Saturday, February 19, 2011

more homestead

i couldn't resist posting a little more about the Homestead.

by jill

it is definitely worth mentioning that this charming house came with a trampoline and chickens; a garden and a firepit; raccoons and deer; hollyhocks and sweet peas; wood floors and warm colors; windows overlooking the bay; and a great, big, wrap-around porch.

various photos by Jill, Molly, Kurtis, & Kevin

it was a wonderful house and we had some wonderful times.

by us

by Jill

by us

yes, indeed.

p.s. jill's blogged about the Homestead numerous times. a few of my favorites are here, here, and here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jill's Virtual Birthday Present--Homestead Style

from: molly and Benoit Vieubled
to: jill cox

isn't this amazing?!!

i think it's absolutely ingenious. it reminded me instantly of ms. jill and a magical little house we once shared.

it would have gone nicely in the living room. well, if the ceiling had been just a bit taller. . .

by jill

happy birthday dear friend!

p.s. to see more birthday action, head to jill's blog and read about it here and here!

Daughters of Islam


finished this a few weeks ago.
i can't post this without mentioning how much i miss my dear friend, Cait. she so thoughtfully gave this book to me on my 27th birthday.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week in Review

Despite high hopes for 2011, certain goals for this blog (like finishing posts about Jordan or Thailand or the summer--just to name a few!) have definitely taken a back seat. In the past month, my online time has been commandeered by the pressing search for a new teaching post. I'm happy where I'm at, but I'm also open to exploring new places, meeting new people, and gaining new experiences. (International Baccalaureate experience would be swell.) It's been interesting to consider what life would be like in other countries (Vietnam, Serbia, Netherlands, Myanmar, etc., etc., etc.) and to come to terms with the very likely possibility of staying another year here. We shall see what doors open -- or don't open.

This week was busy. When I haven't been filling out job applications I've been . . .

celebrating birthdays

making soup with lentils

making salads with quinoa

going on crazy fieldtrips with lions and lost children and scary women with wooden switches

going to yoga

helping with Feline Friends

spending a little time outside in the wonderful weather

hearing amazing stories from folks on the Logos Hope

enjoying my new blooms

writing up a storm

missing this fun gal

and catching up with a few folks on skype.

Although the job search always feels a bit tedious, I'm happy to report that overall it has been a good week. That jump start must have helped.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jump Start to the Week

Egads, people. We're having a major motivation shortage over here.

I should have been in bed at 8:30. Instead, I've just wasted the last two hours moping about, looking at photos, zoning out to favorite songs from a few years ago, and indulging myself in a little too much nostalgia. Which means it's 10:30 pm--I'm still up--and my planning for the week isn't finished. Ugh.

Am in definite need of a jump start.

Here's to another week!

Just thinking about going back to work tomorrow makes me feel tired. Let's hope I can rally in the morning. Seriously.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Petra Polaroid

Jill. Molly. Caitlin. Petra. Yay!

Just yesterday, copies of Caitlin's Jordan photos made it from Washington to Abu Dhabi. I haven't had a chance to look at all of the images very closely, but here's one of my favorites.