Home Decor: Son’s Room Update

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I have been MIA lately because I have been studying long and hard towards completing my comprehensive exams to receive my MA in English Literature. I am tired. My days and nights have been a blur for the past 5 months. Fortunately, I have completed my three part exam. Unfortunately, I will not know my results until the second week of June, give or take a week or so. During my time as a dedicated graduate student, I have remained insistent on working on updating my home, but due to the fact that I decided to not write a thesis, I knew studying would be something laborious in passing my comp exams and with this dedication, I knew I had to let the projects and the blog rest for a bit. Luckily, I’ve managed to create these photo ledge shelves in between. I still need two more on the other side where his floor lamp and ottoman reside, but this is the room for now. What do you think of the room so far?

The lampshade needs to be cleaned and placed on this table lamp. Can you believe this only cost about $5 at the swap meet?

The box holding toys is Noah’s favorite thing. He calls it his “secret box.” In fact, you’d often find his sister’s toys that he hides in order to frustrate her. 

Quote of the day: 4/20/17

“to shut [aging and the upward years] out, to try to be young, say, at 80, to pretend there’s no old age, then you miss something. You miss a quality that if you don’t have it, you haven’t lived a complete life” (Sarton 1991d, 195).

Taken from “Of Creative Crones and Poetry:Developing Age Studies Through Literature” by SYLVIA B. HENNEBERG


Quote of the day: 4/17/17

“Language remains a human act which makes other actions and choices possible: ‘Only where there is language is there world,’ ‘We are our words’ (‘The Demon Lover”); ‘Our words are jammed in an electric jungle;/sometimes, though, they rise and wheel croaking above the treetops’ (‘Ghazals’); ‘I am thinking how we can use what we have/to invent what we need’ (‘Leaflets’); ‘I wanted to choose words that even you / would have to be changed by’ (‘Implosions’). So, even in ‘The Burning of Paper,’ ‘this is the oppressor’s language / yet I need it to talk to you.’ The conclusion is not to stop speaking and writing but to make words penetrate to the will as well as the mind and heart: ‘the fracture of order / the repair of speech / to overcome this suffering’ (‘The burning of Paper’).”

Albert Gelpi in Adrienne Rich The Poetics of Change 294 from Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose