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July 19, 2012

Nothing new to report

I’ve been feeling, the past few days, like I need to write a post. I just haven’t had anything profound to say. No pictures to share, no interesting stories or new recipes. I wish I did. Mostly, the past week I’ve been dreaming of traveling. It’s been several months since we last got away and I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m the kind of person who needs to travel, who has to get away at least once a year to relax, regroup, and refresh so I can continue living my day-to-day life.

View of Waikiki Beach from our hotel 2009

Maybe that’s a fault of mine. But I can’t help it. It’s who I am. My husband says it makes me “like my dad,” which I don’t think he means as a good thing. Granted, my dad needs to move, to run, to roam because he’s trying to escape the demons he doesn’t realize are all in his head. There’s a profound difference between that and needing some time to recoup and unwind from everyday life. I don’t mind coming back. He hasn’t been home in over a year.

Outside Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand 2007

But we don’t need to get into the subject of my dad. There’s a reason he’s seldom mentioned on the blog and we can keep it that way. I only brought it up because I can see a certain similarity…and because my husband had to go and make that comment. But I get an itch that is quite similar to the way my dad reacts when he “needs to go!” I get restless and antsy and spend far too much time perusing travel sites and dreaming of sitting on a beach or riding a train through Europe or roaming through the spice markets in Istanbul. There’s a difference between wanting adventure and needing to escape.

Prince of Wales Island, Alaska 2010

That being said, I’ve been in one of those moods. I’ve spent countless hours trying to figure out what we can manage to do to get away for our anniversary, and I’ve pretty much come up with this: nothing outside of California. But it’s not like we can’t afford to do something fun. It’s just that every penny right now is going toward our down payment for our house, and that, despite the gravitational force in my body that seems to physically pull me towards Sacramento International Airport, is more important.

Our honeymoon in Santorini, Greece 2012

But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming…or searching for good deals, like suddenly a 4-day trip to Hawaii is going to pop up for $500 or something. I’m hoping eventually the feeling will subside. Maybe we can take a few weekend trips or something and my hunger will be assuaged for a while.

Gettysburg, PA 2010 48 States Road Trip

It’ll be better once we have a house, too. I’ll have a very large project to keep my attention, to keep me busy. I’m overly excited to get into a place and start making it our home. The half of my day that isn’t spent checking out travel websites is spent checking out interior design sites and cruising Pinterest for creative DIY projects.

Well, I guess I had something to say and photos to share after all. Now I’d probably better get some work done. I’m leaving early today. Lunch with my dear friend, Christie, followed by being poked with a bunch of needles (acupuncture).

Hope you’re having a lovely Thursday!

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled? What is your dream vacation?

December 31, 2011

Plans for ringing in the new year

I hope most of you have far more exciting plans for this evening that Jim and I do. I’m always torn on New Year’s Eve. The thought of going and doing something wonderfully fun is always appealing. But then again, so is staying home with a bottle of champagne and a table full of munchies…which is the itinerary for tonight.

I used to want to go to NYC and see “the ball drop.” But in recent years, that plan seems less and less attractive. I mean, the actual drop of the ball isn’t that interesting. It’s not like it even drops. It just sort of slowly slides down the pole, almost as if it’s got honey in its track or something. Not to mention the herds of people, the freezing cold….we seem to forget that part when we’re sitting in our nice warm living rooms. If I were to spend New Year’s in New York, I’d want to find a place to go where there’s a party inside and a nice place on a roof somewhere to watch the fireworks. OR….I’d want a fancy schmancy suite at the Marriott Marquis that faces out to Times Square and room service filling every surface. That’s how I’d do New York.

Other possibilities:

Sydney. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia. I visited New Zealand a few years back. It was pretty lovely. I’d go again. But it’s definitely not the same as Australia. But on New Year’s Eve in the southern hemisphere, it’s summer. How weird would it be to celebrate the new year in WARM weather? Weird, but definitely cool. I’d do Australia.

Seriously, though. I think you’d need a boat. How cool would that be!?

Seattle. I know, I know. We were talking about cold. And honestly, I’ve been in Seattle on New Years. At the foot of the Space Needle to be exact. It was cold. It was not, however, too crowded. I wish I’d had a better camera because the views of the fireworks behind the Space Needle were incredible. On the other hand, if I were to go again, with my nice shiny wonderfully adept camera, I’d probably go to the party at the top rather than hang out at the bottom. What the heck good is a $200 per ticket party if you can’t even drink? (I was 19 at the time).

So far, I think those are the only other places I have a real interest in going. That being said, I’m sure that any city that I love would be cool to go to. I mean, take Paris, for instance. It’s supposed to be the most romantic city in the world (I say supposed to because I went with a friend…not a lover [ala Carrie Bradshaw] and it was NOT the romantic experience you would expect…I mean, obviously), I’d imagine huddled together with your lover with a steamy cafe latte and fireworks over the Seine with the Tour d’Eiffel in the foreground would be a pretty amazing New Year’s too.

Alas, my couch calls my name. And the freezer full of fattening goodies my husband and I will consume tonight along with our bottle of peach flavored champagne (neither of us likes regular champagne…in fact, we toasted wine at our wedding)…and any other bottles of goodness we may find in the kitchen….

….assuming we make it past 10 p.m. We’re so old.

Happy New Year!


December 7, 2011


Lately I’ve been feeling entirely uninspired. I’ve been exhausted. A little overwhelmed. But mostly exhausted, and that leaves me wanting to do absolutely nothing…except for sleep.

…I’ve been trying to write this post since 10 a.m. and it’s just not happening.

All I feel like doing is sleeping. Or watching tv. Or reading. Or anything else I can do from a horizontal position.

I’m still waiting to hear back from the doctor about my blood work from last week. People keep telling me my symptoms sound like a thyroid problem, but I was tested for that a few years ago, so I don’t think it’s that, although I guess things can change. I think mostly I am afraid they’re going to tell me that nothing is wrong at all. That I’m feeling tired all the time and there’s no reason for it.

I’m also afraid they’re going to tell me it’s due to stress. I know I have a lot of stress. Today was a classic example: bills + family issues + me taking on extra things I want to do, but don’t have time for = a nice little pain in Stephanie’s chest and an almost breakdown at work.

And I think that’s all this post is going to get from me tonight.

November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Review…in food

I recovered the photos from my phone!!! I’m so happy. Now I just need to find my contacts and I’ll be back in business!

So here is my Thanksgiving weekend review in food.

Leftover tofurkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. It may look like just a mush pile of stuff, but boy is it a delicious mush pile!

Black Friday shopping day dessert: affogato from Il Fornaio

Saturday morning breakfast: quinoa with persimmons and pecans

Sunday night dinner: Vegetable Pho

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Next up: CHRISTMAS!

November 28, 2011

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! + Good Intentions

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a lovely long holiday weekend. I know I did…for the most part, but more on that later.

Jim and I spent Thanksgiving running a muck, trying to visit everyone we loved within a certain radius.  We had our main dinner at the house where I grew up My mom cooked the usual turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, green bean casserole, fruit salad, etc. I cooked up my tofurkey (and I’m kind of sad I didn’t bring any of it to work for lunch today…). My youngest brother came home from college and the brother just older than him brought his wife and my little nephew Tucker over.

Me and Tucky Boy getting ready for my wedding!

From there we went to visit our friends BJ and Ashley, who own the vineyard where we got married. We’ve become so close with them since booking their property for our wedding. They’re amazing people. We love them to death! And Ashley’s brother and his family were up from San Diego. They have three of the cutest little girls I’ve ever met!

Lastly, but certainly not least, we made our way to Jim’s parents’ house for meal #2/dessert. Jim ate a whole second meal while I had a few bites of stuffing and some of the hash brown casserole his sister had made for breakfast (It’s freaking delicious!) and a couple of slivers of pie. Jim’s step dad manages a restaurant, so he wasn’t even home until early in the evening. We didn’t get to spend as much time with them as we would have liked, but we did our best to fit it all in.

That night my mom and I made our best attempt at shopping at midnight when all the stores opened. We got to Wal Mart at 10 (Gosh, I wish I’d taken a photo of THAT madness!) and promptly decided to go home and sleep instead of being at the mall when it opened. Black Friday madness can really only be endured with the right combination of caffeine and sleep. So we slept, we got coffee and we got to World Market by 7 a.m., in enough time to get our free ornament and movie ticket.

I will say one thing about everything opening at midnight: the crowds were almost non-existent between the hours of 7 am and noon. Most people, it seemed, had gone at midnight and maybe gone home to sleep and returned in the afternoon? Either way, if it means I can shop peacefully on Black Friday morning, I’m all for midnight openings (by then everyone has had dinner and spent time with their families anyway. Plus, with the economy as it is, I bet a lot of people were happy for the extra hours).

And this is where the good intentions come in. Originally my post was going to be titled: Food highlights from the holiday weekend…or something to that effect. Most of the photos from said post were taken with my phone….which happened to die this weekend. I believe we have resuscitated it, but my photos were either lost or deleted. So should they pop up, I’ll add the post because frankly, my weekend in food was quite interesting and I was very excited to share it.

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Anyone have a funny/exciting/adventurous story to share?



November 18, 2011

One of those days

It’s turning out to be one of those days. No, not those days. Not the kind of day, FORTUNATELY!, where everything seems to go wrong no matter what you do.

This is one of those days where I feel strangely upbeat and motivated to get stuff done…except I have nothing to do. My desk is clean. Filing is done. My inbox is empty. I even got started on all the year-end stuff that will need to be done come January 1st.

I suppose now that means I’m moving on to cleaning out the fridge. It’s like spring cleaning, only in late fall!

On second thought, maybe I’ll leave the fridge for a later date and sit back and just read my book instead….

Yea, I think I like that plan better. 🙂 Happy Friday, Friends!

November 15, 2011

Lazy girl skips the gym AND eats sushi for dinner

Do you love my butterfly socks?


That’s right. I not only skipped the gym in favor of sitting in front of the tv under my favorite blankey all evening, I didn’t cook dinner. I ordered sushi instead. And I don’t even feel bad about it.

In fact, I’m feeling much better. See, lazy is probably the wrong word to use. My body was telling me I needed to take it easy this evening. I haven’t been sleeping well again and there’s only so much I can do on a few hours of sleep before I start getting sick. So, here I sit, for the 4th hour tonight. And hopefully this relaxation will lead to a night of restful sleep. Cross your fingers for me!

P.S. Is anyone else watching Hart of Dixie? I’m hooked!