Everyone knows that Monday morning is the time get in gear, put your shoulder to wheel, nose to the grindstone and in my case clean up the house from a week of parties and answer 200 emails. Mary is busy spinning cartwheels across the family room and my work is ready and waiting.

But I’m soooooo distracted.

Syren is calling to me with it’s mesmerizing words. Have you read the Septimus Heap series? You should. My boys adore them and I have fallen under their spell. I’m on the last book– oh, I can’t even let myself pick it up today.

The last episode of Masterpiece Theater’s Emma is playing on my computer while I clean the kitchen, and yes, I am stopping every few moments to relish the light, to replay that last clever phrase. Have you been watching it? It’s marvelous. Even my boys have been bewitched by Emma.

I ate my last Honeycrisp apple after taking this photo. Have you tried them? AMAZING. Erik bought them as a special treat (’cause they’re expensive) and I fell in love at the very first crisp juicy sweet bite.

It seemed like an innocent birthday present, but our entire family is entranced by Perplexus. A small ball must be navigated through 100 twisting turning barriers. We can’t get enough of it. Gabe smuggled it into Stake Conference yesterday and Erik said, “Let him keep it, it will help me– I mean Gabe– concentrate on the talks.”

If you have human beings in your house, you need this toy.

And so, as you can see, I’m trying to share my distractions with all of you so that I can get back to work.

But first I’ve got to solve that puzzleball.

It will only take me a minute.


February 6, 2010
February 10, 2010



  1. Selwyn

    February 8, 2010

    Those are some pretty impressive distractions! (Have added them to my list, except the apple, wrong season, wrong hemisphere!)

    I’m always distracted by the light in your photos – is it always like that over there, or is it simply your talent as a photographer? Either way, I’m impressed 🙂


  2. Christie

    February 8, 2010

    I feel so distracted today, too! Can’t seem to focus on what I need to be doing. Flitting from task to task, then getting sucked into my book (Helen of Troy, it’s fantastic) or popping in to read a few blogs. Sigh. What else is a Monday good for anyway?

  3. meeks

    February 8, 2010

    Oh wow! They’ve put out “Emma” in a series! I will have to figure out how I can watch it, as I am unable to access the online footage since I am in New Zealand. Looking forward to being distracted when I watch it!

  4. Diane

    February 8, 2010

    I will have to try those books. I’m always on the hunt for great reading.

    And the ball! I don’t think I’d get anything done if I had that around. But I will have to go get one nevertheless.

  5. Sue

    February 8, 2010

    I’m excited about the books. I am always looking for something new and captivating!


    PS. I am also a lover of Emma. Go figure.

  6. Tracy

    February 9, 2010

    Honeycrisps are the best ever!

  7. Rachelle

    February 9, 2010

    Oh my gosh, you are so cute… I can’t even stand it. I love your blog. Truly, I do.

  8. House of Estrogen

    February 9, 2010

    Another honeycrisp lover here. Do you have a Trader Joe’s nearby? I’ve found honeycrisps there for a fraction of the price that they are at the regular grocery store. They are downright affordable at Trader Joe’s! 🙂

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  10. Jess

    February 9, 2010

    Yum! Add me to the list of Honeycrisp lovers! Delish!

    As always your photos are just gorgeous.

    Love you, Michelle! MWAH

  11. Denise

    February 9, 2010

    Here’s proof that blood is thicker than water. We love the Septimus Heap series (did you also get into Percy Jackson, Leven Thumps, Charlie Bone, Artemis Fowl…). Several years ago I was shocked to find out that everyone doesn’t tivo or at minimum watch Masterpiece Theater. I believe Northanger Abbey is next. Honeycrisp apples are divine. The ones from Whole Foods are the best imo. And the puzzle ball, well we simply must locate one.

    Enough said…

  12. Mathmom and family

    February 9, 2010

    I don’t even know where to start. Honeycrisp apples are yet another proof to me that there is a God. I can only hope that if we all buy enough of them, more people will produce them and the price will drop. While I haven’t been watching Emma, we have been in quite a Jane Austen kind of place here. We just watched Lost in Austen, and I highly recommend it. And I know Annie would love the puzzle ball. I have that saved in my wish list now!

  13. Adri

    February 10, 2010

    We’re perplexed by Perplexus, too!

    And, the story about your son NOT paying for gymnastics is just classic!

  14. Michelle

    February 14, 2010

    I can always count on you to give me a little something to lighten up my day. Love this.

  15. Michelle

    February 14, 2010

    And thanks for the heads-up about the book — somehow I missed that it was out (my kids love this series).

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