4 ingredients to deliciousness- adult lemonade

Some days just don't work out how you plan them. I got up early this lovely Sunday to get some work done. Sunday mornings are usually very productive for me, plus that means I can enjoy the afternoon and not worry about the coming week's deliverables. So there I am, working away with my Peet's coffee next to me. I reach for my phone an spill the coffee ALL OVER the work laptop. Scheiße. Poor CPU is still drying out. Fingers crossed. 

Next up - cruise into the city for a mini urban hike and some drinks and food at Off the Grid. Well... the Bay Bridge on a Sunday is pretty much off limits if you don't try it before 9 am these days. I should have known. It was so bad I had to abort the mission and get off at West Grand and turn around. BOO. 

So, first world problems, right? As my co-founder reminded me today - Shitake Happens.

And now, to the point of this post :) It's hot and steamy out there today - 92 in Oakland! I've also got a tree full of ripe lemons, so how about a delicious adult beverage? All you need are these 4 ingredients: Vodka, Lemons, Mint, Simple Syrup.


Check out the recipe below for Vodka Mint Lemonade:


- 4 lemons, quartered and seeds removed

- Leaves from 1 medium sized bunch of mint

- 1/2 cup of simple syrup

- 8 cups of cold water

- 2 cups of vodka

- Lemon slices and ice

How to:

- Place the quartered lemons in a blender with 2 cups of water, simple syrup, some ice and half the mint leaves

- Blend until the lemons are crushed and the mix is slightly foamy

- Strain the lemonade and add the rest of the water

- Add vodka

- Serve over ice with lemon and mint garnish

So there you have it... a cold cocktail, a zero gravity recliner , a good book... and all is right in the world. Happy Sunday, ya'll.

magical tidying

I consider myself a neat person. My house is generally uncluttered, my desk at work is clean, and I make a trip to Goodwill to clean out the closet a few times a year. But… the workout clothes that I use every day get shoved into the same messy drawer pile when they are clean. And I’ve definitely got a couple of kitchen drawers that barely shut any more because they are so stuffed. And, the basement… let’s not go there.

But, alas, it was time to go there. After hearing great things about the book from friends, I decided to pick up The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. 


 Marie Kondo is a “professional cleaning consultant” and, to be honest, she paints a picture of herself that's more than a little OCD. “After discovering The Art of Discarding when I was fifteen, I focused on how to get rid of things, and my research efforts escalated. I was always looking for new places to practice, be it my siblings’ rooms or the communal storage lockers at school. My head was full of tidying tips, and I had complete, misguided confidence that I could tidy any place.” Whoah, fifteen year old. Simmer down!

Or how about this gem? “However, the moment you start focusing on how to choose what to throw away you have actually veered significantly off course. In this state it is extremely risky to continue tidying.” Extreme Tidying!!

But, despite some possible crazy on the part of the author and some odd turns of phrase (blame it on the translation?), I found the book an extremely helpful quick read. I spent about 4 hours on Saturday and another 6 on Sunday and it was incredibly cathartic. I vow never to go back to messy drawers again!

Here are the basic tenets:
+ Rapid, dramatic organizing events completed methodically and lovingly in 6 months or less. This should not be a 10 year battle against clutter in which you find yourself doing one drawer a month.
+ Tidying is actually a happy process in which anything that does not make you feel joy when you touch it will be sent on its way.
+ Rather than approaching decluttering room by room, you approach things by category. Start with clothes, then books, then papers, then miscellany, and finally mementos.
+ Instead of focusing on the ways to get rid of things, focus only on the things that spark sufficient joy.

She also offers up helpful suggestions for how to organize drawers (no stacking) and closets (longest items on the left, shorter items on the right).

I breezed through the book in a couple of hours and immediately put it to work. Once you get into purge mode, it’s hard to stop… and I would’ve kept going all night, had my husband not put a stop to it.

My results:
+ Got rid of SO MANY old clothes that I will never wear. Even if it was originally expensive, or someone gifted it to me, or at time very fashionable, I was ruthless in following the “does it spark joy” rule. 
+ My drawers look amazing and I am promising myself I will keep them that way
+ Bathroom cabinets are free of old product I will never use and feel so much happier when I open them
+ Kitchen drawers are similarly breezy. Old gadgets we never use? Gone. Takeout menus? Gone. Weird bits and bobs with no purpose? Gone.
+ 4 years of old papers and statements freed up so much room in my desk that it now sits clutter free

I put the book to use immediately and am beyond happy with the results. Got a weekend coming up with no social engagements? Clear your calendar for a little bout of magical tidying!