Pictures Of Things + Le Love List :: 11/52

March 18th, 2017 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback


♥ Most excited little kale smoothie makers, this week in my kinder-garden. ♥

So I’m not going to lie, this week got the better of me, a bit. This new temp job I’ve taken on is really great, and it feels very professional and grown-up and it’s so different from how I’ve been living my life for the past few years . . . well who am I kidding, for forever! And the truth is this: I like it! I like working a 9-5 office job. Believe me, nobody is more shocked about that than I am.

But it’s true. I’m going to bed earlier so that I can have an easy morning routine, and I’m putting on un-ripped jeans and wedge heels and sweaters (not sweatshirts) and making sure my hair looks nice and packing an office lunch and having 9am coffee time with my coworkers. GUYS IT’S WEIRD. It’s just so very different from this creative type/self-employed/freelancer/hustler kind of life I’ve been living for so long. And it’s actually really, really nice.


Anyway, that combined with my school garden commitments is keeping me really, really busy. I have SO many blog posts planned out, but man, this week I just kept falling asleep instead of writing. Ha!

So things will have to wait. For now, here’s what the waking hours looked like:


My own precious garden is somehow persisting, despite my neglect. We’ve had such a wet year, my plants are all loving it! You can see passionfruit, purple and green cabbage, kales of many kinds, rainbow chard, wee baby California poppies, and soooo much nasturtium.

Beautiful Nicotiana (sacred tobacco).

A mid-week dinner date with an amazing women is the kind of thing that can keep a girl going, ya know?

And afternoon play dates with green juice snack attacks. Orange-carrot-kale for Waits’s best friend, apple-cucumber-parsley-kale for Waits, and a whole bunch of stuff + beet for me. Drink the rainbow! ♥

Green tongue monster!

Last week I posted about date night with my beau, all dress-up and fancy wine and coy glances. But this week? This was the kind of week for a pint of beer and shelling peanuts, know what I mean? This is my face after a loooong day.

But hey, the ceiling in that pub sure is purty!.

And finally — the week ends! I pack up a dinner and a vintage thermos of hot peppermint tea, I pack my car full of every blanket and pillow we own. I pack up my family and head out to the drive-in. One of my very most favorite places to spend an evening with the people I adore. ♥


And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List!

Jeremy texting me photos of Waits helping him cook dinner (pan-seared quinoa cakes with cheeze, oven-baked yam fries, sautéed spinach), while I’m at my monthly SURJ meeting. // MY MONTHLY SURJ MEETING. // Wisteria blooming all along the side of the freeway. // Quote of the week: “fist bump the Singha”. // Cold tom kah for breakfast. // Coming home on a random Monday to find a sweet note and a small vase of nasturtiums from the garden, left for me by my honey. // Vegan Street Fair is ONE WEEK from today! // Watching Waits get creative when I refuse to entertain him (he constructed a “mechanical monster” from random toy parts and scotch tape. // Making calls to congress on my lunch break. Why do I have so much emotion and anxiety that comes up when I make these calls? My voice shakes and I can barely get the words out. Still, my voice is heard, and that’s what matters. // Watching John Oliver with my man. // This week, I’m noticing how the seemingly disjointed pieces of my life will, given enough time, always find a way to converge in the most beautiful and unexpected ways. Sometimes I feel like I’m living 4 or 5 parallel lives — in one life I’m a vegan blogger and a healthy living coach, and in another life I own a wine bar and I’m in the booze business. In another life I’m an academic, a science educator. In another I’m a witch, an herbalist, a garden teacher, a social justice activist. I wear many hats and often it feels like my hats don’t really mesh together (“dichotomy” is a word I often use to describe myself). But then every once and a while something happens, and suddenly these seemingly disparate sides of myself are merging. They’re intersecting in a way that actually ends up strengthening each of them.

And man, that’s powerful.


Alright guys, now it’s your turn! I really love reading your own Le Love Lists, so please leave them down in the comments below. What are the little things in your life that make you smile this week?

Happy Sunday, I hope you have a most wonderful week!

  • Angie

    Some of the best, creative moments for my step-son have occurred when we refuse to entertain him, so important for kids to have those moments!

  • veronika

    so, question: what are your favorite podcasts for kids?
    I apologize if you’ve mentioned this already, and I’m failing at hw.

    We are regular consumers of moth, ted, hidden brain, freakonomics, and of course, radio lab. I definitely notice my 4.5 yo catching on, but sometimes he asks for additional clarification. That’s awesome, and we got excited. We looked for kid-specific podcasts, found brains on (, but I almost feel like it’s on par with radio lab for most of the topics.

    Any ideas?

    We usually listen to NPR (which has been terribly depressing/frustrating given our political s(h)ituation), or KEXP, otherwise.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh! This is a great question! I’ve actually been meaning to poll my Facebook friends on the same topic. We listened to The Unexplainable Disappearance Of Mars Patel, which is a serialized mystery podcast for kids. It’s aimed at 10-12 year olds, but Waits LOVED it. It made me want to get more podcasts for kids! So, I would definitely try that one (although 4.5 might really be too little) and I’ll have to get back to you on the rest. ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Yes! It’s a valuable life skill that I feel like 70s and 80s kids really had to develop, but nowadays many kids don’t really have the opportunity.

  • veronika

    Awesome, thanks!
    I’d say it seems like an unfilled niche. hint…hint. Wanna put on yet another hat? :)

  • Rebecca Carnes

    Love list this week was all about sitting back and watching nature take it’s course: Watching our once dead garden beds grow a large potato plant and cucumbers after throwing scraps in their randomly…I thought why not compost directly in the garden to maybe enrich the soil? And Voilá!
    Also, taking Phoenyx down to see the Seals and Sea Lions in La Jolla…. and all the pups were out!!! The mamas were teaching their littles to swim and nursing them on the beach. There were all sorts of different Sea birds in their nests w/babies as well. We watch a lot of Planet Eath and nature shows in general, so it was great to share that in person with Phoenyx:)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aww, that’s so awesome! I remember you talking last year about how everything planted had died, and it was such a bummer. Very cool that you’ve had a bunch of volunteers to start the garden party early this year. =D

    And funny, I was just talking to some friends about La Jolla! I’ve always wanted to go when they’re calfing — that’s really awesome you got to see that. And nursing!! Eeee! I can’t wait to take Waits some day.

    Sounds like a great week! ♥

  • Rebecca Carnes

    The seals are there pretty much year round, but this time of year really is special:) I think you guys would enjoy it!!

  • SJ

    I’m often surprised when I realize I enjoy routine and structure! I always think I don’t, and the reality is sometimes it’s exactly what I need to help keep my creative juices in line- oh don’t forget deadlines and tangible goals, all these things used to sound soul-sucking, and somehow they are pretty dang helpful these days!

    YAY for the convergence of all of your passions! I seriously enjoy seeing it happen, and it gives me hope for myself too!

  • lysette

    I love nasturtiums! They’re so pretty, and so tasty ;) I’m reading Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking right now and (I hope this doesn’t bother you – I think she rules so it’s a compliment coming from me) I can’t help but think of you while I read it, as if it’s actually you who I’m reading. You’re two peas in a pod; the same fire and fighter and dreamer and sorceresses. I use the term dichotomy to describe my life as well, it’s a life very well lived in my mind. Oh and my three sisters are all pregnant and though none of them are vegan I’m using your pregnancy guide for reference to understand what their going through so I can be supportive! Love list – definitely when I discovered yesterday all the lily bulbs are sprouting xox Happy Spring!