Thursday, September 30, 2010

Life Rules

I keep thinking about some old advice from the God of College Journalism Advisors, otherwise known as Mack:
1. Don't fall in love with your own words.
2. Don't become addicted to deadline.
I've always been OK at the first, bad at the second.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


We sat with our friend and talked about heaven and imagined all the people we will meet and things we will do once we get there. We decided John's heaven might be quiet, but mine includes lots of talking.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I add red Chile pepper to everything I make, including scrambled eggs. Maybe I'm secretly a culinary genius.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Pep Talk

Today, Sheila and I made some big decisions about our lives. We've decided it is time for us to worry less, way less. I don't know how we are going to do this. But I think it's worth a grand attempt.


Sunday, September 26, 2010


When you can't do everything at once, try one thing at a time.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Keep In Mind

One of the most important things to remember is that most things are not in our control.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Not True

John: "Can I help you?"
Me (waiting for a hug): "Yes!"
John: "You have two modes -- love or bother. I have no idea which is which. Your face is the same for both."


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Microwave Showdown

Have you heard about the Hideous Microwave Contest! (& Giveaway)? Send Erin a picture of your crazy, hideous, ridiculous microwave and you could win $10 gift card to Starbucks. Awesome, right?

Video below is Erin and her beloved microwave.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Old Habits Die Hard

Remember how I ran away to Mexico and came back with clarity? Well, that didn't last long. But the memory of it keeps me moving forward.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Exhaustion makes me a bit dramatic. Best I ignore myself until I can get some sleep.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Worth the Risk

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket -- safe, dark, motionless, airless -- it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."    ~ C.S. Lewis


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Deadline Queen

It's amazing what can be accomplished when people work together under the pressure of an unmovable deadline.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Woman with Many 'Children'

"A new idea is like a child. It's easier to conceive than to deliver."
~Ted Koysis


Friday, September 17, 2010

Buying Bulk

My dad will be at Costco first thing in the morning to pick up some Jack Daniel's pulled chicken and pork, which he had the pleasure of taste-testing this afternoon. He informed my mom to make room in the freezer.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Signing Off

I haven't read mimi smartypants in a long time. But my favorite part of her posts is always her sign off. She'll write something clever, like:

-- mimi smartypants is open to suggestions.
-- mimi smartypants is having a moderately good time.
-- mimi smartypants looks terrible in orange.

Anyway, I might need to start writing in third person.
~ Christina is dangerously close to losing her mind.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Growing Old

The other day my friend watched an elderly couple walk through downtown Los Gatos. The wife stopped in front of Steamer's Restaurant to read the menu. She was about 10 feet from her husband when he said, "Come on, Aidelle. You're no where near me." I like that even in their 80s, this husband hadn't tired of being close to his wife.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Advice from Hugo

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
~Victor Hugo


Monday, September 13, 2010


John tells me tonight he wants to hire a private detective to find Thanksgiving. Once again, it's missing from the retail lineup.


Sunday, September 12, 2010


The trouble with running away is eventually reality requires your return.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Carmel Blessings

We were eating lunch at Sushi Heaven and our wedding song came on the radio. We’ve never once heard our song being played somewhere. But today we heard Louis Armstrong’s, “La vie en Rose,” and John asked the waitress to turn it up.

Later, we went to the Mission and met the kindest priest. His name is Fr. John and he radiates the kind of love that instantly makes me cry. John and I asked him for a blessing. He told us to kneel and held both our hands. He prayed over us and then pressed his hand against my face and kissed my forehead and then kissed John’s forehead.

Those were just two of this weekend’s many blessings.


Friday, September 10, 2010


Could it be we are as strong as a tree? As strong as a boat made from a tree. As strong as a boat made from a tree always destined for safe harbors.

Happy Anniversary to the Love of My Life!


Thursday, September 9, 2010


We ran away to celebrate 5 years of marriage and ended up at the enchanted Mundaka in Carmel. Owner Gabe Georis made us want to try everything on his menu. But we savored just a few: the ravioli, rusa, padrones and pizzetta, plus clara and kalimotxo to drink. Now we're hoping our next destination is Spain (right after our dream trip to Italy).


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Better than Magic

Twice this year already I have written that I don't believe in coincidences. I'm expanding on this little mantra. I don't believe in coincidences. But I do believe in miracles. When I look at life through these two beliefs, anything is possible.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Be Fearless

Sometimes facing your fears means staring at spreadsheets.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Out of County

I'm spending some time offline this weekend and next. Be back soon.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Little Lion Man

John and I are kind of in love with this song right now. But I warn you, it's not for children. Unless, of course, your kids are allowed to say swear words.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Without Obligation

My best friend has had this button on her blog for awhile now. But I thought it was related to homeschooling, so I never clicked on it. Ha! B.W.O. is for you and me. Actually, I think the concept of "without obligation" has its place in life beyond the blog, too.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lately ...

The day is a blur of frantic energy. And even though much was done and said and observed, by the time I get myself in front of the empty white screen of my computer, my mind is blank. I'm sure this phase of having nothing to say at the end of the day won't last forever. So I'll stick it out. In the meantime, my apologies for boring you.


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