Geocache Adventures in Pasadena

August 29th, 2014

I always thought of Pasadena as part of my teenage stomping grounds. There was so much to do without a fake ID.

Sipping coffee in Old Town. Goofing around on the diagonal crosswalks. Watching sneak previews.

As an adult (who is still carded at Old Town bars), I discovered more of the city’s nooks and crannies thanks to my geocache adventures.
Blast from the past. Memorial arch from #Pasadena 's first public library. Damaged by 1933 Long Beach #Earthquake
One cache led me to the Memorial Arch of Pasadena’s first free public library.

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Photo Friday: Warmth

August 29th, 2014

Staring at the Mediterranean in Sitges, Spain.
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Sunbathing by the Pacific in Huntington Beach.
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Sailing thru the lock system on the Erie Canal.
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My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Warmth.

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Photo Friday: Moody

August 18th, 2014

Moody puppy waking up. Sunlight hitting her blonde fur.

Blonde in the morning light. Waking up with Daisy. #dogstagram #nofilter #doglove

A lovely spot for deep thoughts. 17-Mile Drive in Carmel.

My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Moody.

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100 Happy Days: Super Moon

August 10th, 2014

Super Moon rising over San Francisco. I think I drove Mark a little crazy as I tried to snap the perfect lunar shot from my iPhone.

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We had dinner at Gamine with Bethany. It was a pleasure to introduce her to one of our favorite French bistros in San Francisco.
#kvpinmybelly Happy first course! Beef tartare at Gamine in #SF Marina. So rich and velvety #foodspotting #french #foodstagram
We started with Beef tartare.

I had Spaghetti Carbonara.
#kvpinmybelly Spaghetti Carbonara at Gamine in #SF Marina. My favorite #pasta dish. Love that egg yolk over noodles and salty pancetta chunks. #foodspotting #pastalove #foodstagram

We closed out the restaurant. It was a pleasure to linger over dessert and port.

The kitchen surprised us with crème brûlée.
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Day 97 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Bars

August 9th, 2014

We visited several bars before we found one that suited us.
Homestead in San Francisco’s Mission.

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It had a relaxed crowd. No cover charge and no band. I just wanted a watering hole where I could chat with my hubby.

Boom.

Bees Knees.

Day 96 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Feeding My Soul

August 8th, 2014

Feeding my soul with love.
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Watching TV with my Daisy.

Feeding my soul with yummy food.
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Lomo Saltado sandwich from Sanguchon food truck.

Feeding my soul with music.

I thought our impromptu piano concert at Heritage Wines in Lodi would work for this section.

Today – I loved this NPR segment on the science of pianos. I heard it on Science Friday as I drove down to Portola Valley for my lunch date with my hubby.

Day 95 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Slow Cooker

August 7th, 2014

The slow cooker made my house smell like a taqueria in San Francisco’s Mission District. Chili and cumin aromas made it up to our bedroom.

An easy recipe for crockpot chicken with salsa surprised me.

I found it on a fitness-focused instagram page.
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I made my own Mexican spice blend. I used a recipe from Barefoot in the Kitchen.

I also made Cuban black beans with tomatoes and corn. We wrapped everything up in wheat tortillas.

It tasted yummy.
It felt healthy.

Day 94 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Puppy Posing

August 6th, 2014

Puppy posing so low to the ground!
Daisy waited for me as I took off my workout shoes.

I also like the sunlight in this shot. Such a pretty puppy!
Blonde in the morning light. Waking up with Daisy. #dogstagram #nofilter #doglove

Day 93 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Filipino Food

August 5th, 2014

Filipino food reminds me of family. I loved it when Cate suggested Boracay Garden for lunch.

We ordered too much food. Also – I was impressed by these lunchtime portions.

Lechon Kawali – so meaty! Also liked the crispy pork skin.
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Sinigang – so savory and sour!
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Kare-Kare – so nutty!
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Since Cate had the day off, we did cocktails and dessert at BJs.
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Salted Caramel Pizookie.
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Day 92 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Cooking

August 4th, 2014

Cooking makes my kitchen smell amazing! I also like how it makes the kitchen the warmest spot in the house.

It was lovely to finish up my workout and watch my hubby take care of dinner.
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Mark said the Barefoot Contessa’s bolognese recipe was easy to follow. I also liked the flavor combo of red wine, meat and tomatoes.
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YUM.
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Day 91 of 100 Happy Days.

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