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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor

April

The Architect

Clay

The queen loves pottery.

Honey you’re going to be very disappointed in me today, but don’t worry, I’ll make it up to you.

My darling husband has the unfortunate job of living with me. I expect to be treated like nothing less than royalty nearly everyday of the year, but especially on my birthday. Except, I usually insist that I don’t want any gifts and for people not to trouble themselves. I truly believe this reverse psychology business will work. But, unfortunately for me, they all listen and obey too well and my plan backfires.

For my birthday my parents forgot to bring the pot they bought for me in Mexico and coincidentally my father accidentally dropped it and broke it into many pieces, but he glued it back together. My husband, well, that’s his quote up above, he spent the day being excruciatingly nice to me while I did everything in my power to try to make him feel bad that he didn’t lavish me with gifts. I held out my hand and whispered things like, “I want my presents now.”

He did make it up to me though. We stopped in Lawrence, Kansas on our way home from my sister’s house. I got to eat at The Mad Greek, which serves the best slovaki and gyros. Then I insisted on going to The Phoenix Gallery and I picked out several pieces of pottery by my favorite potter Steve Coburn. I also bought a KU sweatshirt and Jayhawk paraphernalia for my children. Isaac insists on calling the Jayhawk a Peehawk, go figure he was born in Missouri, poor ignorant child. Then before leaving downtown Lawrence I stopped in La Prima Tazza, a wonderful little coffee shop, and bought a pound of oolong tea and a latte for the road. And now I feel much better and my husband is off the hook.

Now, a bit about The Phoenix Gallery. I was in Industrial Design school with the owner Zoe Beach. Zoe’s mother started the gallery and Zoe recently came back from San Francisco to settle down with her husband and child and bought the gallery. I got to see her today and it was so wonderful. The gallery sells the most amazing pottery and glass not to mention jewelry and some great metal workings. The prices are so reasonable and they do a fabulous job of displaying the artist’s work. Go check out the sight and if you’re ever in Lawrence be sure to walk up and down Massachusetts Street and peruse all the wonderful shops, especially this one.

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