A Life of Grace

I Used To Have A Blog
April 24, 2009, 3:36 am
Filed under: Music

Oh man. This might just be the biggest stretch of time off I’ve taken from here. And, I hate that, sort of. I love looking back and reading over my old posts. It’s sort of my only way to keep track of my days, the boys, our adventures.

These days nearly everything in my life has taken a back seat to the all consuming project that’s been in my lap and on my mind: the Goldfinch cd. Recording it was the culmination of so many long years and days and nights of experiences, so much work, so much heart break and history, so much love. And, then, it sat. Needing editing, mixing, tweaking, mastering. The days turned into weeks and months and I was feeling kind of crazy. It’s sort of like having a baby, I guess. In the process I’ve had to come to terms with the things in my life I’ve had to let go of. I just can’t do it all: momming, wifing, friending, banding… At least not all well. But, this is a cycle that will, I think, come back around and I will again be back in balance. It seems to go that way for me.

I miss my friends. I miss blogging. I am trying to keep up with my kids and have time to spend with my husband. I love all of these great people in my life. It seems corny to say, but, my record is being released on Saturday and I love it: my creative baby. I hope each of you can hear it. We are playing this Saturday at the New Frontier in Tacoma with David Bazan for the record release party.




San Francisco: The Art Post
March 3, 2009, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Life

The overreaching theme of our San Francisco trip was the Art. Everywhere, hidden, exposed, chaotic, classic, planned, tower sized and minute. Our eyes were constantly inundated with images: inspiring our minds, rejuvenating us. For me, the timing couldn’t have been better as I explore my own interests in sketching and stenciling. The two biggest displays we saw were at the de Young Museum where, unfortunately, no picture taking was allowed: Andy Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent. Both visionaries, both possessing unprecented minds, both artists who I’ve never given much attention to. I felt my mind nearly bursting with beauty. Here are some highlights from around the city.












San Francisco: The Us Post
March 2, 2009, 6:17 pm
Filed under: Life

Our first trip together without the boys. A cheap flight, a cheap hostel, no car, four days. San Francisco was, quite simply, magical. We walked for miles, rode the bus, discovered the city in all it’s strangeness and beauty, and saw more in our few short days than we’d even hoped. I’m terrible at sorting pictures and leaving any out just feels horrible, therefore, I’m going to chronicle our trip in three posts centered on three different aspects of our trip: Us, The City, and The Art. Here is Us.



















February 19, 2009, 10:04 pm
Filed under: Life

I would just like to point out that I am at home, sick, and in bed for the second day. It is gloriously sunny outside my bedroom window and I have a great deal of things I have to do before Pat and I leave on Monday for San Fransisco. That is all.

I Saw You Standing There
February 13, 2009, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Art, Tacoma

This morning, during a cold and windy game of hide and seek with Titus, amidst my own lack of enthusiasm at my husband’s urging for me to look around the garden, I was gifted this. My very own monkeyshine ball, way finding itself right to me via it’s own route after I decided to stop forcing the hunt. A treasure of art, surprise, and thoughtfulness. How lovely. Thank you, Tacoma, for new friends, inspiration, and a beautiful beginning to this (Chinese) new year.


A Glimpse
February 13, 2009, 12:02 am
Filed under: Art, Music, Tacoma | Tags: ,

This is the rough and very unfinished version of the newest stencil poster I’ve made for my band. It still needs some text added (where? when? why?). But, I do love this one because, first off, I did a better job planning this time and the whole process has involved less mistakes. That is good. Also, there were some strong themes that showed up that only began to be clear to me as I finished through the sketches. Solidarity. Community. Collaboration. Unexpected patterns. These are what I see in this. Of course, it is open to interpretation. 

This show is going to be beautiful.



Slumber Party, Take Two
February 9, 2009, 3:28 am
Filed under: Family

Remember this? One of my very first posts on this blog. A lot happens in young-human world in what is considered a short period of time by us grown ups. Tonight Titus asked to have a slumber party again with Theo. It lasted about 3 minutes longer than the first slumber party attempt over a year ago. Think of next year. These boys are battling their way into brotherhood and are finally at the hugging stage. I tell myself it will be sweet in a couple years when Titus is done being a bully, but we might get there sooner.