Finally painting our bookcase

Finally painting our bookcase

Ever have a project that hangs out on your to-do list forever? This one was mine: I’d been meaning to paint it ever since we moved to this house (two years ago in August). That bright, orange-y red just never blended in with the other things in this room, especially when the walls were still(…)

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

For me taking pictures is partly a tactile activity. The feel of the camera, the click of the aperture dial, the-ever-so faint sound of the leaf shutter all contribute to the experience of making photographs. How the camera feels, sounds, and looks is important to me.  Not just because I like cool-looking cameras. It’s because(…)

Hey, anyone still there?

Hey, anyone still there?

So, um, yeah…we’re still here. Sorta. In our last post, I did say that we might be posting a bit less as we entered back into the school year, but I didn’t expect to go more than a month without writing here. Since we began This (sorta) Old Life nearly two years ago (on Oct.(…)

Of little pink houses and hometowns and dreams

Of little pink houses and hometowns and dreams

I grew up in a little pink house in a quaint little town–though it wasn’t quite the kind of house and town John Mellencamp immortalized in this (now rather quaint itself) 1983 video. My house wasn’t in middle America and it wasn’t bubblegum pink. It was in a south Seattle suburb and it was more(…)

KISSing our family room fireplace

KISSing our family room fireplace

A for-real comment from my 1st grade report card: Obviously, I was born the English major I eventually became. An inability to accept an easy, simple answer served me well when it came to detecting and analyzing literary motifs (a HIGHLY useful life skill, I might add ;-)). It has not, however, served me so(…)

The not so great book review

The not so great book review

I am so full of such big plans at the beginning of every summer. I’m going to clean! I’m going to paint! I’m going to organize! I’m going to exercise! I’m going to read! And then reality (often in the form of the 3 kids we are raising) sets in. I’m happy to report that(…)