This week I…

+ had a fantastic (albeit too short) lunch with Gab from Savvy Home, who was in SF for a very quick visit. Loved seeing her on this side of the continent! I celebrated with a very bright, springy look.

+ launched a new blog design for Kat (I told you I had been busy!), and kept working on a few other projects that will all debut very soon. One in particular has been in the making for months now — I can’t wait to share it with you all in a few short weeks!

+ had a physical for the first time in yearsssss. Which also meant I was due for some routine vaccine shots. Why is it that I totally don’t remember shots hurting this much and for so many days when I was a kid? Was it the candy afterwards that really made it all better?

+ got that primer in the mail and plan on testing it out this weekend. Since so many of you asked about it, I promise to report back once it’s been road tested!

+ am embarrassed to admit how many times I watched various versions of the Suit & Tie music videos (type and layout nerds will especially appreciate the second link there). I told Joe his next suit should be Tom Ford. He just looked at me.

Speaking of embarrassing… 

screen names


Favorite screen name submission? Oh there were so many. And yes, one of you actually had a screen name of Xo NSYNC oX (Nikki, I kind of love you for that):

From HMC:
Mine was hmchalupa. My initials are HMC, but I had this crazy obsession with the chalupas at Taco Bell. (Actually, I think I still do. I want one right now).

From Kate:
Mine was khakigrl55, I was obsessed with those dancing Gap khaki commercials and thought it exuded my preppy style, embarrassing!

From Alicia:
Love this question. Mine was Moxie2004 because I thought that sounded super hip and chic (at age 11).

The best/worst was when people made screen names for their boyfriends e.g. lovenick4eva or something equally ridiculous… thankfully I resisted that trend.

From Miranda:
Colorfulbutterfly2002. Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking!

From Jen:
So embarrassing… my first screen name was “imunforgettable” with some random numbers I’m sure. It came about after some boy teased my friends and I about being “totally forgettable” – I took that as armor for my 13-year-old self.

Want to know what my AOL account name and screen name were? It actually is partially what brought me from Texas to California! Hop over to my Facebook page to get the story…

question of the week
A long time ago Joe and I came up with a list of things we wanted to do while we were young and living in California. It included obvious things, like taking a road trip and visiting places like Santa Barbara and Palm Springs (check!), but also random adventurous activities, like hot air ballooning. Joe made me write down skydiving and hang gliding on it…and I bring this up because I was looking through that list earlier this week after not thinking about it for a long time. I thought to myself, “Um, skydiving? Hang gliding? No thank you.” I’m just not a huge adrenaline junky and definitely not that kind of risk taker! But I’m curious — how many of you have gone skydiving or something equally adventurous? What was the experience like? If you haven’t done anything that drastic, what’s the most adrenaline pumping thing you’ve ever done?

{Image Credit: Emily Green}

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  1. 3.8.13
    Emma said:

    I’m a huge wimp and I’m terrified of heights, so I can’t imagine I’ll ever go sky diving, however, I’ve tested myself by going para-sailing (not scary, just really peaceful) and zip-lining in Costa Rica – flying through the tops of a rainforest was thrilling and beautiful at the same time. I would recommend it!

  2. 3.8.13

    I don’t think skydiving would EVER be something I could stomach but I have been white water rafting in Colorado w/ Class 5 rapids (the big ones) Definitely an adrenaline rush when you have to paddle fast so you don’t topple over while holding on for dear life.

  3. 3.8.13

    I’m not an adrenaline junkie AT ALL, so the closest thing I’ve done is taking a hot air balloon ride. It was in Luxor where the hot air balloon tragedy just happened, so maybe it was riskier than I thought!

    I’ve now grown to hate roller coasters, so you’ll never see me jumping out a plane!

  4. 3.8.13
    Chelsea said:

    I took Hubs skydiving for his birthday one year and tagged along. He was pretty sure that I was going to get up and then just take the flight back down because apparently I looked terrified, but I totally did it and it was AMAZING. I highly recommend it at least once in your life. The views alone are breathtaking!

  5. 3.8.13
    Carrie S. said:

    No skydiving for me. But in 2000, a friend and I were hiking and decided we wanted to climb Mount Whitney. It took 4 attempts (the 3rd time turning around 1/2 mile from the summit), but we finally did it! As well as climbing Mount San Jacinto, Mount Baldy, and Mount Baden-Powell. Now that’s exhilarating.

  6. 3.8.13

    The most adrenaline pumping things I have ever done all took place over the few months I lived in New Zealand. Bungee jumping off the second highest bungee jump in the world, hiking a volcano and hiking a glacier. I had never experienced such excitement and anxiety at the same time. Next on my list is definitely sky diving!

    X Kenzie


  7. 3.8.13
    Emily said:

    I’ve been skydiving and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. The feeling of leaning over the edge of the plane looking at the ground far down was terrifying. The only reason I actually jumped was because the instructor I was attached to basically threw me out, haha. I have to say, once the jump was over it was exhilarating. But to be honest, I’m not sure if I would do it again. While I’m happy I did it, “fear” is the key word that sticks out in my mind when I think of that experience, and I’m not sure if I’d jump if I went for round 2!
    Isn’t That Charming.

  8. 3.8.13

    I am not an adrenaline junkie at all! I have no intentions of ever doing anything like that. I’m too scared to go in a hot air balloon nor do I even like looking over banisters, lol. I used to not be scared of so much stuff, but as I’ve gotten older I definitely am. The closest I ever got was parasailing. It was fun but I was terrified of moving in case I fell. I’m a wimp, haha!

  9. 3.8.13
    Christina said:

    Skydiving, no way :) But during a study abroad trip to Chile, I tried white water rafting. It was my first time and definetly not a beginner’s “course”. I thought I might die, especially when the instructor pointed at me, and said, you, you’re the one that is going to fall off! I survived :)

  10. 3.8.13
    christin said:

    first of all, i don’t get physicals for the one reason that i don’t want to get shots. i’m so mature. also, i would never jump out of a plane, unless you threw me a party at the bottom and gave me about 5 million dollars. yes, i’m greedy. deal with it.

  11. 3.8.13

    These screen names were the best! Had fun reading through those this morning. I’m interested to hear your take on that primer- I’m intrigued! I definitely need a refresh on some of my products.

    I enjoyed meeting Gab for the first time this week in So Cal. Really seems like the real deal.

    Happy weekend to you!

  12. 3.8.13

    When I turned 12, my family was living in Puerto Rico and being the adventurous little girl I was, all I wanted for my birthday was to climb the cliff we lived on. There was a path with stairs from our house down the cliff to the beach, but I wanted to climb it. So, my dad and I did – without any ropes or anything. All was well until I got bit by something, and my leg felt like it was on fire. I don’t know how, but I ran up that rocky side in a matter of minutes. I don’t know if this counts as adventurous or dumb, but I don’t think my adreneline has ever gotten so high since. :-)

  13. 3.8.13

    No, shots did NOT hurt this month when we were kids! I had to get a tetanus shot because my doctor is on a crusade to vaccinate lapsed adults like me, and I still have a sore spot on my arm from 10 days ago.

    • 3.8.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      That’s what I had too! Ouch!

  14. 3.8.13
    Lolly said:

    Heights are one of the things I am most afraid of and skydiving is the one activity I am determined to try. I’ve bungee jumped before, I think I was 13-14, and it was TERRIFYING. But, I did it and I survived – ;) I’ve also jumped off a bridge into a lake. It seriously wasn’t even high and I had the hardest time making the leap.

    All of the blogs I’ve seen you design (including yours) are outstanding!!

  15. 3.8.13

    Oh heyyyy JT. Tom Ford can make the suits, that’s for sure. My Friday just got way better – love the lyric version you shared!

  16. 3.8.13
    Alicia said:

    Thanks for featuring my response last week :) I’ve always wanted to go skydiving, but prefer to spend my money on other stuff (i.e. go shopping).

    Sadly, the most adrenaline pumping activity I get these days is having to kill spiders (the downside of NOT living with a boy).

  17. 3.8.13
    Alyssa said:

    I’ve always wanted to go sky-diving (it’s on my bucket list!). Hm, I’d have to say the most adventurous thing I’ve done has been ATV-ing on a Greek island in college. It was SO curvy and scary but kind of amazing too–except for the part where my friend drove over a cliff. Yeah, whoops!

  18. 3.8.13

    DO IT!!!!!!!! It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Next to traveling to Japan alone and learning to fly a plane. Oh, and creating a life. (And yes, I’m taking license to pull the humble brag about these things by making this comment.)

  19. 3.8.13

    My sister and I went sky-diving for her 23rd birthday! We’ve also bicycled down Mt. Haleakala in Hawaii and canoed through mangroves. More recently we hiked to a waterfall here in Alaska–I can always count on her to bring big doses of adventure to my life!

  20. 3.8.13

    I’ve gone zip lining and bungee jumpin a handful I times but always in very controlled situations. I’ve never bungeed off a bridge or anything. I’ve also gone up in a plane and watched my stepbrother jump out of it – any desire I ever had to sky dive went out the window right then!

  21. 3.8.13
    Kelli said:

    I love Kat’s new blog look! Clean, crisp, minimalistic. Love it.

  22. 3.8.13
    Megan said:

    I went bunjee jumping with my sister for her 16th birthday but chickened out when she went sky diving for her 18th – however, a couple years later some friends of mine were going skydiving and I decided I had to just do it and it was the most exhilarating and awesome experience ever. Yes, it was scary but it was WAY worth it just for the thrill, the view, the story, of course the adrenaline but also the amazing feeling of accomplishment.

    I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone and anyone.

  23. 3.8.13

    I can’t wait to hear what you think about the primer!! Also dropping out of the sky holds absolutely no appeal for me buut I’m not exactly adventurous. The most I ever do is surfing and its basically in 15ft deep water ha

  24. 3.8.13
    Meghan said:

    Suit & tie is such a great video .

    xo Meg<3

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

  25. 3.8.13

    haha! Tom Ford suit, ‘he just looked at me’ – I know that look! I have had that look!

    Andrew is an adrenaline junkie so sky diving, hang gliding, bungie jumping, base jumping is all his thing! Anything to do with the sky and high danger risk!!! Oh and he wants to be put in a shark cage! I don’t understand why you would want to risk your life/limbs for any of these!!!

    White water rafting and zip lining is about as dangerous as it has got for me!

    But I can imagine sky diving would be totally worth the feeling !

  26. 3.8.13
    Mandi said:

    I pride myself on actually sticking to me mantra of “I’ll try anything once”. This has led to 3 amazing adventures thus far. First, bungee jumping off the 2nd (now 3rd I think) highest jump in the world (located in Innsbruck, Austria). Putting your life in the hands of some good looking Austrians who only speak German only makes the whole thing slightly more nerveracking. Second, I went canyoning in Austria as well (disclaimer: canyoning is apparently illegal in America…Awesome to know beforehand…not) basically I repelled off bridges and jumped off cliffs into water as cold as what I imagine that water in Antarctica to feel like (hence body goes into shock and you almost forget how to swim). Third, took my boyfriend skydiving for his birthday and one cool fact: I jumped out of the plane at the EXACT time that Red Bull sponsored guy jumped from space (if it was a race back to land…I won)! Now I guess all that is left is base jumping…

  27. 3.8.13

    I want to go skydiving SO. BAD. I guess the most adrenaline pumping thing I’ve done is ride the Millenium Force rollercoaster at Cedar Point in the front seat… after being informed that a girl had her nose broken smacking into a seagull in the same seat just a few weeks earlier. Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point too — as you watch in line, it’s not uncommon to see the train not make it over the hill and fall backwards. But I’m such a rollercoaster junkie that I actually wanted it to fall backwards! Sadly, it didn’t, but I did get to ride in the front seat.

  28. 3.8.13
    Morgan said:

    GO SKYDIVING. It’s an absolutely amazing time and the view is incredible. Try to get a plane where you can walk off the back (the tandem guide makes you way more comfortable). Everyone should do it, especially in California, it would be so beautiful! I went in Montana and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. period.

  29. 3.10.13
    Nancy said:

    I went parasailing in Cancun, but that’s as airborne as I ‘ve been except for flying. The biggest rush for me is going at breakneck speed on a horse in an open field. Just me, nature and a horse. That’s how I grew up.
    xo Nancy

  30. 3.10.13

    The craziest thing I’ve ever done was white water rafting … whom whomp. I swear, once you’re a lawyer, you become scared of everything, because I’ve seen the worst case scenario, over and over again. The Running of the Brides (at Filene’s) here in South Florida was pretty intense. Does that count?

  31. 3.10.13
    Allyson said:

    Hmmm, I haven’t been skydiving although I have managed to get my heights-fearing self to summit a mountain, rappel down a cliff and rock climb. All great experiences that I wouldn’t change if I could!

  32. 3.10.13
    Laurel said:

    Bungee Jumping in Australia was a thrill for me! I’ll admit, I did it because i wasn’t going to be outdone by my younger brother! So glad i went for it…i’m an adrenaline lover..but my heart actually hurt after from being so terrified beforehand!

  33. 3.11.13

    I went skydiving while in Australia. It was pretty exciting, although I remember not being as scared as I thought I would or probably should have been! It’s definitely something I would do again and would recommend to others. While there I also scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef and held a Koala. There’s lots of “life list” items you can do Down Under.

  34. 3.12.13

    Had so much fun catching up with you! And thanks for telling us about Fillmore St, we had a great little shopping session. PS: you’re not the only one to have watched the JT videos a million time. Guilty as charged.