5gts: in your ocean, ankle deep

It’s Friday before July 4th. Rebecca is here from London! So here are some good things floating around my lovely life:


  1. We got kittens! Two cuties named Cosmo and Izzy. Izzy (above, left) is our little girl, and Cosmo (above, right) is our shy guy. They are very fun and we’re having a blast watching people (read: Becca and Ana’s) reactions to these fur balls.
  2. As I mentioned above, Becca is here and she’s staying with us – lucky people we are! I’ve missed her so I am glad to have her settling in for a long stay and can’t wait to celebrate the Fourth with her.
  3. My first podcast with Traci is up! It’s called “That’s Our Jam” and we talk about everything from holidays to hot dogs to history. It has been a super fun project to work on and I’m glad to finally share it with you guys.
  4. Three Day Weekend! Patio furniture is coming this weekend to lounge on for the holiday. And we have a new grill. How lucky are we? I can’t wait for hot dogs & watermelon salad & blended margs.
  5. My garden is coming along nicely, and we might have spaghetti squash by the end of the season if we’re good to the plants. What a great summer this already has been.

Happy July, kids!

Take my hand and my/heart and soul

I saw Ed Sheeran last week at the Hollywood Bowl with Megan and Monica and Monica’s sister Nikki and I have to say it was one of the best shows I’ve been to in a while. I love going to shows where I know every song, where the performer has an amazing energy, and where I can sing along with no qualms.

Ed performed solo, using a loop pedal set-up, which was amazing. He is truly a talented musician through and through, and his energy carried the entire Hollywood Bowl despite being a Wednesday and being 90 degrees out.

I don’t even care that I was surrounded by teenagers who are in love with the pop artist, because he’s just so good and because I think being embarrassed about the music you like is dumb. If it makes you shake your hips, it’s the right stuff, and what’s so wrong with that?

I love the Hollywood Bowl because I love being outside listening to live music – there is just nothing like it. Concert season is ramping up, again, and tonight we’re headed back to the Bowl to see Back to the Future with a live orchestra.

But back to Ed. He was amazing, funny, and just was having so much fun it was crazy. His mashups were just amazing, too. Our song for the wedding was Thinking Out Loud, and all his songs off of X really make me happy deep in my soul.

I’ve made a Spotify list for y’all so you can listen to the set list.

Next up, Needtobreathe in a couple weeks – another show I cannot wait for.
Happy Tuesday, folks.

Sand + Summer // Summer 2014

This summer is about getting to the beach. It’s about being in the sun, listening to music, finishing crosswords and reading all the books and learning how to go slow. It’s about swimming and exercising and tiring yourself out and feeling healthy. It’s about avocados and popsicles and all the snacks. It’s about being.

  1. XO – John Mayer
  2. The Great Unknown – Jukebox the Ghost
  3. Maps – Maroon 5
  4. Oceans – Coasts
  5. Rude – Magic!
  6. Shake – The Heat and the Heart
  7. Headphones – Matt Nathanson
  8. Chandelier – Sia
  9. Palisades Park – Counting Crows
  10. Rescue – Yuna
  11. The Heart – Needtobreathe
  12. Summer in the City – Freedom Fry
  13. Sing – Ed Sheeran
  14. Something I Need – OneRepublic
  15. Gimme Something Good – Ryan Adams
  16. Back to the Earth – Jason Mraz
  17. Coins in a Fountain – Passenger
  18. Photograph – Ed Sheeran

Here’s a link to the playlist on Spotify:

you’re vicious like the blue sky

Jeff has been working crazy hours, and I have been sick, so this Sunday, which is the first day in a week I am really feeling like myself, I am enjoying a relaxing day doing exactly the following things:

writing thank you cards // working on wedding stuff // crossing things off my list // catching up on GMS stuff long neglected // photographing some delicious foods made by E // video chatting with my family because my dad is the best // eating pizza for breakfast // drinking coffee for the first time since Tuesday // listening, twice, to Matt Nathanson Live at the Point because, damn. // heading to yoga to flow it out // reading the book club book // cracking open the latest NatGeo with gusto // making playlists, because it’s been too long // braiding my hair, always // contemplating why baby mockingbirds have made their home in the tree outside our window // researching the nesting period of mockingbirds // don’t worry it’s only 12-14 days // good news, they don’t reuse their nests // writing for GMS because, funfetti. // missing my boo but knowing i’ll see him this week // living.

happy Sunday, loves.