A Slice of My Life – Week 41

October 16, 2012

After 14 years of doing yoga, with a three year hiatus for birthing and nursing babies, I decided it was time to take a little break.  Yoga classes in my neighborhood are an hour and a half – 15 minutes longer than classes at my studio in Seattle.  For some reason, that extra 15 minutes sent me over the edge.  I’ve been taking these barre type classes at the Dailey Method and they kick.my.butt.  Like legs shaking during and can hardly walk after.  Ouch.

I did a post about my hair.  That is the most I have talked about my hair ever.  If you have curly hair, it’s worth a read.

Smoky brownies from the new Baked cookbook.  Lots of cinnamon and a full tablespoon of ancho chile powder.  They were great.

I took BART into San Francisco for a day.  I can’t believe I live so close to such an amazing city.

I almost bought these shoes.  They look weirder in the photo than they did in person.  Still just a bit too weird for me.

One of my most favorite things I have made recently.  Fresh corn polenta with sautéed mushrooms and a tomato corn broth.  I know I’m behind with my promised recipes but this one will be posted this week for sure.

Advice we all could use from Spencer’s kindergarten classroom.

My parents came to visit.  They taught the boys how to play checkers and Old Maid.

We took them into the city for dinner.  How do you choose a restaurant in San Francisco?  I decided to go with a classic and we had a very disappointing meal.  Total bummer.

Apple pie filling.

Apple pie.  I made dinner for my parents on the last night they were here.  I made a great Thai green curry dish with eggplant, mushrooms, and delicata squash.  I also made a salad with roasted portabello mushrooms and asparagus with a ginger vinaigrette.  Everything was delicious and we all ate so much that no one had room for pie.  Except the boys.

I now live on a street where the neighbors gather on nice weekend nights and drink wine while the kids play.  They order pizza or sushi and pull out the fire pit to make s’mores.  We lived on our street in Seattle for 5½ years and I only knew the people right next door to us.  I’m pretty excited about this street.

It’s not the Marais in Paris, but there is some very good felafel and hummus in Oakland.



  1. I really enjoy these “slice of life” posts, Dana. It creates an anticipation for future posts (SO looking forward to the polenta recipe!) and offers a fun, quick glimpse into your life. As a huge barre fan, I am incredibly envious that you have access to a Dailey Method studio!

    Comment by Nik — October 16, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  2. The dinner you prepared for your parents (curry and roasted portabello salad) sounds dee-lish. Any plans on sharing the recipes? Thanks!

    Comment by Maren — October 16, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  3. Such a great week, Dana. I love seeing what you are up to even if I fail to comment 99% of the time. I want to know what fresh corn polenta is! :) xoxo

    Comment by Jen Yu — October 16, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  4. 1. I love that you have cool neighbors.
    2. Buy the shoes.
    3. I’ve always loved your hair.
    4. Jokes over, come back.

    Comment by Catherine — October 16, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  5. Your street sounds like so much fun! I enjoy these posts.

    Comment by linda — October 16, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

  6. Oooh, I so want that fresh polenta recipe – looks amazing! And I too am a huge fan of your slices of life – you clearly have a pretty sweet life and moved into an awesome neighbourhood!! Yay!

    Comment by kickpleat — October 16, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  7. I think kid school rules should be everywhere. My son’s Grade 1 class includes – be kind, respect others and the environment, as well as do your best. Love your street!

    Comment by Charlotte — October 16, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  8. i am so happy that you have awesome neighbors!!!

    that’s a bummer that you had a disappointing meal at zuni. :(

    daily method is SO hard. i went once and i was SO sore that i never went back. i am talking SO sore that i felt like i had been stabbed in the ribs! LOL

    Comment by angie — October 16, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  9. I’ve been meaning to try the Dailey Method (Same studio, ha!) for a long time now, but I fear I’m a little too out of shape for it… Also, I love the falafal at Holy Land on College (in Elmwood). It’s definitely worth a try, if you haven’t tried already.

    Also, I wish my street was as cool as yours! :)

    Comment by elizabeth — October 16, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  10. So great to hear that you are taking classes at The Dailey Method! I go to the Danville studio, and love it. It’s the best, most effective form of exercise, I find. Always worth my 60 minutes. And I walk taller the rest of the day. If Teresa teaches at your studio, you should definitely give her class a try. She’s amazing! And thank you for another peek into your life.

    Comment by Jennifer — October 16, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  11. I’m so glad you’re keeping up with these posts, Dana, because that way even if I don’t hear from you all week I feel like I know what you’re up to anyway. :) SO glad you’re enjoying life in SF! I need to make those brownies. Soon. Oh and I’ve heard rumors about those barre classes…they sound PAINFUL.

    Comment by Joanne — October 17, 2012 @ 1:29 am

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