What do you think the sex(es) of the twins will be?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

putting all our eggs in one basket.

well, it didn't work this time, but we're doing okay. thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts. they are felt and appreciated. we're at peace with how things are turning out. as you can tell from the title, we've been trying to make jokes during this whole process...there have been plenty of jokes about putting all our eggs in one basket, scrambled eggs, etc. then, after we heard the bad news today, dan said, "we'll have plenty of shots in the future," and i was like, "ugh, no more shots!"

anyway, we're well and we love you all.

xx

Thursday, November 19, 2009

birds of my neighborhood

after a couple of years of infertility, we are trying in vitro fertilization this week. i'm nervous and hopeful at the same time. if you pray, meditate, whatever, please remember us...

p.s. i will never get sick of this voice.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

loving this website...

...that Bonnie told me about.


I recently got $75 worth of dry cleaning at Zoots for $25, $20 worth of food at Veggie Planet for $10, and a haircut/conditioning treatment worth $75 for $35 (which I haven't used yet).

and, on an unrelated note, I decided on the birdcage.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

the first installment of my brother's show is finally out on dvd! i'm buying mine today. i'm most excited to see thurop in the special features.

you can buy it at amazon for only $10 (and my mom said it's also at target).

Saturday, October 17, 2009

jewelry debacle

so, the other day, inspired by my crafty friend bonnie, i tried my hand at a homemade necklace/earring organizer thing-a-ma-jig. mine turned out pretty ugly. especially when i put my jewelry on it.

so, i decided i'm just going to buy one.

either this one (sorry it's hard to see - but it's a birdcage and it has lots of hooks for necklaces and bars for hanging earrings):
or this one (also available in white):

any votes?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

mrs. horrible

i've been a horrible blogger this summer.

i was going to post about graduation, post graduation. but the truth is, i miss school and don't like to think about it being over. maybe later today or tomorrow i will post some photographs. it was great to have my parents and mr. dan there. weird for those two worlds to meet, but good.

so, i have a challenge for everyone. i need to put together the best road trip playlist ever. we're talking salt lake city to boston. what songs do you think MUST be on there? leave a comment, por favor.

oh, and one last thing. an amazing children's book is coming out today. it's even featured on publisher's weekly.

xoxo,
lvh

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

a few things i love about being back in utah

1. doing laundry at home. really, this is such a luxury. in boston, i have to watch our laundry constantly at the laundromat because this homeless guy always comes in and opens all the machines and pulls things out. the other day, he told dan and me he wanted to show us something. we followed him outside and he took us to the other side of the building and showed us his shopping cart and there was a HUGE possum in there. random. ooh, one more story about this guy. the day before we left boston, we put a bunch of giveaway stuff on the curb (people do this all the time there). the same guy came by with his shopping cart. there was an unopened box of toothpaste and some other great items in there, but did he take those? no. he bipassed all the good items and went for an old pair of black high heels. random.

2. being able to hang out with some of my nieces and nephews. they are adorable and always fun. also hanging out with my sister, parents, and in-laws.

3. sunday dinners. usually, we've run out of good things to eat by sunday and we end up eating random things all day. also, my mom makes really good rolls.

4. mountains. hiking. outdoor adventures.

5. watching food network.

Monday, June 8, 2009

rose and the bald-headed elephant




this book was written and illustrated by my friend wooley cottswold and will be out this august. i can't wait.


you can pre-order it here.


wooley is not only extremely talented, but he's also one of the nicest, most authentic and fun people i know. i know the book will be AMAZING.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My favorite album of 2008

I know it's a little late, but I love this album so much and hope you will, too. I'm sad because he just came to Massachusetts and played on the cape but I couldn't find a ride. And now I'm double sad because he's coming to Salt Lake City in July and I'll be in North Carolina. So, someone needs to go and then tell me all about it, okay?

Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago

He wrote the entire album in a cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. I love that.

Listen to "Skinny Love" here.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

to-read

My very talented, very funny friend Billy has his second book - a novel - coming out in June: How to Hold a Woman.

You can pre-order it here. I can't wait to read it.




"An emotionally powerful book; it is organic, surprising, and edgy in a way that will appeal to male readers as well as female readers. It has the potential to be groundbreaking in its raw, honest portrayal of a just-barely-functioning family. Billy Lombardo is interested in the beauty of words. He is also a great observer of the world around him, and he is exquisite and precise in getting that world onto the page."

Friday, May 22, 2009

DONE (almost)

On Tuesday, I turned in my very last packet for school. My thesis is finished and I'll be sending it off in a couple of days. It's a novel in stories called "Irreversible Things." I still need to do a little prep for the class I'm teaching in July, read the thesis manuscripts from the committees I'm on and do some other prep for residency, but the majority of the work is finito.

I can't believe I will have a Master of Fine Arts degree in July. I get to go down to N. Carolina a couple of days early to hang out with some of my favorite Warren-Wilson girls (spending a relaxing day at the spa!) and then after graduation I'll sightsee with my parents for a couple of days (D. only gets to spend a day with us because of his internship). Warren-Wilson graduations are awesome. There are no caps or gowns or boring speeches. All the graduating students read from their work and then, along with the diploma, we receive a hand-carved walking stick from the Black Mountains, adorned with fresh flowers. After that, there's a reception, live music and a fancy dinner for all and then a SWEATHEART BALL (misspelling intended). I will dance my heart out.

I'm feeling happy and excited (school is great, but the stress associated with it is blah), but I'm also feeling a little melancholy. I love my program. It is so unique and so amazing. Thinking about it being over is making me feel a little sentimental.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

some thoughts on mother's day

mother's day can be a tough day for some: those who have difficult relationships with their mothers, those who have lost a child or are suffering through infertility, those who have always wanted to have a baby but for one reason or another it has never happened for them.

so, tomorrow i will celebrate not just mothers (and i do feel lucky to have such a great one), but all the important women in my life. i have, and have had, so many amazing women in my life - they are all different and do different things. some are teachers, some are mothers, some are writers, some are single, some are married, some are gay, some are straight, some are sick, some are healthy, some are democrats, some are republicans, some are alive and some have passed on.

i say to all of you - happy women's day!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

this...

...has been one of the best days ever and it's only 3:00!

For starters, it's over 80 degrees today. I have tons of schoolwork to do today, but I COULD NOT stand the thought of spending such a beautiful day indoors. So, Dan and I decided to FINALLY bike the Minuteman Trail which goes from Cambridge (through Arlington and Lexington) to Bedford. It was such a beautiful day and there are few things I love more than biking.

As if that wasn't enough, we then went to get ice cream at my favorite Homemade Ice Cream shop in Inman Square - Christina's.

In all, I think we biked about 25 miles today.

I also found this great quote by H.G. Wells, which pretty much sums things up:
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

this is how i'm going to think about myself today:

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set [her] free.” Michelangelo

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I had very high hopes for season 2 of Flight of the Conchords. I thought it was destined to disappoint.

Guess what? It hasn't.

This, for example:




reminded me of how hilariously weird this is:

Monday, March 23, 2009

calling all utahns!

I need a summer job. In Utah. Preferably writing/editing. Preferably paying more than $10/hour.

Any ideas?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Giveaway 2009!

It's giveaway time, ya'll!

The first FIVE people to post a comment on here will get a surprise in the mail from me (possibly handmade). No strings attached. Out-of-staters welcome.

Let the games begin! (And, if you want, you could also pass it forward on your own blogs...)

xoxo,
Lisa Lou

Bento Boxes

I'm loving these and am thinking about saving up for one. Which color do you like best?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

easy sticky buns

Paul & Jackie gave me this cookbook for Christmas. I've been making a lot of recipes from it lately. Baking is the one thing I always turn to when I'm trying to get out of other things I don't want to do so much (like cleaning or homework, for example).

I made this recipe on Sunday. I burned them a little, but they were still good, I think.

Easy Sticky Buns
recipe from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup pecans, chopped in very large pieces
1 package (17.3 ounce/2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted

for the filling:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place a 12-cup standard muffin tin on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the 12 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of the mixture in each of the 12 muffin cups. Distribute the pecans evenly among the 12 muffin cups on top of the butter and sugar mixture.

Lightly flou a wooden board or stone surface. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry with the folds going left to right. Brush the whole sheet with half of the melted butter. Leaving a 1-inch border on the puff pastry, sprinkle each sheet with 1/3 cup of the raisins. Starting with the end nearest you, roll the pastry up snugly like a jelly roll around the filling, finishing the roll with the seam side down. Trim the ends of the roll about 1/2 inch and discard. Slice the roll in 6 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2 inches wide. Place each piece, spiral side up, in 6 of the muffin cups. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry to make 12 sticky buns.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the sticky buns are golden to dark brown on top and firm to the touch. Allow to cool for 5 minutes only, invert the buns onto the parchment paper (ease the filling and pecans out onto the buns with a spoon), and cool completely.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

goodbye, my fairweather friend

A couple of weeks ago, i said goodbye to this:




(in large part, because I also said goodbye to this and this).


















I was a little sad about it at first, but I'm over it now. Because now I have a new addiction:
























And I haven't looked back since.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

holy urbanism

Check out the very first page of Monu Magazine:



"A Mormon Megaproject" written by my brilliant husband, Daniel.

He also took all the photos, except the second one, which was taken by our friend Niels.

You can buy a copy on their website.

Friday, January 30, 2009

a beautiful paragraph

by Grace Paley: "He had a habit thoughout the twenty-seven years of making a narrow remark which, like a plumber's snake, could work its way through the ear down the throat, halfway to my heart. He would then disappear, leaving me choking with equipment. What I mean is, I sat down on the library steps and he went away." (from "Wants")

I love how she can say so much in such a small amount of space. I love the phrase "choking with equipment." Beautiful.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

further thoughts on thirty

I'm reading David Shields' book, "The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead."

It's a wonderful book, but it's full of facts about how our bodies age and it is not doing good things for my new thirty-year-old self.

First, a quote by Emerson: "After thirty, a man wakes up sad every morning, excepting perhaps five or six, until the day of his death." Just reading that makes me sad.

Here's just one of several fun facts from the book: "Starting at thirty [...] you lose one-sixteenth of an inch in height per year; your posture changes because your vertebrae shrink while your hips and knees bend closer to the ground and your foot arch flattens."

If my calculations are correct, I will be 5' by the time I'm 46, 4'11 by the time I'm 62, 4'10 by the time I'm 78 and a legal dwarf (4'9) by the time I'm 94.

But the upside is that creativity peaks in your thirties. I'll take creativity over height any day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

30 Rocks

The festivities began on Friday when my dear, beautiful school girls picked me up and took me to a delicious Brazilian restaurant called "Muqueca." The food was amazing. We got a couple of fish dishes and, of course, feijoada. They also had a lot of juice drinks that I haven't had since I was in Brazil, including cupuacu, my very favorite.

We then went back to Mary's house and they spoiled me with Mary-made chocolate ganache birthday cupcakes, my favorite chocolates, adorable earrings and tulips. The best part, though, was just being able to hang out with these girls. See here for more about how I feel about them. I feel so lucky to have met them.















On Saturday, we went to O'Sullivan's with our friends Laci & Christian. They just had a baby and this was Berkeley's first trip out (other than to the doctor). They gave me Chicken in a Biskit, Easy Cheese, and a country CD because they want me to get in touch with my ghetto side. Thanks, guys. I listened to the CD. I couldn't stomach some of the songs, but the old-time country I can do (Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie, etc.). I love Laci & Christian and now little Berkeley. They are so much fun! And who knows? Maybe by my fortieth Laci will have converted me to Demolition Derbies and Keith Urban. Although I certainly wouldn't count on it.

On Saturday, Dan and I went to the mall to go shoe shopping and then were going to meet our friends Max & Elizabeth for a movie downtown. When we were about to hop on the train, Dan said he had to poo really bad and that he was going to poo his pants. Our friends Kate & Logan live close to the train station, so we ran over there so Dan could use their bathroom. Their stairwell smelled like chocolate cake and all I could think was, "Oh great, Kate & Logan are having a dinner party and Dan's going to ruin it by breaking in and stinking up their bathroom." And then, when I walked in, everyone yelled "SURPRISE" and I was really, truly, genuinely surprised. It took me a minute to realize that Dan wasn't really going to poo his pants.

The party was a blast. We have such amazing friends here. They are funny, smart, attractive, kind and I absolutely love spending time with them.

Kate, baker extraordinaire, made a vegan chocolate cake that could beat out an egg & butter cake any day.























Leslie & Rich made me a ninja mask


















I really love my face in this photo for obvious reasons.


















The gang, minus Adam & Marci and Shaylyn & James, who left before we took the picture.

















Today (actual birthday) will be pretty chill. Shoe shopping (for real) and tonight some hanging out with dear friends.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dear Sir/Madam: please hang up

I get at least one of these per day at my place of employment:
Person comes through my line talking on their cell phone. They do not say "hello," they do not acknowledge me in any way. I ring up their stuff. I don't ask if they want paper or plastic. I choose because that's what they get for choosing to engage in a conversation with someone else.

And here is the real clincher:
They hang up after I have bagged all their things and then say, "I'm so sorry. That was so rude of me."

I'm not sure which is worse: the person who talks on their cell phone obliviously or the person who talks on their cell phone, realizes how incredibly rude it is, and then does it anyway.

You tell me.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

two new cds

Dan gave me two new CDs for our anniversary 3 days ago. He's nice.

Thirteens by Leona Naess
Carry the Weight by Denison Witmer

Give 'em a listen. Almost all my new favorite music comes from our friend Hartman who has almost the exact same taste in music (and books) as me. Thanks, Hartman!

I wish I could have been in SLC for Denison Witmer's show a couple of months ago. Apparently, it was amazing. He played in an old church and then, after the show, jumped behind the table and sold his own CDs. I like that. A lot.

how i spent the new year

Dan and I spent New Year's at baggage claim with the Brown Women's Basketball Team. GO BEARS!

I was feeling pretty good about being back in Boston until the train tossed us out onto the street where it was (and is currently) 8 freaking degrees (-12 with windchill). But on a more positive note, we have an adorable kid waiting to meet us here. Berkeley Gentry was born yesterday just in time to give his parents the gift of a tax deduction for 2008. Can't wait to meet him.

It was fun to be with family and friends for Christmas. Now it's off to North Carolina on Saturday. Can't wait to see all my WW friends. I can't believe it's been a year since I saw some of them last. I love school so much and there is not even one bit of sarcasm in that statement. I really do.