In Real Life: Week 2

Hi friends! Let’s take a look at week 2 of 2021…

Oliver has been very in everyone’s business lately.

Laundry baskets are really just boxes with holes. And they’re even more fun when mischievous little boys like to push you around in them.

Even a shelf makes a nice cubbie.

We’ve had some gorgeous weather this week! Made me wonder if it was really January at times…

Cafeteria killing it again with this chicken curry-inspired salad.

I was so excited to get my order from Shutterbean! And most of this is free goodies… I only ordered two things! Thanks for hooking a girl up, Tracy!

Pro-tip: don’t eat like 4 of these back-to-back. You will end up with a stomach ache.

Me, to random girl also looking at planters in Target: “Did quarantine turn you into a crazy plant lady too?”

Her: *laughs* “Yep. No regrets.”

My crazy plant lady-ness even extends to work. Yes, I have a grow light in my office.

Finally, a conversation heart that gets me.

This provided a much-needed giggle.

Trying a new nightstand setup.

It’s rather luxurious to be able to take a bath in the morning before work.

A welcoming altar.

Flowers for no reason really are the best.

These KN95 masks always make me feel like I have a beak.

Saying goodbye to my office for the next 3 weeks.

I had surgery on Friday. Nothing major, a quick in and out.

Oliver knew something was up, though, and insisted on giving me extra snuggles.

I can’t explain how much I love having live music in my house.

And today was my birthday!

I love that my mama still wraps my gifts before she sends them.

One of those wrapped gifts was the little lady on the left. Lady on the right is one Mom gave me a few years ago… they look like they’re going to be best buds.

Felt good enough for a walk today.

Handy references to estimate 6 feet of distance…

Does this look like your childhood?

Where I root.

An epic birthday dinner. SO GOOD.

See you soon!


Week 2: 2017

Week 2: 2018

In Real Life: Week 1

Hello again, friends! It’s been a while. Two years and several months, actually. And so, so much has changed since then. I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t rehash it.

But through all of the change, I have never stopped missing my weekly photo blog. I’ve missed the way it made me look for beautiful ordinary things to photograph every day. I’ve missed the regular reflection it required of me, and the positive spin I forced myself to put on what I’d been through each week. The practice of blogging this way was therapeutic for me, I think.

Which is why I’m back today to start again. I now have the time and the bandwidth to return to it and it’s calling me, so… here we are. Let’s dive in. 🙂


2020 was a shit year for pretty much everyone. I couldn’t think of a better way to kiss it goodbye than by getting the first shot in my Covid-19 vaccination series.

I spent most of the rest of New Years Eve just being chill.

But it was cold that day, and after spending too much time on the porch I ended up in the bath to warm up. (I can’t tell you how much I love my big soaker tub.)

New Years Day was spent in Santa Cruz while Robbie moved his things.

It was a gorgeous day, and Jack enjoyed the adventure.

Just look at that unbridled joy!

I love the cliffs of the central coast.

Big changes. Small progress.

A hard goodbye.

Three words: fat and happy.

I feel a need to document the strangeness of everyday pandemic life. Like seeing “mask required” signs everywhere.

I’ve been enjoying smoothies for breakfast off and on for a while now. My current favorite trick is to pack the blender the night before so all I have to do is plug and play in the morning.

I’m also trying to cultivate some other healthy habits right now. I’m hoping that having this space available to me may help me stick with it.

Something to meditate on and carry through the day.

New glasses, who dis? (Don’t you love that cat eye?)

Seen at the dispensary. I lol’d.

I love a good list.

To help meet that “1 book/month” goal, I’ve started reading on my lunch breaks. Since I can’t seem to make myself do it consistently any other time of the day…

Speaking of lunch… the cafeteria killed it this day.

A room that should be full of ventilators but isn’t because #Covid19.

Watching the January 6th capitol insurrection happen live from my desk… a phrase I never imagined I’d type.

I love that Jack likes to use this little wavy safety knife to cut produce with me. Sometimes I let him batch chop things, and then I smile later when I see the little ridges and remember that he chopped that for me.

Felt cute, might delete later.

That’s a wrap for this week! I’m hoping to remember to take more pictures in the coming week… I’m out of practice!


Week 1: 2017

Week 1: 2018

In Real Life: Week 34

Happy Sunday! Here’s a peek at our week 34.

Sunday started for me by doing homework outside of the house.

There has been many much coffee consumed this week.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this graduate program, but after this week it is clear that I definitely have my work cut out for me.

I’m still figuring out my best study system, but I think part of it is going to include staying late at work at least a couple nights per week.

A view I see a lot, but not usually from this perspective. A not-so-subtle metaphor for everything.

I wanna be like this guy – still studying, even when I’m close to retirement. (Also, um, wtf with that hot pink cougar head?)

Vendor reps, take note: hospital staff will always be more receptive to your presentation if you bring food.

Downtown vibes.

It’s always a little strange to see spaces that are normally buzzing with people totally empty and quiet.

This bathroom’s walls are covered in song lyrics and drawings (per the management’s request). What would you add?

I love how much they love each other.

I bought Artemis her own cozy bed after I kept finding her hiding in the linen closet. It didn’t take her long to warm up to it (especially after I bribed her with the heating pad and some catnip).

We’ve had some chillier days this week and I had some beef to use up, so I pretended it was fall already and made stew. It felt (and tasted) so good.

James took over one of my fantasy football teams this year, and I helped him with his draft.

Don’t they both look adorable in their jerseys? I die.

The beauty that is having a child old enough to “babysit” his younger brother after bedtime combined with a good bar&grill just down the street.

“Fool’s Gold.” (Definitely recommend.)

I will always be a sucker for a live band. It’s in my DNA.

I don’t understand what this is supposed to represent, but I commend their commitment to it.

And that’s it for this week!

Honestly, I don’t know how much time I will continue to have to share these posts every week. Obviously, family, work, and grad school will always take priority, and I will admit that that may mean that this has to give. I’ll keep doing the best I can. Thanks for understanding. 🙂

Take a look into the past…

2017 Week 34

In Real Life: Week 33

Happy Sunday, friends! Let’s take a look at our week 33.

#momlife in a nutshell is eating Taco Bell in your car in your own driveway because the toddler is sleeping and you’re grateful for the chance to eat without him climbing all over you.

Trader Joe’s always has the best flower arrangements.

Activate: full millennial mode

Post-work sillies with my honey-bunny.

Channeling my inner naughty librarian.

Bath night splashies!

These cats always know when snack time is happening.

Been sick since mid-week. Give me all of the soup, please.

I see my grandfather when he makes this sweet face.

Gotta choose just the right colored pencil for the job.

And this is where this week’s post ends, because I’ve spent the last 3 days on the couch coughing my lungs out and grad school starts tomorrow. Real life, eh?

Have a great week, loves!

Take a look into the past…

2017 Week 33

In Real Life: Week 32

Happy Sunday, friends! Here’s a peek at our week 32.

I spent last Sunday back at the A’s stadium with a friend who’d never been before but wanted to go before they tear it down.

I was 100% not invested in either team, but tickets were cheap and I will never complain about an excuse to watch live baseball.

Yes, I eat ketchup on my hotdog. Come at me, bro.

Then I got to come home and snuggle with my peanut. A truly great day.

And how adorable is this HD plaid shirt?! (I don’t know wtf is going on with his hair in that picture on the right. I swear it normally doesn’t look like that.)

Saw some interesting restaurant names and signage this week.

First Burritozilla and now Scoopzilla? I’m sensing a theme.

Chocolate-covered espresso beans are helping to scratch more than one afternoon itch lately.

Signs of fall are popping up everywhere!

I am so ready.

Hot dog, he’s awfully cute!

May I have a large soda, please?

In love with my new Torrid dress. It has a subtle Harry Potter print, this beautiful lace back, and pockets!

Come to mama.

Shine on, little flower.

Temptation, thy name is Costco.

True love is letting him steal all of the M&Ms out of my trail mix.

Sounds like my kinda place.

I love how San Francisco is simultaneously full of new skyscrapers and old architecture.

Like whispers of days gone by.

SF is a melting pot of different cultures.

I’ve been dying to get back to Brenda’s ever since I had their epic chicken etouffee last fall. And the opportunity finally presented itself during a little adult adventure day this weekend!

I was initially a little sad that they were only serving the brunch menu, but this pulled pork benedict quickly cured that.

After lunch, we headed over to the Orpheum to watch Les Miserables!

It was simply fantastic.

And the detail of the theater was breathtaking.

The ceiling in the main auditorium made me think of Dante’s Inferno.

And this was the ceiling in the balcony lobby! Can you imagine how much work it took to create this?

There’s always something to shake your head at in the city.

Thanks for the warning!

Eureka!

I did!

And that’s a wrap! How was your week 32?

Have a great week ahead!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 32