Monday, July 18, 2011

The Other Perri

I was never the biggest fan of that Jar of Hearts song.  I couldn't even have told you who sang it.  But then one night I happened to catch Christina Perri live as an opening act for another band, and during her entire set I was a mess of tears and goose bumps. This song in particular did me in. I hated to see her go. It's nice to have a new singer to love.

World Cup Destiny

I was rooting hard for the home team.  But it's hard to get too disappointed about this result.  Congratulations Japan!  It feels so good to feel your joy!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time Machine Post #2

So let's take another quick spring break, if you don't mind . . .
Snook perfected her Pippa impersonation.
There was a never a day she came home from preschool without multi-colored hands.
My friend showed me how to make some kick-ass fried rice.

The H made some kick-ass guacamole.

I showed a lot of people my daughter's rustic-barn sketch.

This homemade wedge salad was sinfully good.

Bubs took our neighbor's niece to prom.  Just kidding.

There was a crab and butternut squash bisque topped with creme fraiche and caviar.

Nothing made him happier than this coin-operated ice cream truck.

I went to see my Zumba coach do her belly dance thing.

She was incredible.

I got coffee from this crazy place in my 'hood.

On the day the world was supposed to end.

Thankfully, it didn't.

Her sweet tooth didn't get any better.
In fact, it extended to her musical taste.  Aaaaagh!
Tri-colored greens struck me as very photogenic.
I had a good chuckle at the name of this nearby historic landmark on a walk with Bubs.
And gawked at the beauty of this garden trellis.
Me and my girl...
....baked these cookies.  Again and again.  With an M&M flourish.
She celebrated her last day of preschool.  Sniff.
We ate our first al fresco meal of the season.
The H got fancy.  Heaven!
I drank water out of this beautiful mason jar.
We went to nearby botanical gardens.
With one of my very best friends.
Where he never let go of this stick.
And we cooled ourselves by this cascading waterfall.
While she posed pretty much everywhere.
We went to the San Diego County Fair.  Twice.
It was fun.
Albeit exhausting.

We went to a baseball game.

And celebrated Memorial Day.
Which brings us to summer!  My favorite season!  And what a summer it's been so far.  But wait, I'm still getting ahead of myself just a little bit . . .

Photos via Instagram

Wave Hello

Ever since The Great Layoff of 2009, I've had to watch the old beauty budget pretty closely.  Meaning no facials or fancy Clarisonic for me any time soon.  But I did spend a little extra at Target one day and went home with The Wave.  I have to say, it's pretty awesome.  Gets that dead, poor-clogging layer of skin off and reveals the fresher, newer, smoother layer right away.  Ahh, I knew it was under there somewhere.  So I feel no need to upgrade to anything more expensive than the Wave any time soon.  Well, except maybe for the new Sonic version.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Time Machine Post #1

I don't know how else to do this. I desperately want to blog about the here and now, but before I do that I feel the need to first back up and document what was quite the magical springtime of our lives.  Lots of mini-posts about times gone by do not sound appealing, however, so I think I'm just going to do a few photo-dump-type posts so I can bring this blog up to speed more quickly, and then start living in the present.  Here goes hopefully something . . .
The H served this up one morning.  For breakfast.  It was delicious.
We ate incredible Mexican food at this very popular hole-in-the-wall.

Snook and Bubs started playing together like never before.

I rooted for the my college-in-law's basketball team, to no avail.

Bubs decided he likes it spikey.

He also got something of the superhero in him all of a sudden.

We went to the Children's Museum with friends.

And made beautiful cherry blossoms together.

As well as musical instruments.

I couldn't get enough of what the Tamale Lady was selling.

We had artful playdates.

I lamented bangs, which are now back in the grow-out phase.

We indulged in San Diego's new Sprinkles.
My little sweet tooth especially loved it.
I loved the display.

Snook started gymnastics.
Bubs earned his first sports medal.

Basketball was his favorite.
I started making and eating granola the Jamie Oliver way.  And now I can't stop.

My girl and I went to the beach.

La Jolla to be exact.

It was so beautiful that day.

To say the least.

We started supporting our local professional soccer team.

Even when it was freezing cold outside.

There was a spider in my bucket.

These friends journeyed far.

And collected bountiful treasures on a nature hike.
The H presented this mouth-watering pre-theater appetizer.

The kids enjoyed an old-fashioned backyard Easter egg hunt at Grammie and Grampie's house.
I visited my brother in San Francisco and took in his spectacular rooftop view.

I also made my solitary way to Union Square.

And liked it.

Snook drew an alien encounter.

And made herself busy at Art Walk.

We enjoyed our backyard pool during a heat wave.

And Bubs slept through Mother's Day.
That brings us into May.  Hey, it's only July.  This may not be as bad as I thought . . .

Photos via Instagram