Midweek Music P.6: "Light Up" Sucré

How sad for me that I haven't blogged in over a week AND forgot to post Midweek Music this week! It's been an off week for me. More on that later. This week I want to share my favorite song from Sucré's debut album. I've been on the Sucré bandwagon since the release of their first video back in February. Stacy King's vocals may prove to be the most enchanting I've ever heard, and don't even get me started on the swirling strings, twinkling piano, and chunky beats on some of the songs. The entire album is audio candy. Enjoy this soft, sweet, romantic tune. I kind of love the light and softness of the video too.


Midweek Music P.5: St. Vincent/Tom Waits

Yesterday morning as I was getting breakfast ready David was playing this video of Annie Clark covering Tom Waits. The first time I heard/saw St. Vincent was over on the Skunkboy Blog, and I was so intrigued by the eccentricity, beauty, genius, talent, and creativity that is Annie Clark. Serious girl crush material. Oh, and we have the same last name. Cool by not so significant association? I wish. The fact that she covered Tom Waits almost has my little head exploding into particles of sparkly, happy dust. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


The Freakin' Weekend

For us the weekend starts on Thursday night. Usually it just means that we stay up a little later and actually have time to watch a movie. This Thursday we went to a show at El Corazon in Seattle where my uncle was playing. Lorelei had so much fun dancing to the music and interacting with everyone who thought she was just too cute.

Though Friday and Saturday are David's days off he typically goes in to work for a few hours in the morning so that his work load isn't too much when he goes back on Sunday. I got kinda dressed up and tried to take some outfit pictures (laughable, really). After he got home Friday we ran some errands. Then we took Lorelei to a little park. She ran all over the place saying, "Weee, weee!" about all the other kids playing, but she hates the swings, and wasn't too thrilled about going down the slide either. We went to grab some beer (a very occasional treat for us) to go with dinner. I made vegetarian BBQ pizza. I'll post the recipe sometime, it's delicious! Then we watched a couple episodes of Mad Men, we're now on episode 7 of the entire series.

Saturday morning I planned on making donuts as David's Father's Day treat. It was poorly thought out and executed, so they weren't fabulous. Now I have the goal to perfect donut making (wish me luck). Advice, don't use olive oil for it, it's too dense. Also, make sure you have enough oil in your pan so that the donuts float in it instead of touching the bottom of the pan. Once we finished eating some tragic fail donuts we went and grabbed some iced Thai tea from Thai 65 in lieu of our normal coffee treats. It was perfect! We took our tea with us to Happy Delusions, an indie-made store in downtown Renton, where we grabbed some much needed incense. Seriously it's the best incense we've bought. There are 49 equally pleasant scents, the price is good (10/$1), and they burn longer than most. You can find them at Auric Blends.

With my donut failure on Saturday morning and lack of sleep all week I started the day in a bad mood. While David was at work Lorelei was in to everything and I was exhausted. I felt like the day was going to be horrible, and with my attitude it was a little worse than it should have been. I decided to take pictures of even the stressful stuff so I could look back at the end of the day and laugh at myself for being such a ninny. It worked. So here are some pictures of our week/weekend.


Getting Out Tonight!

We don't do a whole lot that doesn't consist of busy, busy, busy. Mostly on David's days off we grab coffee somewhere on one of the days, and run all of our accumulated errands that I don't feel comfortable doing alone in Renton with a toddler. It doesn't leave us much time to do anything really enjoyable. Tonight though, we're taking the wee one with us to an all ages show in Seattle so we can see my uncle Drew play. He's got such enviable talent. Seriously, the guy can pick up anything (instrument or not) and learn to make music with it, along with being a great lyricist and having very pleasant vocals. I had the pleasure of laying some harmonies for him on an album he is currently working on. I've always been a fan of his music (duh), but I am SO EXCITED for this album of his to come out. This is his first studio recorded work and he's got some great outsourced talent on there. I like to call his music Dark Folk, generally heavily acoustic, with sometimes sinister lyrics. He calls himself City Bear, and if you live in the Seattle area I highly recommend that you try to catch a show. Starting tonight maybe at El Corazon! Doors open at 7. I'd love to see a good crowd there. :) If you can't make it, join the Bear Army on Facebook!

Ashes Wednesday and Drew.

In true fashion.

Great Uncle City Bear, Polli Payne, and little baldy Lorelei.


Midweek Music P.4: "Nothing Like You and I" The Persihers

David and I have known and loved eachother for 3 years as of the 10th so I've been entertaining romantic, sentimental thoughts lately. The song I chose today is such a good embodiment of those thoughts. :)

I also fancy this quote by Hemingway that I found on the interwebs today. It is so US.

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.”


A Lesson in Failure, and Hope

This isn't something I thought I'd make a whole post about on my blog, but it's been something that has weighed heavily on my mind lately. Melissa's post today, about really loving your pet, struck me. I have a dog, a 2 year old pure bread Miniature Schnauzer named Edith aka Edie (after Edie Sedgwick). I brought her home on April 27, 2010 when she was 7 weeks old, having bought her from a breeder. My reasons for getting her were good: I wanted a companion because my husband (then boyfriend) worked nights, and I LOVE Schnauzers, my first dog which is my family's pet (Mitzi, who is now 8) is a Schnauzer. When we chose Edie we absolutely adored her, she was über sweet and the leader of the litter. We interacted with her 3 times before bringing her home. She was a source of so much joy, and entertainment, and learning. I was so happy to have brought her into the little family we were forming.

Shortly after bringing her home we got married (May 7, 2010), and then found out we were expecting (May 12, 2010). I was glad to have her to practice my nurturing on during my pregnancy. Very early on in my pregnancy I had some complications very closely resembling miscarriage (that my intuition still tells me was Lorelei's twin). It had me depressed and pretty immobile for a few weeks. It also resulted in me being careful and absorbed in my pregnancy in ways that I think were detrimental to training and showing Edie enough attention.

Now, at 2, Edith is a little hard to deal with. She gets very keyed up going places on her leash and chokes herself. Her selective Schnauzer hearing makes it nearly impossible to teach her commands like "stay" or "quiet". She is slightly resentful of Lorelei, as she takes a lot of attention away from the dog, and gets grouchy at her for no good reason. The worst of it is her possessive, dominating behavior around other people and especially dogs. It's strange because up until February of this year she has lived with a total of three other dogs and several cats and never had a problem with any of them. Oh, and I almost forgot, we can't leave her at home when we go places because we live in an apartment and she throws awful noisy fits at home alone. We'd love to take her everywhere with us, but, she's noisy in the car, can't behave on the leash, and sometimes the weather permits.

We've talked about sending her to live with my parents and their two Schnauzers, we've talked about how living in a house with a yard would help, we hope getting her spayed soon will help, but I get a little hopeless sometimes. She's just very difficult.

Here's the thing: I know that at least 75% of her issues are MY fault. It makes me feel like crap. I don't want to give up on my dog because I love her, and I can't bear the thought of not having her around. When she's good she's great. She learns tricks well, she gets super excited when we wake up in the morning, she loves to cuddle, and when we least expect it she'll kiss or play with Lorelei. She has so much potential.

So Melissa's post about her Leary and loving your pets while they are here renewed me. It made me think of all the reason's I love my girl. I have new faith today to try everything in my power to make life better for and with her. I'm thankful for that. :)

Forgive the excess of pictures, I was excited to find that I had as many as I do of her!

Our Ring Bearer

Driving, on our first camping trip. :)
Going somewhere in the rattling Jeep with mom.

First Snow

Family Maternity Picture, I look ewww!

She wishes she was a cat.

Sitting Pretty

Getting her hair did!


Sun Bathing

As I write this post...



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Molly Mae Clark
22 Years
Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter
Grounded Free Spirit
Fueled by High Octane Caffeine and Music 
Foodie and Self-Taught Chef
Captivated by the Pacific Northwest
Scatterbrained and Forgetful
Highly Emotional
Everything is Better in Chartreuse and Copper
Spiritual But Not Religious

The Backbone

David Lyle Clark
24 Years
Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Best Friend
A Rock
Fueled by Whatever the Wife Makes
Bicycle Enthusiast
Captivated by All Natural Beauty
Minimalistic and Straightforward
Highly Adaptable
Everything is Better When Captured on Camera
Believes in Manifest Destiny

Driving Force

Lorelei Ruby Clark
1 Year
Daughter, Best Friend, Whole World
A Bright Light
Fueled by Love
Animal Lover
Intrigued by Everything
Feminine and Mischievous
Highly Entertaining
Everything is Better When You Can Dance
Believes in Breastfeeding

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