Beautiful Lanterns Everywhere

Sophie and I recently broadened our horizons to attend the San Diego Lantern Festival. This beautiful evening featured 6, 000 lanterns, lion dancers, cultural performances, and carnival rides. The festival took place in the San Diego community of City Heights, one of the culturally-richest  neighborhoods in the city. We loved the lanterns, and I like […]

Re-focusing and “Re-finding” My Center

Lately I’ve felt a bit off-kilter — as if I was being frayed in too many directions with too many “things” I HAD to do with respect to my writing. But then I had an epiphany as I was alone with my thoughts in my car. (Why is it that driving and the shower seem […]

Crockpot Creations: Lasagna

I know what you’re thinking. Crockpot and lasagna — really?! I’m here to tell you, oh yes. And it’s incredible! I was intrigued by a recipe I found for Easy Crockpot Lasagna and had to try it for the Crockpot Creations series. And let me tell you, it was delicious. Something about slow-cooking lasagna really […]

Where is YOUR Safe Spot?

I’ve been noticing an interesting phenomenon with my cats lately. They seem to enjoy hiding out in my bathroom cabinet. I’m not sure why they enjoy this dark spot, surrounded by boxes of Sinus Rinse packets and tampons. But they seem to love it, sometimes staying for hours on end. As I was laughing at […]

Pumpkin Progress

Early this summer I wrote a post called Pumpkins in June? in which I described how we were about to embark on our first attempt to plant pumpkins in the backyard. The post (which just so happened to be Freshly Pressed – thank you, WordPress) featured City Farmers Nursery, which sponsors this annual pumpkin-growing contest […]

You Know You’re a Parent When …

You’re more excited than your kid when new episodes of Dora and Diego air. You’re thrilled beyond belief to go two days without bodily fluids from children and animals on the carpet. You start thinking Annie’s organic pasta is a healthy meal alternative. You hear Eric Bana’s dreamy Aussie accent from the other room of […]