The Weekend Send-Off

April 18th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Crosses on the beach, every single weekend since the Iraq war started. // Sea glass.

Yay, it’s Friday! And I’ve got an awesome weekend planned – what about you? Fun with my friends, adventuring with my kid, and lots of much-needed down time. That’s my kind of weekend agenda!


So last Friday, I posted a super-fun vegan parody of a hip hop song about thrifting, which led me to discover Macklemore, which . . . is the best discovery I’ve made in a long time. Particularly this song, which is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard and seriously, no joke, this video had me weeping into my green juice the first time I watched it. Weeping. (I am a sap, I’ll admit it)

Seriously, please watch this. Take the few minutes out of your day, make it full screen, and just watch it. You won’t regret it!


And now, the reason we’re all really here on this lovely spring Friday. Le Love List!

1. Live music; hanging out with musicians.
Being back in Santa Barbara, SO many of my friends are musicians. And with that, and with being where I’m at in my life, and with share-parenting – well, nowadays my schedule allows for a lot more night life. In Portland, I can count the nights on ONE HAND that I went out to see live music (so sad). But here in SB? I’ve been back for less than 6 months and I’m already running out of fingers and toes to count on!

2013 is definitely my year of music, and in this difficult transitional time in my life, it’s providing an anchor for my soul. ♥ ♥ ♥

2. Nature.
The weather has been amazing and we’ve been taking full advantage. Hikes up in the foothills and barefoot beach walks, naked kid playing in the surf, boulder hopping in creek beds – yeah, it’s been good. I love this little part of the world, where we are so lucky to be surrounded by so much incredible natural beauty. I feel magic, like for-reals magic, in this place.

3. Coaching.
Saved the best for last! My coaching practice is slowly but steadily getting off the ground . . . a little bit wobbly at times, but what baby isn’t, when first testing out new legs?

I get to help people create a better life for themselves. Could anything be more rewarding? I am filled to the brim with anticipation, excitement, and overflowing gratitude!

Also! greasy weekend brunch .|. my dining table with an entire bouquet of calla lillies which were all grown in my back yard, eeee! .|. witchcraft .|. new blinds, and getting my little house together bit by snail-slow bit .|. carrot + beet juice .|. meeting new friends where the mom is rad and Waits gets along with the kid, rare and precious .|. standing up for myself, being strong .|. a [mostly] clean house .|. discovering Waits adores Brazil nuts .|. buying tons of veggie starts for the preschool garden (toddlers just don’t understand “keep off so the seeds will grow”, so we’re moving onto starts, which they can SEE not to trample, haha) .|. coconut-almond green tea .|. loud loud music, holding my girly and singing our voices raw in the front row, yeah that’s the good stuff . . .


Alright guys, now it’s your turn – let me know what you’re loving this week!

This happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, feel free to just introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!

Hope it’s warming up where you are. Have a great weekend!

  • Elri

    I have written here just a couple of times. So let me introduce myself. I am Elri, 31 yrs old creative, superpowerhappy, vegan holistic healthcoach from Norway! Recently I have moved with my little family, from Norways capital Oslo, into the unknown… Exiting life!!!!! Loving it. This weekend; making loads of vegan food for my dad’s 60yrs celebration!!! Fifty people, none of them vegan, gathered around my vegan bouffet. Yeah! Wish me good luck. Meeting people I haven’t seen in a while. Bananas. My precious daughter, my incredible husband. Rest of the family. Greens, edible wild greens, popping up everywhere. The sun. Ever changing weather.

  • Bettina

    My love list:

    1. Music by Neil Halstead (especially “Digging shelters” and “Spin the bottle”

    2. Wild garlic (YUM! YUM! YUM!!)

    3. Letting go to make space for new things (and people and …): I let got of my biggest client who I’d been working for for 13 years – the only client who gives me work on a regular basis. I simply wasn’t enjoying those jobs any more but was afraid to give them up for the reason stated above. But when i finally chucked the client, interesting, inspiring work started coming my way. I feel so happy and glad and full of energy. :)

    4. This blog. I didn’t realise how much I missed reading your posts (and all the comments!) until you started writing again. Thank you!

    5. My health insurance company. I know this sounds weird, but not only does my health insurance completely cover costs for the psychotherapy that is really changing my life, they also pay for my yoga class!

    6. Feeling more and more comfortable around people I don’t know (well) and being less scared by situations that used to freak me out.

    7. My cats! Funny, loving, predictable, effortlessly adorable furry friends.

    8. The fact that after 13 years I still absolutely love my work.

  • Samantha Ellwood

    Current love list!

    1. The fact that I am two papers away from graduating with my masters degree!
    2. The weather here in Ohio, alternating warm and breezy with spring rains and even some thunderstorms
    3. Flowers
    4. Asparagus
    5. Getting back into running after *ahem* taking the entire winter off.
    6. Sunscreen, aloe, dirt, rain and other spring/summer smells
    7. *Not* knowing what my future holds job-wise. It’s refreshing, and scary, and empowering and for once it’s not school!

    8. Bonzai being back. :)

  • Katie Dupre

    Love List This Weekend:
    1. Gardening: Finally warm enough for planting. We’re putting in basil, rosemary, lemon verbena, zuchinni, tomatoes, and romaine.
    2. My Master’s exam defense next week!

    3. Mother in law getting to visit and see our baby for the first time since she was born six months ago!
    4.New job applications in a new city
    5. Getting back into yoga and feeling my body hit the reset button three times a week. I need it!

  • Jamey Fisher

    1. Starting to plan a summer trip to Norway. Overwhelmed by the beautiful possibilities!
    2. Spring *finally* arriving!
    3. First attempts at dairy-free cheesemaking in the works.

    4. Starting a meditation class.

    5. Cats! Specifically my cat. And my boyfriend. Love them both!!

  • bohemianmatka

    What health insurance do you have? I’m loving the coverage for yoga; is it for a specific condition?

  • bohemianmatka

    1) My daughter… she’s just flipping fantastic in every way :)
    2) Kale and Potato Gratin- delish! My new favorite comfort food.
    3) The outpour of love and support that I find unique among Texans, especially in light of the tragedy in West. In particular the TAMU Vet School Rescue Team finding lost and hurt pets and reuniting them with their families after the explosion.
    4) My new son, Jackson :) I can’t say his name enough;I’m so ready for this kid to get out of me!
    Sayward: I’m happy your getting more “you time” with your shared-parenting arrangement… music with friends is such an awesome way to spend that time too :)

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Thank you for sharing that video, it’s beautiful.

    This weekend I’m loving: the WWVBS! .|. my new standing Thursday night wine bar date with friends .|. pecans. local. bags and bags of them . . . I see a few pie crusts happening very soon .|. our orchard is in full bloom .|. my first asparagus spear has emerged, which means the rest will soon follow!

    Have a fantastic weekend! It’s so good to read that you’re getting lots of downtime and Sayward time. I’m intrigued about your mention of witchcraft, curious about coconut-almond green tea, and totally jealous of your calla lilies!

  • Bettina

    I want the recipe for the kale and potato gratin!!

  • Bettina

    err, please.

  • Bettina

    It’s a pretty bog-standard (German) statutory health insurance. They pay for lots of prevention-oriented classes, covering 75% percent of the costs if you attend at least 80% of the sessions (which I’ve only just discovered, after having been with this insurance company for about eight years…)

  • Bettina

    Sorry, you wanted to know which one it is: It’s called “Techniker Krankenkasse”, but I think a lot of other statutory health insurance companies offer the same kind of service. I’m afraid you’re only eligible to join if you’re based in Germany tho.

  • Jennifer

    Many Soviets credit the Beatles with the fall of communism. Charles Dickens’ answer to the injustices he endured growing up in orphanages was to write about them- in works of fiction, sprinkled with facts. Jesus and Buddha spoke in parables. I watch my family obsess and argue over politics, and think- if a change is coming, it will be brought on by art. It gets to the heart of us like nothing else. Beautiful song.

  • MeredithK

    That video!!! I’ve loved the song for a while, but hadn’t seen the video!! Everyone should watch that. Totally crying over here.

  • April

    My Love List

    1. Making homemade bread after discovering this method : We’ve made 3 batches already this week!

    2. My 11yo signed up for 6th Grade Orchestra. He is going to be a violinist next year :)

    3.Finally planted my spring peas! Garden season will be here soon!!

    In the spirit of Authenticity, My Sucked-Ass List

    1. Kidney stones. Oy vey.

    2. This spring weather. In Michigan, we’ve had so much rain that we are experiencing record breaking flooding. Today, we have snow.

    3. Toilet training my 2.5yo son. I keep telling myself that someday he will stop peeing in our heater vents. Right?

  • Gem Wilder

    As a New Zealander, this is what I’ve loved the most this week ~

    And second on my love list this week is finding out that you are back blogging! Welcome back. You were missed.

  • Rachel from The Vegan Mishmash

    Thank you so much for sharing that video. It was so beautiful!

    My love list is:

    1. The beautiful weather we had in Maine today. Some days it’s cold and others it’s warm. Today was warm and sunny.
    2. Banana splits with So Delicious vanilla bean ice cream
    3. The semester coming to an end soon
    4. Watching stand-up comedy YouTube videos (Louis CK, Gabriel Iglesias, etc.)

  • bohemianmatka

    I would double up on the kale and adjust the olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper to accommodate the extra kale. I used vegan parmesan cheese substitute.

  • Bettina

    Brilliant, ta!

  • lysette

    ~Smelling the rich, pungent air from the creek.
    ~My carpentry boss taking a few of us out to lunch, he intentionally chose a place I could order vegan dishes at.
    ~Having a relaxing weekend that doesn’t involve renovations on my house. Being a carpenter and renovating a 1930′s house in my spare time is double burnout!
    ~Blueberry rooibos tea in my hand

    ~King Diamond on my ipod. Wish I had a record player but I’m grateful I can go to my brother’s house for that.

    ~Watching my 10 year old Niece (in-law) dance at a competition and win.
    ~ 3 Robin’s hanging out in my Hawthorne tree
    ~The anticipation of taking my dog companion on an awesome hike today, she’s going to freaking love it!

  • bohemianmatka

    I checked out the site you posted with the artisan bread recipe… looks super good! :) I don’t have a whole lot of experience making bread. I’ve made it several times in a bread machine and just last week in the oven…. I seriously am thinking I’m doing something wrong, because every single loaf is soooo thick and heavy? Now I don’t have the expectation that it will come out like a loaf of fluffy wonderbread, but, seriously, this stuff is THICK! Anyone, any tips?

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Things that come immediately to mind: yeast is not fresh // if the temperature of your water is too hot, it will kill your yeast // ratio of flour to liquid may be off (you should weigh, not measure your ingredients) // protein content of flour may be too high or low (bread flour is best for most kinds of bread) // timing of first or second rise may be off // oven not hot enough // if you’re baking in a loaf pan, the material the pan is made of will make a difference…

    Chowhound has some great discussion threads about troubleshooting homemade bread, I would look there for some answers. Also, this is a great bread recipe:

  • bohemianmatka

    Thanks for the reply; I’ll check it out! I will have to make a couple of loaves and pay particular attention, see if I can improve it.