Sunday, May 28, 2017 spring 2017

Ah, spring, or as I like to think of it, "BEES, AAGH, SO MANY BEES!" season.

. mems . 

The weather's been disgustingly beautiful here in SoCal. The Spousebot & I took a romantic mini break to La Jolla to scope out sun, sand, surf, and sea lions. First three were great. As for the last, a sea lion colony sunning on the shore sounds picturesque, but it turns out they're fart/belch/vomit monsters rolling around in their own filth. Nature!

fave La Jolla stops:
- Puesto: Amazing tacos, especially the zucchini cactus. Unusual and so delicious!
- Bobboi's Natural Gelato: Tons of nondairy and vegan options. Perfect snack for strolling along the shores!
- Birch Aquarium: Lots of smaller exhibits, really adorable gift shop. I recommend going in the morning and, after, making the short drive to La Jolla shores for a picnic lunch and some beach time.
- Pantai Inn: A little boutique hotel with adorable rooms, great staff, and scrumptious breakfasts. They brought us anniversary cupcakes!

. obsessions . 

Iced green tea, especially with some added mint leaves. I've been brewing up batches, adding mint leaves during the steeping. Super refreshing!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 jan 2017

It's been so long since I updated the blog! I took a long break from blogging because I get into these perfectionist pits where I pressure myself to the point of panic followed by abandoning everything. 


Anyway, going to ease back into the blogging game because I really do love it. It's a fun way for me to look back on what I did/read/ate/avoided during the month. 

So here we go!


* crazy weather here in San Diego, lots of rain and a day where some serious hail came down
* joined the RWA, finally! 
* went to the big farmer's market up in Hillcrest. when you imagine farmer's markets and look at pictures, they seem so charming and laid back. IRL, it's elbowing mom-types out of the way so I can get to the good broccoli 


* soup! liquidy goodness. I can't handle dairy, so I've been using boiled potatoes, pureeing them stock. makes a delicious, creamy, rich base for any soup without cream/milk. 


Everything I read this month was. So. Good. 

I'm so glad I pushed myself to read THE HANDMAID'S TALE. It was hard for me. The book made me tense and uncomfortable, and I read it at snail's pace. But it was worth it. I still find myself thinking about parts of it long after I've finished it. It's an important book, a must-read. 


I'm gearing up for the Pitch Madness Contest, hosted by Brenda Drake! I'm hoping to enter my NA/Adult futuristic/sci-fi, superhero inspired romance. Good luck to everyone entering!

Here's to a great February!

Thursday, June 30, 2016 june 2016

 4 faves

  • [food] homemade popsicles: been making these out of chocolate pudding. delicious!
  • [food] summer cocktails: love making my own end of the day mojitos with fresh lime and mint. hopefully my mint plant stays alive all summer long!

3 memories
  • early morning runs: love waking up early and getting these in, especially in the cooler summer mornings
  • digging out old projects: have a couple of embroidery projects that have been hanging over me forever. determined to finish these by christmas!
  • binge reading a book to the end: it's been so long since i've done this, but it was worth it! (the book was the winner's crime!)

2 writer/reader tools

1 looking forward to

Thursday, June 2, 2016 may 2016

 4 faves
  • [tech] Fliqlo: a screensaver that turns your screen into an old-style flip clock
  • [tech] Momentum: an extension for Google Chrome that opens each new tab with an amazing photo + greeting. can be personalized with inspiring quote, weather, to do list, and more

3 memories
  • starting the lego: louvre: the spousebot & I started building one of those fancy shmancy advanced lego architecture buildings
  • decorating the house: using art prints + washi tape
  • trying new food places: specifically a filipino restaurant & a pancake house

2 writer/reader tools

1 looking forward to
  • catching up on tv & movies

reads: may 2016

one | The Blushing Bounder (The Iron Seas 0.4) by Meljean Brook

two | Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson

three | Calamity (Reckoners #3) by Brandon Sanderson 

four | How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson

five | The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey


2 nonfic

2 adult
  1 steampunk romance
  1 fantasy

2 ya
  1 sci-fi
  1 contemporary fantasy

Friday, May 6, 2016 april 2016

4 faves

3 memories
  • growing a basil plant: a.k.a. constantly staring at said plant, asking if it's okay or needs anything. using the harvests to make home made pesto for super fancy pizzas!
  • camp nanowrimo: scrapping the drafts that emerged, but I finally reached a point where I felt connected to this project. 
  • setting up my office: and then not using it because the dining table is closer to food

2 writer/reader tools

1 looking forward to
  • lunch #dreambig

Saturday, April 30, 2016

reads: april 2016

one | Demon Night (The Guardians #3) by Meljean Brook

two | Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer

three | Wrecked (The Iron Seas #3.4) by Meljean Brook 

four | Here There Be Monsters (The Iron Seas 0.5) by Meljean Brook

five | Frozen by Meljean Brook 

six | Future Shock (Future Shock #1) by Elizabeth Briggs 

seven | The Liar by Nora Roberts 

nine | Devoted in Death (In Death #41) by J.D. Robb 


7 adult
   1 thriller (sci-fi: futuristic)
   1 (thriller) romance
   2 paranormal romance
   3 steampunk

2 ya sci-fi

So many books read this month! I think it helped that I've embraced having multiple formats of books*. No matter what I'm doing, whether it's waiting in line, commuting, or tucked into bed, I've got a book and a way to read it. 

* Formats breakdown: 
1 short story collection (STARS ABOVE) spring 2017

Ah, spring, or as I like to think of it, "BEES, AAGH, SO MANY BEES!" season. . mems .  The weather's been disgustingl...