.:. in and out of season .:.

here’s to you, natty: March 12, 2009

Filed under: Marriage,Nat — Ellen @ 11:06 am

My sweet, strong and very handsome husband has recently started a blog for the purpose of remembering and writing  stories of his life, and of his time working at the hospital.  He has some really beautiful ones, and some hilarious ones, and I love reading them, and hearing them.   Here’s the link:



leave him a little love, if you’d like.

i’ll save mine for when he comes home.

[    = )   ]


.:. on the first of march .:. March 1, 2009

Filed under: life in general — Ellen @ 6:54 pm

a grande hot chocolate with 3-pumps of mocha and one pump each of vanilla, hazelnut, toffee nut, and cinnamon dolce, topped with a little whipped cream, caramel syrup, and lots of sea salt.  Oh, with soy milk.


A Sunday-during-Lent HEAVENLY delight.  

[one thing i gave up is soy.]


Another thing we added is running together, every day.  For a few reasons – but the main one being that sometimes running together puts me in a really bad mood, because I face all these insecurity issues, thinking that he is so much faster than me, we should be going faster, he is so athletic and doesn’t even try, I haven’t been running as much as I should, I hate setting the pace, I know it’s so slow… on and on, and I get cranky.    So we’re just going to face it, and run together and run far and see what comes of 40 days of running side by side.  


in three weeks, i am going to the land where these live!



THANK YOU, LORD.  I feel as though my soul is literally dying for lack of sunshine.

have a wonderful first week of March!


.:.that local coffeehouse vibe, and that homey feeling.:. February 20, 2009

Filed under: life in general — Ellen @ 3:18 pm

we had a fun staff meeting today.  we tasted, learned and talked about the new Via QuickBrew coffee that Starbucks has… honestly, I was REALLY impressed.  It is far better than your typical instant coffee… FAR.  And, I don’t know, it comes in these little packets, and dissolves so well you don’t even need a spoon – – for hot OR cold water.  great for camping, road trips, airplanes….  there’s my plug.

i’m sitting here by the window with coffee.  diane – one of my fellow baristas – is strumming her guitar and singing tracy chapman, and all of the comfy chairs and tables are full of people… it is a really cool vibe in here right now, and I love it.  

we talked about developing a ‘vision’ statement… and how we want it to be themed around words like ‘local’ and ‘neighborhood’… because it feels like that to us, just under the huge corporate title of Starbucks.  That we can just sit here and pass the guitar back and forth and look at the children’s artwork on the walls, and one of our regulars can play a little too… and that woman can sit with her baby and feed him his bottle by the fireplace.  it is so nice and cozy.


the other day when i was feeling so creative, i sat down with this shadowbox frame my mom gave me a year ago, and then wandered around collecting things from boxes and envelopes scattered around our apartment for small things to put in it…




here is the finished product:  


i sewed our names onto that card with the Emerson quote on it.  That ring is a ring my grandma gave me that I wore constantly that Nat used as an example for my engagement ring.  The pennies are squished from those machines.  We collect them everywhere we go – Grand Canyon, White Sands, The City Museum in St. Louis, etc… Patagonia sticker because if we had to pick one brand, that would be it.  Our save-the-date cards, the piano “iou” he gave me for Christmas, and a seashell from Mexico… just, trinkets, you know.  i like it.  

and a few more photos of lately from a museum date, drive downtown, valentines day, and my newly organized jewelry box…




um, conceited? February 19, 2009

Filed under: life in general — Ellen @ 4:19 pm

so i went from feeling a little blog-boring to feeling a little blog-barfing out words ALL THE TIME.  Suddenly, I have more things to say.  


just now, I went for the first little jog outside all winter.  nothing impressive – one mile – but I SLIPPED really bad on the ice.  

because i was admiring the fact that my hair is in a “really cute ponytail stage”

…in my shadow.


pride –> fall.  hands-on learning in action, folks.  that’s the way to do it.



Filed under: life in general — Ellen @ 6:00 am

i am clearly undecided on a good blog theme.  i don’t really love any of them, and am considering switching to typepad or blogspot. 

also, i don’t know how to change the time… WordPress is telling me that it’s 6:00:34 am, and that is just not true.  It is noon!


.:.well.:. February 18, 2009

Filed under: life in general — Ellen @ 5:07 am


(February 18th, 2009)  

(Erin English’s birthday!)




(or may possibly consume.)

because i’m  feeling the creative itch.  and am going to clear off my “craft table” that is in the middle of our dining/living room, place my sewing machine, markers, paper, crafting doo-dads upon it, and get to it. 



i’m going to listen to:



and drink


and, in the back of my mind, as I am looking out the windows at the rain, wish that I was doing this, and having a picnic:


with this guy


who I adore.


be alive today!


.:.skulk.:. February 17, 2009

Filed under: life in general — Ellen @ 12:54 pm

I overslept during my nap AGAIN today… and was late to babysit Laila and Christopher, and felt horrible.  How does the alarm not work at the worst times??  Or… how does my brain shut off completely and not realize what it’s doing at the worst times?? Boo. 

I had an interesting would-be romantic experience at work on Monday.  An older man – maybe 40s – came in and, while I was getting his coffee, asked me how my Valentines Day was.  I said, “ohhh, it was so great!  we went out for thai food downtown and i got these beautiful earrings……how was yours?”   [With a new tone and look in his eyes]: “Oh.  Mine was really good.”  Me: “Yeah?”  “Yeah.  My Valentines Days are always good.  [intense eye contact filled with plenty of suggesting] I’m older, so I know how a lady likes to be treated.”  he finished with what I believe was meant to be a seductive stare.  If I were writing a novel I would say, ‘Her eyes narrowed and gazing at him with a mixture of disdain and humor she said very calmly, “Huh.  Well, I am married.  So, I guess I know how I like to be treated.'”   Which seemed to sort of disappoint him, because he grunted and took his coffee and skulked off.  

“Did you just say ‘skulk’?”  “We’re not going to just ‘skulk’ off…”?  That’s from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which I saw 12 times in the theater.  NO EXAGGERATION. 

So, anyway.  That was interesting… and, a little disconcerting.  And I felt a bit empowered at my sassiness, because I HATE being flirted with or whistled at or just… made to feel like that, and it usually makes me sputter and look like an idiot when confronted with it face to face in that way… but for some reason my mind was sharp at 6am.  Or maybe my usual reservations were still asleep.



As far as everything else goes, all of my lists and schedules that I made last week have served a good purpose in keeping my motivated and ‘on task’.  Nat and I went to a coffee shop on Sunday afternoon to have a “business meeting” (play Phase 10 and talk about the logistical parts of our lives.) and made a few new lists, and talked about different goals and ideas that we have for us.  It was nice.  I like business meetings with him.   Alaska dreaming needs to become Alaska looking-into-more-seriously pretty soon here, and I am excited to see what comes of that.  

althoughsometimesidreadit…thecoldandthewinter… andithink…couldn’twechooseHawaiiinstead???


and….lastly, i wish to never be separated from a piano again.  


hope you are having a wonderful week!