New Year’s resolutions

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Do yourself a favor, listen to this piece of Mexican music.

  1. smile more
  2. play more with my kids
  3. read more to my kids
  4. do more crafts with my kids
  5. be more patient
  6. awfulize less
  7. live the moment more
  8. get less overwhelmed by feelings
  9. sew more
  10. crochet more
  11. design more
  12. focus more
  13. be less anxious
  14. paint again, at least one painting
  15. call my family more often
  16. take more photos
  17. make a couch for the kids
  18. eat more cauliflower
  19. eat less chocolate
  20. have less resolutions

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16 2/3 % done.

Posted by sol in life, list

Soooo.. long time no see.

Yeah I’ve been awfully busy, time just flieeees…

Next week I have to sit 4 exams, more or less easy peasy, and then I’m free until March 7th!

I plan to use my “free” time as follows:

  • spend time with my boys.
  • learn to ski cross country
  • swim a lot
  • sew Mozart costume for Damiano’s carnival
  • sew the missing slipcovers for our couch
  • crochet
  • revamp the studio, paint the pink wall aubergine.
  • master inDesign and illustrator
  • yeah, that’s about it.
  • oh, and blog a little more.





Christmas bonanza, 2010 edition.

Posted by sol in list, my sons are smarter than me

Presents this year included: iPhone4 (!!!!!!!) which I haven’t been able to play with yet because don’t try this at home or at least listen to the guy and not just snip snip snip because it won’t fookin work; a fan-tas-tic f 1.4 – 50mm lens for my camera which I’m completely and totally in love with; 2 books that are special because chosen for me and not taken from my wishlist, a gift certificate to get a thousand massages with a chinese guy who claims can undo the effect that baby-wearing had on my cervical vertebrae, and and and oh yeah, a trip to Paris.

For Damiano it was the first Christmas in which he understood what was going on and got really excited, and I think he was very happy about his booty. And I ws happy to tell him that he got aaaaaaall those presents because he’s such a good boy, because he is. And that lego jetplane is really cool!!!

Santi didn’t quite understand but he’s recovering and is happy, too. He didn’t care for the lego digger or the books as much as for this wind-up dinosaur. It’s the little things. Thanks Katie!

I got my hubby some sonically-superior headphones and a super scrabble, in which he’s going to get his butt kicked. But I’m guessing he liked the lego jetplane just as well.

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the vacuity of shopping

Posted by sol in I'm not proud, list

it’s been a while since the last installment of my shopping series, and there are a bunch of things that I have been coveting lately so there you have it:

Lisse rug, by Liz Eeuwes

I mean, honestly, in my living room I haven’t got a rug because I’m a rug-commitment phobic.  But with this beauty here I’d be ready to settle in for a life long relationship.

I mean, come on.

Let’s move on:

This camera bag. Yes, it’s a camera bag. Delicious. I’m going to be fully honest here: I was about to buy it, and thankfully it’s on backorder so I didn’t.

And last but not least: how fucking genius is this print?

I don’t really like the taste of alcohol, I don’t really like beer, or tequila, and I like only super awesomely good wine where you cannot taste the grapes and the liquor separately (if that makes any sense). But oh dear. G&T, I love. Because G&T don’t taste like alcohol, they taste like heaven.  Anyway, this one I did buy it. Vacuous me.

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Husband’s guide to filling wife’s stocking.

Posted by sol in I'm not proud, list

*blink* *blink* this list is a mere public service. It doesn’t mean that I could be happy with these things *blink* *blink*

  1. You can never go wrong with shiny rocks. And also not shiny ones. I dig lava stone earrings and bracelets, a lot.
  2. A pretty pen. I love Lamy fountain pens.
  3. 2010 daily planner. I’ve had a Moleskine one every year since 2001!
  4. Exotic fruit, for example, a 2 euro avocado, is like jewelry. And it would make me smile.
  5. Expensive shampoo or cream from the perfume shop. But not a perfume.
  6. A fancy watch. Ok, also a Swatch would do.
  7. How about a lottery ticket? We can split the prize.
  8. A gift certificate for a SPA, or a massage, or hell, even a much needed pedicure.
  9. A meter of pretty fabric.
  10. A cellphone credit voucher.
  11. A love letter.
  12. An iPhone.
  13. A pig catapult.
  14. A stapleless stapler.
  15. Pretty ribbons.
  16. Pretty hairpins.
  17. A new potato peeler.
  18. Leather gloves, or also cheap mittens with thinsulate.
  19. Alka selzer or the like
  20. A much needed USB stick
  21. Chocolate coins



One-worded scoop

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via Alexis

1. Where is your mobile phone? lost
2. Your hair? tumbleweed
3. Your mother? far
4. Your father? bohemian
5. Your favourite food? food
6. Your dream last night? crazy
7. Your favourite drink? G&T
8. Your dream/goal? understanding
9. What room are you in? livingroom
10. Your hobby? sewing
11. Your fear? irreversibility
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? pretty
13. Where were you last night? sick
14. Something that you aren’t? patient
15. Muffins? yes
16. Wish list item? armchair
17. Where did you grow up? Mexico
18. Last thing you did? mash
19. What are you wearing? sweatpants
20. Your TV? nonexistent
21. Your pet? kids
22. Friends? few
23. Your life? mess
24. Your mood? confused
25. Missing someone? grandpa
26. Vehicle? legs
27. Something you’re not wearing? thong
28. Your favorite store? ikea
29. Your favorite color? all
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? today
32. Your best friend? hubby
33. One place that I go to over and over? kindergarten
34. One person who emails me regularly? uhmmm
35. Favorite place to eat? coupole
36. Ears?  blistered
37. Which soup? any
38. Why do you blog? memory
39. Skill you wish you had? telekinesis
40. Favorite trait in others? empathy



what we did this weekend

Posted by sol in craftulence, friends, globe-trotting, I wanted to be an architect, images, life, list, my sons are smarter than me

Anyone who knows more than a little about me knows that I’m spoiled rotten. I was lucky enough in my former life to travel a lot and, with countable exceptions, make it to great hotels.  Sometimes with the help of my adorable, now bare, Visa card. Never a matter of wealth – not my own at least – whereas of being in the right place at the right moment. Those days are long gone, partly because with two children nobody is very eager to invite me to Paris or New York any more, partly because said Visa card lives now in Damiano’s toy wallet. But spoiled I remain.

This is why I decided to challenge myself, much like that time in Lyon when Michele challenged my pride and we had the most delicious kebab in the world from a place where I wouldn’t be caught dead eating.

We went camping.


It proved an awful idea for the following reasons:

  • four children under 4 years of age.


It was a fantastic idea for the following reasons:

  • the children had a blast


  • the places we visited were awesome (Lago di Ledro & Lago di Tenno)


  • the places were ridiculously close to home


  • we had delicious ice cream, well Katie and I did.


  • Damiano loved throwing stones into the lakes. He also had trouble assessing his strength.


  • we had yummy polenta
  • I had an inflatable mattress


  • Mr. Cheeks aka Santiago was a real angel, sleeping like a baby all the time.


  • the weather was great, as in, real summer, not like here


  • mosquitoes are adorable creatures, just ask Lisi.


  • we learned how to cope with difficulties together and overcome stressful situations (doesn’t matter that such difficulties and situations happen only by camping and that if we don’t ever go camping again we won’t need these newly acquired skills)


How good looking are these two fellows?



Christmas Bonanza Extravaganza

Posted by sol in I wanted to be an architect, images, list

ok, it can be a bit embarrassing, with the recession and all, but this Christmas was something out of the ordinary:

Damiano got:

a truck:

a Mr. Potato Head, which became an instant favorite:

I got:

a Nikon D60 SLR Camera. Wow.

a Guss Woll non stick pan:

a tangent4 internet radio:

Michele got:

a kick ass guitar, though not strictly a Christmas present

Kartell bookworm bookshelf, which we already mounted: (we meaning Michele, of course)

an iPod touch:

I’ve been saying this for the last 4 years, but I swear that next year we’ll be austere and give only symbolic presents. And who knows, maybe we’ll be forced to.



What I could’ve been but I’m not

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  • opera singer
  • couch tester
  • architect
  • book critic
  • baker
  • bonsai master
  • harpist
  • art historian
  • autopsy performer
  • actuary
  • nobel prize winning economist
  • firefighter
  • journalist
  • pilot
  • chauffeur
  • librarian
  • wine tester
  • urban planner
  • seamstress
  • glass blower
  • carpenter
  • kick ass designer
  • lion tamer
  • quiz writer
  • con artist
  • upholsterer
  • mother of 10 (I’ll stop at 2)

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What I am not and clearly wasn’t meant to be

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  • movie director
  • mathematician
  • physicist
  • diplomat
  • singer
  • butcher
  • accountant
  • veterinarian
  • stock broker
  • chicken sexer
  • police officer
  • farmer
  • plumber
  • gardener
  • actress
  • coach
  • video game tester
  • dog sniffer
  • fortune cookie writer
  • DJ
  • rally co driver
  • waitress
  • nurse
  • cleaning lady
  • stripper
  • president