Five Things

80 years!1. I really try to write these on Fridays but yesterday was just packed. Jane woke with a croupy cough so she came with me to the bookshop (she did so well, I was both proud and a little surprised). The rest of our new counter was also installed yesterday and we were in such a complete mess. I will take more pictures this next week once we get completely settled (and I get over the shock and awe of how beautiful everything is now) but first! 80 years in business! Nate, my tireless brother-in-law, designed it and it looks so nice. I think I have said this before, but we are only the fourth set of owners in eighty years and all of the previous owners have been women.

walking with my pups
2. One of my most favorite things to do is walk this dog. George is such a good walker. I love walking in Olympia during all the seasons and weather. It just does not does get old or less beautiful.

new tables for their art projects
3. At Ikea last weekend, we got the girls two little tables to put in the guest room (replacing a really small orange table). Our hope is to contain all of the art supplies and resulting mess in the guest room. So far this week this has not happened – the mess is in the guest room and in the dining room – but the picture is very cute.

weekly calendar meeting with telfer
4. Telfer and I sit down weekly, usually on Sunday afternoons, to go over our respective weeks. Telfer has a complicated call schedule and quite a few other commitments so the more we talk about our week – the details to the dreams – the more intentional we tend to be. The conversation is full of logistics – “so you might be able to pick up the girls on Tuesday?” – but we have the props – red wine and lit candles – to make it all seem more romantic. Somehow, it works and we really do feel like we connect even if it’s over really mundane stuff.

storied life of aj fikry

5. I just finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey by Gabrielle Zevin this morning. The first book off my new shelf project. It’s a really sweet bookseller story. I just fell into it – if you want something easy and bookish with a lot of heart, totally pick this one up.Cropic Share File copy 3And I can’t help it. Two more quick pictures of the girls. This is Jane on her way to the bookshop with me. She brought some color stuff, her marbles and we stopped on the way for a morning roll. Then, last night, Cate had her yellow belt ceremony for tae kwon do. We all went and it was so cool to watch what she has learned in two months…

Telfer is in Portland for a class today and then working tonight. Chris and Mendy took Cate and Jane on the train with their cousins to Centralia. So I have six hours to myself today. I took George for a long walk, finished a novel, am writing this, and then the debate within is heating up. Do I conquer the mess that is my house, go to the bookshop where projects continually await or do I just take a bath? Knowing me, I will probably try to do all three which means nothing will quite get done fully but I am so thankful for these hours of quiet…

A New Read-A-Shelf Project

new read-a-shelf

Almost every morning, I get up early enough to read a bit in my home office (and almost most importantly, drink my first cup of coffee). I read the psalms and then a little of this and a little of that. I also try to get my to-do list going before, inevitably, I have little visitors who want to cuddle in my chair with me. I am now reading the very last book on my first read-a-shelf project from last year (Ann Beattie’s New Yorker Stories).

Last week, I was looking at the original shelf and marveling at how it is now completely crowded with a different set of books, all of which I desperately want to read. And you know I love a project. I kind of love telling myself what to read. It just works for me. So here’s the next batch of books on my shelf. Two books entitled Goodbye to All That (Graves & New York versions). You can’t see one of them – it’s stuffed on the far right side of the shelf – out of sight but still, two books with the same title!

It will probably take me about a year to read through the list and no, I won’t be writing big essays on each book. I am over even attempting stuff like that. I will keep taking pictures of book covers and writing about what I have loved every week. Seems so manageable and part of my daily life at this point.

Five Things

book tags

1. My brother-in-law Nate designed these little book tags for the shop. The previous owner had her own tags and they were fine but definitely needed an update. Customers really like them – putting a tag in a book helps certain titles stand out for the reasons above. And they are so pretty. Thanks again Nate!

wore birks all weekend....

2. I wore sandals in February most of last weekend. How I love the Birkenstock! They are having a moment but I will keep wearing them after the moment passes. And then ten years later, they will have another moment and I will appear stylish once again.

temp tattoo!

3. I have only taken terrible pictures of books this week (blurry, weird) so here’s one of a temporary tattoo…fun for a few days. But I did read the memoir The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch at the Lake House last weekend. It’s maybe not for everyone but her writing is forceful and beautiful and difficult – I started the book and it was like I fell down a hole until I finished. Gripping and heartbreaking yet hopeful. I am also about halfway through Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback (A Powell’s Indiespensable selection) and am enjoying it. Kind of a literary mystery set in the Swedish Lapland. It’s deep winter in the novel and the juxtaposition between winter storms and our lightweight February is jarring. I know some of my East Coast peeps will roll their eyes at this but I was hoping for at least a little bit of snow this year.

spring? is that you?

4. This is one of my favorite trees on the capitol campus any time of the year but how beautiful is it in this early Spring? I had a lovely walk with George down to the lake one afternoon this week which is always such a treat for both of us. Usually we do most of our walking during the weekend but Mendy offered to pick up both girls which left me free to walk.

new background on my phone

5. I know I already posted this picture but it’s seriously such a favorite moment of my week. That whole day – President’s Day – was lovely. Cate riding her new bike, a walk in the afternoon light, watching George tear across the grass, and then this. Jane is just a goofball. Truly, a funny kid when she’s in her element. It’s my new phone background.

And now it’s Friday again. Telfer and I have not eaten dinner together once all week and so tonight we are looking forward to Indian takeout and watching something. The girls have the pj party/parent’s night out at our gym which is one of the best nights ever. They love it, we love it. We are also in major prep mode for Phase II of the bookstore remodel – new counter area, new flooring, new lighting, more paint, and a railing around the balcony upstairs. So, obviously, we are headed to Ikea tomorrow for breakfast and good times in general.