Friday Faves

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In action, gratitude is a thankful appreciation of whatever floats your boat, makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, or simply augments your existence, be it tangible or intangible. Gratitude is also good for you according to researchers at Harvard, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and plenty of other places. 

Friday Faves are a zippy accounting of what's helped carry me through the week, with a healthy dose of gratitude for each. Today, I give it up for: 

  • Recycled Runway: This stunning feast for the eyes and mind that happens every year in Boulder, Colorado and I am privileged enough to be on the organizing committee. I do the PR + Communications for the show on a pro bono basis, but my work is super easy as the show creates its own magic with style and ease. Every year tween and teen designers work for hundreds of hours to create haute couture out of recycled and found materials and the culminating event is a fashion show and competition. It sells out in a heart beat and the energy within The Boulder Theater the night of the show is always positively palpable. You can read more about this year's RR9 here, or here, or even here and definitely give it a follow on FB and Insta @recycledrunwayboulder. Next year is the 10th anniversary, who knows what might be in store???
  • Mid-April: Crisp blue skies, ever-greening grass, buds on the trees, bees starting to buzz. Bliss. 
  • The feeling of accomplishment you get after working on something for many, many months and it finally happens and it's good. 
  • The Heirs by Susan RIeger: I just finished this novel about a tight-knit family whose patriarch has died. The female protagonist's calm in face of so many other people's stormy emotions and her steady dedication both to her family and her sense of right keep swirling about in my mind. It's a story about many things, but one of them is how life doesn't turn out they way we plan, there are secrets and snafus, but we survive and we move forward and we learn to hold on to the pieces of ourselves that keep us grounded. 
  • 2 days in a row meeting-free, which means I have time to take care of business (TCB)! 

Friday Faves

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In action, gratitude is a thankful appreciation of whatever floats your boat, makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, or simply augments your existence, be it tangible or intangible. Gratitude is also good for you according to researchers at Harvard, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and plenty of other places. 

Friday Faves are a zippy accounting of what's helped carry me through the week, with a healthy dose of gratitude for each. Today, I give it up for: 

  • Our terrific public schools here in Boulder Valley and the teachers who have helped to make this a special year for each of my kids. Teachers have it rough and we're seeing strikes pop up around the country right now, so this is my small thank you for all they do for my 3 very different children. 
  • National Geographic: I grew up with stacks of these babies all over my house and would spend hours poring over the vivid imagery. Now, I can't get enough of some of the mag's contributing photogs and their Insta feeds - check out Paul Nicklen and Brian Skerry if you have a few hours to spend immersing yourself in their magical relationships with nature. PLUS, my son is heavily into geography and Nat Geo hosts a Geography Bee every year, a super cool way to keep them learning and their minds expanding. 
  • Sanat Fe: Just got back from a jaunt down there for Spring Break. The landscape of the high desert, the spiritual mysticism, the food, and of course, the ART down there enthralls me to no end. 
  • Tulips! 'Tis the season, my bulbs are peeking out through the soil. Love the vibrant colors and the bouquets in yards and vases throughout the Spring! 
  • Bread! I set a goal this year to learn to make homemade bread - a modest goal compared to other's perhaps, but one that I wanted to go for - and I've been doing it. There is a completely unwarranted amount of smugness from me about this, but boy oh boy, do I feel proud of myself as the kitchen fills with that fresh-baked smell and the first slices are cut. I made a fresh rosemary sea salt loaf this week - YUM. 

Friday Faves

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In action, gratitude is a thankful appreciation of whatever floats your boat, makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, or simply augments your existence, be it tangible or intangible. Gratitude is also good for you according to researchers at Harvard, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and plenty of other places. 

Friday Faves are a zippy accounting of what's helped carry me through the week, with a healthy dose of gratitude for each. Today, I give it up for: 

  • The many movements (that go beyond the hashtag) that have sprung to life in recent years and each become powerful change agents rising up to put things on the right tracks. I am particularly inspired by the young people, the people of color, and the women who are using their voices. #marchforourlives, #voteforourlives, #nationalschoolwalkout, #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, #timesup, #enough
  • March Madness. Did I list this one last week? I don't care! I love, love, love March Madness! Yes, I know the NCAA has some issues, but filling out a bracket and watching the games - the games! There have been so many upsets this year! - is a thrill I look forward to every year. All this praise despite Michigan State's loss destroying my bracket this year...Barack Obama and I both had them winning the whole thing and that's definitely not happening, since they're OUT OF IT. 
  • Snow! It's been a terribly dry winter here, so any late-season precipitation we get is terrific. 
  • Spring Break! Skiing and a road trip to Santa Fe are on the agenda. I adore Santa Fe and am so excited to visit Meow Wolf for the first time while there. 
  • Paul Nicklen, National Geographic photographer. I follow him on Instagram and am smitten with every photo he posts. He's also a founder of a kickin' nonprofit called Sea Legacy, whose mission is to restore our oceans to their healthy and abundant states. Check it out if you're into that sort of thing. 

Friday Faves

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In action, gratitude is a thankful appreciation of whatever floats your boat, makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, or simply augments your existence, be it tangible or intangible. Gratitude is also good for you according to researchers at Harvard, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and plenty of other places. 

Friday Faves are a zippy accounting of what's helped carry me through the week, with a healthy dose of gratitude for each. Today, I give it up for: 

  • The New Yorker: My parents always had this beloved weekly around the house when I was growing up and now I have a parma-subscription for me and my family. Last week the magazine gave me nightmares with the ghoulishly brilliant reporting on stink bugs and this week (just like last week and every week before that going back to the beginning of time) I'm planning to win the cartoon caption contest. Hope springs eternal. 
  • Daylight Savings: I know, those first few days are rough, but...the longer days are lovely. 
  • Playing tennis with my kids: The afore-mentioned longer days have allowed us to get out on the court a couple of times and it's a lot of fun to see the kids progress and hit the ball with them. 
  • Libraries: This is not entirely altruistic since I'm on the Board of my local library, but I love libraries and how they are changing to meet the needs of communities and of the 21st century. Libraries truly are centers around which much of a community can revolve. 
  • Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: No explanation needed. 

Friday Faves

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In action, gratitude is a thankful appreciation of whatever floats your boat, makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, or simply augments your existence, be it tangible or intangible. Gratitude is also good for you according to researchers at Harvard, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and plenty of other places. 

Friday Faves are a zippy accounting of what's helped carry me through the week, with a healthy dose of gratitude for each. Today, I give it up for: 

  • A Wrinkle In Time: No, I have not yet seen the movie that hits theaters today, but I did recently finish re-reading the book with my children. It was a favorite of mine when I was in grade school and it was even better reading it with my kids. Bonus? We picked up our copy of the book - the same edition I read back in the day - from the delightful Alabaster Bookstore in Union Square on a recent trip to NYC. 
  • The feeling of accomplishment at finally starting the blog section of this website. (It's been on my to-do list for almost a year! Better late than never!)
  • Honesty between friends. 
  • Vegan spaghetti bolognese! 
  • And of course...FRI-YAY! My energy level has been dragging this week and tomorrow is the first Saturday in 8 weeks that we don't have to wake up early to get the kids to ski lessons, so having a bit of a lie-in is going to be great!