Thanks for being patient with all of the recent Italy photos, friends. At some point during the past two weeks while all of those comment-less entries were posting here, it hit me that I finally feel back to normal. It took me over a month following our two trips, but my sleep schedule is back on track, my energy level is where it ought to be, I've gotten caught up with my pesky to-do list, and I'm just about back to my pre-Italy weight (I gained five pounds in 14 days, people - but every last ounce was worth it).
I also met up with the lovely Patricia of Bonnet (thanks, Betsy, for the introduction). Bonnet is a sweet little hat shop in Portland's Pearl District, where you can now find sulu-designs. I've worked on special pieces for the shop that are a little different than what you can find in my etsy shop and in other boutiques that carry the sulu-design line (think clusters of weathered charms and long feminine necklaces). But have no fear - I've worked on lots of new pieces to add to the sulu-design etsy shop, too. The latest additions all look a bit icy to me, which can be kinda nice to wear on a hot summer day (reason number one for the lame post title above):
Click above images for direct links to shop listings, or check out the entire selection here.
The second reason for the lame title? I've been consciously working on chilling out recently (strange to actually work at relaxing, no?). I'm trying to throw in the towel on things I used to fixate on that really aren't all that important (maintaining a pristine apartment, committing myself to too many social obligations, being totally caught up with blog reading) and focusing more energy on the things that are truly valuable to me (talking with my family, spending time with Barry, taking care of myself, enjoying the outdoors). I've noticed in lots of your recent blog posts, too, that many of you are on the same page. So, have you changed any of your on-line habits? Are you spending less time on the computer? Do you miss it? Do you feel guilty about not commenting or posting as frequently as you once may have? Omitting the comment option on my last two weeks' worth of posts, I must admit, meant that I had fewer e-mails to respond to (which meant more time for all that other good stuff), but also I felt a little disconnected from everyone. I'd be curious to hear if any of you have found ways to happily manage your time on the computer. Happy weekend to you all.
P.S. I'd like to wish safe travels to my dad who's setting out tomorrow on a cross country trip on his motorcycle. Way to get back on the saddle, Dad. Talk about enjoying life...