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Thursday, December 22, 2016

12 hikes :: 2016! :: o'melveny park

its been while since I posted a new hike - but this was a good one - and worth remembering. friends introduced us to O'Melveny Bee Canyon Trail today.


O'Melveney Park

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O'Melveny Bee Canyon Trail
O'Melveny Park
17300 Sesnon Boulevard
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Neighborhood: Granada Hills

Proximity: 13 miles from our home
Hike length: 4.0 miles roundtrip
Bonus features: Beautiful views of the SFV. Dog friendly. Free parking in lot.
Tips: Hard incline (1000 ft elevation gain) on foot path - with some scrambling, so good shoes a must. (Fire road alternative for more gradual incline.)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Progressive Dinner ::10::

how on earth have we celebrated together 10 times?

and how this event has grown!

we gathered together last night - neighbors - for our yearly Progressive Dinner. Robyn and I are hanging up our organizers' hats after this one - with the hope that others will carry on the tradition. (and from all indications, they will.) it is such a lovely event - with multiple generations, backgrounds, views. but as it has grown, it has become much more work. time for some fresh eyes and ideas.

but in the meantime, about last night...

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Monday, November 28, 2016

field trip :: Taschen Gallery

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David and I snuck out tonight to the opening for David Hockney's A Bigger Book at Taschen Gallery. So good. Really, a genius of our time. And a treat to see his arc from student through to now.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankful.

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LOVE these people

this year we made

pumpkin
chocolate pumpkin swirl
pecan chocolate
and the always requested banana pumpkin mousse <3

Friday, November 18, 2016

weekend to do

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I'm pretty much without words right now. as a "resident alien", I always volunteer during election season for the candidate that best represents my hopes for our girls - who were both born here. The weeks leading up to the election were busy. I put in hours phone banking for HRC and - along with so many I know - and then, was shocked at the results of our presidential election. my heart broke in the early morning hours of Wednesday last. I am still working through what happened, and trying to keep things as normal as possible while not accepting that things are normal at all.

this weekend is about keeping cozy and close. preparing for my favorite holiday of the year. and strategizing how we go forward from here.

so a to-do list for this weekend: a summation of some of my favorite suggestions from friends

1) Communicate with your congressperson. They work for you. Tell them how you feel. Regularly.
2) Inform yourself. Read the daily paper, or better yet two or three papers. Don't rely on the internet (and especially social media) as your dominant news source
3) Frequent minority-owned businesses. Let them know they are an important part of your community.
4) Get to know your neighbors better. Even the ones you usually don't agree with.
5) (But) Don't tolerate the intolerable. Misogyny. Racism. Homophobia. Xenophobia. Not ok. At all.
6) Volunteer. Join local clubs. Help in local elections (school board! neighborhood council! city government! in LA all coming up very soon!) and prepare for volunteer time for the mid-terms.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

show day 3 (IEL #1)

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fabulous day at the first Interscholastic Equestrian League show of the season. big classes. pouring rain. these rockstars xo

Saturday, October 29, 2016

weekend to do

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haunted ranch
show weekend :)