Tuesday, May 13

oh dear lord

#provyloveIt's the colors that get me #provylove

Bullet points.  It's all I've got.
  • No, my last post did not mean I was in a spin in a bad way-- just that Spring undoes me.  Exactly that.  My normally Type-A personality goes on walkabout and I'm left with some dreamy-headed hippie who floats about in scuffed sneakers-- no socks-- eats oatmeal for dinner and makes no effort to keep up with the busy busy world.
  • As in, no effort at all.
  • Also?  Teaching a 6-week online workshop whupped my sorry ass.  Yes.  It was divine.  Yes, I wouldn't trade it for a month here, but it pretty much used up any spare oxygen I had kicking about
  • I lie.  I would totally trade it for a month there.
  • No, no-- I am not that shallow.  I'm definitely kidding.
  • Who are we kidding?  I'm definitely that shallow.
uploadOh, spring
  • Also at fault?  Providence in Spring.
  • Sometimes when I am walking under the bowers of impossibly, endless blossoms I want to be that Verizon guy with the network of hundreds walking behind him.  I want EVERYONE to witness this beauty.
  • It overwhelms me. I feel like that Native American who got taken to England and before he set sail, his chief tasked him with making a mark on a stick for every person he saw. After about an hour in port, he tossed the stick.  No way to record it all.
  • That's how I feel.  Toss in the camera.  Shutter the blogs.  Nothing I can do to capture it.
Blessed are the mamas of this world!Found on our walk. Keeping them in my water bottle til I can get them home. Les muguets!
Cherry blossoms in the house ❤️On the crosswalk ❤️

  • In an effort to keep grounded, I have begun a daily yoga practice and as of this morning at 7am, I have made it to class 21 days in a row.  Boo-YAH.
  • Life in Provy continues to get sweeter-- maybe it takes three years to find your groove in a new town?  Maybe it takes me three years to find a groove in a new town? I wonder-- how long does it take you to feel "there" when you move to a new place, just curious.
  • I've seen some live music. In particular,  Jeffrey Foucault. I bought 3 of his cds. Am thinking this might be my summer soundtrack. In the clip below he's playing with his wife, Kris Delmhorst who is also a musician


  • And, as much as I make fun of myself for all I am not doing-- the truth is there are some big projects going on behind the screen that I can't wait to share with you and I have been pretty busy with all that.
  • I even put a bid in on a house.  I know, right?  Can you imagine-- me, buying a house?
  • Stay tuned. You never know . . .
bisous, e

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    1. Don't hold your breath-- I am like a sea turtle . .. . XOXOX

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  2. You more than earned a trip to the spa :-) Spring in Providence looks absolutely enchanting. They call Arkansas "The Natural State" but we do not look that good!

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    1. awwww-- let's go to the spa TOGETHER!!!!

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  3. I laugh out loud reading your blog- Willow, my dog, runs from the room in fear or embarrassment- who knows? Oh, and this guy sounds like buttah- and, the wife= whoa... nice!! House- Woohoo!!!

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    1. I wish I could hear you laugh! That is my new thing-- laughing-- seriously-- http://thecenterofjoy.net/Hasya__Laughter__Yoga.html

      Sending you and Willow BIG BIG Love!!!

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  4. 21 days in a row for a yoga practice - oh how I long to get back to my practice - soon, soon my life will return to a balance. Thank you for the inspiration to persevere.

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    1. it's the funniest damn thing--- even though this is like 1000X more than I normally go--- somehow the bandit in my head says, "pffff" not enough--- can you believe it? But I love it and am taking it one day/ one week at a time but my true vision is to do daily yoga for 365 just to see what it would be like, you know? wish me luck . . .

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  5. you have lily of the valley!

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    1. yes yes yes!! it's here-- more pics at my instagram!! all over the house as I write to you it smells SOoooo good!!

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  6. 1. HOUSE?!? Yay.
    2. Took me 4 years to be HAPPY living in Los Angeles...
    3. That looks like some Spring season you've got there - such heavy blooms
    4. Pretty sure after the winter all East-coasters made it through, the least you should get is a few weeks of sneakers without socks and wandering around in the gorgeousness. enjoy xo

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    1. 1. we'll see .. . it can be a long process and I am in no hurry it's gotta be "the one"
      2. okay, good to know I am not the only one
      3. it is INSANE, seriously
      4. yes! xoxo

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  7. Oh dear lord! ENJOY!!!! This course was magic and so intense. What did you say? Uh, something about joy play pleasure... Spring seems to the very right time in Providence for shoeless sunny feet of yours. A house, a house! And new things brewing??? You. Make. Me. Curious.Lovely. Dear E., you do Providence justice with your amazing pictures... They make smile and feel at ease with the world. Hugs!

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    1. oh Kati! Thank you I love your energy-- we are such kindred for sure! xoxo

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  8. HOUSE! OMG-GROWNUP! :D I have been LOVING your journey through Providence and spring (and life). And yes, speaking as a military brat, 3 years sounds just about right.

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    1. I know, right-- can you see me EVER growing up? But keep an eye on the sky-- if you see some pigs winging by . . . you never know . .

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  9. A house!!!! Oh lawd! Exciting...

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    1. we'll see-- the process may be very slow--- check in this time next year-- ha!

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  10. You sure know how to pack some wallops into a bullet-ed list! In response:

    + Love this post title :)
    + HA re: shallow/not shallow
    + Those colors are i.n.s.a.n.e.
    + I'll let you know re: my international groove, though it'll probably take me a whileeeee given the language situation. I think it was about a year for me in NYC, though—had to experience every season before committing—and never in DC (which is why I left!). If spring would get a move on to Stockholm maybe I'd hit something groove-like sooner.
    + Whoa HOUSE! Didn't you hint at maybe leaving just a few weeks ago? You trickster, you! So exciting, congrats congrats CONGRATS! :)
    + P.S. I keep imagining a little lily of the valley behind Daisy's ear (if that was anatomically possible), she's just so ladylike and demure (at least on Instagram ;) ). that it seems to fit!

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  11. you are in STOCKHOLM-- like you MOVED there? how did I lose track of this?? I thought you were in NYC. . . Daisy is SUCH a tomboy except for like 4am to 6am when she is a snuggle love fest puppy ... :)

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    1. Ha, yes ma'am I did! Been a resident Stockholmer for a few weeks now. Left NYC at the end of March :).

      I like knowing Daisy only LOOKS lady-like, but is a rascally tomboy at heart ;).

      Xx.

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    2. I am SO coming to visit you!!! just a heads up . . .:)

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  12. • the bullet points totally work
    • xoxo

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  13. Having a wee giggle at the bullet points:

    a) you sound totally spaced on illegal drugs ;-)
    b) but I'm sure you're not
    c) I want to come and visit but if I did, you'd probably never see me cause I'd be slinking around Providence with my camera the whole time. Your photos are gorgeous.
    d) So obvs we will have to meet in Edinburgh instead
    e) oh yeh, we ARE!!! :-D
    f) I've been in Edinburgh for 23 years and it still isn't "home" ... I feel "HERE" but it's not "home"
    g) I've missed your posts - hooray for this new one!

    xx

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    1. I am going to MEET you in Edinburgh . .. still doesn't feel real and SO exciting!!!!

      xoxoox,e

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  14. This is the perfect post. Because, well, WOW. So much goodness. Spring and houses(!) and big projects behind the screen. I am going to find a yoga spot for the summer. I AM. I am so impressed with your every-day yoga, I want to copy you. I am also going to WALK daily. I AM.

    So. I finished my big awful paper last night (really early this morning). I have a HUGE pile of essay test finals to wade through, and then??? I can go and finish that wonderful, wonderful class. I may have to start over! I am excited that I will be able to marinate in it this time instead of rushing from one thing to the next. Psyche and Aros are missing me for sure.

    Sending LOVE and HUGS to you. And it is AMAZING how light my shoulders feel after submitting that paper last night! Whew.

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    1. MAJOR congratulations MEGSIE !!! that is huge! HUGE. Sink into the RELIEF and SAVOR the satisfaction of having accomplished this. So often we race right into the next big thing and don't take the time to acknowledge FULLY what we just accomplished!! xoox, e

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    2. I haven't started grading yet! :) I am still in my pajamas and I have been playing all morning. There is ALWAYS tomorrow. Grades aren't due until TUESDAY after all... Heeeeee! xoxo

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  15. Well, as someone who took the online class, all I can say is thanks for giving us 6 weeks of your life :) And ooh, a house! I always like the IDEA of buying a house, but in reality, I know myself too well. At least at this stage of my life. While the idea of free range decorating sets my little artsy heart a-flutter, I am fully aware that I tend to move about every 7-8 years, so until that habit changes, I don't see home ownership in my future.

    As far as how long it takes to really 'feel' a place, for me it's about 2 years (give or take). I think you spend the first year or so on basic logistics of getting around the city and learning where things are. Once you start getting really familiar with that, you can venture out and explore. Around the 2yr mark is when I start feeling like a place is really 'home'. That said, I've lived back in my current locale for about 3 years now, and it's my home town, and I've never felt like this was home. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate it here or anything, it just never truly gave me that cozy home feeling. So I guess it really depends not only on the person, but the place as well. Go figure.

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    1. that's a great point-- it's not just how long, it's WHERE -- I lived in NH for 20 years and it never felt home to me . . I was in Providence for 3 weeks and it felt HOME.

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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e