this was a good week

Some things that made this week a good one:

•  This week meant a return to routine after spring break -- and honestly?  I find a bit of comfort in this.  I loved being away and our concentrated family time, but there's something to be said to returning to life refreshed, ready to tackle things.  Also?  There's very little I like better than being deep in concentration in my little office, and it begins to rain outside.  That happened this week -- total bliss.

•  Billy Joel & Jimmy Fallon weemba-wop-a-weemba-wop.  And all is right with the world.

•  This crystal-clear description of how blogging has changed over the years really made me think.  In a good way.

•  I'm a dog person.  These photographs illustrate why.

•  This guy's train set is INSANE.  And seriously awesome.

•  Marcus and I watched this Academy Award-winning documentary on Netflix this week, about the backup singers to some of the most famous bands and artists of our time.  Inspiring (and a little heartbreaking) -- if you can get your hands on it, it's definitely worth the 90-minute watch.

•  The light in these shots make me want to bust out my Hasselblad again.

•  All over the world, people are feeling like a room without a roof.  (Although I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed -- and skeptical -- when I didn't seen Trinidad & Tobago represented. So I did a search.  And of course, my country came through.)

•  Last week, I mentioned Xanthe's new course offering, Creating Tangible Time Capsules -- a wonderful way to create a tangible keepsake of your life. Well, it turns out that today's Xanthe's birthday, and instead of receiving gifts, she's giving one away --  so leave a comment below telling me something good that happened to you this week, and I'll pick one commenter to win a place in her upcoming class!  I'll announce by updating this post on Monday -- one comment per person, please!

•  It is entirely likely this Parmesan-roasted cauliflower may appear on my dinner table this weekend.

•  And finally, for the song of the day, the following little video clip of Lisa Fischer.   Lisa was one of the women featured on that documentary I mentioned above, and her voice is like molasses (which probably explains why she's sung backup on every Rolling Stones tour since 1989).  Stunning.


On that decidedly soulful note, have a great weekend friends (don't forget to leave a comment to win a spot in Xanthe's class!).

update, tuesday, april 1st, 2014

Sorry I was late on the announcing friends -- according to, the winner of the spot in Xanthe's class is Christina, who said, "I started a collaboration blog with 2 of my oldest friends!"

Congrats, Christina!  Keep an eye out on your inbox for an email from  me.  And thanks to all of you for your comments!