We Are All Matt Damon Now

Greetings from the Quarantimes… So — things are changing quickly. Were restaurants already takeout and delivery only when I posted yesterday? Who can remember? Anyway — sometime AFTER I posted, all gyms, movie theaters, etc were declared closed until March 31st in Los Angeles. (ClassPass is being very cool about all this, gym-wise.) Los Angeles is a tough place to keep a restaurant afloat, and … Continue reading We Are All Matt Damon Now

MOMENTS: A Cheesy Little Mystery

Today is quite likely our last day with Annie, our blind foster dog. She’s starting a trial tonight in Huntington Beach! Crazy enough, her brother (Sully) is also starting a trial tonight in our neighborhood. They’re separate, but still synced. (Much as my fostering FAQ outlined, everybody wanted us to keep her. Sorry not sorry. We enjoyed her presence, though! She and Charlie had a … Continue reading MOMENTS: A Cheesy Little Mystery

Bonjour, Monsieur

I have always thought that it would be SO COOL to speak a whole mess of languages. Unfortunately, the operative word for me is MESS. I have been reading up on Paris, and the one thing that “experts” seem to agree upon is that Parisians appreciate an effort to speak French. When entering a shop, it’s imperative to make a good impression (aka, not seem … Continue reading Bonjour, Monsieur

Moments: Cookbooks & City Living

[As promised, I’m trying out some nonfiction. This morning I had a fleeting interaction that felt meaningful to me in the moment, and decided to write about it here. I think the hardest thing is the editing — deciding how much to say, which tangents are worthy and which are just… clutter. And also — how to end it.] “Going down?” My neighbor holds the … Continue reading Moments: Cookbooks & City Living

How To Pick ‘Em

Last night we went to the grocery store to grab a few Sunday-night sundries. As the summer approaches I’m trying to keep more fruit on-hand. (Slight digression: I’ve also been going to our local fruit stand to get a big container of sliced fruit. I don’t know why it took me so long to get into the habit. It’s a great deal, the fruit’s fresh, and the rainbow-umbrella … Continue reading How To Pick ‘Em

A Pop of Color (For the End of the Year*)

One last thing I wanted to say in 2016 is that this was a momentous year in one respect — I figured out my new power color! For many years it was probably purple, maybe blue… there was some waffling. But this year I realized that in this phase of my life, it’s definitely teal… or aqua? Or whatever you call it. I didn’t realize … Continue reading A Pop of Color (For the End of the Year*)

Reality Gummy Bites

When I was in elementary school, my friends and I spent recess wandering around the “upper grade field,” making garlands out of wildflowers, picking dry pieces of bark off of trees, and occasionally trying to send messages to each other with our minds. In other words, I ran with the nerds. One particular conversation we had during our flower-picking has stuck with me: We began … Continue reading Reality Gummy Bites

Summer Reading, Eating, and… Working

Nothing says summer like Mason jars… they’re the perfect vessel for lemonade, cocktails, and sweet tea. But have you ever thought about what ELSE you can do with a Mason jar? The most excellent Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted and Cottage Journal (and formerly my roommate!) just published an awesome book full of Mason jar crafts. If you’re on summer vacation (with or without kiddies) … Continue reading Summer Reading, Eating, and… Working

Cookbooks for You & Yours

Well, today turned out to be unexpectedly shitty. (I feel that I must acknowledge this, lest I seem callous or clueless.) But I’ve been meaning to jot a quick blog about cookbooks, because they’re a great gift if you haven’t pulled together your gift list yet. And food/shopping for gifts is always a comforting distraction. Usually. I will openly admit that I tend to look … Continue reading Cookbooks for You & Yours

Do It Yourself: Curry Roasted Cauliflower

I’m working from home today, and decided to attempt to make one of my favorite dishes from the commissary salad bar at work — curry roasted cauliflower. I had been planning on making this dish sometime this week, so luckily I had the ingredients all ready to go. Because I can’t drive, I’m in a walking boot, and it’s raining. The stuck-at-home trifecta. This wasn’t … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Curry Roasted Cauliflower