I’m not one for experimenting in the kitchen because of time constraints and the simplicity of my childrens’ taste palate but Ben enjoys the art of cooking. He’ll look up recipes that involve precise technique and timing. For example, the perfect poached egg.
I went to my parent’s house the other day with the three boys in tow and my parents sent me away to have some alone time. I love to hunker down with a good book in a coffee shop but my second favourite form of therapy is thrift shopping. I get a thrill from thumbing through the racks until I find a hidden treasure.
I thought I’d air some dirty laundry by writing a free association post because I’m sleep deprived. I have a lot of dirty laundry. There’s a mountain of it in the baby’s room. The nursery isn’t full of cute paintings, an Etsy mobile and an Eame’s chair; taking up a wall in the room is a three bag laundry stand that still doesn’t manage to contain all our dirty clothing.
A couple weeks ago I went to a Mommy and Me Boot Camp with celebrity trainer, Tommy Europe. I chose the option of not bringing my kids for some alone time. The camp was hosted by Best Buy to promote their new online brand VIVA, which offers health, wellness and beauty products. I’m one of those sick people who likes to workout until I feel the burn but sometimes it’s hard to challenge myself to that fat-burning, muscle-building place.
I recently wrote an article for the Vancouver Sun, Building a Brand, in which I discussed the success of clothing label Prospekt Supply with Creative Director Andrew Joseph. I mentioned that Andrew is married to model Janice Alida and I just came across this amazing photo spread of Janice from Harper’s Bazaar (I believe).
I was looking for a piece of art to mount on our freshly painted white wall and came across this distorted image of a woman in a Fendi ad. I took the image and translated it into a water colour on canvas. The stacking rings I’m wearing as I paint are from Kara Yoo Jewelry.
Motherhood is devastatingly beautiful and yet also ugly in how it can reveal my shortcomings; quick temper and selfishness. In one day I can go from joyous laughter with my two year old to wanting to throttle him. I confess that I ended the day on the latter note with Jethro. He did not want to go to bed and I was oh, so tired. I yelled at him to stop yelling. I threatened him with time outs and the taking away of privileges.
Recently I was convinced I had no dresses in my wardrobe so like any good husband, Ben made me dig through my closet to see what I came up with. It turns out I do have a few. The real problem is that my body keeps changing sizes and so the dresses don’t fit me, being either too small or too large. At the back of my closet was this tribal print dress. I bought it when I was pregnant, which you should never do.
I have a life long love affair with books. When I was little it was my escapism into other worlds and places. I even remember the moment I learned how to read fluently. The book was a primary reader and I read it over and over again, in awe that I could sound out all the words. My shelf was overflowing with The Babysitter’s Club and Nancy Drew.