of hate that he'd shoot and kill nine people who were praying in their own church? Why did he think this was solution to his hate? If he's sure of the rightness of his actions, why does he run and hide?

There are no reasonable, acceptable answers, and my heart is crushed at what he's done. There have been a lot of racially-charged incidents in the past few months. Deaths, injuries, riots and arrests. But this one... I don't know if it tipped the balance, or if it's that there's no "other side to the story." It's just unquestionably, murderously wrong.

I want to comfort the survivors. I want to stand guard outside an AME church so they can worship without fear. I want to cry.

Monday, June 01, 2015

June Goals


Financial Goals
Add $100 to savings.
Pay down 10% of the bill that's bothering me

Health Goals 
Lose 3 pounds (at least .75 pounds a week).
Walk 10 miles
Take meds every day
Spend one week eating only from the foods I can eat list

Home Goals
(none this month. This is on hold, other than regular cleaning, until we have the house back)  

Knowledge Goals
Attend a class or symposium
Read and report on a non-fiction book
Go to a site or museum and blog about it
Study Tarot. 10 blog posts on individual cards
Take another marketing course online;

Personal Goals
Start a plant from kitchen scraps
See Inside Out
Eat at a Rhode Island restaurant and blog about it
Make __________

Set up an Etsy shop

Read a book for pleasure
Go to the beach

Spiritual Goals
Celebrate Summer Solstice
Celebrate the Full Moon
Celebrate the New Moon
Practice meditation

Monday, May 18, 2015

Something new: The Obamas' White House China

I didn't realize that this was a thing, but apparently most of the presidents have China made specifically for their administration. This is the most recent, presented to the press by First Lady Michelle Obama last Thursday. I like it. It's simple, but elegant. Has a little color, but not wildly patterned. It works for formal and informal occasions.  I don't love the "Kailua Blue" - it has a little too much green for me - but I do like the overall design, by Michael Smith. One of the things that's great about it is, although they have service for 320, it was designed to work with the designs of previous administrations, if needed.

images via Apartment Therapy

Friday, May 15, 2015

My week in pictures


Saturday and Sunday the family went to Newport to take a couple of walking tours. From this, I learned that walking historical tours and young children were not made for each other. In fact, I think I'll go on the next one alone.

We did end one tour at a fountain, and the kids really enjoyed that. The weather was beautiful.

Wednesday, I learned that some wealthy sod has paid 179.3 million dollars for this Picasso. The painting is titled "The Women of Algiers (Version 'O')."
All I can think of is this:

On Wednesday my beloved grandmonster Peppy turned one.

Yesterday, Mami and I had a lovely belated Mothers Day dinner.We went to Bocado, a local charcuterie and tapas place.
The food was great, and we had a good time.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Better After

I'm a sucker for Before and After photos. Especially when they involve decorating/design, or DIY remaking projects. One of my favorite blogs for that is Better After.

Lindsey scours design and DIY sites to find great before and after photos to share, and I was particularly impressed with the most recent project:

It's hard to believe the two pieces of furniture are even related, right? But talented Natasha at Trash & Treasure Creations made it, and Lindsey found it, and now I'm sharing it so that maybe you'll go check them out.

Friday, May 08, 2015

My week in pictures

Saturday was a busy and fun day. Mommy and I went to the EatDrinkRI Festival, a showcase of local growers, producers and food services. It was Mommy's first time, though I go every year. It's a great event, especially the Grand Tasting, where we went. Lots of samples and vendors and new people to meet. Most everyone is very enthusiastic about their products.

After that was a jog up to Benefit Street to check out the Rhode Island School of Design's Alumni Art Sale. Always a great way to see what's new and coming, and meet up with some old art-world acquaintances.

Sunday was a day of rest.
I had lost my office key last week. My boss replaced the key, but I mentioned to my daughter that I also needed a keyring. As I was hanging laundry, I stepped on something. There on the ground was a keyring - from my ex-husband's family business, which has been closed now for years. I don't know how it got there, but thought it was quite coincidental

Monday was an after-work tour of the First Baptist Church in America. In all the time I've lived here, I've never been to this church, whose congregation founded the city of Providence, and situated centrally along the riverside.

Returning to work after the gorgeous weather Monday was tough, especially when this is what greeted me:
We'd had a couple of small sinkholes (3' across, 18" deep) open up in the parking lot. Looks like the landlord decided to get ahead of things.

and then...the Avengers! In 3-D IMAX! Thrilling and exhausting and a lot of fun.

Tonight I'm off to a presentation on life in 19th century Rhode Island.

Friday, May 01, 2015

My week in pictures

Saturday the weather was great for the Rhode Island Annual State Historic Preservation Conference. I toured Harrisville, sat in on a talk about the history of the Chepachet Meeting House, and saw clips from local historical documentary films.

  Michelle Obama released the Administration's china pattern, which has inspired me to research presidential china patterns through history.

In preparation for the upcoming Avengers movie, I've been catching up on the stuff I missed in the previous Marvel Comics movies. Did you know Hawkeye was in the Thor movie? I didn't.

Today is May Day, which in Rhode Island is celebrated with the traditional May Breakfast. We went to Oaklawn Community Baptist Church, the host of the first May Breakfast, to partake in their 148th annual.