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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Restoration: Week 16.

I finished two books last week, so the restoration of my reading continues. Bruce and I finished another book together, something that has always restored and built up our friendship.

Bruce also took me to see I Feel Pretty. It was funny and sweet; we both really liked it. Going to the theater now and then restores my love of movies.

I'm still listening to The Greatest Showman in the mornings. It helps to restore my serenity and somehow, my energy too. Sometimes, Oliver will dance with me to "This Is Me."

Oliver allowed me to hug and kiss him in a burst a couple of days ago. Showing affection for others can be so restorative.

I began a YA fantasy novel. Reading fantasy restores my joy and wonder.

I know that my mind and heart need further restoration. I try to work on that each day, even in little ways like reading a few extra poems, putting on blush, or kissing my husband. I'll be working on this all year.

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Bold Reader: Week 16.

I finished two books this past week! Dress Shop of Dreams was sweet and fun--light with a ribbon-tied ending. I enjoyed the magic realism. I need to read more MR. 10th of December was for my tiny book club (Bruce and me). This one was my pick because I loved one of George Saunders's stories in Best American Short Stories. He's amazing at blowing open all the quirks and absurdities of a character's mind.

I'm behind on my Bible. I'll make a good habit eventually! It is important to me.

I've still been reading poetry in the tub. Felicity is my second Mary Oliver book (the first was Dream Works), and I think she's becoming one of my favorite poets. I couldn't find any more cheap copies of her books. I'll have to wait and request them for my birthday (which isn't so very far away). But I'll ask Josh to check his college's library.

I've started a YA ebook, Fairest of All, which is about the queen from Snow White. I can always use more fairy tales. And they are not so hard to find.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Skills I Wish I Had.

  • Giving myself a good manicure. I make such a mess.
  • Cooking in general.
  • Swimming like a pro.
  • Connecting to kids with autism.
  • Disciplining kids with autism appropriately.
  • Singing well in various styles.
  • Tap dancing.
  • Making my own clothes.
  • Playing the piano.
  • Reading more quickly but still deeply.
  • Maintaining good connections with people.
  • Applying makeup like a pro.
  • Spotting lies easily.
  • Playing basketball (for Josh's sake).
  • Writing a novel.
  • Dyeing my hair by myself.
  • Sewing doll clothes.
  • Having better time management.
  • Gardening.
  • Knowing the names of trees and flowers.
  • Drawing.
  • Making paper dolls.
  • Baking. Blondies!
  • Staying fit.
  • Making others feel special.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

About Purses.

I have a small, silky black purse with a gold clasp and a gold chain. It belonged to Mimi, my great grandmother. I wonder where she went with it.

I've had so many pretty and fun purses. Here are some little memories:

One Easter when I was 11 or 12, my mom gave me something like a grown-up Easter basket. I remember a lavender velvet top, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Almost Kissed, and a shiny ivory purse. It's one of my favorite memories.

I vaguely remember a small fold-over purse that was a party favor from my friend Tracy's birthday party. She had the best party favors.

Before taking me to Europe when I was 13, my Nanna and Grandpa bought me a "passport purse," blue velvet drawstring style with blue roses. I took it to a show recently.

My darling friend Melissa once gave me a beautiful black and white Audrey Hepburn purse with rhinestone details and red lining. I used it until I wore it out.

As a teenager, I bought Disney purses at Wal-Mart. I found Aurora and several Cinderellas. I still have one with pale blue sequins.

At Bath and Body Works one winter, I bought a beautiful purse of green velvet and silk. Most years, I wear it just around Christmas. I want it to last.

When I was at Disney World for my honeymoon, I found an adorable bright pink mini messenger bag with Tinkerbell, glitter, and beads. I bought it and used it until I wore it out.

Now, I use a LeSportSac tote with silver straps, pink lining, and lovely art work from the live-action Cinderella. It was a birthday gift from Mom and Shane a couple of years ago. It's stuffed.

It's always interesting to know what's in someone's purse or bag--what does the person consider a necessity? How much of a girl's personality is revealed through the objects she always keeps near her?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Restoration: Week 15.

Scripture, fiction, and poetry have built me up this past week. I don't feel as if I read enough, but I did finish two books. My spring young adult lit focus is in progress.

I got to watch a good movie and some good TV. Bruce took me to see The Quiet Place, which we both liked. My tolerance for scary movies and TV has grown considerably. More to enjoy! The Good Doctor wasn't on last week, so we watched Saturday Night Live, Electric Dreams, and Lore. So fun. Leslie Jones restores me by making me laugh hard. The science fiction and folklore awaken and restore creativity and curiosity in me.

I've been listening to Phantom in the car again. It restores my sense of wonder and my memory for what delights (last year's word!) me or speaks to me deeply. I share the music with Oliver when I drive him around. He seems to listen. That seems to restore or even build a new kind of connection between us.

I painted my nails, and I woke makeup almost every day this past week. I hate painting my nails, but I love the surprise of color on my hands. I want to restore my interest in beauty.

What can I restore this coming week?

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Bold Reader: Week 15.

I finished two books this past week! I finished An Ordinary Day by ue Di. And I finished Stealing Snow, my first YA novel of the year and of the season's focus. It's the first book in a series, so the end wasn't very satisfying. But I don't think I liked the book enough to read the whole series.

I'm replacing An Ordinary Day with Mary Oliver's Felicity--more poems to read in the tub. I'm replacing Stealing Snow with The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Bloack--a former library book I found in the free bin at 2nd and Charles. What luck! I already like her.

I'm still reading other books bit by bit--The Broken Way, 'Salem's Lot, French Women Don't Get Fat, Uniquely Human. Bruce and I will finish Tenth of December this week--only 3 stories left! I'm behind on the Bible, but I'm not giving up. I've also been reading a ebook, Dress Shop of Dreams. It's fluffy, but I love the magic realism. I may finish the book on the treadmill this week.

Books literally surround me right now, and I'm happy.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Beauty Favorites.

In case you haven't noticed, I love makeup. It started as a way to cover up what I did not like about myself, but it's become a creative joy. So here are some of my favorite products:
  • Revlon Color Stay foundation in Ivory. This has been the only product I've found that really matches my face. I've been  using it for about 20 years! Mom used to wear it in one shade darker.
  • Too Faced Candlelight highlighter. When I have time, I put this on high points or all over my face. I love the shimmer.
  • Urban Decay body glitter in marshmallow. I need to wear this more often. I love the scent.
  • Too Faced Glitter Bomb eyeshadow palette. Josh bought this for me for our anniversary. The shimmer is amazing, and I love the bright colors, mostly pinks and purples.
  • Stila In the Moment eyeshadow palette. It's full of purples and a few neutrals. It has plenty of shimmer, and I don't tire of it.
  • Disney/Sephora Cinderella eye shadow palette. The packaging is gorgeous. The palette is full of glitter with neutrals and blues. I nearly passed out when I saw it at Sephora. I love the Ariel palette too. I wish the partnership had continued.
  • My Starlooks liquid eyeliner with star stamp. I'm not good at applying liquid liner, but I love putting a little star near the corner of my eye.
  • Julep When Pencil Met Gel eyeliner in Forest Green Shimmer, Ultra Violet, and Galaxy Black Shimmer (with purple glitter). These are some of the best liners I've ever used. They go on so easily, and they stay. 
  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Wrath. This bright, metallic red is perfect for an edgy Snow White.
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose--a soft, sheer red that is the best tinted lip balm I've encountered. I want all the colors!
  • My shimmer cream and lavender Snow White and the Huntsman makeup bag from a set Dad gave me.