All right, this is just too fun. … Have you seen this OK Go video? I keep watching it over and over. …
… high note, that is, in the low desert. …
We took a quick weekend getaway to Palm Springs this weekend, and had a great time. Things I love about about the low desert:
- Dry heat. I love it in small quantities, and when I’m ready for it.
- Hauntingly beautiful mountain ranges. The surrounding mountain ranges make you feel “nestled in,” safe somehow, like you’re in a bowl. The San Jacintos are visible from everywhere in Palm Springs — they’re dry, and haunting, and beautiful, and timeless, and they turn purple in daybreak and turn orange at sunset, and they’ve been there since the pioneers saw them, and they’re just lovely.
- It’s all about the pool. In Palm Springs, vacation is all about having a great pool. I love that single-minded focus. When we asked Nathan what he was most looking forward to, he said “the pool!” Easy breezy.
- Another world. It’s a different climate (at least 10 to 20 degrees warmer). A different ecosystem (different bugs, different lizards, roadrunners!, etc.). It even feels like a different era (all that midcentury modern architecture — even the fonts on the house numbers). Yet we can get there and back on less than one fill-up of gas. Perfect.
So that was our kick-off to start the summer! Now we’re all in our laid-back mindset. …
What gets you started on “summer brain”?
Yay! School’s finally out! We’ve had a crazy-busy June.
We’ve had late-night school projects and open houses:
Art awards shows:
Dances and galas:
And that’s only after all the shoe-shopping, dress-shopping, corsage-ordering, tux-fitting, project-finishing, violin-tuning, tie-tying, shoe-shining and more that preceded each event in the last few weeks! Whew! It’s been a crazy, busy June.
But it’s been very celebratory. And very happy.
It’s just that I’m pretty sure we’re all going to be sleeping in this weekend. …
One of my most popular posts to this day is the one I did about who should play Jamie Fraser in a movie version of Outlander. …
Yup, indeedy, it seems we’re all obsessed about this possibly-most-romantic-hero-ever.
In fact, the discussion is still going on over there, more than a year later — I just got a comment last weekend, in fact, from a young woman who claims she’s found THE guy to play Jamie. And she’s uploaded a [gulp. …] verra cool video to prove it. …
C’mon over to Who Would You Cast as Jamie in Outlander and see her video (along with a few others that were uploaded in comments) and see if you want to change your answer? Or add a new one?
Obviously, the Jamie discussion is just going to go on and on until someone makes that movie! 🙂
Last year, in honor of Father’s Day, I did 30 Reasons I Love My Man.
But over this past year, I thought of a few more.
Here they are:
- When the kids were very small, he insisted on making each of their birthday cakes himself, from scratch. He made Rene a giant castle one year (with ice-cream-cone turrets) and — another year — made her a giant unicorn head (with twisted sugar chews as the horn). He’s also made race-car cakes and cakes with Elmo all over them for the boys. There’s nothing like seeing a grown man in your kitchen with frosting all over his hands and a frown over how he’s going to stack that third layer to give your 3-year-old the highest castle he can. …
- When he’s on vacation, he never shaves. The resulting dark stubble around his jaw has now come to look like pure relaxation to me — and is just rugged enough and just sexy enough to make me look forward to it every time.
- He plays the guitar in our bedroom from time to time to relax. He taught himself to play, but he’s been doing it for about 20 years now and can play a lot of songs. He also bought a ukelele about 2 years ago and is now teaching himself to play that, too. It sounds like the beach.
- He looks great in his Levis. (Oh, did I say that one already?) Okay. … He looks great in his Levis sitting on a Harley.
- He always rises to the occasion to be a dad. He’s always been involved with the kids’ sports — being in charge of sign-ups and picture days, too. But one year, he moved beyond the sports realm and took our daughter to get her dance pictures taken at the dance studio when I was ill. Although I wasn’t there to see it, the image I have in my mind of him standing there — making small talk with all the stage moms as they discuss hair and makeup — is priceless to me.
- He brings me bouquets of flowers from time to time for my writing room. But the thing I love best is that he always pulls one flower out of the bouquet and gives it to our daughter.
- He cuts his own hair.
- He grills a mean steak.
- He knows what basil is.
- When we got our new dining chairs, our kids fought over who got to sit next to him at the dinner table.
- He watches the Housewives series with me.
- He has good taste in television and has insisted that I watch all these shows with him: Mad Men, Entourage, Weeds, Hung, and Modern Family. Now we make them into marathons that we watch together.
- He taught our son how to drive this year. He also taught him how to order a corsage, make a date dinner, order a tux, and tie a tie. I think my son is in good hands.
- He still makes me laugh every day. (Oh, I said that one already, too?) That’s okay. It’s important.
- I still think he’s quite possibly the best father in the universe.
Happy Father’s Day, babe!