Birth of a project

I was getting dressed for a friend's birthday party and I didn't know what I was going to put on my body. I looked in my closet and it seemed empty, unpromising. I've had these moments before; everything was old, ill-fitting, or blah. I thought to myself, "Ugh! I have NOTHING to wear!" Then I began rifling through my closet and saw a forgotten shirt I loved and many more, and I realized I was crazy. I had plenty to wear, and plenty to choose from. My closet was FULL of treasures! At that moment I decided I would take a year to explore my closet and to add NOTHING new to my wardrobe.

I would create a NEW outfit for each day in order to maximize my wardrobe and shake up my style.

Basically, I would try to "snap out" of my fashion rut, and appreciate what I have.

It was my New Years' project:
One Closet, One Year.

Monday, June 13, 2011


As if things weren't crazy enough, Charlie had to go and break his arm! Right before we were supposed to drive cross-country for the summer!

I honestly don't know if we will make it now. We'll see what the orthopedist says on Thursday. On Saturday, we enjoyed what was probably the best baseball game of Charlie's entire season. Charlie and his novice crew, were pitted against a very organized and skilled team of bigger kids. There were also twice as many of them as there were of us. We had 7 players to start, and one left in the middle of the game!

Charlie's team was outmatched, but they were hitting balls, stealing bases, and seemed blissfully unaware that they were getting hammered. Or maybe they knew and they were just having fun. God knows we parents were! We were laughing and cheering and I'm sure the other parents couldn't figure out why we were so darn happy that we were losing.

Who would have known, after our last game of the season, that just a few hours later we would be with Charlie in the E.R., waiting to have his Condylar Fracture repaired. Richard stayed with Charlie in the E.R. for over 8 hours, letting me leave when the doctor told him that Charlie would have to be sedated and have his arm reset. Richard also missed poker night. He never misses poker night.

HaHa channels he inner Richard Simmons!
Ahhhh... The stuff of life!!! Good times!

When I was downloading pictures from my camera, I found this photo Leo secretly took when I wasn't looking. He loves to take surprise pictures!


  1. Hope things are looking up. Sorry you're last few months have been such a bummer. Look on the bright side. At least we aren't going through a down time at the same time like we did 10 years ago. Miss you.

  2. ay yi yi!! what was he doing? so sorry to hear that. love the photo of leo.
    it's too perfect and inquiring. sending you healing thoughts.

  3. Thank you, thank you! We sure could use them right now!!!

    Yes that would not be fun, pmj!


  4. Sending Charlie more healing thoughts... heal, heal. Where's Madam Pomfrey when you need her? She would have that mended in a night!

  5. ay yi yi. about time for that karmic dial to turn, i'd say...

    i do have access to a huge patch of comfrey if you need any!

  6. Comfrey/Pomfrey heal, heal, heal!!!
    Thanks ladies!!!

  7. Hi, I've been following your blog from time to time. Now I see that you haven't posted for a while. I hope everything is ok with you and your family, and that Charlie's arm is healing. My son had an upper arm fracture at about the same age as Charlie and though it was probably less complicated, he was still in a lot of pain for a while. He did physio and today his arm is completely ok again.

  8. Thank you, Anonymous! I have been dealing with a lot, and I thank you for you comment and positive story about your son's arm. I hope Charlie follows in you son's footsteps!!! I will probably do one more post, and then I'll be closing shop. Thank you for reading!!! xo-Shelayna

  9. As you still haven't made that last post, I'd like to say that that I've truly enjoyed your blog, and actually read parts of it almost like a novel. For instance, the point where your husband falls into the hole in your garden is great literature, and something *my* husband would have done given the chance.
    My family lives in a very mixed community with people from at least 60 different countries. I believe very strongly in the fact that people are people whatever their background, and that it is very important (imperative?) to communicate from the not-so-white communities to rest of western world just how incredibly similar we all are. And I think you've done that very well.
    I hope you'll get back to blogging when things have sorted themselves out. The only positive I can come up with is that the saying about time being a great healer in my experience is entirely true.
    I really hope things will work out for you and I'll light a candle for you.
    Hugs from the same

  10. Thank you, Anonymous, for the very kind and encouraging words! Thank you also for lighting a candle. I feel very honored.

    Peace and light and hugs to you in your community (which sounds delightfully diverse)!

    Take Care!!! Thanks for reading!!!