Life Lately & Links

Every Friday going forward, I’ll be sharing these new Life Lately & Links posts, which you can think of as the merging of the Life Lately posts I often do, plus my Cappuccino Time posts from long ago. I’ll share a little bit about what’s going on in the past week, plus a curated list of articles from around the web that struck me as noteworthy and worth sharing.

Pete, James and I just got back from 2 weeks on the West Coast, spent in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eugene, and Portland.

I grew up in the Bay Area, and it’s always nice to go home. I make more of an effort to explore now that I don’t live there. Heck, I’ve only explored San Francisco a handful of times, despite the fact that I lived an hour away from it for much of my life. And I still haven’t been to Alcatraz. Funny how that is, isn’t it? There are so many incredible things to do in the Bay, and great things to eat, and I have only touched the surface.

Lands End San Francisco View

[Lands End Lookout in San Francisco]

We visit California once a year, but this time we centered our trip around a dear friend’s wedding. It was my first time being a bridesmaid, and it was a really beautiful experience to stand by her side and be her support for such a special life moment.

Between the time change and the wedding being on a boat, we left James with my parents for the night. We don’t go out often without James, so it was nice to dress up and feel a bit more free for an evening!

Joanne Ozug and Pete Ozug at Wedding

[Pete and I at my friend Emma’s wedding]

The Bay Area has a bit too much traffic for me to live there again long term, but there’s so much that’s wonderful about it. Beautiful views abound everywhere, and it’s definitely something I miss. The amount of nature and hiking out there is incredible.

Ina Coolbrith Park San Francisco View

[The view from Ina Coolbrith Park in San Francisco]

After spending about a week in California, we went up to visit my grandparents in Eugene, then some friends in Portland. I made a point of eating Salt & Straw Ice Cream and Blue Star Donuts, and man oh man do I wish I had those close by. If you’re ever in Portland, skip Voodoo donuts and go to Blue Star instead. My favorites are the Raspberry Rosemary Donut and the Pear Lavender Fritter.

This Week’s Links:

Pete Wells strikes again. That 4 Charles Prime Rib ice cream sundae is ridiculous.

This artist’s home would be so cool to visit. Wow!

Embracing loss has been a journey for me, and Mark Manson writes about it beautifully.

Wearing sunscreen on your face every day is important, and prevents so many of the problems we spend money trying to fix.

I recently read this book and definitely see sugar in a new light.

Bookmarked this brownie recipe to try. Brownies come in a million varieties and that looks like my type!

An interesting discussion on depression.

It has been quite rainy lately, and Homemade Sushi is just as fun of an indoor cooking project as baking, if you ask me.

I’m curious about this affordable dutch oven. The only two ceramic cookware items I own were both given to me. I’ve always stayed away because of the cost!

In Portland I made a point of eating many Blue Star Donuts (they’re my favorite in the whole world). I scoured the web for recipes and only found this Blueberry Bourbon Basil Glaze, but I’m still happy to have it.

If you listen to podcasts, this app is the best. It cuts out blank spaces between dialogue and you can speed up the audio without it sounding like chipmunks.

Have a great weekend,
Joanne