• Carlsbad J. Crew opening

    carlsbad forum j crew

    As much as I like going to actual stores and trying things on before I buy them, I’ve been ordering most of my stuff online since we moved here. The problems is that unlike in DC, when I could just stop at the Pentagon City metro stop on my way home from work, many of my […]

  • Red, white and blue

    navy bag and shoes

    My first job, other than babysitting, was at Express during the holidays. At first we were allowed to wear whatever we wanted, but as it got closer to Christmas, we were required to buy four specific articles of clothing from the store — black courdroy pants, a white long-sleeved T-shirt, a dark gray v-neck wool […]

  • Banana bread oatmeal

    banana bread oatmeal

    Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but I have never been very good at eating it. Besides the fact that I am rarely hungry in the morning, I also disliked nearly every breakfast food you can imagine when I was growing up. I was a pleasure to deal with, I’m sure. […]

  • In defense of the treadmill


    In every running magazine and running blog I’ve ever read (not to mention the Facebook updates of my family and friends), the treadmill seems to be universally acknowledged as a necessary evil: Yes, people use it, but they curse it the entire time. But, um… I actually like the treadmill. This is not to say that running […]

  • Fab Fave Friday: Tailgating must-haves


    Jen’s note: Fab Fave Friday is a recurring feature in which I highlight some of my favorite things — in all sorts of categories. Today’s category is tailgating. As someone who had never “tailgated” until college, I was under the impression that tailgating meant hanging around in the back of a truck in a parking […]

  • Tiny pecan pies

    teeny tiny pecan pies

    Miniature food isn’t always tastier than regular-sized food, but it’s almost always cuter. Evidence? Tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos. But this post isn’t about adorableness. This is about pecan pie. In my experience, pecan pie is frequently relegated to Thanksgiving or Christmas, and not enjoyed year-round. That is a travesty, really, because the combination of pecans, […]

  • Catty

    black dress

    Cat shoes call for cat-eye liner, don’t you think? Toby got me these fabulous shoes recently with a coupon we had, and I could hardly wait to wear them. Since it’s hella hot around here, I figured a comfortable sleeveless dress + belt combo was just the thing. I probably should have waited until I […]

  • Grown-up cherry vanilla Coke

    alcoholic cherry vanilla coke

    I’ve always been Team Coke. Even though I didn’t grow up in the South, I have always referred to fizzy soft drinks as Coke — not “pop” or “soda.” And I really dislike the taste of Pepsi. What is really annoying, though, is when people try to tell me I can’t tell the difference between […]

  • Cincinnati Bengals cookies

    tiger stripe football helmet cookies

    Toby grew up a Bengals fan, and when we got married I became a Bengals fan by extension. It helps that several awesome Georgia Bulldogs now play for the Bengals (including Geno Atkins, Robert Geathers and A.J. Green). And that they signed a previously released player to the practice squad to to the practice squad […]

  • Dream vs. reality: Leather-panel skirt

    Despite the fact that it’s sweltering hot here in southern California (particularly for those of us without air conditioning at home), fall clothes are everywhere — and that means lots of leather. In the past, I generally associated leather with ladies who are much cooler and ediger than me. But now that Talbots carries a leather pencil […]