One of these things first.

What I’ve been up to:

  • I got accepted to massage school for the fall. I got my tour and the whole experience was so exciting. It’s different than I thought it would be, in a good way. Smaller class than I expected- only about 60 people split into two groups. The woman told me that I’d likely leave with very close friends. I’m feeling like this is going to be a really good experience and I’ll learn a lot.
  • I went to a doula training last weekend. It was invigorating and inspiring, and also humbling. It’s not like I was assuming I’d be an awesome birth support person right off the bat, but through the training I really realized that it’s a precious time for women and their families, and I just think I now am closer to grasping the profundity of it. I really need to respect the role I’ll be playing, be forever open to learning and to being wrong, and to just be of absolute service. In thinking about doula work lately I realized that it’s not like any other vocation. I mean, my mom and her friends coached each other when they were having babies. It was just normal. I’ve read books where women routinely attended each other’s births and it was just what you did. We help each other through it. I think it’s a really important role, but it got me thinking that it’s also just what women in a community (who have the heart for it, of course) are sort of naturally drawn to. It was beautiful to me in that way. It’s life work. I think midwifery is a calling, and I don’t feel particularly drawn to it, but the women I know who are into it are so amazing to me. I love being connected to all this and I feel so blessed to have been able to catch the "bug".
  • I’ve been digging Deepak Chopra lately. He’s so inspiring! If you haven’t heard of him, check him out. At first it seems like any other dude spouting inspirational mumbo jumbo, but I really really like him. He speaks lots of truth.
  • Jeff and I have been laughing and laughing. I love love love him. We are great friends. Last night we had a date and we snuck Chinese food into the dollar theater and were just giggling and hugging. Ridiculous cheesiness. We talked about our future and our present life. We talked about parenthood and our new house. Jeff kept saying "I had a really good time tonight". I think it’s just been a while since we had an alone date together, it was really good for us.
  • The house is coming along. Sometimes it seems like a snail’s pace to me, but inevitably when someone comes over they point out something that we did that they hadn’t seen last time. It’s feeling really like home, and I have no doubt we made the right choice. That alone is a really good feeling. It was such a big decision.

Yesterday we put up these shelves in our dining room. I wanted to put stuff on them before we left for the movie, so Jeff took it upon himself to help me out. So, we’ve got a mini collection of mezcal from Mexico, some tin baking pans, brita filters, coffee maker, snow man shaped cookie box, etc. I swear, in the (going on) 5 years we’ve been together, I continually laugh at dumber and dumber stuff. I used to roll my eyes and tell him to knock it off, and now I roar with laughter and take pictures. What’s that about?


Here it is all "fixed".

Bonus:
I took this picture this morning and then thought "Wait a minute! I’ve seen this before!" and dug through my old pictures. I thought it was cool.

*side note: I haven’t been taking pictures because I’ve been discouraged by my new camera. It was supposed to be way higher quality, and yet the quality sucks so far. I’ve been trying all sorts of things and googling, and it really can’t compare to my old camera. So, I’m gonna switch back. You can even tell between the last two pictures- the pregnant picture being with my old camera. Anyway, I’ve heard there are photographers that can make amazing pictures with whatever camera, but I am not that photographer yet… Hopefully I’ll be back with more pictures now that I’ll be going back to my old one.

Quote of the day:

“The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe.” (Deepak Chopra)

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Comments (20)

  1. purerandomness

    Three things…

    1) Congratulations on your acceptance!
    2) I love the wall color in your dining room. And, I’m not going to lie, I did like the original decorations for the shelves.
    3) Your ‘then and now’ pictures are awesome! Yay for continuity!

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Re: Three things…

      Thank you! I’ll um… be sure to tell Jeff what great decorating sense he has…

      MORE BUMP PICTURES FROM YOU!!!

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      1. purerandomness

        Re: Three things…

        I think it was the Brita filters and the snowman cookie box that put it over the top! Heheh.

        Re: bump pictures– yes ma’am! ;-p

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  2. brigittefires

    *Dies of dute*

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Don’t die of dute! NOOOO!!!!

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  3. afistinthefrill

    your date night sounds so cute, and i love those last two pics! very cool.

    also, congratulations on getting accepted to massage school, yay! sounds like it will be a really good experience for you

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Hey thanks! I hope all the housing stuff works out for you- last I read you were losing it! I hope they start respecting your space/stuff or you guys find a place. Update us soon.

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  4. prophetsong

    I think you’ll be an awesome doula. I had such a horrible birth experience and although my sister and my mum were there and they were wonderful, they got really frightened by how out of control the whole situation was and I think it would’ve made all the difference for me to have had another woman there who was outside the immediate circle and had you attitude and sense of the whole thing 🙂

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Aw thanks! I’m really interested in your birth story if you ever cared to share it. 🙂

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  5. pithy_epigrams

    Congrats on everything! With all the new stuff going on in your life, that’s awesome you find time and energy for it all. I really like the color of your kitchen, too.

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Aw thanks! How are things in your neck of the woods?

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  6. Anonymous

    ha! i love how jeff arranged the shelves! 😉

    maybe next time we get together you can bring your new camera. i dont know much but maybe its just a matter of your color settings. but that is a huge difference between cameras.

    oh and last post… LOVE LOVE LOve the pics of “scary vera”.

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Haha, maybe he should start a new career!

      Yeah, I wish it was just a settings issue. Every picture is really pixelated and just… not as good. I’ll bring it anyway next time we get together, but I’m not all that hopeful. It’ll be our backup camera for now I guess.

      Yeah man, she’s no joke!

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  7. pearlstreetdiva

    i too love the original decorations of the shelves!

    did you use the flash on yoru new camera for that pic with vera? it is very light filled…

    oh more pictures of your house and your yard space please!!

    oh and from a post you had before with veras scary face that made me laugh hysterically……she a little monster.

    im so happy for you to make huge strides- this is your year for huge strides- house, school, doula training!

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Haha, I’m gonna have to tell Jeff what a hit they were!

      I didn’t use flash, actually. It was just really bright. But yeah, the pictures are always not quite what I want, and with the other camera I always got closer. This camera is a lot better with flash though… hm.

      I will post more! I guess I’m saving it all for when we finish each room. I could always do sort of a before/after series. Fun!

      I need more pictures from you! Of your house, yard, Eli, you, all of it!

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  8. hanitious

    Grace just the fact that you’re listening to Nick Drake makes me love you even more 😀 Congrats on getting into massage school 😀 …I had to look up what a doula did *blushes* lol, it sounds amazing though giving another woman that kind of support. Your date sounds lovely, Ant and I had an amazing date last night, well I say date but he cooked for me and we snuggled and watched a film… it’s so nice to be able to laugh with your partner I think it’s one of the most important things in a relationship.

    Grrrrace 🙂 How did you get started on the no poo method? I’m thinking about starting it over easter but I have no idea where to start lol. Any help would be great 🙂

    This is a massive comment, I’m glad you’re happy and doing good.

    x

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I love him! I started listening to him back in middle school, I guess, and I’ve never stopped. So good… I noticed that you listened to him a while back and I thought “ah, kindred spirit…”

      The no poo is great! Do it! Even if it’s kinda icky at first, push through that part. I used this website to start:
      http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Go-No-Poo/

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  9. poppleshatesyou

    Congrats on the acceptance to massage school!! that is awesome!

    I’d love to hear more about your doula training, that is totally something i want to look into doing too! it’s such a powerful and important thing to be a part of. It’s one of those things that i feel really can make a difference in peoples lives.

    It’s such an awesome feeling to have one of your best friends be your lover as well. 😀

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Thank you!

      It was incredible- the information that we learned is easy enough to get a hold of, but the experience of a weekend with a bunch of women is definitely better. I took it through the center for the childbearing year- maybe you can take it next time you’re in town! Or you could schedule a trip just for the training! Well worth it. Read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth to get started!

      Yes! How are you and Corry? You guys are so cute!

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      1. poppleshatesyou

        Sounds awesome!! I’m gonna have to get back on amazon and see if i can cheaply get my hands on that book, i’ve been wanting to read it forever. I almost met Ina May a couple times because one of Clonlara’s sister schools is The Farm. I know several people she birthed too. : )

        We are great! our 6 year anniversary is coming up in less then a month and we are both just like “whhaaat? how’d that happen?! does it feel that long to you? no me neither!” it’s pretty great. It was so great to take a vacation together up to oakland.

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