Friday, July 27, 2012

london 2012.

{vintage olympics prints from art.com: berlin, london, paris}

do you guys love the summer olympics as much as i do? in 2008 my poor roommate had to deal with me taking up all the space on our dvr with michael phelps races and nastia liukin beam performances. i'm thrilled to watch the opening ceremonies tonight, root for the dream team, and especially because it's in my favorite city! when i worked in london, i shared a building with the olympic committee, so the excitement has been building for years.

here are some fun links to get you in the spirit:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

red grape & balsamic salad

i have to share my current favorite lunch - this delicious red grape salad. it combines all my fave things - crisp grapes, ripe avocado, and gorgonzola. yum!



the only annoying part of this super-easy prep is slicing every. single. grape. as tedious as it is, this does make a huge difference - it lets all the yummy balsamic soak in.

after you cut your grapes and avocado, gently mix in the walnuts and gorgonzola. i use my hands to fold it all in so the avocado doesn't turn to mush. in a small bowl, mix the liquids with a good squeeze of honey, and drizzle over the top.



this serves 4-6 people {it's pretty rich, so small servings are great!}, but it stores really well in the fridge so i just scoop some out into tupperware each day to bring for lunch. next time i want to try it on french bread slices, sort of like a summery bruschetta. so good!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

heaven at tahoe.

as you guys well know by now, lake tahoe is one of my favorite places on earth! i have been lucky enough to spend about 2 weeks there so far this summer, and the best times were with my family and sweet nieces. it's just breathtakingly gorgeous and SO relaxing {except when you fall into the freezing lake because you ride the tube with crazies...}


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

before you put this face on a milk carton...


oh hi there! remember me? that person who used to write on this blog?

oof.

sorry for the total disappearing act. i've had a somewhat hectic few months, culminating in a change of jobs, some super relaxing weeks in tahoe, and generally becoming human again.

starting around february, my old job became cuh-razy. long story short: i hate the feeling of not being able to get it all done. it stresses me out, makes me work until midnight, and made my daily 3 hours in the car commuting into...torture.
while i was moping around being miserable at a conference {in vegas, when it was 108 degrees - super duper fun to be in a biz casual blazer, guys}, i got an email that i had been offered a new opportunity for a company i am in love with, in a role that offers me a chance to learn and grow, and that happened to be a mere 9 miles away. hallelujah!

i spent part of june in tahoe helping my parents finish their house remodel {as much as they loved the previous owners' pink carpet and metallic paisley wallpaper...}, started the new job, and then was lucky enough to squeeze in another planned vacay to tahoe with the whole fam, including my fave baby girl nieces! plenty of photos to come.

all that being said: thanks for sticking around while i took some time away...happy to be back again! xo.