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List Girl

My June Listing post was such a success that I thought I’d make it a semi-regular offender, so get ready for some information about me and details about what I’ve been doing lately.

What I’ve been eating:

I can’t seem to get out of the kitchen actually, something which I blame this new 11-Cup Cuisinart Food Processor for. I was thrilled to upgrade from the 4-cup to the 11-cup but I haven’t stopped baking since it arrived, and that’s rough on the jeans!

I’m still eating tons of veggies, cooking healthy meals for Arianna at least once a week, and eating my body weight in fruit every day, but everything I eat seems to come with a side of baked goods these days…

{JL Goes Vegan’s Cherry-Oat Ice Cream BarsPeanut Butter Protein Balls & OhSheGlow’s Oil-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins}

The boy has been thrilled by this little development and no one in my office is complaining about the abundance of cookies and zucchini muffins, I can assure you!

What I’ve been reading:

It seems like lately I’ve spent a lot of time on the train or in the car, so reading materials have been a must. The benefit is that I’m all caught up on my favorite magazines now, which is a relief, and I’ve read a handful of books over the last few weeks.

Recently I’ve gotten through the too cute Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Martin Cruz Smith’s Russian crime novel Stalin’s Ghost, and the international espionage novel Moscow Vector by Patrick Larkin. Now it’s on to Robin Maxwell’s Signora da Vinci and Lucrezia Borgia by Sara Bradford, both of which have been gathering dust on my bedside table.

What I’ve been writing:

Um… I take the 5th. I swear I’ll have an answer in my next Listing post. I swear!

What I’ve been wearing:

I’ve been making an effort to trade in my easy-to-wear dresses for fun separates and that’s given me a chance to be more creative with colors and prints and accessories so far this Summer.

Hopefully I can keep this up through the end of Summer and start Fall off right with lots of great skirts and pants paired with fabulous tops and all the cold weather accessories I’ve been missing!

Some Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me:

  • I spend most of my waking time thinking about food – I love to cook and eat, and trying a new recipe is one of my favorite parts of the day.
  • I compulsively double lock my front door whenever I walk inside my apartment. Even when Sean’s just walked out to drop off the garbage. I can’t help it!
  • I love swimming and spending my vacations in the water, but I’m afraid of lake monsters. Don’t ask.

How have you been spending your time lately? Have you eaten anything great? Read anything new? Worn anything fabulous that you’d like to share?

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Ode To The Weekend

I hope that everyone had a lovely weekend and a fun, family/friend-filled Easter Sunday.

I don’t know about you, but I adore Easter. Whether your family dresses up for an early morning trip to church or sleeps in and brunches with mimosas, it can be a truly a fun, carefree holiday. The weather is just starting to improve, you have an excuse to gather the family together, mimosas are always on the menu, and, did I mention the chocolate?

Easter is pretty much second only to Halloween when it comes to chocolate.

But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself… I was lucky enough to have Friday off work and my boyfriend and I had a delicious lunch with my cousins who live in South San Francisco at Green’s Restaurant, one of my favorite places to eat in the city.

Greens is a vegetarian institution inside Fort Mason in the Marina – they have a creative, tasty menu that changes with the seasons, an eye-catching interior, and gorgeous views.

Added bonus? We saw Jared Leto in the back! 🙂

After wandering around the Marina all day Friday, Saturday was, in a word, lazy. It was glorious! We ate. We watched our Netflix movies. We went to bed early. End of story.

The highlight was definitely the breakfast Sean made me – peanut butter oats w/ banana slices & vegan chocolate chips that melted right after I snapped this picture. Tasty!

P.S Powdered peanut butter is our new obsession, the bag that I opened Wednesday was half gone by the end of this weekend.

We watched The Immortals, which finally arrived from Netflix, and we both found it entertaining. I love mythology and historically based films so I enjoyed it – despite the inaccuracies. All the shirtlessness probably didn’t hurt. 🙂

Quite the cast too – Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Freida Pinto, Isabel Lucas, and Kellan Lutz.

Sunday we jumped out of bed bright and early and immediately started cooking, cleaning,running errands, and laundry-ing. Finally we headed out to Los Altos for Easter Brunch with my Bay Area family.

So. Much. Fun.

Great food. TONS of laughing and story telling and catching up. And as always, a gorgeous setting at my Auntie’s storybook house.

But the highlight had to be watching my 20-something cousins sprint wildly around the backyard hunting for brightly colored plastic eggs, giant Easter baskets in hand.

The competition was fierce for the money-filled egg and we were all practically in tears from laughing by the time the words “if he showed you where the golden egg was he’s dead to me,” were uttered. 🙂

The weekend ended up being the perfect combination of fun, relaxation, and family time. Which is a good thing since we have every weekend booked from now until mid-June.

Le sigh.

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