Thursday, June 25, 2009
Posted by Brittan at 5:30 PM
Today (like every day) I talked to my best friend, Bonnie, about some movies we were interested in seeing and she brought up the point that she wanted to become more familiar with some of the bands on a particular film's soundtrack. Talking about my favorite films and music with the blank canvas that is my best friend? (She's extremely open minded and artisticly inclined but not as familiar with such things.) These are the moments I live for!
I realized a couple days ago that, for whatever reason, I haven't been soaking up music and film like I normally do. I've been preoccupied and I can tell that my stress level has risen and I'm not enjoying the flow of daily life quite as much. So what better opportunity to reimmerse my senses than this! I've decided to share some of my favorite music (and film because, frankly, I can't resist) with Bonnie right here through my blog, with the hope that all of my readers will be inspired to make their lives a little more cinematic.
When I think about the point of my blog, it was always to share what's going on in our lives with our friends and family who can't be here with us. So why not share two of the things that are most important to all of us who are regulars on this blog (with the exception maybe of Splinter, though she can get into movies too)? I do hope that you will all share some of your favorite things with me as well. I love meeting new people and being exposed to new art, ideas, etc via the world of blogging!
More focused, personal and, of course, musical posts to come!
Posted by Brittan at 2:14 PM
I am sitting at the breakfast bar in my kitchen, writing on my laptop and looking out into the backyard. We live in one of those delightful old neighborhoods where the houses are so close together that, for yards, we say we have a ‘front postage stamp’ and a ‘back postage stamp.’
There’s a tall old tree in the back left-hand corner of the lot which I honestly didn’t know was even a tree until about a week ago. Strong vines and thick foliage had so smothered the trunk that I assumed it was a lost cause to even bother getting into that section of the yard.
That is until last week when my husband of three weeks announced he was going build a treehouse for my 4 year-old daughter in the neglected section of the backyard, using the forgotten old tree as a solid base.
From where I sit right now, I can see my husband, lean and strong, tearing down the massive vines from the tree and clearing the space around the trunk for construction. Most of the overgrowth has been here much longer than he has owned the house, and the labor is difficult at best. This forgotten back section of the yard has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the inattention to the area makes it a maze of complicated vines to crawl through. His excitement about this project for Caroline, though, has overshadowed the hard work it’s taking to begin construction, and he’s been out there clearing and measuring every night for a week.
And this is where I am thankful that my daughter has a man in her life who wants to build her a treehouse no matter the obstacles. He is, very literally, taking something ugly and overgrown that many people would just leave alone and working to make it a playground for her, all because he knows it will make her happy. What a gift.
Single moms know the frustration of parenting solo better than anyone around, and what makes parenting alone much more difficult than anything else is the pain and guilt you feel as you long for a father for your kids. To make matters worse, society reminds these women often that girls without fathers are more likely to do drugs, face unplanned pregnancies, and marry for all the wrong reasons. Likewise, statistics show that boys without fathers are less likely to be well educated and more likely to commit crimes.
Fortunately, fathers don’t exist only in biological forms or as step-fathers. Fathers can be baseball coaches, youth pastors, and teachers. Fathers can be brothers, as was the case for me, uncles, grandfathers, and cousins.
As I write I am thinking of my daughter asleep upstairs, knowing what “B” is building for her in the backyard. She’s too young to see the treehouse as anything more than just what it is- a treehouse with the potential for a million memories and climbing galore- but I’m not.
When I look out my window I see a man who’s worked all day and comes home to work some more, all because he loves her. I see him batting at bugs and ripping up vines to make her a place to run and play and have sleepouts under the stars. I see a man I prayed would come into our lives, and I see a man who is a father. Fortunately for me, he’s also my best friend.
This is when Brian looks up, sees me though the window, and smiles. Happy Father’s Day.
Posted by Brittan at 3:40 AM
Monday, June 22, 2009
I. LOVE. THIS. GUY.
I do believe this is my new most prized possession.
Posted by Brittan at 1:48 AM
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thank you for picking up the phone and for welcoming me into your life.
Posted by Brittan at 1:30 PM
Friday, June 19, 2009
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
1. butter on popcorn
2. cheese on pizza and sandwiches
Granted, I almost never allow myself #3 and am a major snob when it comes to what actually qualifies as edible frozen yogurt. (None of that TCBY or self serve junk.) But when I was in the midst of a terrible week in Los Angeles there was one little bowl of heaven (pictured above) that made everything better. And soon I'll be able to get it here in Dallas. This is probably not good...
Posted by Brittan at 8:20 PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I remember pulling into the parking garage at SMU a few years ago, about to go to class, when my dear friend Gregg called me in distress. He was so upset because he had just turned 24 and felt OLD for the first time. Oh well, at least I can take comfort in the fact that I will always be younger than him!
I've never made a big deal about my birthday because my family doesn't tend to. Last year I didn't even acknowledge it, much less celebrate. But this year I really feel like I have reason to celebrate life and I plan to. With that in mind, here is my "what I want for my birthday" list. I don't think I've done one of these since elementary school.
1. Chocolate coconut cupcakes.
(I totally stole this idea from one of my favorite blogs but seriously, how amazing do these look? And they go with my recent coconut craze!)
2. Karaoke with all of my friends in Austin.
(The above picture is my way of saying that I'd like it to include a "Come on Eileen" dance.)
4. A usb record player.
5. A job. (Man, I wish it were that easy.)
For those of you that I know will ask.. I really don't want any presents for my birthday. I don't have any place to put them in my current situation anyway! I just want to be with the people I love, having fun and maybe eating a cupcake. Or two.
Posted by Brittan at 1:41 AM
Monday, June 8, 2009
They're kinda cute, huh?
Posted by Brittan at 8:38 PM
Saturday, June 6, 2009
There is a lot to look forward to in June. B is officially no longer a first grader and we have plenty of time to ride bikes, go swimming, see movies and have fun together. My 24th (wow) birthday and party weekend in Austin is coming up in a couple weeks, Jaren (B's best friend in the whole world who now lives in Utah, if you'd forgotten) is coming to visit for two weeks and *drum roll please* MY best friend in the whole world, Bonnie, is coming to visit! I haven't seen that girl in TWO YEARS! Ok, so we talk every single day, usually for hours at a time, but we are way overdue for some one on one reconnection.
Yep, this is going to be an amazing summer. Possibly the best ever. It just occurred to me that 1999 stands, thus far, as the best summer of my life. I believe 2009 can top it. (This is where I go ponder all that has changed in the last decade and then come back for a sappy "where have the years gone" blog post.)
Friday B and I vegged on Chipotle and sno cones and saw Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian (yawn) with Taso. Then I let him stay up WAY too late and he drove me bonkers. Today, like most Saturdays, we played all day at the skatepark and then Taso and I took off for hockey and hot wings (ok so fries and veggie sub for me) and The Hangover because I love Zach Galifinakis. It's shaping up to be a pretty sweet summer indeed.
Posted by Brittan at 5:37 PM
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We've also been ringing in the warm weather at our favorite sno cone place, Bahama Bucks. I consider myself a sno cone aficionado and this is THE BEST sno cone. (Toasted Coconut is my go-to flavor but I just discovered Passion Fruit and it changed my life. I do not recommend Jungle Berry. Are you taking notes?)
We've been doing the typical movie watching that we always do. I highly recommend Up (but I say skip the 3D) and Star Trek for cineplex-goers. Both are also great choices if you have an IMAX nearby. If you have a theatre that plays more obscure releases, you should check out Goodbye Solo about an old, unhappy American man and the younger, endlessly optimistic Senegal-born cab driver that he crosses paths with. It is a truly beautiful, touching story and I can't think of anyone (especially of my usual readers) who wouldn't both enjoy it and benefit from seeing it.
The other film I'm singing the praises of right now is Every Little Step, which I saw last night. It's a documentary about A Chorus Line, one of the longest-running and most influential Broadway plays of all time. Few if any of you would be as interested in this, so I'll save my long-winded explanation and just tell you that it's really good and it stirred the dancer that has been buried deep in my heart since I hung up my shoes almost 8 years ago.
B and I have spent quite a bit of time at our beloved Duck Pond Park lately. We like to stop at Tom Thumb, pick up a loaf of fresh bread and share it with the ducks and turtles. The babies hatched when the weather wasn't nice enough for us to visit them but they're still little, fuzzy and as hungry as ever. I pulled out the loaf of fluffy French bread and was surrounded by little duckies (and a very attentive mama) in no time. The turtles are B's favorite but they know to wait till these guys are out of the way before they come looking for food.
The last--but certainly not least--exciting, warm weather development is that of my first birthday present! The g'rents and B decided to give it to me early since summer is upon us and B needs a... BIKE RIDING COMPANION!!! Yeah, I'm excited. I love riding bikes so much that I held Wendy's hostage for months but now I have my own! It's just a simple little cruiser, no gears or anything, which is fine with me. I just like getting to places that are nearby without using a car and following B around.
I'm always a little sad to hang up my comfort hoodie but I'm happy to trade it in for sundresses and swimsuits. For as hot as it is, summer in Texas is kind of awesome and I am so beyond excited for this summer.
More on that soon...