(We're not always so studious. I recently spent a bittersweet ten days forcing my lids open in the wee hours of the morning nearly devouring The Hunger Games trilogy. Before that, I enjoyed Bossypants. Tina made me laugh (and blush) every few pages. I'm talking about literally lol'ing. The kind where people in Panera gave me funny looks and my husband kept asking "what?" in a nonchalant way until I read him what's so funny - and then he laughed too, of course.)
A chuckle here, a sigh there. Simultaneously gleaning wisdom from others' lives. A peaceful, connecting experience.
So many of our evenings are brimming with activity right up to the breaking point and then quickly numbed by the TV before trudging off to sleep.
(Ironically, since we no longer have cable, the only show on around this time of night is 30 Rock. Tina is getting more than her fair share of exposure in our home. She and Baldwin have us laughing then, as well).
Activity is wonderful and TV is fun.
But I rather like ending my night with a good book. Somehow, snuggling up with my honey who is doing the same makes it all the better.
I have a few questions for you, if you are still out there.
- do you read books with (or alongside) your spouse, children or friends?
- in what other simple ways do you create special moments with loved ones?
- what books (fiction and non) made you think, laugh, cry or grow?
(Yes, it's been a while. I'm wanting to establish a plan shortly and write about things that make me think, laugh or smile in hopes that you'll do the same. Until then, please enjoy this simple post and have a lovely day!)
Earlier today I walked outside to call you. I flipped open my phone and scrolled through a loooong list of recent calls before I got to your name.
Why hadn't we talked on the phone in so long?
Oh yeah... I smiled.
We just spent the whooooole weekend together. Who needs a phone?
At first this made me sad because it's now Monday and the weekend is over.
Then it hit me. I get to see you tonight when I come home from work. And tomorrow, too. And the next day and the next until it's once again the weekend and I can set my phone aside and spend a little time with you.
This was a big revelation today. It made my heart swell.
I am not particularly drawn to butterflies and certainly avoid any clothing or accessories they find themselves fluttering on.
I am, however, attracted to this beautiful print from UO.
The paper appears vintage, as though recently ripped from an old textbook. My mom (who dislikes all butterfly decor) will probably be pained to read that I would love to frame and hang this print in my home.
What do you think?
*I stand corrected. This bride happens to be wearing a lovely butterfly dress.
I am a new wife, with a handsome, encouraging husband who always makes me laugh. I love to make dinner, but not clean the dishes. I love hanging with my family. I want to grow. I find beauty in people, books, design, creativity and nature. Enjoy this as a journal of all things beautiful.