Friday, April 29, 2011

Princess Petunia

Princess Petunia by Petunia21
Princess Petunia, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Today I decided to be a Princess too. My friend made my crown and scepter.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In Yoga Center keychain

In Yoga Center keychain by Petunia21
In Yoga Center keychain, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Today marked my 2nd 7 am yoga practice at In Yoga Studio in Valley Village. I really enjoyed it again, and it was very challenging.

I felt Monday's workout yesterday when trying to lift my 64 ounces of water from one side of my desk to the other! The facilities are really great and very accommodating. The lady at the front desk is adorable and cheerful for 6:45 in the morning!

Their spa-like bathrooms are really great. Both mornings, I was the only one there, so it was relaxing... and they provide towels!!! I just need to make sure the second the class is over to pack up and book it to the shower to allow myself a few more seconds to get to work.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thin Mints... a thing of my past?

0426011727.jpg by Petunia21
0426011727.jpg, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I totally decided to indulge today in a girl scout cookie. I offered one up to Shannon who was jonesing for some chocolate. So I decided with tea today, I'd have one. I hadn't had one in quite some time...

Well, they are just not what I remember... :( I ended up throwing the 2nd half out. Not worth the calories or the sugar spike :( Bye Bye thin mints.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Chocolate

Yesterday, was probably the only Easter Sunday I ever had where I didn't eat chocolate... except maybe my first... does one generally give a 4 month old chocolate?

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers by Petunia21
Turkey Burgers, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Our first grill of the Spring came in the form of handmade turkey burgers!

I'd never made homemade burgers at all, surprisingly, but found the experience to be quite easy and ... man, the sky's the limit!

Here we have 1) mozzarella, red onion and green peppers and Montreal Steak Seasoning, 2) mozzarella, red onion and green peppers, 3) mozzarella, red onion, green peppers and chipotle, and 4) red onion and green peppers and pineapple!

Gratitude April 25

Its Early! I'm grateful for:

1) waking up at 5:15, NOT sleepy. I got to spend 1/2 hour with the husband while he went off on his way to the first day of apprenticeship.
2) Having enough time and energy to empty out the dishwasher and pack my lunch for the day.
3) that I packed my clothes last night for today.
4) that the yoga studio has showers!!!!
5) that the yoga studio has TOWELS!!!!
6) that I was the only one getting dressed after the practice. Very relaxing.
7) that the bathrooms were CLEAN and SPA like.
8) that I didn't have to be corrected too often. I haven't done yoga in over 5 years.
9) that I got to work on time, with very little HARD rushing.
10) the colored deviled eggs my EP brought in this morning.
11) getting in touch with my new body.
13) the sunshine today. I feel like a million bucks.
14) Coconut Curry leftovers for lunch!
15) recognizing that I can't save my parents marriage, only my own.
16) that I can have compassion for the guy last night dumpster diving at 11:30pm making a lot of noise.
17) that I was not the one dumpster diving.
18) the hope I have today that I didn't have 19 months ago.
19) the nap I took on my couch on Saturday... it was that good!
20) not over overindulging at ALL yesterday, and never needing to utter the words "tomorrow's a new day. back on track tomorrow".


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Seriously, I'm sick.

Some gals out there love them some Prada, or Coach, or Louis Vuitton... 

but me, 


I have idea why...
Maybe because for as far back as I remember, I was a "lunch bringer".  I only bought lunch on very special occasions (Pizza Friday), or when they were having "Chicken Patty on a bun, with mixed veggies and milk..."

When I reached adulthood, I soon saw how quickly the bank account would drop when I would go out for lunch... Nowadays even 1 time a week is even a lot.

I generally bring last night's left overs for lunch today. Or maybe a big salad.  Cans of soup fill a drawer at work in case I'm in a pinch or run out of time in the morning.

I guess maybe that's where my love of lunchboxes/bags/coolers come from.

I had this cute rounded purple "old fashion construction worker" lunch box for the longest time. I still have it, but the inside liner is kinda old and gross and smells... seriously, I remember bringing Lean Cuisines in that bag when I was in High School working my job at AC Moore.

I also have this lunch bag. 


She's amazing.  She has this awesome pocket in the front that I keep absolutely nothing in... (being honest)...  She fits a good work day's amount of food.  I would say a solid 2 meals and snacks!  Very helpful for a 10 hour work day.  And being that I eat selectively these days, must come armed for the day with my snacks and beverages.

I have a baby sister bag too...


She is good for 1 good breakfast or lunch.  Mostly these days, she is assigned to the big refrigerator at work where I keep cheese, turkey peperoni, or carrots to snack on.  Kinda like a reserve spot. This bag also doubles as a DSLR case when I'm flying. Fits 1 camera and 1 extra lens and my charger :)

I also have this one.  I use this one when I don't have a lot of food to bring to work, and the one above is still stationed at work.  

This one is great because when it gets dirty, I can just throw it into the washing machine!  It also is elasticy and can fit some over-sized Tupperware containers or bottles of Kombucha.

And with all of these in tow... my eye still lingers... like a man, never satisfied at home, begins to glance at women walking down the street, as do I.... on lunch bags.  I mean... look at these two below!  I don't have any in this size!  And look how cute they are! Like little purses! Only better... cause they're filled with FOOD!  

Unlike the bags that Sofia from The Golden Girls would keep, where she would stick meat balls in her purse... these were DESIGNED for meatballs!

But oops... I did it again.  The other day while looking for hiking convertible pants at REI... I came across this stunner!

A) she's purple... my favorite color.
b) she's on clearance... in other words... LAST CHANCE TO BUY!
c) she was discounted...
d) she has pockets on the sides for bottles of water.
e) she has very good reviews on the REI website.
f) long straps

I need to figure out if she is bigger than my "18 can" turquoise and blue dots Reyna Thermos bag above... if she she brings something interesting to the party... See, I have this wide, thin partition Rubbermaid container that I'm looking for transportation vehicle for. Right now, I can only fit it in ms. 18 can cooler, but only if I carry it as though I'm carrying a freshly baked cake... and that is not how I roll to work.  I usually have scarves, and work bags and jackets in tow. I need something I can commute with, vertically.

So, we'll see. I placed the order this morning. Should arrive next Monday. Fingers crossed!

I want a penguin!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Ouch by Petunia21
Ouch, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

If you passed by the gas station last night on Ventura, and saw some girl crying at the pump... chances are it was me... or ... maybe many other people who need to take a Xanax every time their gas light comes on.

I was lucky, I passed an Arco that was just $4.17... across the street it was $4.39.

Glass bottle!

Glass bottle! by Petunia21
Glass bottle!, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I found this at Whole Foods last night. With all the craze of what type of plastics to NOT use, I love the thought of this amazingly adorable glass water bottle. Its nice cause it has a silicone protective shield and handle. Its BPA free, and won't hold the stench of old water!

But this is only 16 ounces... and that makes it kinda hard for me to justify carrying around. Its also... not light!

Did I mention how cute it is?... I think it was also $23 bucks.

And the troops come marching in!

Here is the first "taste" of my new plate collection.  It was the only thing delivered yesterday... for some reason, they shipped 1 out of the 4 mugs. I guess it was a preview :)

I'm so pleased with the color, texture and feel of the mug. I love how 'squatchy' it is. I love that the flat white is matt. I love the plum purple inside. I love the feel of the handle on my hands.

The rest of the plates were supposed to be delivered today. I saw them arrive as I was doing my first Gmail chat with with the husband.  It was a nice BIG box, compapred to the 6x6 box that was delivered yesterday with the um, 1 mug ;)

I can't wait!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I got my shoes last night, as promised, but I could barely get them on my feet.  Simply too tight and I almost felt like I was falling backwards... like the weight of my body was not centered on the heel for support... so, I ordered again today the next 1/2 size up.

The only sad thing is that they don't have that size right now in the black sandal, so, I'll just have to wait and hope the 8 fits me.  If not, the sandals are only something I get to look it.

A cool thing about is that they have 365 day return policy!  Pretty awesome!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Zippity Zappos!

So, according to my shipper updater... my shoes are scheduled to arrive TONIGHT!!!!

Go Zappos! Very pleased with YOUR service!  I hope I love the shows on as much as I love looking at them!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Why... Thank you Zappos!

Whoa, Nellie! Have We Got A Surprise For You!
Hello Petunia!
Although you originally ordered Standard Shipping, we're upgrading the shipping time frame for your order. It will ship out today, so you'll get it even faster than we originally promised! It's kind of like we waved our magic wand!
Please note that this is being done at no additional cost to you. It's our way of saying thanks for being our customer.
Your Order Summary
Madden Girl: Irving Madden Girl: Irving
SKU# 7784325


We hope this has brightened your day a little! Thanks for shopping at!
With Love,
The Zappos Customer Loyalty Team

Friday, April 8, 2011

My favorite tank top

My favorite tank top by Petunia21
My favorite tank top, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

It got a reprieve and its now my newest sleeping shirt!

Plum Delicious

I've been searching for plates for a while now... I hate the plates that I currently have.  I tried to sell them when we went for our "everything must go" sale, since we were moving back to NY...

Well, my favorite plates DID sell, ... my back up plates did not... which become our everyday plates... which I detest.  I didn't hate these plates while I used them as our "company plates."  But I hate them as my everyday plates.

So I've been on the look out for JUST the right set of plates...

These MIGHT be them!  They are from Crate & Barrel and are called Max Plum.
I'm not SOLD on the cups. I don't HATE them, but I don't LOVE them.  I do like the bowls.  Makes me wanna put some soba noodles in them and break out my chop sticks.  I also like how the sides of the plates curve up.  I like the white outside too with the vibrant color in the inside...

I'd like to see them in the flesh. I like to touch things before buying them.  We'll see!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

our new Substitute couch

our new Substitute couch by Petunia21
our new Substitute couch, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

So this is our new couch... except the chaise is supposed to be on the other side... so it goes along the window.

Right now, it cuts too close with the kitchen/bar area. But we love the color and the feel of the couch ... and the funky pillows!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ezekiel Tortilla Pizzas

Baked in a 500 degree oven for about 15 minutes 
(flipped 1/2 way through)


that has been pureed with salt, pepper, garlic, dried basil and pizza seasoning

shredded mozzarella cheese
 topped with pepperoni, diced red onions, and red bell peppers

back in the oven til everything is nice and ooey gooey


really awesome crunchy crusted pizza!

(can you believe that I don't have a photo of the finished product??? we ate them too fast!)

Half Dome... here we come!

Half Dome... here we come! by Petunia21
Half Dome... here we come!, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Need I say more?

Its so hard to say goodbye

My favorite tank top by Petunia21
My favorite tank top, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I have had this tank top for... my god, I can't even recall, how many years. Probably got it even before I was buying my own clothes with my own money!

I love the 3 shades of gray. Its soft. It covered my boobs well... its an XL. I downgraded it to a "work out shirt" and stayed there for a while... until today when I decided what was gonna be rags and what was gonna stay...

I keep teetering between just letting it go, and keeping it... what what reason, I don't know. Its really not suitable... but .... sooo hard to let go of some of this stuff!

Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye

Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye by Petunia21
Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I tried on these clothes this morning... these were on the goodbye list. I have a small stack that were on the stay pile.

I often wondered how I was gonna let go of my tank top collection... t

Monday, April 4, 2011


Basil! by Petunia21
Basil!, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

And we try again!

Yesterday's Hike.

DSC_0329 enhanced by Petunia21 
DSC_0329 enhanced, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

You can read all about it at

I want these

I want all 3 of these sandals... but sadly, all the review say that they are uncomfortable. So sad. They are so cute! I need some summer sandals for work and all my new cute dresses.

Ps. They are Madden Girl, which apparently, is a brand I adore!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Vegan World!

Vegan World! by Petunia21
Vegan World!, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I was really excited when I sat down tonight for our Date Night out to dinner and saw that this restaurant uses no White sugar! I only came here because I knew they had brown rice. SCORE!

The place is strictly vegan, which is cool, but I do like normal chicken.... not all the soy crap. But the pineapple curry was outstanding!

Yogurt & Oatmeal bar

0401011534.jpg by Petunia21
0401011534.jpg, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I saw this today at the Coffee Beanery.

I thought it was very out of the box for a coffee shop!

I love Fixins bars. Its all about the eatertainment!


Success! by Petunia21
Success!, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Half Dome permits, secured. Let the training hikes begin.

Easter Tree!

Easter Tree! by Petunia21
Easter Tree!, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

YAY. My all seasons tree has an Easter flare!

The perfect addition to my work desk!