Tuesday, October 27, 2015


You have to have tried a few times to shoot the moon with insufficient equipment to know how bright she has to be against a dark sky for her shape to photograph so clearly through your not quite made for shooting the moon lens.

She is a beacon this morning.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Screw Finding Your Passion (?)

By external measures, I've never achieved wild success at anything, but one thing I do consider a success about myself is that I have mostly responsibly, while supporting and/or equitably contributing to my household, pursued my passions - music, food, law, starting my own business, writing, public self-expression, and building a social media audience among them - to the extent it felt right for me, without too much concern for whether it seemed practical or sensible to others, and without fear of what others might say or think if I decided to cut bait on them when my soul told me it was time to cut bait. (I can't tell you how many times people have asked me, "What are you up to NOW, Shinae??? <eyeroll>," like they need to be exasperated by my embarking on something new that has no negative effect on their lives.)

And what that has taught me is that there is a wide and deep sea of wonder, discovery, learning, self-fulfillment, achievement, and development of self-esteem between fearfully doing nothing with the interests that call us with their siren song and going for broke (or just going broke) trying to achieve the level of success with them that society tells us is necessary to make them worth the endeavor.

I love what Mark Manson has to say about how we are dogged with this question of finding our passion, and why and how we shouldn't be.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Starting All Over Again...

At 42, my journey with food as work has been a long running on and off relationship, starting with growing up in my parents' restaurant in Arizona and ending with spending the last 4.5 years sharing daily food and cooking related content with a larger audience than I ever imagined, with some fun, interesting, and even quite lucrative gigs along the way.

Through it all, I've known in my heart it wasn't my calling, but it was often quick and comforting access to a place closer to my soul than some of the other work I stumbled into. Turning and returning to working with food was an easy salve for the feeling that I was betraying my soul with a number of other life choices and money making endeavors.

Through it all, I've never forgotten what I wanted to be the last time I knew with certainty what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Nifty Thrifting: Vintage American Tourister Carry-On

Today's Nifty Thrifting find.


A vintage American Tourister 'Tiara Escort' green carry-on, complete with the scent of old lady who wears musk perfume and maybe also enjoys the occasional cigarette.

Great shape and super cute jade green floral lining, too.

Think I'll give the inside a baking soda carpet freshener treatment.

Love it. :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fridge Cleanout Chicken Tortilla Soup Inspired Soup

It's not exactly soup weather here in sunny San Diego today, but stuff's gotta get used up before it starts getting slimy.


The last 1.5 carrots, the last 1/2 white onion, the last 1/2 zucchini, the last 1/4 cauliflower, the last 1/3 container of arugula, the last 1/3 of a green bell pepper, the last 1/3 of a yellow bell pepper, a few loose garlic cloves, the last wrinkly tomato, 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, bay, oregano, cumin and lime.

The produce drawer is starting to look a little less like a compost pile now...