Archive for ‘lifestyle’

September 23, 2011

A dream house

I have been dreaming lately of escaping and moving places and living differently.

One way I would like to live is in a tree house. It’s a childhood dream that I just found out a French company La Cabane Perchee can make an adult size reality. They will come out, measure your tree and come up with a treehouse of your dreams. All of this without driving any nails into your beloved tree or otherwise harming it. Maybe you just want a little porch perched high up for a secret hideaway spot, or maybe you want a full-on house with a bathroom and an electric heater to live in? They can do it all.

To try out a treehouse living, you can rent this one in Burlingame.

 

 

 

 

 

To go even more native, book a night in the Nest in the beautiful Treebones resort. Beware; they do not care for children there, unless you are willing to gag them for the period of your stay. And let’s face it, who hasn’t thought about doing that from time to time?

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one day I would like to live in a house like this.

I will have a little vegetable garden, do my arts and crafts there, have dinner parties with lots of wine and Becherovka, sleepovers and go for long runs in the hills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2011

Personal challenge

I started a new experiment yesterday and it involves me making some small changes in my life.

Ugh, ok, I will say it… I’m trying to lose some weight. I would like to lose 18lb. That is the weight I was after 4 months of breastfeeding Kaleb and I loved the size I was then. Unfortunately, even though I did a lot of running and bootcamping when I put on a little bit of the weight back, it wasn’t coming off anymore. And I just had to stop doing 6AM boot camp because the general sleep deprivation was not healthy for me anymore and frankly; it was getting in the way of normal life.

For the past 6 months I have sort of fallen off the exercise wagon for a while now and have put on some weight. Now that I’m faced with having to put a swim suit on for 2 separate occasions with people around, I want to see if I will be able to get myself into better shape.

The conundrum here is that I love to exercise, but I also love to be lazy and it does take a significant effort for me to get up at 6AM to go for a run. I also love to eat carbs and sweets; I enjoy cooking and feeding others.  OMG, did you know that a cup of pasta has like 700calories; I mean who came up with that?

This is my plan:
Bike to and from work – 15miles a day mostly against the wind! – 4 days out of the week
Run 6 miles – gradual increase to 3 times a week

I’m using livestrong.com to help me track my calories and my exercise. I would like to lose 1.5lbs a week, which puts me at 1014calories a day without doing any exercise. This is NOT a lot of calories, people.

I don’t really know if this is even realistic for me to do. I have never been one to do any dieting, mainly because of fear of failing. I fear that if I fail this, it will be the ultimate defeating moment of “I told you that you have no will and self control and this is the proof”. And partly because I have a major issue with the very idea of dieting on a fundamental level that society dictates to women what we should look like (very skinny) to be worthy (of whatever), which I’m obviously opposed to because it can take away from our everyday happiness and shift our focus in life.

I have to confess that there has been a lot of times that I pretended to be ok with being a size 6 or 8, but I wished to be a size 4 or 2, simply because I think that I would like myself more then and maybe the whole world would like me better? I do realize that that is a pathetic way of living your life and I try not to let it get to me too much.

I do, however, value health and this is what I’m going to make this challenge about.

Wish me luck!

April 11, 2011

Spring cleaning

I was on fire this weekend, with energy that is.

On Saturday I had what I call a “Kaleb day.” We snuggled, read books, painted, played with trucks in the park and ran errands. Just mommy and Kaleb day. It was lovely.

Sunday came about and I thought that we would spend it mainly outside again, but there has been lots of clutter around the house that has been begging me to take care off. It’s been getting to a point where it felt like it was cluttering my mind, which I don’t like because it stunts my creativity and general happiness. It was time for yearly Spring-cleaning.

This is what I did yesterday:

–  Cleaned out our main closet – took all the boxes we don’t need to store for products that “might” break that we “might” want to return. Re-organized everything that lives in the closet and found two gigantic bags of stuff to donate to Goodwill.
– Sorted through all the papers lying around with bills and random junk mail. I found a $25 Amazon card (hello new to-go mug!) and a $50 check that Dave never cashed.
– Moved my drawers and picked up everything that managed to fall behind into the large crease that drives me crazy, but that has to be there because there is the pretty molding on the bottom of our walls and a gigantic phone jack that prevents me from pushing it up to the wall any closer.

I have big plans to turn the old “poopy diapers” closet into a Dave closet and then turn part of our big closet into my workspace, so I can make my big leap this fall.

I also made awesome dinner for us and baked strawberry coffee cake muffins. Be on the lookout for the recipe this week!

Check out Kaleb roaring in his old Halloween lion costume that I found. He scared himself and wanted to take it off at the end.

April 6, 2011

I have a new friend!!

I have learned how to sew when I was a little girl in Prague. Then I stopped for some time to focus on other things, mainly going to punk clubs and trying to get the boy I liked to like me back. :-)

I have wanted to get back into sewing for some years now, so finally I bit the bullet and got a new machine. I found a great deal on this Singer on Amazon and can’t wait to put it to work.

My first projects will be new awesome pouches for my jewelry and play pants for Kaleb. I also see a beautiful 1970’s maxi dress in my near future, oh and these monkey pants!

April 5, 2011

Artist are leading the revolution… the American dream has changed.

Is your soul screaming for change from your daily job? Are you yearning to create and let the artist from within shine? Finding your own alternative lifestyle that is full of art and creativity can be very scary. It is a soul-searching process that leaves you vulnerable and true.

Listen to an inspiring interview conducted by Tara Gentile from Scoutie Girl with Alexis Neely who talks about the new paradigm and finding yourself as an artist and building your life exactly the way you want it to be, and at the same time being financially secure.

You can LISTEN TO IT HERE (please note that it might take a minute to download), or go to scoutiegirl.com for the original post and more fantastic information and inspirations from Tara.

I’m currently on a new path, and I’m just blindly “feeling” my way around. This interview deeply resonated with how I imagine my life could be and gave me hope that I can find the courage and build that life for myself.

March 31, 2011

Lemon wedges love

It is no secret that I love Anthropologie. When I was pregnant with my son, I was asked at my birthing class to imagine a beautiful, peaceful place to labor in and  I imagined the downtown San Francisco Anthro store.  Believe me, if they offered the option to give birth there, I would have.

So I was thrilled to have received my yearly birthday discount coupon from them. These super comfortable, bright wedges are the first shoes I have ever bought there, they go great with my 70’s flare jeans.