Humor, Happiness, and Tackling Human Flaws

When In Argentina…


Recycled…but still funny!  So busy with grad school and work, but keeping my sense of humor above all!

Happy Monday.


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.  



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