Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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k is up in the mountains with her classmates for 3 days. they've been preparing for this trip since last spring. any student whose family wants them to go can go. we fundraise to make sure of that. (it is the same trip e went on what feels like a million years ago.)

i realized late sunday that one of the students - new to the school and homeless - might not have the gear they would need. i called a friend to be on alert in case we needed a coat, mitts, etc. on monday morning i checked in with office, only to find that our plant manager (aka custodial staff) had purchased the gear this child might require. he quietly got it to him and slipped it into his luggage.

these are the little stories that happen every day in LAUSD schools (and public schools around the country). when i told e this anecdote. she said "that's what makes a school great".


Saturday, October 18, 2014

weekend to do


prep for school camp
volunteer at ranch
date night!

around the house
move raised bed soil
wash and line-dry duvets
clean-out and restock pantry

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Corbin Palms House

Corbin Palms House

the plaque is finally up. so happy for our neighbors, and neighborhood. (and loving their new purple door!)

Historic-Cultural Monument No.976 "Corbin Palms House"

Saturday, September 27, 2014

weekend to do


around the house
clean out fridge
catch up on laundry

photograph "etsy box"


home from a very productive quick trip just in time for a low-key celebration of 44 with those i love the most. it is going to be a very good year.

(photo from last night at the Longines Los Angeles Masters Grand Slam. wow!)

Monday, September 22, 2014

from London xo


i'm here on business for a few quick days. the energy. the history. i love this city and always enjoy my time here, no matter how quick.

i usually stay with friends, but due to a tight work schedule i'm staying at a hotel on the strand. fun to explore a neighborhood i'm not as familiar with. will make time to take in some theater, and visit favorite museums. (must see this.)

only wish the girls and d were able to join me this time. (miss you. xo)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

weekend to do


battling another cold (urgh!)
and prepping home and packing my bag for a business trip.

(more than enough)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


at 12:33 p.m. yesterday this girl turned 13. there was indian food and chocolate pudding pie as requested (as always requested). and getting to stay up an extra hour to watch dwts.*

13! one of the last of her friends to turn teenager she was more than ready. (and funny how now that she can access, all the social media sites she's been curious to get on, they don't seem so intriguing to her! i guess that's a good thing.)


and while i thought i'd be mourning the loss of my little girl to teenager-dom, i find that, while challenging on many days! - i am really loving getting to know the young woman she has become (is becoming). i love seeing her try on new ideas. i love her confidence. i love that she knows there is a whole big wonderful world in front of her and its ok not to know exactly what to do with it. i love that she sees the possibilities.


happy birthday dear e. my strong, confident, beautiful, thoughtful and brilliant girl. ilyttmab xo

* do you watch television with your kids? we've always had a no screen during the week rule - but now that the kids are older, we were talking about picking one show a week we'd all follow. we have a good friend that works on dancing with the stars, so that was the pick. (i didn't realize it is 2 hours long... is it always 2 hours long?!) what are you watching?