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thoughts on a thursday morning….

June 19, 2014

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even though, calendar-wise, we’re still technically in spring, around here the neighborhood air is coconut suncreen-scented, and beach-cruisers outnumber bmw’s.

summer has arrived.

here are some other undeniable things happening in my world:

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berries are abundant.

it’s no secret to you m’loves that i’ve been having fun with these sweet, mouth-watering candies.

i’m still doing my strawberry water and our backyard bush is on its very last bloom.

but i just stumbled across this summer berry PUDDING and i am an obsessed catnipped kitten.

have you even heard of “berry pudding”!?!

that’s like the best two words EVER coming together and having a baby.

like: prada sale, cheese plate, pre-nup, or phen-fen….

maybe one of my culinary readers will venture a make of this delicious recipe…

for now i’m just going to fantasize about berry pudding.

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one should never underestimate the power of puppy breath.

even if you’re a cat person, i dare you to find yourself a pup, and not be boiled over with giggles and oxytocin.

and stay out of the pet stores…so many shelters are teeming with adorable puppies needing volunteers for walks and companionship; just an hour a week can make a difference in your mood.

i dare you.

AND if this video of a puppy litter’s first swim doesn’t cure your summertime blues maybe you should just switch to barbiturates in your green smoothie.

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speaking of mind-altering substances….gotta give a big shout out to my newest supporter.

thanks granny.

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and not that you need a reminder, but they still install “wash your hands” signs in restrooms.

yesterday i had a migraine that gave waterboarding a run for its tortuous money.

i wanted to call in “pissy” to work, but it was too late to find a sub.

instead i walked around for the first part of my morning with my headache as the center of my universe; expecting the rest of the universe to act accordingly.

it took effort for me to be kind.

i did need a reminder, and got one.

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a student….going through pain herself, not a migraine, but just as raw; something i could unfortunately share in the experience of.

loving on her and trying to show her kindness actually made me forget about my stupid head; all i felt was love and compassion even though i was so sad for her.

we are never alone; even in our pain.

sometimes, often times, sharing or focusing on the fact that there are others who are feeling just as bad as us, and can use support, is often the remedy we need to solve our own crisis.

at least that’s how it seems to work for me…

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so there are my thursday thoughts.

wishing you a day full of puppy kisses, sunny skies worthy of coconut sunscreen, and the gift of feeling compassion for someone else.

love,

katie

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spring break

April 16, 2014

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darlings it’s been too long.

i’ve been remiss from my post.

like a rampant co-ed, unleashed on myrtle beach; caution and bra to the wind, my feet dangling, shot-gun, outside the sunroof, as i pass my number to the cutest boy in town; laptops and passcodes have been ebola virus loathe to me………until today.

glad to see you.

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catch me up on you, as i french kiss this cup of dark roast.

is april treating you well?

like me, are you fist pumping the lilac-scented, morning air; HAPPY for warmer days and shorter nights; uber-thrilled with sunday’s episode of game of thrones? –if you’re not caught up…get OFF the internet now!

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against type, {half-asian, allergic to daylight} i’ve been playing outdoors.

each afternoon, with hat on head, pocketing out new parts of town, i taste-test the sunshine, sampling all the radiance and jolly spring has to offer.

nothing too adventurous, typically it’s never more than a five minute stroll down a foreign street, or i’ll park somewhere farther away than usual; the perfect portion of fresh air and vitamin d—nothing more, nothing where i break a sweat or strap on sneakers.

this is me we’re talking about; i wear sunscreen to bed, i have zero desire to trek nepal, nor go anywhere requiring a compass or map. my version of SURVIVOR is a hotel without 24-hour room service.

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competing with sunshine, for air time in my life, is sweet; there is a prolific amount of sweet going around town.

sweetness comes in all forms these days, and not just in my recent, key lime pie face-plants.

my easter basket of sweet includes the tall, the short, male, female, four-legged with whiskers, and a pulse-free, heart rate inducing nemesis keeping me up at all hours of the night.

and sometimes that sweet comes in the form of falling flat on my face, scraped-up knees and bloody elbows for souvenirs, accompanied with a wet-your-pants rendition of how it all went down.

my lesson there was that not all fences need mending. i tend to bloat my importance in other people’s lives. sometimes silence is the loudest and clearest message of all.

now it’s just a matter of me walking, breathing, & hip-shaking my new awareness.

but there’s still sweetness in knowing that although i may not have succeeded in an earnest endeavor, i’m still standing, loving {hard}, laughing {a lot,} and believing in the good.

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i’m a sucker for a happy ending.

{don’t be nasty.}

and i get one every morning and every night…

{again keep it clean, guys.}

thank you is a happy ending.

a 45-second, out of the saddle, sprint, with the biggest, fattest gear, leaving me breathless, and wanting to vomit, is a happy ending.

lessons, even when they leave me tear-stained are happy endings.

the breath of a beast is a happy ending.

 and every time i sit down to say “hello” to you, THAT is a happy ending.

wednesday happy to you my bunny rabbits; wishing you many happy endings…

love,

katie

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it’s friday, i’m in love….

November 8, 2013

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good morning lovers!

friday happy to you.

pull up a chair and grab your mug; i’m ready to dish on all things favorite.

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i truly am cozied up here, piano’ing my keyboard whilst sneaking sips from one of my favorite coffees.

it’s that time of year: red cups, silver bells, and the release of holiday blend from peet’s coffee...

these beans are the perfect coupling of nuttiness and spicy in a dark, slap-you-in-the-face roast.

 adding to this morning tryst is an article i read yesterday stating that coffee is quite the unknown anti-ager.

can i get a “hell yeah!!”?

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speaking of anti-aging, i’m obsessed with all products sunday riley. i waited a good 6 months before reviewing sunday’s a-grade material, raw, vegan-friendly line. it IS pricey but i had heard so many rave reviews i had to check it out.

i am not disappointed. her clean & green in technology have given me noticeable results in fine lines, suppleness, and hydration; meaning i can actually see a difference.

i am officially addicted to her bionic anti-aging cream and start-over eye gel .

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and speaking of addictions, remember when i told you about my crack habit?

well it just soared to toronto mayor levels.

at that aforementioned peet’s coffee, also known as my dealer, they are now offering chocolate covered oreos during this over-fed holiday season…..as if we’re not already getting our adequate supply of sugar and fat.

unfortunately the smack is only available in-store. you gotta get your strung-out self to your local shop for that afternoon fix.

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i can’t believe, but running and i have yet to break up.

it’s been a week.

but along with my newfound pavement pounding i’m also “rolling” more.

just as important to stretching, deep fascia therapy, either on a foam roller or manually with massage, is crucial to joint health.

every day and before bed i’ve been using my yoga tune up balls to alleviate much of the pain i experience in my back, hamstrings, feet, hand and knees.

it hurts like a mother, i’m talking tears sometimes, but the effects are nirvanic and can be felt right away.

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as a reward for sticking with my holiday hustle {albeit 6 days} i treated myself to these satin jogging pants from vince, and yes…i may even jog in them….in heels.

they are über comfortable, flattering, and what i love most is the tuxedo stripe down the side of the leg.

FAN-CEEE!

and then lastly for the friday favorites…for those of you who didn’t already see it yesterday on facebook, i am FIENDISH for the talking pet app.

if you have pets and you text/email photos of your pets excessively, then this is the app for you.

so like priscilla said, “happy weekend!”

wishing you caffeinated dreams and chocolate-covered smiles.

see you on the other side of sunday m’loves.

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shake it out!!

October 29, 2013

 

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 so last week my friend, mrs. burns, sent me a story about the shake book by carli davidson, a portland photographer for the oregon zoo.

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for an hour i poured over her hilarious portraits of dogs “shaking, jowls flapping, and fur flying.” each print is more unique and funny than the next.

so you can imagine my giddy when yesterday i came across the corresponding video to these shoots…

pure happiness on a tuesday.

shake it out m’loves.

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shut the fridge!

October 9, 2013

welcome to the latest installment of “shut the fridge,” where our favorites let us glimpse inside their eating world.
i am cuckoo-clock crazy for today’s guest.
i’ve been trying to get my beautiful friend, cassie piasecki, on GNI since i first started this gig.
every second with cassie is an inspiration. she is an entrepreneur, writer, fitness fiend {soon to be whipping all of our bottoms in both her spin and pilates classes,} she is an exquisite mother, adoring wife, and one of the most fantastic friends to have.
if cassie ever created her own talk-show, i’d be the first one to DVR every episode. she always has oodles of important information, not just opinions, on everything from starting one’s own business to raising a daughter in newport beach.
and she’s ALWAYS dressed like she just stepped off the most recent street style pages.
here’s a look inside this fabulous girl’s fridge:
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In the Piasecki Household we are in a state of transition and a busy travel month.  My one and only child just left for college, leaving me to cook for just myself and the hubs.  After a summer of  “let’s eat at home to save money as much as we can” for the three of us, this is quite a departure.  Especially because the hubs is traveling three days out of the week every week for September and October.  Long story short…I’m not buying OR cooking much.  It’s basically ME.
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I’m going to start at the top and that’s my freezer.  I’m a plan ahead kind of girl.  I usually spend Sunday in the kitchen baking blueberry muffins or banana bread for the hub’s breakfast, making a soup for the first couple of days of the week and usually a pot of chili, spaghetti sauce or stew that I can freeze in individual size portions for weeknight dinners.  Because I don’t eat meat and the hubs was brought up on boarding school “slop food” we usually eat different things for dinner.  I’m not a big “lady who lunches” kind of gal.  I dig an Amy’s bean and rice burrito or a Trader Joe’s pizza (Hello! They are made in Italy!!) midday. The Klondikes are obviously for the person who doesn’t  wear workout clothes most days of the week.
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Yogurt is big in our house for breakfast.  I eat the Fage with berries and hemp seed sprinkled on it and the Noosa is my special treat.  A few spoonfuls are the perfect late-afternoon pick me up before a cycle class.  We totally eat a lot of butter, too.  I feel if you are going to splurge on something that is high calorie or high fat, make it the best it can be.  Straus Creamery is the bomb!  Have you tried their eggnog?  It’s coming!!!  I love fizzy water and the Voss bottles are so pretty.  Hubs loves a Pellegrino soda every now and then.  Costco sells them in a big pack so it seems like we have a lot of them now.  Oh and that orange?? That is for Mandy, our blind Bichon Frise.  My hubs is convinced that she needs a slice of orange everyday to keep her healthy.  He forces me to give it to her even when he travels.
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A few of my fave things ready for the week…jicama, roasted Delicata squash, Majestic sprouted hummus and my lemon pie Coco-Roons.
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I love my seeds!  This summer I got really into Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, “It’s All Good” and a lot of her recipes use flax seeds, almond butter and brown rice syrup (well, the desserts do!) so I always seem to have those on hand.  I like to add the cacao nibs to granola that I make at home.  And, I love Justin’s peanut butter cups.
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I know this isn’t IN my fridge but I became obsessed with these spices this summer and I had to share.  Cinnamon goes on all of my yogurt.  Lemon Pepper…where have you been all of my life?  It goes on just about everything that doesn’t get cinnamon.  The Savory Spice Shop in Corona del Mar is awesome because you can try small amounts of things you wouldn’t normally use.  Not that these two are anything unusual but I sprinkle red pepper flakes on pizza and the fine white pepper?  SO yummy on steamed rice and vegetables.
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Only people who actually come in my house would ever see this but I collect fridge magnets.  BUT, there is a catch!  It can’t be just any magnet.  I have to get the magnet myself, you can’t bring me one AND I have to get it for free.   Each one means something only to me.  They captured a time of my life (the kid dentist), a trip (a funky pizza joint in Colorado) or even businesses that have now closed (my fave scrapbook shop).  They cover much of the real estate on my fridge.  Silly but cool.
I have to thank Katie because I learned a lot from this exercise.  I learned that I need to add some variety into my eating!  As much as I love my berries, I’m excited for the change in seasons and the fall fruits and vegetables.  I just signed up for the South Coast Farms CSA baskets through Villa Pilates and Yoga.  My soups and stews will be chock full of organic goodness.
I don’t have a cool quote about food to close my entry here on Miss Katie’s blog.  I will share two of my food rules.  I really don’t eat after 7pm and abs are made in the kitchen.

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expectations

August 26, 2013

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~what do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?

~you keep it to yourself. 

BROADCAST NEWS, james l. brooks.

sorry loves, but i can’t contain this….maine is my new necessary.

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not even 48 hours into our stay and maine has declared “game, set, match.”

the levels of bewitch are painful; my face hurts from smiling, and how many more times can a girl cry at the sound of seagulls happily cawing into the warm, night wind?

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we are hiding off the tip of bailey island, where american flags gaily compete for top flight in skies so blue, they scoff at photo shop and “filters.”

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the see-through, aquamarine water has an integrity not experienced in the tropics or warmer vacation climates i’ve gravitated toward.

cold?

yes.

but invigorating and life-affirming; a wake-up call to my senses that have gone lazy and lax.

here, the sea is a bloodline; pumping soul into the hearts of all who live here.

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 so far our only adventure has been into the popped collar and ivy league sweatshirt town of kennebunkport.

waspy element aside {oh who are we kidding i was dying a happy, exalted breath every time i saw a pair of madras shorts,} this lively hamlet welcomed us with eye-watering bloody marys, and an introduction to the state treasure known as “homemade ice cream.”

i foresee the purchase of elastic waistband pants; maybe even a muu-muu–and that’s just for hunkiest.

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if i’m really honest though this place could be a total trash-can and we’d still be the giddiest clams in the bucket.

not even 30 seconds standing on our driveway and we were greeted with tongues and tails from the girls next door.

daisy is the older lass. she is sweet, demure, mannerly and plays quietly in our grass for hours.

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and when she’s not on her back dancing for the sun and the clouds, lily, the younger sister, romps around the property, stealing tennis balls, barking chatting up seagulls, and looking for dropped table scraps.

sounds like another girl i know.

maine. i’m officially seduced.

are we friends yet? 

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the newest ritual

November 5, 2012

monday morning kisses-on-your-heads to you m’loves!

how was your weekend? did you pound the alarm nicki minaj style? or were you a sade smooth operator?

i had a little of both condiments on my hot dog.

 the highlight of my weekend was visiting the grand opening of the much anticipated debut of ritual juicebox at the CAMP in costa mesa, california.

i’ve written about my love for ritual cleanse and their 100% organic, raw juices before. their juices are the best on the market, hands and pants down. now i am doubly excited i can get their juices locally, in single bottles, in an buffet of many, new flavors. 

the proof of the power of juicing is in this shop window. here are marra o. st. clair and lorri c. kenyon, the founders of ritual wellness. these girls literally glow. they are as nice as they are beautiful too. they were bubbling with excitement over their newest expansion with “ritual” {what we have all affectionately nicknamed the company.} these girls are talking, walking representations of the positive affects of the organic, raw lifestyle. their skin, their eyes, and their attitudes are just luminous. 

we got right down to business. for those of you already familiar with ritual cleanse, you’ll be amazed at how they’ve expanded their menu, and have these sweet, baby tester bottles to try the new juices out. “cinnamon coconut” seriously tastes like christmas in a bottle. i am NOT a coconut water fan, but i downed this like it was the last bottle of water on earth. and what may be my new favorite, “spicy greens”, is a twist on their standard greens: spinach, kale, romaine, apple, celery but added with TUMERIC!!! i’m such a sucker for tumeric and its anti-inflammatory properties. it’s currently flavoring my coffee as i type. they girls obviously think highly of its health benefits too. 

here’s how cute the juicebox looks from afar. and you can see the standards with which ritual wellness makes all of their juices: ALL of their produce is ALWAYS organic, 100% of the time. their centrifugal juicers extract 4 times more nutrients than most other juices used at home or in other shops. 

and i just love their commitment to the planet. all of their bottles, ice packs, and cooler bags {pictured} are 100% recyclable, made from 100% recyclable materials. you can’t beat that. 

so you can imagine how crazy honored i was when they asked me to be their inaugural “wellness warrior,”  an ambassador for their amazing company. could you hear my scream of delight throughout the country?

for the month of november, every time you buy a “sweet greens“-my favorite juice, ritual juicebox will donate 10% of the benefits to best friends animal society, the number one charity in america getting the country to a no-homeless pet state, with no-kill shelters. 

i’m just the luckiest girl ever. truly.

if you haven’t been down to the CAMP lately it’s definitely worth a visit. i love the funkier, independently owned shops and environmentally friendly vibe. i always walk around the CAMP with a giant smile on my face.

saturday was no different, i loped around with a stupid silly, ear to ear grin.

come meet me for a juice m’loves.

love,

katie

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scenes from a {catbird} weekend

October 8, 2012

monday sugar to you m’loves. did you fancy yourself a weekend chandelier sparkly?

mine was restful, seeing faces i love, both my day-to-day cherished ones, and a few i don’t get to see nearly enough.

on friday afternoon, a big joyful box from catbird arrived for me. 

catbird is a darling little shop in williamsburg {brooklyn, nyc} with the most spectacular sourcing of jewelers and artisans. each vendor is more unique and wonderful than the next. and their price points cater to all sorts of budgets. they have super quick economy shipping; i placed an order on tuesday, and had it 3 days later. none of that going to your front, empty doorstep over and over, day after day, like a crazy person. 

 out of all my boons, this twisted stacker ring was definitely the house favorite. it’s the prettiest, tiny, fleck of delicate gold that wraps sweetly around my ring finger. it connotes such a softness and tenderness, and of course love. how could i not wear it as my wedding band? as you can see even priscilla wanted in on my new jewelry action. that girl does not know her place. 

a close second in the favorite department is our new campfire candle. just like the label says it really does smell like wood smoke, saddle leather and honey. that element of sweet mixed with the smoky makes the most intoxicating autumn aroma. the house smells like a log cabin tucked hidden in the tennessee woods. it’s the perfect candle for this time of year. 

sweet dreams were most certainly had under our new tiffany-blue banner.

oh, and jones learned the art of the photobomb

this roomy, canvas tote bag has already seen much use this weekend at various errands and markets. it’s a great size and washes nicely. it came free with purchase. 

a weekend lovely, full of merry, love and living life. magic surrounds indeed!

 monday happy to you m’loves, here’s to a week of keeping the magic flowing.

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weekend HAPPY

September 21, 2012

friday toe-touch to you m’loves.

how was the week? do you hope you get another one just like it in 4 days? or are you on bended knee, praying that you’ll never see the likes of that wrecked train of a week again?

i think we could all use some cheering up. 

here are some things that are making me ridiculously happy:

on ellen last week her guest, talia, a thirteen-year-old cancer survivor and genius make-up pro, was made an honorary covergirl. 

 here’s the videosuperb.

from the second this food52.com recipe popped into my in-box i’ve been scheming ways to get these scalloped tomatoes into my stomach {mother?}

and i know i’m not the only one. several friends were emailing and chatting this tomato affair up with me like it was the fourth shades of grey “novel.”

with a few tweaks this could easily be vegan friendly. i’ll let you know.

the new p!nk album is silly good. every song i love, and just makes me…..happy.

you can buy and listen to samples here.

well? i mean, how could this not put a smile on your face?

and YOU m’loves! you make me ridiculously happy! 

see you on the other side of sunday. 

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home improvement

August 7, 2012

yesterday as the sun lifted over the newport beach skyline, a mighty crew of 5 showed up at my front door ready to home improve.

with their boots steel-toe enforced, and their belts accessorized in summer’s latest fancy hammers, shiny wrenches and drivers that screw, my boys were ready to help me fancy up the hearth.

here’s how it all went down:

i am finally giving into the demands of painting our guest room. but only at the request of a guest {my mother.} i’ve always considered benjamin moore’s linen white {a favorite white for many decorators} practically a dark, chocolate-brown. the walls in my house are so white you pretty much get sunburned from the reflection. i hand out spf 75 to all who enter. but i will bend….for my guest. she loves a deep taupe, and she did birth me y’know; no charge either.

speaking of guests…this one had to be reminded that she ultimately IS a guest in this house. her misbehaving and flirtations with the construction workers was off the charts. snooki levels! how else do you think that hooker got pregnant priscilla?!!?

she left me little choice but to leash her to my desk. 

her brother, on the other hand, wanted to check into a hotel on the farthest side of town. under the desk he hid until the last pick-up truck drove away.

come lunch time the boys demanded EZ-TAKEOUT, costa mesa’s answer to the in-n-out burger. many would argue EZ far surpasses the large chain. eager to please my hungry men i hightailed it into the drive-thru where i met a mecca of menus, options, combos, number 4′s and 5′s and a speaker system circa 1984, high school-cafeteria auditorium, with an equivalent pissed off, high school chemistry teacher posing as a fast food attendent, who was none too pleased with me for not knowing the full particulars of an all-white-patty? silly me, i thought it was some terrible, racist sandwich. 

now, i haven’t been to a drive-thru since my college days. i’m not down with today’s fast food culture. i felt like my mom trying to send a text with the remote control. i panicked. unfamiliar with the proper language and protocol, and of course dressed in completely the wrong clothes, i felt little beads of perspiration pierce through my matte-finish tinted moisturizer, i quickly threw the car in reverse, parked and found sanctuary at the walk-up. 

after ordering the burgers and pissing the owner off with my “is your beef grass-fed?” question i zipped back home with my factory farmed sandwiches and  cancer in a cups {3 dr. peppers and 2 sprites.}

and what a surprise i had waiting for me: my michelle armas painting was hung! remember when i got this steal on one king’s lane last spring? well, it’s been sitting in its box for months waiting to show itself over our living room. i just love it. another reason why i think the super white walls look great: any art i hang pops really well against them. at least i think it does. 

and we also had our headboard FINALLY installed. after a visit with feng shui expert, jennifer bonnetto, last january, hh and i learned we had several energy issues with our furniture placement and home design. one of the biggies was our lack of headboard in the master bedroom. apparently we were subject to serious marital squabbles with the lack of backing during the nocturnal hours. i’m happy to report that although we weren’t ones for relationship discord to begin with, but please don’t get me started on air conditioning in the car, things have been blissful between us in the 16 hours post installation.

but the absolute knockout of yesterday’s toil is our fountain. another feng shui must. the fountain in the backyard supposedly balances the mountains {otherwise known as our fence} in our front yard, and provides abundance and prosperity. 

i just think it looks pretty and the sound is absolutely heavenly. i can’t believe it’s taken this long to put one in. all night long we listened to the tiny, little drops of water, pitter-patter down into the soft pool. bye-bye stress. 

the crew is here all week. so expect more updates.

tuesday happy m’loves.

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