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You Win Some You Lose Some

Welcome to my 5 5 5 series. The objective of this exercise is to write five lines five times a week for five weeks, to get me back into a regular post writing habit.  Habits don’t create themselves, after all. The parameters of frequency & amount of sentences/ lines will remain throughout this series, while the topics and format can be varied. Read my introduction here while all of the series entries so far are tagged: Five Five Five.  Wk 2 Post 1 Early this morning after barre class, a gym buddy and I ended up spending an extra hour in the studio having one of those  unexpectedly great conversations that can happen between two semi-strangers. She just went from gym buddy to regular buddy. Late this afternoon I didn’t bother looking in the mirror before leaving for the post office. En route home I saw my reflection in a shop window. I should have bothered.

Love Where You Live

At the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Yamhill River in the Willamette Valley, sits the historic town of McMinnville, Oregon.  Fresh off of a full day exploring Portland following The Hello Sessions the night before, at least a dozen of my friends and I headed 40 miles southwest for the ‘Love Where You Live’ wine country dinner. Co-hosted by the gracious Chelsey Nichol of Type A Press and my savvy friend, Maggie Battista, of Eat Boutique, guests were served passed hors devours, cocktails, and a 5-course family style meal prepared by Let Um Eat Collective inspired by Maggie’s new cookbook, Food Gift Love. Chelsey’s fourth generation family-owned printing warehouse, which houses her antique letterpress, and the studios of painter, Zach Hixson and sign painter, Mitch Horning, served as the venue. Until you make it up to Oregon for your next weekend getaway, and I strongly suggest you do, here is a taste of McMinnville for you to enjoy at home. “Newby’s Ransom Punch”, named for the founder of McMinnville, William T. Newby, and the locally produced Ransom Spirits, was …

Before 5 a.m.

Welcome to my 5, 5, 5 series. The objective of this exercise is to write five lines five times a week for five weeks about anything. Habits don’t create themselves, after all. The frequency & length remains from post to post, but the topics will be varied. Read my introduction here. Wk 1 Post 3 Sometimes I wish my whole life could happen under the covers before 5 a.m., without worry or concern for what might shake me within the other 17 hours of the day. That moment when I start to stir before I am supposed to be up, with my eyes just fluttering open in complete darkness. That moment before all the practicality of the day ahead squeezes the romance out of the dawn. This is the moment I wish I could stay in. Is it life or is it us that does the squeezing?

Snippets of My Life #13

Captain America told me that her six year old thought it’d be a good idea to send me this card as a thank you for the package I sent them last spring. I’m a big fan of calligraphuck.  Now I’m a bigger fan of that kid. Such good manners, I tell you. My PO Box opens up to the most thoughtful pieces of mail. Sometimes I wonder if the sorters sometimes want to keep it for themselves.  I know I’d want to! Have you written anything lately?  It’s just as fun to send some out too. The Nijiya Market in Japantown continues to delight me. From sushi grade tuna to burdock root to furikake to unspecified processed snacks in cartoon packing, it’s always such a treat to food shop there when one tires of frequenting Whole Paycheck. Some time ago, I sat down with my favorite cake and a fork. I went to town that afternoon and never looked back. I like to think of it as just a really really big slice. I haven’t touched …

Summer Stories 2

Click to read Summer Stories 1 here. I am great at packing as long as I can bring everything with me. If that means checking two bags instead of one, or jamming an extra pair of shoes and another sweater into my personal item so my carry on isn’t too heavy, I will be fine. In the case of my summer story, I did all of that, plus sent a heavy box via media mail days before lift off. Though I had a couple of days to prepare before heading away for the summer,  I didn’t pack my suitcases until the final few hours before leaving.  A girl can learn a lot about herself when she is prepping to be away from her day to day life. In my mind, I needed very little.  All I cared about were the essentials. Absolute essentials. When faced with having to decide on what things are most important to us, we hear things like “photographs, my mother’s this, my father’s that.” Since I wasn’t just going on a trip, but taking an indefinite amount of time …

A Noteworthy Happy Mail Happy Hour

I had been cyberstalking Isabel Bonenfant and Kate Kellman, the duo behind Of Note Stationers since the time their stationery company was called, Isabel and Kate, not so long ago.  I am a fan of their clean aesthetic and their philosophy behind meaningful correspondence. These two ladies have the loveliest letterpressed line worth admiring.  When I realized they were Boston based, I’d hoped for an opportunity to meet them in person and was delighted that Kate reached out before I did after seeing my Instagram post taken at the Cambridge location of Black Ink, my favorite stationery and gift shop in the area. You could say my passion for paper side projects is no secret with my friends and online community. It is no surprise then that this became an immediate topic for discussion and within minutes of our meet up, an unexpected Happy Mail Happy Hour collaboration was born, as well as a hosted Happy Mail Hop on Instagram. With their warm personalities, a similar appreciation for words, and our shared enthusiasm for gathering, the last thing on my mind this vacation (planning an event) …

Filling The Well

I have been keeping my eyes opened for well filling opportunities. Working on the blog goes beyond writing a post and putting it out.  It is about exploring ideas, editing, and  ‘filling the well’.  Deliberate threads weave through well fillers, those common threads being anything that will help inform and influence the way I manage my energy, time, and define my intention. A stack of required reading migrates to my bag, the coffee table, the dining table, the sofa, lobbies and to restaurants.  I do not often read one book straight through. Typically, I alternate between two at a time, and though one may not recommend reading that way, it works A-Okay for me. Imagine just having one extended class for an entire week, with no other subjects at hand –  it’s hard to stay engaged. Or one can also imagine having unconfirmed ADD, and that would explain this too (and so many other things about me….) That is how I feel about my relationship with books. Being immersed in one subject only would drive me to tears. Since these books are …

Snippets of My Week #12

So many little spaces are opened to the public and perfect for quiet moments outside even when you are stuck in the middle of the city. The lunch hour crowd brings out many people seeking the sun as well. I started talking with a gal on the next bench because of her casually coordinated purple accented outfit and interesting Osborn craft footwear. I like what she does, “curatorial assistant.” That totally rocks. In my next life I would love to closely study and work with art and museums. Speaking of museums, if you are in the Bay Area, please visit the De Young Museum’s Botticelli to Braque exhibit going on through the end of May. A great variety of masters are included in the presentation on tour from The National Galleries of Scotland. I like the look of art lovers enjoying the pieces. This is one of those rare cases when having someone in my shot is the very thing that makes the shot. This visit was after our early morning participation at Golden Gate Park for a walk/ run by O2 …

Stepping Away

When we push ourselves beyond comfort, we grow, correct?  When we want to do something better, we practice, persevere, and change our routines in order to develop better habits and mastery, don’t we?  So in trying to improve my blog by reviewing old posts while writing new ones that I edit more closely, am I becoming a sharper writer by focusing so much longer on one post at a time while chained to my chair, or am I becoming stupider because I cannot process nor execute anything substantial within an eight hour work period? The Smarty Pants part of my mind thinks that the list of new ideas sprouting left and right are ingenious,  but the Annie Adderall part sees that these ideas take no root and then I am quickly bored by them.  Is my cognitive processing tearing down old muscle to build newer stronger mental muscle or am I just diminishing any function I have left? Do you ever think, “Hmm… maybe I’m NOT getting better at this?  Maybe I can’t REALLY do everything I have my mind set to?” That’s …

On A Mission

The eclectic collection at SchatziSF. Photo by BP. I was on a mission.  On the heels of revealing this revamped blog format Sunday, March 8, aptly our day to spring forward, I felt a new found energy, understanding, and excitement for my website.  Though I committed myself to “sticking to it”, I knew I couldn’t be in the corner of my dining area one day longer adding dots, moving things around, editing on the computer, and making more notes with the help of blue tape headers and colored sticky paper squares.  “No no no,” I said to myself,  “you must head out and explore.  It is time to refill the well.” Do you do that often enough?  Refill your well?  Chatting with Oddsauce recently, we referred to it as Inspiration Addiction:  workshops, books, articles, and podcasts. I am particularly hooked on Grace Bonney’s and Jess Lively’s podcasts, and anticipate my weekly Marie Forleo You Tube fix.  Discussions on process, method, and motivation are things I seek out constantly.  I have also been listening to a favorite soundtrack since I was a girl, Hannah and Her …