Home Sweet Sarah
3Jan/17Off

2016 review

I guess I'm a little late with this one, but oh well, I DID IT. Here's how 2016 shaped up. (I am kind of with my girl over at Life of a Doctor's Wife--it might be time to update some of these questions.)

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Went to improv camp! Went on a week-long family vacation. (Related: Went to New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.) Went to Michigan! Went to Wisconsin! Went to (brunch in) Indiana! Went to Mt. Hood! Went to a lot of new places!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any. I might for 2017, check back here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. (I always feel like I must be forgetting someone. I hope not!)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you didn't have in 2016?
Clarity/direction around what I'm doing with regard to comedy.

7. What dates from 2016 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
November 8th was a real shit day and YOU KNOW WHY.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I sent my little infant baby off to kindergarten. Towards the end of the year, I made a commitment to do more yoga, and I did something like 30 classes in three months. My teacher said she could tell my practice was improving and that I was getting stronger. I walked/ran 625 miles, the most I've done since I started keeping track in 2013.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I did a lot of thinking about what I'm going to do, instead of just doing.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. I am fairly certain I didn't get sick once--a far cry from 2013, where I was sick CONSTANTLY. Of course, for the last three months, I've been waiting for the winter cold to make its appearance, so that's fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Anything related to our family vacation.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of us who stood up for what we believed in.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
YOU KNOW.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, travel, cocktails, dinners out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Family vacation! Improv camp!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
That dance dance dance song by Justin Timberlake.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Maybe a little sadder.
B) Fatter. Who even cares.
C) About the same? Maybe a little richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read books.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Drank booze.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual. (I kept this answer from last year because as I said, it's the usual. We're pretty predicable.)

21. Did you fall in love with 2016?
NOPE.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck, all the Housewives, Gilmore Girls (old school and reboot), The Americans, Billions, The Night Of (so good, so sad), Shameless, Stranger Things, Ladies of London, The Affair, Homeland.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
NOPE. I HATED HIM LAST YEAR TOO.

24. What was the best book you read?
The Bullet, by Mary Louise Kelly.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maren Morris!

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
Comedy comedy comedy.

28. What was your favorite film of 2016?
I do not think I watched a new movie except for Moana on Christmas Eve. So Moana.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my actual birthday, we went to dinner here in town and then the next day we went to Chicago and went out to dinner there. I turned 33.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD WON.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2016?
Work from home running and yoga clothes shower at 4pm and put jammies on chic.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, my friends, my family, avoiding the news.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
DISGUSTING FLOPPY HAIR.

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Even though I haven't seen them much recently, I did meet fun new improv friends here in Chicago.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don't get too comfortable and don't believe what the pollsters tell you.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Last year I quoted Tracy Chapman and I'm doing it again this year. "Don't you know / They're talkin' about a revolution"

30Dec/15Off

2015

2015 was a year. A year, it was.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Performed weekly with an improv team. Lived in the Midwest.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any resolutions. I am not making any for 2016.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister-in-law!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. (CRYFACE EMOJI.)

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you didn't have in 2015?
(Haha, last year I said, "A finished kitchen." Since we sold our house, now I don't give a fuuuuuuq about my kitchen.) Anyway, I would like a goddamn vacation.

7. What dates from 2015 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
September 15, the date our shit was packed up and headed off to Illinois. September 19, the date we left California for Illinois.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
Being asked to perform weekly on an improv team, finding a job I really liked, being a very supportive spouse.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't think I failed at anything.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I can't really think of anything that I bought that was that great. Champagne?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Chris got promoted! He's a badass. LG continued to be chill and took all the big changes in stride. I was, once again, a very supportive spouse.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
After marriage equality, when people continued to passive-aggressively quote Bible scripture on Facebook as if to make some stupid point...STOP IT. The only point you're making is that you're a bigot. Go away.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage/rent, daycare, food, booze.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Being asked to be on an improv team!

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
"Changes," by Langhorne Slim and The Law. I heard this in my last yoga class in California the week we moved and I cried and then I couldn't find the song anywhere and then a few weeks ago, I randomly heard it during an Auto Trader commercial and I was like, There's that song! And also I need to send my yoga teacher a Christmas letter! Life works in funny ways sometimes.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Same.
B) Same.
C) Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Improv or anything else comedy-related. Stand-up, sketch, etc.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Ate fried food.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual.

21. Did you fall in love with 2015?
Nah.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
All the Real Housewives, as usual; The Affair; Homeland; The Americans; Better Call Saul; The West Wing; Vanderpump Rules.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope.

24. What was the best book you read?
Yes Please, by Amy Poehler.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I recently downloaded Grace Potter. I dig it.

26. What did you want and get?
More comedy!

27. What did you want and not get?
A family vacation!

28. What was your favorite film of 2015?
Haha, "film." I don't think I saw any movies this year, except the Peanuts Movie, which was really quite stupid, and Inside Out, which was not stupid, but which made me cry.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Chris and I went to San Diego--alone!--and hung out with friends and went to the bar where we met. I turned 32.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It was a pretty legit year, so I can't say there's more I would have wanted. Don't be greedy.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2015?
All I can think of is that most recently, it's puffy coats.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, podcasts.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
There are too many shootings in this country and I don't know how to solve it, but it needs solving because what the fuck is going on?

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad. They came to almost every improv show and I loved seeing their faces front row center every Wednesday.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
My bosses; my old cubicle-neighbor, who has turned into a real friend; and improv people.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Just say yes--adventure is a good thing! Be loyal to your family--ride or die.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Gimme one reason to stay here and I'll turn right back around..." (LG and I have been listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman.)

2Jan/15Off

2014 in review

The last time I did one of these, I called the post, "Goodbye 2012, you and your bitch face" and then I didn't do one at all in 2013, so I guess I had a rough few years? But hey, now that 2015 is here, what better time to recap 2014?

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Took an improv class, performed in an improv show, ran 500 miles, watched the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any resolutions. I did try to drink 80 oz. of water a day and eat one salad a day and I did pretty well at that, actually. I set a goal of running 500 miles, which I achieved. For this year, I'd like to incorporate more yoga into my life. I don't need to be doing headstands and shit, but I've been practicing for over 10 years and I still only go to yoga maybe once a week. I know (and I know enough yoga) I can do more on my own.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Chris's best friend's wife and Chris's cousin's wife. Two beautiful baby girls (my favorite brand of baby, though I may be biased.)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. I haven't visited a country since 2009 and that was just Mexico, so let's go with states. In 2014, I visited Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, and Nevada.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you didn't have in 2014?
A finished kitchen.

7. What dates from 2014 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
I am so bad with dates, I actually forgot Chris's birthday. So. None of them are etched upon my memory, clearly.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I got into the pay grade I wanted to be in. I ran 500 miles. I enjoyed my marriage (not that I've not enjoyed it in years past, but I especially enjoyed it last year.) I finally figured out a small piece that was missing in my life (improv, although I don't know that that's specifically what was missing, but it's definitely helping me figure out my path.)

9. What was your biggest failure?
I need to put my phone down after, say, 8pm. I really improved on not bringing my phone out during family time, but once LG and Chris are in bed, it's total zombie phone time. No bueno.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No! And considering 2013 was The Year Of Ailments, this was quite the treat.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Airplane tickets to Hawaii.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
LG's! She is always so amenable when we have big life changes going on. Being yanked from school to home with me full time to being back in (a different) school...She just takes it all with ease.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The whole Ferguson thing, and everything stemming from or related to that, was appalling.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, daycare, food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our Hawaii trip!

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Oh geez, who knows. Was it on NPR? Then I didn't hear it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Happier!
B) Fatter, probably. Who the fuck cares?
C) Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read more at night.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sweeping the floor.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
My parents came over on Christmas Eve and we ate a big dinner and drank A TON of champagne and then spent Christmas morning watching LG enjoy all her spoils.

21. Did you fall in love with 2014?
Sure, why not? It was a damn good year.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, The Americans, The Affair, all the Real Housewives.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope.

24. What was the best book you read?
I guess Life After Life. That was quite the thinker.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I've enjoyed Sam Baker a lot.

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
A finished kitchen!

28. What was your favorite film of 2014?
Preeeeeeetty sure I didn't go to the movies at all and I cannot remember any that I saw, even on tv. We got something out of the Redbox, but I can't remember what. I watcher Her on the flight home from Hawaii and it was WEIRD.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Chris and I went to San Francisco and had a blast JUST THE TWO OF US (as nature intended.) I turned 31.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I really can't think of anything. Maybe a new car?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2014?
Swans and pineapples. I have also decided to get back into novelty socks. I don't know why I thought giving those up for plain black socks was the thing to do.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, crossword puzzles, friends, my mom and dad, and Chris.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
I have steered clear of politics this year and it is glorious!

34. Who did you miss?
All my family I don't get to see enough.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
I met some cool people at my job and also some cool people at improv.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"...And this is All Things Considered."

5Dec/14Off

Updates

I survived my improv show. That took up a lot of mental space for awhile there (although not much space here, so you may not know that I was freaking out about it, but I was totally freaking out about it.) Anyway, it was a lot of fun and now of course, three classes into my 201 class, where we learn A LOT more, I'm like hmm why hasn't my eye stopped twitching in two months OOOH GOT IT.

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Ours was delightful. We went to the Northwest to spend the holiday with Chris's entire family. I ate a ton of food and went on a few runs along the Puget Sound. I drank port and ate fancy chocolates and went to a dive bar. The Seahawks won their game and we all slept in until 7:55am one morning. See? Delightful.

My sister-in-law has a great singing voice and while she was trying to get our girls to nap one day, she asked LG what song LG would like her to sing and LG said, "The ABCs!" Chris and I have joked that that has always been LG's favorite song, but, uhh, I guess it really is.

LG's Christmas gifts are bought and are currently squirreled away in Chris's restoration car in the garage, the downstairs closet, and our bedroom closet. We got all her gifts at the greatest store in America. I don't know if you've heard of it. It's called Costco. Here's what she's getting:

- A baby stroller (like, FOR her babies)
It comes with a little removable carrier thing. I actually remember having almost the exact same thing when I was her age.

- Two different art kits with approximately 1.2 millions stickers each
One is Doc McStuffins themed and one is various Disney princess themed. One also comes with stamps and stamp pads. That should blow her mind.

- Giant stuffed Olaf
So maybe two days after we bought her a giant stuffed Olaf, LG told us, "I'm getting a stuffed Olaf for Christmas!" and we were like, "What! No!" and then to one another we were like, "How the fuck does she know that?!" The only thing I can think is a few weeks before, LG and I were at Bed Bath & Beyond, where she saw a similar Olaf, and maybe I said something like, "If you're good, maybe you'll get one for Christmas!" but that's not usually my style, so who knows. Maybe LG has a touch of the ESP like her ma.

- Two puzzles
The girl loves puzzles.

- Socks
She also likes/needs socks.

- As yet to be determined stocking stuffers
Whatever I find at Target the next time I'm there.

- She told me last night that she wanted Frozen pjs, so dammit, that may also make it in there. I am a sucker.

If I run 47 miles in December, I'll hit 500 miles for the year. It's five days in and I've run none so far. It's looking good, I'd say.

Chris and I are having my parents over for Christmas, so we're currently discussing Christmas menu options. We didn't get to do this for Thanksgiving and as people who like to plan their next night's dinner while they're eating their current dinner, you can imagine this has been quite the topic of conversation.

I went on a shopping spree recently and bought a ton of new clothes. Clothes that actually fit! I also went through my closet and got rid of everything ill-fitting, even items that are so soft and cozy they're hard to part with. Done! Adios, too-big t-shirt!

I got a handful of new sweaters/cardigans, a blouse with swans on it, a pair of jeans, t-shirts (one of which I ruined THE FIRST DAY I wore it. No more white tees for me), leggings, ankle boots, leopard print sneakers, and I think that's it. I'd still like a new pair of colored pants (red?) and a new blazer/jacket, but I can probably put that off until springtime. Ooh I also got something called a "cocoon" sweater from Old Navy that is fleece (god bless ON fleece.) It has a pouch in the front and a loose turtleneck-like neck and it covers my butt, so I can wear it with leggings. It's the best.

That's basically all that's new with me. How are you?

5Sep/14Off

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part III

My aunt and grandma coordinated some professional pictures to be taken of the entire family when we were in Hawaii in May/Jun. Here are a few favorites (I would like every picture of me ever to be Photoshopped, please and thank you.)

More here.

(P.S. TAKE ME BAAAAACK.)

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28Aug/14Off

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part I

My webmaster (Chris's cousin) (happy belated birthday, Brant!) updated my Flickr plugin so now I can post pictures to this here blog again. I thought I'd go ahead and post the pictures from our summer vacations here, in case you couldn't be arsed (as my friend Hillary would say) to click the links in my other post. I often cannot be arsed to click the links in posts, so, you know.

First up, Oregon! We traveled on Oregon on the 4th of July for a family reunion/anniversary/birthday celebration with Chris's extended family. When I say "birthday," Chris was included in there too, as his birthday is on the 5th. Guess how his birthday went down. Here, I'll tell you. We woke up, LG said she'd pooped, so Chris got up with her and I sat around in bed on my phone and then when I got on Facebook, it informed me that it was Chris's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! YOU GET TO CLEAN POOP! (I am such an asshole. Sorry, Chris.)


Happy birthday! Let's go on a 4-wheeling ride! Please don't accidentally on purpose throw me off.


LG's first 4-wheeling ride.


Swinging.


Napping.


After I apologized for being an asshole, I went on a run by myself! The selflessness just continues!


The brothers!


Cousins (middle left in the picture above is this one's dad.)


Oregon sunset. C'est fini.

25Aug/14Off

Documentaries I’ve watched recently* plus the Emmy’s

*Do I know to live or what?

Even though we've got a ton of tv shows we already can't keep up with (this weekend we finally finished season two of The Kevin Bacon Show that ended in...April) we have been on quite a documentary kick lately. All three of these are available on Netflix Instant (and also probably available on Amazon or whatever newfangled things you kids are watching tv on these days) if you want to watch them too.

20 Feet From Stardom
I heard about this before it won the Oscar, when some people from the documentary were on NPR Fresh Air, and I put it on my mental To Watch list immediately. It's about backup singers and it's really, really good. Great music, of course (think Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson), and it also gives some great background into those people who really have a hand in making certain songs what they are but who rarely get credit. Recommend.

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
This came recommended by my childhood friend and it is SUCH a delight. It has subtitles, so you have to read (ugh, reading), but it's worth it. Recommend if you like sushi, food, behind the scenes peeks into the restaurant business, cute old men, fish markets.

Somm
I know I've recommended my friend Ben's podcast, Wine 4 Sophisticated Homies, and while I guess I understood what it meant to be a certified Sommelier (both from the podcast and from other Somm friends), I guess I didn't realize what it meant to be a Master Sommelier (e.g.: there have only 219 Master Sommeliers. Ever. Granted, the MS certification has only been around for 45ish years, but still. 219 ain't a lot of people.) Anyway, I heard about this documentary not from the wine homies podcast, but on NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour. I like wine and documentaries, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. It's okay, not the greatest, but worth a watch, for sure, if only to hear the wacky things they come up with during blind tastings. "Rotten animal meat" was a scent descriptor. So. Yeah.

Other documentaries I want to watch: Unhung Hero (about that, yes) and 112 Weddings.

Any good docs you've seen recently? My tastes tend to lean toward fun/airy/uplifting/also informative, rather than scary/if you eat this way you'll die/do you know where your beef comes from/the world is ending/etc.

Switching gears! The Emmy Awards are tonight! On a Monday! It's "my SuperBowl," as Chris says, and he is taking it very seriously, cooking steaks and baked potatoes and generally treating it as the holiday it is should be. (I am taking tomorrow off, not because of the Emmy's, but that certainly is a happy accident.)

I don't have specific nominees I'm rooting for necessary (except Allison Tolman from Fargo---Molly Solverson 4EVA) but it doesn't matter, as it's always fun to watch while simultaneously drinking champagne, texting my parents (who are also dining on steak and champagne, yes of course we compared Emmy menus yesterday), and crying over the In Memoriam. Maybe more so this year with the recent passing of Our Favorite Orkan.

14Aug/14Off

A bunch of unrelated stuff

1. I'm rewatching The L Word from the beginning. Showtime is replaying it two episodes at a time on Thursday nights and I'm finding it quite enjoyable even though I have seen it all before. Shane continues to be the hottest. Jenny continues to be awful. Kit continues to be my favorite.

I've also started watching Tyrant and Outlander, am on the second season of Masters of Sex, and made the executive decision to give up on Ray Donovan. I couldn't even get through last season, so eeeeeh. I think it goes without saying I am watching all the Real Housewives right now. I am LOVING Jerz this season (Amber and Jim are AWFUL) and Orange County, with the addition of Crazy Shannon, has been great too.

2. I was in desperate need of new makeup and didn't have time to head to the M.A.C. counter, so I hopped on over to Sephora's website and ordered some stuff. I must say, I think my beloved M.A.C. PowerPoint eyeliner has a new replacement. I bought Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner and I love it. I also bought NARS blush (in the famous color I refuse to type because I don't want to get any more spam) and an Urban Decay eyeshadow in Foxy.

3. Mealtime in this house is pretty fluid. I feel like every time I get a handle on things, our schedules change again and we're adapting to a new routine. For now: We are doing A LOT of prep/cooking on the weekends. But, it's paid off. Since Chris started his job a year ago and I started mine four months ago, neither of us have purchased lunches out (with the exception of Chris's occasional team-building burrito day, of course.) That feels pretty nice, I'm not gonna lie. I hate wasting money on food I could make better and I feel like most lunch places fall into that category. $20 salads that are mediocre, etc. Anyway, I was going to post pictures of some meals I've cooked recently, but my Flickr plug-in isn't working, so go here if you're interested. It's pretty low-brow stuff, but when you get home at 5:30pm and the majority of your family goes to bed at 7:30pm, you make do with what you can. If I can work in a salad a day, then I consider that a win.

4. With high hopes, I bought a Soda Stream and I am returning it tomorrow. The CO2 cartridge that came with it said it was enough for 60 liters. I made maybe 10 liters total and the thing crapped out this morning. I also could never get the machine to make fizzy enough water. And I never heard the LOUD NOISE! everyone said I would hear. So. back to the Targs it goes, where I shall then buy several cases of La Croix and call it a day. I of course would like a Soda Stream (sparky water anytime, less waste, etc.), but not if I am going to have to run out and buy a new CO2 cartridge every week. Also, the thing felt really plasticy and cheap from the get-go. I expected more.

5. A few LG updates:

She moved up to the big kid room at school. They are called Busy Bears, instead of Caterpillars. I think the main difference is they have more Legos in the Busy Bears room, although I really wouldn't know because...

...Tonight at dinner we asked her what she did at school today and she told us she'd tell us, "Maybe later." Maybe later is a very big thing right now. Like, "Are you ready for bed?" "Maybe later." (Mom and Dad are less thrilled with "maybe later," obvs.)

She can spell her entire name and is in the stage where she "reads" books (that she's memorized.) One of her favorites is Wacky Wednesday (which happens to have been my favorite growing up yaaaaaaay) and upon the recommendation of Diane, we taped a shoe to her wall last Friday night. I was giddy when I woke up Saturday morning, so excited to see what she thought of the shoe on the wall. Chris went in there and...No shoe. "Was there a shoe on your wall?" he asked her. "Yeah, I put it away." Ever practical, that one.

6. I've been trying to workout at lunch more—two mile walks with my work walking buddy—because I feel like a slug every night when I get home after sitting most of the day (what I wouldn't give for a stand-up desk.) Ideally I'd go on runs, but when it's 90 degrees at noon, yeah, no thanks. I have high hopes of getting in a yoga class once a week (in addition to yoga church on Sundays), but that hasn't happened yet. Prioritizing my time, etc.

7. We've gone on a lot of fun trips this summer. Hawaii, of course, then Oregon for the 4th of July, Vegas for my friend Kim's birthday, then Santa Cruz this past weekend. After many years of no trips, it's been fun to go on many trips. Pictures: Oregon here. Vegas here. Santa Cruz here.

Well, that's me! What's new with you?

4Jun/14Off

Hawaii!

We went to Hawaii! It was too short a trip, but isn't it always? Now here, take a seat and check out my vacation slides.


Bottom right: LG thrilled as usual.


The view outside our condo. Rough stuff.


Little tree-hugger.


The fam.



We spent a lot of time drinking on porches and yet my "lanaitai" pun fell short. Win/lose some.


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20May/14Off

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This morning I was doing some early-morning blog reading, as one does, and I read this post by Jennie and I was all, I haven't blogged in awhile, I should do that! And then she tagged me at the end of the post, so now I have to do it anyway. There you go.

A few brief housekeeping things.

Number one, thank you for the "you're not an asshole" comments on my last post. I realize now it came off as though I was looking for affirmation that I was not an asshole, when I guess what I really meant was, like, collectively, let's all not be the asshole. You know?

ALSO! You had so many great recommendations about hair stuff! I have been to Target and/or shopped on Amazon something like 25 times since that post and have I tried anything new? No, no I have not. But, it's hot here now and I'm having to go back to the every-other-day hair washing (I'd rather be at three-days-a-week), so next time I go to Target I will buy something new and then report back.

Onto the questions!

1. What is your favorite type of cheese?
Blue! Very few cheeses translate well into a salad dressing, but that one sure does.

2. What are you excited about?
Hawaii in just about seven days! Last time I was there Chris and I had just started dating and I spent the week with my phone in my face, texting him, and missing him miserably. This trip should be more fun.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
I wrote a whole post about it, but if you missed it, we went to San Francisco (SANS KID!) and stayed out late drinking in bars, eating uninterrupted meals, and singing karaoke. It was fantastic.

4. What is on your bedside table?
Lamp (I love lamp), two books I swear I will read eventually but haven't gotten into yet, a Billy Collins book of poetry (look at me so cultured 'n shit), an alarm clock I only use to see the time, water, and a picture of Chris and I when we took a trip to San Francisco a few years ago.

5. What do you order from the movie theater concession stand?
Nothing! Well, popcorn, I guess, but I could do without that. I do smuggle in wine and candy, though.

6. Do you have a garden? What's growing?
Yes! About 80% of the credit goes to Elizabeth for the tomatoes, then 19% goes to Chris for maintaining everything. I'll take 1% credit for planting seeds and the mental fairy dust I toss on it in hopes things will grow. I am growing about 13 different kinds of tomatoes, six different peppers, zucchini, cucumber, radishes, and beets.

7. Any summer plans?
Besides Hawaii, we're also heading to Bakersfield (the three of us)/Paso Robles (just me, friend's bachelorette party), Oregon for the 4th of July/Chris's birthday/family reunion, and then the coup de grace, VEGAS, BABY! for my friend Kim's 30th birthday.

8. Which TV couple(s) are you rooting for?
I'm behind a few episodes, so I'm not fully up-to-date, but I am rooting for Karen and Hank on Californication. I wish I could say I'm rooting for Don and Megan, but nah, just rooting for Don. I am also rooting for Juliette and Avery (Nashville), although again, I am several episodes behind, so no spoilers please. I think that's it! I can't say there's a TV couple that's really, truly lighting my fire these days.

9. What's the last thing you bought?
I bought these Birkenstocks this morning! I always wanted Birks, so I am very excited.

10. What's one thing you're passionate about?
Food. I tried to think of, like, some civil or human rights issue, but nope. Food.

11. What are you grateful for this week?
Cooler temperatures! I was able to run tonight which I was not able to do last week when it was 100 degrees at 5pm.

And now I'm supposed to tag 11 people to also do this! Here we go (I'm too lazy to link, so I'm just hollering at you with your blog names): Rhymes With Taffy, Two Adults, Reasonably Suspicious, Little Miss Mel, Mama Bub, Sensibly Sassy, Holly Would If She Could, ChristinaRTS, DaisyJD, Mariko, and Akymbo.

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

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1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf