Archives for the month of: March, 2010

hilarious. One of my photographer friends mentioned his favorite pictures are the ones that capture moments you aren’t even trying to take pictures of — so true!!  This photo sequence made me laugh so hard, I had to share:

our little patio. is one of my favorite things about our apartment.  The space was in need of some attention, so Saturday I repotted the plants that were getting too big for their original containers and Mike gave the railing a much-needed coat of paint. I got back from Napa on Sunday right before sundown, and the light was perfect for me to take some shots of our work.

I’m not sure how our plants survive in the constant shade, but they seem to like it:

Lanterns from Target – my favorite part of the patio decor – are so pretty at night:

We needed more containers and couldn’t stomach the prices at Home Depot, so Mike drilled holes in the bottom of a few of our extra pitchers and pots to make some pretty new planters:

Bargain of the month: Distressed iron patio chairs and glass-top table – $75.00 craigslist find:


Love it!

mike will surely tease me. for making up a ‘fake’ anniversary, but I think it is exciting to know that 6 months ago today, Mike and I said our vows to become husband and wife.

Marriage certainly isn’t for everyone, and I don’t think being married for a long time automatically makes someone a better person —- not the case at all, but I do have to say that it’s nice to have someone there – always – who you know will take you through the rough spots, but mostly to share in the planning of your life and all of the awesome moments that come along… even the smallest of life’s pleasures…

I found this quote some time ago, and wanted to post it today, in ‘celebration’ of our ‘1/2 year anniversary’. It’s a simple and truthful statement, and is a concept Mike and I have both seen emulated in our own families time and time again:

“You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.”

I know it won’t always be that easy, but what a wonderful concept to live by…


friday in pictures. inspiration for the next week ahead.

ironically enough. mike and I kicked off the start of Spring last weekend indoors, at a Vegas casino–where it is almost impossible to notice the passage of the hours, much less the season!

Spring is definitely here in San Francisco. Ok,  I’m pretending we actually have seasons in the city (honestly, this picture was taken in January) but after the past two extraordinarily rainy months I’m engaging in some positive thinking and predicting plenty of those perfect, not-too-chilly SF evenings in the upcoming months.

So in celebration of SPRING, and because I feel like we always make the most of the weekends but sometimes get caught up in our work week schedules and don’t leave enough time for mid-week relaxation, I’m planning some low-key outdoor evenings for us during the month of April — I’m determined to not let the weeks slip by as crazily and as quickly they did in March.

Plus, now that we are almost finished with The Wire we should be able to PUT DOWN THE NETFLIX and make it off the couch a little more…

The ideas for our weekly Outdoor-Schoolnight-Festivities so far:

  • Evening Giant’s game
  • Picnic at Chrissy Field (or the park by our house)
  • Alfresco drinks + dinner at a favorite restaurant
  • Hitting golf balls at the Presidio driving range

Just so we don’t cheat, I’ve come up with some ground rules – we have to do the activities on weeknights (Fridays don’t count), do at least one fun outdoor night a week, we can invite other people, must include some events that don’t cost more $$ than we would usually spend on a weeknight (i.e.- picnic in the park), and finally; each event has to get us out of the house and into the sun (even if it is setting) for at least a couple of hours.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions! So excited!! As always, I’ll document and post …

friday in pictures. inspiration for the next week ahead.

I read recently that you should do one thing every day that forces you out of your comfort zone. I was WAY out of my comfort zone at the indoor shooting range in San Rafael on Sunday – it was a book club trip and I think our best event yet. Judging from all of the laughs we got when people asked us about our group, I’d bet we were the first book club to visit that shooting range, but we actually had a variety of experience levels, including total newbies like me, people that brought their own guns and targets, all the way to an ex-marine. 

We shot a revolver, 9mm, 22 semi-automatic, and last a Colt 45 — I only shot the 45 once because it terrified me! The revolver was fun because you can’t help but feel like you are in a Western firing off rounds at the bad guys, and my other favorite was the 9mm – just enough kickback to scare you a little bit, but not too much to make you want to put it down. I was surprised how accurate the guns were, and I brought home my target sheet, which is now hanging on our fridge!

I don’t think I’ll make a hobby of it, but it was such a fun experience- definitely something worth crossing off of your life list.

it’s a great deal. and only until the end of this month!

friday in pictures. inspiration for the next week ahead.

I had so much fun during Beezie’s visit to Cali last week; and now that Beezie and Mike are both gone next week, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the week, which included camping, biking across the gg, shopping, tea tasting, hanging out at our park, and a comedy show- it was a busy week! :