Archives for October 2012
Stephanie and Michael’s wedding was a reunion of friends who met as college kids, but are now big grownups getting married. Friends who all lived together, but now live all different places. It was purple! Her favorite color that I have grown to love, too (but only because she does). It was a party! It was dancing (and screaming) to “California Girls” by Katie Perry. It was Steph’s dad announcing a classic part of their conversation during the father daughter dance: “Stephanie, you look beautiful!” Stephanie:”I know”. But mostly it was a ceremony that united two of my favorite people.
- The Sixth Sense-I mean, it’s probably one of the best films of all time, right? Great acting and story and just the right amount of disturbing without keeping you up all night.
- Edward Scissorhands– I hadn’t seen this movie before the other night. Is that insane? I feel like most everyone has. I really liked it. You can’t really go wrong with Johnny Depp (well, let’s not talk about Pirates of the Caribbean IV, or III for that matter). We love quirky and odd movies, which brings me to the next choice.
- Låt den rätte komma– No, I’m serious, this is a movie I’m recommending. It’s a Swedish romantic horror film with English subtitles about a girl who is a vampire. In English it’s called “Let the Right One In”. I’m one of those people who can’t get enough of the vampire love tales, so yeah, I liked it. But Scott did too. It’s a little bizarre (ok, it’s a lot bizarre), but if you’re in the mood for something kinda creepy and different it will suffice (plus it’s on demand on Netflix…free to us since we hacked my parent’s account ;).
Summer isn’t the only busy season, though. The month of December seems to rush us along as well. The holidays, as joyful and special as they are, have a tendency to put pressure on people to do and buy certain things. But fall is just a season there for anyone who wants to enjoy it. This week I’m thankful for the simpleness of this season and the peaceful moments it brings.
I need all new tires. All. New. And all I was doing when I got this flat tire was trying to eat at Daphne’s so I didn’t have to cook anything. So I could have one less thing to do. Oh, irony, you’re only cool in that Alanis Morissette song (yes, I still like that song).
I really only got one flat tire, but my spare is flat too and since it’s been 55,000 miles of driving since I got these tires, I think it’s time. Man.
It was a bad day for me and my car from the start. While picking up one of the kids I nanny at school, we got blocked in our spot by some Buick that had been completely abandoned. Once we were finally freed, although I was in the right line to exit the school, I ended up in the wrong turning lane at the school exit and got yelled at by some dude crossing the street wearing a fishing hat just for trying to merge over. The nerve. Then, the car next to me began honking instead of letting me over. Geeze, who knew elementary school could be so stressful.
Tomorrow’s a new day, little buddy.
Happy Monday everyone. I’m sitting at my computer wearing my glasses and the flannel orange and yellow plaid pajamas I wear only in the fall. It’s finally cold enough at night that I can wear them. I love that. I love cozy pajamas too, and even though it’s supposed to be 80º here today, I at least get to wear warm jammies at night (and I guess during part of the day, too). I wanted to share a couple super easy recipes we’ve been making lately that are really helping to bring about the fall feeling, despite the weather. If you shop at Trader Joe’s, these meals and snacks will be even easier for you to make. I got all the ingredients there in under 15 minutes.
1. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Organic Vodka Marinara: The raviolis are already stuffed and ready to go. Get them in the refrigerator section of TJ’s (near the tofu and cheeses at mine). They are a little sweet, so I chose the vodka marinara (also from TJ’s) and added shaved parmesan cheese and hot pepper flakes to spice it up. For a different taste my mom sautes them with butter and fresh sage leaves.
2. Honey Apple Butter Spread: We returned from our summer road trip craving assorted cheeses. It wasn’t too long ago that I despised the taste of blue cheese and its stinky cousins, but after friends and family in Chicago and New York re-intorduced us to many cheese varieties we became hooked and make a toast and cheese plate once a week. To prepare this snack, I toast multi-grain bread and then spread the honey apple butter on it (serving it with a tiny little knife makes it look fancy, too), adding cheese of choice on top. Lately, we have had brie and gouda cheese. I usually have some hummus out as well.
3. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread: I’m just gonna come out and say it: it came from a box. Yep, and it was good. If you want to make this delicious holiday staple from scratch I suggest trying Tammy’s recipe. It’s probably better. If you don’t have a lot of time (or are a lazy baker like me), Trader Joes (and probably other stores) make a box kind. All you have to do is add eggs, oil, water and chocolate chips. The box says to bake at 350º, but I lowered the temp to 325º and cooked it an extra 10-15 minutes to account for the added chocolate chips. I wouldn’t have known this if my mom didn’t tell me. I also used light olive oil instead of vegetable. I wouldn’t have known this if it weren’t for my mom, either. I made this bread with the five year old I tutor and, although she said the pumpkin smell was “stinky” and plugged her nose while stirring it, it was a fun and simple recipe to make with a kid who loved it once it was baked (and so did we).
I hope you like these (easy) fall foods. I’m off to surf now. The waves have been pretty good so far this fall and I’m still wearing my spring suit (only 2mm thick versus 3 or 4mm) since the water is so warm. I’ve been working on my top turns and have honestly been a little frustrated with my progress. I’m trying to get to a place where I come off the top and turn my torso back towards the white wash behind me, but it’s hard. After that, I am going to the salon to support a friend who is shaving her head before chemo therapy. I don’t think I’m prepared for how emotional it is going to be. If you’re the praying kind, please send out a prayer for my friend, if you’re not, please send positive thoughts. They are very appreciated.
I love California in the fall. I know the leaves don’t really change and when it’s 70º in the morning I’m convinced I can wear a sweater only to sweat through it by noon, but nevertheless, it’s one of the best seasons we have if you ask me. The colors of nature seem crisper than they do the rest of the year. The ocean is this dark, piecing blue that makes you forget about everything that’s sad. And when you swim in it, it’s almost as if the salty water seeps into your heart and mends any part of it that has been hurt. I know that’s a bit dramatic, but I think it’s true. The wind is the most perfect temperature this time of year, too. It’s the kind of breeze that rushes through your hair at unexpected moments, reminding you of falls from before and cooling you down without causing chicken skin. At other times, it blows offshore, giving the waves flawless shape. Down on the beach, the tides are more dramatic, allowing you to see things you might not have during other seasons and sea animals outnumber people. The beach is quiet, but not lonely. Fishermen scatter the coastline searching for lobster even after the firery sunsets.
As a kid, I never appreciated fall the way I do now. The end of summer and the start of school practically devastated me. Fall quickly began to represent the end of my long unrestrained beach days and the start of anxiety filled school days trying to fit in and focus. There were many fall nights where I used to go to sleep wishing and praying for big piles of leaves to jump in or snow that would cancel school. I’m so grateful that I can appreciate fall in California as an adult.