Crush and heave

by Kristen DeLap


I'm reading The Hours by Michael Cunningham for my Skype book club that focuses on Pultizer Prize winners. Very fitting as I am also traveling to NYC (the book's setting) for work this week. New York is a city that I am happy to frequent, and be a somewhat privileged half tourist/half familiar of. I like being swept into its strange energy and pulsating humanity. And then I'm happy to return home, leaving its cut-throat crowded existence, it's "crush and heave" for another time.  

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Andrew Wyeth

by Kristen DeLap


I first learned of Andrew Wyeth from his striking portrait taken by Andrew Zuckerman in his book Wisdom. The more I learned, the more I liked of the aging artist. He died 7 years ago today. This quote of his is so good.

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2016 : Quality

by Kristen DeLap


I've noticed several blog mavens (Natalie Creates and Emily McDowell among others) instead of doing resolutions for the new year are attributing an inspirational word to 2016. While I first thought this was a little too new age-y, I've come around to the idea. 

For 2016 I'm adopting the word Quality. 

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For me, this is in terms of time spent and goods purchased. So, more intentional time, being more present in the task at hand, and generating an output that I can be proud of, both personally and professionally. I really want to try to not multi-task if "being with my children" is one of those tasks. And, in terms of goods purchased, I want to try to better avoid the disposable culture, surrounding myself with quality items that I purposefully choose to have in my life, in my house, on my plate.

Perhaps more broad than typical resolutions, prescribing a word to the year is also more universal. I hope to apply this to most situations where I need to make a deliberate choice. Here's to the best in 2016.



Donut Party

by Kristen DeLap


This past week my son turned 4. He asked for a party with a couple of his friends from school, doughnuts, and dragons. Clearly a young savant in terms of understanding "concept", these are definitely good criteria to build from.  

On Saturday we invited a couple close family friends and three schoolmates to a "Dragons Love Donuts" brunch party. Loosely based on the book "Dragons Love Tacos", the party was about an over abundance of baked goods. 

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Usually party games are not my forte, but we did an activity that turned out well. Purchasing several rolls of thin washi tape and these donut balloons from Amazon, the kids decorated their doughnuts with sprinkles. Turned out to be a hit, as they then bounced the balloons all over the living room. 

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Even though it was a breakfast party, we still had cake, per request of the birthday boy. I made a chocolate cake and added doughnut sprinkles, which were actually decorated Cheerios. It wasn't as laborious as I thought, and a few went a long way. 

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Pure joy on the face of this birthday boy.

Pure joy on the face of this birthday boy.

The best part of a doughnut party? It's over before lunch and you can get on with your day. (And, of course, the leftovers!) 

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Dragon decorations available on Amazon.

Dragon decorations available on Amazon.

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I found some inspiration via Pinterest - see the board I put together for details. And see all the party pictures here.  

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