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My New Year

I can't believe three months of the new year are firmly behind us; nor can I believe that two and a half months have passed since we came home from Albania, that almost a month has slipped by since we first moved to Saint Jean de Luz.

As with me and many things, I had such good intentions and high hopes for starting this year off well in terms of being a more rounded individual, plans to exercise more and eat well, to write more, to work on some art projects that seized my imagination while in Tirana, to... well, the list goes on and on. And on.

But here we are in April, and here I am, never having made that post to put all my goals and desires into words. Now I can't remember most of what I had decided on. That may make it sound like my goals and desires weren't worth much, but I think they were. I think I could even remember them and get some of that fire back if only I could sit and reflect.

I haven't been very vocal on LJ since getting back online. I've been recharging, watching Babylon 5, reading, exploring our new home...just waiting for the fire to rekindle itself, for reflections to illuminate me. Nothing so far. A change of tactics is in order. It is time I come back, converse, participate, bounce off and be bounced off of.

And so that this post doesn't sound mopey and oh-isn't-my-navel-fascinating, let me share some photos with you of my wee one celebrating resurrection and rebirth:

I intended to take better pictures on Monday (predicted sunshine), but Soëlie kind of ruined those plans with her exploration of her new "toys." She took egg hunting to a new level. 

She ran very thorough tests. Wasn't too convinced about the taste of the shell though. Not that that kept her from trying another one. :P

nipernaadiagain this (and the first one) is an egg dyed with red cabbage. It was a brown egg (not too dark); white eggs turn a brighter color. :) The second one was like yours: dyed with onion skin.


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Apr. 10th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
That last picture looks like a classical painting.
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Someday I will paint her! :)
Apr. 11th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Babylon 5 was an awesome thing!

That last piccie of wee girly speaks volumes. Hee!
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
I didn't follow along when Babylon 5 came out, so now I'm playing catch up with popular culture. :P Good thing it is having all five seasons at my fingertips!
Apr. 11th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't follow Bab 5 when it originally ran either, I Netflixed it a couple of years ago. I'm really glad I did too.

From a writerly point of view the whole series from plot, story arcs, characterizations, pacing and setting are really well done. I think so anyway. ;-)
Apr. 12th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
*nods* I read a discussion on LJ about Bab 5 having "holographic" storytelling, and I thought, OK, need to check that out. :D
Apr. 11th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
She's a darling girl and I love your photos.

Babylon 5 was indeed an awesome thing.

I hear you about plans to renew and revitalise and create... and about how those plans don't always self-start. Sometimes other things get in the way. I hope your intention to re-engage and converse does what you need. I know it will have one obvious benefit of brightening our days with your presence :}
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
She's a darling girl and I love your photos.

Thank you, m'dear!

It is a good thing, but also a dangerous one, having all five of Babylon 5's seasons at my disposal. :P Now if only I could find Buffy in Spanish to stream. That show helped me learn French, so I figure it could help me learn Spanish, too. :P

I know it will have one obvious benefit of brightening our days with your presence :}

Aw, shucks. Thanks.
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Lovely pictures! And how grown up Soëlie looks!

And for this "bounce off and be bounced off of" thing the beginning of your entry is very useful!

Apr. 11th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
She is growing up so, so, so fast!
Apr. 11th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
Awww she so cute, and poor girl with mommy keep putting stuff on her head! Or is it just hats that are awful? :p
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
mean pea. mean.
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I am glad you finally admit it. ;)
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
twisted, twisty pea.

Apr. 11th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
That next-to-last shot with the green egg? *That* one is classic. The facial expression, the light and form balance...yes. (And plus, of course, your model is gorgeous!)

I hazily remember the crazy days when my son was that age. How well/poorly are you sleeping? >:-)
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I got such a kick out of her face that I had to post it. :P Don't gaze at my navel; gaze at my daughter. :D

I'm actually starting to sleep better now. S is no longer waking me up to take her pee at 1am, 3 am, and 5am. Sadly, she now wakes us up with a wet diaper at 7am. It's a trade off, I guess.
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
All of childhood is a trade-off in one fashion or another. >:-) The sleep is worth it, I promise.
Apr. 14th, 2012 08:28 am (UTC)
I feel it is worth it, too! :P That my just be 17 months of accumulated exhaustion talking, but hey. Very loud voice, hard to ignore. :P
Apr. 13th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
Don't gaze at my navel; gaze at my daughter. :D

Happy to oblige!

As for mutual bouncing (that sounded okay in my head, on the page it seems rather smutty :p ) I'm happy to oblige with that, too, in small doses. We's been tired, precious, yes - though not as tired as mommas with kidlings, I expect!

*Edited to remove rogue apostrophe from plural. Infected by my own pet hate! >:D

Edited at 2012-04-13 11:03 am (UTC)
Apr. 14th, 2012 08:30 am (UTC)
She is gaze-worthy, in my very biased opinion. :P

Small dose's are good. Don't want to overdo a great thing, eh? :D

Momma's certainly don't have the market cornered on fatigue; I hope you conquer your's soon.

Extra apostrophe's brought to you courtesy of My Weird Sense of Humor. :P
Apr. 13th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
The look on that last one: "Mom, what kind of tricks have you been playing? Where's the candy?"

Adorable, as always, and glad to have you back amongst the community. (And Soelie is adorable, too.)
Apr. 14th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
She is really beginning to master that "Mom!" look. :P
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