Spritzer Leyba Out and About Journal

There must be a vitamin I can take for this June 27, 2007

For the last few weeks I have been even more flakey than usual. Day after day I've forgotten to do any of the items on my to-do list (basic things too, like cook dinner). Earlier this month we missed David's parents' thirtieth anniversary and then his mother's birthday five days later. And on Sunday I forgot about Heidi's book signing that I have been eagerly anticipating since her book came out in March (I had even emailed her a few days earlier telling her how excited we were!).

Yep, that's a bad track record.

It makes me wonder what other things I've forgotten about.


Finally read your May posting.
Try "Ginkgo Biloba" I use Solaray One Daily. I don't remember the required dose that I read from Dr. Weil (the naturapath) but I know that this brand supplies it. He claims a lot of others don't do a thing.
Good luck.

Posted by florence leff on July 8, 2007

Awww...it happens to the best of us, it just means that you are too smart! Its the weather, its summer, its everything...

Posted by Christina (Tina) on July 12, 2007

Where have I been? June 25, 2007

I've been spending next to no time on the computer and it's been lovely. Sorry for my silence, I'll try to post more in the next few days. Right now life is full of fresh fruit, good friends, lots of walks, favorite books, and little adventures.


The summer of movies (UPDATED) June 12, 2007

David and I love going on movie dates. Indie films, blockbusters, documentaries, you name it. We like it. We like going out, we like the big screen and surround sound, we like the experience of being at the movies together.

This summer should be great for movie dates. There are so many movies that we want to see. Here is our list of films to catch, with release dates, and links to summaries and trailers.

Fay Grim (now in theaters) -- I am a huge Parker Posey fan. This one looks hysterical: she plays a normal person thrown in an Alias-type situation.

Shrek the Third (now in theaters) -- one of many, many movie sequels this summer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (now in theaters) -- thoroughly enjoyed the previous two films, mostly indifferent to this one though I believe we'll enjoy ourselves.

Ocean's Thirteen (now in theaters) -- loved the first, hated the second, might be willing to give the third a try.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (June 15, 2007) -- we'll probably wait for the reviews before seeing this one.

You Kill Me (June 22, 2007) -- we are so looking forward to this Ben Kingsley mob comedy. Read the synopsis and watch the trailer.

Evan Almighty (June 22, 2007) -- looks SO much more clever and fun than the first one. Starring Steve Carell as the modern-day Noah.

ADDED: Live Free or Die Hard (June 27, 2007) -- Die Hard with a Vengeance is one of my favorite action movies. Can't tell if I'll like this one from the trailers, but it certainly looks action-packed.

ADDED: Sicko (June 29, 2007) -- Michael Moore's latest documentary about the American healthcare system.

ADDED: Ratatouille (June 29, 2007) -- The most recent trailer finally explains what this Pixar film is about: a rat dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.

Transformers (July 4, 2007) -- David can't wait to this one. (He insists that I missed out never seeing the original show when we were kids.)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (July 13, 2007) -- 48 28 days away. I cannot freaking wait.

ADDED: Talk to Me (July 13, 2007) -- The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s. Trailers look fantastic. Cami and I are going to this one together.

ADDED: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (July 20, 2007) -- I laughed so hard at the trailer for this Adam Sandler and Kevin James comedy about two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

Becoming Jane (August 3, 2007) -- the jury is out as to whether we'll see this one. I'm a HUGE Jane Austen fan, so I'm not sure I'll be willing to put up with the fiction they are weaving into this biographical piece.

Stardust (August 10, 2007) -- we haven't read the novel, but the trailer looks so fantastic and what a cast (Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ian McKellen, etc.)!

Opening this fall:
Martian Child (Oct. 12, 2007) -- the trailer looks cute and I like the premise.

The Golden Compass (December 7, 2007) -- while not a huge fan of the book, I adore Philip Pullman's other novels, and this preview makes the story seem much bigger than what I imagined while reading it...

Wow, what a list! Obviously, we won't make it to all of these, but I like knowing that when we're in the mood for a movie date, there will be many movies to choose from.

So, what are you looking forward to seeing this summer?

Originally posted May 24, 2007


Have you seen Ratatouille yet? It's so good--even better than Brad Bird's other two animated movies.

Posted by Tim on July 4, 2007

Late night activities June 7, 2007

"What are you up to, sweetie?"

"I'm reading trashy gossip."

"Trashy gossip? As opposed to classy gossip?!"

Yep, after I read the New York Times, I need something lighter to help me unwind.

What are some of your guilty pleasures?



I love your blog - it's always so pretty it's organic candy to the eyes! Your blog is my guilty pleasure-- but there's no guilt involved. :-D


ps - I enjoy reading what you have to say as well, not just the pictures. I just realized what I wrote above might sound a little silly...I'm just gaga over the colored glass. It has weird effects on me. :-p

Posted by Aviva on June 14, 2007

Living the life June 4, 2007

We've had so many great days in a row. Charming movies, wonderful times with friends, super-awesome-fabulous birthday parties, and hours spent out of doors (gardening, biking, hiking...). I love this time of the year. It's perfect weather for BBQs, sitting on the grass, and drinking cool refreshing beverages. The little things that make us feel so relaxed and happy. It doesn't seem to take much to have a full life.

What do you love most about springtime?
What are your favorite warm-weather activities?


My favorite thing about spring is the days getting longer. At this time of year, it's still light out until nearly 10 pm, and I love that so much. I also like not having to wear jackets. I hate wearing more than one layer of anything.

Posted by Nikki on June 4, 2007

Inspired by nature June 4, 2007

Our last ceramics class was on Wednesday.

This morning I stopped by the pottery studio and half our class was there working. I like how this is developing into a passion for all of us.

My first set of bowls and plates are fresh out of the kiln.
These are two of my favorites from this firing.

Can't wait to see how the others turn out.

Tomorrow we attend a tea ceremony at our professor's house. The last time we will all be together as a group. We've talked about organizing a summer pit firing on the beach--how wonderful that would be! I will miss my ceramics-class cohorts. We've had such a good time together.


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