Sunday, September 30, 2012


inbox and mailbox are overrun with these tempting offers. really, though...if i could, i would, so please let me be?

Saturday, September 29, 2012


(early) happy birthday bear from boyfriend

Friday, September 28, 2012


fortune cookie from dinner with a friend...better than some of the absurdity fortune cookies are spewing these days

Thursday, September 27, 2012


love a good pair of t-strap heels. and yes, nylons....they're classy and cuts down on blisters, which makes it a win-win in my book

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


safety pins for belt loops. i really want to say something like "cause that's how i roll" but i'm pretty sure i'm not cool enough to pull off that line. so. safety pins. yeah.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


earring hanger...maybe this will up the chances that i change earrings more than twice a year?

Monday, September 24, 2012


cheap & easy way to distinguish which key is which...nail polish!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


arts & crafts...painting frames for a distressed white look {cheaper than buying all new frames for sure!}

Saturday, September 22, 2012


shotski at the usc-cal tailgate {i was in nd gear, thank you very much}

Friday, September 21, 2012


the shuttle endeavour, being flown around california before landing at lax

Thursday, September 20, 2012


cross-stitch for a pillow...eventually

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


discussion between dr. john eastman and dr. erwin chemerinksy on the affordable care act

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


i'm not sure my purse is full enough. lunch, laptop, book, sandals {because who wants to wear heels at the end of the day?} and then the ordinary purse stuff like wallet, glasses case...etc. i'm beginning to understand the rolling-bags...

words: choosing joy & plucking the day

i read a piece about carpe diem recently.  the author, a remarkably honest, insightful woman, pointed out that constantly trying to seize the day was stressful.  so stressful that it took the joy out of the day.  she talked it out on paper, explaining the difference between real time - chronos - and what she called "god time" - kairos - but what i'll just call true time.  she decided that she wasn't going to try to carpe diem, but rather she would carpe a few kairos moments a day.  and really, i have to agree.  which is to say, i believe we don't have to soak up every day, all day.

as i talked this over with boyfriend, he told me that his high school latin teacher believe that the translation of carpe as "to seize" was too violent, that the phrase was better translated as "to pluck". while it doesn't have quite the same oomph as a life motto, i think it has a more realistic message when understood that way.  every single moment doesn't have to be enjoyed like we've missed the boat if we aren't reveling in each second of each hour.  it's okay to just live.  because when we're just living, we'll find that moments of marvel happen organically.  we'll pluck them out of the day. and maybe, just maybe, those singular moments of marveling are all that we need to do, all that it takes to cherish this life. maybe basking in those moments of sunshine is the real meaning of carpe diem.

a few years ago, i decided to choose joy. to recognize the beauty in an ordinary moment.  i think these two ideas, choosing joy and plucking the kairos moments, are essentially the same thing.  it's about finding a balance - seeing the beautiful in the brutal truths of life.  so i will keep choosing joy. and i will bask in the kairos moments. and i will love, because love is what makes it all possible.

Monday, September 17, 2012


finally settled on a place for my london calendar! loving it. love that it's hanging from something substantial, instead of pushpins. love that i have a shelf to display more photos on. love that the calendar is displayed, instead of hidden away in a drawer. also loved the mini-adventure of figuring out where to hang it, which involved dad spending lots of time scanning my walls with the stud-finder and mom spending lots of time watching TLC wedding dress shows. teamwork, people. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012


sat through the olympic gymnastics exposition with m&d and gma. there were so many ways to describe it...a gym session dropped into a vegas club? an acid trip with gymnastic moments? {not that i have any idea what that would be like, just drawing from my experiences watching across the universe.} maybe an 80s music video with some flips? don't get me wrong, i'm in awe of what gymnasts can do. but having spent countless hours watching my brother and his friends perform incredible feats of strength, i was a little disappointed by the abundance of dance/cheer routines and awkward skits, and the lack of actual gymnastics. also, no joke, some girls danced around with big white balls. i plan on being a supportive parent, but i'm pretty sure i might have to draw the line if my kid comes to me someday and says, "hey mom, my life dream is to dance around with a white ball." unless, of course, they've already talked to cirque de soleil and are booked for their next extravaganza. then it's all good.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


slow day. took some time to just be, before getting anything done. it was much needed, the time spent soothing my soul with slow sips of coffee and thought-provoking words from women around the web.  wrapped it all up with a bike ride to dinner to watch the irish win over michigan state!

Friday, September 14, 2012


bentley & the big stick. he got to play on the beach with m&d after we ran...sweet boy needs his exercise too!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


pretty sweater. on a hot day. yahoo. also glasses. because, y'know. LASIK and law school don't always get along. can't complain too much though, considering i only really need them for driving now, whereas before, well...unless you were in extreme violation of my personal space, i wasn't really sure what you looked like. so. improvement accepted!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


not cute, i know. but. started running again! not quite sure why i started on what feels like the muggiest of weeks we've had all summer, but... yeah. no. there's no clever colloquialism that explains that choice.   but a water view sure does help when i start questioning my choices... :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


refashioned work-out top! perfect for running in the humidity we've got going on lately

Monday, September 10, 2012


freshly painted frames, doing their thing on the wall {they are intentionally placed to hide an electrical box and some wall outlets, and let me tell you, they are a whole lot easier on the eye!}

Sunday, September 9, 2012


if you look closely, i swear it looks like a cartoon crocodile!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


the gold frames weren't really going with the apartment, so i spruced them up with some white paint

Friday, September 7, 2012


look! they're sharing!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


exercise tip-jar...the idea came from pinterest with the purpose of motivating exercise, but since i'm actually doing alright with motivation {shocking, i know}, i'm also using it as a way to encourage myself with budgeting and intentional spending!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


working 101: if you have to walk any distance, wear comfortable shoes. {now if only it was easier to combine comfortable and cute in the same pair...}

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


first day of work. dear congress, could you please, please try to write less convoluted legislation? those of us who actually have to read through it would greatly appreciate it. thanks!

Monday, September 3, 2012


sunday dinner (on monday) with gma and m& me a mason jar full of strawberry lemonade!

Sunday, September 2, 2012


sunday morning reading on the couch :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012


tomato soup, grilled cheese & blood-orange kind of rainy day dinner :)