waffling my way along

I loathe travel planning. Not all of it, of course. The initial ‘ooh, I get to go to …’ is lovely, and it’s always fun to look up my destination on google earth, look up local weather conditions to start thinking about what to wear, start learning some basic vocabulary in the local language, etc. It’s all very exciting and romantic and makes a great distraction from whatever I’m supposed to be doing instead.

left luggage by flickr user paul_likes_pics

left luggage by flickr user paul_likes_pics

The part I hate is when I have to stop just thinking about it and playing around with various options and actually commit to buying tickets and booking accommodations. If I could possibly get away with walking into the airport with my luggage and buying the ticket at the counter then and there, I would. Having to buy ticket weeks and weeks in advance just feels so wrong and confining and frustrating. The upshot is that I often pay more than I should have for a ticket due to leaving it too late.

So I am very proud to say that I bought my ticket today for a trip that starts on July 22nd. That’s nearly a whole month away. That’s probably the longest in advance of a trip I have ever bought my ticket. I’m already starting to worry that maybe I should have waited a few more days, because what if I change my mind or need to do x or y or…

But the change fee is pretty high, so I am just going to have to make everything else work around it. I’m flying to Paris on July 22nd and coming home on August 13th. I still have to buy all the plane and train tickets that will get me from Paris to Dusseldorf to Osnabrueck to Berlin to Poznan, then two weeks later back to Berlin then on to Nijmegen, and back to Paris via Dusseldorf, but just having settled the transatlantic bit is a huge step for me. I feel almost like a responsible adult. ūüôā

Of course I have barely thought about preparing my talks and lectures when I get there, but there’s still *lots* of time for that…

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me time

This past weekend was only the second one I’ve had to myself in June, and is the last weekend I’ll be home alone until mid-August, so I was determined to be as hermity and homebody-ish as possible. Besides the usual weekend chores (vaccuming, laundry, washing dishes, running errands) and a decent amount of time spent curled up with a book, a cat and either a mug of tea or a glass of lemonade (depending on the ambient temperature) in the papsan, most of my weekend was spent at my sewing machine and/or my cutting mat.

This makes more sense when you realise that my sewing room is also my guest room, so this was my last chance to have unfettered access to it for ages. Also, the long lingering cool spring has turned the corner into the warmer, muggier summer weather (still cool enough not to drag out the a/c, but I’m sure that it won’t be long now). So it was high time I got working on several of the summer dress revisions I had planned. Continue reading

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make a joyful noise

A few of the things currently making me very happy indeed:

  • The peonies are out! my number one favourite flower ever, growing just below my bedroom window. Bliss.
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  • My snazzy new folding bike. I couldnt resist this one when I saw the craigslisting. Too cute. I just love the bright red seat. I’ve decided to call her Lolly (as in pop).
  • Impromptu weekend at a cottage by a lake. How lovely to get out of the city and spend time with some delightful people. The dogs were in heaven.
  • Stella and Charlie rest before dinner

    Stella and Charlie rest before dinner

Other, even more exciting things are promising to come soon, but these are quite enough to be going along with. I hope summer is bringing wonderful things to you too.

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Just a coincidence?

Yesterday, Apartment Therapy posted about Linnea’s Color Coordinated Closet.

Linneas closet

Linnea's closet

Now, anyone who has seen my home knows that I am all about the colour coordinated closet.

Linnaea's colour coordinated skirts and shirts

Linnaea's colour coordinated skirts and shirts

 

It’s not as obvious with the skirts, and the colours in the photos aren’t great (it’s raining today, so light is an issue), but I’m just a wee bit obsessed with organising my clothes and accessories by colour.

So should we extrapolate from this data and conclude that all Linn(a)ea’s have colour coordinated closets?¬†

shoes and bags

shoes and bags

Or should perhaps Apartment Therapy was just celebrating my birthday in their own special way. Either way, the excuse to spend time enjoying all the colours in my closet is very much appreciated on a rainy, grey day.

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this little piggy

I am completely in love with this needle felted boar by Victor Dubrovsky.

old boar needle felted from wool

old boar needle felted from wool

More shots of this fellow, as well as oodles of other wonderful pigs, dogs, cows, sheep and birds can be seen here. Thanks to craftzine for sharing. I like the owlet almost as much as the grizzled old boar. The eyes on both critters are just wonderful.

Have I mentioned that it’s my birthday tomorrow? ::hint,hint::

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follow through, the having of

I really do need to get better about posting more often, instead of just accumulating big piles of photographs and *plans* for posts. Then I wouldn’t be stuck trying to figure out how to string together 5 days worth of thoughts and projects into a single coherent story, without resorting to variations on ‘and then I … and then I …’

In lieu of this masterful summary post, today I’d like to share just a few of the happy moments I’ve caught on film over the past week or so.

 

Breakfast on the balcony

Breakfast on the balcony

 

sweet old girl, basking in the sun

sweet old girl, basking in the sun

summer reading plans

summer reading plans

 

thrift store scores, hanging on the line

thrift store scores, hanging on the line

summer dress

summer dress

lilac tree + lilac house

lilac tree + lilac house

So what’s making you smile these days?

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John and Michael

Hooray. My friend Shira’s amazing film ‘John and Michael’ is finally available on the NFB web site.

From the site:

This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down’s syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Narrator Brian Davis, also intellectually challenged, brings the men alive with great sensitivity.¬†
 

Shira is an incredibly talented animator. In this film she uses modeling clay on glass to animate the story. The images are gorgeous.

Many more stills from the film are available at the NFB web site.

Shira’s next film should be finished soon. I can’t wait to see it.

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