warrior wear | we blow kisses

Disclaimer – I know that many people take issue with the "f-word." Feel free to skip this post! Some of you may remember seeing a link to this tee on my September You're My Favorite post. A few weeks after that post, I got an email from Kristina Nicolai-White from We Blow Kisses offering to send me a shirt. I literally…

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on the road: san francisco

Austin & I spend a few days in San Francisco last month – exploring the city and visiting California College of the Arts. We ate a LOT of mexican food. We took in all the sights. Including a hike to the top of a really windy hill. I found a dream house. I looked for the details with my lens.…

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the unintentional blog break.

Combine back-to-back work trips & insanely busy days with a dash of unexpected….and you'll end up with blog silence. I'm resting this weekend, and enjoying the stunning weather. I promise that I'll be back soon. Until then, tell me one good thing that's happening in your world…

falling up (with Julep).

Apparently, Vermont did not get the memo about PSLs, cozy sweaters, and comforting soups (aka all things fall) because we had a scorching hot week. A quick thunderstorm yesterday seems to have righted things, and today was a gorgeous mid-70s treat.  As the weather sorts itself out, I'm trying to sort out my fall wardrobe. I haven't put away the…

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dance it out.

We have an end-of-summer tradition that goes something like this… The end of August arrives seeminly without warning, and I realize that the world will end if I don't take a photograph (or six) of my children together, and we all try to coordinate schedules around said photo session, which results in one or more of us getting frustrated/irritated. While…

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cold tangerines : shauna niequist

(image source) I have a running list of people that I’d like to invite to an imaginary dinner party. Imaginary because I don’t actually know these people, so the likelihood of said party actually happening is rather….small. After listening to Bittersweet as an audio book last month, and now finishing Cold Tangerines, I’m extending an imaginary invite to Shauna Niequist. …

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summer weekends.

Vermont summers exist to make us forget about Vermont winters. It doesn't really work – in the same way that you never really forget the pain of childbirth. But. This weekend came very close. I would love to say that I spent all weekend outside – picnicking in the glorious sunshine & frolicking on the waterfront. Nope. No picnicking. No…

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right now.

Searching for grace to deal with a week that has been less than stellar. Holding tight to the fervent belief that moving forward is not only possible, it's guaranteed. Trying to eliminate stuck and struggling from my vocab. Carry on…

on the road : RISD

Austin & I hit the road this week for a quick stay in Providence. Day one was an epic fail – a route that was supposed to bypass Boston, but didn't + a terrible dinner = two tired, cranky travelers.  Thankfully, day two was a smashing success. A beautiful, warm day tht invited miles of walking through the RISD and…

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the tree planter returns.

She summoned me to Montreal just over a week ago, with a simple text saying "Mom, I'm coming home." Apparently, the number of planters in her second camp meant that the number of trees dwindled quickly, so her summer in Thunder Bay was cut a little shorter than expected. And so, she came home. She returned a little banged up…

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If age is just a number, why are we hiding it?

As I got settled on my return flight last night, a Mom, Grandma, and 2 kids took their seats in the row behind me. The kids were young, and clearly excited about flying. The flight attendant came over to talk to them, and asked their ages. The Mom replied for them – "6 and 4." The flight attendant said "That's…

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with gratitude to Two Peas.

The scrapbooking community was pretty rocked by yesterday's announcement that Two Peas in a Bucket is closing its (virtual) doors. I've read blog after blog today that all shared a common theme – a deep sense of gratitude to the founders of Two Peas for playing such a vital role in building a community around memories & connection.   My profile…

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practicing gratitude.

I've had the gratitude journal that you see above for several years (it was a gift from my lovely friend Lauren). I'd really like to be the person who writes a gratitude list faithfully each day, filling pages with thoughtful entries. The reality? I forget about the journal, and often fall back on "I am grateful for coffee" when I…

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love is not a victory march.

When I got off the phone with my Mom last Monday, the song Hallelujah crossed my mind. I've listened to it at least a dozen times over the past week, and have cried each time. My trip home to Oklahoma was bittersweet in so many ways. I got to see Angela – my friend since the fourth grade – the…

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a mischievous smile & a cowboy hat.

I'm in Oklahoma, celebrating the life of my Grandpa – Robert Lee Simmons. Grandpa Bob died in his sleep – he passed away peacefully, bringing a small bit of comfort to the suddeness.  Our family (like everyone's, I suppose) is flawed & fractured, but this week we're bridging distance & differences to honor the man in the cowboy hat with…

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weekend re-entry.

I've learned that I need at least a day or two of cushion between returning from vacation, and returning to work. It helps me to get settled again, and allows me to mentally & physically unpack. This weekend proved to be very busy, so the extra time was much appreciated…. Trader Joe's opened in South Burlington on Friday, so I…

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hey, I’m Katrina.

Things that you should know about me (in totally random order):  1. I drink a lot of coffee. Like…a lot. I’ve cut back before, and have even given it up, but then I realized that coffee is like my own personal brand of heroin. (that’s a cheesy Twilight reference, Mom)  2. I have two amazing kids who are too old to…

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what are you waiting for?

A small observation for today… Becky (one of my BFFs) and I had an email conversation about waiting last week. I don't remember what prompted it, but we both quickly rattled off what we're each waiting for – waiting until I sell the house, waiting until I lose 10lbs, waiting until summer, waiting until the weekend, waiting until the chores…

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welcoming the light of may.

We've had a streak of grey, rainy days lately….so a moment of light streaming through the living room window is cause for celebration (or at least documentation).  I've been thinking about my goals for May, and realizing that now is actually NOT feeling like the time to focus. Life while selling a house is chaotic, and the month of May…

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