Thursday, June 30, 2011

No Time for Lazy Days

Is it just me or have the days gotten shorter? As in there is not nearly enough hours, minutes, seconds to get everything done no matter how late in the day the sun stays out to play.

PS: For those of you following us over at Tired & Stuck, a new post is up. (I went to the doctor last week, and the appointment added quite a bit to my to-do list.)


Tuesday, June 28, 2011


It's never good when I start treating the whole house like my (unorganized) closet.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Perfect Plans

Sometimes people or circumstances are difficult or hard to understand, but every single one is part of a perfect plan.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spiritual Food

Moses said to the people:
"Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.
"Do not forget the LORD, your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
that place of slavery;
who guided you through the vast and terrible desert
with its saraph serpents and scorpions,
its parched and waterless ground;
who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock

and fed you in the desert with manna,
a food unknown to your fathers."
~Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a

I can go to Mass Sunday after Sunday and not really hear anything that is being said. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the words somehow make more sense, seem more relevant. Today was one of those days.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Not Quite To-Done

We actually wrote out a to-do list this morning --- that's how productive today was going to be. We were going to go through each item and turn our to-do list into a to-done list. It's currently approaching midnight and we are still on task number one.
Note to self: Everything takes more time than planned.


Friday, June 24, 2011


Today I am exceedingly grateful for nail polish, the University Cafe and my husband. (John says he's glad he's in the top three.)


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Beauty Tip

I learned today that if you want your lip gloss to look awesome, you should apply way more than you think is  necessary. Apply, reapply and then apply again. Just make sure you have already brushed your teeth, hydrated and kissed your husband because once your lips are glossed they are just for looking pretty.

PS: New blog post is up over at Tired & Stuck. It has nothing to do with lip gloss.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Best Friends

June 22 is one of my favorite days of the year. It's Kaecey's birthday. We've been friends since we were 7, so I'm not exaggerating when I say I can't imagine who I would be without her friendship. Plus, she never let's me forget I'm older than her (by 18 days), so it's always nice when we are the same age again.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Deja Vu

I don't typically think of June as a crazy busy month. That title usually belongs to December. But this month has been one wacky week after another, which is exactly how June was last year, too.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Geeking Out

I'm always a dork, but sometimes I'm a geek, too.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thanks, Dad!

Not all children love their fathers, but I love mine bigger than the sky. Happy Father's Day, Daddy! You are loved.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

GG Saturday

1. I trapped two big, ugly spiders in my house today.
2. I think I threw my back out yesterday by coughing too hard.
3. Watching Gilmore Girls episodes I've never seen before almost makes up for my back hurting.


Friday, June 17, 2011


"Focus. There's no reason to have a Plan B. It distracts from Plan A." ~Will Smith

I need this reminder every day. Maybe you do too. Happy Friday!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lost In Translation

The movie was already mid-plot when we walked into my parents' house. Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth were singing and dancing in the 2003 remake of the 1962 film.
I can't say we were paying really close attention, but we must have been loosely watching for at least 20 minutes, maybe 30, before John asked, "This movie is called, 'Made in Japan'?"
"No," I replied.  "'The Music Man.'"


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Things I Hate

I hate miles and miles between me and the ones I love. I wish we all lived within walking distance. But, alas, pieces of my heart are all over the US of A. I would think I would be used to this kind of distance by now. But I'm not. And I feel torn between a.) totally hating it, crying about it and wishing it weren't so and b.) being happy about the new adventure that awaits the ones I love.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Worth It

Six days felt like one, but all that driving was so worth it. Our three graduates really are the sweetest teenagers on earth, and it was a huge thrill to watch them take this big step into adulthood. For years and years, I have felt the love and support of my family cheering me on. It is awesome to be on the flip side, to be the one doing the cheering.

In other news, Grandpa Aldo celebrated his 92nd birthday today! He thinks 92 sounds old. You can tell a part of him is still 18 with the whole world ahead of him. He might not like his age, but we love having him with us.

Yeah for birthdays! Yeah for graduations! Yeah for milestones and next steps big and small!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Out of Office

All right. I'm hitting the road, and taking a break. Be back next week.



Monday, June 6, 2011

Manic Monday

This is going to be one of those crazy, dazy weeks. The kind of week that if I thought about too hard, I would skip instead of conquer.
It will involve a trip to Olivehurst, California (6 hours driving round trip). Followed by a trip to Spokane, Washington (roughly 36 hours round trip).
All this driving to and fro will be crammed into 6 days.
Nothing on earth would make me want to do this other than seeing three precious girls (two nieces + one goddaughter) take the leap from being high school seniors to high school graduates.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Sadness

Week after week, Sunday comes and goes all too quickly.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hello, 34

You kind of snuck up on me, and I was going to just ignore you until you went away.
I made no plans for you or this day.
Luckily, my Loves make ignoring birthdays impossible.
A week and a day ago, an unexpected present arrived with a note from a dear friend, "May you be brave in all the years of your beautiful life."
Then there was a parade of surprises yesterday, including visits, hand-delivered treats, the most delightful rosemary-mint lotion, a gorgeous lip gloss, wine, homemade pizza, slices of my favorite cake on earth, and the completion of my collection of the Gilmore Girls series.
I'm starting to think Birthday Eves should always be celebrated.
This morning, an unusual June rainstorm woke me up. I ate leftover pizza and cake for breakfast and watched four or five episodes of Gilmore Girls before getting out of my pajamas. It was perfect.
And it was followed by a party for my cousin's daughter, a visit with a friend, and a delicious dinner with John at the Pastaria in Los Gatos.
Did I mention all the phone calls, text messages and facebook birthday wishes? How about the homemade cake, homemade bread and 18-year-old balsamic vinegar?
34, you have my full attention. Forgive me for wanting to pretend you didn't exist. You are obviously going to be an amazing year. Thank you for being here.

All my love,


Friday, June 3, 2011

You Are Essential

"Make yourself necessary to somebody." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thursday, June 2, 2011


"I put my pants on one leg at a time," my dad announced as he pantomimed putting pants on one leg at a time. "But some day, I'm going to put my pants on two legs at a time." Then he jumped into a pair of pretend paints to illustrate how he would do this. "It's a goal of mine."


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Year

Tonight we ate raviolis and donuts and remembered grandma. It's been a year since she went to that Big Bingo Hall in the Sky. I'm certain the food is delicious in heaven, but I saved her a bite of the apple fritter anyway. It was one of her favorites.


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