over and out

Got back from a great trip to Guatemala, where we did things I never expected to do. We hiked up a volcano and watched the sunset from above the clouds. And since what goes up must come down, we also basically had to "ski" our way down through the ash (thank goodness for our guide who lent me a helping hand/arm for stability).

I'm still soaking up so much of the trip, reflecting on it as well as the end of a tremendously active, yet laid back year.  Does that even make sense?

10 random observations for 2010:
1. I traveled less in 2010 than previous years, which means I will only have Gold Medallion status on Delta in 2011. Mixed feelings about this, as I come back from a round-trip first class international trip that was actually cheaper than if I had booked coach.
2. Even after amazing trips, I realize that it is ALWAYS so nice to come back. Today it just felt so right to be back in the USA. Home is really where my heart is. Our place is little, but comfortable & manageable.

3. We visited 3 new countries this year: Spain, France & Guatemala. And only did carry-ons for all of them. Traveling light is the only way to go.

4. Ran my first 5K in February and then my first 10K in the fall. With each race I didn't train properly. The most I had run before the 10K was less than 4 miles. Next year I hope to run more consistently.
5. Switched from PC to Mac, which was one of the best decisions ever.
6. Driving across country goes on that list as well.
7. I finished the December Daily book and will definitely be doing the project again next year. (Thanks for all of your kind words throughout the month- the support helped so much)

8. After successfully transitioning another hobby into a job, I am happier with my work/life balance now more than ever.
9. I may have taken too many photos this year, as I tried to do a collage depicting the highlights but have failed thus far. Love this store window:

10. Overall, 2010 was a very balanced and good year. Dearest blog reader, thanks for coming along for ride!

Cheers to a safe and Happy New Year!

DD + currents...

Now that the rain has cleared (we're doing fine and not near the flooding and mudslides- thanks for those of you asking)... Here is a December Daily catch up + currents:

listening: to the delightful sound of it not raining in LA (although, I don't mind the sound so much as how it puts a damper on everything.)
eating: home cooked food
drinking: water, as usual

reading: time of my life
wearing: Rebe hoodie and sweatpants from our 2003 line.

feeling: so inspired
weather: sunshine at last (though clouds appear to be rolling in again.)
wanting: the best for Kayla Aimee's little girl Scarlette
needing: my jaw to feel normal again (darn TMJ)
thinking: it was a wonderful year
enjoying: the cuddling of 2 sleepy pups
wondering: how I can keep the bug bites to a minimum while in Guatemala next week.

Merry day before Christmas Eve!

red and green

In the spirit of the holidays, I made Christmas-y stir fry.

Tofu, broccoli, green peas, snap peas and red pepper cooked with just a bit of olive oil, garlic, black bean sauce, pepper and some love. This cooking thing is growing on me. The meal (which also included fish, brown rice and tom yum soup) was healthy & yummy, and boyfriend- approved. I made this on Monday night along with my December Daily day 13:

Day 14 was all about yellow:

And Day 15 was all about keeping it simple. Pleased to be home, where I can have Which Wich for dinner and Yogurtland for dessert, which is where the "you rule" comes from. Yes, being home rules.

And you readers rule too!

days 10, 11, 12

Well it sounds like some of you have considered a daily book and others are doing Project Life. I do like the idea of a book for every season. Will have to ponder about the project for a bit longer before I make any rash decisions.

Friday the 10th was so full of fun stuff I had to spread it out over several pages. Kelly blogged more photos from our time together, and this one cracks me up. I could barely jump I was so cold and weighed down by all the layers of clothing.

Serena Thompson and I got to talking and realized that we're both going to be in a book which comes out next summer (eek- so excited about the project, but I have to wait to share the details for several months. so forgive me for bringing it up.)

I am probably the only person to admit to liking airplane food. I really like it. Here's a recap of the meals from the last trip:
midnight snack on my red-eye flight from LAX-JFK

appetizer for my dinner flight from JFK-LAX (the empty plate is for the roll I got 1 minute after snapping this photo)

dinner:

dessert:

I didn't take photos of the 3 Reese's peanut butter cups nor my favorite airplane drink: ginger ale.
And the weekend was wonderfully relaxing and sunny.

Spreading sunshine and smiles to all of you having "snow" days today!

12 random things on 12.12

1. As much as I enjoyed the little trip, I am thrilled to be home where the temperature is more than double what it was in NYC.
2. December Daily Day 9 took up more pages than I had intended, but in the spirit of going-with-the-flow, this is perfectly acceptable. Here's the day portion:

3. And the night portion:

4. Bar Boulud was excellent. The photo of my steak frites looks much better than the pictured above, and tasted absolutely spectacular.
5. Not pictured was the charcuterie:

6. My new mantra: Breathe. Believe. Release. Receive.
7. It seemed strange that Kelly (a food lover, like me) had never been to Pastis.
8. So happy I could be there for her 1st visit to one of my favorite NYC spots. Apparently, she is now officially a New Yorker.

9. The fact that she and I can do splits for our entire meal truly makes us twins.
10. Day 10

11. Meeting and chatting with The Pioneer Woman was rather surreal. And when she flipped through my December Daily and said, "I want to be crafty like you"... yeah, that pretty much made my day.
12. She also asked if I did a project like this every month. How cool would that be? Hmm... may have a huge lofty goal for 2011 brewing in my head. Anyone else want to try doing Ali's project every month next year? I'm going to take some time to seriously consider this (and hope you do too!).