Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE Summer Pie

whole foods strawberry cream pie
The other day at Whole Foods, I ate four samples of this life-changing strawberry cream pie -- two of which I got myself, one that I bribed my sister Sophie to get for me, and my cousin's untouched sample which I'm pretty sure she was about to throw away (I have no shame.) After thinking about it all week, I bought an entire pie. And for the next few days, it was all I could think about. If I was at work, I'd wish I was home... eating pie. If we were eating dinner, I'd rush us through so we could get to dessert, ha! Alan's obsessed with it, too -- especially topped with fresh slices of banana. We'd highly recommend it if you're in the mood for pie!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Funny Thing About Self Timers

funny photos
Using the self-timer on my camera for group shots always makes me laugh. No matter how perfectly you think you've angled the camera, this inevitably happens: 

1) Everyone thinks the frame is much smaller than it is, so everyone squishes to one side...

photography humor
2) To even things out, people try to spread apart... But everyone just ends up squished to the other side.

funny group pictures
3) By this time, everyone's thinking We got this. (Half of the group ends up as a floating mouth.)

self timer
4) Finally, just as everyone's starting to think I really need to strengthen my quads, someone else takes matters into their own hands, does a slow series of holding the camera, looking through the viewfinder, looking above the viewfinder, then looking through the viewfinder again, and places the camera down just so for a perfectly-centered picture. (Thanks, Emily!)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kate-Spade-Themed Bridal Shower

diy photo backdrop
kate spade wedding
bridal shower ideas
What's colorful and quirky with touches of gold? A Kate-Spade-themed party! My bridesmaids threw me the prettiest bridal shower that I can't wait to share. I insisted that everything be a surprise so it was exciting to finally see all the details and discover the theme. Here's some more prettiness from the day...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Best Passion Fruit Cookie

lilikoi bars
the cookie corner
The Cookie Corner is like Hawaii's version of Mrs. Fields. The difference is that in addition to the standard chocolate chip cookie, they also make these amazing lilikoi bars from passionfruit puree. Like a tropical, buttery lemon bar, they're the best cookies I've ever had. True story: I dropped a piece on the floor at work and considered dusting it off and eating it but remembered the number of dogs that run around every day. They're that good! My friend brought some back for me from her recent Hawaii trip, but you can also order them online.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Reading List

Visiting a good bookstore is like standing in line for a gourmet buffet. Glossy hardcovers piled high on the right, and stacks of aromatic new fiction fresh from the printer on the left. You just want to eat it all up. Bookshop Santa Cruz is one of my favorites because of the hand-written reviews posted throughout the store. And it's located on the same street as Verve Coffee and Pleasure Pizza, so you can make a day of it if you're in the Santa Cruz area. Anyway, here are the books that caught my eye on our last visit...

The Goldfinch – Here's what the staff review said (it totally convinced me!): "For a few years, I've been reading new fiction and waiting for that book: the one that would change me as a reader, the one standard to which all after it would be held. This is that book: a multi-faceted masterpiece about loneliness and love."

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – I was excited to see that Dave Eggers and Joshua Ferris, two of my favorite authors, have new books out. Although I was tempted to get them both, I decided to be adventurous and look for something by someone I'd never read before.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls – Another book at the top of my reading list. If I could have lunch with someone famous, I might choose David Sedaris. It would either be a really hilarious time or a really awkward one, both of which I'm fine with.

The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson – I need to meet this June Casagrande. Her name means Big House, and she writes about grammar. As someone whose last name will soon mean delicious pastries and loves to read about grammar, I think we're destined to be best friends.

200 Really Easy Recipes – Now, if it had just been 200 Easy Recipes, I might not have been convinced. But the combination of really and easy? How can you resist?

Dominion – According to his Twitter, Steven King "just fell in love" with this book. Even though I probably won't read this, I just love reading the staff reviews!

On Such a Full Sea and California – I don't read much sci-fi, but these two books set in post-apocalyptic societies really grabbed my attention. (Fact #1: I will watch any and all movies having to do with the apocalypse. Fact #2: I have no idea where this strange fascination comes from.) I'm currently on the first few pages of On Such a Full Sea, but I'm excited to get into the meat of it. It's so fun to get wrapped up in a story and randomly find yourself thinking about the characters throughout the day.

Have you read any of these? Any other book recommendations? I'd love to hear!

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