This gorgeous print is now *mine* and you can purchase one, too, if you dig. Here.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I've been down and out this week, I'll admit it. Post vacation depression, a head cold, and mad orders to fill. I decided to shake that shit off and instead focus on some good things today!
*Trader Joe's Cookie Butter. I don't think this is diet friendly but you'll be hooked if you try it. Go ahead, I won't judge. I eat it on apples. It makes me feel healthier although I'm afraid its the equivalent to a two piece with a biscuit + a Diet Coke to wash it down.
*Stevie Wonder Therapy. What is this, you ask? Just choose the Stevie songs of your choice and let them escort you to a happy place! I'd been listening to Quadron and Lianne La Havas and Frank Ocean. That shit had me feeling mad Tresvanty. Stevie makes me feel way more positive. I suggest you start here.
*Gorg eyebrows. Listen to me now, believe me later on... good eyebrows can make or break your day! I get mine done by Danusha at DL Lowry here in Indy. The woman is a goddess and if you live in the city I cannot recommend her enough. Don't be scared of the price tag; its so worth it.
*Their Eyes Were Watching God. I've read this book probably 25 times but I always find myself going back to it. My favorite love story. Raw. Powerful. Real. Timeless. I'm a sucker for love; even if it is just imaginary. It sets my heart aflutter every time. I've imagined I was Janie more times than I wish to admit.
*Rob Ford. For comedy. Tommy Boy is back and he is belligerent. I feel bad for the people of Toronto but this dude is a walking barrel of laughs. Seriously, why can't they get rid of him? In the meantime I can't get enough of his quotes. He said "I effed up" to the city council. His reaction to being asked had he purchased drugs in the past two years is one you've just gotta see. Balls of steel, y'all. The man is insane.
What are your good things today? :)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
stands for all things,
even for those things that don't flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on the brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self blessing.
- Galway Kinnell
**Thank you to Lena for these words so many years ago. They still ring true.**
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
*Back from the most incredible trip of my life. (Panama with my sister and friend.)
*Post vacation depression is real deal. I've got the ill frown face on.
*I don't think I could adequately describe to anyone how magical it all was. Tiny island, ferry rides, millions of stars, cold beer, long laughs, arguments about TED Talks, reckless golf cart driving, deserted beaches, sea shells galore, mom jokes, comfortable silence, Amy Winehouse in a cab, warm aqua water, sunburn, sloths, the rainforest, rooftop nights, too much Netflix, never enough sun.
*Most importantly, I was with two of my favorite people. People I love and I know for sure love me back.
*If you have that, savor it. Please. I wake up weekly wishing I could spend even mundane moments with them but they are thousands of miles away and we all know people usually don't move back to Indianapolis.
*Back at it. Orders (and complaints) galore.
*Oh, and it snowed. :( I'm not cut out for cold weather so this was the ultimate welcome home send off.
*The chickens are afraid of the snow. It was kind of cute. Poor dears.
*"Just a perfect day, you made me forget myself. I thought I was someone else, someone good..."
*I re read "Salvation" by bell hooks. So freaking good. I highly recommend it for all black folks wanting to create a love ethic amongst us all. A love ethic for yourself.
*Remember Live Beautifully? They sent me a sweet note and lip balm for the inadvertant referrals. Told y'all, they are Etsy done right.
*My lips feel like sand paper right now so that little parcel was right on time.
*"Your eyes are soft with sorrow, hey, that's no way to say goodbye..."
*I need to travel more. The Delta Lounge is the jammy jam. (I only got to indulge because of my friend.)
*So many orchids!!! Yaaaas.
*"No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, no comfortable feel in any member. No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds- November!" - Thomas Hood
*How do we make life, our lives, a prayer?
*I'll be whipping up some ritual baths to distract myself this week.
*I don't even know what I've distracting myself from. Questions, I suppose.
*My kids both grew in the 10 days I was gone. Or maybe I shrunk? I'm the lil guy in the house now.
*Eric said my neck smelled like wine when I got home. LMAOOOOOO Maybe it did. Ooops. I had a few drinks while traveling for sure.
*Dark chocolate is a delicious little death.
*Good things about cold weather: tea and electric blankets. Short list, huh?
*Going away from my family always reminds me that I'm a separate person. Like a stand alone deal. Not mom or wife, just Lesley. Its refreshing and freeing.
*I'm a real woman now guys. I drink scotch. Yessir.
*Thank heavens for Lena.
*I bought a bunch of the Honeymania stuff from the Body Shop online. Ugh. That stuff smells nothing like honey. More like fake flowers. The perfume burns my nose hairs. No bueno.
*"Hey now, hey now, don't dream its over, hey now, hey now, when the world comes in, they come, they come, to build a wall between us, we know they won't win..."
*Medicine for melancholy.
*I'm going to buy myself some flowers at the supermarket this evening.
*"It seems the pain just shows up on the pad, on the pad, as the pen just cries away..."
*Cooking may perk me up. Lemme check out Thug Kitchen.
*There are few comforts like good food.
*I can't wait for Thanksgiving honestly. It means family to me.
*Where in the holy fuck are all of the fleece lined leggings everyone seems to be talking about? I need some like yesterday.
*"So why does it seem like a picture is hanging up on someone else's wall? Lately I haven't been myself at all; its heavy on my mind. Now I'm dreaming again, like I've always been. Way down low, I still know..."
*Teenagers are so weird. They don't realize they are wasting the most carefree time of their life on pointless angst. At least mine doesn't. That child better pull his little bespectacled head out of his ass.
*I need a new nail shop. When I went week before last they played Celine Dion and Tony Braxton (same two songs) the whole time. Plus they are too nosey. Annnnd the girl who was doing my pedicure punched my foot. Yes, punched. She doesn't understand massage at all.
*I don't like my shins, neck, or belly button touched. It's just a thing.
*My mind is swimming with thoughts and my "to do" list is mad long. I need to get a move on.
*Ugly list, pretty photos.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It’s okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.- Miranda July
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
*I just haven't wanted to blog... or work... or do much productive. Bad news bears. I've been dabbling but not much in the way of completion.
*Sometimes life is just... full. I used to love social networking and such but I've pared down to mostly just Instagram. It doesn't stress me out.
*Fall is all up in this bitch. The nice part of fall I like before it gets super cold and dark and I'm ready to punch people in their faces just for breathing.
*That's the medical definition of SAD right there, folks.
*Pumpkin spice freaking everything. I want to make donuts.
*I bought some glow in the dark nail polish but took it off the same night. Its only cool in the dark. I don't look right with white-ish nails.
*I made some spiffy black wreaths inspired by some Martha Stewart shit.
*Don't buy glue sticks from the Dollar Store. Just take my word for it.
* Bat down, bat down.
*We're doing autumn stuff... hot apple cider, pumpkins, soup, all of that. Yay.
*I love the Farmer's Market this time of year, too!
*I am trying to get more into being by myself and liking it. I took a walking tour of a cemetery here yesterday all by myself. I wish I could say it was liberating or something. I enjoyed the tour, learned some stuff, then ended up sitting on my grandmother's grave crying. Joy and pain.
*"Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister." - Alice Walker
*I've been whipping up hair tea and lip balm and infused oils. I love herbal remedies. Fun times.
*I'll be heading back to Panama in a couple weeks to see my sister! I cannot wait! I need some pool time.
*I also need a full coverage one piece. Whoa mama.
*I love sweets and I cannot lie. I've got some love handles that need attention. By attention I mean a meal plan, self control, and some exercise.
*Last week we looked in the bee hive and noticed half the bees (and the queen) are gone. Sad stuff. My bee mentor said sometimes they just decide to swarm and head for the hills. Nothing I can do. No honey from the hive this season.
*I lost my second Naked palette. I mean, where? I'm not buying another until I find it either. *kicks rocks and smudges coal on eyes*
*You know I rave about Wet N Wild lipsticks? Cherry Bomb is.. the mothereffing bomb. Get you some.
*Ewe, Kanye West.
*How do you talk to someone about a person you don't think is a good fit long term for them? Ugh. I'm stuck. Other people probably think I was all wrong for my husband, too, though.
*Columbus Day has done nothing but throw my shipping dates off.
*Fleece lined leggings evade me.
*I've not been very productive. I've sort of been coasting along on all three business fronts but need to get my butt in gear!
*Beans, beans, good for your heart... the more you eat, the more you... like beans.
*Current uniform: denim shirt or v neck t, jeans or leggings, boots. Not the most exciting but whatever. It makes things easy. I'm a jean shirt addict. I think I have 7 currently.
*"I don't ever want to drink again, I just need a friend..." Oh, Amy.
*The chickens are fat little butterballs now. I wonder if they slim down during the cold months or just eat and get fatter?
*Does anyone else feel drowsy as the seasons change? Just me? Okay.
*Bummer. Bummer. Bummer. Joy kill. Debbie Downer.
*Fuck that. Good things: super blue skies, the smell of wood burning, watching Shiva chase the chickens, mac & cheese, new boots, Lianne La Havas/Is Your Love Big Enough, chocolate covered potato chips, long calls with far away friends, the buzz of thousands of bees, no more grass to be cut, sharing eggs, sparkly vintage jewelry, and Netflix.
*"When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?"- Chuck Palahniuk
*I'm into blue eyeliner and mascara right now. I'm not ashamed either!
*Gouda mac & cheese with sun dried tomatoes and spinach is on the menu tonight. I'm sort of excited.
*I never thought I'd say it but, reading on my iPad isn't sooooo bad.
*I'm trying to talk Eric into a Halloween party to no avail. My kids are growing up.
*I miss those dress up days though. And all of that candy!
*Life changes. Gotta roll with the punches. Reinvent and accept. Or so I tell myself...