Week in the life: September 14th


A peek into my week

The outline below was inspired by The Scattered Life Collective vision of Cynthia Lee.

coreopsisout the window

Fall flowers spied on my walk to work this week: Coreopsis (tick seed) and sedum (pictured at left.)

on the menu

We had delicious fresh turkey sausage from our local Lakewinds Food Co-op tonight.  Last night I had greens from our CSA Hogs Back Farm with two local eggs and sauteed fresh potatoes, onion, red pepper and corn. I enjoyed it with a beautiful red wine, the Alamos Malbec.

good things

The wistful + proud feeling I got while watching my sons walk across Pearl Park together yesterday, the older one (12th grade) reaching out to encourage the younger (5th grade) after a soccer game that didn’t go well (see photo above.)  There is a deep recognition that this will be our last fall with our senior living at home, and everything from here on out will truly be a milestone. We will all feel Jesse’s absence when he heads off to college next year, but Dylan–who has lived under the solicitous care of one very loving and attentive older brother every day since he was born–will likely feel it in an especially poignant way. It’s a tender time for all of us.


I’m reading the Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, bit by bit, and loving the mix of English and American history, botany, and view of women’s roles in the early 1800s. My favorite kind of novel is a sweeping, uber long one that spans decades and continents and opens me up to a whole new world. This is one of those.

I also enjoy reading all of the magazines I’ve got access to through my Next Issue App. I tried it for free for 60 days, then did the math and realized that for me $15 a month for full subscriptions to 135+ magazines was a win. You should maybe check it out!


Reruns of Top Chef Seasons 1 through 11. And…looking forward to the return of the Voice on September 22nd.


U2’s new album downloaded automatically, for free, to my iphone via the Cloud.  Super cool!

I was also really enjoying John Coltrane’s Giant Steps while lying in the hammock today.

I had the good fortune to catch part of NPR’s interview with Sergio Mendes on the radio this afternoon.

favorite word of the week

QUIM:  I thought my Victorian vocabulary was fairly broad, but I had never heard this one before. A popular term for the female sexual organ during the Victorian era, Elizabeth Gilbert uses it liberally in the Signature of All Things. Kind of a pretty little word, don’t you think? Could be quite useful in a Scrabble game…

out and about

Wesley + blanketEverybody was out and about this weekend…everyone except for me! I stayed close to home as my fall exhaustion started to descend. A nap each day, numerous epsom salt baths, and lots of cuddling under blankets with my kitty while my boys played music at a wedding, attended a birthday party sleepover, and took in another homecoming. 

Now…how was your week?

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9 Responses to Week in the life: September 14th

  1. Sheket September 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Lovely write up, and thanks for the book rec 🙂 Fall is far off down here in the South yet, but it peeks about once in a while.

    • Rachel September 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      Oh thank you for taking the time to read and comment! Let me know what you think of the book if you read it. Fall isn’t really happening here yet either. No leaves falling to speak of. It is the quick falling off of the light hours per day that gets me every year, waaaay before anyone else feels it around here. I just get so dang tired and foggy headed. ( :

  2. Trish September 16, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Nice blog and an interesting week. Quim is a great Scrabble word. So are qat, qaid and qintar, for when you get stuck with a q and no u.

    • Rachel September 16, 2014 at 7:25 am #

      And QI / QIS is one of my faves also.

  3. Amy Putkonen September 18, 2014 at 5:47 am #

    How many Lakewinds Co-ops can there be! We’re practically neighbors. I always love discovering fellow bloggers in my own hometown. (Should not be too surprising, finding you on the Inspired Blogging Group on FB!)

    I loved your comment about your boys. What a sweet moment to keep in your memory. I am not a big novel reader, but The Signature of All Things may change that, for now. I’ve been reading more novels lately, and they are really such a treat.

    One question – can you use QUIM in a Scrabble game if it’s a Victorian word? I guess you could! Ha. I guess that would depend on if it was American Victorian or British Victorian. Not sure if I could use “loo” for bathroom…

  4. Caroline September 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Aaaw! Sweet pic !

  5. Deborah Weber September 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    What a lovely autumny flower photo, and what a sweet moment with your boys. The Signature of All Things is patiently waiting in my book pile – I may need to bump it closer to the top. Sounds like the perfect tome to slowly devour over the autumn months.


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