Oh, I also just found out that gluten hates me. So all food and recipes posted from May 2012 forward are gluten-free.
This blog is a chronicle of my journey to master the many facets of new-school domesticity and hospitality (gluten-free cooking, hosting, decorating, eco-friendly home renovation, organic gardening, sewing, you name it) without quitting my day job, spending a fortune, driving my husband crazy or giving up on the other facets of a modern woman's busy life.
I believe we don't need to choose between domesticity and a life of adventure. We don't need to slave for hours to throw amazing parties, create beautiful homes or make our guests feel comfortable. And we don't need to drive ourselves nuts in the quest for perfection. I say use your best china, your best towels and your guest soaps. Make your parties casual, but make things special when it really matters. Indulge your creative urges. Don't be afraid to fail. Forget about all of those fussy details that just make your guests think you're overly Type A anyway. Be a girly girl some of the time, a tomboy at others. Experiment in the kitchen, and don't apologize when the result isn't perfect. Pay other people to do things for you if it makes your life less stressful, but don't rely on others to do everything for you. Have fun at your own parties. Make time for the people you love, but make time for yourself too. Life is short.
I'm a huge believer that we can all learn a ton from each other, and spark endless ideas. Do you share my philosophy? Heartily disagree? Either way, please share what you've learned in your life's journey. I'd love to hear from you!
That photo to the right of a climber on the Shark's Fin, with Mt. Whitney in the background... that's me. But for you climbers out there, I didn't lead it (Mark did -- see below), and I have a bunch of draws clipped into two bolts since I'm off belay in this picture. I didn't say I was a good climber.
Where I've lived
Current location: Truckee, California (near Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada mountains)
Next most recent location: Los Angeles (8 years)
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin (ages 0-6, 11-17)
Where else I've lived: Dallas (ages 6-7), Memphis (ages 8-10), Berkeley (ages 17-21), Washington, DC (ages 21-24)
Say hi to my amazing husband Mark, my partner in crime in most of our DIY, foodie and sporty adventures. I'm pretty sure I knew he was perfect for me when we climbed to the top of Mt. Whitney together (14,000 feet and change), and then promptly turned around and drove back to LA for a fancy French dinner. This is a man who appreciates high and low as much as I do. And he accepts that's it best not to argue with one's wife about decor-related matters. The perfect man.
Our hilarious ten and eleven-year-old Chihuahuas, Bella (dark) and Chelsea (light).