Archive for October, 2010

I’ve Been Noticing That You . . .

10.28.10

TRINITY
Trinity + Gizmo
We’ve been noticing that you wake up every morning thinking something is wrong (“Oh, my back hurts!” or “I think I’m sick”). At least that’s what Dad tells me, since he’s usually the one who wakes you. But then he sends you off to shower, and somehow you always come out just fine. Maybe it’s really just the waking up part that unsettles you? :)

I’ve been noticing that you . . .

  • Want friends who don’t gossip, use inappropriate language, or get catty.
  • Want to shave your legs, start wearing makeup, and do other things that you’re still too young for.

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BLAKE
Blake
We’ve been noticing that you start most every sentence with, “I just realized . . .” You’ll even start two or three sentences within a single conversation that way. We’re glad you’re realizing so much all the time. :)

I’ve been noticing that you . . .

  • Have gotten so independent, heading to the school wrestling matches and basketball games with no idea whether your friends will be there.
  • Ask me how I’m doing all the time, or about the progress or results of something I’m working on. That makes me very happy.

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AIDEN
Aiden
We’ve been noticing how much you love oragami. You love to find music and viral video mash-ups, or music with cool graphic animations on YouTube.

I’ve been noticing . . .

  • That we let you get away with not cleaning and doing your jobs or reading.
  • That you’re still a sweet little mama’s boy. You still need to make sure I know that you think I’m beautiful. You still tell me you have a crush on me and refer to me as “The Cutie.” You still want me to snuggle you to sleep at night. But you’re getting better about letting other people sit next to me at meal time.

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NOELL & IZ
Lunch at the Pita Jungle.
We’ve been noticing that we are constantly asking each other questions like, “Are you excited to . . . (fill in the blank with whatever is next on the agenda)?” It occurred to me how comical it is when you asked me if I was excited to do something on my task list that was especially mundane. I guess we’re the type of people to generate enthusiasm about even our everyday life. But really, it was you started the, “Are you excited to…” questions. And you do it the most. ;)

I’ve been noticing that . . .

  • We go out for wine or a beer once or twice a week.
  • That much of our sense of humor together is in making up hilarious and outrageous scenarios, as if they might happen. And in taking common phrases people use for serious, deep, or sacred events and apply them to the most mundane activities. “Let’s go do this thing we call, ‘Picking up the kids from school.’”

I’ve been noticing these little things — little things that came sneaking into our lives recently, and will soon go sneaking away.

Taking Life Seriously

10.24.10

Taking Life Seriously

My Farmer’s Market is NOT Better Than Your Farmer’s Market

10.21.10

Mesa Farmer's Market
I go to my local farmer’s market all the time. So I talk about it a lot, on twitter and on my blogs. One thing that amazes me is a certain response I get: “I wish my area had a good farmer’s market.”

And worse: “If I were as lucky to have as good a farmer’s market as you, I would go, too.”

I’ve seen pictures of beautiful farmer’s markets around the internet. Or, at least ONE beautiful farmer’s market. And, at least, it seemed to LOOK beautiful in the pictures.

Which is one of my points with this blog post — pictures glorify reality.

I remember the first time I went to my local market. My friend, Adrianne, told me about it and invited me to go with her. I had visions of beautiful flower vendors and rows of tables with stunning baskets of perfectly arranged produce. I’ve seen pictures online. That’s what a “good” farmer’s market looks like. Right?

Wrong.

A good farmer’s market is an existing farmer’s market.

When I first arrived at my local market, I was disappointed. Our market is tiny. It has two short rows of vendor tables along a sidewalk. It doesn’t even span the length of the parking lot on the side of it. My first thought was, “This is it?”

But guess what? It has fresh local produce! And believe me, fresh local non-genetically altered produce is pure awesomeness. So, if you have fresh locally grown produce at your market, and nothing else, then you have a good farmer’s market.

Izzy and I make the twenty minute drive to our market about every other Friday for just three vendors:

  • produce farmer
  • hummus vendor
  • vegan tamale vendor

I got over the fact that our produce vendor is under an ugly green tent that discolors photos in an ugly way. I don’t fret that our produce sits in banged up florescent yellow bins instead of gorgeously displayed baskets — which I now realize look better in pictures than in reality.
Mesa Farmer's Market
On the other hand, I do enjoy the chit-chat and joking we do with the farm family we’ve gotten to know over the past year. I definitely enjoy the fresh local foods. I like being a part of my community.

If you’re waiting around for “good” to come — any kind of good — you’re probably just missing it. Because of the internet, we see great-looking pictures of other people’s lives where the ugly and the clutter is missing, and we compare that to the unedited view of our own environment.

Ugly is everywhere. Mundane is everywhere. But beauty is everywhere, too. Beauty that is unique to an area’s personality, that isn’t the manufactured big-box beauty we’ve learned to expect, only shows herself to those who look for her.

I don’t have a “good” farmer’s market. Except that I do. Because any farmer’s market — by its very nature — is good, even if it’s not the gorgeous one we’ve seen in pictures.

If you think your city or town doesn’t have a good market, please rethink that. Go visit your market. Is there naturally grown produce?

Yes?

You’re so lucky — you have a good farmer’s market!

Music Monday: When Your Instruments Get Stolen…

10.18.10

This video is reason alone to fall in love with this brand new New York band — Atomic Tom — who recorded their first album in an apartment-turned-music studio until the endeavor got shut down by the police for loudness. They finished their record, but then their instruments were stolen this month. Watch this video, and then tell me you wouldn’t have loved to have been on this subway . . .

A Regular Snack . . .

10.06.10

Snack Time

. . . from the Mesa Farmer’s Market on Fridays.

They are so much more flavorful than the non-organic shipped-from-who-knows-where cherry and grape tomatoes you get at the regular grocery stores. It’s like they’re a totally different food.