02 September 2009

the four one one.


thank you for all the feedback about my latest endeavors. i so appreciate it. am over the moon excited to receive some interest in my calligraphy services. i've posted some additional envelope samples and a button in my sidebar. i would love to assist in making your invitations stand out on any red carpet amidst boring bills in any mailbox.

onto your questions + the nitty gritty


• the font from my september calendar is called sketch block.

• the book i just finished is called eat pray love. i have a lot to say about this book. and now i need a new book to read, one that can become my friend for the fall. suggestions?

• the babe is almost walking. but is a seasoned pro at wildly tossing his peas underfoot. benji is quite the one year old ham with such a happy disposition. (that is, when he is not in the barber chair. yes, he got his first haircut and looks like a dapper li'l chap.) i like to think he has his papa's sense of humor.

• am loving my mom's blog seminar. i told you, she does not disappoint.

• i made quiche and broccoli salad yesterday. eating my vegetables means i can have a scoop (or in my house, a ramee, short for ramekin) of peanut butter m&m's for dessert. i am not one to feel guilty about eating sweets. i rue the day i turn down dessert due to a diet. however, restraint is necessary to live with a sweet tooth like mine and since self-discipline is my weakness, we rarely ever keep anything irresistible (as in, i could eat the whole bag in one sitting) on hand.

• and for the record, starbursts can sit in my cupboard for months. jolly ranchers too. not that i don't love sweet and fruity. but there is just no competition when it comes to cinnamoney or minty or peanut buttery mixed with chocolatey. vanilla ice cream pays me rent.

• i use 0.7 pilot pens for my most importantest handwriting. when i ask dan to please hand me a good pen, he knows which i'm talking about. oh, to have a man who understands me and doesn't mock my idiosyncrasies. for thicker script, i turn to the ever classic, sharpie.



hope your september has started off kicky.

22 comments:

ALFIE said...

new reads::

just devoured "the time traveler's wife"::: what a fantastic journey.

also loving:
"the weight of silence"
"trail of crumbs"

marta: your blog should feature a book club!! think about it for fall!!

hannah said...

i just finished a thousand splendid suns. it was eye opening.

i also love the book thief. it is a must-read.

Bluebelle said...

I second both the above recommendations and also I read a gem of a book called "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" that I would recommend reading. I fell in love with it. I reviewed it on my site if you want to know more!

KJ said...

I can't remember the last time I read a book and it makes me sad. but I am totally with you on the candy--the sugary kind don't turn my crank. Chocolate, coconut, peanut butter...that's where I lose it.

Amy said...

I loved eat pray love... great and inspiring. I read one that was great and inspiring but in a sad sort of way, A Thousand Splendid Suns- it was wonderful.

Thanks for the heads up on your mom's school days and pilot pens... I've been loving the school days and can't wait to go buy some new "good" pens!

summer said...

'dapper' & 'kicky'.. oh yeah. you get your vocab points today miss.

books, books.. ever read any elizabeth goudge? i just finished my first novel by her and it was glorious. other than that, i will stick with the counsel i give to every single person in my life.. jan karon. she is tops. her stuff is perfect for fall.

Jamie said...

My favorite book this year is "Three Cups of Tea." It was so inspiring and taught me so much about a part of the world American's struggle to understand.

Jessica Tingey said...

i'd love to hear what you thought about that book. i read it a couple of years ago and continue to go back every now and again. very inspirational and i love hearing what other people learned from it!

Diana Hulme said...

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society! I loved it! The Shadow of the Wind is always a classic too...as are others mentioned above...oh I love good books! :) Enjoy whatever you choose to read next!

tarable said...

I am half way through Eat, Pray, Love and am enjoying it. I am a big fan of Pilot pens and used your fave all through college. Have you tried the Pilot Varsity fountain pens? They are go-to pen for something a little more special.

kelly said...

i keep meaning to get that book from the library...thanks for the reminder! i seem to be reading lots of cookery books these days. have you read molly's homemade life? it really is wonderful.

and pens. sigh. it's that back to school time of year and you're making me crave stationery! your handwriting really is special and it's lovely to see your tools of choice : )

holtkamp said...

'poisonwoodwood bible' is one i can read over and over. i just read 'the laramie project' (which is actually a play) which was very inspiring.

whit said...

I love how dan knows about the pens..we don't mean to be pen snobs, but you know when it's the goods.

Amanda said...

I know how you feel about having 'the good pen'. My guy knows which one as well:)

Michelle said...

Marta, just wanted to tell you that this post made me smile. I am dying to read the Potato Peel Society, I've heard great things.

Sarah N said...

i agree - "the time traveler's wife" is fabulous. similar to eat, pray, love (which I LOVED) is "tales of a female nomad"...but not too similar that its boring to read in close proximity to the first. "the poisonwood bible" was also incredible. i am a book collector-lots on my shelf waiting to be read. next up is "three cups of tea"...

three cheers for ALFIE's idea for an m.writes book club!

also, i absolutely agree - my most favorite thing to write with is a sharpie. i will try out your good pens, i've been looking for the perfect one for a loooong time now.

::Sylvia:: said...

I third the motion on The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and also recommend The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Both EXCELLENT reads!

Anne Living Life said...

I just finished the Poisonwood Bible. It was good, kinda sad. Especially for a young mom like yourself. I really love I Capture the Castle and anything by Jennifer Weiner.

Perceptions of My Life said...

Just stopped by your blog. Could not resist commenting on books. Eat, Pray, Love touched me. The writing was beautiful. Just finished Sarah's Key, wonderful. Time Traveler's Wife, hard to get into. When you do it is worth it. Amazing. My summer favorite would have to be Loving Frank. Potato Peel Society was great because it was written through letter.

Han said...

Love that particular range of pilot pens too for diary writing! Though many people thinks it looks a tad chunky.

Miranda said...

Look at me remembering this long ago post where you asked for a book recommendation! I just posted three of my favorite books I read this summer on my blog...I think you would LOVE a Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg.

EmElle said...

i realize this is kind of random but i just found this blog today and it made me think of you. take a quick peek, i think you'll like it: http://richinnerlife.typepad.com/dreamland/

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