Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Haiku and two very silly poems

I would sleep but thoughts
cling to my mind like beetles
that will not shake loose.

I have been a little preoccupied the last few weeks, worrying whether we should move or not and where to and if we should sign any contracts, considering the ultimate goal is to get a job outside of Provo. And still the answer is... I don't know. But we have some things in the works--we'll just have to see. Patience has been the name of the game these last 4 or 5 months.

I ran across this very insightful quote today while packing up some old notebooks:

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

The keys there are moving forward, being confident, seeking out the life which we have imagined. But is it that easy?

I also found in the same notebook a bunch of my first poems. They are all so whimsical and dreamy...

"Living in a Castle of Sand" by Jessica Contreras

"I want an adventure!" said Maryann to her dear friend , Betty-Liegh,
"Let's move from the city
to somewhere more pretty...
I know!"exclaimed she, "To the sea!"

So they packed up their bags and set off for the coast. The feeling of freedom felt grand.
They took shovels and pails,
not hammers and nails,
and built up a castle of sand!

In the castle they live, eating crabs and squid, and sleep in the sand on the floor.
Their life is quite wild
and shows that a child
can live happy and well on the shore.

So perchance to the seaside you plan to go, remember to look for these girls!
They live in the sun
and have oceans of fun
and wear bracelets and anklets of pearls!

Maybe Raimo and I could just live in a castle of sand. If only I were 12 again :)

One more for fun:


Blossoms bloom round April-May
and fairies pop right out to play.

They breeze about on fragile wings
like eyelashes a-fluttering.

Their wee voices are heard when'er
a flower is plucked for someone's hair.

They feast on berries, sip the dew,
but always leave some there for you!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

31.5 weeks

A lot has happened since this post where I listed some of baby's first milestones. Here are some new ones that have happened between week 13 and 31:

-grew girl parts--yay girls!
-attended her first general conference
-eaten lots of chocolate ice cream
-spent over 500 hours listening to mom talk on the phone about people's debt
-listened to lots of country music
-attended her first college graduation
-received lots of clothes... still more to come!
-gone on every Friday night date with mom and dad
-heard mom practice the piano
-heard her first stories from dad
-spent quality time with new cousins closest to her age, Laila and Parker
-became long and skinny, reaching around 15 inches and weighing 2 or 3 pounds

Friday, May 13, 2011

What I have been doing lately

Girl in Hyacinth Blue
by Susan Vreeland

by Daphne du Maurier

A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

The Shrouded Walls
The Dark Shore
The Waiting Sands
April's Grave
The Devil on Lammas Night
by Susan Howatch

When Christ and His Saints Slept
by Sharon Kay Penman

Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

I've picked up reading again. I'm still not finished with the last few, but I have been reading more lately than I have since graduation. I enjoyed each of these books, and have a hankering for more. I've been wanting to go to the Provo library just because it is fun to pick out an armful of books, but I have had (and still have) so many books to read on my own shelf at home!