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on my bucket list

i'm not a runner. not even a little. two miles is the farthest i've ever run at one time on purpose. and hated it every step of the way.

however ... i am now obsessed with doing this:

a friend of mine in california recently ran one, and the photos from it were amazing and happy. and then i saw the above video on karen russell's blog and decided yes - i want to do THAT.

so i googled color run to see if there is a minneapolis one, and found that there is. in july. and it's sold out. but that doesn't mean i can't go and watch, right? because to be around all that energy and joy must be amazing.

and the photo ops would be pretty amazing, too.

so i'll go in july. and i'll take the kids, because they would totally dig it. and then i will make it our family mission to run it together next year.

because, really, how can you watch that video and NOT want to grab a snorkle mask and tutu and go for a run through a muppety rainbow of happiness?!

minor changes

back in january, when the couches arrived, the great room finally had places to sit.

less empty than empty, but too stark even for my minimalist leanings.

then, last weekend, as you may have noticed, we brought home two chairs that we'd left at the old house, and plopped them in the great room for the time being.

as they sat there, i realized they were helping to fill in the room a bit. not chairs that i'd had in mind for the space, but hey - they were chairs, and they didn't cost us a penny.

however, the cushions weren't working for me.

so i went shopping. i stopped at pier 1 to see if they had any of the same seat cushions so i could replace the stained, flattened, off-white ones. they did - if i wanted bright yellow, bright green, turquoise, or off-white again. so, turquoise came home with me.

not sold on that and thinking i may be able to gently wash the existing cushions in a diluted bleach bath, i then ran to crate & barrel ... and pottery barn ... and west elm ... and target ... looking for pillows for the back of the chair. i looked at different colors, solid colors, patterns, napkins that could be sewn into pillow covers. i contemplated the white tuxedo pleat curtains we took from the old house and wondered how they would look sewn into pillow covers. i questioned why every store only sells off-white. there is no White. why is that?! some people don't WANT off-white. but i digress.

i wasted an entire day on this project.

not totally satisfied that what i'd purchased to mix and match would result in a winner, i came home to play. for sure, i knew, the yellow covers would have to go. too mustardy, too warm, but i didn't have a back-up plan so i left them. i tried the various combos i'd brought home, and in the end, surprisingly, i went with the turquoise seat cushions (which i feared were too bright and turquoise-y) and left the yellow back pillow. why? because of these gray lovelies that i picked up at west elm.

the subtle gray works with the color of the couches, and the diamond pattern mimics the tufting, and the pattern tones down the "solidness" of the turquoise and mustard. and once it was all together, i realized that the colors actually work perfectly with what is on the mantle.

so, sold. they're staying. for now.

and the room feels much warmer and closer to "together."

still on the hunt for a rug - contemplating flor tiles ... anyone have experience with those? - and need to get some tables and lamps and figure out the window covering situation. one thing at a time, though. because through this little pillow exercise, i've learned how much of an impact adding one little thing at a time really makes.

easy like sunday morning

we had 512 things to do yesterday, so opted to skip church and keep the morning easy.

the kids woke early, like they usually do, and got onto their computers to play mine craft. it's kinda their weekend thing, so we let them.

i got up a little after 8, made my coffee, then settled in for cbs sunday morning. on sundays that we don't go to church, this is kinda *my* thing.

marc stayed in bed. that's his thing, regardless of day or schedule.

when my coffee was gone and the show was over, i went upstairs to find the kids just hanging, but no longer at their computer.

they were happy, content, quiet, so i just left them.

soon, though, it was time to get chopping.

they each had quiet morning chores ...

then we got on with our day. trip to the old house ... a stop at a bike shop ... unloading the car from the trip to the old house ... etc.

the cats supervised from their spots.

then the rains moved in and we closed up shop for the day.

and it was all good. a good, easy, productive, busy, mellow sunday.

i love sundays like that.