Edited to add: yes, I said post your vote in the comments section... not Twitter, G-chat and texts. That means no cookies for Jess, Hillary, and Julia :)
Monday, December 5, 2011
Edited to add: yes, I said post your vote in the comments section... not Twitter, G-chat and texts. That means no cookies for Jess, Hillary, and Julia :)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
In the wee hours of this morning, I woke up to go to the bathroom and before I snuck back in to bed, I couldn't help but open up my laptop to get an update on Gilad Shalit's homecoming. Before we fell asleep, we were just moments away from receiving confirmation that Gilad was reunited with his family. It was the most incredible feeling to go to bed not knowing what kind of news we would wake up to, but knowing in my heart that thousands of miles away in the Middle East, some sort of miracle was happening.
You see, I had heard and read it all. Gilad was tortured. Gilad was starved. Gilad was brutally, verbally abused. Gilad hadn't seen the sun in over five years. Nobody knew what state he would be in physically, emotionally and mentally, when he crossed the border on to Israeli soil after so much time in captivity. As the anticipation built after the news that he was to return home, so did the skepticism. But he had become like a son to an entire nation who so desperately wanted to live to witness the end of his plight, and today history was made.
Welcome home, Gilad. May you live a long, happy and healthy future...
|image via www.jewishjournal.com|
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
|joshua tree, november 2011|
I was hit with the plague at 1:30am on Thursday morning, and puked 9 times before Todd took me to the emergency room for some serious drugs and fluids. It was an awful case of food poisoning, or at least that's all we can chalk it up to. He paid the emergency room co-pay and made me laugh, calling me an expensive date. He stood by my bedside (literally, almost on top of me) with bloodshot tired eyes and even held the bin while I tossed my cookies just one more time to show the doctors and nurses I meant business. He played hooky to stay home and sleep with me, and even kept the TV noise to a minimum :)
In sickness and in health, baby! This guy wins the Friday Faves award from now until forever...
Friday, July 22, 2011
That's a BIG, DRAMATIC way of saying this: as I sat here thinking about this week's Friday Faves, I took a look at my desk here at the office and realized that two of my current faves are, literally, right in front of me. I didn't exactly lose sleep over this one, but it does make me realize that there are oh-so-many little tiny treasures right before our eyes that are easy to overlook. Without further ado...
|our pretty lil' wedding album|
2. Iced Coffee
|bad phone shot :)|
Friday, July 15, 2011
COMMUNITY. SUPPORTED. AGRICULTURE.
I always passed it off as something that snobby lil' yuppies do. Get a weekly delivery of organic fruits and vegetables that could have been purchased in the store for half the price, just to say they do it.
Boy was I wrong.
My best friend, one of the most creative gift-givers I know, gave me a 3-week supply of CSA delivery from Tanaka Farms for my birthday. Not only do I get a beautiful box of organic produce like kale, corn, cucumbers, amazing strawberries, perfect tomatoes and so much more... I am supporting a local farm, eating and cooking healthier, AND seeing my best friend (the deliverer) every Tuesday :)
I love that it forces us to cook things that we wouldn't normally cook, and find recipes to accommodate all the crazy things in the box! The freshness is unmatched, the price is way more reasonable than I thought, and aren't the colors pretty?!
Plus, you're totally supporting a movement. How cool is that?!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
1. Trader Joe's Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers
Holy gorgonzola batman! These Trader Joe's crackers are ridiculously tasty - the Veuve Clicquot of Cheez-its, I'd say! They're flavorful and fulfilling and the best part is, the serving size is so big that you can nibble on them almost guilt free :)
My mom has played mahjong for years and I resisted learning like it was the plague. I'm not really a board game fan and I certainly don't have the patience that 60-year old women do :) And then... my sweet friend Laura volunteered to teach some of us how to play, and now I can't get enough! Sometimes we get together for the girls to play "maj" and the guys to play poker, and we have SO much fun. Winning 50 cents never felt so good, it's challenging and intense, and the best part is these awesome glittery purple tiles we get to play with :) Pretty soon we'll be sending our parents out to dinner on a Saturday night and staying in to play like old folks until they get home at 11pm. Oh wait, that already happened.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
This past 3-day weekend was no exception. We invited the family over for a "3rd of July" barbecue to celebrate my mom's birthday, and a whole bunch of friends over for a "4th of July" barbecue to celebrate mine. And America's. :)
|the hubby and the mama-in-law|
|red, white and blue fruit kebabs :)|
|red, white and blue cupcakes (the blueberries help disguise them as "healthy")|
|so many beautiful friends came out to play!|
|amy, queen of caesar salad and PB chocolate chip cookies!|
|baby, you're a firework :)|
|finished off the holiday weekend with a visit to meet mr. justin ginsburg!|
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I don't get too personal on the blog these days but I guarantee you'll be hearing about it if and when it happens.
In the mean time, I've been coming across so much reading material (blogs, quotes, excerpts from books) that have me convinced I'm not alone in my neuroses. I don't know exactly what my future holds but I'm beginning to make a more conscious effort to be happy, to find joy in the every day, and to put in valiant effort towards "life," foregoing the constant and consuming worry.
I came across an excerpt from Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert... one of my all-time favorite authors. The book is next on my reading list but in the mean time, she's certainly whet my appetite with this one:
"The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice…Equally disquieting are the times when we do make a choice, only to later feel as though we have murdered some other aspect of our being by settling on one single concrete decision. By choosing Door Number Three, we fear we have killed off a different but equally critical piece of our soul that could have only been made manifest by walking through Door Number One or Door Number Two… All these choices and all this longing can create a weird kind of haunting in our lives, as though the ghosts of all our other, unchosen, possibilities linger forever in a shadow world around us, continuously asking “Are you certain this is what you really wanted?"
Friday, June 10, 2011
But locally, I've been keeping my eye on the growing list of Orange County charities whose nonprofit status has been revoked this week, and I can't help but laugh like a 5 year old here too (In 2007, laws changed regarding filing a charitie's financial reports, and over 275,000 charities nationwide have failed to comply).
Let me preface this by saying I am VERY passionate about the nonprofit sector and the success of nonprofits that do good work. I think you all know this. This issue is by no means laughable, but I get a kick out of the causes that are supported by our community (welp, not after Thursday...)
Behold, my top 10 list in no particular order:
10. Sled Riders Motorcycle Club (so do you ride sleds or motorcycles?)
9. Your Favorite Charity (the power of using positive psychology at its best!)
8. American Darts Organization (guess they missed the bullseye!)
7. Hoi Ai Huu Bentre Kienhoa (something tells me that if the IRS doesn't understand your name, they might not like you...)
6. Irvine Rose Parade Float (really? you need 501 (c)(3) status for this?)
5. Orange County Chincilla Club (there's a pot for every lid, i guess...)
4. Knee and Laser Institute (is that all?)
3. Not One Square Inch (of what?)
2. Triple X Fraternity Orange County (dirty bastards)
1. Orange County Federation of Lesbian (just one?)
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
1. Exercising (too many office lunches this week)
2. Drinking a cocktail or two (to balance out the exercising)
3. Celebrating two wonderful mothers in my life (where would we be without them?)
4. Celebrating my father-in-law's birthday (i adore him)
5. Thinking, over-thinking, and thinking some more about my (our) next steps in life (lately it seems like all i do)
6. Planning something fun (a camping trip, a summer party, a themed dinner...anything!)
7. Snuggling (with my main squeeze. literally. i squeeze him so hard that i occasionally hear a pop.)
8. Drinking my favorite coffee (waking up san diego since 1968)
9. Soaking up the sunshine (or any fresh air for that matter)
10. Giving the apartment a scrub-down (love me some clean sheets, sparkly floors and toothpaste-gooey-free-countertops)
Things I Am Not Doing This Weekend:
1. Working (enough said)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Fast forward three weeks and here we are hosting the very first annual Double T Degnan Passover Seder! Yes, I just crowned it that. I hope that doesn't commit us to a lifelong tradition of hosting seders, but I think I could do it again as long as there are no more oven fires, no more lost potatoes in the bottom of the oven and no more burnt macaroons!
It was a night to remember and a fun first milestone for us and our itty bitty kitchen:
|Adding charoset to the seder plate...|
|Our awesome table!|
|When your family lives 10 bajillion miles away, you celebrate Passover together via Skype...|
|Where the magic happens|
|KFP birthday cake for Amy|
|Our friends and family spoiled us with beautiful flowers everywhere!|
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I truly believe that love is what makes the world go 'round. Love for your family, love for your friends, love for your hobbies, love for your past and love for your future. I believe in destiny, but it doesn't mean you should cease control of your own path. I believe in children and cheesy motivational quotes, because both have the power to inspire change. I do believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls, and in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that homemade is better than store-bought anything. I believe in being kind to strangers (for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle...) I believe that life is big. Scratch that. Life is huge, and we are so, so small. I believe that bad things happen to good people for reasons we will never know. I believe in the power of prayer, if for nothing else than to clear our minds and focus our energies on what truly matters. I believe that blogging has changed our whole world by connecting people who would have never found each other otherwise. I believe that if you love someone, you should hurry up and show it (A six year old said that.) I believe that the best place on earth can be anywhere at any time. In a tent, in a stadium, in Rome, or in the arms of your other half. I believe that we should fill each day with all the joy our hearts can muster. I believe in celebrating the simplest of things. I believe in soy lattes, spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen, and the five love languages.
Friday, April 1, 2011
i'm staring at a blog that needs updating
i'm in a write-sy mood
whattttttttt should i write about
Jamie: probably me
and how awesome i am
write about this weekend, going to do the 5k
and hang with the people
i'm thinking pool party saturday afternoon! yea?
write about that until 1942, we would say the pledge of allegiance while pointing at the flag nazi style
(they stole it from us)
but we totally borrowed the idea from the Romans
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
|honeymooning in capri|
Be the kind of person you want to be around.
Protect the names of others in the same way you would hope that they would protect your own.
Choose only to participate in conversation that uplifts, edifies and makes the world a better place.
Consciously turn down the volume on negative influences in your life. STOP WILLINGLY GIVING THEM POWER OVER YOU.
Focus on ways you can contribute to the wold in lasting and meaningful ways.
Concentrate on your unique gifts and talents and how you can use them to make real waves for good.
Forgive with your whole heart, even as you would seek forgiveness for your own mistakes. You need never be poisoned by the feelings of hate and revenge that come from an unforgiving heart and mind.
Love. Love yourself. Love others. Completely and without ulterior motive, fear or judgment.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I've always known cancer as part of my life. My godmother died of cancer, my favorite cousin died of cancer, my little best friend Liat died of cancer, my sweet mother-in-law had cancer before I knew her. Cancer, cancer, cancer. It's evil and it sucks and it changes you and everyone around you. It takes you on a tumultuous, unkown path and it rages like a war inside your body. And, I would imagine, if you were given 182 days to live out your "bucket list" before you lost your battle against it, you'd change the way you were living your life too.
Before she had her 182-days-left-to-live timeline set for her, Crystal Marston wrote the letter below. I strongly encourage you to get sucked in by her website as I did. She is living the life that every single one of us should be living, cancer or not. She's making time for things like holding newborn babies and learning to make espresso art, surprising an old friend and having a proper tea party. You'll come out a different person after knowing her (albeit virtually), maybe just for one day or maybe forever...
I try to live my life to the fullest, even before cancer (I have people who will vouch for this). I’ve been called an inspiration. I’ve been called irresponsible. Sometimes my fullest is too full for other who feel I’m reckless with my health. The judgment of those who feel I should be more respectful of the disease that could be killing me slowly. I have no respect for my cancer, and I refuse to.
These medications have made me lose my mind. I try to view my memory loss as endearing, although I know it becomes irritating. I get frustrated with myself on a minute by minute basis, wondering if I’m even the same person anymore. But I can’t remember.
I will not be humbled by this experience, I do not feel small. I feel huge and loud and lucky to have the life I’ve had. And you, the people in it. In my quiet moments I silently ask questions to no one in particular, and know there are no answers.
I will go to my grave as if I were stepping on a soapbox. It will not be a loss, because there was never any winning. In life it’s only a “thanks for playing.”
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It's toxic. It's hurtful. It's unproductive, and it sure as heck doesn't help anyone. I'm trying to make it stop, one quarter at a time... so I built this funny contraption:
It reads, "Conversation is an exercise of the mind. Gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue." -unknown
For every malicious story, thought, rant or rumor that is said in my office, a quarter will get deposited in to my gossip jar by whoever started it - myself included (as hard as I try, I'm guilty at times...we all are. Let's be honest with ourselves!)
If you're like me, you have 570 emails to yourself with links, quotes, and photos you like so that you never, never lose sight of the things you come across.
I'm constantly doing inbox searches for things I emailed to myself years ago and find myself googling the funniest things to try and remember where they originally came from.
And one day, along came Pinterest: a place to catalog the things you love.
I LOVE this site for so many reasons. It serves as a virtual pinboard of sorts, a little corner to call your own where you pull together all the things you find interesting, meaningful, purchase-worthy, cute, funny, etcetera etcetera etcetera. You can also "follow" collections by people who you might think have great taste.
I absolutely fell in love with one particular board last night that belongs to someone I get so much inspiration from in general. I love her mish-mosh of clothing, design, motivating words and beautiful photographs.
The website is still in private beta, so you have to request an invitation... but I guarantee you, it'll be worth the wait.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
(One day you'll stop hearing about our wedding, but not today...)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend:
Swinging on a rope in Puerto Vallarta (November, 2008)
Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet:Be still, my heart.
Day 7 – Your dream wedding: This one
Day 8 – A song to match your mood: Anything off this album. Seriously digging it right now. If you want a free copy, I'm handing them out like candy! And guess what? It's not even released yet!
Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased:
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sparks flying? Magic in the air? Butterflies? Sure, all of that is great... but honestly, a perfect first date to me just means good conversation and good chemistry. It doesn't matter if you're walking on the beach or walking in a grocery store; if you're having fun and laughing and getting good vibes, that's as perfect as a first date can be.