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fall is here

it’s official. the temperature around here has finally dropped below 90°. that means it’s really fall.

i will now buy a pumpkin or three for the porch. i protested when it was 100° and trader joe’s had pumpkins out in front of their store in the heat getting all rotten.

we got the girls’ halloween costumes done early this year so they could enter a costume contest at sac con. they won! my kids got a ton of attention. anya doesn’t handle that as well as stella – who walks around with her hands on her hips waiting for people to notice her.

now onto some random things i’ve had on my mind:

1. i really needed fall.
2. i miss having seasons (being from seattle will do that to you.)
3. i’m not sure i enjoy having two kids playing soccer.
4. i like that both my kids are in a sport.
5. i’m allowed to contradict myself. this is my blog.
6. i am going to start baking more. because it’s fall.
7. i can’t wait to wear a scarf.
8. i can’t wait to find boots that fit over my fat calves.
9. i am going to try and make my fat calves not so fat so i can find boots a lot easier.
10. i found this today. i can’t wait to read and laugh. a lot.
11. i miss taking pictures.
12. i like fall.
13. I like that i don’t have to hear myself complain about the heat anymore.
14. my puppy is one year old today. whoa.
15. my girls are already talking about going to the snow this year. this. will. happen. even if i have to put socks on their hands for gloves – because that’s what i did as a kid (yes, we were that kind of poor.)
16. i refuse to look at anything christmas. can we just get through halloween people?

happy birthday maggie mayhem. you are one crazy loved dog!

how was that for a totally random post. again.


so, i’m a little over a week into my “changes.”
i discovered something recently – bread does not agree with me. i started noticing if i had half a bagel in the morning that i felt completely nauseous and totally sluggish. bread never had this effect on me – or maybe i just wasn’t as aware. i’ve been really watching what i eat and about 5 days ago, i decided to cut out wheat. not gluten altogether, but wheat. so – basically no bread or baked goods, to start. i’ve had a very small portion of pasta and that seemed to be ok. i think it’s bread. bread is the culprit to my bloatedness and terrible feeling after eating it. i know it must make me feel pretty bad because to me, bread is like candy. i love love love a good bagel with cream cheese. just typing the word “bagel” kinda makes me want to hurl. so, here i am working on eating better and without the bread. so far so good. i feel better already.


it’s time things started changing around here.

when the larger sized clothes in my closet start to feel tight and uncomfortable, that’s it. i have drawn the line. i’m hoping to keep up with things here so i can be somewhat accountable (not that anyone is listening or reading this.) but it will give me a place to vent, track progress, and talk about what is working and not working.

i’m starting with this:

and the scarsdale diet (modified slightly.)

i’m not setting unrealistic goals for myself at this point. no “i’m-going-to-lose-X-number-of-pounds-in-X-number-of-days” and never touch carbs kind of crap (for anyone that can do that, great! but it doesn’t work for me, i ALWAYS mess that up.) work hard. eat better (cut back on eating out and eating because i’m stressed out.) quit making excuses about my knees and lack of time and blah blah blah.

this is it. i made it through my first day of shred. 20 minutes and i’m not dead. it was hard. it always is. but i did it. walk/running will be fit in as well.

today, everything changes.

GOOD street food + design market

yesterday was the premier of GOOD street food + design market here in sacramento. can i just say how much we needed this? it was awesome and very fun. GOOD is featuring local designers and food vendors (food trucks too!) the first sunday of every month through the summer. my good friend rachel from popcycle creamery made her debut with her ice cream pops. she got rave reviews and tons of attention. i’m super proud of her!Popcycle and GOOD

another friend, amy was selling her jewelry, revitalized vintage. i fell in love with that turquoise beaded necklace, but didn’t nab it fast enough. sad face.

revitalized vintage

we had the most amazing food from voodoo van (they came from san francisco) – i think i got my deep fried intake for the year. note: i must have been too busy stuffing my face and forgot to get photos. sorry. next time.

there were tons of free activities for the kids too. face painting, pinata making, all sorts of mess-making that i didn’t have to do at home. sweet!

i can’t wait for the next GOOD event in july. it’s promising to be even better than the first!


i am alive

i’ve been out of commission for a few weeks with the worst cold and, from what i can remember, my first case of strep throat. yuck. that’s the word for it all. yuck. not only did i get it, but the littles got it too. double yuck!

wonder  woman makes everything better.

so, once i catch up on work, kids (who are on spring break) and the house, i will get back to some sense of normal and start blogging again.

i miss it.



it goes without saying that i’ve always been a fan of h&m. i was watching the super bowl commercials with the hubs and he said “they want $15.95 for a pair of mens underwear?!” i didn’t even notice that they showed a price on the screen. what does that tell you?

thank you h&m for making my sunday.

lazy sunday

my morning looked a bit like this:

it’s the first day in a while that we didn’t have an agenda. no plans. no work that had to be done. so, i sat with my coffee this morning and worked on the crossword. i ate cinnamon rolls and fruit salad. i made pizza for lunch and we are going to watch the super bowl commercials – which means we will end up “watching” the game too.

i’ll be back tomorrow with my favorite commercial.
i hope you get to have a lazy sunday too!

friday night fun dinner

my hubby found this idea on the internet. i decided to give it a try for dinner on friday. i kept dinner a secret from the kids. the one mistake i made was to break the spaghetti into smaller pieces. i should have left them the full length. ah well…next time.

here’s the before:

and the after:

needless to say, the kids had a blast eating dinner and asked when they could have it again. (we rarely ever have hotdogs, so this was quite a treat.)

have a great weekend!

getting there…

so, after much contemplation and indecision, i finally decided to just put photo galleries on the ol’ blog here. i have decided to take down my other photography site and just have the images here. i think this is much easier. one place for everything – for now. until i decide to change it. which i’m totally allowed to do.

anyway…enough talk about the blog and back to actually blogging.
today was a random day filled with a little bit of everything.
starting with coffee (duh.) – hers & his.

then taking kids to school.
more work.
fold laundry.
pick up one kid.
eat lunch.
fold more laundry.
pick up the other kid.
trip to the $1 store.
dinner. (by the way – this is my view each night at dinner time.)

getting baths ready as we speak and looking forward to a quiet house in about an hour. busy day tomorrow. how about you?