01 October 2012

It's Fall!

One of my dear friends (hi Meredith!) reminded me a couple days ago that I "have not posted in... forever!"  So here's a little update:

I'm still riding my bike to work. I recently outfitted it with a nifty bell and water bottle holder. Now I just have to procure the requisite front basket and rear fender, and I'm good to go for a few more months.  Every day I get to ride next to the river for about 2 miles, and the rest is city.  I love it.  Even if I'm not doing something outside after work, I still get in my twice-daily bike rides.

I can't wait for Whole Foods to open in downtown Boise!  It's so close, but today the parking lot was still flecked with bright orange cones.  It's on my way home, so now I have to be doubly-sure to pack reusable bags in my backpack.  So that I don't end up balancing thin plastic grocery bags on both handlebars like I did the other night.  I need to go grocery shopping more often, apparently.

I bought a 20 pound box of huge, ripe peaches at the farmer's market on Saturday for $20.  Quite a steal, considering how fantastically perfect they are!  They are so juicy and full of flavor they squirt with every bite. Now to decide their purpose... cobbler? cake? pie?  I think they will hang out in the freezer for a while until I decide.

It's been crazy-busy at work. I've been working until at least 6 every night, sometimes 7, for about 2 months. Tonight was the first time I actually left at 5.

Still haven't heard anything about Kyle's job interview... we were hoping to get a yay/nay a week ago, but we'll just have to keep waiting.  We'll find out sooner or later!

I'm so happy to see that it's fall.  The cooler weather is such a relief and i just love to see the trees change color.  Here's to the holidays!

~ Ri

04 May 2012


- not one, but TWO visits to my favorite restaurant! Lovelovelove.

- not one, but TWO visits to Nevada! Seeing some of my favorite peoples this weekend.

- another commission from a co-worker for a cheesecake

- zeroing in on a bike purchase (one that has multiple gears, is a ladies' style, can go for miles, and looks cute too. Oh, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg -more than $250- and is my size)

- being challenged at work, in a good way

- anticipating California weather next weekend

- delighting in the farmer's market every Saturday

Lots of good things lately!

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24 April 2012

The value of our homes

From Carolyn McCulley:

"In doing the research for this book, I was startled to discover I basically knew nothing about the history of the home. I had no idea that my understanding was derived solely from a 20th-century American experience, where the home was seen as a place to store your stuff and showcase your taste. I had no idea how profoundly the 19th century had influenced the role, place, and activities of the home. For most of history, the home had been a place of productivity and the small business unit of the local economy. By the 20th century, it became a center of consumption. The public sphere—the marketplace—was the valued sphere. The private sphere—the place of intangible investment—was the devalued sphere. Yet all the activities of the private sphere were the ones that awaited eternal reward: the cultivation of loving marriages, the rearing and discipling of the next generation, the care for elderly or disabled relatives, and the mission of outreach to neighbors and hospitality for the church."

14 April 2012

California state capitol building

I was in California over Easter weekend to visit family and friends, and I got the chance to see the capitol building in Sacramento. It was beautiful! So many intricate details in the architecture and coloring. I could have stared at the center part of the ceiling (is this called the cupola?) for an hour. It reminded me of the Duomo cathedral in Florence, Italy.  So many beautiful colors. And how they keep it all clean and bright is a mystery to me. Bleach? (ha)

13 April 2012

I'm not the only one!

My niece Katie helped me put together this pug puzzle I got from Meredith for Easter... what else, but a pug with bunny ears?

Whatchu lookin at?

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I got to see this little cutie on my recent trip to California. Aren't her little toofers just adorable? And comical. I did everything I could to get her to smile all weekend, which wasn't that hard. My niece is a happy baby!

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