Monday, December 10, 2007

Week in Review Tag

I was tagged by Schuyler to do this one. I'm hoping that it may help me to be more brief in recounting a very full, wonderful past week -

The game is to talk about your past week through these 4 questions:

1. What did you accomplish?
2. Did anything not go as expected?
3. What was the highlight of your week?
4. Did anything exciting happen you did not expect?

1. What did I accomplish? hmmm. The biggest one that comes to mind is that I was able to keep up with Danielle when we drove in caravan to the Lovejoy's home in S.C. It was an exciting and much quicker trip than it would have been had I been leading; and I am not a slow driver.

2. I didn't expect to love the Amy Steinberg concert as much as I did. She is one of those musicians who bring their music to another level in performance - she was part Janis Joplin, part Bette Midler, with some Joni Mitchell-style, beautiful lyrics thrown in the mix. I was too busy dancing to take very good pictures, but here is one:

I also didn't expect to be receive so many amazing birthday gifts from my friends and from my sister. I am feeling giddy with possibility as I look at my new paper and crafting supplies, and excited about passing on the generosity.

3. There were too many great moments this week to pick one highlight, so here are a few:

- Danielle sharing her turkey knowledge with Gillen:
Her kids' turkey love:
-sitting in the Crystal Field at the farm, relaxing with Danielle while the kids dug up crystals and played. It was a moment of perfect weather and an ethereal lighting that reminded me of my favorite scene in "Bonnie and Clyde" (when Bonnie visits her family and there is almost no dialogue, but the lighting creates the softness of the mood). The company was pretty great too. ; )

-Getting to craft with so many eager young artists (that includes you Mindy:) at my dining room table, and getting to learn new atc techniques. I finally stopped putting the craft supplies away this afternoon (I had kept putting them up so that we had a table on which to eat when Danielle was here) but made visiting Mindy and her family eat dinner outside tonight so as to keep the supplies out.

-Kid joy in a tree

4. The most unexpected exciting thing that happened was getting Rue's package in the mail today. In addition to being a totally cool unschooling mom and writer, she is my favorite jeweler. I ordered her nursing beads for... well, for someone that is hopefully still too busy down under with her new babe to be reading here. Anyway, the beads were even better than in the picture and she surprised me with a gift of turquoise. : )

As the shirt my long-time friend Flea sent me says, "Life is Good". Flea is my next visitor, with yet more wonderful kids, this Friday. Ah the joy of a full house. All these unschooling family visits have shown me how great it can be to have lots of kids under one roof; there have been very few moments of chaos and many more of glee.

So I have to play some more tag here.
1. Molly, who is so hip and crafty and young to love Doris Day, but does (as do I). I love her blog.
2. Angie, who also has a farm and homeschools but is wearing many more layers than I am right now as she is in northern Wisconsin, so is probably swearing profusely at this moment as she shovels snow or manure. She is one of the real farmer women. Whatever she did this past week, I want to read her take on it.
3. Deanne, who was my secret fairy godmother at the Live and Learn conference and whom I would like to get to know better.
Anyone else I may have spared because you were just tagged by others or have papers to write for college (Sara, are you finished?)or are busy with a new work season (Kimba) Of course, if you or anyone else are interested...


kelli said...

Yay! I've been waiting to hear about the weekend! :)

I'm sure your time there and your time with Danielle was just amazing, I can tell from your post.

Oh! And I mentioned to Amy, (she called me Sun. morn. :D) that she got to meet you, and she said,"oh, I really bonded with Madeline" :)

Madeline said...

Kelli, Amy couldn't say enough about you and your kids! She loves you guys so much. I get it now about her.

Deanne said...

That climbing tree is awesome! My kids would love it. We used to have some good ones in our backyard, before all those hurricanes a few years ago. ;P

I wholeheartedly agree about how amazingly wonderful Amy is! It must have been extra special to see her in such a personal setting. I'm counting down the days until I get to see her again. (Dec. 22nd)

kelli said...


Her music takes my breath away. What a shining light :)

Blogging Molly said...

I'm tickled pink with your compliments. I will certainly do a week in review come Friday, when I can review this crazy, busy week. Enjoy your new shoes!

Sara said...

I can't stay away from the blogs, even when I should be paper writing. I got one in last night at 1:00am, so progress is being made. I'll save the post-writing for later in the week though! Love the turkey pictures! Such a cool thing to share.

Danielle said...

Oh my, I'm still in awe and still processing all of our time together, feeling wistful yet again about living so far away from such a wonderful family!

We had so, so much fun at your home, your farm, with your family. Now, I just need to convince you to come up north this spring!

Kimba said...

Ha, I accept your invitation to play tag (a favorite 'round these parts) and have posted.

I think it is so cool that you have had so many visiting friends. Maybe I'll get to be one at the cookie exchange ;)