You’ve Got Nothing to Prove


The Doubleclicks are an awesome musical duo made up of sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber. Their music is folky, witty, sometimes geeky, and all around fun. One of my favorites is Oh, Mr. Darcy. [Side note: What is it about Mr. Darcy that makes me swoon? He’s totally jerky in most of Pride and Prejudice. [...]

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting and Bacon Sprinkles


Most days I like to think I eat meals that are pretty healthy. Green smoothies for breakfast. A salad or veggies with dinner are a must. Red meat usually no more than once or twice a week. But today we’ll deviate just a bit. We’re going to put all that healthy eating on hold. Today [...]

Finding Joy

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One day while I was working on a blog post, my 4-year-old was watching Return to Never Land. While Jane was flying for the first time I happened to glance at my daughter. She was so awed by this that her smile literally stretched from ear to ear. The look on her face was one [...]

Just Like My Parents

With my older sister, mother, grandmother, and grand aunt.

With my older sister, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Aunt circa 1985.  A few weekends ago, as my family and I were leaving Costco (YAY for free samples!), one of my relatives stopped me. “Hi! You’re Rubin’s daughter, right?” she said. “Yes,” I replied, desperately trying to remember what her name was, “I’m Arbine.” After exchanging [...]

Fandoms for Everyone


A few months ago I attended my first Hawaii Geek Meet. The Hawaii Geek Meet is an annual event where people of various fandoms come together, eat lots of food, and just hang out. It’s a very casual affair, with a couple of medieval fencing demonstrations thrown in. The fandoms that were represented were quite [...]

My Favorite City


It’s no secret that I love to travel. The thrill of exploring a new city. Being completely out of my element. Experiencing things that seem so familiar yet completely different at exactly the same time. I just can’t get enough of it. If I could, I would try to visit a new city twice a [...]

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


I’m one of those people who can easily spend an hour wandering around Target. The brightly colored home goods beg me to browse through its section. I usually shop for clothes at thrift stores but the women’s clearance rack always needs to be checked because you never know what you might find. And then there’s [...]

Not Ready For School


A couple of months ago I got a call from one of the preschools we had applied our daughters to. I figured that they were just calling to ask us if we wanted to keep the girls on the waiting list. But, it turns out, I was wrong. The school was actually calling to tell [...]

Capture ALL The Portals


If you ever see a group like this out in public, don’t worry, they’re just playing Ingress. Several months ago my husband started playing a mobile game called Ingress*. Unbeknownst to me, he signed me up to start playing it as well.  If you’re not familiar with it, Ingress is an augmented reality game (still [...]

Changing Your Mind

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Every day we’re faced with a million different decisions. Often times these decisions can put us in a state of quandary. What should I wear? Do I need lip gloss? Oatmeal or cereal? Should I join the mock trial team? Should I do my homework on Friday right after school so that I don’t have [...]

Maple Glazed Shortbread Cookies with Bacon Sprinkles


Bacon. We all love it. Well, unless you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or just abstain from pork products of any kind due to religious beliefs. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of meat eaters enjoy consuming this salty, slightly fatty, could-potentially-be-used-as-currency food. Whether it’s smoked (bacon), unsmoked (pancetta), candied, or deep fried, we [...]

Attitude is Everything


Attitude is everything. We hear that phrase so often and for good reason. I am a firm believer that your attitude can either make or break a situation. It is entirely up to you. Not too long ago my husband and I decided to attend Passport Day in the USA. For those who don’t know [...]