January 29, 2013

Is it spring? It is not.

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We've gone from the freezing fog to the rain. I'm losing hope that it will snow this year, but Andrew reminded me that we're only really a month into winter. I was getting excited at the prospect of SPRING, but really, we're only 2/3rds into winter. Well....shoot.

Those bubble things on the spider web? ICE. Weird huh? I'm feeling oddly not chatty today. HOW BIZARRE. I will force myself. Do you like my picture wall? I like my picture wall. (I'm big on self-affirmation.) I wanted a picture wall every since I saw the picture wall in Amanda Peet's house, which was featured in Domino, back in the day. I WILL MISS DOMINO FOREVER. I'm such a junkie that I keep buying their new recycled whatever-it-is-not-quite-a-magazine-or-a-book publications, which aren't that great. Also, Cookie. It's been years, and I'm still not over it. Isn't that weird how much one can attach to a magazine?

I am however, excited about the trifecta of celebrations coming to our household soon, Happy Chinese New Year (that's what I call it, Happy Chinese New Year, the whole phrase, I also refer to it that way when I speak in real life.), Valentine's Day and Julia's birthday. And then my ma's birthday. Good GRAVY, then the crazy train ends for awhile until Easter. This year, because they are only 4 days apart, I will be celebrating Happy Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day together. I'm very excited to inflict that pain upon you all.

And that's all I got, loveys. I feel weird. In my MIND. Winter induced seasonal affective disorder is a-happenin! I went and got me some Vit B, some Vit D3 drops and some Floradix, have any of you tried that? I feel like some Vit B12 injections might be in order, have you ever tried that? I have been trying to get out and walk as much as possible but still, the tiredness, it has descended upon me and is not going away. It's been a difficult week for me and my kid, and I'm not sure if my mood is influencing her mood or vice versa, or both. I know I've got PMS. She's acting like she's got it too, but she's 6.

I also diagnosed myself with SCURVY, so I've been taking Ester-C.

I feel weirder after having written all of this. Have any of you been feeling weird? Let's feel weird together.

30 comments:

  1. Its rainy here in Dublin too, but not cold. Just dull and mis(erable) weather. Quick question, should I buy Who will comfort toffle? for a seven year old? p.s. beautiful web.

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    1. Sure! Re the Toffle book. Of course I'm so pro Moomin, you'd get no other answer from me ;) It's darker in theme than the other Moomin picture books. I got it for J when she was 5 and she still reads it every other month. At almost 7, she still gets a lot of use from, and really enjoys her picture books. Alternatively, you could dive into Finn Family Moomintroll, the first chapter book in the series!

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  2. We woke up to fog this morning, but it is slowly clearing out! I love that snapshot of your family room. You have gorgeous furnishings and windows...love all the natural light!! And I love your photo gallery wall. I have a big, empty wall in our house that would be perfect for that!

    I am excited about Valentine's Day, too! I also love St. Patrick's Day. My daughter's birthday is two days after St. Pat's day, but her friends and family party will be on St. Pat's day. I will be busy the next six weeks. Oh, and wait, Easter is only two weeks after her birthday! Busy, Busy!

    Sorry you are not feeling well. Vitamin D3 and fish oil seems to help me - somewhat. And yes, PMS is happening with me too (Evening Primerose Oil helps with this). Oh, it is so not fun!! My daughter has been a bit of a handful lately. Maybe it's her age, I don't know, but lots of crying fits...exhausting! Hope you have a good day!

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    1. Thanks Julia!!!! I'm very fortunate in that we scored a ton of hand me down furniture from my mom and stepdad that is actually super awesome. I love plunking my Ikea pillows on the sofas and watching my mom's horrified expression. She does not share my love for crazy patterned Ikea pillows :)

      I LOVE ST. PADDY's too!!! I never had corned beef and cabbage until I was 31 yrs old can you believe? Never had it growing up. I'm obsessed with it now :)

      I'm getting on Vit D and the fish oil! I love Evening Primorose except I ran out. I need to get more...

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  3. Scurvy, eh? Have you been taking extended trips on the bowels of an old sailing ship? (if so, we need details!!)
    This winter has been WEIRD. It's like April here. It hit 75 yesterday. And a windy front is moving in and it's bringing thunderstorms (which I love) then back to freezing cold. The weather has been odd and crazy-making.
    Love the photo of the spider's web!! That is so beautiful! I bed the spider didnt enjoy it much, though ;) slippery!~

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    1. That is truly bizarre weather! Not joking about the scurvy. I'm so vigilant about pumping Julia full of fruit, but less good about putting it into myself. And I don't typically drink OJ b/c I have acid reflux and it's a trigger for it. But I noticed my gums were getting all sore and I thought, oh I'm the worst brusher in the world apparently. Then I started drinking OJ and Emergen-C and in 2 days, my gums were nearly all better. SCURVY!!!!

      I really thought all my kale eating and green tea drinking was giving me enough Vit C.

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  4. I love the ice webs. That is too cool.

    I love your living room. So stylish and pretty.

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    1. BTW, your busy season sounds like my Dec.

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    2. Thanks Juju!!!! Right now I'm wishing I had gone down the road of bright yellow curtains, like I wanted to once. I think I will try and find a bright lemon colored.pillow. Not gold. Not normal yellow. LEMON. It will be like my little ray of sunshine :)

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  5. Feeling weird here too. Just not motivated to do anything ... maybe now wasn't the best time to curb my out-of-control caffeine addiction.

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    1. Also, there's been a full moon going on. Full moons, scurvy, and fog will make anyone feel bizarre, I've decided. :) My husband will laugh at my utter disregard for anything resembling actual SCIENCE.

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    2. I'd mail you some sunshine if we had any

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  6. Love the foggy misty photos. I drove home last night from chorus rehearsal in the fog, and it seemed a little spooky, but then I saw the neighbors' red lightbulbs glowing in their lamp posts. (I think they were trying to be festive, but now it just looks like they're open for business, if you know what I mean.) Anyway, it was more of a tawdry, suburban fog instead of the ethereal mist you've got going on up there.

    Also, more evidence that we're clones: I, too, have a picture wall going up the stairs, complete with mismatched (I mean eclectic) frames. Yours seem to hang much straighter, though.

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    1. HA HA HA!!!! Love it. Gotta watch out for tawdry suburban fog! I needed that laugh :)

      I have picture straightening OCD. I like to straighten pictures in other people's homes. I'm sure that's not annoying AT ALL.

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  7. Winter makes everyone weird. I'm starting to feel slightly claustrophobic with winter.... I feel like it's going to be tooooo long..... definitely getting sick of it. I should wrap up the baby and take her out for a walk in the stroller but I DON'T WANT TO, YO.

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    1. Apparently in Scandinavia, they take their kids out in ANY kind of weather, and even let their babies nap in xtreme cold. But I don't think they have the RAIN problem that we've got in the Pac NW. I was telling a friend that 39 degrees and raining is a special kind of miserable.

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  8. Melissa, you have such a lovely home. I have a miniature version of your picture wall. Mine is above the mantel, all of the frames are black (different frames, just black) and the photos are all in black and white. It's my favorite part of our living room. :)

    Scurvy, eh? I think we should add rickets to the list. Surely you must be short on Vitamin D with all that lack of sun... ;)

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    1. Thank you Michelle!!!! My home is like my second baby :) I like houses. I like looking at houses. I like especially like looking at other people's houses. Andrew is convinced I will get shot someday, trying to peer into someone's front window...

      My neighbor has all black frames on her pic wall and it looks so clean and modern, I love it :)

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  9. I love winter, but it was 75 degrees here, too. And it may snow tonight. This does NOTHING to help me get over a cold. My sinuses are going crazy! I do like your picture wall. I really like your couch and curtains. Did you know that Valentine's Day is also International Book Giving Day? I usually give the girls books for Valentine's Day. I think I'll grab an extra book to donate to the school or something. Heather beat me to the scurvy pirate comment. I don't have anything to add to it. I'm sick, the weather's weird, and you know... It's morning. I hate morning. I have to finish my coffee now.

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    1. Curtains came from West Elm and I really love them but like I said above, I was very tempted to try and find yellow. Someday I want billowing yellow curtains somewhere! Andrew is a modernist, whereas I have chinoiserie, bohemian over the top sensibilities....I've become more restrained in my decor aesthetic since we've been together, but I still want to paint random pieces of furniture bright turquoise at times.....I take out my crazy color urges via pillows...:) It's better that way b/c I change my mind all the time. Easier to switch a pillow than a sofa!

      That's CRAZY WEATHER YO!

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  10. I hope you feel better soon Melissa! I take daily Vitamin B, C, D, E and calcium! It helps me keep it together and focused because I am having about 3 hours of sleep daily since the birth of the baby!

    Scurvy huh! LOL I mentioned that to my kid the other day to encourage him to eat his fruits and veggies... (it didn't work).

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    1. I just got a new liquid multi and I love it! it also has fish oil in it, which is good for my skin.

      In another month I won't even be writing full blog posts anymore, I'll just be typing SPRING IS COMING! over and over...

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  11. ohhhhhh, this winter has driven me into great depths of despair. its been a crazy january here too. weeks of single digit temps- horrid inversions, then we got the freezing fog and now its been snowing since Sat night... and its not to let up til fri. we're talking huge snow drifts and major plowing. The crazy thing is I think everything should be canceled in snow like this... but no, it's business as usual- work, school... what the crap? Maybe I need more vitamins too...

    cool pictures! love that spider web one.

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    1. I read Stephanie Nielson's blog and she said she had just gone to the store and stocked up b/c snow was coming for the next wk (she's in Utah too. I have nothing in common with this lady, politics or religion-wise, but her love for her family, oh it's something to behold. She's the first blog I ever read. Love her.) and anyway, she wasn't on planning on leaving the house for a week!

      Here, if it snows, EVERYTHING will be shut down and cancelled, schools, businesses, everything. Seattle has so many hills, people cannot function if it snows at all.

      And thank you!!!! Glad you like the ice web picture :)

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  12. I miss Domino, too. :-( Really loved Drew Barrymore's office. She had a huge portrait of her grandpa as the centerpiece. Anyway--

    Loved looking at your photos. I can't comment on SAD since I've never had it. I'm actually usually much happier and more "myself" in the winter. It's the 100-degree highs for 40 days in the summer that really makes me feel horrid. Sorry you don't feel well, though. Sorry both you and your 6-year-old seem to be suffering from PMS! LOL I got my monthly zit so it must be that time for me, too. Boo....

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    1. I remember that exact issue! That was a GREAT issue :)

      Ohoooooho....that kind of extreme heat...that would be hard to deal with. Not sure I could do that! Once it was above 100 for about 4 days a few summers ago -- it blew our minds, we couldn't believe it!

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  13. Scurvy! You are too funny. :) Just the mention of it makes me want to go chew up some vitamin c tablets. As I was reading your post, I thought, "wow. that is one nice gallery wall." You are a pro. Domino should feature that wall in their magazine. (I still mourn its loss as well. Also, cookie.) Is that your couch--is it beautiful. Looks cozy and soft. I hate the winter. So much. I hope you feel better soon and that you get a sunny warm day.

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    1. Vanessa thank you thank you!! I did everything technically wrong with my gallery wall. I did NOT make a grid first, or plot things out before I started hammering. I just started hammering. There are lots of holes now. The folks at Young House Love did this amazing tutorial on hanging pictures and I decided just to eyeball. I'm amazed it doesn't look totally insane.

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  14. Oh dear! Today your ads have the mug shot of a big guy with a mustache, handle bar mustache...hmmm, a little disturbing! (Sorry, off topic, but it's right there asking me if I've ever been arrested...hahaha i guess it's disturbing and funny at the same time.)

    So, umm I have no idea how the vein of comments on the yellow curtains started, but i'm joining in! i need a punch of color in this house. Badly! I keep on suggesting and buying and hinting about new paint, rugs, decor, storage options, etc. which keep getting vetoed by the husband! His solution? Let's just paint a bright orange square on the wall and call it good...ugh! Hmmm. vitamins are sounding like a good idea here too, or chocolate... works the same right?

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    1. I think google ads track your interest, so um....what does this mean?? HA HA HA. I have no idea how those things work. Sometimes I see an ad for Madewell or Tea Collection, sometimes....Lysol. SO awesome!

      Your husband's idea is so...modern...and avant garde. Very Rothko. If Andrew had his way, we'd be living with one cup and a wood plank for a sofa. :)

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