365 Fresh Starts

A Blog About Life

We've been conditioned to expect things to be all or nothing. We make dramatic resolutions on December 31st that we break by January 2, and then feel terrible about ourselves. We think that we can't change at all because our annual, dramatic attempts at change just don't work.

We get 365 fresh starts each year.

fried-riceTwo Pounds of Bok Choy

Seriously, What Do You Do With Two Pounds of Bok Choy? Before the holidays, I signed up for a weekly farmer’s market box from Farm Fresh to You. And it’s great. Each week you customize your box from the seasonally available selections and it appears on your front step before you leave for work in […] Read More

mission-peak-sunsetClimbing Mission Peak

16 Years and Counting When we first moved to California 16 years and 7 months ago, we talked about climbing Mission Peak. We even set out to do it once. In 90-degree temperatures. In the middle of the day. Up the steep incline. With no shade. (We were not very bright in our 20s.) A […] Read More

IMG_3424Personal Style

Subtle or Bold? Figuring Out My Style With everything that’s happened in the past year, I feel like I’ve aged a decade in a matter of months. In the past, my freckles and pale skin kept me looking younger than my age. Not anymore. My skin looks dull. My hair is grayer than ever. Everything […] Read More

Aww, how pretty!Rainbow Lessons

What Does a Rainbow Mean? Sometimes the rainbow comes before the rain. My running buddy and I met at 7:30 for our usual Saturday morning run through the vineyard hills. It had been raining and windy through the night, but the forecast assured me that we had at least 120 minutes without rain. More than enough […] Read More

A gratuitous out-of-season photo of my cranberry sauce, looking like a lovely snow-capped mountain.Many Recipes

Lots of Recipes with Little Success When we were in Arizona, it was my quest to find the Anasazi beans that I really like. I had zero success, but I did find several other heirloom varieties that I wanted to try. Not black, pinto or kidney beans. Different. Unique. I’m probably the only person who goes […] Read More


Do You Believe? The Assistant surprised me in the car today. Out of the blue he blurts, “I want you to tell me if Santa is real, ok?” My mom brain immediately reeled with crapcrapcrapcraphowdoIanswerthis? And also wow, I expected this much sooner than fourth grade. I mean, I was in second grade when Danny Mortimer […] Read More

Joshua TreeHappy New Year!

No Resolutions Hi everyone! Happy new year! I know it’s been a while. Well, for you, anyway. As for me, I’ve composed dozens of very insightful, thought-provoking blog posts over the past few months. Unfortunately, they’ve only existed in my head, and somehow vanish into thin air any time I attempt to sit in front of […] Read More

tour-de-cureTour de Cure

My First Charity Bike Ride Hey, remember how I told you that I was going to go 50 miles in a charity bike ride to raise money for the American Diabetes Association? Well, the last four months happened, and needless to say I didn’t train at the level that I needed to make the 55-mile route […] Read More

double-chocolate-bread-puddingBourbon Street

5 Days in New Orleans Look! A post! From me! I’m trying really, really hard to get my shit together. Four months in a hotel can really mess with you. Let’s hope that I can pull it together and do a little better in the coming months. Last week, I got to stay in an entirely […] Read More

Not every meal requires a beer.

Image via ShutterstockI Drink Water

Don’t Give Me That Look, Server   As you know, we’ve been eating out a lot in the last three months. And I see a lot of this. “Hi, I’m Travis and I’ll be taking care of you today. Can I get you something to drink?” “Water with lemon, please.” “Just water?” <Travis gives me a […] Read More