Scouting Sunday: Chez Panisse

This is a crazy time of the year for me. Work gets busier, the kids are on the brink of going back to school, which means I’m trying to squeeze every ounce of quality time in with them plus preparing for the school year.  We were traveling and it was amazing in so many ways.  I’ll…

Visiting Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara was hit this week with an awful oil spill.  It’s sad for the all the sea life affected as it is for the town.  It’s such a beautiful area and now I’m sure no one wants to go. We were just there over our Easter break and I had a great time with the…

The Big Sur Roadhouse

Over Thanksgiving we went to Big Sur. It’s a place of zen and strength for me.  I absolutely love it and have now gone enough times that I’m starting to find my routines, one of them being places to eat. My days usually don’t start without the Big Sur Bakery. it is hands down one of…

The Farnsworth House

Last month we took a trip to Chicago to visit our dear friend Anthony.  He planned the most amazing trip!  We saw so much from the perspective of not just a local but an architect.  The best part was we never felt rushed.  In fact, it was so mellow (albeit in the end exhausting for everyone)…

Our Magic Carpet

When Dave and I traveled to India in 2004 we bought a large rug.  I love it despite it’s lack of “Mid Century trendiness”.  I put it in quotes, “Mid Century trendiness”, because who has the final word on what is trendy when it comes to Mid Century?  Today it’s such a mishmosh of 1950s…

The Montage at Laguna Beach

  Last week we stayed three nights at the Montage in Laguna Beach.  It was an amazing and much needed trip.  We were very grateful that it was on the company dime.  (Although they did charge us for $550 of spa services. I never set foot in the spa and as of yesterday they had…

Palm Springs

Dave had to scout in Palm Springs this past weekend so P and I grabbed our bating suits and leisure wear and tagged along to the desert.  These “workcations”: trips done for work with a vacation squeezed in,  are always last minute.  Sometimes they can be a juggle for me but I wasn’t about to…