I forgot to hula-hoop.

I embraced my inner hippie this weekend. John and I spent a few days with our close friends who live on an organic farm in the hills of California’s Central Coast. They have a growing business called Elemental Herbs that makes amazing herb-based skincare products (using farm-grown ingredients). John is involved with the company and this weekend, board members and their families gathered in a sleepy beach town called Cayucos for a good mix of business and pleasure. Saturday was also the []

California dreamin’.

I have the glorious pleasure of spending the next few days here. And also here. Don’t worry, Park City. You’re green enough now that I won’t be gone long. Stay tuned for a trip recap!

Don’t I know you from somewhere?

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen 7:00 AM. I’ve mentioned my difficulty with mornings before. In my not-so-distant past life, the starts to my weekdays were not pleasant. They meant being shocked out of sleep by the voices of NPR, blaring from the alarm clock across the room, strategically placed to force me to get out of bed to turn it off. No matter! I’d get out of bed, walk across the room, hit ‘snooze’ (hard) and beeline it back to my []

101.

It’s harder than you think to come up with 101 challenging things for yourself. I spent two days compiling a list of stuff I’d like to accomplish. Some of the items merely increase my ‘fun’ quotient in life (yay!). Some of them are sort of like chores I’ve been meaning to do. And some… well, some will be more difficult for me than I’d like to admit. Let’s just say there should be some interesting blog posts ahead. I’ll be tracking my []

Renewal.

I start and end my days with this. I think that’s Cholula‘s version of bliss. She treats each morning as it is: a new beginning. Hints of spring were everywhere today in my ‘hood! Maybe I’m motivated by the season of renewal, but I came across two ‘challenges’ that inspired me today. There’s a concept that seems to be growing in popularity (I think I’m late to the game). Take a look at the Day Zero Project. I learned about it over []

The little things.

Sometimes a few days alone is a good thing. Tonight’s little joys: Unconditional love. A charming book by Edward Monkton. A colorful veggie quesadilla for one and a glass of Pinot Noir. A classic movie I love on TV (Overboard). A sweet treat and some peace and quiet. Cheers to you, Monday.

Time flies.

There are just some friends in life that bring you back to yourself. No matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen each other, it’s as if no time has passed. You realize that, actually, normal life has been off somehow, because now it feels back in balance. That’s how it always is when Amanda and I get together, and this weekend was no exception. Let me start by saying that while we see each other multiple times each year, she hadn’t []

Sunshine and goodbyes.

Today is a stunning day. The sun is shining, and the grass is getting greener by the second. I hear happy birds chattering away through my open window. Flowers are everywhere, and I’m wearing a sundress and no shoes. I said goodbye to my sister today. We had a fantastic weekend and, as predicted, my heart feels a little bit empty now that she’s back on a plane to L.A. But on a day like today, I think I’ll pour a glass []

One year ago: The Big Island

Last April, I was drinking Mai Tais on the Big Island of Hawaii. How’s that for bliss? Every year, there’s a Bianchi Family Vacation on the books. I’m pretty sure it’s my parents way getting us to spend time all together, now that we’re spread out in a couple of different states (my brother and his wife live near Denver). They bribe us with trips we can’t refuse: the destination has been Hawaii more than once. Smart folks! Last year’s island of []

Daffodils and chocolate chips.

Today feels a little bit like Christmas Eve. My best friend, Amanda, is coming to visit tomorrow! We’ve been BFFs since the 4th grade (count ’em- that’s 27 years). We call each other ‘sister’. People say we’re so alike, we must share the same brain. From braces to big hair, from sixth grade graduation to prom night, from weddings to babies, from California to Colorado to Utah… we’ve been through a lot together. No one knows me in the same way that Amanda []