Week in Pictures

We have decided to upgrade to a king size bed! With a couple of contracts coming up for me, we splurged on this beautiful, sustainably made

We have decided to upgrade to a king size bed! After snagging a great deal on a Nature’s Spa sustainable mattress (made in USA from non-toxic natural latex, organic wool and cotton, silk, and Pennsylvania Amish wood) at the awesome locally owned Mattress Lot, we decided to splurge on this beautiful, sustainable mango wood bed from Crate & Barrel. It’ll take up most of the bedroom, but will be SO nice when our family gains a member (or two) – plus it’s nice to no longer be sleeping on a Hollywood metal frame!

We watched Beasts of No Nation (image source)

We watched Beasts of No Nation and it was tremendously moving. Highly recommend everyone check this out. VERY powerful. (image source)

This week it is 7 years since my father died. With him when I entered this world, holding his hand with my head on his chest as he took his last

This week marks 7 years since my father died. He was with me when I entered this world, and I was with him, holding his hand and my head on his chest, as he took his last breath. My blog was started a week before he passed, inspired by a coworker who encouraged me to put it all into words as I knew his time was dwindling on this earth. After he died, I found his orange and brown hat at the bottom of his closet, and brought it home with me. I drove into the mountains back to Portland at 4am, in a shock I’ll never forget. Some time later I was flipping through a book of poems from his library that he’d given me many years earlier, and Dylan Thomas’s words were dog-eared. “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

After seeing Gina Rodriguez win for best actress, I checked out Jane the Virgin on Netflix...and it quickly turned into a marathon. Sweet and silly :)

After seeing Gina Rodriguez win for best actress, I checked out Jane the Virgin on Netflix…and it quickly turned into a slow-but-steady marathon. I love how it mocks outlandish TV dramas and telenovelas, but also that Jane questions so much, from typical motherhood to religion to love. Sweet, smart, and silly 🙂

BEFORE: Dog gets a little too cocky taking up sofa space.

BEFORE: Our mastiff gets a little too cocky taking up sofa space.

AFTER: We upgrade her old thin bed to an orthopedic one and she has been asleep almost the entire day on it. Victory is ours!

AFTER: We upgrade her old thin bed to a new softer orthopedic bed to accommodate her old bones and she has been asleep almost the entire day on it. Victory is ours!

And finally, today I marathon-watched most of Master of None starting Aziz Ansari and an awesome cast. Yes it's hilarious but just as important, it is so full of TRUTH! From family to feminism to aging to dating to ethnic stereotypes to the media, they talk about all of it in a very direct and yet also endearing and - dare I say - inspirational way. Best show of the Netflix bunch, bar none.

And finally, today being a slow day and the husband doing the late shift, I marathon-watched most of Master of None starting Aziz Ansari and an awesome cast. Yes it’s hilarious but just as important, it is so full of TRUTH! From family to feminism to aging to dating to ethnic stereotypes to the media, they talk about all of it in a very direct and yet also endearing and – dare I say – inspirational way. Best show of the Netflix bunch, bar none. Here’s a great interview with Aziz Ansari about it. Let there please be a Season Two, Netflix!!

 

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