Category Archives: Top 5

top 5 | moments in the last 5 months

[ 5 ]  transferring bases from boston


to long beach  😉  the view from my office is much nicer!


[ 4 ]  being faithful to my marathon training schedule…

BOS 26.2 training

[ 3 ]   …so i could eat [just about] whatever i wanted…

la creperia LB

[ 2 ]   …and successfully complete my first 26.2!


[ 1 ]  Philippines & Japan with my better half ❤


A + J


santo nino












top 5 will-do’s | february 2013

[ 5 ]  portland…?


source: amycnelson on esty

OR bust.  😉  toying with the idea.

[ 4 ]  this. recipe.

Daube Provençale (French Beef Stew with Red Wine) via katieatthekitchendoor

Daube Provençale (French Beef Stew with Red Wine) | source: katieatthekitchendoor

soak beef in red wine for 24 hours?  KAY.

[ 3 ]  hershey’s cherry cordial creme


source: junkoseven

the one holiday chocolate I allow myself to binge eat, aside from truffles, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves now.

[ 2 ]  new orleans!


beignets, QT with the best friend, and 13.1 miles to offset the food tour. ;D

[ 1 ]  running half marathon #2 with this guy ❤


rock ‘n’ roll pasadena, here we come (with this feeling conquered, ^5 hun)!

top 5 reasons i inadvertently fell into hiatus

[ 5 ] the chaos


oh there was plenty.  they don’t tell you how hard it is to push when you’re up against a brick wall and you’ve given your all and need to keep drawing from that bank.  it’s hard to have an infinite supply.  it’s hard to admit you need a break to recharge.  that’s what i needed.  i needed time to myself.  typically writing helps when i’m enduring a hardship, but i was so uninspired the words wouldn’t form.  it was hard putting things down in writing.  maybe i didn’t want to remember.

[ 4 ] the changes

boston skyline - piers park

i’ve bounced around quite a bit in the last 9 months.  newport beach to orlando to new york to boston to long beach.  i’ve felt like quite the human ping pong ball. couple that with a 2500+ mile transcontinental commute and any time off felt like it was running away from me.  packing and unpacking never gets any easier.

[ 3 ] marathon training


“if it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you”

my first 26.2!   i wanted to do so many more races in 2012 but knew i had to take it easy.   it felt so good to come back strong after my injuries.  more on that later.

[ 2 ] traveling abraod


here we go, pochacco!

puerto rico [kinda counts], philippines (manila & boracay), and japan (tokyo & izu), among many random days waking up and falling asleep in different states.

boracay sunrise sunset

sunrise to sunset in boracay

[ 1 ] picking up the pieces


2009 was the last time i truly felt like myself.  i had my creative routine down and was so happy with what i was doing, and then it crumbled when i fell into a job with management that just wasn’t good for the soul.  i stayed with it much longer than i should have, but i don’t regret a thing.  the past 9 months have allowed me to get back into my old habits and it feels good to get back into the things that make me me.  i want to write.  i need to write.  and so here i am, ending the hiatus.

top 5 reasons i have been m.i.a.

[ 5 ]  Downsizing my Life

because i believe in mobility & clutter free living

[ 4 ]  Coming off the Busy Season @ Work

[ 3 ]  Netflix-ing aka “Creative Research & Inspiration”

Finally found a show that could fill the void "Lost" left behind. Amazing suspense.

[ 2 ]  Halloween Costume Making

Part 1 - Mad Hatter

Part 2 - R2D2 - Best Individual Contest Winner! : )

[ 1 ]  Half-Marathon Training & Conquering

NWM 2011 | SF | 10.16.11

on course with paul & thao!

Rock n' Roll Los Angeles | 10.30.11

top 5 | recent nom nom shots

[ 5 ] Backyard BBQs | Picnics Galore

[ 4 ] Royal T Cafe | Kobe Burger

[ 3 ] Umami Burger | Manly Burger & CHEESY TOTS & lots more

[ 2 ] Pitburger | Teriyaki Plate

[ 1 ] Speciality Sushi by my favorite Sushi Chef 😉

top 5 | reasons to smile

[ 5 ] pooped puppies

[ 4 ] happy stamps

[ 3 ] gentle giants

[ 2 ] pleasant surprises

[ 1 ] totem pole close-ups