Blu Dot Swap Meet

2 Mar

Blu Dot’s Swap Meet is officially in full swing. Here are just a few ideas, you know, in case you’re the kind of guy who loves his girlfriend sooo much that you’d be willing to trade that bottle you found in the dirt right outside The Frank Sinatra Bungalow in Hollywood that was probably even owned by Frank Sinatra himself for a One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa.

For the rest of you furniture aficionados, head on over to Blu Dot and see what you can get in return for your talents, devices, oddities, deeds or taxidermy.

must be love.

2 Mar

What can I compare you to?
A favorite pair of shoes?
Maybe my bright red boots
if they had wings.

(lyrics from The Weepies “Take It From Me”)

Then I opened the birthday card from my mom…

25 Feb

In her defense, twenty seven years is a long time to remember something.

27

24 Feb

I have reached a point where most people begin to consider that life is getting shorter.  And they are getting older.  Where the time remaining begins to amass with all that has gone before.  Where even the tiniest wrinkle is a sign that the end is not as far off as it used to be.  And as if the wrinkles alone weren’t enough to scare you, every single wasted moment seems one less reason to smile. 

And then I remember to breathe. 

Because maybe the key is to stop acting the role.
To never get old. 
To allow happiness and beauty into even the darkest moments. 
To give yourself permission to simply be.
And maybe not just on those special days, but the ones in between, too.

A Novice’s Guide to Happiness

16 Feb

We arrived home yesterday from some much-needed naps on the beach, bicycle rides to the market, home- (or at least hotel room) -cooked meals with fresh, locally grown ingredients and a whole bunch of doing absolutely nothing together.

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So often it seems that life could not get any better than this. No matter how much we are guilted as individuals into wanting bigger, better and newer things; the answer continues to be living a simple life and making the most of ourselves and the blessings we are given.

Healthy Living: Buttered Linguine with Tomatoes & Basil

23 Jan

Ingredients:

1 lb. whole wheat linguine
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 tablespoons basil, chiffonade
1 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Salt, to taste
Red pepper flakes, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

1. While pasta cooks, chiffonade basil and dice tomatoes.
2. Drain pasta (save 1/2 cup of pasta water) and while it’s still hot, quickly toss with cheese and butter until everything is melted.
3. Add tomatoes and basil and toss to make sure everything is evenly coated.
4. Serve immediately. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes for a little extra spice.

(Serves 4)

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recipe via crepes of wrath

An Afternoon at The City Museum

22 Jan

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