Fancy Panhandling: Fundraising

September 7, 2012 § Leave a comment


I mentioned before that I was directing a new social media project, The Best Coast Project. We launched a social media fundraiser through IndieGoGo last month and…well, it’s been going slowly, but I have faith.

Anyway, we’re entering our last five days of fundraiser, so I am begging once more. Please, contribute if you can. Tell your friends about our project. Share the link on  your Facebook page. Tweet about us. Whatever you can to help make the project happen.
Thank you.


Blog Revamping

August 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Week Ahead

August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week is going to be action-packed, I just know it. Do you ever get that feeling when you are looking at your schedule and, even though it looks completely manageable, you can just feel in your gut that it’s going to be completely crazy? Almost like there is something your calendar isn’t telling you? I kind of have that feeling right now. I know what my schedule says, but I am braced for a crazy, slightly out of control week.

The IndieGoGo Campaign for my newest project went up on Friday afternoon! So far it’s been a little slow getting off the ground donation wise, but it seems as though lots of people are seeing and sharing it. I’m hoping that translates into lots of donations in the near future. We have a big goal to meet.

I had to get in front of the camera for the fundraising video, which is not something I’m used to doing at all. I thought I would spent the whole editing period cringing, but that ended up not being the case and it turned out great. What do you think?

Words escape me…

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been kind of overwhelmed lately with all of the work things that have been going on and major life changes and all that stuff. For some reason that has made it hard for me to sit down and write coherent blog posts. So, instead of talking through words, I am going to do a little expressing through images.

Will check in soon with actual words. In the meantime, I hope you are all having amazing summers.


The cabin

(photos via Our Wild Ways, A Well Traveled Woman, Lost in America, and Chasing Delicious)

Mini Friday Digest

June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not sure of how it happened, but this week got away from me. I feel like I was just starting out the day on Monday like…three second ago. Then I blinked and found myself in the middle of Friday, craving iced coffee and hearing Erato covering “Call Your Girlfriend” on loop in my head…again.

Suffice it to say I didn’t find the time to put together a real digest for this week, but I did stumble across something that I wanted to share.

I’m not what you would call a “runner,” but I think I could definitely get into it if I had a Wonder Woman running costume from The Princess Runs shop.Especially if I can get someone to drive very slowly behind me, playing the theme from The New Adventures of Wonder Woman the entire time.”Wonder Wooommmaaaannnnn!”

Happy Friday!

[via io9]

Tastes Like Summer: Mixed Berry Cobbler

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

One thing I love about the Central Valley in the summertime is the abundance of delicious and inexpensive berries. We grow a lot of them in the area, so around this time of the year grocery stores, farmers markets, and side-of-the-road fruit stands are overflowing with locally grown berries (especially strawberries).

So today’s installment of the Tastes Like Summer series is a simple mixed berry cobbler with a biscuit topping. If you have any adorable small children around in need of dessert, « Read the rest of this entry »

A Tale of Faithful Shoes

May 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

Today I officially lay to rest a faithful pair of shoes.

The past three years of my undergraduate/graduate career I have been moving around. A lot. I’ve gotten to be a bit of a nomad and I’ve loved it. The thing about being a nomad, though, is that you have to travel light. Which means the sum of all of possession could not amount to more than what could fit into my suitcase (and, ideally, under the standard 50 pound weight limit most airlines have). As a result I have not owned more than four pairs of shoes at a time for the past three years, which means they have gone through a considerable amount of wear and tear in a short amount of time.

I bought these black ballet flats while I was in California around Christmas of 2009. I was home visiting family during the year I was living in Paris. These shoes have been with through six months in Paris, six months in North Carolina, eight months in California, and a year in New York. I wore them practically everyday because they are basic enough to go with almost anything. Then they started to rip a little, and then those rips grew, and now…you get the idea.

Truthfully I should have retired them before I moved to New York, they were in bad shape then (I did a lot of trekking across dirt roads in North Carolina and spent a lot of time in the mountains in California).  I think the only reason it took me this long to retire them is because, on some level, I am afraid of hurting their feelings. Because, even though I am a grown woman who knows better, I still think of inanimate objects of having thoughts and souls, like in The Brave Little Toaster or Toy Story. Every time I thought about replacing them it was like I could hear them say to me “…but think of all we’ve been through together!” Then I would imagine them sitting lonely and alone somewhere, singing sad songs in Sarah McLachlan’s voice.

Still, I can’t keep wearing shoes that are falling apart on the off chance that they have feelings, right? (No, seriously, I’m asking.) I will find a nice place for them in the back of my closet in an old shoe box with old letters, student ID cards, and the little odds and ends that I have managed to carry with me.

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