I am on day 4 of being without power. No hot water, food, light, nothing. After schlepping to Target, Home Depot and Lowes in search of battery operated lanterns (of course they are sold out), I found myself in my loaner car (a whole other story) cursing in front of my daughter. It was at that moment, at that stop light that I looked to my right at the REI on the corner, and said to myself, “it’s worth one last shot”.
Once inside, I entered a strange universe of self sufficiency products I never knew existed. I guess they would be known as camping supplies… (not like I would know). Four flashlights that attach to the head, a battery operated iPhone charger and a new BFF (Chuck) later, it seems I am ready to go home for the night. Even if I am not the happiest camper….
Update: August 30, 2011
It’s hard to find inspiration in the dark. I was at the computer beginning to write when the lights went off early Sunday. It’s Monday at 9 pm, and I sit in my dark bedroom on my draining IPhone—with Trudie, the poodle on my bed and a battery operated lantern my friend brought over. The family is at a hotel, but they refused to take Trudie, and I don’t roll without my poodle, so here we are, another quiet night in the dark together.
I am not really thinking about the sort of things I write about each day in this blog, but more about how much the small things matter. Like being together, sharing a meal at home, snuggling in bed watching bad reality tv, and having showered and looking and smelling presentable. Sometimes darkness brings these things to light… I’ll be back as soon as I can. Thanks for being patient and checking in!
August 29, 2011
Well, this is my personal worst, and I’d say I am in pretty good shape, considering the scope of this hurricane’s wreckage. No power and a purple plum tree down. Could be worse. Thoughts go out to those who suffered more.
Be back online soon.
I had to drop health forms off at school today because I got a letter in the mail stating my daughter would not be allowed to attend school next week without them. They were due two weeks ago. Story of my life…
Anyway, walking into the school I was struck by the utter lack of decor in the place. The buildings themselves need help, and it’s too big of a project to even scratch the surface, but what about the rooms themselves?
I mean, we all know that schools have no budgets for this stuff, but classrooms are filled with ugly decor. Does it need to be ugly? Research proves that people thrive in visually stimulating environments. Can’t it be, well…. better looking? I went online in search of some classroom inspiration and here’s where I landed.
Images via Pinterest
Thinking about sending my daughter to college gets me all misty (and overjoyed at the same time) hmmm, which is it? I remember it like it was yesterday— my mom taking me to get a hideous puffy synthetic bed-in-a-bag comforter, plastic shower tote, alarm clock, milk crate storage, and all the proper eighties-era dorm accoutrement for my Boston College Newton Campus Dorm. Even an itty-bitty-book-light in pink…
In this scenario, I imagined a breezy, eclectic dorm: a little kilim, a little flokati, a little rustic, and a little vintage and floral. I wanted it to feel like home, but her home, not mine. What made me really nuts was the little book “Your Mother Was Right”. She said it, not me… What girl wouldn’t want to pull an all-nighter in this chic little global get-up? Mom, it’s all from point and click resources, and not-so-bad on the bank. Do you approve?
1. Cloverfield Duvet
2. Rose Landscape Shade
3. Diamond Pillow
4. Meet Me in St. Louis Pillow
5. Shaggy Pillow
6. Word Pillows
7. Poodle Bookstands
8. Lap Desk>9. Your Mother Was Right
10. Desk Lamp
11. Organic Throw
12. Clock Radio
13. Bean Bag
14. Desk Chair
15. Kilim Rug
16. Woven Trunk