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Bits & Pieces / Observations

Hello! To those in the U.S.A., Happy 4th of July. I hope you are enjoying your day with friends, family, delicious food and a pool or beach. Me, I’m keeping it indoors today then am going to a friends house to watch fireworks later.

Here are some things I’ve been up to and places I’ve visited this past week.


Went to the Vanilla Bake Shop and enjoyed their delicious coffee and scrumptious sea salt and chocolate chip cookie.

wander 1


wander 2

I wish I lived here.

fm haul

Farmers Market haul.


My boo was feeling under the weather this week. A trip to the vet’s office was needed. She’s pretty much back to normal now. Yay!!


Went to MOCA on Saturday and loved these pink strips.

moca 2

Saw the Kerry James Marshall exhibition. Feel in LOVE with so many of his paintings but couldn’t stop looking at this beautiful color combo. It made me want to go out and paint something beautiful and meaningful.



Have fun on your daily adventures!!

Hello San Juan Capistrano

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Adventures / Canon EOS M3

After our San Clemente visit, we made our way to San Juan Capistrano. Such a cute little town.

hummingbird cafe

Wanted to eat here but it was aleady closed. Boo! It’s right off the Amtrak train tracks.

up close

cacti tree

There is a nice adobe house with some pretty gorgeous cacti trees. It gives you a bit of the history of the city.




sea shells

There is a nice little neighborhood by the train tracks. It’s a mix of residential, cafes, shops a cute tea house and a coffee cafe that I really want to go back and try.


I love mini libraries.


It was a nice way to spend the afternoon. I’d like to go back and visit more of the area.


Sundays Forever

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iphone / Sundays Forever

It’s Sunday today. It’s also way too hot for my comfort level, so on this toasty Sunday, I tried to keep cool by hanging out in air conditioned spaces.

First stop, the Pasadena Museum of California Art

judy jetson

It’s the Kosmic Krylon Garage by Kenny Scharf . kid art

They have a really cool space where you can make your own piece of art related to their current exhibition. This one caught my eye. If you are ever visiting the Pasadena area, I suggest a visit to Pasadena Museum of California Art. They always have some interesting exhibitions going on and lots of family programs.

After the museum I headed to the movies and saw Paris Can Wait. It was good and made me want to visit France again. The scenery, the history, the FOOD!! Ah France, I love you!


As seen on my walk from the movie theater to my car. I can’t get enough of bougainvillea. So pretty and bright.


Finally, a creamsicle for desert. I think they are making them smaller now but still good.

Happy Sunday!

Hello San Clemente!

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Adventures / Canon EOS M3

Last week I started my vacation or should I say staycation. I was itching to go somewhere, so we took a nice day trip to the beach town of San Clemente. I guess you could say I kind of fell in love.


The surf report for the day looked pretty swell. Just kidding, I have no idea what any of this means other than surfers should use caution.


I did sit on the pier and watch the surfers for a good while. I love watching surfers. It’s mesmerizing to watch what they are going to do. They sit there waiting for that perfect wave and as it gets closer you can see them deciding if they should ride it or just duck into it and let the wave ride them. I was tempted to jump in and start body surfing myself. The water looked so inviting on such a hot day. Very cool.

no swim


Since none of brought our bathing suits we decided to do the next best thing… have some drinks. My prefered drink for the day was a bloody mary.

color combo

Time to explore the neighborhood. I liked this color combo very much.


Heard good things about Bear Coast Coffee and my iced vanilla latte hit the spot for that extra perk of energy. Plus it was really cute inside.

palm trees

Quintessential California shot.

house envy

So much house envy (even though it was a hotel). I want to stay here next time.

It was a good day!

Summer Bucket List

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Lists / Summer

Summer is just around the corner, although it’s been feeling more like November with all this June-gloom. Either way, I’m ready to start thinking about what I want my Summer to look like so I made a bucket list. Do you ever go overboard with “to-do” lists? I do, especially when they come from daydreams and wishful thinking, so I tried to keep this a bit more realistic.

Here we go!

summer list

  • Work on my resume.
  • Apply for 3-5 jobs.
  • Take lunch to work 3-5 days a week (I’ve been eating out way to much lately).
  • Make 2 recipes from the following new cookbooks: Cooking for Jeffrey, Damn Fine Cherry Pie: The Unauthorized Cookbook Inspired by the TV Show Twin Peaks, Eat Like a Gilmore the Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of the Gilmore Girls. I got these for my birthday and haven’t cooked any of the recipes yet.
  • Buy fresh flowers from the neighborhood Sunday Farmers Market.
  • Go for more photo walks.
  • Start a regular exercise routine. I’m thinking lots of walking the hills around my house, hikes and water kickboxing at the pool.
  • Blog 3 times a week.
  • Weekend neighborhood jaunts – explore my local surroundings. cook booksmove

So far, I’ve started my exercise routine – steep hills, sore legs. I’ve also taken to lunch this week to work and bought some flowers last Sunday. Hooray!

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different”.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent


Feeling Free

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Bits & Pieces

My 9-month project at work has officially come and gone and I feel free! I’m not going to lie it was one of most stressful 9 months of my life but I’m happy to say, I kinda kicked ass. Don’t get me wrong there is lots of learning and things I’d like to improve but for the most part,  it went well and goals were attained.

Now, back to life. I have a personal life again and I can’t wait to get back into the groove. I have a list of things I want to accomplish this spring and summer and will share more in another post.

For now, I am looking forward to working 5-day work week, visiting the local farmers markets and reading.  More to come!!