Tuesday, March 15, 2016

2015 books

I started reading more in 2014 and kept it up in 2015. YA once again was the majority of my reading material, but there were other categories sprinkled here and there. I even started up a book club again, this time virtually so friends from all over the country can participate, and our first read was Chris Hadfield's An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Here's my 2015 list!

1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
2. Circle of Magic, Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce
3. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
4. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate Series #1) by Gail Carriger
5. Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate Series #2) by Gail Carriger
6. Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate Series #3) by Gail Carriger
7. Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School Series #3) by Gail Carriger
8. St. Jana's Academy by Megan Donohue and Terrin Griffin
9. Wildlife by Fiona Wood
10. Splintered by A.G. Howard
11. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
12. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
13. Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson
14. Timebound (The Chronos Files #1) by Rysa Walker
15. Time's Edge (The Chronos Files #2) by Rysa Walker
16. Time's Divide (The Chronos Files #3) by Rysa Walker
17. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Life Lately...

…has consisted of strolling under majestic redwoods, sipping wine while taking in a phenomenal view, bottle feeding adorable otter pups, and watching the sun set into the Pacific with my love. 

I still terribly miss parts of my old life…talking to friends every day, just hanging out, getting together for book club, beer club, or whatever other clubs I may concoct. Seeing family, playing with my nephew and watching his daily growth and development. Having a fulfilling career, doing work that I care about, connecting with people and touching lives.

Yes, I miss all that. I have to remind myself that it's okay to miss it all, as long as I don't wallow in that longing. So even though there are things that I miss, I am  now surrounded by the smell of pines and the sound of waves. I hang out with nature, the trees, bay and beach are my friends. I am able to volunteer my time and do work that is important, rewarding, and unlike anything else I have done before. I am building a home with the wonderful man that I love. These are the beautiful experiences filling up my new life and I am thankful for them every day. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Patience has never been one of my strengths...

I have been waiting, waiting, WAITING.
I am restless and disheartened, bound by the unknown.
Being in this state is suffocating.
I am lingering in the darkness of possibility
I just need to know…
YES or NO?!

Okay, now that I've expressed some frustrations and released negative energy from my system, I'm going to try a new approach to get me through this period of anxious waiting...some positivity, gratitude, and a new mantra:

Breathe in, breathe out. My life is abundant and full of love and wonderful experiences. I am thankful for family, friendships, and connections with others. More wonderful things will come in their own time. I trust my journey...

Sunday, April 05, 2015


"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, 

and to have my senses put in order." 

-John Burroughs

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Wildflower Season

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” -John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ever Grateful

That I call this home...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Morning View

Heading to work in the mornings, this is my view when I park and step out of the car--adorable homes and a peek of the bay. It's such a lovely way to start out the work day! I heart living here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Satisfying a Craving

I don't miss the traffic or lines or lack of trees, but I sure do miss the LA food scene! What does it take to satisfy a craving for a warm bowl of delicious ramen? Well, in LA, it takes the effort to make several decisions: what kind of ramen do you want, which restaurant do you want to try, or how far are you willing to drive? When one lives in a town lacking in the quantity of cuisine choices, and sometimes quality of cuisine, you don't have a choice. This is what it takes:

1.5 hours of driving + 1 hour of waiting (on a list behind 25 other groups)

And was this effort worth it? Oh boy, yes it was. I won't be making a trek like that very often, but it was so worth it this one time to satisfy a craving that has been nagging at me for a while now (I blame watching too many episodes of The Mind of a Chef: Season 1!) 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Crafting lately

I hadn't sewn anything in a very long while, so a recent request from my sister was great motivation to dust off the sewing machine again. She wanted a pillow case for her eye pillow, and without a pattern to follow, I had to create my own. It was challenging and fun and I'm pretty happy with the results! I couldn't decide between two different designs, so went ahead and made both pillow cases--one with a button closing the top and one with an envelope flap...

With the machine out and ready to be used again, I plunged into my basket full of untouched fabrics to see what I could sew for my next project. I had totally forgotten about this fun camping-themed fabric I bought a while back! It was perfect for a project that had been at the back of my mind for a while--a bag to hang on the side of my camping chair. I always have books, magazines, and other miscellaneous things that I want within reaching distance while sitting in my chair and wanted to make a vessel to hold it all. This was another good project to flex my pattern-making and sewing skills, and below is the result of my creation. The straps button onto the arm of my chair and there's even a pocket inside for my phone, which you can't see in this picture. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out too!

Well, with two projects under my belt, I was getting on a roll and plunged into a few more. Made a hat for my nephew, which has become an annual tradition--he has gotten a new hat every year for three years now. Here's the beginnings of it...fun fabrics!

Tried making mary janes for a friend who was pregnant with a little baby girl. I downloaded a free pattern from the internet and didn't quite love the results. The sizing was a bit off (which may have been my fault, I forgot to check the printing settings) and there were exposed seams. At least they still look pretty cute in this picture...

And lastly, I made another sunhat, for a friend's little boy. I think the quality of my work and my skills have been improving with every project I've made. Now, what shall I make next?!...