Today I have some tips for you:
1. I have a new favorite breakfast: a toasted wheat sandwich thin, sliced avocado, and Papalote salsa. The problem is, it has to be Papalote salsa. Here is what it looks like:
I can't really explain it except to tell you that it blows any other salsa I have ever had out of the water. It's legendary around San Francisco, and frankly, it should be legendary all over the country. The good news is that you can order it here. I know it seems ridiculous to order salsa from another state (if you're in another state), but I promise you that it will be worth it. It will arrive at your door, you will taste it, and you will immediately email me and tell me how very right I was.
2. Lesley is my oldest friend in the world. Her mama and my mama are BFFs, and Lesley is 6 months older than me. She was waiting for me at the hospital when I was being born! So literally, we go back forever. Ha. In any case, she has recently quit her job to do two things: 1) stay home with her adorable & hilarious daughter Matilda, and 2) pursue her dream of creating and selling amazing wares. In the past, she's been very successful selling one-of-a-kind little girls' dresses, but recently she's started making these carryalls that have me swooning. This is the one I'm in love with:
I tell you, I'm snatching that one up as soon as I can afford it! Check out her blog and her shop for other patterns/designs. I'm both in awe of her and jealous that she can make such beautiful things. What a talent!
3. And lastly, I recommend for you an article on Obama by Andrew Sullivan (the recommendation comes courtesy of my sister, Kate). It's a longish article about Obama's "long game," and it really puts into perspective that which he has done over the past four years, and that which he is putting into place for the next four. It encourages us to consider the context--the economic and political ambience into which Obama (and Bush before him) entered, which I think is crucial when considering a president's successes and failures. Whatever your political stance, I think this article will be informative.
. . . And after last night's GOP debate, I'm fantasizing about Newt and Mitt in a boxing ring (Mitt would bust him in the jowls and it would be over before it started).