Friday, March 19, 2021

Winter 2021 Snapshot

Life Hack: We have milestones for our kids set up and are thinking through more things. Our kids didn't chew gum until age 5 and my 10 year old recently got her ears pierced. Makeup, social media and phone will come at 13, probably. There are other small things along the way and we revisited this subject recently when we found a pandemic way to get my ten year old's ears pierced (at Riviera ENT for $75). It has given our kids things to look forward too and made them feel the increased freedoms our kids need to feel as they grow.

New Product I Love: I found Bobbi Brown Mascara through Ipsy and it has been my favorite product so far.  It stays on the whole day (I do use this primer) and comes off at night.

Last Book I Finished: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Goodreads Review
The Silent Patient is Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who inexplicably murdered her husband and then slit her own wrists to commit suicide. She will not speak in her defense and is eventually committed into an asylum called the Grove. We meet her therapist, Theo Faber, beginning with his fascination with the story and his desire to help Alicia, even changing jobs to work at the Grove.

Because Alicia will not speak, Theo must find clues elsewhere to what happened in Alicia's past (brother-in-law, a gallery owner, and her cousin). Although interesting, I didn't find this part completely compelling because it seemed implausible that he could do this and not get fired.

This is a compelling read (or listen in my case) and the twist at the end was good. I don't want to say more for fear of giving it away.

Life Project: Intermittent Fasting 
My metabolism has changed in the past couple of years. Plus pandemic eating, so in December I decided I needed a change. I have been doing intermittent fasting (17/7) for a couple months and am feeling great. If you want to know more Fast. Feast. Repeat. by Gin Stephens is helpful or next up on my list to read is The Complete Guide to Fasting by Dr Jason Fung.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Staycation Spring Break 2021

Just as many of our kids are going back to school, it is time for spring break. We normally camp with friends over spring break, but this year we are staying put. Here are some ideas for what we might do. Use your best judgement to know if these options are good for you and your family. Let me know in the comments or on Facebook if you have other ideas. We love to try new things.
Santa Barbara and Goleta:
* See the animals at Santa Barbara Zoo (10-5 daily, reservation required)
* Visit Museum of Natural History (Wednesday-Sunday 10-4, reservation required)
* Cruise over to the Sea Center (Friday-Sunday 11-4, no reservations required)
* Explore the Botanic Gardens (10-6 Daily, no reservations required) 
* Enjoy the beach (Main Beaches 2016 and Off-the-Beaten Path Beaches 2020)
* Hunting for seashells and seaglass 
* Examine tidepools
* Explore the Farmers Market
* Drive in Theater
* Take a Hike or Nature Walk 
Further Away:
SLO and Pismo Beach Weekend Trip with many ideas for SLO, Avila, Arroyo Grande and Pismo