My Everyday Life: Week 17

Here’s what this past week looked like:  My Everyday Life Week 17

Treasure collection, Pacific Grove Easter Vacation 2019.

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I tried really hard to slow down and be present this week. Less time on my phone, more time mapping out my work and life.  My Dad calls this his “creative work.”  It’s the kind of work he does on vacation. It’s the kind of work I like to do on vacation as well.

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I really need to spend more time journaling by the beach.  I mean, don’t we all?

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I believe that teaching your child to draw a Stussy S is a rite of passage.

We went out to lunch on Easter. I think next year we should BBQ lamb like my grandpa used to.

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Cooper is usually the only kid on vacation with us.

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Walking past art galleries in Carmel.

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We went for a lot of walks with my Dad. My favorite one was when he had his music playing on his phone the whole time. My Dad makes the best Spotify playlists.

Trespooping.

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We went out to BBQ for lunch. We ordered almost everything.

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Introvert’s toolkit on vacation.

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My Dad lent me his hat.

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I love creative mailboxes.  I daydreamed about what retirement would look like in a coastal town.

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Tuna salad sandwiches for Dad.

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It was so nice to have quality time with him. We had a day just the two of us.

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We finished it with cocktails and a beautiful sunset.

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I definitely want to steal his hat.

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Cooper and I made contact with a sea lion on our trip.

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Our rental had a big bathtub.

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Bath bombs purchased on vacation provide incredible entertainment and lasting memories.

Highly recommend.

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We wait for our ride to dinner.

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Hot tip from a reader to try Il Vecchio .

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It was a hit! The pasta was incredible and we loved the meatball appetizer.

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Working in my journal.

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April is all about strawberry season here in California.

You can see some of my favorite strawberry snack ideas here. 

This is a page from my Currently journal. April spread to be completed!

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The trees on the coast inspired me to paint.

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We had fried calamari and shrimp whenever we could.

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Papa leads the way.

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We went for a long walk in Monterey. Just me and the boys. I was outnumbered by men all week.

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I would like to put protea in my garden.

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I love all the wild golden poppies this time of year.

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My boys.

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So many waves of grief this past week.

I really miss my Mom.

I miss my grandparents.

I miss my childhood.

Vacationing without her is different.

We have more practice after almost a year and a half now.

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I am grateful for family time away from home. Casey, Cooper and I worked on a puzzle. I loved seeing how each of them got into a good zone.

I really like White Mountain Puzzles because they inspire a lot of conversations when we’re putting them together. Nostalgia!

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I made a penne dish that was a cross between Zucchini Carbonara and this Creamy Mushroom Sausage Orichiette.   Rave reviews from the family! I used what we had leftover in the fridge.

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Banh Mi on the way home.

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Happy to be home.

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Where the flowers are blooming.

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Clematis flower inspiration.

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Favorite smoothie back in the rotation.

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This weekend I realized that English muffins make great burger buns.

They’re also a lot cheaper and keep the size of your burger smaller.

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Cooper made fun of my glasses which is cool cuz I hated when my Mom wore glasses like this when I was his age. I thought she looked like a fly. I know she would appreciate the irony.  Me, age 39 wearing big old glasses.  I think she’d be interested to know that I wear mostly gold jewelry now (her jewelry).  I used to protest that I’d never wear gold. SILVER only.  Oof. Life is funny like that.

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Baseball spectator.

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While we were at Cooper’s baseball game, I noticed that I have my dad’s thumbs.

THUMBS UP.

We won!

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OUR grill was fired up this weekend!!!!

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GAME ON.

Week 17 in 2018

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Week 17 in 2016

Week 17 in 2015

Week 17 in 2014

Week 17 in 2013

Week 17 in 2012

Week 17 in 2011

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  • Paula

    Isn’t it crazy what they charge for hamburger buns?? Dessert for two has a great brioche hamburger bun recipe that I double. They freeze beautifully too.

    For your currently notebook have you thought of selling digital copies of each month for 2020? I love filling out every month but find sometimes that I don’t always get to the other pages which messes with my perfectionist/OCD brain.

    I love that the currently notebook forces me to be more present and think about what I am reading/listening/watching and if it is truly worth my time. It also makes me more aware of inspiration and what I am grateful for.

    • Tracy

      Yes! I am going to sell it digitally too. I think it would be a great binder system! I’m so glad that it’s working for you. I AM GRATEFUL that you are putting the effort in too!

  • bonnie

    We are in Carmel, too! The Protea and Echium are amazing! and the Cypress make me want to paint them, too! Glad you had such a good time with your Dad and family. Love your Sunday Everyday-Life, Tracy.

  • Tricia

    I love everything about this post. I hope my kids will love me as much as you love your mother and that I can succeed in creating beautiful memories, meals, and wisdom just like you do.

  • Evie Paul

    Thank you again for sharing your awesome and heartfelt photos

    Also love your recipes!!

  • Katelyn

    I was the same way with gold jewelry until the last few years! I hated it growing up. Haha, now it’s all I’ll wear.

  • Mari

    great photos….loved them all. I had to travel with my 90 yr old mother 12 hours in a car; she has dementia. It went ok. She likes to follow along with the atlas, etc. At times my patience was tested, when she said: what is the day? what is this day? what is this day? a lot. BUT—I just took a deep breath and said: Mom it’s May basketday. or whatever. My dad died when I was 24, so I am grateful that my mom is still with us everyday. And I know that its only going to get worse, seeing your photos with your Dad—- I need to break out my expensive camera and TURN IT ON. I never take photos. Why? Thanks, Mari

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