Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I've moved my blog!

My new home is City Girl Tumblr ! Come follow me there on all of my adventures!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gadget Queen

It all started with my Kitchen Aid Mixer and now it has spiraled out of control.  Next I bought a food processor which helped with making homemade pie crusts and will definitely be used to make homemade pesto and other culinary dishes .  Now I just acquired this little puppy: AN ICE CREAM MAKER! I have wanted one for so long and this one was rated really well on Amazon and so I can't wait to get it and make my own ice cream/frozen yogurt.  With this I will also need to get a membership to my local gym because this is going to be dangerous!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


My sad toe
RIP Alana's Toenail 1/19/2011

This morning as I was getting dressed I inadvertently said goodbye to my darling toenail on my right foot.  It was quick, and apparently had been coming for some time.  As you can see there's been some blood, and I had planned on going from a run this week but I am little nervous about it so I think I am going to hold off.  I think also means it's time for some new running shoes.....

Friday, January 14, 2011

Long Weekend

I am super excited for the long weekend! RSlo is going away camping tomorrow morning and I am thrilled to be spending time with my girls! There will be kayaking, picnic lunches, wine tasting, and some culinary adventures throughout the weekend.  I will be tackling Korean BBQ for Saturday night dinner, and I will be channeling the great Julia Child and making a  Roast Chicken for Sunday dinner.  I plan on taking lots of pictures and share how everything turns out!  

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

2010 was a really exciting year in which I felt I wasn't afraid to take risks and push myself to do things that made scared me.  I traveled across the country seeing friends and family on a summer roadtrip, joined a fabulous bookclub where I got to meet some amazing women and enjoy reading wonderful books,  studied for and took the dreaded LSAT, and trained and ran my first marathon! This has been a good year filled with highs and lows but I am happy to start a new year that I have no doubt will be filled with more adventures, challenges, and opportunities for me to learn and grow! Here are some of my resolutions for 2011:

  1. Read more books and watch less tv! I watch entirely too much crappy tv so I have found that I am reading more with my Kindle anyway so now it's time to cut back on my television usage.
  2. FIND A JOB! I decided that I don't want to go to law school and that I actually love the field that I work in, so this spring will be spent looking for a new job.
  3. Enjoy my time in California! With looking for a new job, the reality that I will be leaving California in June is setting in more and more, so I want to enjoy my time in the state and visit lots of my friends that live all across the state.
  4. Cook more! 2010 found me discovering a passion for cooking and baking and so I want to do more of it! I want to tackle more challenging recipes and just have fun in the kitchen.   
  5. Shop less! I need to save money, that's all.  

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hibernating for the Winter

The time is approaching for me to make my yearly pilgrimage back to the cold, snowy, wintery East Coast for the Holidays.  I'll be in NYC for a week and then Indiana for 5 days.  Being in California for 3 years my body has become wimpy and can't stand the cold, so for most of my time East I spend my days curled up in pajamas reading.  I am very selective about where I go and what I do when I venture out into the chilly weather but I do spend a lot of time catching up on my reading which I love.  With the addition of my Kindle I imagine that I will power through several books while staying warm and toasty inside.  Here is my list of books thus far:

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins- I'm currently reading the Hunger Games which is the first book and I am already hooked! This will be book 2 of the 3 book series and I bet I will get through this one and Mockingjay which is the final book 
  2. My Life in France by Julia Child- The captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found her true calling. I love French food and am dying to go to France so this book should hold me over for a while until I save enough money. 
  3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood- This was the book for my last book club meeting and I didn't really even start it so I am going to sit down and finish it.   
Any other suggestions???

Friday, November 12, 2010


Once again my birthday was here and went away.  This year it was a lot more relaxing.  I took the day off, got a mani/pedi and didn't do anything too crazy or planned out.  I had a bday dinner with RSlo at our favorite restaurant and the next night RSlo made me an amazing dinner at home.  He made Beef Bourguignon and it was incredible. 

Both my RA's and my friend Kari made me red velvet cake so I've got lots of cake and this weekend I am going to tackle making an apple pie.  Overall I had a wonderful day and this year my goal is not get bogged down by the small stuff and to do more cooking and baking!