Little M loves tennis. I grew up loving the game, my husband loves the game, and it is a part of our story of how we met. I am so happy she has found something to be so passionate about. Her dedication and hard work on the court and off is something I am amazed at. She enjoys working towards her goals and loving her dad as her coach. Macy is a member of the Cherokee Nation and it makes me proud when she shares the game with others.

Stockings Traditionally Inspired New Zealand Designs by Lyonel Grant.
Get them here: http://www.iwicreations.com/
Thanks to Dorthy Grant to alerting me of these beauties!

Stockings Traditionally Inspired New Zealand Designs by Lyonel Grant.

Get them here: http://www.iwicreations.com/

Thanks to Dorthy Grant to alerting me of these beauties!

Tonight in Santa Fe: MoCNA’s Winter Exhibition 2014 Opens. 
Can’t wait to see what Sallyann Paschall and Alex Pena have cooked up. Sallyann is golden. Tony Tiger and his wife are very sweet, and I enjoy his work. David Sloan’s exhibtion will be a delight as well.
What to wear? The weather has me changing my outfit choice at the last minute. Plus it depends on if we go to dinner afterwards (Inn of the Anasazi would be my choice), which depends on my dear husband who has been sick. I’ve been doing alot of leggings and fitted black slacks with blazers lately, and think I’ll put my dresses back into rotation.

Tonight in Santa Fe: MoCNA’s Winter Exhibition 2014 Opens.

Can’t wait to see what Sallyann Paschall and Alex Pena have cooked up. Sallyann is golden. Tony Tiger and his wife are very sweet, and I enjoy his work. David Sloan’s exhibtion will be a delight as well.

What to wear? The weather has me changing my outfit choice at the last minute. Plus it depends on if we go to dinner afterwards (Inn of the Anasazi would be my choice), which depends on my dear husband who has been sick. I’ve been doing alot of leggings and fitted black slacks with blazers lately, and think I’ll put my dresses back into rotation.

Organization

Macy asked us at dinner what we do to stay organized, here is my list of how I keep sane…

1. Always carry a big purse. I prefer one that can keep file folders, reading materials for when M is at tennis, a change of clothes, and loads of other necessary items. Lately: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Bag. It’s a great purse and fits my lifestyle perfectly.

2. Gmail and Google Calendar I can not live without.

3. Always keep some blush, eyeliner, and lipstick with you, to liven yourself up. I had to do a dinner straight from the office last night, and so glad I had those with me to take me from day to night.

4. Always have a pen and a Moleskine journal ready (turquoise preferably bought locally at Collected Works Bookstore). I detest post it notes. I detest slips of paper. All of it goes into my journal until I can put it in my calendar, draft an email or check it off. There are great apps for your ipad and iphone, but I prefer old school paper. My parents can show me there paper calendars and journals from 20 years ago and it’s fun to look at them at where their lives were.

5. Write down everything. Even if you think you can remember. I have been known to hop out of bed at 2 in the morning and jot things down.

6. Say you are sorry. Sometimes you will miss an appointment, not be able to get to every meeting, or not be able to make a deadline. Say you are sorry and go on.

7. Prioritize your life. My family and God come first. I love many things, but not all get my attention. I set limits on meetings and how much volunteer work I do each month so that I can give the most time to my priorities. I enjoy eating dinner with my family each night, so I ensure that any meetings/shopping or manicures are before that time. My husband does not take business calls on weekends or evenings. We love what we do for a living, but we also realize it is only apart of our life. In the end it will be our family who will be there for us at the end of our days and they are the ones that we want to invest the most time and energy in.

8. Scan It. Save as little paper as possible. If you can get it online, keep it online.

9. Confirm meetings/ Confirm Events/ Confirm Dates. The “I’ll see you on Thursday at 2” email/text has saved me many times.

10. Touch Screen Phones are outlawed in my book. I pledged my allegiance to a BlackBerry many years ago. For Serious emails, typing fast, submitting reports on the go, sending college final papers there is no comparison. Not that I don’t enjoy my ipad, however its just for un-serious business.

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US Open

M and I traveled to the US Open in September. We left Papa as he had to serve as the Tournament Director of the Colorado State Open, in which he supervised over 1500 players during a great tournament. So, it was the girls in the city and nightly Skype sessions. We enjoyed our time shopping, sight seeing, and at the US Open.

M enjoyed watching Ferrer, Stephens, Serena and Tipsarevic play. She came back with a plan to play 6 days a week, and she has stuck to it. We make her take breaks and take Friday’s off to rest and do non-tennis things. Once she gets something in her head, she does not let go.

We love bringing more Native youth to tennis, and I am honored to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the USTA to work towards that goal nationally. M spends time serving by teaching Native youth how to play the game. She enjoys it and I am glad to see it is a passion of hers. We also have a non-profit (Serve It Up, Inc. ) that aims to bring more underserved youth to tennis and it is great to give back to the game.

 

Kanuchie

I love Kanuchie. It is one of my favorites. Kanuchie is a traditional Cherokee dish made of hickory nuts and combined with rice, oatmeal or hominy. I enjoy mine with loads of sugar. Thanks to my mother who made us great food during her stay. We could taste the love. Hopefully M picked up a few things. Since this cooking knowledge skipped a generation!

My husband enjoying his kanuchie.

He is awaiting the Kanuchie. Totally worth the wait.

Happy 2014…

I do not do New Years Resolutions. Throughout the year I try to reassess various things and implement balancing and new projects Try being the operative word. Always Trying.

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 Eric is wearing a custom sweatshirt given to him by my family.

In the Cherokee Syllabary it says “Lo Si” which means Rose in Cherokee.

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New Years was spent with our friends Amber-Dawn Bear Robe and Chris Eyre at their home as well as at our house with our family. I wore M’s Patricia Michaels wrap.

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Well, actually I suppose I could try to limit my time on my ipad. That would probably be a good thing! I know way too many random things and way too much about football that I do not want to know!

 

Christmas Gifts (Made in Native America)

So, one year I gave Penny Singer scarves to everyone, they all loved them. I love supporting Native Artists and their amazing work. For Christmas Gifts this year I highly recommend:

Virgil Ortiz Throw Pillows $20 each

Buy Them Here

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Dorothy Grant Wristlet Pouch $40

Native American Designer Collaborative Cuff Bracelet

Veronica Benally, Roderick Tenorio, Cody Sanderson and Fritz Casuse Collaborative Cuff Bracelet from Carolyn Pollack $164.89

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David Gaussoin’s Squash Blossom Pendant $685

Buy it from Beyond Buckskin Here

Womens Rez Spine Leather Tote

Virtil Ortiz Rez Spine Leather Tote

$1500

Buy It Here

Winter…

I am over the red’s and metallics. I had fun wearing them, but am now having my mani’s and pedi’s with African Violet from Tom Ford. Violet Fatale is such a great color on the lips as well. Preparing for our annual Christmas party had me want a change. Buy it in Santa Fe at the Cos Bar or online at Neiman Marcus.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Indian Arts Research Center Residency in Santa Fe

The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) in Santa Fe, NM offers two nine-month internships (September 1–May 31) to individuals who are recent college graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their professional museum experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies. The internships include a stipend, housing, book allowance, travel to one professional conference, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR. One internship is open to an indigenous individual from the U.S. or Canada, and one internship is open to any U.S. or Canadian citizen meeting the application requirements.

Established in 1978, the IARC houses a collection of more than 12,000 items of Native art of the Southwest. The collection includes pottery, jewelry, textiles, works on paper and canvas, basketry, wood carvings, and drums. IARC supports research and scholarship in Native studies, art history, and creative expression. IARC accomplishes this by providing opportunities for artists to engage in uninterrupted creativity through artist fellowships; fostering dialogue among artists, researchers, scholars, and community members through special seminars and programs; nurturing future arts and museums professionals through experiential training; and promoting study and exploration of the IARC collection of Native arts.

The interns will devote their time to working on IARC educational programming, research and writing activities, and collections management and registration. Other requirements include presenting a research paper at the SAR colloquium series; assisting with IARC seminars, symposia, and collection tours; and working on outreach initiatives to local Native communities. During the internships, the Anne Ray Resident Scholar provides mentorship and academic support to the interns.

For more information or to download the application, visit internships.sarweb.org

The Dogs.

Yona Shellyberger Rose and Deuce E. Rose.

We wanted Cherokee and Tennis Names for the dogs. Thus, we named one dog Bear in Cherokee since he looks like a teddy bear to us. The other got the tennis name of Deuce. They have yet to learn “Hesti” (Stop it), well actually they’ve yet to learn it in English either.

We acquired Deuce due to Little M batting her big brown eyes at her dad. It’s cute. Soo, yes we have another puppy. They let me know that my dreams of an English Bulldog or French Bulldog will have to wait, that the house is maxxed out, but we will see. I have big brown eyes too. Although, I think they’ve stopped working on my own father Little M has taken my place!

They have been a good learning experience for M. We enjoy them in our little zoo, and I tell you it is a zoo. They mostly enjoy chewing on things, sniffing things, jumping and all those bad dog behaviors. Yona has yet to graduate from Puppy Class, but both will soon be going. Our dog trainer said Yona was crazy, but we still love him. Lessons Learned or in the process of learning: Always have a chew toy to spare ones leopard print shoes, These dogs would not survive a day in Briggs, fences are meant to be  knocked down or hopped over (at least the dogs think that), and Mali the cat is not a chew toys boys.

Indian Education Year End Banquet
I’m honored to continue serving in my volunteer work for improving Native Education. I am so proud of all the kids who came out to our Year End Banquet in May. They worked hard during the 2012-2013 school year and we are so proud of their accomplishments. I always enjoy helping to hand out the awards, shake their hands and tell them good job, because I remember being small and going to the same banquet in my home town. My mother and her staff always worked so hard getting the banquet ready for the K-12 grades so they could have a nice evening with their families and appreciate all the work they did throughout the school year.

Indian Education Year End Banquet

I’m honored to continue serving in my volunteer work for improving Native Education. I am so proud of all the kids who came out to our Year End Banquet in May. They worked hard during the 2012-2013 school year and we are so proud of their accomplishments. I always enjoy helping to hand out the awards, shake their hands and tell them good job, because I remember being small and going to the same banquet in my home town. My mother and her staff always worked so hard getting the banquet ready for the K-12 grades so they could have a nice evening with their families and appreciate all the work they did throughout the school year.

My Godparents are amazing people. They are absolutely some of the best people I have met, and I’ve met some great people in my life thankfully. Mothers Day at Terra at the Four Seasons we ran into them and had a fun evening. Terra has great food, and is a great place to watch the sunset. If there is one gift that I have been given by my parents it is my faith, and the one gift that I would want to leave Little M with. I honestly believe it is the greatest gift you can give to your children. I would not be the same person without my faith in the Creator, in things seen and unseen. Thank you to my parents for showing me their faith and sharing with me. We are practicing Catholics and happy to have our faith community in our lives.

My Godparents are amazing people. They are absolutely some of the best people I have met, and I’ve met some great people in my life thankfully. Mothers Day at Terra at the Four Seasons we ran into them and had a fun evening. Terra has great food, and is a great place to watch the sunset. If there is one gift that I have been given by my parents it is my faith, and the one gift that I would want to leave Little M with. I honestly believe it is the greatest gift you can give to your children. I would not be the same person without my faith in the Creator, in things seen and unseen. Thank you to my parents for showing me their faith and sharing with me. We are practicing Catholics and happy to have our faith community in our lives.

Denver is fun to visit, as my husband has business there we do make it up when M or I don’t have obligations. We enjoy Cherry Creek, shopping, getting our nails done, playing tennis with E, and trying new restaurants. Little M and I really enjoy great food, so E is always trying to find us new places that we will love. It makes me appreciate Santa Fe so much more each time I get home, we have amazing restaurants in such close proximity, the airport is the size of a house, and you can go to Whole Foods and run into so many people. 

I must say that Ikea, West Elm and Room and Board all scare me a bit and they are all close to us in Denver. I’m more of a Horchow kind of lady, so when I go into those places all I can think is get me out of here! I threw out my husbands Gap, much of his horrific clothing/sweaters, and Banana Republic things in his wardrobe after-all, as those places literally freak me out. But, we always find good things to shop for while in Denver: M loves Juicy Couture and we like taking her to update her wardrobe.