happy fat tuesday!

it's the final day of mardi gras.

the last day to indulge before the lenten period of restriction begins.

what will you be eating today?

i've been waffling between giving up cheese versus the ever-present in my diet, honey and peanut butter. but that's for tomorrow. today, i will consume copious amounts of both!

hmmm. jury's still out.

all i know is i desperately wish i was in venice today. enjoying carnevale. and indulging as only roman catholic italians can!

Happy New Year!

i've been thinking about this impending new year a lot in the last few weeks.

i love new years, birthdays--any time the calendar gives us a chance to begin again.

i make long lists. carefully note all the things i'd like to change about myself.

i suppose it goes back to all those after-school-specials where the geeky kid comes back from summer vacation transformed. i've been waiting for that all my life. the day i suddenly wake up and have it... together (for lack of a better word).

but, i'm laughing as i write this, because i'm realizing it probably happens that way for very few (if at all).

and while i have goals for this year, and wishes and great aspirations, i'll write them down next week. because for today i resolve to accept that where i am right now, is just fine. perfect in fact. and there is nothing to change. only bits and pieces to add.

today i resolve to resolve nothing.

that being said, below are some words and images i'm pocketing away to take with me into this new year.

may 2010 bring you all that you've ever wished for. i cannot thank you all enough for your kind words, support, and continued encouragement. your presence and friendships have brought me so much more that i'll ever be able to convey to you.

see you in the new year!

with all the love i have to give,


"I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times a little hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

Marilyn Monroe

let's go said he
not too far said she
what's too far said he
where you are said she

e.e. cummings

"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love."

Claude Monet

images 1 (quote picture), 2, 4, and 5 via sabino
3, 6, 7, and 8 via tweexcore

love. and Christmas.

have i told you?

Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year.

it is a day of preparation and prayer.

a day when we decide that Christmas decorations as they stand, are done, and so we begin to clean.

a day when we take evening naps, readying ourselves for midnight mass.

and eat a dinner comprised completely of appetizers. and prosecco.

and then watch love actually (all four of us commenting--identifying our favorite scenes and rewinding to watch again and again as hugh grant {the golden oldie} busts a move.

and then we head to mass. my favorite event of the year.

i love this time of the year.


"love actually is all around"

whatever you believe, whatever you practice, may this season bring you the happiest of tidings. may you be blessed and loved. and share that love and goodwill with all.

Merry {Happy} Christmas!