Oh my, even I had no idea of what an amazing place I was headed to for the week. It is historic, full of antiques, every piece of furniture is custom upholstered and it is amazingly relaxing. Here are just a few things we have done this week and we have not traveled more than half a mile.
Here is the corridor to the Spa!
I took the historic tour today (i was the only one in the tour and it was wonderful). I took a ton of photos for the blog because I knew you would love this place. This resort built in 1766 - any idea of where I am?
Hi Pink ::
(my popcorn scraping mess and other getting house ready to sell nightmares)
(7 day Alaskan cruise)
We planned this trip a year ago with my mother and siblings when
1. There was an economy
2. We were not moving.
Talk about bad timing.
Or maybe it is the best timing ever? hmmmmm
I don't think I have ever need a vacation more than I do right now. I have not left the house for the last 3 weeks unless it was to go to church or Home Depot. 6am to midnight everyday painting, refinishing, organizing, cleaning, gardening in 100 degree heat and telling Little Think to stop messing up what I had finished doing.
My "2cleverness" is at a all time low.
Yeah. I need some chill time.
(literally and figuratively)
I will try an mobile post the highlights. I've never been on a cruise before so if it ends up being endless posts about beautiful scenery and chocolate desserts at midnight, I'm sorry.
Hopefully I will come back with fresh ideas to share. Especially with school right around the corner.
:: Think off sailing the Alaskan "drink"
(haha get it? told you I wasn't 2clever these days)
Actually this is a real mystery novel Killed By Clutter written by Leslie Caine. She writes mysteries dealing with interior design. I got it at my Book Club book exchange last Christmas. I wanted it so I could frame the book cover because it is so my life right now. (Okay, who am I kidding.... my life all the time) I'm just keep asking myself over and over, where did all this junk come from as we try to get this house ready to sell.
I'm about to unplug my computer for awhile to shave some popcorn. Don't know what that means? Consider yourself lucky! For some reason in the 70's it was the "normal way" to finish ceilings in homes by spraying paint with added bits of foam (i think) so it looks like a vat of cottage cheese.
Whose brain child was this? I'm sure it was lovely when it was first done but after a few years it starts looking pretty bad. We have removed it in almost every room of our house except two. It is not hard exactly, just really, really, messy. We were hoping to make it out of here without having to do those last two rooms. But after our meeting with our real estate agent she told us we really did need to take the popcorn ceilings down. The last rooms are the laundry room and....wait for it.....my office. Ahhhhhhh! We have been avoiding it for 5 years. All those books, art supplies, papers, files, the equipment, all the projects I really will do someday. Nightmare. And so it has begun. I'm looking around thinking there is no way this house will be ready for an Open House in 10 days.
So after reading all that whining I thought I should share something clever to make it up to you. Maybe you do this already but it has been so helpful to us when we travel with our Little Think. In the past I would pack her suitcase and then 10 seconds later she will have pawed through it and everything was in a jumble. I have started packing her outfits in slider ziplock bags. The entire outfit for the day– underwear to socks to hair bows each in its own ziplock bag.
I know its not too "green" but I save the ziplocks and use them over and over for as many trips as the slider thingy will continue to work. I love holding up two bags and asking if she wants to wear "this or this" and then tossing the bag of her choice to her and out she comes in something that says "I have such a good mom – look how cute and coordinated I am while visiting extended family we hardly ever see so we have just one outfit to prove that."
At least that is what is says to me.
Not exactly sure what it will say to the monkeys jumping into your car on your next European adventure next month...
Off to chant my mantra of the day "Cottage Cheese Free is the Way to Be" while 30+ years of gunk falls on my head and I lose all feeling in my arms and fingers.
This house better sell for a million dollars :: Think
Hey there Pink ::
I'm trying to come back to reality after a wonderful week at Hilton Head last week. It was soooo relaxing. I was still recovering from my Swine Flu so I really took it easy. Only down side is I didn't pull out my camera very much which I am now regretting. Didn't even take the traditional writing in the sand photo. I KNOW! Interesting that we didn't have cell service so we all just put our phones away which was good except for the no blog posting part. Helped me realize my iPhone and Facebook addictions are still alive and well. ha!
This year for Mr. Think's family reunion we rented a house right on the beach. In years past we have been a row or two back. It was perfect for his Grandparents who are in their nineties to sit on the deck and see the ocean. I loved being able to lay on the beach and send Little Think back to the house for potty and/or snack breaks. The constant ocean breeze really helped with the heat too. Especially for those family members coming from non-humid lands. It felt like Autumn to us coming from our 105 degree oven called Texas. We some rain most days but it was a good way to get the kids inside before they had completely worn themselves out. And it made it exciting to figure out what evening to take our family photo. Oh how we needed my Weather Bug app!!! We have rented houses on North Forest Beach area of the island from a company called The Vacation Company for 10 years and been very happy. I recommend them. Luckily his entire family can stay in one house so it makes it pretty affordable once we divide the cost up.
This year we tried "real" long board surfing. (Notice the real is in quotes...) I had done it a long time ago in a body far, far away. Figured the tiny waves would be kind to an old creaky body that grunts when it gets up off the floor, let alone popping up from a moving surfboard. I don't think I embarrass myself too much.At least there is no photo documention to prove it. Little Think was an natural until she had a wipe out that bonked the board on her head. Now she is not too sure she wants to be a professional surfer after all.
We did make it to The Salty Dog. Oh my....those Hush Puppies were to DIE for. I determined right then and there that I could live on them for the rest of my life. Thanks for the heads up. Also made it home with a book, stuffed Jake dog, and t-shirt combo. I'm such a sucker. We had a nice "adults only" upscale dinner out at a place called Red Fish. Very nice. You know it is good when a non-fish-eater like me orders fish and loves it! I even ate lobster. (It had been deep fried and I never turn down anything deep fried...EV-ER.)
It was Mr. Think's parents 50th Wedding anniversary while we were there so I made some iron-on tshirts for everyone. I'll try and post a tutorial for them tomorrow or at least by the end of the week.
Our Real Estate agent is coming over tomorrow to look at our house and tell us how much we should list if for. Please say a little prayer for us. We have put so much blood, sweat and tears in this house along with a whole lot of cold hard cash. I'm afraid if the number is not what I expect I may flip out. Is that why they call it "flipping" a house because it makes you flip out? Interesting.
No longer at the beach. (Literally or figuratively) :: Think
Do you know this about me ... I hate to fly and I hate using the word hate, so that let's you know how much I hate to fly.
Today our flight out west was so bumpity. I was gripping the arm rest to my left and Mister Pinks hand to my right. ( yep I alwyas let him have the isle and I crunch in the middle)
Anyway during the part of the flight when the pilot asked the stewardess's to sit down immediately, I grabbed my iPhone and used two applications.
First one is called Meditate Now. It has a series of relaxing messages to keep one from freaking out on a airplane, go to sleep , do well on a test and even helps with emotional eating.
The othe app is called Spin Art. It is exactly what it says it is and will remind you of being a kid. You can create the art and save it as a photo and even print it out and put it in a frame. My littles love it and play it all the time when we are in a long line or while watching me grocery shop. Today during the bumpidy bump I made this pink and green creation. ( which i will name in honor of Lilly Pulitizer) It helped calmed my nerves and was kind of fun too.
We only 75 min left on the flight and I may be making a few more spiny arts and listening to my new friends soothing voice.
I am getting some more peanuts.
Mister Pink and I are off again for a visit out west together.
We are flying out of Baltimore which is a fun place to fly out of because a lot of US troops fly through here on their way home, which brings on lots of group clapping an cheering!!
Have a great last few days at the beach.
For the past two mornings Mr. Pink and I have walked down to the public market and had these french pasteries and sat on the water and watched the clouds roll over the mountains. Mr. Pink is in la la land.
I took this photo of our hot chocolate this morning. Today they gave us hearts in the cream.
I can't wait to explore the city on my own today. I wonder who I will meet?
( don't worry Nora no one can replace you! But I think I will for sure try to find a paper source)
Off for the day and guess what the sun is shining!!
Ran out of time and/or good light to do the post I wanted to do today so I went trolling through my iPhoto archive and found these recent shots of my "loot" from our Maui Trip in March and thought I'd share this Travel Tip.
Every place we travel that is a "big deal" to us we try and pick up a Christmas Ornament that represents that trip. I love pulling out the ornaments at Christmas and pulling out the memories of the trip at the same time. I find a spot to write the year so I will always remember when it was that we went and prevent future discussions/arguments while decorating the tree.
Here is the ornament we found this trip. It's a real orchid hand-dipped in epoxy that we bought from the artist who dipped it. Isn't it gorgeous!!! I will always remember the smell and colors of Maui when I see this. Will be especially nice when we are cold and snowy in December.
The other thing we try to find (we are not always successful) is a Nativity set representative of the area. Sometimes they are hard to find but usually if you look hard you can find them. I know I will always put them out at Christmas. No matter how my Christmas decorating themes may change from year to year, house to house, the Nativities I have collected will always have a place.
The one I found on our last day in Ka'anapali was perfect. Small (the people are only 3-4 inches), came in it's own box, was locally made from local materials, and was under $100. It makes me so happy to see it. Great details.
Actually, my favorite thing about all this is that Mr. Think and I decided to do this tradition years ago. I love how it is understood what we are looking for and that we will purchase them when found. No begging or pleading to purchase on my part. I love that he is looking for the perfect ornament and perfect Nativity right along with me and he sometimes has a better eye than I have in finding them.
Can't wait for our next big trip!
Do you do this too? :: Think
I'm sitting waiting for my flight home this afternoon. Thought I'd test out a phone post too. It was soooooo great to see you. A hug from you is just what I needed. Thanks for buying me my first mint brownie ever at our lunch. And meeting your freshmen roomates was something I had wanted to do for a long time. (No wonder you had more fun than I did.) I had a great time with my Mom and sisters too. Aren't these flowers amazing? Saw them while heading to the Art Competition Show. Feeling oh so cleverly inspired after this trip!
I am on my home just sitting on the plane. I am loving this new typepad application where I can post anywhere any time.
it was so great to see you. Thanks for the bag of goodies and thanks for shaing a mint brownie with me. They are my absolute favorite.
Have a safe flight home, don't forget to give the plane a good luck rub.
My bag** is packed and I am off to Utah! I can't wait to see you.
Let's meet for lunch on Thursday at around 12:30.
BYU Campus - The Wilkinson Center - at the tables in front of the yummy BYU Creamery!
any eavesdroppers that want to join us, we would love to have you! (since you don't know what we look like, I will have this bag with me)
** ok are you loving my new bag as much as me. I have not made a bag in years - it felt good. I will for sure do a video tutorial this summer!!
We made it home from our fast and very last minute trip to Hickory North Carolina (Furniture Mecca). We didn't got there for furniture but if I did that would be the place to go.
With all of our traveling we really should compare notes on creative ways to make travel not so painful - I bet we could make a great list.
Anywho - I will share one more reason why I love having a camera on my phone. I took a photo of our parking level at the airport and would never have found the car today without it. I do have that great iphone app the uses the GPS to find your car - but this seemed a bit easier.
I am sure that every time I leave my car in a large parking lot it is secretly saying "Don't forget me!" I am not very good an remembering where I park.
also it seemed fate that there was mass confusion when getting on the plane today so me and the girls had to wait outside the plane until they figured it out. I looked down and there were all three of my littles rubbing the plane and I was able to snap this photo. It kind of gets me teary just looking at it again. The simplicity of little family traditions - I think are my way of telling my girls "Don't forget me!"
Now onto getting ready for the leprechaun!
Pink :: I'm home.
Oh what a fabulous trip!!! It was all quite like a dream and I can't wait to share it. But right now I feel like I've been hit by a bus. The overnight BUMPY flight with no sleep and a six year old has really done me in, as well as the 5 hour time change. So I'm tackling my laundry and downloading photos today. Can't yet talk about it without getting weepy that it's over.
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I seriously want to examine your brain and figure out how you store little tidbits of information about people. Most of the things you mentioned in your touching post of our imaginary day together are things that I only mentioned in passing years ago. How does your brain do that? I can't remember what I was doing 2 weeks ago let alone things you said to me years past. You really are gifted. I am very lucky to be counted as one of your friends and witness your amazing talents.
This photo is one of the many, many rainbows we saw. They were everywhere.
Little Think was in rainbow heaven!
Trying to stay awake all day and go to sleep at night :: Think
I am sitting here crying. My brain is so full of tiny tidbits of information I think because it never got filled with all that information that you have from Physical Science our freshman year in college. (considering I took it twice and never passed, I had a lot of empty space to fill up)
I am glad that you are home. I will admit I was kind of lonely and didn't write much while you were gone, next time I think I will need to find someone to chat with me so I don't get so lonely.
We are home from one of the best vacations I have ever had. So relaxing. We spent the week on the 4x4 beaches of Corolla in the Outer Banks. A house full of cousins and family. Thanks for holding down the blog fort while I was away with no internet access - now that was a vacation for me.
I thought I would share with you a clever way to document places you go and the year you were there. For 15 years I have always written in the dirt and photographed my writings to remember the date and place I had been, so that when I would get my film developed one of the photos would record the details. (film developed - oh how that dates me!)
Then speaking of Brilliant Barb (she is pretty amazing huh!) I got this idea of photographing our families shadows from her last years Christmas Card. This was our family this year on the beach in Spain this summer... ahhhh the warm memories!
Then I took one of each of the girls with their name in the sand and their shadow. A perfect combo of both
Then my last photo I will show you today is the only thing I could come up with at the beach house to document that we celebrated the New Year. Good thing no balls were missing from the pool table. I love this photo and was only able to get a good shot because I used the edge of the table as a tripod.
I am glad to be back and look forward to sharing you some other clever ideas I had this past week laying around doing absolutely nothing! I LOVE LOVE the new wallpaper and banner. Oh my it put me in the best mood to open the blog today. I love the New Year poem you wrote!
Any other clever ideas of a way to document the year with numbered items?
Any eavesdroppers feel free to send in some photos because I would love to share them.
The first 5 photos I get via email I will send you gobs of pink and white polka dot ribbon to make something clever with!
Happy New Year :: Pink!
After making only 2 phone calls today I found the shop you visited in La Jolla. They were so nice on the phone and told them how awesome the gumdrop dress is. So if anyone is going to La Jolla put Sigi's on your to do list and see what they come up with next (no pressure of course). If you go tell them 2clever sent you. Not that they will know what that means... hee hee.
If you don't live close feel free to visit their shop at your computer desk in your jammies here!