Another week has gone by and I am back with my latest musings.

I love the podcast, Criminal by Phoebe Judge and she recently shared about her new Squarespace blog, Phoebe Judges (love the pun!) where she picks her “best of”s.

More podcasts that I’ve been into: Call Your Girlfriend (long distance besties chat about all kinds of things under the sun). This one makes me miss having a bestie.

House-wise, I bought a new day bed for our guest room. Perfect for guests but great for curling up with a book. I am also planning a meditation-yoga spot in the guest room so the styling of the daybed is fitting.

These summer temperatures had me looking for a lighter foundation and this one by Bareminerals has SPF and is light. I’ve only just started using it and like it so far.

I started giving Evernote another go – their web interface is quite improved! I use it to store “to-do”s, blog ideas and other cool lists.


Although I haven’t been going to Crossfit lately, I still love me some kettlebells. I would like to do more of these Loaded Carries with Kettlebells.

I don’t know what has gotten into me. It’s probably age but in the last year, I’ve been liking more gold than silver. Silver was all I would wear but now, it’s gold, copper and rose gold. These gold rings and ear studs/jackets are lovely.

I’m enjoying this new podcast – An Even Better You from Mental Floss. The episodes on Batman Comics and Board Games were intriguing. I learned so much. Podcasts have been inspiring me to make little recordings of “conversations with Sagan”. I might post some of them later on.

Not a paleo recipe but gluten-free – I’ve been eating these Indian chickpea crepes (Pudla). Delicious, because of the cilantro and ginger.

“Leisure … is not the privilege of those who can afford to take time; it is the virtue of those who give to everything they do the time it deserves to take.” – David Steindl-Rast

July July

We have been on and off our paleo/primal eating but recently, listening to Nom Nom Paleo’s podcast, I’ve been inspired all over again. I really enjoy listening to Michelle and her lovely family share their favorite recipes and tips about a real food lifestyle.

From one of their episodes, they recommend this prosciutto from La Quercia – good quality and tasty! Turns out, I can pick it up from a nearby QFC or even Beecher’s right by the market.

Last Christmas, I got my very own ukulele (thanks to S, S & A). I haven’t had a chance to do anything but there is a ukulele workshop this Sunday at the Redmond library that I might check out.

Another podcast that I have started listening to – The Beginning of The End. I enjoyed the first episode, it made me think about endings and how endings really could be the beginning of something else. The 2nd episode is out today.

It’s been a while since we took a vacation and I’ve been living vicariously through my Instagram feed. My friends have been exploring some really beautiful spots and now I have a new vacation destination on the list – Antibes. So many places to visit, so little time!

We recently bought a grill basket for grilling up veggies like mushrooms, green beans and brussels sprouts. We don’t have to worry about veggies falling through the grates anymore. Think it would be great for shrimp too!

Long Weekend

New summer sandals

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I am so happy that I extended my long weekend by taking an extra day off yesterday. Lately, I’ve been feeling the effects of the many moves we had earlier in the year. My body was begging for rest. I complied and went shopping, thus the Instagram.

I’ve been listening to the Mystery Show podcast, thanks to Kate! Loved it so much that I listened to all the episodes in one day. Now I have to wait…

Also really enjoying Crime Writers on Serial. If you listened to Serial Season 1 and like me, have been caught up in this case, you would like this podcast and of course, the very detailed Undisclosed. These podcasts turn my 40 minute bus-ride into a flash!

I downloaded a new (to me!) book that comes highly recommended by a blog friend who prides herself on living life to the fullest.

Loving watermelon, iced coffees, brie on crackers and late night catch-up chats with Mike.

Staying Cool in the Heat

Skagit Sun Strawberries #hellosummer

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Eating cold spicy peanut sesame noodles – quick and easy and delicious! Use rice noodles or soba for a gluten-free option.

Listening to Leon Bridges’ new album – his sound is timeless.

Reading The Little Prince again because when you are feeling a little tired and off, this tips you in the right direction.

Enjoying warmer mornings, toddler chit chat, iced tea and dark chocolate-covered dried mango.

My Favorite Daddies

This is very much belated but every day should be a day when we appreciate the fathers in our lives.

You know that I can easily go on and on about my da (gosh, I miss him all the time), about his great stories and his infectious laughter and his big heart. I was sad that I couldn’t tell him how much I appreciate all he has done for me so I let Father’s Day slip by for me.

I wanted to post this because I think today is as good as any to be thankful for the dads in my life.


I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.
We are formed by little scraps of wisdom
.” ― Umberto Eco

Picking up

Hello friends,

It’s been such a long time since I last wrote. 2014 was a very trying year for me and my family. First, we had to say good-bye to my amazing and strong da. I miss him every single day and am slightly comforted by the bits of him that I recognize in Sagan.

We had a spade of home break-in’s and before long, I knew that, in order to keep my sanity, I had to leave Scarlett and the place we called home. We have now moved into a new space, it’s not in the city anymore but I still work in the city so I do get to spend time there. It was tough leaving a community that I felt connected to but it was time. Sometimes you feel it and no words can truly explain.

I am making a new commitment to update this blog again. I’d like to share updates about my life, show you how much S has grown and maybe start taking more pictures again. Let’s see if I can do this once a week.

I have missed you guys. I don’t even know if you would even read this but HELLO AGAIN!