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Yep. I’m back to talking about my plants. Ryan and I had a super productive weekend. We cleaned our house (majorly), rearranged his new office, and I even got around to re-potting my two orchids and buying some basil to try to grow in my kitchen.

There they are! We’ll see how long they last.

I went to Fifth Season Gardening on Preston Ave. to get my orchid soil. It was my first time going there and the people couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. The smallest bag of regular soil they sold was still way too huge for the little pot I needed to fill for my basil, so they just filled it up for me for free, nada!

And, miraculously, this weekend, I was able to convince Ryan to go see Water for Elephants with me. The movie was ok,  but Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon were both so gorgeous. All I could say after the movie was… they were so beautiful. Really, really beautiful.

Anybody else think that Robert Pattinson looks like Elvis?

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I feel like I might as well name this post… me and my cats. With Ryan having been gone a week and counting, I’m being to feel a bit like a plant lady, which I’m pretty sure, is only one notch above “cat lady” on the desperation scale.

Yes, I’ve taken to talking to my plants, mostly to encourage them to grow, not to catch up on how their days were or anything… I’m not that bad. Remember my beautiful orchid that I got at the Charlottesville City Market that used to look like this?

Well, for the past several months, it’s been looking like this.

Even though, it has looked dismal, I’ve hoped that it was just dormant; not dead. So, I’ve been watering it all winter and cheering it on (in recent days).  Can you see the grayish bump sprouting out of the green stem? I’m hoping that’s the beginning of a new stalk that will bring me beautiful buds this spring.

I know that it would be much easier to go by a new orchid— they are only $10 at Kroger and they are beautiful! But, if I can get this baby to come back to life, my satisfaction with myself will be off the charts. Every time I look at it, it will look better knowing that I nurtured it all winter… I am convinced!

Until then, I have this fun little purple guy that Peggy brought me the other week. Doesn’t he look great in his new blue pot?

I hope everyone has a good week! My cousin, Kelley, and I are going to see Cirque du Soleil on Wednesday which should be a ton of fun! I’ll be sure to report back!

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“Update on the Homefront”— I thought this name would be appropriate for today’s post given that I was sick for the better part of last week, so almost everything that I’ve done recently that I have to update you on has revolved around the house.

Being the nerd that I am and wanting everything to be perfect for you, my anonymous readers, I decided to dictionary.com “homefront” to make sure that it was one word and not two or two hyphenated. It turns out “homefront” is one word and its definition, apparently, is even more perfect for this post than I realized. Here’s what dictionary.com says: homefrontthe civilian sector of a nation at war when its armed forces are in combat abroad.

I almost laughed out loud (or LOL’ed, if you prefer) when I saw this because that’s exactly how I felt on two levels this past week. First, Ryan was gone for the latter part of the week for business and, as I’ve blogged before in this blog, when he’s gone, it always seems to feel like he’s out fighting the battles (battles… over cocktails in posh hotels) and I’m at home holding down the fort. Secondly, I felt like my body was kind of like a homefront. You know that feeling when you’re sick where you feel completely hopeless and miserable in your shell of a body and any intelligence/ strength/ faculty you have has left you to fight whatever it is that’s attacking your body? That was me, a big ol’ homefront.

Anyway, I’m feeling much better now and have great news to share. First, I haven’t killed my orchid! I know, I know, you’ve been dying to see pictures of a plant growing. But, look! Five blooms on each side— 10 all together! I’m on a roll!

More good news. Do you guys get a Dominion Home Energy report? It’s a report that Dominion sends out every two months to let you know how you compare (energy consumption-wise) to your neighbors. Well, ever since we got our first report (I believe we were ranked 17/100), it has been Ryan’s goal to become #1 in lowest energy consumption (amongst neighbors of occupied apartments or condos of similar size, that is). Well, on Saturday we got the news… we… are … #2.

While this is good news, Ryan and I are beside ourselves… who could be more energy efficient than us? We use compact flourescent bulbs (from the Blue Ridge Eco Shop), we generally don’t use lights during the day, we turn off our lights when we’re not home… who could be beating us? So, next time you want to do something with us, I hope you’re prepared to sit around and talk in the dark because we definitely won’t be turning on any lights or watching TV this fall. We won’t stop ’til we’re #1!

Last, you might remember a little art project that Rachel and I did a few months ago. Well, I finally got around to finishing/ hanging mine.

It’s no Mike Fitts, but it does take up some gaping white space on my wall, so I’m happy it’s finally there.

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I thought I’d post some pics (now that I’m trying to take my camera with me everywhere) of the UVA/ UR game this past weekend. We were so happy that Ryan’s friends from undergrad, Jeff and Dana, could come and visit— we had so much fun hanging out with them! The game was definitely all the talk about town: UVA’s first game of the season with a new coach (that we stole from the team we’re playing for the first game).

The weather was absolutely beautiful. It seems in perfect timing (yet at the same time long overdue!) that the first few days of September have ushered in the most beautiful fall weather. We are keeping our windows open and trying to soak up as much of the brisk breezes and the crispy leaves popping underneath our feet before it goes away.

One thing that was not my favorite about this game. #1. Ryan nor I has ever paid for UVA game tickets (they, historically at least, have been pretty easy to come by, especially when I was working for UVA), however, for this game, we waited so long to decide to go and there was so much buzz about the game that we ended up having to buy tickets at the good ol’ fashioned box office. #2. In my life, never have we had such terrible seats. I guess that’s what you get when you wait til the last minute. Though, even for someone like me who’s scared of heights, I have to admit it was kind of fun sitting in the highest seats in the stadium… it was sort of like high school or something, thinking you’re really cool for having the highest seats (and being furthest from the parents).

Here’s the cool kids—Ryan, E & A. Hangin’ in the highest seats in the house.

Dana, Jeff and Ry— a.k.a. the UR contingency.

Ry, watching the game with the mountains on the horizon.

Me and Ry.

So, over the eight or so hours that we spent with Jeff and Dana on Saturday, they were unfortunately exposed to many of the exciting, tedious, neuroticspecial details that fill my life. One which is at the forefront of my mind: how I am going to not kill my orchid. So, I naturally explained my tactics to them and filled them in on the orchid blooming cycle. And, Jeff, finding himself very concerned about my orchid and very eager to help me make this blog a smashing success, suggested that I post my orchid progress and that I perhaps begin to blog about “caring for my orchid.” I don’t think I will take it that far— I’m just not sure if blogging about horticulture is my thing, but I’ll share my orchid progress, so long as it’s pretty and I don’t begin to kill it. So, here’s my orchid one day after I brought it home, which involved letting it sit overnight next to a cold window (apparently the temperature drop at night helps the orchid bloom). I already have two… almost three new blooms!

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The past week with having Ryan back has been great. And, this week in particular, I’ve been reminded of just how blessed and happy I am. I’m usually relatively happy but right now, I’m really happy. In fact I’m so happy, yesterday morning I woke up and got out of bed and started dancing and singing “I love my life” around my room. Happy!!!

I think part of the reason I’ve been reflecting and evaluating my life a lot recently is that I’m coming up on the one-year anniversary of leaving my job at the Alumni Association. Exactly a year ago, I had submitted my resignation but I still had about two weeks left to work. It was a very awkward and uneasy time for me. Everyone that I bumped into had questions and reactions that I had to face: “why are you leaving?… I didn’t know you played an instrument… let me know when you have a gig… oh, so I’ll be able to say “I knew you when…” Everyday, I felt like I was putting myself out there in a way I’d never done before, really exposing my true passions to everyone from my family to the most casual acquaintances and  co-workers. And, on top of it, I felt like I was really misunderstood (which is probably a result of the fact that I was still trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and how to present that to people).

I feel so much clearer now… but that didn’t happen overnight. Even a few months ago, particularly the March to June time, I felt like I was just spinning my wheels, treading water. I think a lot of my happiness has to do with my new job at the Music Resource Center. I’m really starting to carve out a place and purpose for myself there. I love interacting with the kids, I love being surrounded by music all day (even if it is listening to a 13 year old play “Smells Like Teen Spirit” over and over and over), and I love advancing the mission of such an incredible cause. My schedule of 25 hours per week works perfectly for me. It gives me a reason to get up every morning, but I still have enough time to work on my own music, get stuff done around the house, exercise, volunteer and socialize without feeling like a crazy person.

I not only love my schedule at work, I love my routines with Ryan. I love being able to wake up slow. I love having dinner together at night. I love going out to dinner on Thursday nights because it’s *almost* the weekend. I love our house. I love getting pizza and wings with Ethan and Allison. And I love that we possibly, might be semi-adopting two cats. More on this later.

As for the songwriting, it’s not moved to the back burner even though I have a job. However, I also realize that songwriting is my lifelong endeavor, it’s something I have to chip away at day after day, year after year. And, I am a songwriter. Whether or not I ever have a song recorded by a major artist will not change the fact that I am a songwriter.

Ok, enough heavy stuff for a Saturday afternoon. I managed to walk over to the market this morning (though that’s about all I’ve done)— and you know I love to share my market finds.

These peppers are gorgeous! I had to get the little purple one just because of the color!

First apples of the season!

And, I finally took the plunge! I got an orchid! I’ve been eye-ing these at the market for years but I’ve never had the guts to buy one. I figure winter is coming up, so if I can keep it alive, it might be nice to have to green (and pink!)  around the house. And, it’s very feng shui.

Okay,okay, these didn’t come from the market, but my sweet hubby did bring them back for me from San Francisco, and I had to share them!

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