punkin’ heads

Posted on October 23, 2014

We drove up to Petaluma on Sunday to pick out some pumpkins to carve, and stopped in town at Lala’s Creamery  on our way home after our tough day.  A big part of me wishes it were a bit colder here in Northern Cali so that we could go home and drink warm apple cider and roll around in crunchy, red and orange hued leaves, but for now I’ll take grasshopper milkshakes with my punkin-headed friends.

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crater lake

Posted on October 12, 2014

Before we let summer completely slip through our fingers, I figured I would give you one more splash of blue before you forget what the color looks like.


Over Labor Day weekend, we road-tripped to Crater Lake, Oregon.  On our way up from San Francisco, we made a quick pit stop in Chico with Rachel’s family on Friday night, and then headed north toward the pink skies at dawn.  We spent Saturday night camping at the Crater Lake campground, and Sunday night at Diamond Lake.  I’m not going to attempt and explain how incredible this place was; I’ll just let my camera do the rest of the narration for this post.

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Additions to this post that the photos can’t speak for: Yes, that water was extremely cold, but it didn’t stop me from swimming in that Pantone blue water until I was on the verge of hypothermia. Also, pro tip: next time you go camping, make burritos, wrap them in tin foil and throw those babies on the fire for 10 minutes. You’re welcome.


P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY! Love you like s’mores loves Reese’s.

montauk, august 2014

Posted on September 17, 2014

A few weeks ago, I snuck back to the East Coast to surprise my family and join them out in Montauk for the week.  They were under the impression that my new work schedule was the governing force behind me staying put in SF, but in reality, it was sauvignon blanc in the hammock and Navy Beach that was the true guiding light.  I was able to spend one night in Manhattan to quickly catch up with some pals, and then my brother and I drove east all the way to The End.  Each day mainly consisted of waking up whenever I felt like, replacing my morning energy source of coffee with jumping off the dock into the Atlantic, drying off on our bike ride home before pancakes, alternating reading and swimming in the ocean, a strict routine of 4 PM hammock + wine + book, dinner at home, mini golf, and bed by 9:30 PM.

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On our first night there we got our forage on and collected mussels that were anchored to the dock posts. We scrubbed off their barnacles and seaweed, and then steamed them with butter, garlic, shallots, white wine, and parsley. It was one of those meals that I will be remembering for a long time.

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It was a week where everything felt right; I was able to be totally present, and just enjoy hanging out with the family. I feel incredibly grateful to have a home in a place that makes me feel so complete, and reminds me of what is important in my life.  Sometimes you just have to book it, even if it does cost you an arm and a leg. That 4 PM wine in the hammock regimen cannot be beat. The company was alright too.

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Hats off to a great week, fambly!



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