Tuesday, November 18, 2014

the trifecta

and then on sunday night, part III of e's 13th birthday gift (3 favorite bands at 3 L.A. venues in 3 months) came to a close.


it ended big. 5 SOS were awesome. the forum is a great venue. and the two 13 olds by my side danced and screamed and danced the night away. (and there were covers of Green Day and The Romantics that I could sing along to too!)

no regrets. xo

part I here
part II was the janoskians at the wiltern. though my favorite L.A. venue, she wasn't accompanied by her mom to this one - one of the perks of having cool older cousins!

Monday, November 17, 2014

horsin' around

I'm working in NY all week - but had to pop in and post these photos from the weekend's visit to Pierce College and The Parade of Breeds...

parade of breeds

parade of breeds

parade of breeds

parade of breeds

parade of breeds

parade of breeds

this has become an annual event for us. (this memory from our first visit still makes me smile!)

aside from viewing over 40 breeds, there were crafts for the girls, and great demos: dressage, barrel racing, sidesaddle and jumping. we are very lucky to have this program, and its amazing equestrian center within walking distance of our home!

can't wait 'til next year!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

weekend to do


rain barrel giveaway
parade of breeds
violin recital
5 SOS concert!
pack for NY

around the house
get final plants in the ground
clean piano keys

favorite family card game?

Friday, November 14, 2014

coffee talk


i LOVE coffee. i was just telling d, that when i can't sleep, i just focus on that cup of coffee that will be waiting for me when i wake up. we have our morning coffee ritual in stone (pretty much). d wakes up at least 1/2 an hour before me (he uses an alarm, i don't) and makes a pot with our french press. there is a mug (good size) waiting for me when i shuffle to the table to spend a few minutes with him before he heads to work. then i have my 1/2 hour to savor my coffee - and the L.A. Times - before the first kid gets up at 6:00.

by the time the kid routine wraps up and i am back home from drop-off and dog walk, i am ready for another cup. i had been simply making another press pot - but it was always too much (and too much work). we had a bialetti moka, and i used that for a while, then developed a latte habit and d bought me the mukka (now discontinued). i love it. it totally satisfies my latte craving (though I need to make sure to drink it right away, or it isn't hot enough for my liking.) and then i wanted to cut down on the dairy, and decided pour-over, was the way to go.

again, i only need a cup. while i love the design of the chemex, it was too large for my need.  i didn't want something plastic.  when i saw this beautiful ceramic piece, i couldn't resist. (my ceramic mug is an important part of my morning coffee ritual!) it is perfect. (i am so sad that they are sold-out as i am very happy with it, i planned on it becoming - with some peet's coffee - my go-to-gift this holiday season.) the ceramic pour-over meets my easy to clean, quick and simple check-list. while still maintaing the coffee-making ritual.

no, we haven't bought into the pod system. the convenience is tempting, but my hippie side just can't get there. (d uses one at work - and is a fan.) for larger gatherings, we do have a cuisanart coffee maker that comes out of storage.


the best (and healthiest) cup of coffee?

**update** the coffee cone is available from its source - ANK Ceramics -  here!  (thanks shari for the tip!)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Palmer & Krisel - North Hills

Great restoration opportunity!

photo via sfvmod

Needs a lot of TLC but so many original elements still in place. (Reminds me a lot of our house when we bought it many moons ago. D saw the potential!)

Here's a great restored home in the same neighborhood.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

good read day/week/month

i've come across two interesting ways to share articles lately. (i really feel i get so much of my information - valuable and otherwise - from things that are sent to me via the web.)

1) joanna goddard's "articles club" (love this idea.)
2) my friend nomi's weekly "5 things" email where she compiles 5 things found on the web + a photo she is loving. (so good!)

four links that crossed my desktop today that i don't want to forget...

the best worst president ever (yes! i really need to become a citizen.)

we want your job: graphic designer at madewell (e and i have been talking a lot lately about careers - and i've been stressing to her that if you love it, and can imagine it as a job, it likely exists! she has a strong interest in fashion, photography and design, and i want to make sure to share this interview with her.)

at what point is a model really considered plus size (one of the things that worries me most about her interest in fashion is the perpetual idealized body images presented there. though the choice of phrase isn't a good one - this still made me happy.)

10 reasons your teenage daughter should own a horse (no comment!)


along with all that - today is our 15th wedding anniversary. it doesn't seem like such a big number really, but then i look at the pictures that chronicle that day and the pictures that chronicle those years and can't believe it. i am so very lucky. my dad told me a long time ago that marriage is hard. it is. but it is oh so worth it all.

i love you cowboy. thank you for letting me, be me. and for making me better at it. here's to many more. xo

Saturday, November 08, 2014

weekend to do


around the house
choose new outdoor fixtures
clean ceiling light fixtures
clean out medicine cabinet and bathroom drawers
vacuum upper cabinet tops
call in professional window washer for clerestory windows!

root for d who is running his first 10K!