Thursday, December 13, 2018


My friend Hilary is vivid, passionate, funny, smart and so very lovely. I am over the moon excited for her and Lee to be married next year, and it was so much fun taking some of their photos for wedding invites and website.  Here are some of them!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


I haven't done one of these in a while, but I had a collection of lovely things I had spotted recently and wanted to share:

I am loving all the 2018 upgrades to the 1980 fanny pack (they're called "belt bags" now apparently), like this sleek detachable leather one

Wendy Goodman's "May I Come In" book

My friend gave me a sample of this, and it was so good. 

I ordered this gin neat on a date with Ken and it was so interesting to drink on its own.

I haven't ordered any of these kits from We are Knitters yet, but if I did, it would be this one.


Another year of apple picking in the books! This year, our schedule didn't allow us to get up to Carter Mountain until middle of November. I started checking the weather a week out and started wondering what I had gotten us into - the forecast called for a temperature in the high of 45 - but I was determined to get that mountain air into my lungs and apples into my belly, so we pressed on.  Our friends came up to Richmond that morning, and I bundled ourselves up to the max (I wore ski pants!) and we drove up to what turned out to be a really clear but very windy day.  

It was REALLY cold.  We regretted it almost immediately, but then we ate some hot apple cider donuts and that fortified us. 

This is Logan regretting refusing the extra pair of pants I tried to put on her that morning. 

Haha - the best group picture of the kids from that day.

Sloane was totally undeterred from said wind and immediately started running around and having a grand time - which I think helped keep her warm and happy.

As we hiked down to the fuji apples, the walk warmed us up and the wind abated in the lower parts of the mountain. 

Rewarded with apples - always worth it! 

My little pro! 

Lesson learned to refrain from apple picking in the mountains when it's this windy, but I don't regret this trip one bit! It was invigorating and we came home with a giant bag of apples, which we devoured. 

Monday, December 10, 2018


1. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

If you'll remember, I loved reading Towles' book, The Gentleman in Moscow, and so I was very excited to read another one of his books. I didn't like this one as much as Gentleman, but it was highly enjoyable nonetheless because it was set in New York City in the 1920's and I will read anything in this specific vein. This one didn't feel as developed as Gentleman, and the writing wasn't as refined, but it was great fun visiting the New York City during that time period that Towles conjured up.

2. Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

I tried reading her earlier book (and her name was the first female Sloane I had heard of and was thus inspired to name my daughter) and it didn't work for me, but when I saw she came out with another book of essays, I gave it another shot. The writing still felt rough,  but she writes in a very accessible and familiar voice. The thing I like most is her observation abilities, similar to David Sedaris, but a younger and less specific (does that make sense?).  There is something about her voice that reminds of of Harriet the Spy! which is a huge compliment.

3. Circe by Madeline Miller

I had started this a while back, but couldn't get into it, and then tried again recently because a friend said that the audiobook version had a narrator that was an excellent reader.  It took me a few chapters to get invested, but it was well worth the effort because the story was wonderful (and the narrator really was excellent). I love mythology stories, and think it's hard to breathe a realistic and believable voice into a mythical creature like Circe without it being either flat or overly dramatic, but Miller accomplishes it beautifully.  I also love the photo essay  Miller has on her blog of some of her favorite artistic depictions of Circe throughout the ages. 

4.  We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

I picked up this book because I saw an interview with her on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah where she talked about this book. This isn't one that I would press into the hands of friends, but it was interesting getting to hear where she came from, how she became an actress, what it's been like for her since, etc. and she really does write in a way that makes you feel like she's telling you her life story over wine. If you're a fan or want to know more about who she is, this is a fun and quick read.

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Here's a video of the literary party!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


And baack to our literary party update! I posted about our fox costumes here, and I want to make sure to document the party from that day.  I loved Roald Dahl books and loved reading through some of my favorites with Sloane and Logan. How glorious it is to get giddily happy about books in this way and have other people be that way as well! For this year's party, we had each family who wanted to attend sign up for a book to read, bringing a food from their book, and give a brief presentation about the book, i.e. acting out a scene, telling their favorite part. Some photos below:

Mignon found these labels and fashioned them onto chocolate bars to make Wonka bars! And one of them had a golden ticket :)

The girls and I had just finished reading "The Twits" earlier that week so we especially appreciated Martha has Mrs. Twit and her little monkey. 

Look at these ladies! This was the party planning committee this year and I love their sparky, book-loving, silly, creative beings with all my heart. 

I'm kicking myself for not getting a photo of the tree that my cousin Lois did, but I got this one here of the peach that Martha did up...with holes for picture taking shenanigans!

Our fox family! I love the little chicken and duck we got for our baby foxes. 

The Clinches as "The Minpins"

Robinsons as "The Twits"

Campbells as "Boy" (specifically, "The Mouse Plot")

Moons as "The Enormous Crocodile" 

Kims as "James and the Giant Peach" 

Stubblefields as "James and the Giant Peach"

Wards as "Danny, the Champion of the World"

Parks as "The BFG"

Leary's as "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Agabas as "Matilda"

Welch's as "Matilda" 

Capeheart's as "The Magic Finger"

Banisters as "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Hurray for everyone! 

And a few photos that Martha took of Ken and me