The 90's meet 2014 with music

Since ending my band almost 6 months ago, I have been to zero shows. I haven't really felt like seeing any music (I know that sounds bad, but it's true). The month of June we saw 3 shows, all of which left me feeling really inspired and really happy to have been able to see such amazing musicians and performers. All were people that I listened to in the 90's and are still around rocking today. 

Our friend Michael was in town playing with Heather Reid. She was in a band in the 90's called The Murmurs (which I loved) and Michael was in Letters to Cleo (which I also loved). The music and lyrics were beautiful and I left the show feeling really happy that I got myself out of the house to go watch and listen. 

Next was Veruca Salt. This was not only one of my very favorite bands growing up, but also Nina Gordon and Louise Post were 2 women who heavily inspired me to pick up the guitar. I had never seen them with the original lineup. Jen and I had been so excited about this show, we talked about it non stop the week leading up to it. Jenni was a bigger fan than me back in the day, and had seen them a few times (And also crowd surfed at a show in 95). I was in a band with Jen for 13 years and never in my life had I seen her so excited at a show as I did when watching Veruca Salt. I think I can safely say that Jen, Tamara and myself all missed being in a band while watching this show. In fact, I believe Tamara went out and bought herself a new beautiful drum kit to be delivered in their new state and home. 

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Next was Robyn. Man oh man. Cat and I were so excited for this show. We are HUGE Robyn fans. We saw her two nights after Veruca Salt, and I was ready to shift from Rock n Roll to some dance. We got there when the doors opened and made our way to the very front and sat on the ground. You know, the way girls do when waiting to see Justin Bieber. I still can't believe we were in the front row of  possibly the best show I've ever seen. The crowd was so loud, the loudest crowd i've ever heard at a concert. Robyn was amazing, and every time she would walk to the side of the stage that we were standing I would scream and try to reach my hand out to touch her. I don't know what happened to me. I became a 35 year old super fan girl. It was kind of amazing. 

I took this as the confetti gun went off

I took this as the confetti gun went off

see what i mean? Makes you want to sing along and dance, right?! 

June was so fun! I'm so happy that Cat and I went to 3 awesome shows and got to cheer and dance and break my 6 month dry streak of having no interest in music. Phew! It was really empowering to see all these women, aged 35 and up, putting on such great shows and selling out places. I'm so sick of turning on the radio and hearing about "these hoes ain't loyal" and "I know you want it". Ugh! Make it stop! Come on girls, plug in your guitars or lace up your dancing shoes, I want to hear more ladies on the radio. There are 3 musicians above to help inspire you. 

* vidoes posted were from the shows, but not taken by me. Found on youtube*

Lately: Summer Edition

The summer months are here! In San Francisco, that usually means planning as many trips out of the city as possible to go and find the sun (that is, if you enjoy sunshine).  Our summer months are the coldest.  "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" is not a lie. It really is cold. When I first moved here, it really took me a long time to let go of my idea that maybe the weather was just a fluke. I didn't know that summer just wasn't going to happen. California or not, San Francisco is indeed a city unlike any other. Today was a nice day.  We do have a tiny summer! And let me tell you, we savor those days like no other. Today I left the house without a jacket or layers. I was also able to wear my new favorite shoes without freezing my toes off.... So, I decided to make this a blog post about some of the things I'm currently excited about, indulging in, or just newly obsessing over for summer. Wether you're battling humidity, heat stroke, fog, swimming like a fish, or just enjoying the fact that you don't have to shovel your driveway; I think it's safe to say that even tiny summers are good summers. 

They're back!!!! Remember those new shoes I was talking about? Well, these are them. Cat knew I've been wanting some and secretly surprised me the other day with a pair (what a gal). Birkenstocks are everywhere these days. It's becoming more common for me to question wether I woke up in 1995 or if it really is 2014. The other day I saw some girls prancing around in starter jackets and I thought i was in high school for a brief second. Overalls, neon, I could go on. The 90's are happening right before my eyes. Love them or hate them, these are on a lot of feet this summer. So, if you don't have anything nice to say, just be aware that things you SWEAR you'd never wear will probably be in your wardrobe soon enough. So zip it.  Anyways, I love them. 

They're back!!!! Remember those new shoes I was talking about? Well, these are them. Cat knew I've been wanting some and secretly surprised me the other day with a pair (what a gal). Birkenstocks are everywhere these days. It's becoming more common for me to question wether I woke up in 1995 or if it really is 2014. The other day I saw some girls prancing around in starter jackets and I thought i was in high school for a brief second. Overalls, neon, I could go on. The 90's are happening right before my eyes. Love them or hate them, these are on a lot of feet this summer. So, if you don't have anything nice to say, just be aware that things you SWEAR you'd never wear will probably be in your wardrobe soon enough. So zip it.  Anyways, I love them. 

Farmers Markets. Although we get them year round, I'm very excited for the summer fruits and vegetables that are available. Apples, peaches, plums, basil, cucumbers, blackberries, snap peas, summer squash, cantaloupe, eggplant.  It's very exciting to this girl who loves to eat. 

Farmers Markets. Although we get them year round, I'm very excited for the summer fruits and vegetables that are available. Apples, peaches, plums, basil, cucumbers, blackberries, snap peas, summer squash, cantaloupe, eggplant.  It's very exciting to this girl who loves to eat. 

Duolingo is a great App for learning a language. I decided that this year I was going to learn French. I took Spanish in high school and didn't do very well, making myself believe that I am incapable of learning another language. I'm working hard on not believing all the thoughts I told myself in my youth, and have been loving learning French. I think it's the most beautiful language I've ever heard, and I look forward to speaking it fluently some day (And then visiting France and having the French tell me I'm awful. But that's ok. This is for me!).  

With that said, I am currently reading this book.  Not because it has "Paris" in the title, but more about the era it takes place. I often think I was born in the wrong era. I am fascinated by the 20's, 30's, and 40's. I love reading books that take place in that time. I love the language, the polish and manners in which most carried themselves, the music, the cars, the cigarettes, & the night life. In a world that feels a bit scary and too fast, I like reading about the way it was. With that said, this is a work of fiction about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. SO far so good! 

With that said, I am currently reading this book.  Not because it has "Paris" in the title, but more about the era it takes place. I often think I was born in the wrong era. I am fascinated by the 20's, 30's, and 40's. I love reading books that take place in that time. I love the language, the polish and manners in which most carried themselves, the music, the cars, the cigarettes, & the night life. In a world that feels a bit scary and too fast, I like reading about the way it was. With that said, this is a work of fiction about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. SO far so good! 

I am my mother's child in that I have quite the love for the magazine. "The Simple Things" is printed in the UK, so it's a bit pricey to buy. With that said, it's in my top 3 favorite magazines. The layout is beautiful with really great photos, recipes, hobbies, and new things to try. They have a section in every issue that follows someone's daily tea ritual. They also have a section in every issue dedicated to someone's hobby. Love it! I highly suggest picking up a copy if you can. 

I am my mother's child in that I have quite the love for the magazine. "The Simple Things" is printed in the UK, so it's a bit pricey to buy. With that said, it's in my top 3 favorite magazines. The layout is beautiful with really great photos, recipes, hobbies, and new things to try. They have a section in every issue that follows someone's daily tea ritual. They also have a section in every issue dedicated to someone's hobby. Love it! I highly suggest picking up a copy if you can. 

I am new to this wonderful online world of Skillshare. I have SO much that I want to do, and like to start a million projects at once. I get really excited about learning new things that I have a strong passion for. One of my favorite hobbies is video editing. I only use Imovie now, and would not call myself anywhere close to being a professional at it, but I really love doing it. So, I've decided to learn Adobe Premiere and am taking lessons on SkillShare. What a cool thing! For a girl who loves to document as much as I do, my goal is to get really really good at editing (And shooting video for that matter). I just made my best friends Wedding Video, and it made me so happy to do it. 

I am new to this wonderful online world of Skillshare. I have SO much that I want to do, and like to start a million projects at once. I get really excited about learning new things that I have a strong passion for. One of my favorite hobbies is video editing. I only use Imovie now, and would not call myself anywhere close to being a professional at it, but I really love doing it. So, I've decided to learn Adobe Premiere and am taking lessons on SkillShare. What a cool thing! For a girl who loves to document as much as I do, my goal is to get really really good at editing (And shooting video for that matter). I just made my best friends Wedding Video, and it made me so happy to do it. 

Guilty Pleasure/indulgence:  I had never had these until a few weeks ago when I went to visit my friend Amanda.  Since then, Cat and I have been obsessed with strawberry mochi ice cream.  They're really good. Really good. 

Guilty Pleasure/indulgence:  I had never had these until a few weeks ago when I went to visit my friend Amanda.  Since then, Cat and I have been obsessed with strawberry mochi ice cream.  They're really good. Really good. 

On to make list:  We are going camping soon with some friends, and I want to make these. Grilled Halloumi, peaches and dukkah.  I can't wait! Recipe can be found here: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2012/08/grilled-halloumi-and-peaches-with-dukkah/

On to make list:  We are going camping soon with some friends, and I want to make these. Grilled Halloumi, peaches and dukkah.  I can't wait! Recipe can be found here: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2012/08/grilled-halloumi-and-peaches-with-dukkah/

And finally, summer isn't complete without a good summer jam. I LOVE Robyn, have since the 90's (The 90's are back ya'll)  This summer she is going on tour with Royksopp and we have tickets to see her at the end of this month. I can't wait. I'll post the tune "Do It Again" at the end of this so you can rock out and dance in your computer chair. If this song were on a cassette, I would have worn out the tape. I listen to it daily, repeatedl

Hope you had a wonderful weekend breaking in your Birkenstocks, wearing your overalls, and binge watching Orange is the New Black!

My best friend's wedding

Jen and I have been best friends now for 13 years. We've moved across the country together, shared a mini van, performed together as The Bruises, lived together on several different occasions. We've basically done our growing up as adults with each other and have had to be there for one another through extreme high and low points. One thing is for sure, there is no one on this planet that makes me laugh quite as hard as Jen Black does. I feel so very lucky to have such a person like her in my life.

This past weekend, we experienced another high point together, as she married her partner Tamara.  Tamara is also my other best friend/bandmate and all around amazing person. Jen and I still talk about the first time Tamara came in to play drums with us. Jen and I were about ready to end the band, and had been playing around with making beats on the computer, but it wasn't really working for us. We have very high standards for drummers, and didn't have our hopes up. In walks Tamara, she sat at her set and in the middle of a song Jen and I looked at each other and lipped "OH MY GOD!"  Perfect fit.  She not only was a perfect fit for the band, but more importantly, a perfect fit for Jen. I love them both so much. It was such an honor to be a part of their big day. They rented two houses on a big property about 2 hours from San Francisco. Hot tubs, lots of stories and laughter, hanging out with friends, and eating amazing food. Cat took beautiful photos all weekend, and I'll share some now. 

Stephen and I sang "when you say nothing at all" as they walked down the 'aisle.' What I'd like to tell you is that mid song a gigantic silver spider fell from Stephen's ear and landed on his guitar. He didn't see it, but I did. I was 2 seconds away from flicking it off, when he did some guitar move that made it fall. It took some focus not to mess up, scream "SPIDER!" and ruin everything. Phew!

Stephen and I sang "when you say nothing at all" as they walked down the 'aisle.' What I'd like to tell you is that mid song a gigantic silver spider fell from Stephen's ear and landed on his guitar. He didn't see it, but I did. I was 2 seconds away from flicking it off, when he did some guitar move that made it fall. It took some focus not to mess up, scream "SPIDER!" and ruin everything. Phew!

Jen's mama walked her down the aisle. 

Jen's mama walked her down the aisle. 

I believe Stephen might have just put the moves on James... this was the result. 

I believe Stephen might have just put the moves on James... this was the result. 

Bff's

Bff's

Me and my honey

Me and my honey

Of course there was a puzzle, a KISS puzzle. We love puzzles, seriously. 

Of course there was a puzzle, a KISS puzzle. We love puzzles, seriously. 

Cat and I have a new best friend, and her name is Finley. (Stephen and Lisa's little girl. ) Poor thing fell after the ceremony and had to go to the emergency room to have her chin glued shut. She was so brave. 

Cat and I have a new best friend, and her name is Finley. (Stephen and Lisa's little girl. ) Poor thing fell after the ceremony and had to go to the emergency room to have her chin glued shut. She was so brave. 

I think this is the best picture i've ever taken! (Thanks to an amazing camera and perfect lighting and the cutest red boots)

I think this is the best picture i've ever taken! (Thanks to an amazing camera and perfect lighting and the cutest red boots)

Group shot. 

Group shot. 

It was an amazing weekend. Congrats Jen and Tamara. WE all love you and wish you a lifetime of happiness, music, laughter, and love.