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Finding Home

When we moved to Philadelphia just over 3 years ago, I was convinced that it would be a temporary relocation to the east coast and that we would eventually make our way “home.”  Maybe not specifically back to Portland, but at least the west coast.  Now, we have had to contemplate the future and a few decisions that could affect where we live and I am genuinely surprised that my preference is to stay in Philadelphia.

I do miss my family and the laid-back, pleasant, vibe that is pervasive in the pacific northwest, but more and more I feel that Philadelphia fits our life and personalities.  We have developed great friendships here.  The food scene is fantastic and highly underrated (and I am very, very food driven!).  We are close to NYC, but don’t have to pay NYC prices.  There are lots of things to do and see, you just have to seek them out.  Honestly, Philadelphia is, in many ways, a gem of a city that has surprised and grown on us and does, in fact, feel like home.

Where is home for you?  And is it where you alway thought it would be?


29 and Counting.

29 is a bit of a non-event as birthdays go, so I suppose it’s appropriate that I don’t feel much like celebrating.  In fact, I made the executive decision to cancel our reservation at a lovely little BYOB and stay in to drink Belgian beers and eat a mishmash of leftovers for dinner.

I feel like 29 is definitely a goal-setting year, though.  By 30 you are supposed to have accomplished things.  You know, important things.  Important what?  Well, I suppose that is for each individual to decide.  And decide, I must!  (Right?)  So instead of eating gourmet seafood, I am home pondering what I feel I must accomplish in the next 365 days.

I have some highfalutin ideas in mind, but, as I am a bit tipsy on 10% alcohol beers, I will start with just remembering to wash my face and put on eye cream…

And, as my dinner of brown rice, cheddar cheese, tomatillo salsa and red pepper hummus is less than photogenic (but tasty!  trust me…), I leave you with this.  Come back next year and see if you can count more wrinkles on my face…

Post-Vacation Blues

For the past 10 days, I had the good fortune to be on vacation.  I returned to Seoul, South Korea, for the first time since my job teaching english there ended 5 five years ago.  My husband, who hadn’t been back in 10 years, has family there, so we spent time visiting his relatives and generally exploring Seoul and the surrounding areas.

On our second day in Korea, we headed to the coast and visited what we were told was a factory (and thus, perplexing us as to why it would be tourist destination), but in reality was a charming herb farm where lotions and candles are also made.

We stayed at a “pension” on the little isle of Taean on the western coast of Korea.  Apparently, lots of retirees own homes in which they rent out rooms for their income, hence calling the homes “pensions.”

Eventually we made it to Seoul, which has experienced lots of growth since I saw it last, but still was very familiar.  It’s a crazy, busy, energetic city, which I love.  I don’t think Seoul is the most beautiful or clean city in the world, but it’s a city for which I have lots of affection.

We spent our last couple days of vacation in Tokyo, which was a first for both of us.  Tokyo was immaculately clean and you can tell the people there pay tons of attention to detail where aesthetics are concerned.  This applies both to the architecture, curation of shops, as well as the personal style.  I could have spent days just sitting in a coffee shop and people watching.  We spent time in Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Tsukiji and fell in love with the city, but not the exorbitant prices.

Now we are home and feeling jetlagged as can be and slightly sick.  To combat the post-vacation blues and overall rundown feeling we both have, I made a big pot of minestrone soup and paired it with pesto bread and am now relaxing on the couch and cuddling with our dogs, who are the best part of coming home.

Today I…

…Went to the gym even though I am crazy sore from yoga yesterday

…Rode my bike for the first time in months

…Washed my dogs, which is no easy feat when a pomeranian mix is involved – Lucy wasn’t very happen about it, either:


Happy New Year!  I’m not sad to say goodbye to 2010.  Some great things happened – I graduated law school, found a great job, passed the bar – but I do not want to relive some of the more trying times that I endured before getting to those milestones – final exams, studying for and taking 2 bar exams, being jobless for several months and wearing a dent the shape of my ass into the couch, job interviews.

I hope 2010 was overall a great year for everyone.  If not, then I hope that 2011 brings better fortune your way!

I used to make lots of resolutions, but honestly, it’s tiring and I am nothing if not at least half lazy.  Lots of good intentions, but I lose it on the follow-through.  This year, I just want to put a lot of effort into my job, be a good friend/wife/daughter, and try to be more actively compassionate, either with my time or money.  I think these are achievable goals that I will remember to work on during the year.

Weelll, one more fashion-related resolution, now that I actually have a paycheck (hallelujah!) and can do some shopping, I resolve to only make purchases of clothing, shoes, accessories that I really love and rid my closet of everything that is not flattering, never gets worn, is getting ratty, or that I begrudgingly wear, but just don’t like and haven’t managed to throw out.

How about you?  Do you make/keep resolutions?



Today begins my favorite month of the year.  Aside from the fact that it’s my birthday month, I love the autumn colors, the chill in the air, and the beginning of layering weather.  Today is the first day that I will really allow myself to think it’s fall and go get a pumpkin spice latte.  Sadly, this favorite of months was ushered in with a leaking roof in the middle of the night due to tornado-like storms on the east coast.

However, today also launches the ASOS online shopping site for the U.S.!  I constantly see ASOS as part of outfits on fashion blogs, but have never been able to try any of the clothing for myself as I haven’t been overseas in 4 years.  Needless to say, I am excited about this development!  I have already perused the site and fell in love with an impractical, but gorgeous leather dress:

I also love this adorable, and incredibly cheap, shoulder bag:

Have any of you ever bought anything from ASOS?  Is is quality?  I think my favorite part is that they have both a petite section and free shipping!

Happy October to you all and I hope you are enjoying a less soggy start to autumn!


Are you a cold or hot weather type of person?  I’m absolutely a cold-weather type of girl.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in Alaska (though I don’t love when it gets below 0 degrees), or because I am so pale and I don’t really tan, but I would rather be in weather that requires layers than in heat and sun and the requisite skimpy outfits.

It felt like Philadelphia was finally coasting towards autumn.  Last week was mild, with even hint of a chill in the air at night.  Unfortunately, this week the heat has come roaring back.  I’m relegated to wearing all my loose, short clothing to survive any trip outside.  I’d much rather be wearing this:

Old Navy Womens V-Neck Tees
$13 –
V neck t shirt »

Rick Owens Leather biker jacket
$2,675 –
Biker jacket »

190 EUR –
Scarves »

I’m crushing on grey jeans at the moment and I adore motorcycle jackets and a touch of leopard print. Must have sunglasses because cool temperatures don’t mean you don’t still need sun protection.

What do you wish you were wearing/able to wear right now?