November 26 Gingerbread Somethings

“Cookies are made of butter and love.” Proverb This is what I have to say after almost one entire year of trying new things: sometimes it works, sometimes not. I tried a paleo, primal, gluten-free gingerbread person cookie recipe today with the kiddos for the first time. First time paleo, first time gingerbread. Let’s just…

November 25 The Crest

“Choose the mountains you want to climb wisely.” Rachel Wolchin With new folks in town, we decided to head to the Sandia Crest for sunset this evening. Good idea, poor execution. For starters, we missed the sunset but saw the afterglow. I left too late and overestimated my car’s ability to handle the mountain. We…

November 24 Jalapeño Apple Slaw

“Thanksgiving is an emotional time. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Johnny Carson In search of non-traditional, non-boring Thanksgiving Fare: we made turkey enchiladas; pork/apple/onion kabobs; stuffed acorn squash, potato salad, green salad, and my personal…

November 23 The Bestest

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” Isaac Asimov Every year around this time, the “Best of the City” votes are tallied and the best restaurants, salons, spas, bars, etc. are voted on. I made up my own list of The  Top Ten Bests in Town…

November 22 Eight Limbs of Yoga

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” Nelson Mandela Some people think yoga is twisting yourself into a pretzel and others think it is devil worship (true story, I have had these conversations). Ummm…..no to all of that. Yoga is a part of the…

November 21 School Lunch

“When I was five years old my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, I told them they didn’t understand life.” I…

November 20 Feeding the Geckos

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt In case you haven’t gathered, I am a scaredy cat. I am especially afraid of crickets and roaches but I’m cool with (some) spiders. Beetles scare the crap out of me but snakes, not so much. Bears and mountain lions are deadly in my eyes…

November 19 Autumn Leaves

“People say you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you’d lose it.” I used to live in what is now a million dollar home in Alameda, California on a beautiful tree lined street directly across from the estuary. The house was dope…

November 18 Wrecka Stow

“If you wanted to buy a Sam Cooke album, where would you go?” Christopher Tracy I grew up listening to records of course. My son, aged 24, has recently developed a deep love for vinyl. Good for him. Records are cool. We have not really converged our mutual love of records and nostalgic recordings until…

November 17 Shoes

“No one has ever become poor from giving.” Anne Frank I have several pairs of gym shoes that are perfectly good for walking but not necessarily good for working out any longer. Today I donated them to a woman who was asking for money. I told her I didn’t have any money but that I…

November 16 Bath Caddy

“Let the waters settle, you will see stars and moon mirrored in your being.” Rumi I love my bathtub! I love this entire bathroom, it is sooooo peaceful and relaxing. All of my leafy babies are here, the candle-lighting is soft, the wood is calming. I just love it. It’s my son’s bathroom but he…

November 15 Peace Plate Kintsugi

“When you walk out of the storm, you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.” I broke the lid to my toilet tank. I removed it from the tank and accidentally dropped it on the hard tile floor. It shattered into twenty-five million pieces. In a totally…