Wednesday, June 30, 2010

3,654 days and counting!

A beautiful girl just turned 10 this past Saturday.
(thanks to my mom taking -and sending to me- most of these photos)
I just asked her what it feels like to be double-digits and she said, "Everything feels perfect."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Thank you for all your lovely suggestions on my last post of what I can do in the city!  If you have any more, keep 'em coming!  I definitely intend to do them all and will post the pictures.  I was SO intending to do at least one this week but have had a terrible past few days.

This is what happens when your lens falls BOUNCES down a flight of concrete steps.  I'm still assessing the damage.  Oh, and did I mention I have the stomach flu?  Well, I'm on the mend now but yesterday floored me.  I slept about 20 hours I'd say...

On the plus side, tomorrow I'm going home for biggest little's 10th birthday!  That's right, first of my sisters to hit double digits! Wooo!  So expect pictures from that in the meantime and I hope your week is going better than mine!

***EDIT: After I wrote this post, I was bugged by it and I didn't know why.  Then it hit me that I wasn't really being honest.  Yeah, by all appearances it was a terrible week but it really wasn't.  I mean, bad stuff happened but I never was in a terrible mood.  Sure, I was a bit put out but I never felt angry.  I knew I was right where God wanted me even if I didn't care for where that was.   Being so sick especially brought me back to Him.  I was face-to-face with my own fragility.  I've also been struggling with stressing out trying to put get enough work in.  There's nothing like missing a WHOLE DAY of work to put it in perspective.  Instead of being even more stressed out about missing that day, I am now just happy it was only one day and that I'm healthy 99% of the time.  I've been so bad about carving time out for God and the past few days have been just been a whack-in-the-head reminder of that.***

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fun Homework

All work and no play makes Rachael a dull blogger.  I can't believe I've lived in the city almost a whole month and have eaten out TWICE.  Cuz you know, eating out is totally the end-all indicator of how much I'm living it up (kinda like how RV sales bespeak the health of the economy).
That ends now! (or tomorrow...After a good night's rest)
Where should I go? What should I do?  What's your San Francisco dream?  Live vicariously through me, people!  It'll be like homework... Fun homework, which I will document and post about.
Within a realistic budget, of course. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Short Hair In a Windy City

Careful what you wish for Autumn, here are your outfit poses!
 I'm an H&M-bot today I guess...

In other news, I'm supes late jumping on the bandwagon on two things here....
My friend just pointed out this girl's awesome project to me and it reminded me of my breakfast.  I know, I know, but hear me out...
So she started with seven copies of the same dress and wore them every day for a year, accessorizing it with mostly hand-me down, hand-made or vintage 'accouterments' (a word I just learned from her).  The overall goal was that she raised funds for children in India to go to school.  You can read more about it here.
I was thinking 'Wow! What a great idea!  Do-goodery aside, it also takes a bit of the stress out of deciding what to wear and clearly leaves a lot of different looks available.'  Then I thought, 'that's kinda like my omelettes!'
Now most of you probably have heard the song-and-dance about egg whites but I've just stumbled upon this miracle of early morning nomming.  And ever since I started having them for breakfast, I've never gone back.  As in, I start every day off with one ('one' being three egg whites).  You can add whatever you want to make each day a different experience...or not (I stick with mushrooms, onions and cherry tomatoes.  But the possibility for variety is there!).  Each egg white is super low calorie but chock full of protein so after eating the morning meal at 7,  I don't feel real hungry again until 1.  Better than just a lack of hunger, I feel satisfied and full of energy without being stuffed.  Aaa-aand since they're so healthy, I'm less likely to eat something junky later because my mindset is basically, 'Why ruin a good day of healthy eating with ___ (insert tempting food here)___?'
I've even gone so far as to wonder why God didn't drop egg-white omelettes down for the wandering Israelites.  Can you imagine?  "Give us this day our daily omelette..." 

What do YOU guys start your day off with?  Or what's your go-to healthy, yet satisfying meal?

P.S. The bathing suit I was wearing a few posts back is from Modcloth (this one).  I LOOOVE it! I've never, ever, ever, had a bathing suit cover my bum before! It's always like, 'cute top but I'll be wearing board shorts with this thanks... '

P.P.S. Can we all just take a moment to cheer for short hair in a windy city?!  I know I do everyday.
Do your worst Mr. Gale....

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Now this is the way to spend your mornings!  Too bad my errand list is growin' out my ears.  Maybe next time I house-sit...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Catch-up post

Hopefully the pictures I've taken are worth the thousands of words that I would use to describe the craziness that has gone on in the past month.  That would save us both some time.

As mentioned in the previous post, before I left southern California I attended our city's prom put on by a very cool coffee shop...

For mother's day we went to an awesome kid's circus...
Sidenote: You know how some people say watching the olympics makes them wonder what they did with their life?  I've never felt like that because I think of olympians as these super-humans who were whisked away as babies to train... Then I see crazy talented people such as these who you might bump into at Safeway on an ordinary day (and wonder what I've done with my life... just kidding.  Kinda).
I went to my other-family/bestest-friends' house (again).  We had a beach bonfire, 80's tea party, pool kayaking, baseball game, and a midnight adventure to their family's hair salon where we all got to take turns cutting a very trusting buddy's hair! Bear in mind that such a itinerary constitutes a completely normal weekend for them.

So I came up to San Francisco not just for my internship/job interview but also for my cousin's wedding.  Here are a few shots I took:

The past two week have been flying by with situating myself at work, moving in to my awesome new house, learning the bus routes and where the closest Trader Joe's is.  Fortunately for me, the littles had a visit to their grandma's which is close enough to me for a day trip!

And I'm currently house sitting for these adorable kittahs!

Phew! I really wanted to get all that out there and documented.  Now I feel like I am free to post smaller, more day-to-day stuff (and hopefully more regularly).