Turning 28

Birthday Love

Hello Friends, My birthday fell on a Wednesday, which was pretty exciting to liven up a midweek day. My co-workers were very sweet, and got me flowers, balloons and even a chai tea latte (they know my love of chai … Continue reading

Class of 2011

Hello Friends!

The first weekend in Oct. my university had their reunion weekend. It’s a big event at Santa Clara that runs from Thursday through Sunday. I had reached out to a few alumni friends that I still keep in touch with, and we decided that although the events at Santa Clara sounded fun, we wanted something a bit more intimate. We sent a group text to all of friends from my year and picked a time and place.

Sunday evening we all met up at Santana Row for a group dinner at Maggiano’s. We ended up eating some delicious pasta, catching up on the last five years, and reminiscing on various shenanigans that we did during our time at SCU. I ate too many carbs, laughed a lot and smiled until my face hurt. I had forgotten, as we all do with time, how much fun I really had in college with these great people.

We asked a waiter to take a photo, and although the first one we had scary red eyes and cut off some peoples body parts (Sorry Katie!) the second waiter was a much better photographer. We hugged it all out, and parted ways, hopefully to see each other again far sooner than our 10 year reunion.

(Oh shoot, now you know how old I really am..) ;]



The Ferry Building

the ferry buildingthe ferry building

The following day after Tiburon I took the Caltrain up to the City and walked along the Pier. Mikey and I ended up meeting up with Annie, her husband and his mother. The weather here in the Bay Area has been pretty hard to guess, with days swinging wildly from 100 to 70. That day up in the City it was closer to 100, but I had hoped that being out near the water would be cooler, but it was stifling still and hot.
the ferry building the ferry building


We enjoyed a glorious sunset on our way back. It was so nice to have a lazy day with friends, walking around enjoying the lovely San Francisco.

When was the last day you took for yourself?



A Saturday in Tiburon

Our good family friends the Goldstein’s (Hi Jon and Mim!) invited our whole family up to Tiburon for their son’s bar mitzvah. We started out with some tasty hot drinks and snacks before heading over to the temple.

Josh did an amazing job reading, and the party later on was a ton of fun. We had a few hours free in the middle between the earlier ceremony at the temple and the dinner party. I reached out to my friend Emmie to see if she was free to explore Tiburon with me and my family during the middle free hours on that Saturday.

We ended up grabbing a fantastic lunch (get the stone fruit & burrata, or the fish tacos!)  at Tiburon Tavern and walked through downtown Tiburon, where we had unbelievably great weather.

It was sunny but breezy with gorgeous blue skies. From there we snacked on ice cream from Honeymoon in Mill Valley. We ended up walking around Mill Valley before heading over to the evening party, which was a blast.

Have you ever been to a bar mitzvah? I had never see people being raised on the chairs before, it was so cool!






Being a Host and Dinner Plans

Hello Friends!

A few weeks ago my down-the-street neighbor Michelle from Tahoe came to visit me and my new little place. It was my first time hosting someone for the weekend, and she was the perfect person to host. It was kinda a busy weekend, but full of all great things for the two of us girls to enjoy. On Friday my friend Maryah came to visit me at my new school. She was my first visitor to ND and I felt so proud showing her the campus and my office and classrooms. I feel so lucky to work at a school that is so amazing, and values the arts. She brought me Starbucks, and it was the perfect start to a great weekend.

Maryah and I

Later that day, I had her and my friend Robert over for board games at the new place. We had tons of cheese and crackers and played Ticket to Ride, which is this ridiculously fun board game that I kinda want to play every weekend. #nerdlife

Game Night

On Saturday Michelle was my sous chef and we made a delicious dinner for my girls small group bible study from a few years ago. Most of us are a little more spread out (think Santa Cruz, Morgan Hill & Sunnyvale) so it’s just not easy for the 6 or so of us to meet up weekly like we used. I might have gone overboard on the appetizers, but they were all so good!
Girls Dinner Girls Dinner

Amy, Maryah & Brandy came up to my parents house for dinner. Reece’s was a great helper in the kitchen as well.

My cooking assistant

On Sunday Michelle and I had a low key day hanging out at my house, she helped me meal prep for the week. She was such a fun person to have around for the weekend, I hope she visits me again soon! (P.S Michelle, if you are reading this I hope year #2 at college is going well, and I can’t wait for more game nights in Tahoe at Christmas!)



Bucket Bags

Bucket Bags
I know it’s a few weeks after, but I was looking at some photos from NYFW and I saw so many bucket bags. It’s clear they are a style that has been around for a while, so it might be time to invest in one.
I tend to go for a unique style purse in a color I know I will use. I tend to wear a lot of white, navy and black, and prefer my purses in camel, navy or black. Some of the above ones are just too cute for me to pass over, but would be a seasonal purse, (like the mint and rose would be great for spring/summer)
Fall Playlist

Fall Playlist

The first official day of fall is Sept 22nd, which happened to be yesterday. It’s already been cooler here in the mornings, and crisp evenings are happening more and more. I’ve been reaching for cardigans almost every day this last … Continue reading

On My Radar

Hey guys,

Here are a few things that have caught my eye lately. Enjoy!

10 Delicious Green Smoothies

So, now that I’m back into the full swing of school and fall, it’s been a little crazy around here trying to keep on top of grading, lessonplans, sleeping, and ya know, feeding myself. I’ve been eying this list of smoothies as potential breakfasts (or really anytime) for a girl on the go! Any sound good to you? I’ve heard so many people talk about green drinks that it might be time for me to finally try one.

Behind the Scenes with Bob Ross

My AP art students last year were obsessed with Bob Ross. It only took one video from me, and then they would just make a playlist of him and watch during class while they were working on a project. His hair, his soothing voice, his ability to make “happy little trees”, he was a big hit. This article goes in depth on what working with him was like, and it sounds kinda amazing.

Teddy Bear the Porcupine

Uh… not much to say on this one, cute porcupine meets and eats a pumpkin for the first time. I want one now.

The College Prepster Vlogs

I’ve followed this blogger for a while now, and she has just recently started creating weekly videos of her life in with her hilarious boyfriend and two fluffy pups named Hamilton and Theodore. (#socute) I might have watched like an hour straight of her videos last night.

Anyway, it feels like September is going by so fast! I typically love fall, crisp cool mornings, bright sunny days, hot drinks, and of course PSL’s!

Mara Wilson

I remember I idolized Mathilda as a kid, I loved the whole storyline. I must have watched that movie so many times. This article discusses what she is up to these days, how its been like growing up from being a child actor, and a cute documentary she made during Mathilda. Did you like that movie as well?

Hows your September been? Anything good going on?



Jcrew fall arrivals


I was looking at things on J.Crew recently and I WANT ALL THE THINGS. They have been hitting it out of the park with their Fall Arrivals, and I might have ordered one or two things in between grading work. Oops!




J.crew Cape

J.crew Excursion Vest

Jcrew Excursion Vest


Anything above that you liked and would add to your closet? I seem to go through cycles at J.Crew where I love everything one year and the next find the patterns too bright/busy.