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Bodega Bay

September 16, 2013

Bodega Bay was the very first place we wanted to see when we moved here. It’s one of the coastal villages peppered up and down California’s famed Highway 1 and the closest point where we can access the water, only about 30 minutes from our house.

The town is small and sleepy, tucked alongside a quiet inlet of water that is separated from the Pacific Ocean by two peninsulas. You may recognize it from scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. It was also the site of the first Russian structures built in California, in 1809.

We walked on a few of the little paths with ocean views, and admired the rocks, crashing waves, and small sandy beach. There’s an island just off the coast that appeared to be covered in very vocal sea lions, their throaty calls filling the air.

Lunch was enjoyed at a pleasant little place David found online called the Fishetarian Fish Market, founded by a man whose wife was a vegetarian before she met him and became a “fishetarian” after. They serve gourmet fish and chips, sprinkle fresh green parsley on their French fries, and display a surprising number of gluten-free cookies and snacks on their counter. Every chair in the dining room was filled by a mix of motorcyclists and families.

I love the coast. Ever since I was little, I’ve connected with the salty sea air, the sound of the waves, and the feeling of being on the edge of the world. I’m already itching to go back.

Maybe you’re wondering what we’ve been eating lately, since food posts have been woefully infrequent around here? We’re still settling in and haven’t gotten back into our normal routine of inspired, leisurely cooking yet. Plus, we haven’t bought a bookcase, so all my beloved cookbooks are still in boxes, which I paw around in when I miss them. But a few of the meals and snacks we’ve been repeating lately are:

  • avocado smashed on whole grain toast with salt and pepper (I’m loving the loaves from this local organic bakery)
  • kale, pineapple, and a splash of water blended together into a smoothie
  • brown rice, white beans, or salad topped with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and kalamata olives
  • big salads tossed with either fruit and nuts (his) or beans and whatever veggies are in the fridge (hers)
  • handfuls of crunchy snap peas
  • mangos
  • peaches
  • vegan pho from our new favorite casual, close-to-home, never-fail eatery, Goji Kitchen

What else should I tell you before I sign off?

I still have pictures from the cross- country road trip to share here, someday.

I’m writing this post from the patio, my favorite part of the house and the site of our only “real” furniture besides our bed and couch.

I watched a few of Jeff Novick’s DVDs and thought they were fairly entertaining and packed full of useful information about nutrition and healthful eating. Maybe your library has them? I felt like I learned a great deal.

Until next time! Wishing all of you a nice transition from summer to fall.

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August Quote Exchange

September 2, 2013

Hello! Just popping in quickly before we saute up a skillet of brussel sprouts with lemon juice and zest.

I keep thinking life will calm down and return to its normal pace once we’re “settled,” but that hasn’t quite happened yet. Our to-do lists are full of tasks related to the move, the house is mostly unfurnished and blanketed in dust from the painters, and we’re just not in the normal swing of things yet. We’re taking our time. Working on things little by little. Trying not to exceed the mental bandwidth we have available.

But in the midst of dust and furniture hunting, here are the August quotes from Katie and me. I hope you find them inspiring and interesting. Again, please forgive me for not having many compelling surfaces to photograph on lately! Still getting to know the light of the house and the flat spots available.

Off to the sprouts! Have a great start to your week.

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July Quote Exchange

August 12, 2013

  Well y’all, we made it. We pulled into our driveway at the very end of June, after 7 days of navigating the country with our dog curled up in the back of our little SUV. Since then life has been a whirlwind of job interviews, errands, DMV visits, trips to home improvement stores, paint [...]

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June Quote Exchange

June 14, 2013

Y’all, I know that my packing excuses are getting old, but I will say just one more time that I am so sorry to be an absentee blogger lately and that I truly hope I am not leaving you hanging. I keep thinking that we will run out of stuff soon and I will no [...]

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Map Moving Announcement

May 27, 2013

I have escaped from the tangles of bubble wrap and cardboard boxes in our second bedroom to pop in and say hello to all of you! I wish life wasn’t quite so hectic right now, but packing and other move preparations are in full swing. I am a picky, organized, “Wait! Can this thin scarf [...]

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May Quote Exchange

May 10, 2013

It is time to reveal the May Quote Exchange! Look how beautiful Katie’s is. I am a person who loves to be near water, so I really like that seashell made from a book page. Such a neat, artistic idea. And of course the possibility of living with intention instead of by habit is thought-provoking. [...]

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Things I Will Miss About the South #1

May 5, 2013

We’ve been thinking about moving to a healthier city with a milder summer climate for a long time now, and this June we are finally taking the plunge. We’re moving to Sonoma County, California, so that we can be near my family, though we also seriously considered Seattle and Denver. I’ve always realized there would [...]

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Gift Idea: Book of Notes

April 28, 2013

Have you guys ever visited Oh Hello, Friend? Danni is so cute and inspiring. I’ve really enjoyed following her and seeing all her crafty, papery, businessy, and creative projects. She is talented, fun, and unique. One idea of hers that really stuck with me is a handmade gift she calls a “book of notes.” Basically [...]

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The Trident, Sausalito

April 24, 2013

On a recent house-hunting trip, my mom scooped us up at the San Francisco airport and we headed north on 101 toward Sonoma County. Once we cleared the city and crossed the Golden Gate, we decided to hop off the freeway and stop for lunch before making the rest of the drive. My mom recalled [...]

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April Quote Exchange

April 22, 2013

I’m excited to share April’s quote exchange with you. It was a fun one with some new and different twists. I finally used some of the rubber stamps I collected throughout my childhood, and one of these adorable tiny brown paper bags that I love. One lucky day, a parent at school happened to give [...]

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