aloha every day

aloha every day

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Crusty Loaf

When we first began dating,
the Nick-isms that would come from the mouth of my hubs

It was like deciphering code.

He once asked to go to a 4th of July December.
"I'm too literal for this," said the voice in my head,
but land ho! 
A little pointed questioning later, 
I learned that he wanted to go to a neighborhood party...
like the ones you have on the 4th of July.
This is one of the things I love most about hubs:
He relishes moments.
He lives so heavily in the moment,
that reminiscing on the moment
makes him want to relive the moment.
Most Nick-isms have evolved 
throughout our life together.
I am no longer his "wife."
I am:
"monkey baby team" (ask me later about that one)
...and the beat goes on...

Where am I going with this?
during our first years together, 
he spoke frequently about

I, a purveyor of words that ring nicely,
have never been a fan of the word

It's like the word
to me.
It doesn't sit well in my stomach.

Everyone has their word(s).
What's yours?

Back to the story...
 Hubs loves crusty loaves. 
(That sure sounded wrong...I didn't mean it that way...promise)
So, I've worked through the years to perfect the Crusty Bread Loaf.
It has taken many shapes and forms.
In fact, I thought I had it perfected when I persevered through

Holy Time Consuming Loaf of Bread, Batman!
When reading the recipe from 
Julia's recipe starts on page 57 and ends on page 74.
'Nuff said.

Many years and many recipes later,
I've done it.
I've decoded what 
means to the hubs.

The Crusty Loaf!
 I found the recipe here **

Here's another picture of it,
just in case you can't get enough of the 
crusty(still rings wrong to me) goodness: 
 The ONLY time consuming step in this recipe is allowing the dough to rise overnight.
That's it. 
The actual leg-work is nuttin' honey.

 The ONLY problem 
is that this:
quickly becomes this:

 Is that a problem, though?
As the world fights childhood hunger,
I consider this a blessing, 
NOT a problem.
I'll make a loaf every day if it means
in our household.
**Side note: I add 1/4 cup of chopped, fresh rosemary from our garden during the mixing of dry goods step.  I highly recommend this if you are a rosemary fan like us! I figure you could also use dried rosemary...a few TBS?



One of San Diego's most popular pleasures
is our weather.
Mostly sunny.
Most days.
'Tis why the wedding industry is booming here:
You can plan an outdoor wedding years ahead from now 
and rest assured that it will not rain on your wedding day.
If it does,
consider yourself the Chosen One...
that the Gods are speaking to you (good or bad, up to you)...
because it just

Except for today!

We awoke to a thunderstorm.
I'm talking
proper thunderstorm 
complete with lightning
short spurts of downpour.
We positioned ourselves near our largest window,
compiled a group of rainstorm necessities,
and watched the storm pass.
Today's weather was brought to you by Tropical Storm Dolores.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Let's Make a Deal

I woke up yesterday feeling like 
the little angel on my shoulder, however, kept reminding me of my summer promise to myself:
To Exercise.


A few episodes of Gilmore Girls later, 
I decided that exercise didn't have to be gritty and all-out.
So I looked at the angel on my shoulder and said,

"Let's make a deal.

I'll exercise like you said I should, 
but it will be 
where I want
how I want."

 Surprisingly enough, the angel agreed.
To the beach we went,
and instead of running the whole length and back,
I mixed it up a bit.

 (My favorite part about running on the beach is that I get to do it barefoot!  Total motivator for me)

If you're ever having an exercise funk day,
try this:
Walk 1 min.
Run 1 min.
Walk 2 min.
Run 2 min.
Walk 3 min.
Run 3 min.
Walk 4 min. *
Run 4 min.
Walk 5 min.
Run 5 min.
BAM! 30 min. of cardio exercise!

I then pivot turned and did the entire routine in reverse,
starting with 5 min. run
and ending with 1 min. walk. 
*If you don't want to do the entire routine in reverse,
pivot turn at this point, or stroll back after the 5 min run (especially if you're at the beach :)*

Give it a try!
Or make something else up! 
Just remember,
exercise doesn't have to be gritty and grueling
to get the job done.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

My mission (if I choose to accept it)

At the start of last school year,
we (teachers) discussed the importance of
having a mission statement 
to drive the purpose of our work.

We didn't, however, get to the point of writing the statements.
We just talked about it.
Isn't that so typical of adult activity in general?
Talk about it a lot...
Take action a little.

Well, it took me a year,
but I finally penned my mission!
 I think it took me a year because I was unsure of my process...
"How do I even BEGIN this process?"

and then, one day, while on the plane to Hawai'i nei,
I wrote down some words, and what did they say?
My mission, of course,
it came without force!
(wink and a questioning smirk;
I swear I've had coffee today)

I thought I'd share what my process "looked like"
in case you are searching for a process 
and would like to borrow mine
(and are a visual learner like me ;)

My Mission Statement Process
Find something that inspires you and represent it somehow
(I drew a pic of the shell necklace I was wearing).
Then, connect words to that thing. Write them!

Connect like-words together
(important note: connect them in a way that is meaningful to you...doesn't have to make logical sense to others)

Expand the connected words into sentences.
I also picked out one guide word in each sentence and underlined it

 STEP 4:
Final Draft...clean it up!

Using a photo editing website (I used,
make it look GOOD!
I made two different options, and I'm deciding which one I like better to print for my classroom:

 I hope this inspires you to find your process!


Happy Aloha 4th of July

Because everything sounds better
when you say the word

Happy Aloha 4th of July
to you and yours!