Happy May Day!

I’m sure you’ve seen this photograph a zillion times, but it just doesn’t get old.
It makes me think of Spring and May and sunshine and I love it.

Beautiful photograph © Jessica Nichols and available for purchase here.

Happy hump day!

Did you that today is May Day?
If this means nothing to you, then go check out the post I wrote about it last year.
Go on. Click over. I’ll wait.

Interesting stuff, right?
My family never celebrated May Day,
but I think this is one of the traditions
I want to start celebrating when Kevin and I have kids.

As for me, my May is already jam-packed, and it just started!
Between bachelorette parties and 30th birthday celebrations and weddings,
I don’t have a single weekend to myself this month.
But it’s all fun stuff, so no complaints here.

The weather in San Francisco has been unreal this past week. I’m talking mid-80s.
It’s rare that it gets this warm, so the city has just been alive. People everywhere.
However, I’ve noticed a serious decrease in my productivity when it’s this nice out.
All I want to do is sit in the sun with a nice cocktail and lounge.
How do you year-round warm-weather dwellers get anything done?

Anyway, what are you all up to?
Do any of you celebrate May Day?

SarahMay 1, 2013 - 10:29 am

The weather HAS been amazing in the bay area. I’m so bummed though because it’s going to be pretty warm today and both my kids are home sick =(

– Sarah
A Girl In Transit

nancy @ adore to adornMay 1, 2013 - 10:50 am

I have not personally celebrated May Day but I’ve always thought that I should start. And then of course…I forget about the fact that May comes so fast! Seriously…when did it already become May? Didn’t I just finish saying “Happy New Year’s” ????

Anyway..Happy May Day! I don’t have as elaborate plans as you lucky girl! =) But I hope that I get to have a busy summer!


Julie / BoundMay 1, 2013 - 1:10 pm

I haven’t yet celebrated May Day like THAT, but it sounds pretty fun 🙂 Sounds like you have a great month ahead of you!

heather @ fieryandopinionatedMay 1, 2013 - 2:21 pm

i, for one, have never seen that picture but it is beautiful! love it. i’m down to sit in the sun and drink cocktails with you anytime (as long as we bring sunscreen this time around). just say the word!

Kaitlyn @ Shoot the BreezeMay 1, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Oh boy… I am studying abroad in France and I was up for a rude awakening when I realized everything… and I do mean EVERYTHING… was closed for May Day, which we don’t celebrate at all at home (Canada). Whoops!!

chantalMay 3, 2013 - 10:01 am

this weather has been amazing! I have done like nothing at work with it being so nice!

Five Books Every Young Woman Should Read – Link Up!

Happy Sunday! Today I’m hosting a link-up as part of the blogger book swap, and my topic is books that I think all women should read.

Putting this little list together was actually harder than I thought it would be. I started to think about books I read when I was younger that I loved, books that stayed with me, but while I might have loved these books, I didn’t necessarily think all women should read them.

So in the end I picked books about women that made me think about it was like to BE a woman. Books that I think are relevant to women of any age, but especially so to young women.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Every girl should read this book at some point in her life, if for no other reason than the fact that “Mr. Darcy” is a name you will hear throughout your life. The love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is one of the great love stories of literature. The book is, of course, lovely as well, but names and stories in this book will be referenced throughout your life, and you don’t want to be in dark!

How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran – I’ve written about this book before, so I’ll let that post do the talking. It’s about… feminism! But she writes about it in a way you can actually relate to, as if you were meeting a good friend for a drink at a bar and just happened to fall into a deep conversation about feminist theory and gender inequality and how modern day pornography is affecting our youth. We need to reclaim the word feminism because it’s gotten a bad rap, and this book is a great start.

Half the Sky
by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  – A fantastic book that addresses issue affecting women throughout the developing world. The women in these book have faced unimaginable horrors, from sex trafficking to genital mutilation to infant gendercide. By the time you finish, you’re left inspired to get involved and fight against these injustices. Any book that makes you want to work to make the world a better, safer, place for all women, everywhere, is a book that you should read.

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood – An incredibly well written and thought provoking book about what it would be like if women were no longer in charge of their bodies. Basically, imagine if America was taken over by religious extremists, and as a woman, you became the property of your husband or father. It really makes you think about what it’s like for women in other parts of the world, where this is actually a reality.

He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo – Okay, this is hands down the least serious and most stupid book on this list, but this book was incredibly helpful to me during my single years. I so wish someone had given it to me before I went to college, because it would have saved me hours upon hours of over-analyzing and loads of heartbreak. The advice is so simple it sounds stupid, but sometimes we girls just don’t get it and literally need someone to spell it out for us. That’s what this book does.

Link up!

Now it’s your turn! What are some books that you think all women should read? Link up below!

Martie @ SpunkyrellaApril 28, 2013 - 11:00 am

Funny you chose He´s just not that into you as well 😉

KaityApril 28, 2013 - 11:07 am

I had Pride and Prejudice on my list, too! Gotta love Mr. Darcy 🙂

I keep seeing How to Be a Woman floating around the internet so I may need to further investigate. Thanks for hosting this week!

Kimberly @ The SimplicityApril 28, 2013 - 11:31 am

I saw the funniest someecard the other day that said, “I thought he was a Mr. Darcy but he turned out to be a Wickham.” Love it! I also adore Caitlin Moran and think that she is hilarious. I saw her interview with KLG and Hoda on the Today Show and they looked so uncomfortable. I feel like Moran represents real, everyday women. She’s awesome. My version of He’s Just Not That Into You would be reading I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. I mean that’s an extreme case of a guy with a serious lack of regard towards anyone but I feel like it would help many a single lady. I have been dying to read A Handmaid’s Tale and I keep seeing it everywhere. I really just need to buckle down and read it.

Thanks for sharing and hosting this week 🙂
Disregard the tweet, I wasn’t sure if you had access to the Google response or not so I was frantically checking.

LoriApril 28, 2013 - 11:49 am

I thought about adding He’s Just Not That Into You too!
Helped me out after a crummy relationship ended.

Kristen AlexisApril 28, 2013 - 2:06 pm

I can’t wait to read Pride and Prejudice and Half the Sky. They both sound awesome but so also different!

MelissaApril 28, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Great choices! I never read Pride & Prejudice but I did love the movie. I’ve never been big on classics. He’s Just Not That Into You- SO KEY TO GIRLS!! Seriously!

ChristineApril 28, 2013 - 9:34 pm

I really want to read How to Be a Woman and He’s Just Not That Into You. They’re definitely on my to-read list.

AudreyApril 29, 2013 - 12:34 am

Such a difficult decision, you really din’t make it easy 🙂

i love pride and prejudice, it’s one my picks too.

x Audrey

MariaApril 29, 2013 - 5:24 am

I completely agree with The Handmaid’s Tale! Great choice!

MistyApril 29, 2013 - 7:20 am

P & P would make my list too! Hands down!

Half the Sky sounds absolutely amazing!

AngieApril 29, 2013 - 1:15 pm

I really need to read the Caitlyn Moran book!

AngelMay 1, 2013 - 8:08 pm

It was hard for me not to include Pride and Prejudice on my list! I love all of Jane Austin’s books and I think they should all be read by young women. I still have to read He’s Just Not That Into You, it’s on my list!

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It’s Friday I’m in Love

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It’s Friday I’m in Love!

A few things I’m in love with on this particular Friday…


Michael Shannon enacting the deranged DG sorority letter that went viral last week.
I thought the letter itself was funny, but hearing Michael Shannon read it
takes it to a whole new level.
Also? C*nt punt is my new favorite word
(although I still hate the C word used on its own).


Calisi aka Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
If you watch the show and saw last Sunday’s episode,
you’ll know what I’m talking about.
I have a massive girl crush on her.
“All men must die. But we are not men.”


My hot sushi date tonight with two new blog turned real-life friends.
Real life blog friends! This makes me beyond excited.


All of my amazing wonderful non-blog friends.
They are the crème de la crème
and my life would be incomplete without them.


Cowboy boots.
I posted about this a couple days ago, but since Austin, I have become obsessed with cowboy boots. Obsessed.
I have spent way more time than I care to admit looking for boots on sale online.
Funny how when something is originally $450, $210 sounds almost cheap.
(Kevin disagrees.)
(So does my wallet.)


75 degree San Francisco weather.


Last but certainly not least, Kevin. Duh.
Friday and everyday.


What are you loving on this lovely Friday?

MargaretApril 26, 2013 - 5:35 am

HAHA! Thank you so much for posting the link to that video- I had read the letter, but this makes it SO much better.

Oh and the last episode of Game of Thrones was insane!! Shit went down.

Drew ElizabethApril 26, 2013 - 5:41 am

I looooove Game of Thrones & I am in even more love with Calisi. She is pretty much bad ass.

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeApril 26, 2013 - 8:31 am

Blog friends turned real life friends is sort of the best thing ever. I’m meeting one of my blog friends (who is totally now a real friend) in person for the first time this weekend! I’m giddy with excitment!

My boyfriend sent me that sorority letter reading this week and I fell over on my bed laughing. So great. Also, that girl knows wayyyy to many slangs. (c*nt punt ?!?!)

Sushi weekend specials are sort of the best thing ever and I’m officially addicted. Going this weekend as well!

This weekend I’m loving the spring temperatures that have finally reached us in Chicago – this calls for long outdoor runs.

Happy Friday!


nancy @ adore to adornApril 26, 2013 - 9:38 am

LOVE the reenactment. We’ve been talking about it in the office this week. C-P is definitely being used around here.

Have a great weekend!!


chantal francoisApril 26, 2013 - 1:57 pm

we need to be blog friends so we can be blog friends turned real friends too!! i absolutely loved that crazy sorority letter…too funny!! have a great weekend!!

TheresaApril 26, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Happy Weekend! 🙂 I need some sushi in my life, stat! What is a good place in the city?

Still jealous about your trip to Austin, we’re planning to go in September and I can’t wait!

MistyApril 27, 2013 - 5:48 am

GREAT list… Having just recently moved- I so need RL friends. *sigh*

Kaitlyn @ Shoot the BreezeApril 27, 2013 - 12:35 pm

I really liked Michael Shannon’s reading of the letter too. 🙂 Also, Daenerys Targaryen totally kicked ass in the last episode. That little twist at the end blew. me. away.
I’ve been wanting to get cowboy boots for a really long time lol.

StephanieApril 30, 2013 - 10:05 am

We’re just finishing season two of Game of Thrones but at one point during our dvd marathons, the fiance turned to me and said, “If this show was real, you would be Daenerys Targaryen.” I told him that was the best compliment ever. 🙂

Three Of My Most Favorite Books

As part of the blogger book swap I’m co-hosting, today I’m linking up with Maria over at I Believe in Story to share three of my favorite books with you.

Well, I think I’m actually supposed to share my three all-time favorite books, but trying to figure that out was just way too hard for me. So instead, I picked three books that I love. Books that are and always will be on my favorite list. My favorite kind of books are those that leave you feeling as though you just said goodbye to a good friend, because you connected so deeply with the characters and the story. These books all fit that description.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver   
One of the best books I have ever, and probably will ever, read. When people ask me what my favorite book is, this is one of the first that pops into my head. It’s the story of an American missionary family in the Belgian Congo, told from the viewpoint of the women in the family: the wife and their four daughters. It makes you think. It makes you cry. You’ll be thinking about the Price family long after you’ve read the last page.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
I read this book a few years ago in my book club, and it instantly fell into my favorite books category. Though it received mixed reviews from some in the group, it was like music to my ears. It’s the story of two twins in India, and it is full of love and tragedy and magic. It’s so beautifully written it’s almost like reading poetry, but it’s also funny and engaging. “They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much.”

Beach Music by Pat Conroy
I first picked up this book solely because it took place in two of my all-time favorite cities: Rome, Italy and Charleston, South Carolina. It sounded like it would be an easy, and fairly cheesy, beach read. In my mind, Pat Conroy books did not exactly  fall into the “great literature” category, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s just a beautiful story. Poetic and lyrical, the characters will embed themselves into your heart and stay with you long after. I’ve read this book twice and now that I’m thinking about it, I think I’m ready to read it for the third time.

What are some of your all-time favorite books?
Are any of mine on your list?

P.S. If you want to write your own post on this, head over to Maria’s blog and link up!

MoApril 25, 2013 - 9:33 am

I love love LOVE the Poisonwood Bible. And I love that it actually taught me some stuff about politics in Africa and our foreign policy. I’ll have to check out the other two – I’m always looking for something new to read!

And one of my favorite books is The Time Travelers Wife. I feel like it got a bad rap after the movie because the movie was no good, but I just LOVE the Claire and Henry. They feel like two good friends. I often just pick it up and start at any place. I always feel comfortable and cozy when I’m reading it. It’s my fireplace and warm blanket on a cold day.

nancy @ adore to adornApril 25, 2013 - 9:37 am

I admit…I’ve fallen off my book reading game. I’ve got a laundry list of books to catch up that I want to finish before moving on to more. But, I have to admit, I am intrigued by your picks!!

Patty McClainApril 25, 2013 - 5:36 pm

I love The Poisonwood Bible and Beach Music and will definitely check out The God of Small Things. I have read many of your recommendations and really enjoy them.

StephanieApril 26, 2013 - 4:06 am

I knew we found each other for a reason!! Beach Music is my FAVORITE book of all time. As a South Carolina girl, all of Pat Conroy’s books speak to me in some way, but that one is definitely my favorite. You need to read South of Broad – it takes place in Charleston and SAN FRANCISCO. Not as good as Beach Music, in my opinion, but definitely worth reading especially since you love those cities.

Kristin WApril 26, 2013 - 4:53 am

I love The God of Small Things. I read it a year or so ago, and it was so good! The Poisonwood Bible has been on my list for a LONG time, but it’s so big! I adore The Book Thief but just recently finished Little Women which I enjoyed.

Ps. Your book swap totally inspired me to start a book club with some friends here in Raleigh! Thanks 🙂

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeApril 26, 2013 - 11:17 am

A friend was JUST telling me about Poisonwood Bible yesterday. It sounds like an absolute MUST READ. Adding to Goodreads promptly. Thanks for sharing!

Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life? It’s also by Kingsolver and supposed to be AMAZING. It’s next up on my list.


AngieApril 26, 2013 - 11:38 am

Beach Music sounds great! I love books set in Italy.

Keeping Austin Weird

Hello friends! I’m back (and exhausted) after a wonderful Austin getaway. Thank you so much to those of you that emailed me with your recommendations. I had a blast!

I absolutely loved Austin. LOVED it. I can confidently say that it is my second favorite city in the United States (with the first being San Francisco, of course). I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to travel a fair amount in my life, and while there are so many places I love visiting, there are very few that I could actually see myself living in. This was not the case with Austin, not at all. Multiple times throughout the weekend my friends and I would look at each other and exclaim “let’s move here!” It really is that great of a city. After looking up real estate prices (just for fun), Kevin even said to me “if we moved here, you could stop working, we could buy a house, and we’d STILL be saving more money!” Which I have to admit is a rather compelling thought (damn you expensive bay area cost of living!) (but I love SF and have no plans of moving).

The weather was glorious, the food was great, the drinks were cold, and the people were awesome. All of them. Seriously. They were all so friendly and good looking it was almost obnoxious.

I also have a new obsession with cowboy boots. I don’t understand how it took me this long to realize just how amazing they are. They look good with dresses. They look good with jeans. They are comfortable and make your legs look skinny. You can dress them up and you can dress them down. I want to wear them every single day. What’s the rule on that? Do I have to be from the south for that to be acceptable? Because I totally want to start rocking cowboy boots. I can pull it off, right? Tell me I’m right.

As usual, most of our time was focused around eating and drinking, and Austin did not disappoint. If ever there was a city to embrace loungey day drinking and stuffing your face, it’s Austin. We stayed in the Travis Heights neighborhood near South Congress (which I quickly learned is not referred to as SoCo by anyone other than tourists. It’s basically like calling San Francisco “Frisco”), and we loved it. Artsy, funky, great food, lots of bars. So perfect.

For those interested, here’s a breakdown of where we ate and drank and whatnot:


Rainey Street Bars – This was, hands down, our favorite set of drinking establishments in Austin. To be honest, it’s probably my favorite street of drinking establishments anywhere. It’s a regular street consisting of houses that have been turned into bars, and it reminded me of party hopping from house to house in college. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit this, but we went to this street three separate times in the four days we were there. THREE! The bars were just that great, and they all had huge patios and great food and live music and it’s just awesome.

The Rainey bars we went to were: Black Heart, Lucille, Clive, Lustre Pearl, and Icenhauer. My personal favorite was Black Heart (dancing! country music!) but the guys were all particularly fond of Lucille’s (which incidentally was the most girly of the bars. Just sayin).

The Broken Spoke – We ended up here on our first night and it couldn’t have been a better way to start off our Texas trip. It was no joke. Serious Texas dancing. People were into it, and if you weren’t, you best get off the dance floor. And apparently it’s not called line dancing, it’s called the two-step. Tell a Texan you want to go Country line dancing and they will make fun of you. I learned this the hard way.

Hotel San Jose – Super cute and trendy boutique hotel right on South Congress. The guys ran into Michael Franti there (I was jealous I missed it).

Jo’s – Right next to Hotel San Jose. A coffee shop that also serves beer and has live music and is cheap. Wins all around!

The Driskill Hotel – This is exactly the kind of hotel and bar I envision when I think of old-world classic Texas. The hotel is rumored to be haunted. The bar is dark and ornate and there are lots of dead animals on the walls. Worth a visit, but when it’s a beautiful day outside the last thing I want to do is sit in a dark bar, so this wasn’t my favorite.

Rattle Inn – Awesome rooftop deck, good drinks.

Star Bar – They have giant life-size jenga!

The White Horse – I did not enjoy. Smelled like vomit. Don’t know why we went here. Not my style.


Home Slice Pizza – The pizza lives up to the hype. So good.

Magnolia Cafe – I’m still dreaming of the bacon buttermilk pancakes I ate. Enough said.

Ranch 616 – Fun atmosphere for a bunch of drunk girls, thus perfect for a bachelorette, but the food was nothing spectacular.

Iron Cactus – Tex Mex. Food was just whatever in my opinion, but the ambiance was great. If you’re looking for great Tex Mex though, I’m sure you can find better.

Easy Tiger – Beer garden/German bakery. Lots of meat and beer.

Salt Lick BBQ – Every single person I talked to said “go to Saltlick!” So we did. It’s about a half hour away in Driftwood, and worth the drive. The property is stunning and it’s exactly what you imagine when you think of Texas BBQ. However… and what I’m about to say might be considered sacrilege by some…. I didn’t think the BBQ was that mind-blowing. Was it good? Most definitely. Is it worth going to? Yes. Was it the best BBQ I’ve ever had? No.

Austin Food Trucks – There are food trucks everywhere. Next to bars. Across from bars. Inside bars. They are all over the place. And in my experience all of them are good. My favorite was the fried chicken and waffles truck.

Things to Do

Barton Springs Pool – Kevin and I spent our last day lounging in the sun and swimming in this gorgeous pool in Zilker Park. A fantastic end to our trip, and a must if you’re not staying at a place with a pool.

And… that’s pretty much all we did. As evident by the above, this was more of an eating, drinking, hanging out with our friends trip as opposed to a sightseeing trip. Although, I think Saltlick BBQ in Driftwood may actually count as a “Thing to Do” as it’s quite the experience.

Oh, and the Whole Foods is 80,000 square feet and basically like Disneyland for adults. We spent a solid two hours there (you know you’re getting old when a visit to Whole Foods elicits glee from all during a bachelor/bachelorette party). They have a million food stations and a walk-in beer cellar and a wine bar. Yes, an actual wine bar, inside of Whole Foods. And the wine was only $5 a glass. I cried tears of joy I was so excited.

Like I said, it was a GREAT trip, and I am completely enamored with Austin. After all, how can you not love a city whose motto is “Keep Austin Weird”?

Texas Forever.

P.S. Alas, I did not see Taylor Kitsch aka Tim Riggins, but I swear I could feel him there in spirit, whispering “Texas Forever” in my ear.

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MargaretApril 24, 2013 - 5:40 am

Your trip sounds like it was a blast- Austin is definitely on a short list of places we want to travel next! Though hopefully I have better luck with a Tim Riggins spotting…

BreAnnApril 24, 2013 - 6:00 am

As a Texan – I loved this post. Austin is my of my favorite cities – there is more to see and do than one can possibly do in a short visit. Next time you go, I recommend the Bat Bridge to see – dusk is the best time (obviously). Homeslice is indeed awesome – one of my favorite places to hit up. And no, it’s not country line dancing – we lovingly refer to it as “boot-scootin'”, and if your boots aren’t scootin – get off the dance floor ;-). So glad you liked Austin. Keep it Weird!

JessicaApril 24, 2013 - 7:30 am

Love this post so much. And so glad you had a great time. It’s it so weird to think we could move to TX and quit our jobs and live in a huge house and it’s comparably to living in CA in tiny house working FT. Crazy! If the hubby wasn’t a surfer, I’d be all over that!

SarahApril 24, 2013 - 8:51 am

What a fun trip!!!! I love the horses and the cowboy boots =)

nancy @ adore to adornApril 24, 2013 - 10:06 am

What a trip! I would love to visit one day! =)
Thanks for your overview. I’ll keep it handy on my “one day” list. =)

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeApril 24, 2013 - 10:18 am

I’ve been wanting to go to Austin ever since I heard about that public park pool! It looks amazing! And you trip looks like a blast. 🙂

HeidiApril 24, 2013 - 10:30 am

Texas Forever…Love it.
Something about Austin has always intrigued me and I really need an excuse to go visit. I’m glad you had a good time!

MoApril 24, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Now I really, really, really want to go to Austin. When Justin and I were trying decide where to move, that was in our top 3 – even though neither of us has ever been. I just sent my boss an email saying that we should have a meeting there -the least I can do is go down there and check it out! Glad you’re back though and that you’re not planning on moving anytime soon. That would make me sad

nicole marieApril 24, 2013 - 12:51 pm

so harsh thinking about the “what ifs” of living in another city and paying so much less for rent and life! obviously sf has to be special if so many people are willing…

really want to go to austin just for the spring pools!

TheresaApril 24, 2013 - 4:20 pm

My boyfriend and I are currently planning a trip to Austin! I can’t wait. I’ve been dying to visit, I feel like I may love it so much I’ll never leave! haha

You’re trip looks amazing! I’m pinning this post so I can refer back to these spots when we go!

KathleenApril 25, 2013 - 11:05 am

Austin is on my must-visit list. So pinning this for when I actually get there!

Patty McClainApril 25, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Great pictures and verbal snapshots of your trip! Thanks for sharing!

kate @ undeniable styleApril 26, 2013 - 11:26 pm

Tim Riggins FOREVER. That’s all.

Lindsey LebalchApril 28, 2013 - 12:47 am

I LOVE your new cowboy boots…you better wear them tomorrow! We all sure did a good job of keepin Austin weird! Let’s buy a house there! Xoxo

Kristin WApril 28, 2013 - 11:12 am

While I was only in Austin for a long weekend, I felt the same about it. I wish it wasn’t so hot there, but it is amazingly cool. I can’t wait to go back and take D with me! Thanks for the recs though!

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