Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday was a good day.

Oh, Thursday. I had such a pleasant day at work. My kids were all in good spirits...we're just about to begin a three-day weekend, and we're having a Valentine's Day party tomorrow, so they're all pretty stoked. I so wish I could somehow justify the kids making little mailboxes like in elementary school, but that's a little much. Sometimes I think I should have taught little ones, but at the same time I love this age.

Thursday outfit post
(dress- Forever 21, tights- Hue, shoes- Target)

Thursday shoes!

Add a cardigan and this dress is pretty great for work :)

tired face

Last night Hank, his sister Brooke and I went to their grandma's for our twice-monthly dinner, pie and politics night. We got to talking a little bit, and I realized again how excited I am to be a Mom. It's really my number one "dream" in life, and what I feel like I was put on this earth to do...does that sound weird? When that time comes for us, it's going to be so exciting. I can't wait to be a stay at home mama, I can't wait to have a little family, and I can't wait to see Hank as a Dad! Sorry, haha. It's just such a fun thing to talk/think about...

After work Hank and I headed over to the gym and had the BEST workout. I'm so proud of him. He's always been athletic- he was a great athlete in high school, he's a phenomenal skateboarder, and when I met him, he was into running. Since he joined my gym and has been dedicated to going with me, he is kicking some major butt, and I know he's sleeping better as well. Yay for Hank! I've always tried not to nag him to get into the gym, so this has been a slow process, but now he wants to go and it happened naturally. I couldn't be happier! It's so nice to be able to have little gym-dates, and I enjoy teaching him how to lift weights and making him a little program to follow. After the gym we headed to Hugo's and brought our dinner home. I was a little bummed because my meal was not what I ordered, but I pushed the rice aside and ended up enjoying it. For some reason I just can't get into Spanish rice. Oh well.

Thursday dinner

So, tomorrow is Friday! Awesome. One of Hank's friends Tom is having an artist reception for his ceramic exhibition tomorrow night downtown so we'll head over to that and then probably go to the gym. I love working out on weekend evenings- it's always totally empty.

A couple of things-

1) I was browsing online today and was reminded of something so fun and reminiscent of my childhood...Penny from PeeWee's Playhouse! I posted this on Facebook and Twitter (see my links on my left sidebar if you'd like to add/follow me), and I had a blast watching these old videos. Do you remember her? So cute.

2) "Sweet Avenue" by Jets to Brazil is one of my ALL-TIME favorite songs (and favorite, favorite bands). I was searching my itunes for romantic songs and listened to it a couple (okay, ten) times. To me, it's one of the most romantic songs in the world. Every time I hear it, I am transported back to our wedding, when Hank and I shared such an amazing moment dancing to it. It was weird, because for so long (since 1998 when the record came out), I'd always imagined dancing to this song at my wedding. And then when I was in that moment, when this little daydream came into fruition, it was one of the most beautiful, surreal things I've ever experienced. If you've never heard this song, watch these videos (under the lyrics), but be sure to buy/download the entire album "Orange Rhyming Dictionary" by Jets to Brazil...this is also one of my all-time favorite albums, haha. But as far as "Sweet Avenue," which is the last track on the record, the lyrics are so beautiful. If you've never heard it, let me know what you think!

tasting you in rain I walk down to the train
try not to look down
this day could some day be an anniversary
everything is light and sound
facing forwards going slowly wait for you to show me
where this train wants to go
living by the hour I stop for every flower
everything is soft and slow
now all these tastes improve through the view that comes with you
like they handed me my life
for the first time it felt right
thank you for making me see there's a life in me
it was dying to get out
holding you we make two spoons beneath an April moon
everything is soft and sweet
this cigarette it could seduce
a nation with its smoke
crawling down my tired throat
scratches part of me that's purring
softly stirring
I'm a captain of industry smoking famously
feet up on the windowsill
look at all these trees I feel affinity with
everything so soft and still
budding at my fingertips
touching you I start to bloom
alive with trains and passing ships
soft and sweet along your lips now
I go "oh wow"
thank you for taking me from my monastery
I was dying to get out
with tears of gratitude
I like my latitude
cross town train to you
now all these tastes improve
through the view that comes with you
like they handed me my life for the first time it felt worth it
like I deserved it.

I included this one too, so you can hear a non-live version. :)

I am going to spend the rest of the night reading, but I made a playlist that I hope all of you enjoy! Once I starting making it I went kind of crazy so there are quite a few songs! I'd love to know which are your favorite...I really love the first one- the lyrics are so adorable. Enjoy and have a great night. :)

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  1. i love that yellow and black dress top:)

  2. Sweet Avenue was the first song my boyfriend put on the mixtape he gave me when he first asked me to be his girlfriend! i had never heard the song before but it was perfect! We still consider it our song, its so romantic! He bought me the album not a long time after that. I love it so much and i think i write "this day could some day be an anniversary, everything is soft and slow" at the end of every card or email i write him haha!

    - Andreia xoxo

  3. I already told you, but I love Sweet Avenue! It's such a sweet, pretty song!

    Also, I love the oufit and the playlist! Great taste lady!

  4. Gah! You are such a doll in the 3rd picture!

  5. your headbands should get there any day...promise!
    p.s. PeeWee is coming back!

  6. i love love love paul baribeau!

    also on the topic of being a mom, i just watched a documentary called "the business of being born" and it was very good. if you haven't seen it already, i recommend it!


  7. Thanks ladies!

    Robin- yes, I've seen it and LOVE it! It really solidified my plan to have a natural birth. :) Thanks for the recommendation though! <333

  8. Erin- YAY! Can't wait. You're such a sweetie.

  9. Yay I love your playlist! & there are some I haven't heard before, which is awesome because I'm looking for new music for a mix for Brian :) Its hard with him... those musicians, they've heard everything!

  10. i love your dress. are those shoes in target stores right now or are they a pair you got a while ago? i think they are very cute!

    i know what you mean. i feel like my number one dream is to someday be a mother, too. it fits very well with my boyfriend says. i feel like i have so much love to give!

  11. i think that is one of the most touching, spiritual, and special gifts a woman can feel in be a mother!
    loved your post about wanting a family and working out!
    -a blogger who loves your blog

  12. I love the mix, Thanks for much for giving me some awesome new music to listen to, I also LOVE that dress

  13. such a fantastic playlist :) so many of my favorite artists are on it! your outfit is so happy and comfy looking!

  14. I cannot wait to be @ work tomorrow to listen to your playlist!! Love your outfit and your hair by the way, very cute ;)

  15. I hands down agree this is the most romantic song ever. My boyfriend & I consider this to be our song, :)

  16. Thank you so so much for posting that song. It brought back memories of Jawbreaker and Fugazi. Love love love it.
    At our wedding we had The Long and Winding Road as our first dance. The stereo crapped out and ruined it.
    Thanks for brightening my day Danielle, your blog always puts a spring in my step xx

  17. Oh my god you are so adorable with that dress!

  18. Oh my gosh - Penny!!! I haven't seen that in probably 20 yrs!!
    And...yes, you must be a mama soon! You guys will be such awesome parents!!

  19. I have LOVED that song since the first time I heard it! It so wonderful to hear other people love it too. I always regretted not playing it at my wedding!

  20. you are adorable, I love your outfit! :D

  21. did you get those shoes at prescott target? man they are soo cute!!!

  22. ummmm i love you end of story ! also i have never met some one who actually know who paul baribiau is ! (sp on the name i knows)

  23. Cute dress...

    I just noticed the verse on the bottom of F21's bags. Did you ever notice it? Very neat story behind it. The owner is a cool guy.

  24. I love your dress and the playlist! :)

  25. aww Jets to Brazil & that song bring back sooo many memories! I graduating h.s. in 1998 & also went to shows every weekend! I remember many a mixed tape passed around with Sweet Avenue <3!

    Also I am 100% with you on the Mom business! I cannot wait! Hopefully sooner than later for both of us!


  26. Really cute dress. Love the colors. I think that's what had your students in a great mood.

    I loved in elementary when the teacher would tape a paper bag to each desk and we would go around dropping v-day cards and candies into each one. So fun. Does that even happen anymore?

  27. you can't get into spanish rice because you haven't had mine (homemade, passed down by generations... yes, i'm mexican. lol)

    *Love that y'all have 'gym-dates'.... thats adorable!!

  28. again, amazing super post! :)
    so i asked my boyfriend if he's ever head of the band jets to brazil since i noticed you guys share the same great taste in music and i've never heard of them, and he was like, "yeah... and one of my favorite songs of all time from them was.." and then i interrupted him and guessed, "sweet avenue?" "yes!! how did you know?" sometimes i think it's soo weird and also really awesome when coincidences or commonalities occur.
    but then again, it seems that many others love this song as well. but top fave bands being converge and jets to brazil? i dont know about that! :)

  29. Wow! You have the Brunettes on your playlist! They're from New Zealand, super proud! :]

  30. i am the exact same way about my feelings of being a mother! so i definitely don't think that sounds weird at all.
    some of us just really were put here to do just mommies!

  31. thanks so much for this playlist. it is lovley. <3

  32. Love that dress! Those pictures of you are super cute!

  33. Hi there :) I don't know if you know me, but I've been following your blog for a while, and I'm writing because I have something I wanted to ask you.
    I am starting a free regional magazine where I'm from, and I would really love to feature you and the outfit in this post in the coming edition. Would you allow me to post some of your photographs and write about your style in the fashion feature?
    I think you would make a perfect addtion to this months issue :)

    Let me know ASAP!
    My deadline is next week :)

    Thanks again girl,
    ElizabethJane (MemoirofaQuixoticFemale)