With my quest this month to practice perspective, I noticed the blue sky reflected in my French press and tried a quick sketch looking down on it. Since the angle is a bit extreme, I’m not sure how well it reads, but it was a fun challenge. The sky today was a lovely cloudless blue for a few moments, which was a fabulous change from the dull gray skies that have been the norm here lately. That said, it was still crazy cold and so we spent much of the day snuggled up indoors drinking coffee. So, I’m rather wired at this point, typing really quickly, and thinking hot herbal tea might have been a better option. We actually have two French presses, one that’s smaller and this one that is, I think, the largest one they make. I adore coffee, but only take it black with nothing else at all. This I get from my mother who drinks coffee like some drink water throughout the day. Weirdly, it has no effect whatsoever on me when it comes times to sleep. My body shuts down like clockwork around the same time each day and I’m fast asleep for the night.
I’ve no idea why any of that would be interesting or relevant, but it’s simply what just came to my over-caffeinated mind. Philippe has been on a Lego bender today, putting together a model of Buckingham Palace, which was rather cool in the end. We have a couple bookcases to display the architectural models and cars, but what once looked like a curious avant-garde decorating choice is now resembling the toy aisle at Target. But I don’t mind it, as we’re the ones who have to live here and enjoy each one like little trophies. And when we have guests, they’ve all been carefully selected to be the type of people who find it fun as well. Perhaps it’s all the coffee, but after putting together the first Lego set, Philippe is currently putting together a couple smaller ones as dinner is baking in the oven. We are really like a couple of big kids, but I think that’s what makes life so fun and happy.
Also, I should note that if Doodlewash has been loading a bit slowly for you these last few days, please hang in there with me. We’re getting more traffic than ever and I’m working with developers on ways to optimize the site more. I’m thrilled that so many of you are enjoying the community and I’m doing what I can within the confines of shared hosting to make it run smoothly. This site has quickly moved from a simple blog into something far bigger and that brings a few more challenges along the way. That’s when it’s good to do a bit of blue sky thinking and come up with clever solutions. I love to puzzle things out and if I ever end up sleepless, that’s usually the culprit. My mind is constantly buzzing with various ideas. I don’t mind at all, as that’s when I’m truly the happiest. It’s like a vast world of dreams waiting to be realized and that’s a pretty amazing world indeed. One that might be just a bit too idealistic at times, but always fun and filled with blue skies and coffee breaks.
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