12.16.2012

I can't feel my feet

Ohhhh Canada...

Turns out it is pretty cold here...and humid too. It reminds me of Tahoe meets Crested Butte - maybe I am just used to my 60+ degree winters in Newport Beach now and so I am just a cold weather baby. But, that can't be true...I am a snowmakers daughter :) I also love looking around an seeing all the Doppelmayr chairlifts :)
It has been snowing basically since we arrived here - which has made for some fantastic skiing and some major chunder riding too. I am so happy to wake up every morning and see the snow on the trees, and feel like chill of the air. Heck, I am even happy to put my ski boots on right now - I honestly cannot tell you how much I used to dread that, especially when I was racing. Plug boots...no thanks! Gosh, skiing with just one boot warmer charged today was hard enough (sorry, let me be a diva - oh and on that note..I really REALLY need nail polish remover). Today we hiked into some really neat stuff  and ended up getting some pretty swell pow turns. I will admit, during one point in the hike I said "I don't hike. I am a park skier", Oy vey.
Going to Canada was on my bucket list. Now, I can check it off and move on to something else on my gigantic list of things to do and see. One of the most meaningful things about being in Whistler right now for me, is that my grandfather used to take a ski trip up there with all of his buddies EVERY YEAR! I remember he would always bring back a vest of a fleece hoodie from Sarah and I. Now, I am here skiing a place that he LOVED. This is a special moment.
Overall this trip has been VERY eye-opening - I am so lucky and thankful to be here, in Whistler, doing what I am doing - I am learning an abundant about of information about the innovative products that Oakley makes - really friggin cool!

Frozen hair. I don't care (okay, I did a little). 

The top of our hike.

Peak-to-Peak
Okay - time to go shower and de-thaw!

Sending Love from Canada

12.14.2012

SNOW!

This morning I woke up - looked out the window..and saw the this. It was amazing! I haven't been able to wake up to a site like this since I left Tahoe over 2.5 years ago.
One of my favorite times of the year was when the first snow would dust the gigantic pine trees around my house; the windows would have a chilled touch to them and and the idea of leaving your warm bed was the most difficult morning decision that had to be made.
I have to be the luckiest person on earth to be on this trip up to Whistler; I think I will be forever grateful! Going to Canada was on my bucket list - I haven't been able to make a check off that list in a LONG time. Although I have only been here for a day, this trip has been ridiculously insightful.  It is amazing to be around people that are so devoted to both their job and the product that they produce...I guess that is why this company is SO amazing!

I forgot how cold it can be in the mountains, I was ridiculously under prepared, so-much-so, that I had to get my little paws on some gloves and some of those chintzy foot warms that 'work' but don't really 'work'...I was ill prepared for a day in close to what felt like sub-temperatures; luckily I am still kicking! ha!

Tomorrow we head out to shred - you have no clue how excited I am to be out on snow. HOOOOOLY COW! Crazy to think that I used to ski some ridiculous amount like 160+ days a year and now I am scraping by and MAYBE getting 5-10 days a year. I guess that this is part of growing up...


Sending Love from Canada..


12.06.2012

Truth

Amen. 


Sending Love from SoCal. 

12.03.2012

B4D

I am totally pigging out right now. We (actually I, Spence had nothing to do with the baking of these because he has been in the shower) baked buttermilk biscuits. Biscuits? Why yes...of course Monday night is only appropriate for BREAKFAST FOR DINNER! I remember how pumped I used to get as a little kid in elementary school when they did breakfast for lunch - I felt like such a rebel!

And, holy mackerel! I just realized I didn't tell you all about our dinning experiences last week. Well, to be completely honest; you didn't miss anything. Twas a very ho-hum week. The highlight(s) of the week were: Turkey Spinach Meatloaf (yep...meatloaf), and Spencer's Mexican Sweet Potato Soup. We cheating on Saturday and had a super late lunch at my FAVORITE sandwich place ever: Which Wich? Thus leading to a dinner of tuffle oil popcorn and avocado around 10 pm.

Turkey Meatloaf With Smashed Potatoes

INGREDIENTS 
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey 
1 chopped white onion 
1 bunch of fresh spinach 
1/2 C breadcrumbs (I would suggest something seasoned) 
2 Tbs. stone ground mustard
1 egg
Salt // Pepper
1/4 cup Ketchup (we used Curry Ketchup from Fresh & Easy, it was hella legit - yes I just said hella)
2 lbs red potatoes cut into quarters 
1 cup of heavy whipping cream and a dash of milk (or buttermilk) 
EVOO

1. Heat oven to 400. In a bowl combine turkey, onion, spinach, bread crumbs, mustard, egg, and a dash of salt and pepper. 
2. Transfer the mixture (mixtures always remind me off my little sister because when she was a young one she used to sit in the bathtub saying "I am making a mixture". Normally, that would consist of water logged preztels and whatever else she could get her paws on) into a baking sheet and form it into a loaf. Cover with ketchup. Bake for 45-50 minutes. 
3. While the meatloaf is cooking place the potatoes in a large pot of cold water. Simmer until tender - generally this takes about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes if there is any extra water and mash. Add milk concoction, oil, salt and pepper. 
4. Consume. 




Spencer's Mexicanhhan Soup

INGREDIENTS
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground cumin
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 roast chicken, shredded
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. In a medium sauce pan over a medium-high heat, bring some water to a boil and add the cubed sweet potatoes. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the sweet potato is tender. Drain the water and set the sweet potatoes aside for later use.
  2. In a large sauce pan over a medium-high heat, combine the cooking fat with the olive oil. Once melted, add the onions to sauté. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent the onions from burning.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin as well as salt and pepper to the pot. Mix well and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the chicken stock to the pan and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add in the shredded chicken, lime juice, cooked sweet potatoes and cilantro. Immediately remove from the heat. Allow the soup to sit for at least 5 minutes prior to serving to allow the flavours some time to blend.
  5. Serve warm topped with the avocado slices.
This week we have this on the menu: 

M: B4D (Breakfast for Dinner) 
T: Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
W: Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash, Chicken, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette (clearly this          is a hit because we have it almost once a week)
Th: Florentine Tortellini Pasta Bake w/ Brussel Sprouts (compliments of my mommy)
F: FRIDAY FREE DAY! 
S: Philly Cheesesteak Fondue
Su: Spencer's Mexican Soup

Okay, seriously...I need to go to bed. 


Sending Love from SoCal! 

11.25.2012

Is that paint in your hair?

This last week as been almost amazing. Spence and I both had a break from school and work...you know what that means?! Quality time, adventure time and sleeping in! That is exactly what we did. 




Wednesday morning we checked out this little place called Pandor in the West Cliff Plaza. Spence had recently gone there for lunch and he thought I would love it. Well, he was right..anything bread and I am in! ha! We snacked on some delicious breakfast dishes (I had The Newporter - it was the bee's knees!) and coffee while sitting outside and enjoyed the chilly (yes, it is cold here) cloud cover that was over Newps.  

For Thanksgiving we were invited to our friends house, which is conveniently on the other side of our fence. I made 3 dishes and clearly we arrived in-style. I was so excited about the Pilgrim hats that I found at the party store in the depths of Santa Ana.  

I felt like a fatty. When I was little I couldn't handle my food touching, now, at my ripe age of 26 I can deal - well, sort of. It depends what the food is and if it mixes well. I remember being told 'it doesn't matter if your food touches because it gets all mixed up in your stomach anyways', now that is just silly! 

There were 5 or 6 pies at dinner. I indulged in a slice of pumpkin. Okay...and a sliver or pecan too only because Spence didn't jive with the idea of sharing :) 

I really wanted Indian headdresses, but, they were hard to find and when I did find them they were far too expensive.  Next year I will plan further ahead and buy them at a Halloween store...
Thanksgiving time was followed by bike movies, beers and friends. Totally radical. 

Cactus on the Back Bay

Our new weekly meal calendar which I am SO excited about

Arrrrrhh! 


So Saturday was a super duper adventurous day in our house hold. After Spence going to Cross Fit, my 8 mile run. We went out to breakfast at Rooster Cafe, which might just been my new favorite breakfast join in Costa Mesa: Inexpensive. Yummy. Good Coffee. Large plates. Outside seating. Easy parking and it is near The Camp. We came home, Spence didn't want to study and I had NO clue what on earth I was going to do - maybe the beach? Then...it came to me: we will paint stripes on the wall! And so, with a little help from my darling boyfriend (thank goodness he is good at math and can take the extra time to measure every millimeter).  Can I just tell you how AWESOME our little decorating project made this 1970's apartment look?! FRIGGIN OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Taping...

He is so HELPFUL!

I was in charge of taping the small part...because Spence's hands couldn't fit there? Idk...

Oh, and I got to hold the tape to make sure Spence was making a straight line...a VERY important job.  Ohh do you like my new OPI nail color - My Very First Knockwurst- clearly part of the German collection that I treated myself to on Friday.  

Untaping...

The finished product. Now I want to do a little more painting....

Now I have to gear up for a month of rallying between work and travel I have my hands full and I am TOTALLY looking forward to it! 

Sending Love from SoCal

11.24.2012

NomNomNom

I feel like all I have done this week is eat. I am sure that that is how a lot of people feel...we have even been going the extra length and enjoying breakfast out (which totally goes against our save money/meal plan - whatev's).

So far we have prepared 3 meals this week (Spence is treating me tonight and he is doing the cooking...you'll see why in another blog entry- let's just say I don't have a future in interior house painting).

So, Tuesday we did Gnocchi that my mom had sent from the state known for the maple syrup and cheese aka New York (if for some reason you said Illinois and/or Wisconsin - get out of town). We threw together the gnocchi with leftover pesto sauce, some sliced up asparagus...which, can someone explain why on earth that stuff is so expensive right now?!!?, candied bacon, and chopped up red peppers - lets just say we were arguing over the left overs which happens very seldom.
Yes...I did say candied bacon. It is super easy to make: take your bacon lay it out on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with a healthy dose of brown sugar, garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. Turn your broiler on, put the goodies in the oven. I would say MAYBE 5-7 minutes is all it takes, but, just keep an eye on how the bacon is looking.

Wednesday we made Brazilian Curry Chicken...it was ehh. I like our curried lentils better.

Thursday was TURKEY DAY! This was the first year I wasn't cooking the entire dinner, or going venturing to my families house for a feast. Weird. We headed to our neighbors house and brought: sugar snap peas with pecans, butternut squash with candied ginger and cilantro and everyones favorite: fennel casserole.

Brown-Buttered Sugar Snap Peas with Pecans & Agave

INGREDIENTS
2 lbs sugar snap peas
3 Tbs butter
1/2 C pecan pieces 
2 Tbs Agave (or Maple Syrup) 
Salt & Pepper 

1) In a large skillet bring 1 cup of water, with a dash of salt,  to a boil. Add sugar snap peas and cook until they seems crispy. Drain. 
2) In a large skillet heat butter over medium-high heat until golden brown. Add Syrup  and pecans - cook until pecans are lightly toasted. Stir in peas - season with salt and pepper. 

Butternut Squash with Ginger and Cilantro

INGREDIENTS
4 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/4 C. veggie oil
2 tsp ground coriander
Salt & Pepper
1/2 C finely chopped candied ginger
1/2 C chopped cilantro 

1. Preheat oven to 450. In a large bowl toss butternut squash, oil, coriander, salt and pepper. Place on two large cookie sheets, on a single layer. Bake until golden brown, turning on occasion for 30 minutes. 
2. Transfer the cooked squash into a serving dish and toss with ginger and cilantro. YUM! 

Fennel Casserole

INGREDIENTS
Salt & Pepper
2 Large Fennel bulbs, cut into strips - save some of the green topping to top the dish off with. 
1 C heavy cream
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp grated lemon peel 
1 C grated parmesan cheese 

I highly suggest that you have a small screen strainer for this...

1. Preheat oven to 450. In a large skillet bring 3/4 C of water and 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp of pepper to a boil. Add fennel strips. Cover and cook until soft, or, until all the water has been evaporated. 
2. In a large saucepan bring heavy cream to a boil, reduce to about 2/3 cup. Add the fennel seeds and lemon peel - let steep for 3 minutes. STRAIN into a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Stir in fennel strips and 1/4 C of parm. 
3. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the remaining parm. Bake in oven until brown and bubbly..normally about 15 minutes. Top with the extra greens you save from the top of the fennel (aka fennel fronds). 

Sending Love from SoCal

11.18.2012

F(y')all

Week one of shopping only once complete! We only had to go back to the store once...well okay twice...and the second time was because we also ate out. Last night (Saturday) I decided that I could not live without having a burger - so we went to In-N-Out (yep...) but first we stopped at the store and grabbed a pumpkin beer, NY sharp cheddar cheese and an avocado. Put that all together...yum yum yum!

So...how did the first week of random recipes go?

Chilled soba noodles: AWESOME
Butternut Squash Spinach Salad with Goat cheese and Balsamic: YUM!
Greek Chicken Roulades: Eh...
Spicy Pumpkin Bisque with Butternut Squash: ULTRA AMAZING!
Meatball Stroganoff: I've had better

So, I have already shared the Soba Noodles, I figured I could share the Spicy Pumpkin Bisque which I found in a Wegman's MENU that my mom sent me - with a few tweaks it was AMAZING!!

Spicy Pumpkin Bisque (with Butternut Squash)

Ingredients 
6 Tbsp Butter (divided into 2 Tbsp & 4 Tbsp) 
8 oz of Mirepoix (finely chopped onions, carrots and celery) 
6 cloves of garlic
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper (less if you don't like spicy food) 
1 cup brown rice ( I admit I used the pre-cooked stuff...yes..lame I know) 
32 oz Veggie stock
1 can (15 or 29 oz) of pumpkin (depending on the thickness you want) 
1/4 cup white sugar
dash of nutmeg
dash of cinnamon
garlic salt 
lemon pepper
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

1. Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a medium pot on low with mirepoix. Cook for 15 minutes until veggies have softened. 
2. Once veggies are soft add garlic, curry, cayenne pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. 
3. Add rice, stock and pumpkin puree. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. 
4. Add remaining 4 Tbsp of butter and sugar. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon pepper and garlic salt to taste. 
5. Add pumpkin seeds


This is our menu this week: 
Monday: On our own
Tuesday: Gnocchi with bacon, pesto, red peppers and asparagus 
Wednesday: Brazilian Curry Chicken with Jasmine rice and snow peas
Thursday: THANKSGIVING! We will be sharing my fennel casserole, Butternut Squash with Candied Ginger and Cilantro, and Greenbeans with pecans
Friday: Spinach salad with goat cheese, butternut squash and balsamic vinaigrette
Saturday: Date, Shallot and Rosemary Chicken with Brussel sprouts
Sunday: NY Steaks, fennel casserole and kale


Sending Love from SoCal

11.13.2012

Giving it a go...

Welp, here is my first big grown up move for the age of 26:
In an effort to limit excessive spending Spencer and I have decided that we need to cut a majority of our shopping 'sprees' - okay, so it is not like we are going out and spending hundreds of dollars of food per week, but, we do buy a little more than we need because we buy every night...not per night. So, I admit we tend to spend around $15+ per night, per person on just ONE meal (confusing...I know).

Since Spence and I kicked it back into full gear with work and school again this year our meal planning skills have been less than stellar. So, after our wonderful weekend in Arizona we came back to California with a new plan for dining - our neighbors also played a big roll in this too. They have a fantastic little set up of a picture frame/whiteboard where they write their meals & travel schedule per week. Sounds slightly childish, right? But, it is amazing when you dumb things down how helpful it can be! So, we came up with a little system - this leaves neither Spence or myself wondering what on earth we are going to create for dinner :


Monday: Chilled Soba Noodles with Spicy Orange Sauce & Tofu
Tuesday: Butternut Squash bits & Baked Chicken with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette 
Wednesday: Greek Chicken Roulades with Quinoa & Spinach
Thursday: Butternut Squash // Pumpkin Spicy Bisque with Focaccia and Brussel Sprouts
Friday: Meatball Stroganoff 

We took our first trip to the store last night and actually got a grocery cart...we had a list of all the ingredients we needed, but, since this was our first planned week of meals I did not limit the budget because I wasn't sure if it would be possible (it was...). All together I think we spent about $60 - which is amazing considering we used to spend that in about 2 days. 

Moving forward we are going to plan meals for 6 days and have one "floating" day, which we can either dine out, perhaps have dinner with friends or eat left overs. 

We have also cut back dramatically on sweets. Every time that we would take a trip to the store it was really hard for us to leave without splitting either a Reese's or a bag of peanut M&M's. Now that we have cut our daily store regime we don't have to worry about the temptation of delicious chocolate. 

The last thing we have limited in our diet (or at least I have) is wine. I am only allowing myself to have wine two days a week - they can be any day of the week...but...I prefer Friday & Saturday. At the end of the week it is a nice little treat. 

Okay, so the best part of this entire eating plan that we have put together is that we are forced to test out new recipes which is GREAT because 1) I LOVE to cook and 2) I just got several AMAZING cook books for my birthday. 

So I figured that it would only be fair, and perhaps maybe inspirational if I shared the recipes that I try on my blog (this gives me a reason to blog more than every few days too!). 

Chilled Soba Noodles with Spicy Orange Sauce & Tofu

INGREDIENTS 
4 cups orange juice 
1 pkg soba noodles ( you can find these in the Asian section at your store) 
1/3 C. Soy Sauce
1/3 C. Granulated Sugar
1/3 C. Spicy Sesame Oil (I just used normal sesame oil
1/4 C. Rice Wine Vinegar
Sesame Seeds 
1 pkg of Extra Firm Tofu cut into small cubes
Peanuts or Cashews
1 Tablespoon of finely chopped Ginger 
3 large Cloves of Garlic
2 bunches of Green Onions, with bulbs chopped up

  1. Put the Orange Juice into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 40-50 minutes (it seems like a long time, but, just clean your house or read the news or dance around your living room). You want the OJ to have a syrup-y consistency so that you have 1 cup. 
  2. Cook the noodles according to the package - if you are into having lunch the next day I highly suggest cooking the entire package. Drain the hot water and rinse off with cold water. Once the cold water has drained place the noodles in a bowl with Tofu, nuts of choice and green onions. 
  3. Assuming the OJ is at a syrup consistency place into a blender with Ginger, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Sugar, Sesame Oil and Rice Wine Vinegar. Puree until the garlic & ginger is chopped and mixed into the dressing well. Pour the dressing over noodle, add your desired amount of sesames seeds on top and mix with tongs. 
This made dinner for two and 3 lunches. It was delicious both hot & cold. I am really looking forward to Wednesday night's dinner and of course Thursday AND Friday. I really hope that we are able to sick with our dinner plan - I will keep you updated.


OH AND....
Introducing WILBUR! 
He was a birthday gift from my friends Ella & BLC! 
How cool is the tank? It is an old bubblegum machine that they painted gold (to go with all my other odds and ends). I am so EXCITED! 


Sending Love from SoCal


11.12.2012

Adventures in Mars


Being hoodlums. 

Pay attention to detail. 

Sunday Funday: Coffee, Mimosas, and french toast with REAL maple syrup! Yum! 

Out for a causal pedal

The goods

Someone forgot to fill  up the ice cube tray...

Wall decor

Time and time again, these are always my FAVORITE candy. 

With all the running I have been doing lately I was overjoyed to find a Nathan running belt for $12 after I had been searching long and hard for a few months and couldn't find one under $30. 

Spants.

Our room at The Saguaro - a PINK room! Awesome! 

Classic. 

You can't tell, but, every door is a different color. Probably one of the neatest things ever! 

Hiding at The Saguaro - colorful walls EVERYWHERE...and cactus too! 

Our view.

Evian, go drink a bottle of yourself.

Salt River Fields, where the Diamondbacks & the Rockies do spring training

I wish I could have taken this wall home with me.   The Saguaro 

I have a slight infatuation with skulls, blimps and other flying contraptions

Mah Boo. Birthday dinner at Paradise Valley Country Club - Uhhhlala! 

Home. 

The COOLEST birthday present EVERY from my lovely Grandmother. This bowl, made out of old bike chains were made by a man in India whom is the father of 4 children and creates Junk Yard Creations with the profits he is able to support his family and 12 employees. Very cool! I love this bowl!!! 

I am another year older. My how time flies. Spencer and I went to Arizona so he could spend some time with his family, and I guess so I could meet them? We arrived late Friday and drove around looking for some grub - we ended up at Qdoba - clearly I had forgotten how much I LOVE the queso there. YUMMMM (I am having trouble typing today because it is so cold here - imagine that...cold in Orange County). We headed to the hotel which was right down the street we stayed at The Saguaro which is the bee's knees! Talk about a fantastic modern hotel - wow! Our room was pink, the decor was amazing! I was in heaven! Ohhh it doesn't stop there though - at one point we sat and enjoyed some drinks on a glitter covered table! I about had a heart attack, if you didn't know sparkle is my favorite color. Yes, it is a color. Get over it. Staying at this hotel made me want to visit every JDV property...I better get my bum in gear because they have quite a few locations. 
We did some really neat things while we were in AZ, like: going to see the Diamondbacks/ Rockies spring training field, walked around Scottsdale, went to Paradise Valley Country Club and I ran into an old friend during Sunday brunch at El Chorro. Wild! We arrived back in Orange County yesterday afternoon. The pinnacle of my birthday weekend was being able to video chat with my mom, sister and grandmother on Sunday. I love seeing them - and miss them tremendously. I wish NY wasn't so far away. 
  I am exhausted from this weekend - time to unpack, go on a run and slightly relax. 

Sending Love from SoCal.

11.01.2012

Ba-La-La-La-Lag

Just when I thought I was getting back into steady blogging I blow it - and take a few days off. Why does this happen? I used to be so diligent about taking 20 minutes out of my day to write - probably because I was trying to avoid homework - now I am trying to squeeze in normal life after work (work, what a yucky word - to bad who ever invited that word couldn't have come up with a more resilient sounding activity, oh well).

Last night was Halloween, one of the holidays my father always listed as a 'don't go out on day'. As I age I guess I will have to give it to him...it is a smart idea to stay inside and out of trouble on certain holidays...now...tell that to my 18-21 year old self and I would have probably sneered or rolled my eyes at the idea of not being able to go out a party with my friends (truth be told). That night I had a rockin' evening: quinoa and chicken for dinner - quiet possibly the blandest meal on the planet because I didn't want to go to the store and take the chance of losing my parking spot at home - and endless episodes of Prison Break. Have I mentioned I think that Dominic Purcell is a total babe? Yewww!

I have been running a bunch and pedaling a little. I actually ran a sub 6:45 mile the other day. Pretty good for these short legs! I see a lot of my superiors and friends unable to balance work and 'play' or exercise in their life. I have made it a goal of mine to run or bike everyday after work. Okay....so I have been saving riding for the weekends because I can't stand only going out for a short 10 mile loop. Pointless...

Last Friday Spence and I went to see one of our favorite hip hop artists perform. It was unbelievable - it was hella dope! I am so happy that I was able to see Mackelmore live - seriously, if I could see him play at least once a month then I would be pretty happy...maybe I need to move to Seattle? ha! Did I mention I think Ben Haggerty is a total babe too? Welp, I just did. I would share the videos that I took while I was there, but, every single concert I go to I just get WAY to excited and cannot seem to hold my phone still enough to produce a video where people won't get seasick when they watch it again. Also, I realize how wicked tone deaf I really am. Yikes. It looks like I will never make the charts like Adele - Bummercitytown. At one point I decided that I was going to go down and try to squeeze my way to the front so that maybe I could a closer glimpse of Macklemore and a potential hi-five. Well, that plan back fired once I got into the front crowd and was being smooshed by sweaty 19 year old boys - you would have thought that they would have let a girl through...nope. Oh well, someday I will get that hi-five...



Other than that life has been pretty steady here in good ole' Southern Cali-forn-i-a. I am glad to report that my family is all safe and sound on the east coast - as well as all of my friends. Sandy, you had me on my toes for a little bit. I don't like being in suspense for days at a time, it makes me grumpy and normally I get a killer headache. Thanks, but, no thanks!

Well - here are some Ansel iPhones:

I made some cupcakes last week. I think they were a hit? Vanilla spice cake with pumpkin frosting and graham cracker crust with dark chocolate on the bottom. 

Long hair. 

Spance and I at Macklemore

Mimosa's with pals. 

October Sunday 

I get to wear these bad boys once a year. Halloween edition Nike's. Yes, those are little bats. 

In 8th grade our PE teacher had us write down little notes and then put them in capsules. We were supposed to receive the capsule and an additional note that we had wrote when we graduated from high school. I ended up going to winter sports school and leaving the area were I went to middle school. I never though/semi forgot about this project - but - shortly after I graduated a package showed up and inside was my capsule and my letter. Ms Stewart followed through! When I was unpacking the other day I found this and opened it up and read the little piece of paper Keep up: trust, confidence, communication and devotion for the sport is what the paper said. Pretty cool I think. Crazy to think that I wrote that almost 13 years ago - WOW! 

This is probably once of the coolest and very special pieces of jewelry that I own. My dad's baby bracelet.

Lazy eyed Syd. 

Sending Love from SoCal