What I’m reading and doing

Despite the time of year, Fall has not quite hit the Bay Area yet. We still have pretty high temperature and clear blue skies as far as the eye can see.

That still doesn’t stop me from acting like its fall and that the temperatures are cooling. I’m cooking more and crafting more too. Can’t say much for TV and Movies. Its been baseball games everyday since the LA Dodgers are in the playoffs.

What I’m seeing: 

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Station

This is a wonderful (and small) state park near Half Moon Bay. There’s even a hostel in the park. Wouldn’t this be an amazing view to wake up to on vacation?

pigeon point 1

Ano Nuevo Open Preserve:

I wasn’t lying about the clear blue skies. This gem is also in Pescadero (about an hour drive away from San Francisco), and its a short 2 mile hike (4 miles round-trip). You get gorgeous views of the ocean and we got to see a small grouping of lady elephant seals hanging out on the beach.

ano nuevo

What I’m cooking:


Pan fried salmon with caulifower rice and steamed veggies. Delish! And it only took about 25 minutes to make too. I sauteed the cauliflower rice and mushrooms, steamed the broccoli and green beans. It assembled really quickly.

What I’m crafting:

This is my second $5 in Paris sweater. Right now I’m finished up the sleeves. I improvised on the pattern and decided to make this long, cableknit sleeves. But now I have to frog the sleeves and start all over because I made the larges too large. Oops.

I finished this pillow case as my final project for my Sewing 101 class. Its much smaller than it looks, but I’m very proud of it. I learned how to do the fancy French seam for this project.

I’ve also enrolled in another sewing class. This time, we’re making pajama bottoms. I’m so excited for this project. I’ve been wanting to learn how to sew my own clothes for as long as I can remember. I’ll post pictures of that project soon.

What I’m reading:

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of…The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Narrated by Levar Burton.

Fred Rogers was an amazingly patience, loving and emphatic human being. The first 3/4ths of this book is a recap of the recent documentary, “Won’t You Be my Neighbor” but this last portion focuses more on his social ties to friends, family and the community at large.

There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Comin…There Are No Grown-Ups by Pamela Druckerman

This book has me terrified (but also a little bit excited) to turn 40. I’m still plenty of years away from that milestone, but seriously… I need to start preparing for that next era of my life now before it catches me off guard.

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