The August Break: Sneaking In Under the Wire
I’m so excited to do The August Break! I almost never do these things but I think I will do it. Trust me to join on the LAST day of August…
I’m also considering doing 30 Days of Lists, which is a September project, see details here. Regardless, Imma try to make both somewhat food-centric! Stay tuned for more.
Yay for creativity…
Things I Love Today: All the Things
Big update today, since it’s been a few weeks and a lot of things are making me happy :D Read on..
Connecting with new people on the Internet. Reading more blogs, finding new people, conversing or interacting with them via Twitter or Instagram - The Militant Baker, My Life as a Teacup, Joys without Pleasure, Gala Darling, Susannah Charleson, Danielle LaPorte, etc etc etc. I forgot how wonderful it is to meet new people in this way!
Cleaning my kitchen and feeling at home in my space. The counter is clean, new delicious dish soap has been purchased, gloves located and inspiration found. On Sunday I made a marvelously low-point/calorie kale and mushroom lasagna. Tonight I’m making vegan lemon poppy seed pound cake. Let’s hope it turns out!
Volunteering for Hopalong: It has been so rewarding to work with this organization! Right now I update their listings on Petfinder remotely, which is a small amount of work and 10000% worth it. I’m hoping to get more active with them - more animal petting plz!
Little Happies Part 1: planning a huge pantry re-organization — selfies! as Gala Darling says, “dipping a toe in the pool of vanity” — Wilde’s Irish cheddar cheese with Persian cucumbers and toasted levain from Firebrand — the Winter Wrap-Up song — wine tasting (finally!) and Marin Sun Farm burgers with Dad — doing laundry at work — unexpectedly free shuttle rides when the badge scanner is broken — researching new (to me) cuisines and documenting my research — the New Parkway Theatre, go there!!
Little Happies Part 2: talking to people about the rescue I volunteer for and feeling how much I care about it — purely positive human interactions — planning a trip to Seattle! — Vietnamese vermicelli noodle bowls with BBQ chicken or pork — seeing old friends and hugging them — A Beautiful Mess iPhone app — body positivity everywhere — my new Ottlite desk lamp with perfectly neutral light — the hints of rain and fall in the air.. soon <3
What do you love today?
#notfoodposts - Adoptable Animals!
Y’all may know that I volunteer with Hopalong & Second Chance Rescue, which is based in Oakland, CA. The rescue cause is near and dear to my heart - read on for one of the ways you can help.
Here are a few listings of some adoptable animals, in case you are looking for a happy and sweet addition to your home and you live in the Bay Area! If you don’t live in the Bay Area but know folks who do and who may be looking for a pet, please pass this along to them.
- Zach - m, 1y, orange tabby
- John - m, 13w, grey tabby w/ white
- Jason - m, 13w, brown tabby w/ white
- Bootsy - m, 1y6mo, black and white tuxedo
- and many more (including some cute little ladies!) on Hopalong’s adopt page.
- Marty - m, 7y, long-haired chihuahua
- Wren - m, 10mo, sheltie mix
- Victoria - f, 4mo, terrier mix
- Angela - f, 3y, Tibetan terrier mix
- and many more on Hopalong’s adopt page!
Please reach out to Hopalong directly from a listing site if you’re interested in meeting any of these animals. Many are in foster, although some are at public spaces like Petco or other pet stores. All animals are spayed or neutered, and have their vaccinations.
Rescue an animal, create a forever home <3
Things I Love Today: FOOD OBVI
I’m feeling much more positive than I have been - lots of things to be grateful and happy about!
pho and spring rolls from Phuong Nam, Oakland
OLIVETO! (see below) My favorite restaurant in the whole East Bay! Oliveto is one of those classic, perfect places where everything is 100% fabulous. The decor is quiet and tasteful, the service is impeccable and the food is always blow-you-away amazing. Everyone always looks and seems happy to be there, diners, BOH and FOH alike! In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly goes to Tiffany’s when she’s got the “mean reds.” Me? I go to Oliveto.
Young adult fiction: Seriously one of the best genres out there. I just read The Secret Society (very creative world-building, although too much heavy-handed use of metaphor) and Beautiful Creatures (great male protagonist but kind of a cliche storyline). Some of my favorites: Divergent, everything and anything by Sarah Dessen and Tamora Pierce, 13 Little Blue Envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope (the second is better).
Bloggers: Everyone has something to say nowadays. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but really there are so many interesting people out there with so many interesting thoughts and ideas and dreams. I loved watching this video interview with Gala Darling this week, and being struck by something she said: “I don’t post about things until I solve them.” It was so simple and yet so mind-blowing! Some people use their public blogs to work out issues and crowdsource their healing process, but I’ve always been much more private and internal about my own development. I do love to share the lessons I learn and the tools I devise, though, so this is really good advice from Ms. Darling! Thanks Gala!
Little Happies: Fluttershy singing Pinkie Pie’s song — clean laundry & being able to do laundry at work — Good friends who will keep you company when you’re stressed — Point Reyes Bay Blue cheese — BBQing — Giant homemade quesadillas — Working on exciting new projects — Noodle soup on a chilly day — Feeling grounded — Unexpected and lovely encounters with old friends — Boots and comfy heels! — saying something is “future Devora’s problem” — fabulous coworkers — perfect warm Vietnamese food on an oddly chilly day
Have a wonderful week!