Humor, Happiness, and Tackling Human Flaws

What Magical Creature Does This Come From?

What Magical Creature Does This Come From?

Assassin’s Creed – The Kitten Version

Thank You…

Simon’s Cat: Washed Up

Musical Monday Questions

Late dinners are now part of my end of day activities. They say work hard – play hard, but it’s hard to even think about work at the end of the day when my bed is so close.

This got me thinking about routines…mainly bedtime routines. I’ve discovered that if I listen to music right before sleeping I have very vivid dreams and if I listen to music for a lengthy time before bed…well, then I might as well plan on staying up. It’s like my brain jumps ship and heads for brighter waters:  alert, focused, and ready to engage. It’s very bizarre and very intriguing and it leaves me with more questions than I started with.

So there’s my Monday “hmmm” for the day.


Good Advice: Let It Go

Let it Go

This weekend was a flavorful one!

Frustrated with my piano practice (left hand sluggish), overwhelmed with copious reading assignments in my grad classes, and on the verge of a huge idea-generator breakthrough that never happened – I had to just let it all go.  I dove into my cooking like never before.

I’m sad the weekend is over, but thankfully and gratefully all my family was well-fed over the weekend and as always I will keep my chin up!  :-)

Autumn starts tomorrow!




Beautiful ~ Shrimp and Grits!

Shrimp and Grits Dinner Love!

        Shrimp and Grits Dinner Love!

Dinner Obligations: Shrimp and Grits Prep Work

Household Obligations...

Household Obligations…

Cooking Therapy

Shrimp and Grits.  Southern Cuisine.

Shrimp and Grits. Southern Cuisine.

Welcoming Autumn to Sonoma County

First Day of Autumn!

First Day of Autumn!

Crimini Mushroom Sauce


Bone-In Ribeye Steak


Peas, Shallots, Buttery-Thyme Toasties with Balsamic Reduction


New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis


Into the Oven – New York Cheesecake


Reflecting Mise en Place


Cheesecake In Real Time


Love You San Francisco!


Dinner Prep

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Lunch Prep

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The Show-Off Shallot


Daydreaming Validation


Brain Salt…We Could All Use Some!

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The 10 Percenters vs. Lucy

Fall in Sonoma County brings out the smells of freshly waxed classroom floors, sub-satisfactory apple potpourri, and hot days. The heat is definitely the sexiest part of fall right now and happily so because my daily drill has become a delicate ballet of schedule management. My brain has lit up like a Christmas tree with interesting new course work, lots of writing, lots of research, and lots of practice – and with some of the nicest people.

It was recommended in one of my classes that the movie, “Lucy” was a worthy flick, so this weekend I went to see it and…well…it was one of the most intriguing movies I’ve seen in a long time.

It made me think…so maybe we can’t use more than 10% of our brain, but surely we have other things going on for us. For example…intuition.

Intuition allows us to read a room a mile away. So as we scan for information in our intuitively decoding ways, let’s go ahead and pat ourselves on the back because the literacy is there and we are reading fluently – even if only at 10%.

A wonderful week to all,


Surviving Storms


Survived the earthquake.  It was scary as heck and lasted forever!

Survived my 38th birthday, also – scary as heck and lasted forever!

I’m taking two grad classes this fall at Sonoma State University and piano 2 at Santa Rosa Junior College.  The piano is to keep a smile on my face, sanity in my head, and thoughts toward the future in my heart.  (Even if the students were welcomed to the piano lab by the professor with, “Welcome to the torture chamber!” :-)

Ahhh, life is good.

Work hard!

Play hard! Go out for drinks or coffee with a new friend and make someone laugh!

Best of luck to all this fall and Happy Labor Day!


Never Pass Up a Good Idea

Stir Fry Night! :-)



So Sweet!


By Marcus


Simple and Sweet.

A Dinner Date With Inspiration

Purple and Green!  Go Veggies!

Purple and Green! Go Veggies!

There are a million reasons why I like this picture, but the number one reason:  Simplicity.

How often do you see these colors?  If the colors are attractive then your on the right track, sort of like a handsome face in the crowd.

Last night – starved – out of time – back to work- oh and did I mention I have an officially registered high school son who is having his first boy/girl party this Friday?  (That’s an entirely separate entry)  Well anyway in the midst of crazy, I had to do the walk of shame to the take out menu.  

Ugh!  I know I could have done it better!  So where does it all unravel for us?  

It’s in the planning.  It’s in the prep.  It’s in the profiles.  It’s in the inspiration of what your senses will pick up in the colors, smells, and textures.

Here’s to a new day and a better plan.  



Oh My Gosh…I’ve been Liebstered!

I've been Liebstered!

I’ve been Liebstered!

A Proper Thank You:

First and foremost I’d like to thank Silver Threading for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I have massive respect for anyone who decides to go back to school and finds inspiration out of it all!    There is a great story in the journey.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and Good Luck!

11 Facts about myself:

1. I love a puzzle, mystery, or challenging pattern.

2. I lived in Hawaii for 5 years.

3. I’m a night owl who has the work schedule of a morning lark…rough!

4. I am a type 1 diabetic and use an insulin pump.

5. I’m a Virgo.

6. I think the world revolves around rhythms.

7. I’ve been a coffee lover since I was a little girl.

8. My favorite movie: A Room with a View.

9. My favorite childhood movie was: The Wizard of Oz.

10. I think more can be said in a person’s eyes than with their words.

11. Fashion = Simple, clean lines, and high heels.

1. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging because I had to start writing. I needed a corner of the world that was mine. My creative space to cook, document, sort through life and write about how I see the world. It’s a great place!

2. How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a hopeless romantic who likes to daydream. I’m chatty when the mood hits me, practical as a paperclip, and always rooting for the underdog. I’m shy and a bit of a headcase when I get dealt a tough puzzle to solve, but I will solve it and I will probably do it through pattern recognition. Patterns are really easy for me to recognize and because of this I work really hard to stay away from a pattern-based life. It’s a crazy maker!

I like doing new things, trying new foods, meeting new people (and hopefully making new friendships). I like working with my hands. I’m very intuitive about what will happen next (probably my pattern-based viewpoint) but I make my final decision based on facts. I prefer face to face interactions to the telephone and I need to touch things to understand why they matter to me.

3. What is your favorite music?

Where do I start? I have been asked this question many times before and I always seem to stammer at it each time. Mainly I’m stumped by this question because I think I’m attracted to specific tones and rhythms rather than a specific music. It’s a bit bizarre, but if I hear the right tones it’s like being hooked in by a fishing line. Here are a few favorites: I love Dave Brubreck, Royksopp, Billie Holiday, the Killers (smart lyrics), Henry Mancini, Neil Diamond, and Erik Satie.

4. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?

I must have a mysterious muse that keeps me going when I’m at loss for ideas. However, I read a lot of different material and a well crafted sentence puts me straight into my head, like music – straight into my head. Then my brain starts firing questions at a rapid pace and: Voila! Mon Blog!

5. What’s your favorite beverage and why?

Can I just say a great red wine is perfect at the end of the day and a good cup of coffee from from a french press is great at anytime of the day.

6. If you could be an animal, what species would you be and why?

Why a snow leopard…of course! They are so well camouflaged, curious, and downright unpredictable.

7. What is your favorite food type (Italian, Mexican, etc.)?

My favorite type of food is French cooking. I love butter…what can I say.

8. Which do you prefer…a book or an e-reader?

I can proudly say I tried ye olde e-reader and I have to admit, I’m old school. Paper feels good in my hands and I can read it without the sensation of needles being drilled into my retinas.

9. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?

I would travel for a year.

10. Who is your favorite author and why?

Charles Dickens. Hands down. The man could split detail into a million descriptive words and then he could split it again!

11. What is your favorite post from your blog and why?

St. Lucia Bread was a really fun day in the kitchen! Success!

The Rules:

There are certain rules to accepting this award and they are:

  1. Thank the Liebster Award presenter who nominated you and link back to his or her blog.
  2. Post 11 facts about yourself,
  3. Answer the 11 questions you were asked
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
  5. Nominate small [no more than 200 followers] blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog, letting them know that they have been chosen.
  6. Display the Liebster Award Logo.
  7. No tag-backs – meaning you can’t just nominate the person who nominated you.

Good Luck to all new blogs out there!

My nominee:

Lovely photography work which displays life through lens.

My questions to my nominee:

1. How did you start in photography?

2. What are your favorite places to photograph and why?

3. When did you realize you had an eye for photography?

4. Who or what is the inspiration behind your work?

5. Who is your favorite classical artist and why?

6. What matters more: the equipment or the human eye?

7. Has technology made photography better or worse?

8. What crosses your mind right before you click the camera?

9. Where would you rather be: The beach or the mountains?

10. Are you cat or dog person?

11. Where do you see your art in 10 years?

Best Wishes to you!


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