Tiny Beautiful Things

dear sugar

Read this book. It will change you and make you consider and open you up to possibilities. Most of all it will make you grateful.

Ms. Strayed writes an advice column and shares some of the letters she receives in this book. While very few related directly to my life, the thoughts she shares are full of wisdom, pain and grace. Here is one section that impacted me.

"That you would not have chosen the things that happened to you in your life, but you are grateful for them. That you have two empty bowl eternally in your hands, but also the capacity to fill them." -on the loss of her mother and father-one to death and the other throughs distance. 
"Let yourself be gutted, let it open you, start here."

The Best Coffee in Orange County, CA

You won't find any Frappuccino Milkshakes at Hopper and Burr. With just 5 items on their coffee menu, this is serious coffee.

When we travel, we always try small local coffee houses. Some of our favorites have been in Portland and Austin. When we come home to Orange County,  great coffee is hard to come by. Hugely disappointing.

Then there is Hopper and Burr. The Cappuccino is so smooth that I didn't even need to add any sweetener. They are a small pop up shop inside Little Sparrow in Santa Ana. And they make toast! With fresh bread! And Avocado!

I think I finally found great coffee in Orange County! This girl is in heaven.


Just finished All the Light We Cannot See. Good book :)

How to get around in Venice, Italy

boat taxis in Venice
When you visit Venice be prepared to walk a lot. There are canals everywhere with bridges and stairs.
And no cars.
Aside from Gondolas and the Vaparetto (public transportation boats) these vintage wood boats are the main type of transportation in Venice. They fit easily under bridges when the tide is high and go fast when they are not is the small canals. This is most likely a taxi :) They remind me of a James bond movie. 

Grand Canal at Night

Venice Italy at night
Here's Venice at night. It's unbelievable. People live here in this beauty ,with no cars and buildings that disappear into the sea.