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my movie list

I don’t even like to sit for very long so just the thought of laying low for several weeks after surgery is enough to drive me batty.  If I’m not doing laundry, working on pictures, or whipping up something in the kitchen what exactly will I do?

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And then it dawned on me:  I’ll watch movies!  The kind my family would never watch in a million years.  French films with subtitles.  Feel good flicks.  Documentaries.  Romantic comedies.

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Here’s my list so far:

The Fairy
Kings of Pastry
I Do
Populaire
The Names of Love
Heartbreaker
2 Days in Paris
An Affair to Remember
Potiche
Midnight in Paris
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Blue Like Jazz
Romantics Anonymous
Stories We Tell

Between Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and the library I was able to find ALL OF THEM!  Now I’m almost giddy at the though of hunkering down.:D

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summing things up {august}

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Our St. Cloud getaway.  Health issues.  Doctor appointments and surgery scheduled.  A very princess birthday party.  Munchkin sleepover and the Easy Bake Oven.

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Zucchini Bread.  PUMPKIN STUFF IS OUT!  Four senior sessions.  Cooking ahead for fall (i.e. freezer meals).  Purchased tickets to Paris!  Hired a photographer for family photos in Paris.  Movie Night with friends.  Band camp performance at St. John’s University.  Crafts Direct.  My last Princess/Superhero Session.  Hanging at the pool.  Visiting the new splash pad in town and running into this dear friend:

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Exciting future plans overshadowed by worry and fear.  Swept up in details, trying to work out details, feeling overwhelmed by details.

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Overall a distracted month.  Gonna practice some deep breathing here in September.

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if:table {august 2014}

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As I mentioned earlier this month (click HERE for details), I made the decision to leave my Wednesday morning bible study.  A decision not taken lightly, especially when it means I will no longer be leading this lovely group of women:

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So I thought a little gathering was in order.  And introducing them to ‘my new thing’ seemed the perfect way to do just that!  The August IF:Table was comprised of ladies from my former small group.

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Not only did we feast on Honey-Dijon Chicken, Recipe Girl’s Three-Berry Salad with Sugared Almonds, Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread, and Berry Slab Pie – we laughed until we cried, talked about the possibility of meeting over Jennie Allen’s book Restless, shared stories, and simply enjoyed being in each other’s company for two hours.

And I very much look forward to doing it again (perhaps even with a new face or two!) as we venture into the cooler months.

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andrew | minnesota high school senior photographer

I had the pleasure of working with this St. Paul Academy senior earlier this week.

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His mom and I have known each other for several years and it seems like only yesterday we were sharing stories of our young boys.

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Who are not so young anymore.

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As we made our way around the location, I learned that Andrew is somewhat of an artist.

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When Andrew spoke about the creative process he seemed to come alive.

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Which was so very cool.  Here are several more of my favorites from our time together:

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Have a great senior year, Andrew!

Laurie Chuinard - August 30, 2014 - 1:33 pm

These pictures are beautiful Tina!
You have such an incredible Talent!
Laurie

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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1.  I have been on a mission to find a cute lightweight (yet dependable) camera bag for our trip to Paris.  [My current bag alone weighs 2-1/2 pounds.]  This week I stumbled upon custom designed leather camera bags by Porteen Gear.

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And had a blast virtually designing all sorts of bags.  The medium bag weighs in at 1-1/2 pounds (the small, a teeny tiny 1 pounder).  My only problem is choosing just one!!!

2.  With my recently imposed lift restriction, I am also in the market for a new vacuum cleaner.  Many were steering me towards Dyson but I couldn’t find even one upright vacuum cleaner that weighed less than 10 pounds.

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I finally settled on an Oreck, weighing in at only 8 pounds!  Click HERE for details.  (Never, ever would have guessed I’d be excited about purchasing a vacuum cleaner.)

3.  Just ordered this Wonderland of Whimsy Bracelet because I adore the following quote:  I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.

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Click HERE for details.

4.  This Polka Dot Lint Roller.

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Click HERE for details.

5. Love, love, love this raglan sweater:

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Click HERE for details.

Happy Friday!

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