Sorry for the delayed post.  I am currently visiting my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and brand-new nephew in Newport Beach, CA. It is 11:25PM local time and originally I was due in to Boston on the red-eye, but with the “Frankenstorm” about to hit the East Coast my flight has been delayed until Tuesday.  Granted an extended vacation, I am happily enjoying my extra long visit with the littles.  Today, we went to the Long Beach Aquarium and Pier and then we headed to Los Angeles for some sightseeing   This visit has also included a halloween parade, a visit to a local organic farm, a trip to Disneyland, and some delightful shopping excursions. Once I settle back home, a solid and detailed update will definitely be forthcoming.  Now, however, it is most important for me to soak up my time with the family.  Thoughts and prayers are going to all my friends and family on the East Coast as they brace for the big storm. And most importantly to David, my love, who is home alone watching the pups, the house, and taking care of himself. I miss you David and eagerly await being home with you again!



David had three boxes of “man stuff” when we first moved in together. These cardboard boxes consisted of the most random items: Indian flutes, boomerangs, trumpet horns, cologne, old photos of previous girlfriends, some half filled in journals, pens, markers, sheet music, a lock picking kit, drill bits, tins full of loose coins, rubber bands, tennis balls, etc. Old hobbies were thrown together with office supplies and topped off with random odds and ends whose missing parts left them useless in their original purpose. These boxes laid in wait in our first apartment’s hall closet for one year.  When we moved to our next place, we downgraded on some closet space and David and I  went through each of the three boxes and made arguments for and against the oddities. Forty minutes later, the boxes were now two. In our most recent move to our house, we dusted off the negotiation skills and worked through the two remaining boxes of stuff narrowing it down to one. There were some hard fought battles, but David was convinced that a few of the items were non-negotiable.  These included his set of boomerangs.

It  was epic!  After five years of waiting in the box, we finally took those boomerangs out. We walked to the park across the street and  threw these silly things into the air together. For a moment the wind caught one and we lost it and the sense of dread was real. We had just discovered the joy of these frisbee-esque toys and we could not seriously have lost one after this 5 year build-up!  Luckily it was not too far and we went back to playing like two kids. It was a complete blast and we both agreed that they were non-negotiable and that there were probably some other treasures in David’s box that we need to spend some more time appreciating now…and definitely when the kiddos come along.

zesty quinoa with broccoli and cashews

We do not eat enough quinoa. Tonight we decided to correct this.  Often we are guilty of planning a meal around a particular animal protein putting the veggies and grains on the side.  While we always choose lean proteins (when we are not trying to impress dinner guests), we decided to spend this week putting quinoa and veggies on center stage.  Whenever I am unsure of how to prepare an ingredient my go to online resource is the Whole Foods site.  I stumbled across this recipe: Zesty Quinoa with Broccoli and Cashews. They are not kidding when they say this meal is “zesty!”  It was quite delicious and we are going to put it into our regular “rotation” for quick and nutritious week night meals.

life lately, according to my iphone

It has been quiet here lately.  Much time as been spent on watching the leaves change in New England though House projects beckon.  Being “first time home owners” has its perks. Yet, while the leaves are beautiful to look at now…one of these days we are going to have an epic raking project on our hands. Perhaps, next weekend… Right now, we have decided to just enjoy the beautiful and fresh Fall Weekend.

semi-homemade berry tart

Whole Foods sells a tart mix that is out of this world.  The maker of this mix is: Amour Creations. Just add butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and a bag of frozen berries to the mixture and bake at 350 for 55 minutes. It is a truly scrumptious treat. The smell of baked goods is so irresistible yet this tart does not have my name on it.  Rather, it is going to a co-worker who covered my chaperoning shift this past Saturday. I know he totally deserves this after chaperoning a high school dance on a Saturday night!! Hopefully this will be enough of a pay back for such a heroic deed.