Happy friday, friends! How are you guys doing? I’m mostly good over here. I’ve had self induced tummy issues all week— ever since I went out and drank last friday. Lesson learned, my body cannot do alcohol anymore. Even if gin is anti-imflammatory, it is NOT my friend! πŸ˜‰ Honestly, it’s sort of been a grouchy week over here. I blame the retrograde. (Always). Marlowe and I were mostly in a better mood today though, so thats good. Alex on the other hand is fighting off a cold or virus or something. I thought I was getting it for a minute yesterday, but I think I’m actually good— that I won’t get it. Knock on wood.

I do hope he feels better though! And quick! Because we decided to invite people over last minute tomorrow (friday). Nothing super crazy planned, but I did buy a disco ball. We cleared out our back pergola this week. And at one point Alex mentioned it was like a dance floor— and so just like that, a mini dance party with, like 5 friends was decided. And a disco ball makes sense, right? πŸ˜‰ Haha, I’m not completely crazy though, I also bought the disco ball because Marlowe started planning her birthday party months ago and she wants a roller skating disco party— or something like that.

Otherwise, I don’t have anything special planned, but I’m looking forward to next week. This week was a bit of an emotional one for me. I just felt off— and then I got sad news, that’s been bumming me out hard. But I’m trying to focus on the good, because life is short. Too short. Oof.

I’m looking forward to crawling into bed. But also looking forward to getting out. I’m looking forward to finishing up our backyard space— it’s mostly cleaned up right now and we’re getting new patio furniture in the next week or too. And I’m hoping to lounge out there beore it gets too hot. And I’m definitely looking forward to making last minute travel plans for summer. So many things feel so very up in the air right now, so there’s no planning in advance for me. It seems everything will mostly be “see how it goes” summer. You know? I’m just looking forward to everything really.

The yard is clean, the house is mostly organized, I’m top of emails for the first time in a long time. I feel like the new computer has made tackling my to do list easier. It’s silly, but good. It feels good to not feel so behind right now.

Okay, my mind is jello-y right now, I worked my butt off today in the yard. I hope you guys all have a great weekend– doing whatever it is you love best and makes you happiest πŸ™‚

OH AND PS, Speaking of last minute travel plans, we’re heading to the LA area in the end of the may (for a friends wedding, yay!) The wedding is in/around Porter Ranch (thats a place, right?)– do any of you LA area people have hotel/airbnb recs? We’re 95% likely to take Marlowe with us too– so kid friendly is preferred πŸ™‚ Thanks guys! 


  1. New here and loving your writing! The fact that your daughter wanted a disco/roller skating party makes her the coolest kid ever πŸ™‚

  2. Sorry it's been such a rough week Drea, I hope you and Alex are both feeling better soon. New patio furniture will be lovely. I live in hope for it to get warm enough here to ever sit outside, it's been ridiculously cold lately. I hope you have a good weekend and a great trip to LA. CJ xx

  3. Porter Ranch is pretty out there, maybe best bet is staying in Studio City area. There are much more fun parts of LA but if you have to be in the deep valley at one point, might as well stay somewhat close to that. Sportsmen's Lodge is a cool hotel, and I think kid friendly. They have a pool, so it must be? It's in Studio City on Ventura Blvd, so lots of stuff to walk to. For vegan food and walking distance to that try Le Pain Quotidien, Red Window for the best lattes/cold brew, Nesmon Cafe for vegan crepes, Hugo's Tacos, Hugo's Restaurant, and a Whole Foods. Careful in Porter Ranch! I wouldn't go there with all the gas leak crap they're going through… or at least wouldn't bring a kid there anytime soon!