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A Saturday: Day in the Life October 27, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Happy — Kelocity @ 10:00 pm
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Written at 10pm after a wonderful Saturday. This post is a little wordy, but I wrote it primarily as a journal entry for myself to someday remember what our life was like with an almost five-month old Adele. 


Today was the perfect Saturday. One of those days that made me so thankful for my little family. This is exactly how I envisioned it. This is what it’s all about. Days like today define happiness for me.

I heard Adele making some noise around 7:15a and went to find her on her belly! She knows how to roll back and forth now, but sometimes she gets stuck on her belly and needs a little assistance. I fed her and we all snuggled together in bed for a while before we all got up for the day.

We don’t really let Adele watch TV, but she loves our smart phones!

Then we skyped with Aunties EJ and Sarah for a little bit! So fun to ‘see’ them, they just got back from a week in Italy (jealous!)

Adele went down for a nap and we cleaned up the house, had breakfast and hung out. She slept for 1.5 hours! (So excited her naps are now becoming longer! Thank you, daycare!) Once she woke up, I fed her again and we left to do a few errands (Target, Lowes and Costco). Adele was awake for a little bit, and then graced us with a nice nap so we could grab some lunch after. She’s so great, we had her in her carseat for a good four hours while we were out and she didn’t make a peep. She just loves to look around, chew on her teething rings and coo at strangers. It kind of felt like life was before baby.

On the way back home, I fed Adele while we were in the car. (We use the Podee bottle for times like this! She can basically feed herself with it!) After a bit of playing back at home, Miss Adele was clearly ready for a nap, but she wouldn’t sleep. We tried both in her crib and in our bed with us. Irving did fall asleep though, so we let daddy nap and the two girls headed out on a walk. I had Adele in the front carrier pack and she was asleep with 5 minutes of walking, so I turned around, came home, and transferred her into her crib so she could sleep there.

I sipped on some tea and caught up on a few things while my two favorites were both snoozing away. Part of me was jealous, but I relished the quiet house and took advantage of my hour and a half alone.

Once everyone was up and the baby was fed, the three of us headed out on a walk together in search of some take-out for dinner. We decided to throw together our own meal from two different restaurants. Vegetable Tempura from a Japanese place and Pho Soup from a Vietnamese place. We also stopped at Trader Joes to pick up a few things while we were out too. So here we were walking down the street carrying two bags of dinner and one bag of groceries (and Irving was wearing Adele at the same time!) We chatted with some neighbors, looked at some Halloween decorations and listened to Adele make the cutest sounds as we walked. In fact, it was Adele’s ‘talking’ that sparked the conversation with our neighbor. She’s making friends for us already!

When we got home, Irving gave her a bath while I put away our groceries and prepped dinner. Then we swapped and I nursed her. It was waaaay past her bedtime at this point, but she was content watching us eat, so we let her sit with us while we dined.

Irving and I had a great conversation over dinner about how fun our life is now. We talked a little about the day she was born and how much she has changed since then.

She fits in so well in our family. She belongs here. She’s just so happy to be here, she lets us know that every day. I can’t wait to fill her beautiful little life with memories, experiences and wonders. Feeling very thankful tonight.


The End of Maternity Leave September 28, 2012

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 4:03 am
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It’s been an amazing four months. I have been so fortunate to be able to have so much time at home with Adele. We enjoyed getting to know one another.  I feel so lucky I got to spend every single day with her. But I’m definitely ready to jump back in the saddle and settle into ‘real life’. She will be going to daycare full time. I think she will really like it. They will get her into a routine and she’ll love socializing with the other kids.

I enjoyed being home for so long, but I am just one of those people who loves to work. While Adele gives me joy every day, I get so much fulfillment out of working and I’m happy to be going back. I’m looking forward to finding a balance again.

Although as the day gets closer to heading back…. I realize how much I will miss our lazy afternoons together watching the news and playing on the floor. But that is what weekends are for, right?

I’m going to miss that face desperately!


20-Something Woman Seeks Friends in LA September 20, 2011

Filed under: Los Angeles,Random — Kelocity @ 5:10 pm
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Hi Friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying all of my Europe posts. I wanted to take a break from those for a day or two to change the subject for a bit. (Don’t worry, I still have posts coming about Krakow, Warsaw, Salzburg and Munich, hope you’re excited!)

Let’s talk for a second about living life 3,000 miles away from home. This is a very fragile subject for me and I don’t know if I’ll ever fully be at peace with it. But I’m learning how to find a balance and thus maintain a happy status quo.

I grew up in a suburb of Boston with a large family and a pretty big circle of friends. In my house, you could expect the phone to ring once every half hour, and the doorbell to ring a few times a day. There were always people dropping in to say hi, coming over for dinner or to chat with a drink on the porch. Neighbors stop by to gossip, or to exchange desserts and someone was always watching out for you.

Cousins at Christmas!!

With a large family back in Boston, there’s always a BBQ to attend, or a cousin’s soccer game to watch. There are birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and movie nights. I left all of that behind to pursue my dreams in Los Angeles. It’s hard knowing how good you have it, and then to consciously decide to leave it all behind. Moving to LA will forever be the decision that defines me. In 50 years I will look back and tell my grandchildren about how Irving and I rented a minivan and drove off to California.

Now fast forward to life in LA. With the time change, my phone rings just a few times a week, and most phone calls have been replaced with text messages or emails. And I don’t think my doorbell has randomly rang at all this year (sometimes the FedEx guy rings my bell, but that doesn’t really count). Life is different in LA. People don’t just ‘drop by’. Visits are preempted with text messages (not that I don’t appreciate these, it’s just not the same).

Neighbors don’t look out for you here by default. I don’t even know who most of my neighbors are. I see people hit the ‘elevator close’ button often so they can avoid the chit-chat. It’s easy to feel lonely in LA.

Everyone says that it gets easier to make friends when you have kids. I suppose that is true, but what can the rest of us do in the meantime? I have a running group, a scrapbook group, an LA Bloggers group and a handful of local high school and college friends (all of whom I am eternally grateful for). Maybe all adults feel this way no matter where they live. Maybe it’s just what happens when everyone is in their 20s and people get busy with their own lives.

Halloween Horror Nights Last Year!

It doesn’t help that Irving and I are both characteristically introverts. We love our quiet time at home, and we love to travel together. But sometimes all I want is to enjoy a mug of hot tea with some girl friends and talk about books, movies and life. (Anyone free this weekend?) I feel like I haven’t put my roots down yet. I am digging though, I’m sure they will sprout soon.

Any suggestions on making friends in a new city? Tell me I’m not alone here!


30 Day Challenge–My 10 Year Plan May 10, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Challenge — Kelocity @ 3:00 pm
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This is Day 2 of my 30 day blogging challenge.


Today’s topic is where I’d like to be in 10 years. In ten years, I’ll be 38. I’m not very happy about being 28, so the thought of being 38 is a little daunting to me. When I was little, I always wanted to be 26 years old. And now that I’m almost two years beyond that makes me sad. I am really loving my 20s though. Irving and I are having a blast doing what we love and I’m hoping it just gets better and better.
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Photo taken in Iceland on our Honeymoon!

In ten years, I hope to:

  • Be living in a house in Los Angeles (with a backyard, three bedrooms and a garage)
  • Be a mother of hopefully two (obviously beautiful) kids =)
  • Be celebrating my 12 year anniversary with my husband, Irving (we would have been together 20 years by then!)
  • Be heading off on my next international adventure. China? Australia? Denmark? Back to Italy?
  • Be signed up and training for my next race.
  • Be enjoying my hobbies and discovering new ones. (Scrapbooking? Sewing? Running? Photography?)
  • Have an established blog with focused and consistent content that people like to read
  • Be surrounded by good friends (both new and old)


Where do YOU want to be in 10 years?

Previous 30-day Challenge Entries:
Day 1 – My Relationship


New stuff around the house! January 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelocity @ 5:54 pm
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We’ve been on a “to-do” list kick lately, trying to get some stuff checked off the list. A few weeks back, we finally went out and got some new pillows for the living room!!

A little homier, right?

Hmmm… what else is new? I got new running headband! (My life is very exciting, I know!)
 This week, we also got our wedding canvas! We had such a hard time deciding on a photo to print, and ultimately, we decided to make it more of an “art” piece. 

HAHA! I’ll post more pictures when we get it on the wall. But we just adore it!


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