Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22, 2011-Girl's Day

This weekend we had one of my favorite kinds of days....Girl's Day. It ends up being a series of days since our big, strong, stud of a man is out of town for a while. Before I go any further, let me make sure that I convey how much we miss him!!! We do and we can't wait for him to come home!
With that being said, we are doing all things "girl" right now:
*we "snack" for dinner - things like hummus and veggies are a meal
*we wear facial masks
*we watch girl tv shows all night
*we drink flavored water
*we take goofy pictures
....are you getting the idea?
Friday, "B" and "P" both ended up with the day off from school which is a rarety since they go to different schools. We decided to take advantage by turning the day into a fun, crazy Girl's Day. We did a VERY little shopping at our favorite clothes store, we had "lunch" (aka - "samples") at Costco, we had a wonderful visit from one of our very favorite people "K" (who is on her way to Italy!! see my earlier blog if you want to know how completely jealous I am) and we went for an incredible run at dusk. I even got to spend some time on one of my favorite hobbies (gotta love www.memorymixer and
It was a great day....

Sunday, January 16, 2011

January 16, 2011 - Un' Amica Stretta

I am completely obsessed with Italy...and I adore almost everything Italian. The decor of my house even has a certain Italian look. I have never been to Italy, but it is definitely on my "bucket list". Several years ago, I found a photography workshop by a well-known photographer that was being held guessed it....Tuscany. I was dying to go, but since it would have been a major interruption in my real life (the life I truly love with all my heart and soul), I had to put it on hold. However, I still have the advertisement on my refrigerator just to remind myself that at some point in the future, Mark can go to Italy and fish and I will go and take pictures of the incredible villas and of him fishing.
This past Christmas, "P" gave me a book that I had heard of called "Eat, Pray, Love." Now, being completely honest I probably wouldn't have bought this book for myself but I loved the fact that she thought about me and thought I would enjoy it so I happily began reading it. ("P" is one of the sweetest, most thoughtful girls on the planet!) As soon as I began to read, I became enthralled. Yes, the story-line was captivating, but I also loved that this woman shares my love of Italy and I find myself living somewhat vicariously through her as she discovers Italy.
One of the things that I am enjoying the most is the Italian phrases sprinkled throughout the book - I find them absolutely stunningly beautiful. The other day, I learned that "un' amica stretta" means "a close friend". "Stretta" means tight - like tight clothing. So, a close friend, in Italian, is one that you can wear tightly, snug against your skin. This just spoke to my soul because isn't that the perfect description of real friends?
So, here's to you, my "un' amica strettas"...I am ever so grateful for your presence in my life.