Today Auggie asked, "How many yes-es do you have in your body?"
Today is Eat Your Vegetables Day and I'm thinking about salads.
My new go-to vinaigrette is: 2 Tablespoons olive oil + 2 Tablespoons maple syrup + juice of 1 lime (optionally + some chili oil, or mint or basil and/or greek yogurt or buttermilk) from Hungry Ghost and my new plan is to throw grapefruit mint into everything and hope that it covers all the holes in my cooking technique:
"The leaves of this plant boast a flavour that resembles spearmint with a twist of unsweetened grapefruit." It's the newly crowned emperor of our little patio garden, though it's in its little plastic plant-shop pot indefinitely until someone can find some time to plant it.
Auggie's joke this morning: What do you call a rainbow that never goes away? A never-go-away-rainbow.
June is the prettiest month.
We agree that if we had a ship, we would want the one with the yellow smokestack.
This is an alphabet we did together, mine starting from the top and auggie's starting from the bottom until we meet in the middle. It's part of a game he invented about teaching. I love the way his letters are different sized blocks and his H has 3 bars. The way we sit I am writing upside down and am often close to writing backwards — literally minding my p's & q's!
We were walking along the seawall when we passed this still life left behind from the previous evening. Fourteen or fifteen is my best guess? I've been noticing teenagers again recently, and enjoying reading about them again. Just finished Kasher in the Rye.
A rainbow felt heart for mother's day. A four-leaf clover I found in a friend's garden this morning.
The soundtrack for today is Rhythm & Sound which we used to listen to early mornings with the baby, who was born on a rainy summer day like this one.
We've been doing mostly unstructured making and drawing lately, but we got ambitious yesterday and made a stuffy out of one of auggie's drawings (a truck). I put up a quick & dirty tutorial on Windy.
^ We took a picture to text to his dad and he said, "Like this, I'm showing my hand." It works out well in a way, because I'm on the fence about putting pictures of him on here now that he's older. I've been taking less pictures, too, because I want us to be in the moments and he's moving faster now — it's hard to keep up and take pictures at the same time.
There is a very hopeful sign at the bottom of this whale that says, "DO NOT CLIMB."
We met some little boys eating their lunch halfway up Douglas Coupland's Digital Orca and together with auggie that afternoon they found, for real: 3 rainbows, a floatplane taking off, 2 enormous spiders, a fire truck, a submarine, a heron, a purple starfish and a cormorant.
We found several rolls of undeveloped, unmarked film when we were moving my studio and we've been developing them. So far we've found quite a few old pets and these flowers growing near Keremeos, which I took on a trip about 10 years ago. I wonder what else we will find?
Pantone 345U + Yellow 012
While I was in the produce section of the grocer's "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac came on. I would have stopped to listen, but just then my companion began weighing acorn squashes very enthusiastically, so it wasn't a good time to stop and stare off into space. When we got home, I immediately put it on via rdio while he went off to...? I'm not completely sure what he was up to. It involved filling up the bathroom sink with many, many things.
Rdio is sort of a large online album collection. My husband subscribed to it last month. It seemed to make him very cheerful. (It would have been a great father's day present). We don't have the time to digitize or even organize our music collection right now. So it's a nice way to have music in the house and I like the instant gratification.
A couple of years ago, I listened to an interview with Jennifer Egan about her novel "The Goon Squad". She said that Steve Jobs, when he was giving a talk in the 80s about emerging technology, suggested that the invention of the answering machine effectively gave people increased control over time. She is interested in how our perception of time changes because of social media and technology. And it just popped into my head, because it was so easy to delay the moment of hearing that song. Image is from architekturfuerkinder.
grape jell-o, made on request, not eaten. Scooping up cool jelly feels so good. Maybe it's not a complete waste if I photograph it...
Since we've just discontinued the penny in Canada, I thought I would be so very efficient and get rid of the little bowl of pennies that we have accumulated. We took it to the coinstar at the grocery store. Auggie picked 10 pennies to keep, this is one of them.
The next day, we found a good activity online that uses pennies (Auggie's been home sick from school so we've been doing activities at home). Ah well, there are always the exotic American ones. This penny is about as old as me!
Just before New Year's.
We received funding to develop an app for Windy!
Last week we were walking around, looking for some new school shoes when we stumbled on this sculpture by John Clement. It's a public sculpture, not roped off from the public and auggie went crazy with it — running, jumping, hiding. I think it's time to become more imaginative with our playspaces in North America.Read More
I stole these from my husband's phone.