Saturday, March 31, 2012

Musing of the Morning: The Rub

Have you heard that expression? It's only recently that I really put thought into its meaning.  To give proper credit, I heard our Chief Creative Officer say it while in a meeting.

I thought: what an odd thing to say - though I marginally understood what he meant.

Then I was explaining something slightly complex - and I said it.  And only then did the simple gravitas of the remark hit me. Two things, at odds, coming right up against each other and staying there.  One can't exist without the other. "The rub" is the glue that binds - or the friction (hence the term)...duh! And then I saw it in everything:

  • A job I like a lot with a long commute. 
  • Potentially achieving a New Year's Resolution by going to my excruciating classes at Pop Physique (or some other form of torture).
  • The great feeling of Green Lemonade but abandoning my beloved coffee in the morning.
  • The cuddliness of a child and dogs, with the clean up and disciplinary duties.
  • Having a place to call home, but having to spend countless hours outside of it in order to keep it.

"The Rub" is just code for life when you really think about it.

Am I getting a little St. Exupery on you?  I almost think I should be sitting by a fire looking closely and intently at my hands thinking - whoa, I'm alive!  Sort of.  It was just one of those moments I said "a ha!" and I liked it.  XO

Photo above taken by Nicholas, in Los Angeles.

Monday, March 26, 2012

A March Madness Weekend

Had a little extended weekend to celebrate the nuptials of dear friends in Palm Springs.  The weather was perfect and it was a lovely relaxed wedding filled with laughter and great friends.

We headed home on Saturday and by the evening rain had arrived.  Mr. W and I stocked up on produce for part of the week's breakfasts and had visions of going to the movies, but alas we're not the party people we used to be.

The Sunday downpour made for a very Seattle-feeling brunch with one of my besties, John, at Short Order @ the Farmer's Market (love that place!).  

How delicious John's eggs benny looks!

And I'm a sucker for quality tots.  These had fresh, flash-fried herbs sprinkled atop.

Yes, we were fat kids.  We had the fried potatoes too.

And I didn't even mention the return of Mad Men <3.  That show definitely refreshes those who work in the industry. Ahhh.  I could have definitely used another day to prep for the week, but that's a sign of a full life, right?  Have a great week!  XOXO

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Our Daily Juice

Mr. W doesn't really cook for me (save Valentine's Day) but lately he's been spending time in the kitchen whipping up some breakfast for me.  We splurged and bought a Breville juicer (Mr. W watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead) and decided he wanted to try juicing.

For me, breakfasts used to consist of coffee and a scone or yogurt.  These days, it's a super healthful glass of Green Lemonade. It's delicious and packed full of nutrients and it inspires better eating habits throughout the day.  Bonus: it's made by my man, it can't get better than that!

Green Lemonade: a bunch of kale, 7 celery sticks, 2 apples, 1 lemon and some ginger.

The shrapnel looks like rainbow sherbet, don't you think?

Breakfast for two.  Though I think you can drink the whole thing by yourself.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hello Monday.

 Last week I started taking my classes at 6am (a new offering that I'm so thrilled about) so I can free up my weekend mornings for other fun stuff - like sleeping in, making breakfast, morning walks.  

This past weekend was one of the first that I actually started feeling like myself again.  Nicky and I watched a lot of Planet Earth, we did some cooking and I had the most amazing massage (I think my new favorite) with bride to be Stephanie. Mr. W and I even fit in a walk (see photo above) and band rehearsal!

So much good stuff I was sort of sad to see it end.

I was inspired by this post to make some delicious Buttery Tomato Pasta (so easy and so, so delicious!) and homemade pizzas using this really easy recipe from Bon Appetit.  All you need is 4 ingredients (water is one) and about 18+ hours of rise time.  Definitely two recipes I'll make again.

The pasta - with a small dollop of Ricotta Fresca and fresh basil.

This pizza looks upside-down.  But it's topped with yukon gold potatoes, rosemary, olive oil and ricotta.

This pizza looks upside down too.  It's topped with yellow zucchini, basil, olive oil and ricotta.

Margherita - with heirloom tomato, basil, olive oil and fresh mozzarella.

This was a BBQ/Buffalo Chicken concoction topped with veggie buffalo wings, garlic, shallots, basil, BBQ sauce and fresh mozzarella.

How embarrassing that I didn't get photos of the pizzas when they came out of the oven?  We were so excited to eat them (I mean really, we did wait all that time for the dough to get ready), that we got carried away.  Trust us, they looked delicious!

Here's to a a great week ahead. XO

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sloths are the new kittens.

I've always thought, if I could be any animal I'd be a sloth.

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Seriously.  They just hang out in trees, eat leaves at a nice leisurely pace.

Have you noticed how they're all the rage these days?

Kristen Bell loves them.

They get onesies.

I'm sort of hoping they won't get so popular that they'll become so 2012 one day.

Perhaps I can weave them into future vacation plans.  I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica - they've got a Sloth Sanctuary.  I've asked Mr. W if we can keep one in the backyard.

If I had one I'd bring the little guy wherever I go.  Can you imagine? We could even get matching nail art.  So much canvas on a sloth's talons - a nail artist's dream!