Thursday, April 28, 2011

cheerio love

funny how things line up.

i borrowed a copy of elizabeth gilbert's most recent book, her follow-up to "eat pray love"--"committed". i'm about half-way through. it's about marriage--about getting and staying, about avoiding and considering; it's about the history of marriage, both recent and long ago. fascinated and curious, i am.

we really didn't know a lick of anything when we married (big red and i). it's a statistical miracle we are still married. we didn't have a whole lot going for us. under 30, both took on new jobs just before getting hitched, not much money, red was still going to school and a honeymoon baby. but here we are--still together.

tomorrow is the big wedding in the u.k.--or haven't you heard. ;)
i'm not that interested, but i need to be home a good part of the day tomorrow to finish up a project. so i'll probably catch highlights.

i watched back in 1981 when charles married diana. and like many young girls, i secretly wished to be a princess like that. that amazes me now. why? why? why? probably because i didn't understand a lick about marriage. it was still all fairytales and butterflies, in my thoughts then.

it's alright though, as it appears i am not really royality-friendly.

i am, however taking last minute reservations for the nuptials. in honor of william and kate's upcoming wedding...
your royal wedding guest name - start with either lord or lady. your first name is one of your grandparents’ names. your surname is the name of your first pet, double-barreled with the name of the street you grew up on.

love and light and cheerio
lady dorothy sage of park

Friday, April 22, 2011

a way of being

happy earth day!!!!

i partnered with jack johnson for this little message.

well, sort of.

i totally agree with him.

and he might be my boyfriend.

and he doesn't know about that either. (but big red knows and he's totally alright with it. he's so evolved) you can watch jack here.

we aren't brand new to this bandwagon. we do our part. little things everyday. you probably do too. is there something else you could do to be kind to the earth today and tomorrow. a new habit--a way of being?

i'm promising to carry the reusable bags into the store. i'm making it a bigger priority than i have in the past.

we were hoping to walk a local park today but it's raining and two people in this house are under the weather already.

i'll check out B Kind 2 Earth Day's facebook page. you can too. but there are other things we could do. what if, all at once, we all took a bigger step to care for our collective world. what if we all voted with our time, energy and money to people and causes, politicans and goods that represented our love for this earth we are all living on. can you imagine?

love and light all at once

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

once upon a time, long ago....

the snow melted and we're back to normal mid-april weather in michigan. big storms heading our way tonight.

over dinner i told r that on may 9, 1923 michigan received 6 inches of snow. (my point being that we could potentially get quite a bit of snow that late in the season) r says, "how did you remember that?" oh lordy. i don't remember that--as i wasn't born....but i did see it on the news earlier in the day.

that reminds me of when b was a wee-little and asked my mom if there were trees when she was a kid.

man, i love those moments. i love when funny things come out of people's mouths. whether, on accident or *by purpose*--another one of b's sayings from when he was small.

makes me wish i had wrote down all those funny moments--to relive them again and again.

are there stories in your family that you all tell again and again? i'd love to hear them. i'm a new audience.

nobody in my family wants to hear the story of how i was almost killed by a trout.... again. it's a good story. i am the hero. my family are all the bad guys. maybe that's why nobody wants to go over that one again. ;)

love and light and good stories

Monday, April 18, 2011

monday monday

woke up to snow this morning. snow. real snow. in april. on april 18th already. i know. i am so over snow and winter-y winter weather.

next year i'm expecting an eighty degree day in january and call it even. i probably shouldn't hold my breath.


r had a baseball game yesterday. it was windy and cold. i layered that kid up and hoped for the best. he played really well.

my dad had swung his car around so that you could see the whole field. so i sat with my mom in the car. we cheered even though nobody else could hear us. we remained cozy-warm. r said he couldn't feel his hands when the game was over. i offered him a bagel.


i have lots to do this week. spring cleaning still isn't done. it's beginning to seem like a lost cause. whatev.

i have appointments to make and gifts to buy. heck, i have to figure out what gift to buy. what i thought was a good idea--isn't.


i'm participating in B Kind 2 Earth Day. you can join in too. go here. find out more. it's all good.

love and light and embrace the randomness

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

quote for wednesday

"Choose to align yourself with people who are like-minded in their search for simplified inspiration. Give those who find fault or who are confrontational a silent blessing and remove yourself from their energy as quickly as possible. Your life is simplified enormously when you don’t have to defend yourself to anyone, and when you receive support rather than criticism." - dr. wayne dyer

love and light and alignment

Monday, April 11, 2011


red and i ate our way through a long weekend--a weekend that was just the two of us. and a lot of food.

i'm sick about a little late, i know.

it was a lot of eating. it was all good. very good. scrummy good.

we had sushi and aglio e aioli, general tso's chicken, veggie pizza and bread pudding. not all at once. that would have been ridiculous.

the aglio e aioli at the french laundry was it's an italian spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, italian sausage, capers, white wine, tomatoes, and spinach. it's not your average red sauce spaghetti, it definitely has a mediterranean flavor. (my grandma always described spaghetti as *italian*--that still makes me smile whenever i hear or see that)

it was a plate of salty and savory, comfort and freshness.

so, i still have to cook for the rest of my gang tonight but, this momma? this momma is dinner.

love and light and a small salad

p.s. this is the french laundry in fenton, michigan--not the one in napa. i did not bring my laundry (not even one of fourteen loads) nor did we eat anything french.

Friday, April 8, 2011

roughing it....r-style

5th grade camp was last week.

r is our 5th grader.

big red took the week off and went along to chaperone.

big red loves camp. he went to 5th grade camp several years ago with our oldest and didn't want to miss out camping with r this year.

i over-packed for them. it's what i do.

they had a ball.

b and i met up with them one night for dinner in the lodge. and i brought nail clippers because i had forgot to do r's nails before camp. r was a bit annoyed with his manicure at camp. can you imagine? whatever.

so left without his momma and in the wild, r built a fire and a shelter.

he held a tarantula and several snakes.

he tried archery.

he went no-handed on the high ropes course. (i have a video of that, but blogger is not allowing it to load)

some times, boys need some time without their mommas.

but r turned up his nose at dinner one night this week. then i found out he voluntarily ate a worm at camp. oh, correction....half a worm. c'mon. are you kidding me?

love and light and bravery to try new things

Thursday, April 7, 2011


join me today at for a live text chat.

i'm co-hosting a talk about mistakes. big ones, little ones. and how we do learn from them. at least, that's what i think we're talking about. i could be mistaken. ;)

author, alina tugend, who recently wrote "Better by Mistake" will be there.

so, i hope to see you there. and in case you just cannot swing it, the whole conversation will be available to read through at your leisure. i know. cool, right?

love and light and a big eraser