Humor, Happiness, and Tackling Human Flaws

Glittereyed by Daniel Clarke

Glittereyed, 2005 by Daniel Clarke

Glittereyed, 2005 by Daniel Clarke

The Language of Summer

Summer brings out all sorts of change to the domestic environment. For example: dinner is served later than usual to combat summer heat, sparkling water shows up in the refrigerator to change up hydration, and Fridays always seem like vacation days – always. There’s a sense of inhibition and relaxation that flows from the sun and seeps deep into our skins forcing us to all speak the same language…the language of summer.

This got me thinking…

As you pass by your fellow pedestrians and shoppers on these hot summer days and cool summer nights – pay attention. If you are able to translate mankind’s summer language…fabulous and kudos on your attention to detail! :)

Good Luck,


Concert Night- Robyn & Röyksopp San Francisco, CA


Orange Creme Tarte


Blooming Kitchen


These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things


Fresh cut grass, orange zest, and Herbes de Provence. Three things we love because they bring out the feelings of home. What do these three look like?

1.  A freshly mown lawn = watching our children learn how to mow the grass.

2.  Orange Zest = Orange Creme Tarts

3.  Herbes de Provence = Sprinkled over potatoes in the oven to accompany steaks on the grill.

Throw in a little music, a glass of wine, and loved ones (maybe even a little FIFA playing in the background)…lovely!




SoCal Ingredients

SoCal Ingredients

Kitchen Prep

Kitchen Prep

Luring Hummingbirds


Luring Butterflies

Summer Backyard Flowers

Orange-Lemon Zested Raw Sugar – Sparkly and Aromatic

Orange-Lemon Zested Raw Sugar - Sparkly and Aromatic

SoCal Bound

Nothing is more enlightening than the airport.

SFO has a mish-mash of summer break college students, yoga enthusiasts, tired looking moms, and stressed business men and in the background a million different languages are sounding. Beautiful!
The radio at the check-in is pumping Ke$ha and Pink. Ok- not so beautiful, but definitely energizing.

Summer is here.

What are your plans?
San Diego!


Gordon Ramsay and the Swedish Chef

So much fun!

Do It Again – Röyksopp & Robyn

New from the Do It Again Tour


Reopening of the Chat Noir Cabaret, 1896 by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

The New Cat in Town

There’s a new cat in the neighborhood!

No, Literally.  There really is a new cat in my neighborhood.

In fact, there are a few new cats in my neighborhood – all super dumb, all super nasty, and all super bold. I have heard nothing but horrid yeowls and mindless spitting outside my living room window for the past couple of nights and as I sit and listen to all this ridiculousness I am reminded of this…

If you’re going to swat at the enemy – have a point.  If you’re going to circle with the enemy – it’s better to dance and if you’re going to spit – well then it’s probably better to just be a nasty old cat – because yuck…that’s just bad manners!

Happy Monday,


Goalie of the Genova Team

Bring It!

Bring It!

My FIFA World Cup Runneth Over

This weekend I went to Sephora to stock up on some summer supplies and I was excited to see all the neon colors glowing from well marketed boxes.The feature…FIFA 2014!

There isn’t much more a girl can say about neon colors than summer, Rio, and hot, hot nights. The last time I really followed the FIFA World Cup I was living in a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was a long time ago. I followed it faithfully. I had the schedule pinned to my refrigerator and I axed through the defeated teams without mercy.

What will FIFA 2014 bring?

Hopefully some sweat, blood, and entertainment streaming in neon colors.

I welcome FIFA 2014 like the years past.

Bring it!


The Prettiest Thing


Happy Mother’s Day

by April Harrison at

by April Harrison at

Mutha’ Lovin’ Mother’s Day Joy!

So glad to have the day!

Mother’s Day makes me take a break and think…yeah, I’m a mom…and a whole lot more!

Cheers to all the bling given out to moms across the states, all the breakfasts that were rolled into bedrooms, and the hilarious gaudy bouquets of flowers that were sent in with big toothy smiles from our little people (or in my case…not so little).

We totally rock! so NEVER forget your mom + plan!

Happy Mama,


No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand

Excellent artistic eye!  Makes me smile each time I watch it!

Red Rain by Stefano Corso

Red Rain Print, by Stefano Corso

Red Rain Print, by Stefano Corso

Dear Diary, by Mary Bedient

Dear Diary,

Today was a bust.  

I was blue as the weather, 

I was stormy as the sky.  

I heard heartfelt words,

making me refuse to cry.

I think the day is done,

I hope my sleep will come,

so I can write you in the morn

and pretend I’m not undone.



(Mary Bedient, May 8, 2014 – Dear Diary)


Headphones by Stella Bradley

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I’ve been thinking about summer. After I close my classroom doors it’s officially summertime and – game on! OK – let me translate. “Game on” means recuperation – at least for a week – and then I dive back into life. Summer is such a feeling!

A big part of summer celebration is choosing new music. A summer playlist gives a name and face to a particular summer and maybe if your lucky you’ll not only get a name and face, but his/her phone number too. :-)

I’ve been regularly choosing summer playlists since downloading music became available. (Hello Napster of early 2000′s…wait…did I just age myself?) Part of the process is spending oodles of time sifting through iTunes to find the right sound.

It’s a fun way to pull up memories – like a photo album for audio heads. When I listen back to certain songs from past summers I see: my exact whereabouts, specific people, certain smells, and original tastes. It’s the chemistry of that summer!



Perfect Authentic Day

The prettiest moon shines in the sky tonight and I hear traffic somewhere off in the distance. When I stretch my hearing to the far off distant highway, I always imagine good people traveling around doing good things in their lives.

Realism suggests that half of them are exhausted, bored, living bittersweet realities that are probably downright bad at times.

But!!! –

Bad things can turn into good things. Look for the silver lining.

Good things happened today.


Manhattan Sapphire – by Ugress: Gisle Martens Meyer

Such a funny video. I would love to meet this guy. Maybe someday…(fingers crossed)

Thank You Ms. Chanel

Coco Chanel

Caricature of Coco Chanel by Sem

Chanel No. 5

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