Archives for the month of: November, 2010

One year ago today, the man I loved asked me to leave.

When I think about the past year, I’m amazed at how I survived the roller coaster ride.  I felt the floor drop out from under me several times, but also reached some extreme highs as well.  But that’s not a way that I wanted to live, which is why I realized that it was time to say goodbye in June when I went to Cambridge for the last time.  Without getting into too many specifics, I thought I’d track my emotions over the past year through songs.  Because I’m artsy like that.  For the record, I’m imagining each of these songs sung from MY point of view.

John Legend “Ordinary People”

Amy Winehouse “Wake Up Alone”

Temper Trap “Soldier On”

The Avett Brothers “I And Love And You”

John Legend “Used to Love U”

Justin Timberlake “Cry Me a River”

My journey isn’t over.  In general, I feel really, really great about where I’m at emotionally.  I really hope that, someday, I won’t feel so much anger about the things that have been said and done to me this year.  I look forward to that day.

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…from Charlie Brown and Snoopy from the Peanuts!

I made his top from a $1 shirt from Savers (aka Value Village on the West Coast), a freezer paper stencil and black fabric paint.   August was NOT in a good mood the evening of Halloween.  And my camera was super wonky, so the photo above is pretty much the only photo I got.  Sigh.  But I did get some classic videos!

‘Til next Halloween!

When we moved back into our house 4 weekends ago, I decided to make our old guest room August’s room.  I chose this room for him mostly because the OTHER downstairs bedroom has a closet.  And we all know who needs the closet the most: MOI!

I was lucky enough to borrow a twin size bed from the ever-generous Schwartz family (I know, they hook me up with Obama AND beds?  I’m a lucky girl!).  I threw an enormous bookcase that I salvaged the day I moved out of my NYC apartment (someone was throwing it away!) in his room knowing that it was way too big and that I’d be moving it somewhere once I settled in more.  The walls were “Clam Chowder” from Behr, which I think is one of the most unfortunate paint names ever.  I liked the color, but since I’m trying to make a fresh start here in Providence, I knew I’d be painting.

I decided on two colors: cream and dark, dark grey.  But not just dark, dark grey–it’d actually be…chalkboard paint!!  I was inspired by this nursery image that I saved long ago:

So on my first weekend sans August, I got busy painting:

After a long weekend of taping and rolling (I also painted my new bedroom and a small hallway), it was done and just about the raddest room August will ever have!  I put up a little gallery wall with photos and mementos (my old Muppet Show record album and a vintage postcard of Jesus College where August spent the first year and a half of his life.).  He already loves the chalkboard paint.  I hear him in his room drawing on the walls after I’ve put him to bed.  He’s a night owl–like mother, like son.  And no, Dad, he hasn’t drawn on any other walls in my house…yet.

All I had to buy was a gallon of cream colored paint, a little thing of chalkboard paint and a few frames from Dollar Tree.  Maybe $40?  Everything else was borrowed, salvaged or gift card purchases.

I’m SO glad August has his own room again!  And I think he’s going to LOVE it!