Pictures Of Things + Le Love List

March 26th, 2015 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

rope swing over creek

Hello from spring break! Hello to long lazy mornings spent with the kid (what’s the rush to get to preschool, anyways?) and lovely afternoons spent in the garden. Hello to couch potato time. Hello to finally cleaning my house (spring cleaning!). Hello to ant invasions and the annual Santa Barbara Month-Of-Mosquito-Eaters-Everywhere™. Hello sundresses. And of course, hello scrambling to catch up on everything that’s been pushed aside all quarter. Hello spring break! And it’s been a good one so far, and Jeremy and I even got to take a whirlwind 36 hour stay-cation (we hadn’t had a day off overlap in ages) (more on that mini trip next week). So yeah, it’s good. Life is good.

Spring is good!

And since it’s been so long since we’ve had a Pictures Of Things post, here’s a bunch of random moments from the past few weeks. My life these days:

splits 2015

Splits-ing on a rainy afternoon hike.

first hot chocolate
When it rained I made hot chocolate – his very first. With Dandies vegan marshmallows, of course!

date night dive bar
Date night at our local lounge.

skater kid
He’s becoming quite the little skater, and even after landing smack on his chin and splitting it wide open, he got himself right back on the board the next day. Brave little boy. ♥

i grew a poppy
Poppies are my White Whale of gardening. You have no idea. But I grew one this year, and that’s a start!

skater mom
Well. I couldn’t let him learn alone, now could I?

beach picnic panorama
Warmer weather and longer days has meant a return to picnic dinners on the beach. These are truly some of my happiest moments. ♥

going to be a biologist
Waits and I went “herp hunting” (looking for reptiles and amphibians) with an evolutionary biologist from my department at school. Waits was thrilled to learn from a real! actual! scientist! and I had so much fun mucking about searching for critters. I’m hoping to start helping this professor with a conservation effort focused on a local endangered salamander species.

kid with Newt

vegan Indian food
Indian feasts with old friends and new friends.

jedi in a bar shop
You know you’re living a weirdo life when you can title a photo “Jedi in a bar shop.” Not complaining!

anakin hair cut
And a few days ago, my little Jedi finally got his hair cut (much overdue). We took his favorite illustrated Star Wars book, so that Gabe could cut his hair EXACTLY like the young teenage padawan Anakin Skywalker. Basically he is in heaven. And don’t you dare call him Waits. His name is ANAKIN, okay??!


Alright, now it’s time for something I’ve missed so very much. Our celebration of all the small things that we have to be grateful for. Those small things sure can add up big, so let’s take a minute for the one, the only, Le Love List!

Gem lettuce. // Therapy. // Finding my feelings, and feeling them. // Cotyledons. // Sleeping in between Jeremy and Waits. ♥ Being the filling in the bestest, warmest, coziest snuggle sandwich on the planet. // The smell of jasmine flowers carried on midnight air. // I started reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to Waits. Our first successful chapter book attempt! And I’ve never read the series myself, so it’s new and exciting for both of us. // Hanging on the couch with Jeremy late at night, me practicing my Spanish on my Spanish-learning app, and him practicing his Italian on his Italian-learning app. (We both use Duolingo). // Eating outdoors. // Hot hot days. // When you step outside and the world instantly envelopes you in warmth and light, and you just want to close your eyes not because it’s too bright, but because it just feels so good, and you can’t help but stop, and stand still and sunbathe for a bit like you’re some sort of reptile . . . soaking it up. // Spring.


Okay everyone, so now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear what you’re loving lately, and I’m sure everyone else would as well. Let’s share the love and send it out into the world! Just leave your Love List in the comments below, yes?

And as always, may you have your own version of the most sunnybright weekend – whatever that may be!

♥ ♥ ♥

  • Rachel in Veganland

    I just love your spring break photos! I had mine a couple of weeks ago now and did a staycation myself. It was so nice, even if that staycation did mean writing, writing, writing, I got some fun in there too. The perfect week for a Love List, I must tell you! Lots of insanity around these parts.

    Learning from amazing visiting scholars and pizza with friends after; my evil fuzzy demon cat child waking me up at 7:45 on my “sleep in” day by cooing and purring to me; my little red french press coffee pot — much loved and much used; thai food on Thursday nights (my “Friday”) and goofy TV shows for a night off; feeling support from my advisor and colleagues; practicing self care; and all of the great podcasts I’ve been listening to lately.

    Whew! What a mouthful. I hope everyone has a good week this week!

  • Jo

    Eek! Everywhere I look, it’s pictures of picnics. Can. Not. Wait. Looks sooo lovely.
    Loving my kid’s growing vocabulary, and the strange outlets it finds (she just woke up from her nap to go ‘monkeys! monkeys! monkeys!’, then went back to sleep). Loving spring, obviously. Loving homemade bread, and photography, and clean white sheets.
    Have a good weekend all!

  • Sarah C.

    We recently read Harry Potter 1 and 2 to my girl (she’s the same age as Waits) and she LOVED them. Totally obsessed. We’re holding off on book 3 because it gets darker, but now we’re on to the Chronicles of Narnia — these kids fantasy books have really catapulted her interest in chapter books into the stratosphere.

    Loving this week:
    - reading – to myself, to my girl; I love books!
    - letting my hubs be fragile and tender, and getting to take care of him
    - windows open, sounds of birds singing and cooing drifting in the windows
    - coffee!!
    - sandals weather

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    You’re splits-ing is really coming along! And I agree, this spring weather is the best! I have never been able to grow poppies. I swear, they are about the only thing I can’t get to germinate. Your photo has inspired me to try, try again. Oh, and that hot chocolate looked good. When we had our annual February deluge of snow and ice, Nina experimented with all manner of hot chocolate and hot cocoa. Really, she drank up most of the chocolate in my pantry. Oh, and Nina and I read from HP together every. single. night. She’ll be excited that Waits is reading it, too. We’re about four chapters into book 6. It’s such a big part of our bedtime routine.

    My love list for the week!

    Planning and planting out my gardens! My husband tore out a swath of brambles along one section of the house, which will be a succulent garden right now, and then planted with bulbs this autumn. // A rooster out on walkabout (happens a lot out here in the country) came over to say hi to our ladies, and decided to stick around. // Watching Chef with Nina. I’m fairly certain we’ll be picking out a new chef knife for her this summer. // Force Majeure is finally(!) available to stream on Netflix. I may also watch Like Father, Like Son. // Experimenting with cheese recipes+techniques at home, in preparation for the vegan fermented cheese workshop I’m teaching in a few weeks. // Seed catalogs. // My husband’s deconstructed s’more: cut a slit in the top of a large-sized Dandie, insert a wedge of dark chocolate, roast over the fire. No graham crackers necessary. // Finding new ways to use up the last of the blood oranges as their season wraps up: especially in olive oil cakes and baba ghannouj .

  • Molly Lansdowne

    This is my first time commenting on a love list, but it’s long overdue!

    -The relaxed and comforting feeling after a good cry
    -Rainy spring days and melting snow
    -A good night’s rest
    -The terrifying feeling that comes with uncertainty, but the visceral knowledge that everything will be okay; that, in fact, it has to be okay.

  • Deirdre

    Yes, yes, yes! And the light, so delightful.

  • Bianca

    Yay for newts and hot chocolate and Harry Potter! My list: SPRING OMG, finally being home from a week in the Northwest, new craft beers in my life, plans for spring festivals, VVC planning!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I’m so glad you had a good staycation Rachel! They’re never long enugh though, right? ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Spring is for picnics and outdoors and more picnics! =D

    Thanks for sharing your Love List, Jo! ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh that’s so exciting Sarah, I love hearing that Harry Potter has sparked a whole lot of chapter book enthusiasm. Because hoo-boy, do I have a LOT of chapter books I want to share! I tried to read him Mossflower (first in the Redwall series) about a year ago but he was too young for it. Narnia is high on my list as well!

    Loved reading your Love List! Have a great weekend!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Fantastic Love List Monika!! I’d love to talk to you about bulbs some time, as this year I had HORRIBLE luck. So many misfires and duds, haha.

    So cool you’re teaching a cheese making class! Can’t wait to hear about it!

    have a great weekend ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Hello Molly – welcome to the Love List! =D

    Thanks so much for sharing. Cheers to melting snow. Have a great weekend!

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    So excited to reconnect at VVC! I’m getting soooo excited for it!

    Happy weekend Bianca ♥

  • Rachel

    I kind of wish I could go back and read Harry Potter for the first time (especially with a 5-year-old ohmygosh!). You are going to love it. Specifically, you are going to love Hermione Granger. Have you even seen the films? Repeat, jealous.

    Love list:

    Successful, long field days. // Yoga. // Collaborating. // New friends. // Summer garden planning. // And, yes, spring! //

  • Kristin Chambers

    Oh my goodness….how have I not heard of Duolingo before?? I am officially obsessed. My love of languages thanks you….my productivity not so much. ;)

  • Lynn D.

    The picture of Waits with your professor reminds me of a wonderful Spanish movie I think you all would enjoy–Butterfly’s Tongue (or Mariposa in Spanish). I just finished the Duolingo Spanish course and am now reading Charlotte’s Web in Spanish. I don’t remember the story and have not finished it in Spanish, so I’m not sure if it’s suitable for vegans! Later this year I will visit my son in Chile, where he is teaching English.

  • Kylie @ FotV

    What a wonderful couple of weeks you’ve had! Your pictures are always so beautiful!

    Here’s my love list:
    Weekend FaceTime calls with my guy / Getting back into blogging and videos / Getting back to reading all my favorite blogs! / Vegan cheese / Juice cleanses / The smell of jasmine (have to strongly agree with you on that one) / Waking up feeling my dog’s little paws on my back and hearing her snore / Sleeping with all the windows open / Yoga / Zumba / Learning to feel and express my feelings openly

  • Sara MM

    I wish I could go on a search with an evolutionary biologist. How fun!

    Love: becoming physically stronger, realizing I really can redefine the person I always thought I had to stay, a dinner fail that my family ate without complaint, fantasy trip planning that hopefully with willpower become reality trip happenings, glitter projects, choc peanut butter pancakes, learning a cats name is “maple toast”, goats of anarchy instagram.

  • Mary

    Respect for the splits! My Love List. Spring, Wind, and sun in my garden on the brink of re-birth; rediscovering Anne Tyler’s books and the overflow of mysterious family love (I think you would like her character Abby in A spool of blue thread); my husband coming in with the emply ash bucket singing “there’s a hole in the bucket Dear Liza, Dear Liza…”; more readily remembering that I matter too.

  • (AL)

    Books. That I live three blocks from a Little Free Library and can get books from it any hour of day or night. And another half block away is a natural grocery store that’s open ’til midnight and has a great display of recent popular novels and nonfiction. And four more blocks down the street there are a big used bookstore and a fantastic independently-owned new bookstore. And I just now got a voicemail from the new bookstore that the book I ordered on Friday has arrived.

    Slippery elm. My heating pad. The washing machine spontaneously self-repaired; the replacement blender container arrived before the old one actually started leaking.

    Those gorgeous, comfortable spaces of nonconventional relationships. Spaces to share and touch each other’s different realities.

  • Robyn

    Le sigh. Your lists are always so great to read. <3

    Front porch chillin' in Ojai / hiking trails less than two blocks away from my house / a job which provides me the ability to do what I believe in while simultaneously supporting myself / warm enough weather in Ojai/Ventura to validate beach days in early spring / my big ol' fluffy, 20 lb nuisance of a cat with a purrbox to rival a tiger's / my 15 hens who follow me everywhere / water / breath / dance

  • Brie

    Life is good.
    I’m loving: planning for my fall classes, anthropology and religion class? yes – silk hazelnut soy creamer in my coffee – doing fitbit step competitions with the partner – taking LONG walks while listening to vegan podcasts – spoiling my dogs – excuses to make Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s thai-slaw. such a crowd pleaser. – 40 degree weather! (basically shorts weather in Alaska) – group therapy with some of the most brave, kind, and funny ladies I know. – preparing for an archaeological dig I have coming up this summer! So pumped.

  • Marissa

    I use Duolingo, too. I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish, and next want to brush up on my French, then on to other languages. I’ve always been somewhat overambitious with my language learning desires! ;)

  • Daniela

    <3 This is my first "le love list" ever. I had a really tough week (anxiety attacks) so I need it.
    Having two beautiful dogs in my life / a partner that is always by my side no matter how crazy I get / family / greens / the perfect latte in the perfect little coffee shop / learning / taking time off / being so loved / going to the psychiatrist / learning from fear.

  • AmandaBold

    I love these posts :) I always peruse your blog when I sit down to plan my weekly grocery/meal planning list for inspiration – part of my love list is that you’re back blogging again – I’m so glad!!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Yay, thank you Daniela! Welcome to the Love List – feels good, don’t it? =)

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