Utah

I am now a Southern California resident. Surprise!

My husband has been pursuing his PhD in Philosophy for years now, and he was offered a prestigious spot among graduate students at the University of California Riverside. I was still happily working at a local architecture firm in April when he received the good news. He was torn. I was not. He didn’t want to take me away from such a great job that I loved to follow him to the suburbs of Los Angeles. I was up for an adventure.

Moving across state lines is one of the most stressful things in life. Trust me, I know from experience, three times. Not only do you have to fit all of your stuff into a pod or trailer or two cars (or a combination of all three), but you have to change banks, quit your job, leave your family and friends, find a place to live, get a new drivers license, and change your address on everything from credit cards to car insurance. These things pass quickly, though.

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This way.

It’s the middle of January in 2012. Also, my blog has been neglected for months. And yet, I’d like to share with you my New Year’s Resolution(s) like the cliché that it is.

The most fantastic thing I’ve read in a long while was from Meg Worden: Eat Like an Artist. I read it out loud to my husband (he liked it, also). Then, I printed it out and taped it to our kitchen wall just before people started arriving for our New Year’s Eve celebration.

I intend to, yes, eat like an artist and below is an outline of some of my other intentions for the upcoming year.

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Ride Report: Lovely Bicycle Give-Away

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One of my favorite blogs, Lovely Bicycle, is giving away a road bike. I know, so exciting! She is accepting bike ride reports to enter the give-away through the end of the week, and I decided to join in on the fun. My husband has a road bike and enjoys long rides by himself, but [...]

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Lately.

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As I’ve been sharing my daily happenings using the wonderful instagram app, I thought I would share a bit of my snapshots. The following images quickly paraphrase this summer for us. Enjoy!

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Up, Catching Up

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It’s hard to start writing. And finish what I was writing. Hence the big pictures and vast time between blog posts. Sorry about that folks. Glad you could stick around. There’s plenty more to share, the hardest is finding the time to sit down and write. I’ve been consumed with designing, construction administration (yes, things [...]

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Placing Your Order to the Universe

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…or you could simply call it goal-setting, setting your intentions, asking for what you want, knowing what direction your going, or painting a picture of your ideal life. Whichever speaks to you, go with it. What’s important is that you do it.

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

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…from scratch.* Oh, yeah, we’re going big time. I was skeptical I could pull off a vegan pie. But this recipe is soooo easy and simple. ‘Tis the season for kitchen fun, and I’m here to bring you the best flavors of the holidays… vegan. After all, it’s Vegan Mofo time! I suggest making this [...]

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Build a Better Salad

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I used to make the wimpiest salads that didn’t keep me full for long, which leads me right to the snack drawer a few hours after lunch. A better salad was needed to sustain me throughout the afternoon and into the night. Enter: The Better Salad. Best Lettuce Forgo the iceburg lettuce, and reach for [...]

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Big Questions

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To prepare for the mighty job interview, I like to write down some big questions and try to come up with the answers. This exercise gives me the right frame of mind going into an interview, and prepares me for some of the things they will ask me. Here are some of the big questions [...]

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Product Review: Simply Car-free

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This is the first post of a series on Designing 4 Life of me reviewing products. I do not get paid for the reviews, but sometimes the links to the product will be affiliate links. I will always keep my reviews honest and helpful, so you get the most out of the review and have [...]

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