A New Season

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Well, Spring is officially here. 

The days are getting longer.

The sun is out and the flowers are blooming. 

The virus numbers are going down (woo-hoo). 

I am vaccinated. 

I am excited to see friends and drink coffee at cafes soon. 


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Bits & Pieces / Personal Stories

Today is my birthday. It was a very mellow, low-key birthday. I got some nice text and phone calls from friends and family. While quiet, I’m glad that I’m here to celebrate another year, especially after the year that just happened.

I took delight in thoughtful gifts, flowers and a beautiful sunny day. Hope is on the horizon.

The Day After

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Today is December 26th and in many cultures it’s the day after Christmas. I’ve always kind of hated this day. You see, there is all this build-up going into Christmas, starting right after Halloween. All the decorations start going up, sales being advertised up, down and all-around you. I get excited about the day. I love looking at all the decorations in my neighborhood and I truly love buying presents for my loved ones. I enjoy watching my favorite Christmas movies. It’s all very nice.

Then the day comes and while I don’t get as excited about Christmas morning as I did when I was a child, I still enjoy the sharing of food, the smiles and sometimes the tears of the day. The day comes to an end and POW! The day is over and life is back to its regular self the next day. Decorations start to come down and all the junk that didn’t sell for presents are marked down.

This year Christmas was a little different. It was hard to not think about those who are really struggling both physically and mentally. But I also felt some hope. What will the next year bring? I know that things won’t exactly be back to “normal” but I have some hope that things may be a little brighter come Christmas 2021.

I usually don’t take down my decorations until the new year, enjoying every last minute sparkle that I can soak in. Maybe this time, I’ll keep them up just a little bit longer. What harm is there is enjoying whatever brings you some joy right now?

Things I Miss

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For the most part, I’ve adjusted okay to pandemic life. Today I was thinking that there are a few things that I really miss. Things like this …


Buying fresh flowers and fruits at the Farmer’s Market. A Sunday regular for me.

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Library and book store visits. Sure I’ve been reading books on my iPad and I’ve ordered a few books from my favorite bookstore but I miss browsing the aisles, the air condition and stillness of the library and checking out new books.

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I miss going to restaurants with my sister and Dad on the weekend. I miss my weekly Friday dinners with my girlfriends and trying new restaurants. I miss the click clack of glasses, people watching and seeing what other people are eating.

I also miss seeing my extended family in person. Sure we’ve done a few Zoom hangouts and it’s great to see everyone but I miss the hugs and the loudness of family gatherings.

Hopefully, all these things will be back in abundance when the time is right.

So Long Ago

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These photos were taken on March 7, 2020. It was a mini pre-birthday outing with my sister. Dumplings at Din Tai Fung and mid-afternoon drinks and snacks at my favorite bookstore that had just opened up a wine bar. Books and drinks, I couldn’t wait to spend more time there. These are the last evidence of an “outing” before the world changed about a week later. A world-wide pandemic hit and everything changed.

I’ve been working from home (thankful I have a job) since mid-March, everything just shut down, a sense of anxiety and scariness filled my nights. What was going to happen? How was this virus going to be contained? How many people had lost their lives? Hast the worst of the pandemic hit and if not, when was that going to happen? Going to the grocery store became a whole ordeal. Long were the days of forgetting something and running in and out to pick up something you forgot off your list. Parks closed as well as schools and churches. It almost felt like the end of the world.

Weeks went by and things were flattening (in California) and then civil unrest broke throughout the country because of another senseless death of a man by the hands of the police. Protests went down across every city in the U.S. Curfews were set but rightfully ignored by the protestors. People were (and still) are angry. Voices who rarely get heard or are straight out ignored were rising (again) to point out the systemic racism that has been going on for hundreds of years in this country. More weeks later, minor changes are happening. The doors to businesses are starting open. Leaders are vowing to change what has been in place for years. How far? Who knows? I go back to work on Tuesday. Only 3 days a week with a lot of restrictions.

I don’t know what I wanted to get out of this blog post but what I can do is hope. Hope that there isn’t another shut down. Hope that those who deserve justice and answers get it. Those who are saying things are going to actually change, do in fact change. I’m not naive. I know that hope can only go so far but I still have it. It’s what keeps me going and lets me enjoy the zoom calls with friends, the text messages with funny memes and the cute animal videos that make me smile. It’s what I have in this moment in history.


Sundays Forever

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Bits & Pieces / Home / Sundays Forever

I’ve been house sitting this week. It’s a cute little house and I just love the little vignettes my friends have created in their space.


There is a cute vintage feel to the place.

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There’s also a cat included in the house. Cats are interesting creatures. I’ve never had one but have cat-sitted a few times. I can never really figure them out. I can’t tell if they are playing with me or trying to scratch my eyeballs out. Either way I do love cat paws.

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I’ve also been savoring all things Fall. My sister and I have a Halloween get together to plan out, so I’ll be doing that today as well as watching a spooky movie here and there.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Hope your Sunday is spent lounging and enjoying your favorite things.





Sundays Forever

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Bits & Pieces / Fall / Seasons / Sundays Forever

It’s the last official Sunday of the Summer.

I woke up at 5:00 am today. I looked out my door and saw this sky.

It’s a fuzzy photo but that’s okay.

I walked my dog and the air felt brisk and fresh. I could feel a change.

Soon it will be dark by 5:00 pm, pumpkins will be sitting on porches and door steps, the leaves will fall to the ground and Halloween costume ideas will need to be decided. It’s my favorite time of the year.

Hello Fall, I’ve missed you and can’t wait to see what you have in store this year.

Hello Summerland

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On our annual camping/family reunion trip up the coast, we took a little time to visit Summerland, California. Our destination was Red Kettle Coffee Shop and while we were there, we found a nice little secret beach.

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Such a cute coffee shop and some good coffee.

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I feel so absolutely lucky to live in California. I wish I lived closer to the coast but that’s okay, it’s a freeway ride away. I especially love the Central California Coast. I could sit at this spot all day long and daydream.

Read Those Books

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It’s been some time since I’ve shared what I have been reading, so here it is.

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Udon Noodle Soup by Yan Hu – I loved it. I guess you could say it was the first graphic novel I’ve read. I loved the illustrations and the short stories. Some of them even made me teary-eyed. I came upon it at “A Shop Called Quest” in the Arts District of Downtown, Los Angeles. I’m glad I picked it up.

The Collect Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang – I heard her on the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend” on my flight back from San Francisco. I bought it the next day and was sad to find out that she did a reading while I was in SF and I missed it! Oh well. The book is about being a human. It gives such an honest insight on living with Schizophrenia, the stigma that comes with that label, how you look at people with the disease and so much more. PICK IT UP if you see it.

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli – I had mixed feelings about this. I enjoyed the writing but the story was a little to rom-com for me.

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles – I picked this up at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. BTW – I could have spent the whole day in there. I forgot how awesome that store is and it’s one of the reasons I wished I lived in SF. This book was great. A before-the-times story of two women who were frankly, quiet awesome, strange and left me wanting more. However, I believe this was Bowles only book.

Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane Di Prima – Also purchased at City Lights (when in Rome). It was okay. I had to push my way through the first few chapters, BUT DiPrima puts you in her shoes and you feel like you’re actually in those scenes with her, which I enjoyed.

Today will be Different by Maria Semple – I loved Where’d you go Bernadette, so I had to read this. Umm, I liked it. It was a little similar to Bernadette but I did enjoy it.

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan – I read it in two days. Only because I started it on a weekday evening and had to go to work. It starts out so carefree, so very French. Then it just turns at the end. I understand it could be seen as some spoiled teenager doing whatever she can to get what she wants, but she’s a teenager. I read a lot of bad reviews of the book but I don’t think you can compare her writing to an adult because she was a teenager when she wrote it. I still enjoyed it. A book to get me ready for the summer season.

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I just received Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay in the mail today. I’m probably late to the party but I can’t wait to start it tonight. I love her essays.

Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa – Can’t wait to get to this one too. I’ve been enjoying a lot of Japanese writers lately. I saw this at my go-to bookstore, Vromans and it sounds really interesting, almost other worldly.

To Read I

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

Mirrow, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

These have been on my shelves the past few weeks and I hope to get through them in the next month or so. Lots to read so I better go now!