Picnic Planning

As the snow falls in Chicago, I find myself planning my weekend picnic thanks to the Spring-like weather her in San Francisco. While I do feel bad for my friends and family back home; it is going to be too nice not to get out and enjoy it. So why not do it properly with a picnic?

A few years ago, I purchased from Crate and Barrel their table-in-a-bag, and it has become a staple for my summer months. I just did a quick search online, and you can find other retailers selling it from around $30 to $60.

Now why do I love this silly contraption? It is light and so easy to set up. If my mother can set it up, anyone can set it up. The legs simply screw into the bottom of the table, and you are ready to go. 

Anyone have any other picnic suggestions for this weekend? Wines, foods, equipment, good spots?

A Grey & Rainy Day in San Francisco

While I am not complaining about the weather here in SF; I will say the cold, grey, rainy mess outside is making me a little blue. So in an effort to combat this, I decided to upload one of my favorite feel-good songs. I swear this one always gets me up dancing and singing along.



Guaranteed to get your toe tappin’ just a little bit!


Do you have a favorite song that always chases the blues away?

Be Bold!!

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!”  – W. H. Murray

This is one of my favorite quotes that has helped me when I am challenging and questioning what is going on in my life.

I made a big decision to stop looking for work and start working on my dreams.  It was not an easy decision at all. And I have questioned and worried about it more than I can write about. But it is my decision, and I am taking it in both hands and running with it until I fall over.

I have had numerous friends tell me I am delusional, that all this California air has gone to my head. How can you not work they say? So I remind them, I am “working”; I am just working on my dreams and what I want to do. How many people have an opportunity to do that? How many people are bold enough to do that?

Am I scared at times? Yes! A millions times yes! But I refuse to let fear run my life!

Be bold! Begin it now!

Month Five

Five months ago, my husband and I sold our house and moved across the country to San Francisco. Looking back, I cannot believe how fast everything happened.  We placed our house on the market and it sold within three weeks.  We then had three weeks to pack and move 12 years worth of memories. Not an easy task when you are moving from a house to an apartment, but somehow we did it.

So why did we move?  We moved due to my husband’s job.  And while his career has blossomed in a tech friendly city, my professional career has withered. So I find myself Tweeting, Pinning, and now blogging my way through this adventure.

So what can you expect to see here? Posts  and thoughts about wine, food, restaurants, hiking, out-and-about in San Francisco, hockey, books, music, and life. I will try and make it interesting.  I will even try and make it informative. But I am kind of new at this, so I am sure my starting post will be very different from my final post.