Thursday, May 25, 2017

Boston you're my home

I ran an errand in the big city (and made a quick stop at Marshalls).  I love Boston.  Even on a rainy day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Remembering Judy

 A few friends went to dinner tonight at one of our friend Judy's favorite places--Sound Bites in Somerville.  Judy passed away a year and a half ago from cancer and her birthday is this week.  That's the ole omelet, home fries and a fried corn muffin.  #weallmissjudy #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

It's always a "moderate delay"

#liars #igotoffthesubwayandimwalking #point7miles

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lanes & Games

I really like this boxy building.  Too bad it's going to be a tear-down.  #lanesandgames

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sewing a dress

I don't have enough going on so I'm going to make myself a dress.  In the next few days.  #ilovetosew #ihaventmademyselfadressinyears

I aspire for someone to cure cancer

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dinner guests

The Checketts came over for dinner tonight.  They are a fun family and their boys were very interested in all my typewriters and my sewing machine.  #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

Happy Birthday to Robes and Adrienne

I remember thinking it was really cool that Adrienne was born on her dad's birthday.  #pattonmemories

After the Ride

We didn't wait in line for free pizza but got ice cream instead.  #bostonbraintumorride2017 #iamnevertakingmynewhelmetoff #dairyjoy

I heart hearts

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Family photos

EP says embrace the candids when you have a one year old!  #jouttenusfamilyphotos

Jouttenus family photos

Lexington. As in Massachusetts.

#ilovewhereilive #minutemanbiketrail


#trainingforahalfhour #maybe #minutemanbiketrail

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cool fabric

I was in line to get fabric cut at Hobby Lobby on Saturday and the lady behind me had this cool camera fabric so I got a yard of it.  It turned out to be the perfect fabric for a drawstring bag I was making. #ilovetosew

New kitchen - new napkins

Bob's birthday

It's my dad's birthday today.  This is one of my favorite photos of him from when my parents lived in Amarillo.  Photo cred: @chuckles50 I think

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Joseph Smith the Prophet

Our stake is performing Joseph Smith the Prophet tonight.   It was fantastic.  #fullorchestra #cambridgemassachusettsstake #wearemormon


For years I thought my mom invented cutting oranges like this.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A project

I asked my friend if I could take some photos of her kids a few weeks ago for a "project".  I ended up taking all the photos with her in them and this was one of my faves.  I ordered some reprints and made some cards for her and left them on her porch last night.  She texted me that the only other photo of her with her kids was one I took at the Boston Marathon.  I love her little boy's finger in her hand.  #mothersday

Rambling around New England

I rambled up to Antique Alley on Route 4 in NH this afternoon.  I only went in 2 stores (I think a bunch of stores have closed since I was last there) and bought one thing: that gold Pyrex bowl for $4.  #epramblesaroundnewengland2017

Be still my Post Office loving heart

#epramblesaroundnewengland2017 #mailletters

Friday, May 12, 2017

It was a great night for sailing

#MIT #charlesriver

I went sailing after work

I'm a sailor.  I sail now.  What am I going to do next?  #charlesriver #iknownothingaboutsailing

Greek salad for lunch

Can't say no to a fresh pita.  They messed up my order of Greek donuts and poured honey and Nutella on them so I said forget it and got my money back.  And then @alleyb5 shared hers with me.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #greekdonutsandnutellaareforever #saloniki

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Work out in work clothes

#jillianwouldbeproud #iamridiculous #wimpythreepoundweights #onedownonetogobeforesundayatmidnight #nowiwanttobakesomething #iwilldolaundryinstead

TBT: the Pattons at Bryce Canyon

I have been to Bryce and Zion since this trip but it's been YEARS.  I *might* find myself in southern Utah Memorial Day weekend so I'm looking for the Lazy Gal's guide to southern Utah's National Parks.  I don't want to hear about any 4-hour hikes, those slot canyons or Angels Landing (I just googled Angels Landing: NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED.  MORE FOR THE DIE HARDED--yeah, NO).  What about a 20-minute paved walk where I won't break a sweat?  Or seeing the wonders of the National Parks from the comforts of a rental car?  And while we're at it I'd love to hear any suggestions for food and fabric shops in the area.  #pattonmemories #wherearemytennisshoes #brycecanyon #whereisrobert #stillaskingthatquestion

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Tonight after work I went to visit my friend Maggie who had surgery almost two weeks ago.  These notes caught my eye as I was leaving.  Maggie's five year old daughter made them for her return from the hospital.  They all say "Mom". That's love.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

And there's John Kerry

#beaconhill #hewalkedrightbyme #brushwithfameandpolitics #whydidntisayhi #whydidnthesayhi

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Ready. Set. Sew.


My latest quilt project

The fabric is cut and ready to go.  Do you think I like circles?  This time I'm laying it all out before I start sewing.  Good thing I have a big living room floor.  The fabric second from the top on the right inspired this quilt.  #ilovetosew #epquilts

I can't stay away from quilting for too long

Monday, May 01, 2017

Gather Here

Gather Here in Cambridge is the coolest store with great fabric and they are open until 9pm.  For those of you outside New England, that's huge!  I got some great blue and green fabric for a project.  #ilovetosew

It's cold and cloudy...

...but this tree made me stop and smile.  #bostonspring2017

Polka dots

On coworker said I was on point with my polka dots, another said I looked good in red, and a student in the hallway said she liked me shirt.  #talbots #ireallyshouldusemyiron #mymetgalainvitemusthavegottenlostinthemail #ashirtienotaselfie


I've been doing a food/exercise challenge (inspired by @carolynsipherd) with my friend @jennvieira10.  You choose your own goals and if you don't meet them you pay the other person ten bucks.  The other night I couldn't help it and ate at 10pm (Frosted Flakes) so I made sure I had $10 today to give to Jenn.  Turns out she only did 2 workouts instead of 3 so were even!  #keepthemoney #greenongreen

Possible worst commute ever

My view as I sit in the worst traffic.  Between road closures, cars broken down and traffic lights out, it's probably been the worst commute ever.  And to top it off, someone was trying to back out of the parking garage.  It took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to go 12 miles.  Boston/Cambridge commuting is not for the faint of heart.  #passthebloodpressuremedsrightova #epcommutes