Of the moment // 10.6.17

Of the moment // 10.6.17

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend! 

North Park, San Diego at sunset  Like a lot of people, I was pretty stunned by the events that unfolded in Las Vegas earlier this week–despite the fact that it’s sadly not that surprising in the USA these days. That said, I had a few friends of friends who were shot at the concert, and it did feel like it hit a little closer to home. And it finally spurred me into some action: I set up a monthly donation to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, made an appointment to donate blood, and found the names and numbers for all of the elected officials who now represent me in San Diego. Next step: call to support the common-sense gun control legislation currently proposed.

Rover dog sitting Pug Life

One of the things I miss most about living in NYC: our pug-sitting network! We had so many friends and coworkers who jumped at the opportunity to have a dog for the weekend. Part of building our network in San Diego means finding more friends who love Gert, but until then: Rover! We used them for the first time last weekend, and I’m really pleased. We found a great sitter who sent us a ton of photos and updates (including the one above), and spoiled Gert with plenty of snuggles and even a trip to Dog Beach! p.s. if you use this link, you can get $20 off your first booking! 


I was Slacking with a group of girlfriends the other day about book recommendations, and one of my friends was SO excited about this upcoming Ulysses Grant biography. Her passion for the life of a U.S. president was very surprising! She explained that she had loved the author’s Alexander Hamilton biography–to be fair, it’s the book that inspired the musical! I started the Hamilton book on our flight to Denver, and I’m hooked already: it’s a giant book, but I’ve been trying to set aside enough time to read a chapter before bed every night.Superfood Salad


One of the best/worst things about working from home: making lunches at home! Although I mostly love it because it’s healthier and more affordable, there are only so many scrambled eggs on avocado toast that I can eat. I’ve been inspired by the delicious and easy options in One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers–especially this Superfood Salad (full of quinoa, mango, blueberries and feta cheese!) that I’ve made twice this week already.Gertie the Pug


“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” -Jane Austen

This weekend, we’re staying in San Diego–and tooling around in this fun little red convertible

  • That bowl looks amazing! Going to need to check out the cookbook!

  • camorose

    We made another recipe from it this week-I really like it so far!

Suzzallo Library at University of Washington, Seattle

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Kindred Vegan Bar in South Park, San Diego

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Vintage VW Van in Cornado, California

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Christine Amorose Merrill and Gertie the Pug at the Farmers Market

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Sunrise from the Southwest window seat

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Hammond's Ice Cream, San Diego

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