Sunday, November 29, 2009


I always wanted to be Tiffani Amber Thiessen. You know - Kelly Kapowski?? She always got to date Zach Morris and that was enough for me to be envious of her... not to mention her rockin bangs and sweet full length orange locker... She was so hip.

Well, although I've snagged my very own Zach Morris... but with a beard (he's so dreamy!), I've come to terms that I can't be her . But I think we would be really good friends... or at least we'd be able to bond at this point in our lives... why you ask?

Earlier this month Kelly... er... I mean, Tiffani drop-the-Amber Thiessen announced that she and her husband are expecting a baby in May.

Yep... Same here! Audrey and Josh are going to be a mom and dad this upcoming May! No, Josh isn't going to be my OBGYN, but YES - I am having a baby!

This Halloween picture is a look into the not so distant future... like, as in, maybe 4 months?? So there it is folks. You know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.... surprized???

Friday, November 27, 2009

shop... but not crazy shop...

I'm all about finding a deal. I'm the google search "j crew free shipping promo code" before finalizing my purchase. I'm the shop the clearance rack at Lululemon because it's an arm and a leg otherwise. I'm the "I'll wait and if I'm still thinking about it in 2 days I'll go and get it." I'm the "I'll wait until it goes on sale and if they still have my size it's meant to be." I'm all about bargains and coupons and all that jazz. But I am NOT the camp out to run into Target at 5AM girl. Heck no! Turkey coma = sleep in on black Friday.

Yes, I'd love that flat screen 50" TV for $100, but no, I will not bite, pull hair, trample, and run over people to get it. I will be comfortable in my bed and loving every moment.
Some people say it's fun and it's an experience and to them I say "More power to you... you're crazy... but more power to you." And I'm sure it is quite the experience, but my kind of shopping experience is a random Tuesday during the school year (preferably not close to a holiday) at around 11AM when it's just the moms, their strollers, and a few random shoppers surrounding me. Now THAT is shopping. To each his own...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!!

I'm thankful for you, faithful reader...

Eat well, be thankful, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

open open open!

I'm daydreaming of stuffing... it needs to be Thursday already!!
Thanksgiving this year will be spent with the Bakers... as in Lindsey "formally-a-Baker" Olsen's family. We're mapping out our trip up to Sacramento, trying to plan the timing of it so we don't hit too much traffic, and are very VERY excited to be spending the holiday with our family away from family. Hurry up, Thursday!!

Friday, November 20, 2009


So today we made a few fun purchases... one for me, one for we.

For me: a couple weeks ago I blogged about my obsession with J-Crew's shoe selection this fall. In my email today was an email from J-Crew announcing that all shoes are 20% off for a limited time. SOLD! I went for a non-high heel for practical reasons... not to mention comfort reasons... here she is:

Lovely. I'll be snuggling into those later next week hopefully...

For we: about a decade ago, Josh went with a then-girlfriend to the Nutcracker... little did he know it wasn't the toy soldiers fighting rats Nutcracker, but it was the Nutcracker Suite - which is JUST the orchestra. (Man - what a crappy girlfriend... good thing he upgraded :)) Which would still be lovely, but when you're expecting sugar plum fairies and, well, the Nutcracker, it just doesn't satisfy. I went to the Nutcracker growing up with my mom and other mother-daughter teams so I know that sugar plum fairy well.

So we decided to redeem Josh's Nutcracker mishap and go see the Ballet San Jose's The Nutcracker.

I didn't really think Josh would be super into it, but he's really excited and even suggested it... so mid-December we'll be dressed to the nines, watching the rats take on the toy soldiers... tis the season!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

red is the new yellow.

In both Prescott and Santa Barbara, come fall time, the leaves change from green to yellow to bare. Welcome winter. But in our neighborhood we have maples galore and they turn from green to yellow to RED to most likely bare... and I LOVE the red. Josh loves the maple, well, for obvious reasons... (Oh Canada!) But what a lovely tree and what a brilliant color it is showing this fall season...

(Obviously I can say I love these trees because I don't have one in my back yard that requires me to rake EVERY Saturday... but I still love them!)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

farm fresh to ME!

I love farmer's markets. I do. I love the people, the beautiful produce, the fun vendors, I love everything about it. The only thing I don't like: me being a scaredy cat when it comes to trying new things. I feel like I used to be more adventurous with my choices, but there were times when those adventurous choices ended up rotting in the fridge because I didn't know what I was going to do with it (hello swiss chard...). So now I stick to my onions, mushrooms, peppers, and... um... bread? Does that count? I want to reach out and try some new stuff! Solution?

Capay Organic Farms will deliver a box full of organic produce to my door step complete with recipes. Everything delivered is in season, from a local farm, and all organic. This week's selections included beets (Josh won't let me opt out of beets... he swears by borsch... yuck.), potatoes, cabbage, apples, pears, grapes, oranges, butternut squash, bok choy, chard, carrots, spinach, and cilantro. Holy cow! We're doing a "regular" sized box (you can specify) every other week... that way I can still use my farmer's market for the in-between stuff and of course all the local breads, pastas, and other yummy treats...
I think this will be a good solution. It will force us to step out of our comfort zone and yet give us the tools (produce and recipes) to be successful. Bring it on Capay!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

it's the freakin weeken!

FRIDAY!! I'm ready for it! I'm ready for lazy Saturday and it's sister, sleepy Sunday. Scheduled this weekend: nothing!! Opportunities are endless...
go on a walk?
sleep in (that's a given).
eat (again... a given).
movie marathon?
a book, blanket, and hot chocolate?

Yes yes and yes. Welcome weekend!

Monday, November 9, 2009

educate me

Last week I invaded sister time with Joanna and Julia and we went to go see An Education. An indie film about a brilliant 16 year old who falls in love with a man 20 years her senior. The cast is incredible and the acting is superb. "Jenny," played by Carey Mulligan, was amazing. She played the wiser-than-her-age 16 year old and her look reminded me of a younger (yet British and incredibly smart) Katie Holmes. Peter Sarsgaard plays David the late thirties something that steals young Jenny's heart... he walks the line of creepy and charming brilliantly. Don't take my word for it - go see it!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


We found ourselves in Santa Cruz on Saturday night for some dinner/dessert with friends. Dessert happened to be a Santa Cruz tradition - Marianne's ice cream. It's been around for 50 years and has a gazillion flavors... including lavender and root beer and oatmeal raisin cookie dough and Mexican chocolate... it's so great. I went for the holiday classic peppermint stick. I'm not gonna lie - McConnell's may have them beat in the peppermint department. Marianne's was neon pink and didn't seem as natural as it could be. Next time, I'm hopping on board the oatmeal raisin cookie dough train. Booya!

Monday, November 2, 2009

too old for dress up?

Halloween has come and gone and Josh and I have gone another year as a pair... Year 1 - Kevin Federline and Brittney Spears. Year 2 - S'mores. Year 3 - New Zealand... they don't do Halloween. Year 4 - pregnant lady and OBGYN.

We hung out with a farmer and her ear of corn, Legends of the Hidden Temple contestants, a little birdie, and a few more awkward moments strolling around the party... overall, a very fun evening. Happy Halloween!