planning for paris.

Every year, we head to Europe for Jules’ annual business conference – we are fortunate enough to be able to piggyback a vacation on top of it. This year, I’ve planned to stay in Paris for a few days before we head to his parents’ place in the countryside, and I’m super excited to spend a […]

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for your listening pleasure.

Last summer, my 2001 Toyota RAV4 took a hit when I was driving home on a stretch of the 101 that often slows down or comes to a complete standstill with traffic.  I stopped, the truck behind me did not, and he barreled into the back of my car. Luckily, I wasn’t badly hurt, but my car […]

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winding down 2016.

  December flew by in the wink of an eye, and it’s the last day of what’s been an emotionally and mentally exhausting year for many people, myself included.  I still have a stack of books waiting to be read, corners to be dusted, groceries to be bought, and three deadlines to face on Monday […]

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it’s friday!

Welcome to the weekend, my darlings.  As I mentioned briefly in my last post, this week has been crazy – I was finishing up two writing assignments and have been assisting with a business project for the holidays, all of which is a blessing but leaves me so little time to cook or work out! […]

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the birth of a cookbook.

This week has been a particularly busy week for me in terms of work and events, in the best way possible.  Last night, I went to the book release party at Omnivore Books for Sous Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals, written by my friends Lisa Q. Fetterman, Monica Lo, and Meesha […]

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taking chances.

Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, US diplomat & reformer (1884-1962) I’m the furthest thing from an adrenaline junkie you will ever meet.  I don’t like jumping off of cliffs into the ocean.  I don’t like going really fast.  I am the girl that will watch  everyone’s and babysit the […]

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have a spooktacular weekend.

Got any big plans for the weekend?  This is the first time I’m dressing up for Halloween in years – technically, we’re dressing up for a Dia de Los Muertos festival in downtown Petaluma on Saturday. My crafty neighbor and I made headpieces for ourselves and top hats for our husbands, and I’m actually really […]

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weekend vibes.

Feels like October is just racing by – it’s just 10 days till Halloween (which, in my world, is the gateway holiday to Christmas, but that’s a different story).  I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do for Halloween or even if I’m going to dress up, but I’m definitely feeling all the […]

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