Archive for June, 2009

Busy, Busy Days…

Next week we will have lived in California for a year. I can’t believe it. I’ll write more about that soon but I wanted to talk about other exciting events that I’m looking forward to very soon.

Starting tomorrow, we get to celebrate with our friends, Kate and Pablo as they get married. Lucky for us, they moved out here from Atlanta about the same time we did. They also decided to have their wedding here. So, we have to travel very little! I have the honor of being the minister for the wedding and it’s so exciting to perform the wedding for two folks you know and love. Congrats Kate & Pablo!


I travel to Florida next week to get ready for Morgan & Jared’s wedding. We’ll be going out on the Betsy Ann Riverboat for the rehearsal dinner, running the 5K in the Annual Chipley Watermelon Festival, and celebrating with the happy couple later in the day. It’s going to be another great weekend. Congrats to Morgan and Jared!


The next weekend, I’ll travel to my denominational meeting. I know, you are thinking, church meetings=BORING!! And while there will be parts that will leave me frustrated and bored, I get to see old friends and meet new ones! I get to visit with these incredible women (and men).


Wonderful celebrations all around. I’m excited and I know that when I get back to CA, I will need to sleep for days! What about you? What are you most excited about these days?


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Friday Five

I joined the folks over at RevGalBlogPals a few months ago. And today, I finally played Friday Five (even though it’s still Thursday here!):

Gals and pals on the West and East coasts, and a few spots in between, may know of Trader Joe’s–a quirky, well-stocked, well priced semi-gourmet store that attains near cult status among some. I discovered it through my Aunt Judy, who always brought a couple of their desserts to holiday parties….The best was a chocolate ganache torte that had my four year olds begging for it (and among the only four year olds on the planet to know what ganache is, presumably).

My family has happily Trader Joe’d in southernmost California, up to the Northwest, and back down to southern Cal. And now we’re really excited because today a brand new Trader Joe is opening up across the street from our apartment. Wahoo! There are sure to be lots of tasty free samples on opening day and from now on we can just walk across the street to get a lot of our shopping done. I have a new spiritual directee coming tomorrow and she has already mentioned that she’ll be stopping in on the way here, leaving me to be jealous cause I’ll be spending that noon hour like, praying and preparing and study-vacuuming and everything, and won’t be able to stop in till the afternoon.

So in honor of the new Trader Joe’s, this week’s Friday Five is all about food shopping.

1. Grocery shopping–love it or hate it? I love it as long as I can shop when it’s not busy. I try going on the weekends but sometimes I have to go after work and this is my least favorite time! It’s so crowded.

2. Who is the primary food shopper in your household? That would be me. My husband is too much like my father. If I send him to the grocery store, then he’ll end up getting twice as much as I sent him to the store to purchase. There’s usually some sort of sweet treat (like we need it) or something extra for our dog, Jovi!

3. Do you have a beloved store like TJ’s which is unique to your location or family? I had only been to the TJ’s in Atlanta once or twice because it was across town. Now in California, I have two less than a mile from my apt. It’s wonderful! We miss Publix but Trader Joe’s is a wonderful choice.

4. How about a farmer’s market, or CSA share, as we move into summer? Or do you grow your own fruits/veggies/herbs? ooo, my favorite part of California yet! The farmer’s market is my favorite weekend activity. We are already planning our Sunday activity choices around the local farmer’s market. The good thing is that there is a farmer’s market that comes to my work during the summer in case I miss out on the weekend.


5. What’s the favorite thing you buy at the grocery store? Love, love, love Trader Joe trail mix and dried fruit varieties. Thanks to Em for turning my attention to the dried apricots!

What about you? What are your favorite things to purchase at the grocery store?

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We traveled to Half Moon Bay this weekend. It’s just a short 45 minute drive from our house. Yes, it’s the end of May and folks are wearing long sleeves, pants, socks, and are covered by blankets. It reminded me of a trip Barry and I took a few years back to Jacksonville Beach. Here’s how the conversation we had: 

B: “Let’s go for a walk on the beach.” 

L: (thinking, aw how romantic) “Sure. Sounds great. (stepping onto the beach from our hotel) EW!! What is this?”

B (startled and turning around) “What?? What’s wrong??”

L: “What is this stuff? This is not sand. This hurts my feet to walk on.” 

B: “What are you talking about?” 

L: “And it’s not white… it’s gross.” 

B: “You’re a beach snob. That’s what you are.” 

L: “Yes I am.” 

Well, hello? What do you expect when you are from the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches?


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Really? Where has the time gone? I mean, in three weeks, I will have lived in California for a year. I can’t believe this.
We had friends in town over the Memorial Day weekend. Michael and I went to seminary together and worked at PBC. His wonderful sister always came to visit him in Atlanta and I had the pleasure of hanging out with her. Emily came with Michael to California for a visit. It was fun to see it through her eyes as it was her first visit. We had a great time and traveled a bunch. We covered Muir Woods, Sausalito, San Francisco stuff, Napa, AT&T park…..

This past weekend was a low key weekend. It was wonderful. On Friday night, I wanted to stay up to watch the last Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I watched Johnny Carson’s last show with my dad and thought it would be cool to stay up to watch Leno. The last words I remember Barry saying, “Um, You probably shouldn’t lay down on the couch. You know your going to fall asleep.” I woke up several hours later. My sweet husband made sure he recorded the show for me which I watched the next morning. (what did we do before DVR? oh yea, VHS) Did you see it? My favorite part was the last few minutes when he talked about his legacy….

On Saturday, we headed into the city to watch the Giants play the Cardinals. It started out to be a great game and then the Cardinals took over…. We used the CalTrain to get into the city and ate at a delicious Thai restaurant that I was introduced to me by May Vanderbilt. Yummy!

On Sunday, I slept in until 10 am and I can’t remember the last time I did this. Barry came to check on me because he thought something was wrong. I think I was still recuperating from Michael and Emily’s visit the weekend before! On Sunday, we traveled to Half Moon Bay and you can check out my pictures over at Facebook. 

This has been an exciting week at work. I attended a conference in Oakland on Mental Health and Spirituality. I can’t wait to write my reflections here. I wanted to get caught up from the weekend though.

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