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I fell hard, madly in-love today with this beautiful playa image by Peter Ruprecht, taken at Burning Man a few years ago.  Okay, instantly it was the wedding planner in me and then the hopeless romantic girlie kicked in a little…and I’M GOING!  I want a cutie pic of me and my partner in crime, capturing that we are over the moon about each other and feeling happy and free.

We leave for the playa on Monday and I just read this great article entitled “The Misconceptions of Burning Man,” by Mary Polizzotti of 7×7 Magazine this week which resonated with me because I’ve been sharing where my “vacation” is with my work peeps and others and while most people here know what Burning Man is I think there are many misconceptions.

Of course every experience is what you make it but the essence of Burning Man is: “once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.”  And, as Mary points out in her article it’s a week of no technology, people of all ages, surviving the elements…

I cannot wait to be a citizen of Black Rock City this year, where we will be the only living creatures for miles and the sky is a big, beautiful desert sky that makes you feel small.  Where we get back to the basics of love and giving thanks and freedom of expression is encouraged and appreciated.

There is something magical about a city of love appearing out of nothing – and then vanishing a week later, like it was never there.


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I watched the blush-colored, pink sky turn dark tonight in Palm Springs.
The deepest dark I’ve ever seen.
So dark the Dippers popped out like diamonds.
I love it here.

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It’s easy to be whisked when you live in a place where you can drive a few hours in any direction and be in a completely different, vacation-like setting pretty quickly.  This past weekend we did just that and enjoyed a mini getaway to Santa Cruz, home of FRIED Oreos, all the carnie food you can eat, The Big Dipper (and other rides that take you back to being twelve again), and beach and boardwalk for miles and miles.

All of this Santa Cruz delight plus the sunny beach, a charming small town with B&B’s and yummy food and lots of very cool boutiques make this the perfect fix for wanderlusters.

Sometimes you just need to get away – for a little recharge time.


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What a difference a year makes.  This time last year I was training much harder, on the brink of my very first racing season (the 40th birthday present I gave to myself).  I had a coach, ate well, trained hard and rode to race.

Today I am my own coach, and I’m motivated by a sweet treat I have in my jersey pocket. These days my rides are more fun because they are FOR fun.  It’s a different kind of “fun” when you are riding to ride instead of riding to train.  For sure I have completely taken the pressure off of myself to do anything competitive – I’m actually still working on this part but I’m not feeling a ton of pressure to race this year after putting a big check in this box on my bucket list.

Today I rode my bike in my backyard paradise.  I climbed up Mt. Tam at a steady pace with Pandora in my ear and thoughts of my sweet reward at the top.

My reward was so much sweeter than I expected because I watched this duo (a veteran dad and his 9-year-old adrenaline junkie son) take off from the ridge just a few steps away from my snack perch.

Flying…and riding…for fun on a Sunday afternoon in paradise, it does not getting any better than this.

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We took a step back in time today when we walked into Sherman’s Kosher-Style Deli in Palm Springs.  The deli came highly recommended and once I learned that sandwiches were served with a side of big dill pickles and sauerkraut I was in, in, IN!

There’s something about real Kosher dill pickles and pastrami piled high on rye that just makes you so, so happy!  Sherman’s did not disappoint but you definitely need to make time to nap afterwards!

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My home away from home in Palm Springs the last two trips has been the Riviera Resort & Spa which I adore.  The Hollywood Regency decor is something I crush on over and over each time I visit.  What’s Hollywood Regency?  Shag, glass, mirror, velvet…pretty much all of the things I swoon over regularly.

Here are a few shots from the lobby of details I love…

And this is quintessential Riviera, Hollywood Regency decor…

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Come in really close, I have a secret to tell you…I’m Jonathan Adler’s girlfriend!  It’s such a big secret that he doesn’t even know.  I feel like with the amount of time I spend “stalking” him, pouring through his Musings blog and adoring (by snapping a hideous amount of photos of everything Adler) everything he touches that I SHOULD be his girlfriend.  At the very least I should be considered one of his biggest fans.

The list of Adler things I crush on is never-ending but today, in Palm Springs, I am crushing, swooning, and madly, madly, madly in-love with the mirror hanging outside of Norma’s at Parker.  (One of my most favorite places to stop AND stay in Palm Springs! And not just because the entire hotel is designed by my BF…)

I’m on an obsessed, crazy woman, mad hunt for a mirror like this for above my fireplace in the Lito.  Like many things at the Parker this mirror is vintage, 1972 to be exact.  I’m even considering making something similar myself…or just asking my BF if I can have this one…

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