In the deep fall
don't you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don't you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think
of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don't you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
vanishes, and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
bellows. And at evening especially,
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.
-Mary Oliver, "Song for Autumn"
Image via I Saw Today.
- I am so inspired by all of you participating in The Joy Diet series with Jamie Ridler. It sounds like such an amazing process and I am loving your posts on each chapter. You all have prompted me to order my own copy of the book, which I cannot wait to devour.
- And speaking of books, I pre-ordered a signed copy of Kimberly Wilson's new book, Tranquilista. With chapters like "Bake in Beauty" and "Decorate with Sprinkles"(love it!), this promises to be another fabulous resource from the incomparable Ms. Wilson. Who else is excited?
- My sister sent me a fascinating NYTimes article on the connection between yoga and mental clarity in the face of danger that had me glued to my computer screen. A definite must-read for yogis and non-yogis alike.
- Some très exciting news...I think we've decided where we're going on our honeymoon! We haven't finalized our plans yet so I don't want to say anything, but I will as soon as it's definite. It's a country that has long been on my list of places to visit. So. Very. Excited.
- And finally, for you design lovers out there, check out Department of the Interior, a wonderful blog I came across written by a college classmate of mine who muses about inspiration, stylish living, interior design, art, and more. Isn't it delightful?
I have been trying my hardest to fight off an impending cold for a couple days now, but last night it hit me full force. I'm staying home today and indulging in some extreme self-care, which means curling up on the couch, sipping tea, and watching reruns of Biggest Loser.
I recently picked up this gorgeous little book, Organic and Chic by organic baker and cake designer Sarah Magid, at Anthropologie, and have been drooling over all the beautifully photographed baked goods. Our next wedding-related task is to choose a bakery and design our wedding cake, so I have definitely had cakes on the brain. This book has been giving me all sort of inspiration!
- EO's organic lavender hand sanitizer.
- An assortment of Yogi teas (green, echinacea, ginger, etc.)
- Burt's Bees honey lip balm
- Extra hairbands, bobbie pins, and a miniature can of hairspray
- Mini-pack of Herban Essentials towelettes (perfect for a mid-afternoon aromatherapy pick-me-up!)
I plan to add:
- Band-aids and moleskin (handy when breaking in new shoes...)
- An extra pair of opaque black tights (I wear these all winter under dresses and skirts and tend to get runs mid-day...super annoying!)
- Kiss My Face olive & aloe moisturizer
- A variety of fun greeting cards to jot notes to friends over my lunch break or for co-workers' birthdays
- A bar of high-quality dark chocolate
Do you have a stash of any kind at work? What do you keep in it?
P.S. Isn't that a beautiful drawing? I found it on Papermoth's Etsy shop.
P.P.S. A big welcome to my new readers! I'm so glad you're here. Leave me a comment and introduce yourself, if you'd like.
This is an amazing (and hilarious!) reminder from comedian Louis C.K. that real happiness isn't having more, but rather being thankful for what we do have. I love that he uses humor to illustrate this point so perfectly. I was laughing hysterically (and partially in guilty self-recognition since just this morning I caught myself complaining about how long it would take me to choose the music I want to transfer to my new iPod Touch...horror of all horrors, right?)
It's so true that we take for granted things that didn't even exist until recently. I think it's so important to keep this in perspective (especially when we feel like complaining), and I'm resolving right now to be better about it.
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained and chopped (the San Marzano brand would work well)
1 pound large peeled and deveined raw shrimp
1 cup crumbled feta
1 tablespoon chopped dill (or parsley if you prefer)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook onion and garlic in olive oil with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and cook for an additional 30 seconds while stirring. Add chopped tomatoes with sugar and simmer, stirring occasionally, until somewhat thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Season shrimp with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir into tomato sauce along with the lemon juice. Transfer to a baking dish and top with crumbled feta. Bake until just cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve sprinkled with dill or parsley.
6. My good health
7. Discovering yoga in the past couple of years and the benefits that my yoga practice has brought to my life
14. Really soft and cozy pajamas