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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two Things for your Thursday Evening

(actually I'm in a chatty mood, but let's start with two, shall we?)

1.  I bought a poncho.  I have a feeling there'll be loads of poncho outfits this Fall, like "poncho is the new legwarmer is the new black" time.  Except that I was never into black, preferring, at a very young age to layer on color like I was a giant seven layer jello salad all ready for a Fourth of July picnic right next to the sparklers and sugar cookies.  Ooh, that was a terrible analogy (jello gives me the hibee geebees and I'm sorry, but something wiggling and dyed green does not a salad make!).

Let's get honest about what's happing around here:
Retail Therapy makes me feel good (can I get an AMEN from all you sisters?).  This afternoon was a triple-shot of self-indulgence: tea latté sipping and letter writing, boutique and second-hand shop cruising, and snapping up a few pieces to ring in the Autumn Equinox.  And it's not like I didn't get my fix earlier this week either, which brings us right around to point number two.

2.  Oh Sweet Jesus.
I have taken on a lover.

My new lovah (pronounced "love-ah" like it's too good to waste any time pronouncing the "rrrr") goes in public by the name Canon Rebel T1i, but around here, I've been calling him Pierre.  And I've fallen hard.  My beloved little point-and-shoot Canon, with her tiny handful of pixels and her busted lens has done me SO well over the years (and will remain in active duty I'm sure) but Pierre, Oh Pierre, he's swept me off my feet and I don't think I'll be coming down anytime soon.  That button just feels like butter, click, whirl, snap, oh baby...
(Pierre asked me to stop right there.  He said somethings should just remain between us. And maybe Flickr if we're feeling frisky)


3.  HA! Told you there would be more.  Is there anyone else out there who feels GLEE over produce?  I feel positively passionate about the virtues of home-grown lettuce, never mind wonders of the world such as brussel sprouts from my favorite local farmer which will be oiled up and roasted to succulent in a matter of minutes here.  I'm ruined on a great number of fruits and vegetables, unable to bring myself to buy their sad cousins from the supermarket, because I know the real deal, the honest food, the food snapped off the vine and tugged up from the dirt just this morning by the woman I'm shaking hands with is UTTER DELIGHT.

I really do like to eat.  And the scent of the carrots I slipped from the soil before I walked inside is making me nearly delirious.  How do I wish I could put a little link [like this: "carrot scent"] right here for you to click that would transfer olfactory goodness!  You'd fall right off your chair, or at the very least start salivating.  I am.

4. This Cuff.  This photo does zero justice, but I just realized I had yet to mention it, as well as yet to give it the photoshoot it deserves.  Just know this: Allison - you are a woman of unbelievable talent, and I am spoiled rotten.

5.  Because I like to keep you updated, tomorrow (Friday September 24th) marks Chemo Round 3.  After this one, only five left to go (not so bad, right?).  I'll be thinking about you this weekend as I'm laying about, because having something really wonderful to think about makes the medicine go down easier.

Lovey Doves,
- Umber


RosyRevolver said...

You're beautiful.
One day I'm gonna fling my arms around your neck.


Anonymous said...

lol JJ stole what I was gonna say...well kinda
I was gonna start by saying you are beautiful!
Love the new duds.mmmm ponchos are my favorite!
5 is a nice number, you will make it!

Love and Light

Michaela Dawn said...

Sweet honey and raw sugar... you are so perfectly silly and real... Eat those chemo frogs, and lettuce leafs for dinner... and relish in the there-in-after.


Sunny Rising Leather said...


Thanks for the sweet photos of your fierce self.

I don't think I will ever forget the moment you flung open the front door to me and my parents and there you were, resplendent in green, ZANILY beautiful, like doiy-oy-oy-oy-oing eye popping pretty, with your willow arms and forever legs and somehow in the midst of this incredible challenge you still give me runway vibes.

Under "inspire" in the dictionary I can swear Webster put your picture, long before you were born.


jordan said...

can i come over? i promise to make you oodles of vegan (and necessarily gluten-free) goodies using the aforementioned such example being the african sweet potato soup my beautiful husband made for dinner tonight - complete with chick peas, coconut milk, baby spinach and fresh mint...not from my garden i fear, but still tasty as anything. so, if i do that, can i visit?
thinking of you lots, sending loving mama vibes to you

The Noisy Plume: said...

Dearest Ponchita,

I love it when you wear red and berry together. All I can think of is pie. Pie and ice cream and coast guard men over in Fort Bragg.

When all this damn chemo is through I would suggest we celebrate by getting campy down in some rainy bay. You can point out all the poisonous stuff while I start up the stove and make coffee.



UmberDove said...

Rosy - Yes you are.

Cat - Ponchos! How did it take me so long? p.s. YOU are SO lovely... you're on my belated writing list as we speak.

Michaela - CHOMP!

Sunny - If I wasn't all giddy, you'd have me blushing. Maybe I'm giddy blushing! I'll have to ask BC...

Jordan - You don't even need to ask! Come now. I need some help finishing this ungodly pile of brussels anyways... and saying "sweet potato" to me is akin to saying "cake" or "peanut butter" to other women.

Plume - Pie, camp, chowder, and those Coast Guards... yes'm I'll take what she's having. Let's GO!

BC said...

Umber- where did you learn to count? 2? I think not. Your man would be so disappointed.

Plume- COAST GUARD MEN????!!!!

UmberDove said...

Rosy - Or yes you will. That may make more sense. I really need to slow these finger's roll...

UmberDove said...

BC - nevermind the Coast Guard. Just relax and enjoy your Tecate.

Trista Anodei said...

Color! Cameras! Culinary delights!!!

You have made me positively giddy, Ms. Umber.

cbumpmax said...

Such lovely words from your admirers and me with my clumsy biochemistry degree that ties my tongue up in knots when I'm not tripping over my misspelled words. BUT I still want to give a shout out to going the extra mile for farm fresh veggies which I did just today. Yay for counting 5 on one hand; one more and you'll be half done.

Cassie said...

Your spirit makes me happy.

Rest easy this weekend and keep spoiling yourself. :)

kerin rose said...

oh, I did me some retail therapy myself yesterday....
I think it helps to feel a little shiny on the outside, yes?

I used to wear lotsa black..but your 'how to layer' blog post from waaaay back finally taught me how to become a jello too...tho I am the more muted palette

I am with ARE websters defiintion...


reconstructing sarah said...


MrsLittleJeans said...

Ponchos have never looked so good, you are starting a new fashion trend, right?

Congrats on your new lover (you remind me of SNL episode, Will Farrell...hee hee), I can only imagine your glee!

I too love fresh veggies..sad plastic veggies in most supermarkets....but those lettuce are huge!!!

Climbing the hill with a smile- one chemo session at a time....I am right behind you

PS-the hat is super, love it

Until the next visit-xoxo

UmberDove said...

Trista - You and me both, you and me both!

Cbump - It's so worth that extra mile! And from here out, you're absolutely right - count down on one hand!

Cassie - I'll do my best ;)

Kerin - Shiny jello layer cakes. heehee

Sarah - back at ya!

MLJ - Climbing that hill in a Prussian Poncho? I can only hope...

Mum said...

Dang! what goes around, comes around!
I had at least 5 fabulous ponchos that were wardrobe staples back in the day. I must say, YOU ROCK THE LOOK!!


I'm right there beside you, my love, willing you to feel better in record time.

Next week...

camping in the forest... hangin out amidst the ferns and redwoods... painting smooth flat rocks...
with Fritz snoozing on your lap and keeping you warm.

Can't wait to wrap my arms around you!!!!!!

Peace and all my mum love

Jordan, I neeeeeeeeed that sweet potato soup recipe. Would your beautiful husband be willing to share??

UmberDove said...

Mum - I can't wait to see you. I love you. Come soon.

Nancy*McKay said...

...3 down, baby girl...
it's a short, short calendar...XOXO

Shell (aka Songsmith) said...

I love this post.

I am praying for you, that nothing ever crush, or even slightly wrinkle, your vibrant spirit!


Lizzy Derksen said...

You and Pierre make me laugh hard.

Joyful said...

You made me laugh with your brilliant post, so witty and clever too. All your creative juices flowing. I will be thinking of you and saying a prayer as you enter round four.....You.are.strong.Love. and Hugs.

jordan said...

umber's mummy:
here's the recipe, it's DYNAMITE!!

So i guess i lied about the title, but it seems more like a sweet potato soup than a chickpea soup to me due to the relative amounts...i used a GIANT sweet potato so there was lots of golden goodness!! And we used spinach as the baby greens and fresh mint as garnish, and Steve doused his bowl with Siracha sauce after. I needed no extra spice, myself. This really is an epic autumn soup, hope you enjoy it!

Desiree Fawn said...

Ooh looks like your garden's been good to you <3 Looking gorgeous, you fabulous woman!