7 Things I’ve Been Doing…

May 15th, 2010 by Jane

You thought we’d given it up, didn’t you? No, no, we just got busy doing Spring/End-of-the-school-year stuff. Also, my computer crashed. One new hard drive later and I am up, if not running, per se. No photos for this post because Word and iPhoto are not installed yet!

I spent part of an afternoon cleaning out the nest a rat made in the back of my dryer. Yuck.

How about you? What have you been up to?

Take a gander, or a goose, at this list.

1) Yoga
Most of you know that I teach yoga for my day job and I love it. I’ve been developing a new class that I might offer during the fall, working on a brochure and consulting with a web developer to improve my website. I’ll let you know when it is running again.

Favorite quote from a student this week: “I need a non-compete clause…with myself.”

2) Sweating
I made a promise to myself that I would increase my cardio workouts, so I’ve been to the gym five days a week for months now. I’ll keep you posted on results.

3) Party, Party, Party
The twins turned six this month and we had a party for them last weekend. We have our parties at home with the general theme being: running amok. A bouncy house, some red Kool-Aid and birthday cake equals happy children.

Then our neighbors had a deck party and too much sangria was had by a few, who shall remain unnamed.

Also, we had an impromptu party with two other couples who live on our street because we all share the same wedding anniversary. Weird, huh?

Today we have a swim party for a six year old friend and tonight our neighbors are having an iron chef party where another neighbor will accept challenges form the crowd. We live on a fun street.

4) Friendship, Friendship
I’ve been on call lately with a few friends who have needed a little more support. One found out she was four months pregnant. Yes, you read that right. She is ecstatic and I am thrilled to be along for the ride with her. Another friend is preparing for an international move and is handling all of the stress that comes with that in a beautiful way. I am glad I can help in some small way.

5) Reading Two Perfect Books
This month, I read Lift, by Kelly Corrigan and I cried the entire way through it. Really, if you need some catharsis, this is the book for you. It is a small, easy, powerful read. She wrote is as a letter to her children about the risk and reward of being a parent. I’m still thinking about it.

The second perfect book I read is Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo. No, I didn’t read this children’s book to my children. I read it in one afternoon, for myself. I knew the story because I took the girls to see the movie when it came out a few years ago. We all loved it and we all cried. But the book, oh, the book. The character’s voices are so perfect and rich. There is an economy of words in children’s books that leaves me awestruck. Especially this one.

6) Reading a Book-to-Be
A friend has written a manuscript for a political thriller and he asked me to read it. I’m honored, so I am reading it slowly to give it my full attention. It’s great and I’ll let you know when it comes to a bookstore near you!

7) Making and Baking
The month of May seems to bring endless occasions for which I need to take a dish or a gift or both. The kitchen goodies I have made in the last few weeks include, but are not limited to: four batches of homemade hummus, one devil’s food cake with cream cheese frosting, 48 ¬†matching cupcakes and 48 red velvet cupcakes with the same frosting, a vat of sangria, Italian bean dip, homemade tomato soup, ranch dressing (from scratch) ¬†the most decadent flourless chocolate cake with raspberry-champagne coulis and trail mix.

Whenever possible, we try to make a gift for the special people in our lives. So, I have made a few necklaces lately for some friends. I use vintage buttons and mix them with various gemstones and beads for some fun pieces.

So, that’s the short version of what I’ve been up to, how about you? Happy Spring-Almost-Summer!

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