A Happy Peach

Things that make my heart smile…


Bienvenidos a mi Barrio…

Which means welcome to my neighborhood in Spanish. I have been thinking about travel, but that’s nothing new I am always daydreaming of traveling. And my daydreaming got me thinking what about where I live. I mean, people come to Southern California (So.Cal) for vacations, right? Los Angeles is about 30 minutes from everything; the beach, the mountains, the desert (it may be a little more than 30 minutes), but you get my point. Then I thought, purely hypothetical thought, but if a friend was coming to visit where would I want them to go. Normally I say well it depends on who they were and what they wanted to see.

I would tell them to stay in a hotel in Seal Beach, it’s a safe and fun community, plus it’s not too far from other beach cities. I would have them spend a day in Long Beach, probably Pine Avenue, Belmont Shore, grab a bite to eat, get some of Sweet Jill’s pastries (Long Beach is a walking city, so you’ve worked off the calories and can afford to eat a bit). The vibe in that city is really low key, a little eclectic and really fun. It’s sort of funny, because some of the houses are in the million dollar range and the next city over is Compton. But that’s SoCal, go figure.

Another thing to do is to visit Costa Mesa, I love South Coast Plaza it’s a mega mall, in fact one block is not big enough for this mall, it has another mall across the street. They have all the luxury brands: Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Prada, Burberry, Bvlgari, Bottega Veneta, blah blah blah, you get the point. It’s fun to have a look around. Some of these places do have “guards” but pop your head in anyway, disregard the sales person if she is snooty and just have a fun peek around. It doesn’t cost anything to look. Don’t forget Nordies, it’s one of my favorites. As for eats, there are so many restaurants in the mall, but there are a ton in different places. You’re right next to the city of Santa Ana which has tons of good restaurants and a quirky museum, but be careful if you venture in, it has a bit of gang activity over there and a lot of pedestrian traffic so that’s difficult when driving. It’s also easy to get lost. On the plus side, it’s where the Central Court of Orange County is, so all the Federal buildings are out there and if you need a cop you can find one pretty easy around there.

I think a visit to Newport Beach Laguna Beach is nice, a little snooty so not really my thing. But it can be fun. There are small shops and you can walk on the beach, it’s quite serene. If you head over to Fashion Island, you can have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, shop at Neimans and Bloomies and then stroll around the mall. It’s a relaxing atmosphere. I would rent a bike and take a ride around the city.

I would definitely take a couple of days to poke around Los Angeles. Go visit the Getty and LACMA. What I would do is get a room over in Santa Monica (SanMo) and go to the Promenade, they have cute shops and it’s fun to look around, check out Fred Segals and grab a delicious bite to eat. The next day I would head on over to the Getty and just make a day of museum watching. When you want to do the Downtown LA thing, go to LACMA, it’ll put you in the heart of Little Tokyo and you’re a stones throw away from the fashion district as well as Chinatown. Get dim sum when you’re in Chinatown. And my second piece of Chinese food advice is go to Monterey Park and Rowland Heights, that’s where are the Chinese people are and you can get really good food there. But if you can’t Chinatown has some great eateries too. OK, I’m making myself hungry now.

There are so many places to go and visit in SoCal. You could got to West Hollywood (WeHo, I laughed when I first heard that one), Century City, Pasadena, they are all fun to just go and walk around. If you’re in the mood for a winery B&B experience, go to Santa Barbara (I think that’s two hours away) and visit Solvang on the way.

So now that I gave a brief overview of some places to visit where I live, I was wondering where you would suggest people go when they visit you. If you want to do an entire post, let me know I’d love to repost, we could do a whole travel thing.

Bon Voyage my Lovelies!!!


Carter’s Cranes for Kids

Hi Everyone,

Today Christine from Random Thoughts From Midlife posted this info on Osh Kosh B’gosh’s program to donate children’s clothing to Japan.  We make the cranes and they will deliver the cranes to their store in Japan. Additionally Osh Kosh will donate up to 50,000 articles of children’s clothing. I think the amount of clothing donated is linked to the amount of cranes they collect, but it doesn’t say it directly in the program page. But the words up to 50,000 articles of clothing leads me to believe that.

Just a little background on the Tsuru (Japanese crane). There are a few folk tales of the crane, but one the most memorable actual stories is the one of a young girl, Sadako Sasaki, who was diagnosed with leukemia and was determined to fold 1,000 cranes in order to have health, happiness, and a world of eternal peace. Unfortunately she did not make her goal before passing away, managing to fold 644. Her story touched the world and on Obon day people leave cranes by a statue which has been created in memory of her. Now it is a custom to fold 1,000 cranes to grant your wish. Alright, it’s time for me to get folding.

Hope everyone had a great day today,

D 🙂


Taking Good Care of Your….SKIN :)

So I think I may have over thought the whole blogging experience or rather just made it more stressful than it need be. So I thought I would just tell you about my evening skin care routine. That sounds really specific, doesn’t it. Well I think my daytime stuff is pretty mundane, I use Cetaphil in the morning and then pop on some moisturizer with SPF and then do my make up, when I get home I take it off with some Kirkland wipes, rinse and then apply a lighter moisturizer. But the big routine is right before bed.

Step 1: I use my Clarisonic Mia. I love this thing. I thought I was getting some wrinkles, but I think it was more a dry skin issue due to environment. So I cleanse with my Mia and Origins Checks and Balances for one minute (20 seconds on forehead, 20 on cheeks, 20 chin and nose area) and I feel squeaky clean. Oh and remember to pat the excess moisture off your skin, leave it a little damp so your serum and moisturizer will absorb nicely.

Step 2: I then put on my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. It’s a very light oil that gets absorbed into your skin very quickly, it’s not at all greasy and I like the feeling it gives my skin. It smells like lavender, it’s so soothing at night. At first I thought it wasn’t very strong, but lately allergies have made my skin hypersensitive so I haven’t been  using it. So it’s been sitting in my moisturizing kit waiting for the environment to change.

Step 3: Lastly I apply Super O’Mega Moisture with Chia. I love this stuff, my complaint is that it is expensive because I use it up so quickly. But I love it and have used it up, so I need to replenish my stock. I’ve been using other items in the meantime. If my skin is super fussy I got with Clinique’s Comfort On-Call, but I think they may be discontinuing it. I can’t stand when that happens. If I’m desperate I use Vaseline, but I think it may clog your pores, so I try not to use it.

I have used a lot of different products, and will most likely have a lot more in the future. This is just what I’ve been doing for the last few months. I’m pretty happy with it, aside from the whole me vs. flowers thing, I’ve been very happy with it.

I know Tien posted some of her splurges, I wonder what everyone else is using. Tell me gals, and guys if you’re reading, what is your routine?


It is OK that we just Be…

Whilst searching for inspiration from my funk…I came across this video on Advanced Style: Age and Beauty on Nowness.com and it made smile. A smile is the first sign of recovery from the funk. I then thought of other things to rid myself of said funk…and went back to jazz. Now if you are new to jazz here are some classics that I love.

***So Youtube three out of the four are restricted from playing on blogs, it’s a money thing. If you click on them you should be taken to the Youtube page and it will play that way. I think it’s worth it to hear the music.***

One good way to disperse the mental miasma. Tomorrow is another day. Tonight I will just be…



I am not sure I would call it writers block, because I have ton of topics, but somehow I am stalwart. I have a lot of things I want to say, I’ve started and not finished a bunch of draft posts. My ideas keep evolving, so the original idea feels a bit corrupted by the time I get to the second or third paragraph. I know the writing process is a creative one, so each idea can take on a life of its own. The original idea deserves to be heard, so it’s annoying to me when I lose it. Ugh…I need to compose myself, to organize my thought. I just thought I would put out that blurb of frustration. Any suggestions?


Thank You for the Award Tien :)

Thank you so much Tien for this award. My first thought was, I never win anything, my second thought was a visual of me in a evening gown teary eyed thanking the committee (i.e. Tien) for this award.

In my award speech I may (or may not) include the following seven random (possibly likely inane) facts about me:

  1. I love to cook, and that inspired me to apply to Johnson and Wales to study Culinary Arts. I was accepted, but decided not to go when I saw the tuition costs.
  2. I can say cheese in five languages: fromage (French), queso (Spanish), chiizu (Japanse, this one is my favorite), and of course cheese (English).
  3. I always dream of traveling, but have yet gotten around to it (this is one thing that really annoys me about myself). But it’s part of the reason I wanted to study Software, so I can work from any location. I am still trying to figure out how to do it…it will happen…
  4. I am a huge jazz fan (as well as many other styles of music, my iPod has a developed a personality disorder, may be part of the reason for our break-up) but when I was 11 I really didn’t get it. I thought it was weird, it wasn’t till high school that I really got it. Ah the perks of maturing.
  5. I am double jointed, but only in my arms. I hadn’t noticed till I freaked someone out when I stretched out my arms as they went all the way around.
  6. My hair was blue-black as a kid on the East Coast, but now is a dark sienna brownish black as an adult on the West Coast.
  7. I am an Anime/J-dorama/K-dorama fan, not every series is gold, but I do find some of them quite entertaining. I am also a huge Justified fan (it’s just such a good storyline), just because I was thinking of TV shows I watch.

After I give my speech in my oh so lovely gown, mascara slightly smudged to look smoky but not so much that I have that raccoon look (it’s one of those fuzzy dream sequences remember), I realize that there are rules one must follow when receiving this award. So here are the three rules:

  • Thank the person who awarded it to you as well as accept the award (check)
  • List seven random [sic] things about yourself (check)
  • Pass it on to 15 new blogs which you love and recently found and notify them of their award. (not a full check)

And without further ado here are the award winners in no particular order:

  1. Liz and Chelsea over at Cookiebytes
  2. Lady Noble Design
  3. Random Thoughts Through Midlife
  4. Gnostecism Vision
  5. Life Comes Around
  6. Bill Davis’ Words
  7. Milkteaandpolkadots
  8. Lillichantilly
  9. The Polishaholic
  10. Click

I know I am five short of my fifteen, but I was sort of scrambling to find really good blogs to award, which isn’t to say there are not out there but I have my excuses and here they come. It’s hard because four blogs which would have been on my list to award have already received it (Tien, Mindy, Vix, Maggie). I don’t really want to stress out just looking for new blogs, I think it’s supposed to be a fun experience. So I do hope that these ten wonderful blogger (it’s actually eleven bloggers since Liz and Chelsea both work on Cookiebytes) accept their awards. So I am off to notify them now. Thanks again Tien. 🙂


Things I Learned When I Was Five….

Haven’t you heard people say all that I needed to learn, I’d learned by the time I was in Kindergarten. I think for the most part that true,  but you know I’ve noticed that some people forget this crucial lessons as adults. What am talking about? Well put aside the fact that some people aren’t good at math or spelling, that happens. I’m talking about basic etiquette, and maybe this is a culture thing, but general things that I have noticed grown folks doing. Maybe they’re forgotten, so just in case you need a refresher course here it is:

  1. DO NOT PICK YOUR NOSE IN PUBLIC: I really don’t care what you do in private, hey that’s your own time. And I get that sometimes you may need to attend to your nose when it’s not convenient, but there are tissues, you could go to a bathroom. And brushing you hand against your nose because it is itchy is not what I am talking about, that’s permissible. But I don’t want to watch as you try and jam you knuckles into your cranium in a desperate attempt to touch your brain. It’s not going to happen. Lastly I know that I said that I don’t care what you do in private, but your car is not considered private. You are in an enclosed glass vehicle, we can see you. No it’s not one of those one way mirror type deals, where you can see out and we can’t see in, again, we can see you. The only exception to that rule is if you tint  your glass so dark we can’t see you, and that’s illegal in California and New York.
  2. DON’T POINT/STARE AT PEOPLE: It’s not nice. Remember that saying, “when you point at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you,”? Well it may be kind of a dumb saying, but really don’t point at people. And in a less literal sense, just don’t make someone feel bad by pointing them out in any sort of fashion, that’s not nice.
  3. REMEMBER TO SAY PLEASE AND THANK YOU. Honestly, it doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds to say it. Time it, “thank you”, there I just did it. It took two seconds to do it and it’s free. It also tells people that you have good manners, that you weren’t raised in a barn (for some reason that saying came to mind). I like to hold the door open for the person behind me, and there have been a few times that the people gave me a dirty look, as if there was something odd about being well mannered (I can only assume that they were raised in a barn). Sometimes they make dumb comments, don’t make a dumb comment, just say thank you. And when you are ordering your food, if you say please you are more likely to receive better service.
  4. DO NOT RUN WITH SCISSORS. I think most of us have this one down. But for some reason I thought of some goofy little girl, maybe her name would be Peggy Sue, high off of a fruit juice box, running around with scissors. I think as little Peggy Sue got older she probably made more bad decisions, she wouldn’t be the gal to bounce your ideas off of for feedback. In a grander sense of the idea, don’t do something stupid that’s going to hurt you. (See how if there is a gray area of doing something stupid that won’t hurt you, I call it the wiggle room for funky choices).
  5. DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU. Or as you were told when you were little, “how would you like it if someone did that to you?” In general, this a good rule to follow, if you don’t like it, odds are someone else isn’t going to like it either.

I am sure there are a ton more that I forgot, but so far that’s my list. Also the nose picking this is what started me off on the idea that what we learned as kids still apply. What’s on your list?


Losing the Art of Script…

This is sort of an addendum to the previous post, In Search of…A Pen…, in a way. I heard recently that we type and text so much that we cursive and handwriting on paper may be going the way of the dinosaur. This does not make me happy. I know that some things become archaic in nature, but being able to handwrite seems a touch much, does it not? My argument is that we should not just abandon it because we type so much. I like seeing handwritten notes, it’s personal, it makes me think of the person. Maybe they don’t have what we normally would call the best handwriting, but the effort that they put into writing it by hand is nice. It’s a sort of human connection.

Now I am quite guilty of spending too much time in front of a computer, an unfortunate occupational hazard for techies, but I have decided to make more of an effort to spend less time in front of a computer and more time doing human and natural things. In this respect I have got to reshuffle and change a lot of my life. But this project is one worth doing, because in the long run I think I will be happy with the results. So more living less zoning out in front of monitor. Wish me luck friends. 🙂


In Search of….a Pen…

One thing about me is that I love color. Silly woman that I am, pops of color brighten my mood and bring a smile to my face. I am also enamored with the idea of having a sketch book at hand to jot down ones ideas/thoughts. I have taken to having a few notebooks around for various themes. I have one for seemingly random thoughts, one which I use to storyboard program design concepts, and another for jotting down notes on programming language. Those three I purchased from Target (or Tar-jay, because it’s just that fun of a place to go to) for cheap. But last week while needlessly shopping on J. Crew’s website I found a pink sketchbook which had the print title of Shopaholics I met and liked. I thought, “yes, yes I would like to have that.” Free shipping on all items were offered and I indulged in buying it. I received it today and thought, now I need a pen befitting this sketchbooks cuteness.


Sketchbook for occasional flights of fancy....

Now I thought this should be carried for various sketches and notes on flights of fancy. Yes, indeed one needs to take note of their flights of fancy. So now I not sure what type of pen to get. I thought Mont Blanc or Parker or one of those other tried and true fancy pants pens, but maybe not, maybe this calls for a small tin of crayons or some colorful gem of a pen. I think I may be giving this too much thought, but it tickles me to do so. Anyone have any pen suggestions?



Trip to a Temple…

I think in this modern age all to frequently we have a tendency to neglect our spirituality. While my background is Christian I do feel that I have learned so many things from other teachings that have helped to round out my view of this world. There are so many wonderful ideas I have gleaned from the Buddhist philosophy and I really do enjoy their temples and architecture. In fact there is a temple a few miles away from my house which I like to visit. It’s so quiet and peaceful. I thought I would  share some pictures of the outside of the actual temple, as respectfully photography is not permitted inside.

If you are ever in Southern California and want to visit the Hsi Lai Temple, it’s really nice and not too crowded…


The outer gate which greets its visitors.



Hanging art object, not quite sure what it is, seemed pretty...


Hanging fish art....


I'm not even going to guess...but I know it has something to do with dragons...

Hmm....Cart with Army Dude on it....


Buddha, he always seems to be smiling, which makes me smile too...



Buddhist Enlightenment 🙂


The Temple...it's a good walk up too...totally worth it...