Mother’s Day

Hello Friends!

I was out of town this past weekend for a friend’s wedding (Hi Carlo!) and thus scheduled our Mother’s Day celebration with my brother for the weekend before it. He and I met for sushi dinner a few weeks back and hashed out all the plans. We started out day off at home by making a great potato cheesy dish, and relaxing with the dog for a little bit of a lazy morning.

Then we drove down to Los Gatos for tea and pastries. It was a wonderfully warm and sunny day so we walked around Los Gatos a little bit before heading back to the house. We snoozed on the couch before preparing a yummy asian inspired dinner of potstickers, pork sticky buns, veggie egg rolls. We left then for a 7pm showing of Beauty and the Beast, which was adorable. I think Emma Watson can do no wrong, and she was splendid in it. I didn’t end up taking many pictures this day, as I was trying to be present with my family. 🙂

Have you seen Beauty and the Beast? What did you think of it? What did you do for mother’s day?

Love,

-S

Life Lately

Hello Friends!

The end of the school year is closing just like any other- with a flurry of activity and events! I’m so looking forward to summer, some fun trips planned, lots of sleep and working out hopefully! I’d love to get back on track with regularly working out, grading has taken a bit of a priority lately as I only have a few days left with my seniors.

So here is a quick view into what has been going on in the last few weeks.

I had our apartment handyman put up some shoe shelves for me, and my Type-A heart is so happy. I can see them all so I know what I haven’t work recently, and it’s wicked easy to put them back as I can quickly spot an open space on the shelf.

I went with O to the farmers market a week or two back and these strawberries were out of this world good and so bright in color.

I chaperoned a field-trip to Chinatown in San Francisco and we got dim sum and fortune cookies. So tasty!

My family has finally figured out how to make the best chilaquiles ever! Yum.

I just got back from a whirlwind weekend in Seattle for an amazing wedding to two cuties, so that post will be coming soon. How is your week going?

Love,

-S

 

On My Radar

 

 

Hello Friends,

This week we finally got a glimpse of summer. It has been pretty hot during the middle of the day, but cold and grey in the mornings. It’s all about layers people!

Here are a few things that I’ve found recently.

One: Beauty Lessons from a Ballet Dancer:

As a former ballerina, I really enjoyed this clip. She moves so gracefully and clearly loves what she does.

Two: Robot Love

This little girl finds a broken water heater at the curb and thinks it’s a robot. She is so pretty adorable.

Three: My Darling

This song has been on repeat on my playlist at school. So so good. I saw her live this fall and she is an amazing artist.

Four: 

Have any fun weekend plans anyone? I’m headed off to a wedding for a old college friend, and I can’t wait to see him and catch up!

Let me know what you are doing this weekend in the comments below!

Love,

-S

Friday Favorites

Hello Friends!

We had beautiful weather here this past weekend on Friday and Saturday. Gorgeous blue skies, 75 degrees with a light crisp wind. But then Sunday happened, it turned windy and cold, Monday and Tuesday it rained a bunch, and then was cold and grey the rest of the week.

But, Happy First Day of Spring! Ok, I know I’m a few days late, but sometimes that’s just how it goes. Here are a few things that I have seen lately that I would love to have.

These shoes  (above photo from Shopbop) look like the Chanel ones, but for a much better price. I have a few pairs of Sam Edelman’s flats, and I wear them all the time. So comfy!

I can see this shirt looking fabulous with white pants for a summer casual diner out with friends.

I just ordered this dress in blue for a spring wedding I have in Seattle in May. It’s back ordered but I can’t wait until it arrives!

I think this shirt could transition so well from work to dinner out. I love the white ties on the shoulders!

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to wear to our graduation this year. Luckily, I won’t be on the stage this year as I’m not a senior mentor teacher anymore, so I don’t have to pick my dresses by calf length anymore. Yay! So I like the look of this one (in either the red or blue) or this one,  or this one in pink, or this one,  Which one should I go for guys? Any you love?

I’ve been looking at getting a milk frother for my tea/coffe/chai drinks at home. I’m looking at this model as it’s the one my parents have and love. Anyone have another brand or model that you would recommend?

Do you have any fun weekend plans? I’m hoping the weather goes back to being warm and blue skies!

Love,

-S

Spirit Week

Hello Friends,

So, Spirit Week! It’s a big deal here at my new school. We started planning things roughly two months before this week. We practiced songs, took polls on themes, created design sketches for our “decks”, created banners to explain our theme. The week or so before, we have a banner reveal day to showcase each grade’s deck theme.

The weekend before is a big creative event where they build the “decks”, which is a physical background. I’ll show them a little bit later on in the post.

Each day was a themed costumed day. We had an hour or so long assembly each day, where they each sang a class song, skits, cheerleaders performed dances, etc. ASB pulled together a pretty amazing week.

Day 1: Zoo/Tourist

I borrowed a friend’s lion onesie. It was comfy and cozy, and best of all had pockets!

But I think the real hero of the day was my department chair, who came as……..a dinosaur!!

Day 2: Pajama Day

I wore my christmas flannel but somehow forgot to take a pic. But my department chair and I were opposites in both our flannel and robe colors, but his zombie slippers were the best!

For some reason on Day 3: I only took pictures on Snapchat and forget to save them. Whoops!

Day 4: “Er Day” Anything that ends in er, which ran the gamut of reindeer, Easter, nerdy teacher (me!) a character from Stranger things etc.

 My favorite part is that a student dressed up as me!

On Friday it was rep your deck day. One of our mentors pulled together shirts and we all matched. It was pretty great. He is a picture of us in front of our amazing deck.

The freshman were Candyland.

Sophomores were Wizard of Oz, Juniors were Battlestar Galactica, and the Seniors were my absolute favorite as Lilo and Stitch.


The decks were pretty amazing. In fact the whole week was pretty amazing. I’m looking forward to next’s years spirit week as I will actually know what to expect this time.

How was your week?

Love,

-S

 

Life Lately

Hello Friends!

This week was kinda crazy at work, but in all the best ways. It was Spirit Week, and I really had no clue how big of an event this was at our school. I am pulling together a post on it, so you will see evidence of the crazy, exciting, loud and pretty amazing Spirit Week. But here are a few small pictures of how life has been outside of school.

I went up to SF last weekend and it was a grey moody day. It was fun to pull on a hat and sweater and embrace the wintery weather.

I had gotten some movie passes for Christmas, and so a friend and I met up for dinner at Straits and then walked to the movie theatre. It was funny, had great acting, and was a total must see movie.

Picked up some new pants! I mostly wear corduroy pants to work on throwing wheel days, and skirts and dresses on other days. But I had some tired old too big pants and needed a new weekend pair. My mom and O helped me pick these out.
She was playing dress up and wore the cutest giraffe onesie. I wish they made them in my size.


I went for a long walk after school one day, when it was sunny and blue skies and it reminded me that winter will end and summer will be here soon enough.

A and I got together last week for drinks in Los Altos. We took some silly photos and had a blast on a random Friday evening.

How was your week?

Love,

-S

Friday Favorites

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Hello Friends,

This is just a quick round up of things that are my wishlist as I’ve been browsing online. Happy Friday!

One.

The first one is just a cozy Jcrew sweater from their Spring line in just a cheerful color. I also like the green option they have.

Two.

These earrings are gorgeous in person. I’m not sure how comfortable they would be as they are rather large, but I’m debating these as I think they would look gorgeous with a simple black dress.

Three.

Classic everyday piece that would look great with a work appropriate WBD or a breezy striped shirt for summer.

Four.

This camel color I think works with everything, dressy black pants, comfy blue jeans on a casual Friday, or to dress up a pair of shorts.

Five.

I could see myself cozying up with this on a long flight. Looks soft and easy to pair with many shirts and sweaters. Is a great mix and match piece to throw into your suitcase for a chilly evening.

Six.

I love the scalloping edging on this. Would look great with a simple skirt or a nice summery dress. The red color is out but they still have a few choices left.

Seven.

I’ve been drawing to larger watches lately, and I like the shape of this.

Have any fun weekend plans? Like any of the above items? Let me know!

-S

My top 4 Podcasts

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1. Serial. 

This podcast is hosted by Sarah Koenig from This American Life, and investigates a different topic each season. The first season focused on a murder case from Baltimore of a young high schooler named Hae Min Lee. She investigates the case put together that accused the then ex-boyfriend Adnan Sayed, who is currently in jail on the charges. Season 2 is a totally different topic, and analyses the story and background of missing POW Bowe Bergdahl.

So I know that we are about to hear season Three from them, but I am honestly more interested in hearing how their updates from their Season 1 case is going. In case you missed my post on that, you can read my original post on Serial about it here.

2. Young House Love

This podcast is hosted by bloggers John and Sherry from the blog Young House Love.

Frankly, I love their blog the most, but their most recent adventures into podcasts have been hilarious. It really feels like I am sitting in their living room hearing these two down-to earth happily married couple talk about DIY, reno’s and their recently purchased dilapidated beach house. They are so cute, funny, and I want to be their best friend.

3. Up and Vanished

So its a great cold case podcast led by an amateur investigator Payne Lindsey.  It focuses on a high school teacher and former beauty queen named Tara Grinstead, who went missing in 2005 from her small home-town in Georgia. He is still airing current episodes as he further investigates this cold case.  I really liked this podcast, but I’ve struggled with how many ads are in it. He does not have the backing of a radio company, or a blog, instead he is an independent film-maker that is doing this on his own.

4. Accused

This podcast is hosted by a reporter from the Cincinatti Enquierer , as she investigate the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Andes in December of 1978 in her college apartment in Oxford Ohio.

So I liked the first few episodes of this podcast, and then she takes a left turn and investigates other killers, serial killers and it got a little creepy and weird for me. But overall I liked it well enough to continue listening, I just skipped over some parts as it was a little scary for me. She has announced that she will be doing a second season, on a different cold case. So when that airs I will listen to it.

 

Do you listen to any podcasts? Do you like them? Any I should listen to? What do you like to do when you listen to a podcast? I love them for when I’m running, doing errands cooking or doing the dishes!

Love,

-S