2020 & January Intentions

January 1st Tried parts of a smoked apple fritter from J.D. Flannel. Hiked 10.4 miles to Sitton Peak faster and more fearless than before. Hell’s Kitchen wasn’t open. January 2nd Laid in bed exhausted. Did some yoga. Co-workers’ boyfriends cooked food. I drank a whole bottle of wine. Hope I didn’t do anything stupid. January 3rd Hungover. Mom coined my back, I took Advil and … Continue reading 2020 & January Intentions

2019: Best in Travel

In 2019, I finished my 5th year teaching and started my 6th year. I spent 49 days out of town, which is actually less than last year! I traveled to 6 countries (Mexico, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, & Switzerland) I explored 4 states (Washington, Nevada, Utah, Arizona). In February, I experienced San Diego at its finest. Of course, I’ve been to San Diego before, but … Continue reading 2019: Best in Travel

Phoenix (and Scottsdale) City Guide

Before you read ahead, here are the highlights: nami tsyonami, Harumi Sushi, Valley Bar, and Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail. If you do nothing else, go to/eat/do those. Where I Stayed I stayed in a casita, a transformed garage, in a home and street that was very much Beverly Hills. It’s a 1920s Tudor style home owned by Fawn, a photographer, whom I spoke to … Continue reading Phoenix (and Scottsdale) City Guide

Sunday Bests: Cheers to Cheer! (Holiday Parties)

Girls’ Night Pajama night complete with martinis, gingerbread house, and baking cookies, which didn’t come out well after a few martinis. Day of Holiday Shopping Catherine and I spent all Saturday running errands, starting with the farmer’s market, “chagacinno” coffee for me and churro latte for her, the best revolving sushi bar, and hours at World Market perusing their holiday deals. I’m partaking in an … Continue reading Sunday Bests: Cheers to Cheer! (Holiday Parties)

Sunday Bests: All the Holiday Coffee, Cookies, & Cheer!

This week was fueled by coffee, sometimes a Christmas blonde roast from Starbucks and some fancy holiday beverages. Let’s be honest – I don’t like cooking and when I do cook, I have far too many leftovers. I have basic foods during the day (oatmeal, eggs, protein shakes), but when it’s nighttime or the weekend, I yearn for more and try to keep it healthy. … Continue reading Sunday Bests: All the Holiday Coffee, Cookies, & Cheer!

Sunday Bests: Giving Time for Friends & Food

I haven’t shared my intentions in awhile, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I intended to give time to the people in my life and it was pretty easy. Pre-Thanksgiving with Friends “Modified day” lunch, walk with a co-worker and her baby, and air massage using Normatec sleeves. The hip sleeves were my favorite! My friend Elle was also in town so we grabbed ice … Continue reading Sunday Bests: Giving Time for Friends & Food