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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Are You Happy? A Decision Tree

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For the record, I’m going to “Keep Doing Whatever I’m Doing” because I’m definitely so, so, so very happy.

Out of my hands and loving it…

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“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” — John Steinbeck

My guess is the same is true of a wedding; we’re at 8 days and counting, everything seems in order, but I am fully aware that I am not in control. As a matter of fact, I’m looking forward to all the things I can’t predict or anticipate. They make the best stories anyhow. I think we’re at the point where everything is just going to happen the way it’s going to happen, and I’m actively letting go.

On a completely separate note, I just got the kindest offer from a friend of mine to let us take over her beautiful home next weekend. My girlfriends and I now have room to celebrate and relax the night before and enjoy mimosas from one of three ocean-view balconies on the wedding day. Her words were, “what is the space for if not to share?” I’m touched and excited about this turn of events!

Playing with Flowers

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So we had decided months ago to skip expensive flowers for the wedding (everyone leaves the next day – who will get to enjoy them?) and do instead these fun DIY flowers.
For a few moments I even considered using them for my bouquet, since that would completely eliminate a day-of headache. BUT they’re just a bit too silly for that, so we decided on just a few fresh flowers. Enter Lindsay Willrick, the lovely lady who moved into our old apartment in May and now lives across the sidewalk.

Not only has she been willing and excited to help me plan out the details (even a simple wedding needs a plan!) but she’s also a botanist!

She’s part of multiple plant societies with little old ladies! She can pick a few leaves from an odd-looking plant on our neighborhood walks and have her own growing in a pot in days. She has a half-dozen healthy orchids, people. She speaks plant. In other words, she has enough green thumb to make up for my black one.

SO we’ve been visiting the wholesale flower market, and the farmers’ markets, and practicing. I say “we” but really I just tag along.
The littlest P (above) helps by stripping leaves and modeling Lindsay’s lovely designs.

Practice Bouquet by Lindsay Willrick

Awesome, no? I am SO lucky to have her help!

P.S. – Know someone getting married in San Diego? She’s willing to do other weddings too!

The Perfect South Park Sunday…

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Yes, I know it is Tuesday, but time has suddenly decided to go double-time around here. I mean, seriously, things are moving so fast everyone’s voices sound like Alvin & the Chipmunks. Which is why a lazy, wonderful Sunday was just exactly what I needed.

It started the way all good Sunday mornings do, with yummy breakfast at home and a few chores knocked off the list (laundry, check!). Our friends texted to invite us to the Del Mar Home & Garden Expo, but we opted out of the drive and offered to meet them for lunch instead, at our favorite local burger joint, Station. It used to be a trolly station, how cool is that?

After 1 cheeseburger, 2 turkey burgers, a giant house salad, and a “side car” of TATER TOTS (yum!) Christen and I wandered across the street to Make Good:

Where I bought a fabulous skirt that makes me very happy, for $18. Score. The boys were across the street in Velo Cult bike shop, drooling:


(We met Jasper & Christen on the Tour de Five Cities bike ride around the bay).

Then we made the dangerous choice to have a craft beer at our favorite pub, Hamilton’s Tavern, so we came home, invited our neighbors, and walked over.

In an effort to be reasonable (i.e. to not try one of every beer on the menu) we all walked across the street to Grant’s Marketplace for dinner supplies.

Lindsay & Tim brought pizza dough and second pizza stone, we had tons of veggies from our Suzie’s Farm CSA box, and Jasper & Christen supplied the wine and cheese. We lit the candles and plugged in the cafe lights and laughed and laughed and laughed… Perfect South Park Sunday.

My Kind of Humor – Thoughts to Ponder:

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My dad sent me this list, and I was laughing out loud:

  • I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
  • When weeding your garden, the best way to know you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it; If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
  • The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
  • Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
  • Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
  • There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
  • Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
  • Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  • The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
  • Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
  • Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again
  • All of us could take a lesson from the weather –  it pays no attention to criticism.
  • In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
  • How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
  • Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?”
  • Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
  • If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
  • If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
  • Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?