Friday, June 29, 2007

Choco Sprinkles

I left a comment for my friend Ann on her blog yesterday....there was a comment I read today from Mendy saying that she wanted to know the choco sprinkles deal. It's nothing secret or major just a childhood memory triggered as I grabbed a handful of chocolate chips out of the freezer (bad girl). I find it curious that these snacks haven't hit it big in the States (along with kaas souffles, patat met mayo and all the other insane delicacies of Nederland). Perhaps it's the sheer simplicity of it all.... unsalted butter, fresh bread, chocolate sprinkles.... or is it the people you share it with?

I've really felt the weight of responsibility lately where my girls are concerned. How will they remember me? Will they remember all the snuggling and tender moments we share or will they only remember the times I lose my cool and bellow at them "ENOUGH!". I worry. (As Ann so perfectly puts it, I worry about worry.)

I read Marisa's blog yesterday and was really touched by her podcast "Secrets of Dealing with Adversity". It seemed to come at a particularly appropriate time in my world (which her blogs and podcasts always seem to do.... proof that we are all connected in some way, if you ask me) and made me realize that I could learn a lot from my girls if I'd just pay attention more closely. So, I made a pact with myself today after dropping the girls off.... I will not make everything in my life a task or a chore. I am going to enjoy and let go. I'm going to look at turquoise more (a superb excuse to buy jewelry!) and look at the clock less. I'll think of it as my own little independence day.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Artsy-Fartsy

Hello. My name is Nannette, and I'm an Etsy Addict.

I read the blogs of my two favorite artists every morning (with my beloved coffee). Not only is it exciting to see what treasure they have created but it's interesting to read what is going on in their lives. Imagine my delight when I logged on this week and saw a greeting directed right at me from lovely Marisa. For a moment I felt like I'd been caught sneaking a peek....but then realized....that's the whole idea! Imagine that.

I also check in with my best friend, Ann. She creates the most amazing jewelry.... I'm addicted to say the least.

I "discovered" some artists today while spending way too much time poking around on Etsy (I keep hoping it will stir those creative juices I so desperately hope that I have) and had to share just in case anyone is tuning in....

I am always looking for giraffe and owl items.... Sugarloop stuff popped up in a few of those searches and I was instantly a fan! Another new addition to my growing list of faves is Orange Willow....unbelievable stuff!

One other not-so-new favorite of mine is my daughter, Mina. She LOVES to draw and color and paint and, even though I'm extremely biased, I think she has a real talent (which I'm afraid she gets from her father). She made this particular drawing specifically for Dada.....if you look closely you can find her little body and face and we're assuming that daddy is the tall, gangly creature standing next to her. :)



I'm sure I'll find more unbelievable artists on Etsy and I'm sure I'll go broke buying all the stuff I just can't live without. But, more than anything, I know it's all worth it because I'm inspired on a daily basis by all of these incredible people!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Drone, drone, drone.....

I have the funniest best friend ever. From day one, she's been able to make me laugh, call me on my sh*t and really "get" me. She recently left me a voicemail (how mothers of small kids communicate) asking me why I wasn't blogging. After wallowing in self-pity for the last week I had to ask myself the same question. I didn't want to whine about my boring life, my kids that exhaust me, my husband that drives me nuts.....drone, drone, drone.

So, for now, I'll get back to figuring out how to generate business for my virtual assistant gig and, hopefully, will have more interesting things to drone about.....soon. Until then, here's a pic of the goil that keeps me on track... (an old pic but we're still the same!)