even amid the long days of summer, there is not enough time to do and see (and eat) everything i want. wanting to pour all this gusto into something new. oh summer, bring it on. help me find what’s waiting for me next.

beneath trees

it’s been a particularly hard parenting day. lying in bed now. hiding. and i think i’m going to hold my laptop up over my head now and pretend i’m lying under these trees. one of my favorite things to do in this city of trees, you know. drive under them and look up. that slow, steady movement beneath their canopy. that feeling like you could just fall back into the soft, green grass and stare up at them forever.

painted windows

the boys are in their bathrobes, fresh out of the bath. i’m listening to fleetwood mac (oh, stevie…) on my ipod, waiting for modern family to come on tv, my own blurry image reflecting back at me in the windows. i thought there was going to be a full moon tonight, but it’s a dark black night out there other than the neighbor’s yellow lightbulb, which glows across my yard from her back window. there’s a to-do list sitting here with those ten things on it that never ever get done. life is simple, so blissfully mundane. my ideas feel the same.

but i long to be cracked wide open.

i’m longing for a story. one with a start and a finish. a story that brings shining bright clarity to the present moment in that way a good story always does.

but then again, writing doesn’t even feel big enough. its little letters and words and spaces. its sitting still while a whole world unfolds on the page. maybe this is how jackson pollock felt before he took that can of paint and started throwing it around. and what a wonderful thing!


hope you keep checking out habit. it’s been so good! this bird shot by jessica made me gasp.


pretty 2010 (july to december)

the second half of my year in review idea from shari. more good times in 2010.


ice cream walks


swim lessons

L8 SK8 with M

we miss you, celie

grandpa’s 90th in tahoe


more birdplace


10-year wedding anniversary


nyc with mom

favorite season




poet’s loft with E, S + T

meet-up with L


christmas card

christmas day

if you want to see more, see the first edition: january to june.

wishing everyone a happy 2011!