This week’s delights*

Karen Walrond, Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Some delights this week:

Seeing Karen Walrond and taking her to the Edible Schoolyard… She gasped at every new plant and tree she had never seen before and snapped furiously with her camera. It was such a pleasure to share my little corner of the world with her.

Tasting a Cara Cara orange for the first time. It’s a cross between an orange and a grapefruit. Have you ever heard of such a thing?

Vivienne’s incredible photos and words on her blog.

The current Mondo Beyondo class. It just keeps getting better and better and I am so proud….!

Having lunch with the talented Samin and hearing her Mondo Beyondo story.

Marcia Gagliardi, author photo by me, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Celebrating my dear friend Marcia and the launch of her beautiful new book: The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. I had the honor of taking her author photo which turned out so well.

Heidi Swanson and me, San Francisco, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Meeting one of my heroes, Heidi Swanson and getting a photo with her. Total Mondo Beyondo moment for me.

Going to my friend Sasha’s on the rooftop of the SF Moma with Ben. Finding him flirting with two beautiful young women and giggling to myself, then returning a few minutes later to find him wrapped around one of the girls’ ankles and licking her calves! This kid has some serious moves! 🙂

Finding out Ben’s MRI was all clear. Also, discovering that he is not allergic to anything at all. (This shocked me, I was sure he had celiac, but that’s another story)

spring flowers, Berkeley, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Hiking in Sunol Regional Wildnerness and seeing the wildflowers in bloom. I haven’t been this blissed out in a long time.

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  1. sara

    So happy to hear the good Ben news, what a relief! and looking forward to seeing pics of your belly bump 🙂

  2. Michelle Shopped

    omg! can i be your shadow? and i love karen’s dress — methinks you may be getting many inquiries about it — delighted to hear your ben and baby news — no wonder you’re a blissed out mama…

  3. Jen

    Tra la! Go Ben! So glad to hear that his MRI was clear.
    I wore my Joy necklace yesterday and it gave me strength when I needed it. Thought I’d share. 🙂

  4. Shannon

    Omg, Karen’s dress is STUNNING.
    And Yay Ben!

  5. Marianne

    Yay for delights. I’m so happy about Ben’s results and love the thought of you and Karen together. There’s a collaboration sandwich I’d love to have a bite of…

  6. monica

    I’m so glad things are looking up and you’re enjoying this gorgeous spring time. And Karen’s dress is gorgeous! I want one!

  7. amy

    what a lovely post. i’m so glad that you’re feeling so good. the spring flowers photo is divine. the colours and the light. delicious.

  8. kristen

    all kinds of awesome, andrea! meeting heidi swanson would be a high point for me too. xo

  9. Jennifer from D.C.

    OHMYGOSH! I am laughing so at the act of Ben licking someone’s calves!!!! That is just too
    Hill Lair Ree Us!
    Phew! Almost lost the laptop from the lap there.
    Andrea, soooooo relieved to hear that Ben’s MRI is sweet and clean and clear. He is such a precious one. Watching him from your tummy to now with all of his insane cuteness. He is just Cute-ville. What a fortunate fellow to grow up with such a magnitude of wondrous pictures documenting his very life. (And with so many of us watching and wishing him/you/hubby well.)
    Thank you for sharing your interesting, artsy, exciting, colorful, purposeful life with us. I miss you when you’re not “on” for too many days.
    Also, send me good vibes. I misplaced one of your Superhero necklaces I purchased from you years ago and I know it’s being all mysterious and hiding from me. It WILL turn up, dagnabbit.

  10. Alex

    So, so glad to hear about your precious Ben. What an amazing relief.
    And Karen’s dress!!!!OMG! Would she mind sharing who made it ? It’s incredible and would love to know of she doesn’t mind sharing!

  11. emma

    So good to know things are blooming in your life! Congrats on the all clear with Ben and many congrats for all the moments of joy, particularly the grace of acknowledgement – it’s inspiring!

  12. Erin

    If you think he may have Celiac, you should be in touch with Alison St. Sure: She is an absolute expert.

  13. Michelle

    So glad to hear the good news about Ben! Another gorgeous flower shot too! I did email you about the other photo too.

  14. Andrea

    So glad to hear little Ben’s MRI was clear!
    Perhaps you know, but there is a high percentage of false negatives when testing for celiac via blood test. (There is also a saliva test you can take that is more accurate than blood work. Feel free to email me if you want more info.)
    You could always do a gluten-free challenge with him for two weeks, and see if he has a reaction when he goes back on gluten.
    Best of everything to you and your lovely family, sweetie!

  15. Micheline

    Well deserved, I’d say.

  16. simone

    Great news all around! I’m so glad about Ben’s MRI and all the wonderful news!
    If you still have a tiny mama voice in there that suspects food allergies (or at least intolerances) as a part of the puzzle, you might want to hook up with a knowledgeable naturopath and do IGg allergy testing. Most doctors do the IGe RAST testing that gauges immediate allergic reactions to things, but IGg tests show the slower immune responses to allergens. Unfortunately, most traditional docs will not order the IGg test nor do they believe it is relevant. I am in the middle of researching this for my child who I suspect has some allergies that are not showing up on the peds test. In her case it’s related to sensory integration and some eating issues and not seizures, but I thought I would throw it out there in case.
    all the best.

  17. Jo

    SO glad to hear about Ben… that’s great news! And YES – Karen’s dress is spectacular! 🙂 Curious minds WANT to know! 🙂

  18. mary

    oooh lovely photos – love that blossom !

  19. Jennifer

    You have some seriously kick-ass pictures in this post – the wildflowers are gorgeous, and the thing about the pictures of the women that you’ve included – Idon’t know. They seem happy, or confident about themselves or both. They’re awesome….

  20. rachael

    Oh, I am so happy for you!!! Great news all around.
    Karen’s dress is gorgeous! It’s so awesome that I almost thought this would be a post devoted to it! ha.

  21. truesdaleb

    ars read uncertainty near allowed substantial

  22. amy

    Cheers to everything! Especially Ben’s good health and No Allergies! Hooray for Ben! Hooray for you all!

  23. Feithline

    Ah…thank you for sharing your blissed out state. It reminds me to go earnestly in search of my own.

  24. Catherine

    YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. celisa

    yay to ben’s news! yay to licking ankles..hehee. yay to all these lovely photos! and a big yay to cara cara oranges…they are my favs!

  26. Ella

    To be clear, celiac is NOT an allergy – it is an autoimmune disease and the testing is different than allergy testing. You may have had both tests and just not mentioned it explicitly, but I thought I’d throw that out there just in case.

  27. Ella

    To be clear, celiac is NOT an allergy – it is an autoimmune disease and the testing is different than allergy testing. You may have had both tests and just not mentioned it explicitly, but I thought I’d throw that out there just in case.

  28. RookieMom Whitney

    Andrea! I didn’t know that you are such a fan of Heidi. She’s a friend of mine and it’s so cute to see you pictured together!

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