one can dream...

When you are coveting a four-year-olds outfit and style, you know something's got to give.


just because...

I like the colors. And the bottom looks like my Gram's lampshade. Two good reasons to post.


let's take a ride...

Wish I was zipping through the streets of Florence on this. Too cool. But instead I am going to stay here and go to a volleyball game....or five, this weekend.

You? Whatever it is, have a ball! xoxoxox g.


do tell...

The color of my walls. Do you think all of the b/w photos I frame should be the same color frame? If so, what color? Or, what about no frame at all-all glass.

Do tell.....


My eyelids are sweating.

Dear Summer,

The gig is up. I want this jacket. Give it a rest.




.and I will look this cool when I say it.

Quite some time ago, I wrote a post about the interesting word verification system. I was new to blogging and found many computer generated words amusing. And while the novelty quickly wore off and became more of an annoyance, there are still a few instances that seem spot on for the day I am having. Like today.

Living with too many teenagers can be described with many adjectives, and amusing would be one. But the one that best describes a Summer with them is annoying. Not them being annoying, you see, but them being with US, the parents. I am one of the most annoying human beings on earth. Saying good morning to them can bring such an angry glare it is hard to describe. You can only imagine what "How was the movie?" might warrant. Those of you that have some, or even one, know what I mean. Now, to be fair, just as quickly as the "you are a moron glare" comes, is how fast a random hug, smile, or an actual compliment may come your way from these moody beasts. DO NOT BE FOOLED! It is a trap. As soon as you smile in return, you've set up a shark-near-blood scenario and you will pay. You think you will eventually learn this, but you do not. I do not have an answer as to why.

So back to the word verif. My youngest has decided that the overly used "probs" is her new favorite word. It is hard to relate because they sound, well, like idiots. Want some cereal, sweet? Probs? Are you going to shower later? Probs? Are you going to force this word forever? Probs. She told the pediatrician that her migraines are "probs" worse during volleyball practice. He looked very confused( he is about 89) and I am told later I smirked, which was a no-no ( annoying and not cool), but my defense was she sounded like a dork. She said that advice coming from someone who used the word dork was quite a stretch. Maybe.
But I may have found a new word thanks to the word verif system and it is being debuted here. You see. Blogging is NEVER a waste of one's time

Indif. When this was my word verif today on Liza's blog it practically jumped off the page. What do you think? I am going to use it this morning as soon as one of them asks me which bathing suit they should wear to the pool, only to look at me with disgust when I somehow pick the wrong one. Instead of choosing, I am gong to say, "I'm indif. They are both great." I know the response will be the stare, but I don't care because while I will be "so annoying", more importantly, I will be amused. As my 14 year old probs doesn't know the word indifference, she will be stumped, but act cool, giving me a quiet sense of satisfaction, which is what I go for these days. It is a big part of the puzzle in keeping my sanity. Staying amused, and quietly letting them know I still know a thing or two more than they do. These are tough times(screw the economy, live with four teens for a week and then talk to me about depression), but they too shall pass. Every so often when stumped, they look a little child like and I can see them again, and it is a quiet sense of relief. They are still in there. Though it is impossible to believe, I will one day ache for this stage like I do for the rest of the stages that have gone by so quickly. Well, this stage may be a stretch, but you get the point. And even though they seem like another life form, we are not really all that different. I mean, let's be honest. "Probs" probably came from a mom who was too exhausted from the mental warfare to finish the word.

We'll see how it goes. But in my mind, I will look like this when I am saying it.



.some more book love.

Amazingly cool piece of wall art. Can you imagine the effort this puppy took? I can't finish knitting a scarf I started a year ago. Also cool is my guest post today, I must have books on the brain again, over at Ally's. Come see me there.


If you want to know what I think...

...it is yes, yes, yes. I have always fantasized of having a home built around a courtyard where all of the interior rooms open to the courtyard. I stayed in a hotel in Aix many years ago and it had such life because it was designed that way. This is a bit different, as the pool is in the center, but I think it is gorgeous all the same.....and could make do.

(image Atlanta Home)


sunday mornings at someone else's house.

If I served you something this yummy, you would be at my house this Sunday morning, huh?
(found here)


have a sparkly weekend.

What's up for your weekend?


.can't decide

Is it the new bedding from West Elm that I am enjoying? Or the thought of living in this room? The power of good advertising. Either way, West Elm has some great new stock for Fall.



LOVE this black wall as a backdrop from this yummy white space. Elegant, eye catching and serene at the same time. What do you think?

(image via perfect pitch)


.rise and shine

These ceilings and high gloss floors are the way to a start a Monday, chickadees. Yum factor-a zillion.
( image via simply seductive)


over the edge.

That is where this image send me. I am foaming at the mouth.
(image by Sharon Bromley via design files)

pour me a drink.

...or make me a fixture, please. Whichever you have the time for.
(image via inklog)



I like this for Fall. You?
Which reminds me. Did anyone watch Rachel Zoe on Bravo last night? Thoughts? I just want to dig her so bad....but cannot. But some amazing stuff.



Love the stillness here. Need cool images like this to get by on these hot days. You?


love it...

The bar. Just the bar. You can actually take every single other item our of the image.....or not. The water is fine. And that may be a good magazine. Can't tell.

You? You like?
(image via Ahern)