Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Story Poem

For class next week I have to memorize and perform a story poem. I'm leaning towards this one by Rick Agran that I heard on the Writer's Almanac a long time ago. Obviously it stuck with me. Any comments?

Black Umbrellas

by Rick Agran

On a rainy day in Seattle stumble into any coffee shop
and look wounded by the rain.

Say Last time I was in I left my black umbrella here.
A waitress in a blue beret will pull a black umbrella

from behind the counter and surrender it to you
like a sword at your knighting.

Unlike New Englanders, she'll never ask you
to describe it, never ask what day you came in,

she's intimate with rain and its appointments.
Look positively reunited with this black umbrella

and proceed to Belltown and Pike Place.
Sip cappuccino at the Cowgirl Luncheonette on First Ave.

Visit Buster selling tin salmon silhouettes
undulant in the wind, nosing ever into the oncoming,

meandering watery worlds, like you and the black umbrella,
the one you will lose on purpose at the day's end

so you can go the way you came
into the world, wet looking.

The Creek

The creek next to my house has finally filled up! It was sad looking at it all dry and empty for the month of January (and most of December too). Now it's finally showing some life!

Well, Will & Grace reruns and a big bowl of popcorn are calling my name. Be back later!

Check out the giveaway on the Long Thread, that's some very cute fabric!


Fred and I did a great hike a couple weeks ago. Man it was tough. Who needs a stairmaster? Great view from the top too. My buns were burning! We're going to practice doing that hike and get really good, hopefully so good that we can do it under 2 hours and will be able to walk the next day!

We've done some other great hikes in the Santa Cruz area, one of my favorites is at Nisene Marks State Park. It is absolutely beautiful there.

Up next... pictures of the creek next to my house. I can hear the oohs and ahhs!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Back to Work

Well. Did everyone have a nice weekend? Fred and I mostly did homework and also took the time to watch some movies. I loved Vicky Christina Barcelona. Two thumbs up! Of course, I'm a sucker for anything by Woody Allen.

I'm very excited that I just signed up for a swap on Rhonda Jean's blog Down-to-earth.
Her blog is filled with so many amazing ideas, she is creative and thrifty and very informative. She shares a lot of very useful information. My first swap! I will be sure to post what I win so everyone can see (I'm talkin' 'bout you, Fred).

It was great to have a long weekend. Rained the whole time and we didn't get to go hiking like I had planned on. Hopefully we'll have more time to do fun stuff like that next weekend. And maybe go to a museum or two, just for fun.

Stay dry and I'll be back later!

Friday, February 13, 2009


Please allow me to introduce myself...

I'm very excited to be entering the blog world. I have found so much inspiration from the women whose blogs I read. I want to be just like them when I grow up! I read a variety of blogs, the topics I look range from simple living (a la Down-To-Earth) to wedding planning (A Practical Wedding). Take a look at my reader for information about who I follow.

So far I haven't decided on a set theme for my blog. I'd like to follow in the footsteps of some of my favorite bloggers and talk about things like simplicity, cooking, travel, crafty things, etc. As you can see I'm having trouble narrowing it down but I do think it will be fun to delve into many different subjects.

Big news! I just purchased a 1983 Mercedes Turbo Diesel today. Biodiesel here I come! It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time and it has finally happened! I'll give updates and post some pictures of it soon!

That's all for now!