Sunday, April 26, 2015


Birdie and Bry have arrived. We've been frolicking in the tulips and rolling through town. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fit For A King

Just in time for King's Day, the neighborhood garden is at it's prime!

Birthday Dress

P was gifted this handmade African dress back in December at her bday party. It was a special present and continues to be a favorite frock. Merci DS.
As you can see, it goes with everything

Photo credits: NLD, merci!


This morning I spotted this beautifully placed distress call...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Confession #274

Beds are not made, fridge is bare, but signage is looking good! Priorities! Can't wait to see B&B!

Photos du Jour

Inspired by our Portland buddies, we have been trying to get into jump roping. When the shirt comes off, I know he's "into it".
Amsterdam in a photo: tulips, bikes, canal, boats, bridges, clouds
The canals are so still and quiet at dawn. 
It would be hard to pick a favorite house in this city...but if I had a list of faves, this skinny black one would be near the top
True story, today I was buying flowers and smoked eel (look at me, so dutch) from their respective stands on utrechtstraat, I turn around to head back to my bike and the site of it took my breath away. City life, in this city, and bike life, on this bike, is such a beautiful existence. 
My girl ASR spotted our guy this morning! This is major. The hope of seeing him is a big part of my motivation to get out of bed each morning. We were in a dry had been months since a spotting. But voila, he is still out there...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Photos du Jour

Dam! Dam Square is going off right now...who doesn't love a ferris wheel on a sunny spring day?! So fun!
I was thrilled to discover this masterpiece in WKF's backpack. He created it after his field trip to the Rijksmuseum. He was thrilled that I could tell right away which painting inspired his. School art is the best. 
Nothing says spring in holland quite like white asparagus. The dutch get so so excited about the annual  arrival of this vegetable, it is as dependable as the tulip. I cannot believe this is our third tulip and asparagus season in Amsterdam. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Marathon Monday!

My heart is always in Boston on Marathon Monday.

For years and years I was in Boston on the big day, beating myself up for not being fast enough to run the race. Then for years I would watch the race from Portland, wishing I was fast enough to run. Reading this old 2008 post takes me right back to those years and that unsatisfied feeling I had every Marathon Monday. It is fun to read that old post, now. I love how much I believed, I knew I'd get there.

Finally, 3 years ago, after a decade of trying, I qualified to run Boston.

At the time, we lived in Portland, but rallied back to Bean Town to get it done at last. I couldn't have had a better title for the post. It really was the best day ever. If you were one of the people in my life that rallied to Boston to support me, or cheered me on from afar, or made custom foam fingers (amazing) - I am forever grateful for what you did to make that day so incredible - thank you!

Nobody will ever forget or understand the horrors of Boston 2013.

It was exciting to see the city pull it together for last year's race, showing the world the race will go on in all of its glory. Today will be fun to watch, it always is.

For me, Marathon Monday certainly hits a bunch of emotions. Including of course the Boston I shared with KK (on Marathon weekend, and for many years as roommates).

The photo above from my day in Boston sits on my desk, reminding me always that she is cheering for I run through life with her in my heart.

Happy Marathon Monday to all. To celebrate, I was up early cranking out a few peaceful miles along the canals.

Call It A Day

Thanks Design Mom for the lovely feature. If your top selling book has a tour stop in Amsterdam, we would love to see you!

Photos du Jour

Childhood in Holland

O 'ghost riding' an extra bike through Vondel Park, like a true Dutchie
The gals and I always see funny stuff when we run early on Sunday was a Cinderella story...wouldn't we all love to know how that white pump got there...
I'm sorta loving my new-to-me vintage mexican culottes...because, well, they are pretty cool...also loving this time of year when the bedroom doors are open all day...
I have racked my brain and cannot think of a single decent excuse to explain why I have not yet dotted up one of our oma fietsen. I've certainly bike-crushed on spotted fietsen around town for 2 this beauty in het Pijp.
Pets are not my jam. I don't even like on earth do I end up with a parrot on my shoulder? That smile on my face is fake, I was not happy about that situation. 

Painting Progress

Sooooooo...I love my painting class. This week I tackled the bananas and the vase. Now I feel a bit frozen...scared to take on the flowers and unsure what to do with the surface of the table (printed/patterned table cloth, or something neutral/dark/plain?). My initial vision included a plain table, but my recent Matisse obsession (I went for the third time today) has me so eager to paint textiles.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

More is More and P is the Most

P and I share a fashion philosophy, If you feel great in it, then it is in style. Also, leopard is neutral.

May she always sparkle with such confidence - it is so stylish.

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