Wednesday, December 29, 2010


My New blog is called "Dalahast Chronicles." Be looking for new posts from it soon :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


To me, I could always tell Summer was creeping up when I saw fireflies. I would get so excited at the site of the first one. My sister and I would run around the yard, trying to catch them, and then either put them into a jar or empty milk jug or let them go. Jessica used to make her fingers glow by pinching off their abdomen. After I learned that this lead to sudden death, I was quite sad and would yell at her when she did it.

The other night while racing to cut the grass before it got too dark and as quickly as possible so not to disturb the diners at the bar across the street, there, in the middle of Baltimore, I saw the flashing of my first summer firefly. I was so surprised and so ecstatic that I was going to be able to see fireflies this summer, since I had convinced myelf fireflies are only for the suburbs. After this winter's snowpocalypse I promised myself I would not complain about how hot the summer got. So I say, bring on the summer, the heat, the picnics, the BBQs, the sunshine, and the night time critters that help me remeber the simple joys of a cool summer evening.

For now, I will stick with my mock fireflies in a jar; not causing any more casualties. I bought this at Klaradal, the Swedish antique shop in Olney. How cute!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fun Adventures

I realize it has been awhile since I last posted. I have since been to Maine and returned home (see Jessica's blog for details... there is no sense in posting it twice), planted flowers in my tiny tiny garden, made a pact to eat healthier (but ate pizza 5 days later), gave up soda (and this one I stuck with, its been over a week now!), worked at Klaradal (I miss the ladies and the shop! I'm so far away!), and went to the Handmade Mart.

At Klaradal's yard sale on Saturday, I didn't make any money working because I broke even with all the goodies I bought. I was okay with it though because I got so many nice things! I got a few Christmas ornaments (I am determined to get a Christmas tree this year!), a few Halloween party items (you know me an Halloween... I love it!), a painting for Don, and a cute painting of a baby black bird for my house. After hanging up my new picture, I realized I look like a crazy bird lady. I have a total of 5 bird artworks hanging on the walls downstairs. I will post pictures soon and then you can be the judge.

On Sunday, Don and I drove down to Wolf Trap and picked up tickets to see "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony." It is a bunch of old Looney Toons cartoons projected onto a large screen, with the symphony orchestra playing the music accompaniment live. I am super excited. We are going to pack a picnic and reminisce about our childhood (even though our childhoods were 7 years apart). I am happy that he enjoys these things as much as I do... or at least he pretends!

After driving to Wolf Trap we headed north to Silver Spring for the Handmade Mart. I posted about this before and was happy to be visiting one of the many events I had planned on seeing. The street was lined with tents of homemade goodies. I must say, I was a little disappointed by the selection. There was a ton of jewelery, but because of my allergy, I had to skip over most of it. I did stumble upon this little gem though... Pretty Little Fings. Her Etsy shop isn't that up to date, but her blog is better. She has such cute little nonsensical plush toys.

We walked past once and I picked up the bat, see how it can button its wings closed? So cute!

We walked past the bat a second time and Don decided that since we are rarely ever at fun festivals like this and see such cute little bats, I should have him. He is so cute! We named him Barney.

I also like her blog a lot. She seems like a happy, goofy, all around fun person. She says her craft room isn't organized, but it looks wonderful to me. I wish I had a craft room; then maybe I'd actually craft more. And she has an adorable Boston Terrier. I love those dogs and would like one someday. I love finding new blogs to follow and people to give me new ideas. She decorated her Christmas tree with her handmade crafts... I will start making some of my own ornaments soon! With my new additions from Klaradal's yard sale and my soon-to-be handmade ones... hopefully my Christmas tree won't look too barren.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I love it when friends are happy

My best friend since elementary school, Karoline, and her boyfriend, Zachariah, of 4 years got engaged! I'm so happy for them!

Congratulations Karoline and Zachariah! You truly are soul-mates. Love you lots!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Events and Festivals

I really want to take advantage of all the festivals and farmers markets during the spring and summer. Maybe I'm still a bit cabin fever-ish from the "snowpocalypse" and just want to get outside. Here is a list of all the events I want to go to. Let me know if you have any interest as well!

Towsontown Spring Festival - May 1st (10-7pm) and 2nd (1-7pm) in Towson
KarmaFest - May 22nd and 23rd in Baltimore
Handmade Mart - May 23rd (10am-5pm) in Silver Spring
Tea Party Festival - May 28th-31st in Chestertown
Hometown Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival - May 29th-31st in Rockville
Charles Village Festival - June 5th (11am-9pm) and 6th (11am-6pm) in Baltimore
Colonial Days - June 5th (10am-4pm) and 6th (12pm-4pm) in Frederick
HonFest - June 12th and 13th in Bawlmer (Baltimore)
Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ - June 18th and 19th at the National Harbor
Asian Festival - TBD in Reston, VA

I love spending the day outside with friends, family, and great weather! I've also discovered the joy of taking in the night sky and view of the city on a cool evening. I may not be able to see stars, but it sure does shine. Thank goodness for spring! (and as I type this... its snowing in New England... go figure!)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Reading List - not just for the Summer

I always used to dread the "reading lists" given out before summer vacation during elementary, middle, and high school. Reading was always a bit challenging for me. I'd mix up words, lose my place, or I would realized that my mind had been wandering for the past 3 pages and I'd have to start over.

When I was in college, I started to love the idea of reading during my down time. However, I wished I had time to read for fun but my time was spent memorizing text book after text book. I'd find myself going into the library or into a Borders just to take it in. I loved looking at shelf after shelf; pile after pile of books surrounding me. I flipped the pages of an unread book at the store, taking in the sounds and smell of it. I knew the book was yearning to have its pages "dog eared," crinkled, and have the occasional mystery stain from whatever the reader was snacking on.

I have tons of books in my room. My sister even commented "If I didn't know you better, after seeing this room, I'd think you were a reader." So yesterday, after a 2 mile walk with my dogs and after making dinner, I laid out a few books the books on my bed. I couldn't decide which I wanted to read first. Do I want to laugh with Bill Bryson in "A Walk in the Woods," do I want to rediscover a classic with "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," or do I want to be inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert in "Eat, Pray, Love?" I wanted to be inspired.

Here is my working reading list. Please feel free to make suggestions.

And of course, my sister's book when she finishes it!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The early bird...

Dear little bird outside my window,

I love that you like to hang around my house. I am sure you will get just as much enjoyment out of my new garden as I will when it arrives. I finally decided on salvia and blushing bride tradescantia. I will be picking another flower for the front of my yard soon as well. How do you feel about a yellow flower?

I love how the little old man next door throws pieces of bread out in his yard for you each morning. And I'm sorry my dogs jump over the wall into their yard and eat about half of it before you get the chance to.

I love watching you hop around and I loved listening to you chirp. However, when it is 5:00 in the morning and you are chirping your little head off... it wakes me up. Since our A/C isn't working, I really enjoy sleeping with the windows open. I kindly ask that you shut it until at least 6am on the weekdays and 8am on the weekends.

Thank you for understanding and for your cooperation.