Cranky in the Kitchen

I came home from work in a feisty mood for no good reason. I was feeling bored but too tired to do anything worthwhile. I was seriously cranky pants. But making dinner made me smile.

My brother gets really irritated when people call Brussels sprouts "Brussel sprouts," so every time he says the word (and oddly enough, he says it with some frequency) he really hisses the "s" on the end of Brussels and then pauses before saying sprouts so as to make sure that the "s" on the end of Brussels isn't confused with the "s" at the beginning of sprouts. I love how totally ridiculous he sounds while doing it. So does he. He cracks himself up every time he says it.

While I'm on the subject of kitchen-related pet peeves, why the heck does it take plastic containers so darn long to dry? Just sayin'.


Simple Geometry

Did I mention that a good deal of my time in New York was spent at my three favorite jewelry supply stores? I was so excited to get my hands on supplies that reminded me of some of my personal favorite and most popular designs. The guys below are in the sulu-design shop now with more to follow in a week or so. Click on photos for links to shop listings. If you find a pair that you like has sold, please e-mail me at sulu-design@hotmail.com, send me a conversation through etsy, or leave me a comment here. I'll be restocking the styles as needed.

All of these geometric styles are reminding me of school. Math was one of my favorite subjects to teach, and I especially loved teaching geometry to my sixth grade students. I mention this because my former teaching colleagues and students have been on my mind a lot recently. While in New York, I was lucky enough to meet up with Marilyn, a wonderful teacher friend of mine. And I saw Wendy, a former sixth grade student who presented me with awesome news. She received early acceptance at Oberlin College in Ohio in the fall. I couldn't be more proud.


Back and Relieved

Mixed with my excitement about returning to New York City after two and a half years of being away was an underlying feeling of nervousness. Honestly, I was worried that being back in New York would make me want to move back - not a good feeling when you've just bought your first home on the other side of the country. And New York was great. Great. I ate my way down Elizabeth Street (again), drooled over the wares at the lovely shops that I've missed, walked miles and miles and miles, and best of all I got to see my brother and sister-in-law several times. I miss it all terribly. But I don't need to move back. Not any time soon, at least. New York will always be there, and I'll always be able to make my way around it. I had the realization when I was there that New York will always be my city, whether I'm living there or not. That gave me such great comfort. And I felt such content to return to Portland and get back to work on nesting in our new place.


Checking in and Checking Out

I'm out of the loop, friends. I haven't kept up with my blog reading, I haven't kept up with my own posting, and I'm way behind on e-mails. Life is busy and life is good. I just thought I'd mention a couple of the details.

We've lucked out with continued gorgeous weather.

Barry's birthday = good eating
(at home, at Ping, at Byways, at City Market...)

We're loving getting settled in our new home.

This morning I leave for New York City.
New. York. City.
Didn't see that one coming, did you?

More to follow in a week or so.
Be good until then.


Still Here, Out Walking

Portland has been graced with some amazing weather in recent weeks. So if we're not in the new place hanging art and rearranging furniture for the millionth time, we're out soaking up every bit of sunlight that we can.