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2012 April 20

A Friday ritual. One moment from the week to remember and savor.

* also, I’m published in Romania! Fine print: my friend Stacia, who blogs here, and who is living with her family in Romania for a year asked me to write a haiku for her blog; it’s about Spring and um, birth control.

* the upside of insomnia is the sheer amount of reading you can accomplish at weird hours of the night. I’ve been on an Anne Lamott binge. I just love her so; somehow she makes me wish I too was a recovering alcoholic who found Jesus. If you’re a fan, this video sums her up. Also, someone was kind enough to put together a whole website of her wise and witty quotes.

* my sponsor, Knitknot and Gumdrop, has added some insanely cute skirts to her shop and these “initial onesies” which have been flying out of the shop. Liz is offering 15% off to you, just use the coupon code 6512GROW when checking out!

* Ever since making the connection between Cat Stevens and chai I’ve been hushing the kids with my rendition of  his song, Trouble. They’re so generous about not noticing my creaky singing voice, and it’s amazing how quickly a small squabble over who gets their splinter pulled first becomes forgotten when I hit those first sorrowful notes. Also, they want to know what “death’s disguise” means. Anyone? What a beautiful, sad song. Oh, Cat. I mean, er Yusef.

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  1. April 20, 2012

    Ha! Well, she’s well protected against cobwebs with that helmet. Have a great weekend.

  2. mamamayiwrites permalink
    April 20, 2012

    Ann Lamott, a favorite of mine too. I was recently thinking that I’d re-read all of my AL books this summer, reviving and refreshing, always.

    Now I’m on my way to check you out in Romania. ;) Happy Weekend!

  3. April 20, 2012

    send that child over! right now! i was thinking of mopping sometime in 2012. i’m going with your ‘dirt is healthy’ post. i’ve always been able to rock that excuse! and sing it sister! i love to burst forth in song, to drive home a point or distract. whatever. it makes life better, right!

    and i love the idea of you and romania, and i love ann lamott, was binging a few months ago myself!

    col and i are going to afrika, irylund, and greanlund. on an adventure. but we’ll be back.

    did you know?

    have a lovely!

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      April 21, 2012

      I asked Col about your travels. “Uh huh. Yup. Just me and Miss Ivey.” He said with no further explanation.

  4. espressoerin permalink
    April 20, 2012

    love your haiku!!! And….perhaps my kids would mop more if I suggested wearing helmets. Heck… that might work for me too.

  5. stephinie permalink
    April 20, 2012

    currently reading traveling mercies and am on the library list for her newest…. she’s so good right? happy weekending to you~

  6. Kathy permalink
    April 20, 2012

    the extemporaneous singing is an expression of a teachable moment… so teach on!

  7. April 20, 2012

    cat stevens makes me all swoony and weak in the knees. and that song was in harold and maude, a fave of mine. watched it recently when i needed a pick me up ;-)

    your sweet girl cleaning – love. does she do hardwood? love your floors…they remind me of my old house in abq, their chill under your feet even in the hottest months.

  8. April 20, 2012

    Now there’s a smart girl. Helmets are important. You never know what lurks under the couch.

  9. cadenlukas permalink
    April 20, 2012

    that’s so weird and good that you mention anne lamott because since i started imagining the novel you would write, which i have been for some reason, trying to figure out why i would even think such a thing, i kept coming back to anne’s voice and the honest, unapologetic, brave, intelligently tempered, uninterested in superiority or righteousness or position, voice of hers. what’s the adage from poetry workshops…” “don’t apologize, don’t explain”…? (I think it’s Richard Hugo). I get something similar from both of you. So THANKS. and love the helmeted cleaning helmet. I’m sorry, but whenever I see a picture of or think about your daughter Rose all I can think of is the term, “an interesting side-dish.” Impossibly unforgettable.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      April 21, 2012


      The perfect side dish, indeed. Love being quoted. Thanks for your kind words.

  10. martha permalink
    April 23, 2012

    rachel… it’s martha. I was signed in, for some reason, as cadenlukas because that was my friend’s password protected blog, on wordpress, that i’d been viewing. I guess I see now that I need to sign out after I visit her site. Anyway, just to clear up any confusion you might have had… I wanted to let you know it was me, not that you feel you know me any differently from some obscure cadenlukas e-character, but just so you know, it’s the martha/me that’s been a reader and fan of yours for awhile.

  11. Melissa permalink
    April 23, 2012

    seriously, i went through a similar anne lamot phase and wished the same thing. weird. and my dear friend choreographed the most incredible solo piece to trouble. i always replay it in my mind when i hear the song . . . she actually made a series of pieces to a few of his songs and it was one of my most joyful dance experiences! xo

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