The grade school crush that lives in my home.

It all started with an empty tin of cat food.  My 13- and 9-year-old sons were enjoying the benefits of having their uncle as our contractor. When the crawlspace under our home was accessible from the living room and deemed safe, Tío Frankie gave the boys permission to grab flashlights and explore. “Mom, look at…

Simple Things: Sevillan Orange Gin + Tonic

I almost got a tattoo in Spain. We were in Sevilla and discovered a chic, reputable tattoo parlor, which also was recommended by our Sevillan barber. My sons and I inspected their work on Instagram, naturally, and I saw a cute tattoo of an orange with leaves. Oranges and Sevilla are like churros and chocolate.…

The advice Buster Posey gave my boys…

Pablo Sandoval, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey sat a few feet away from me talking about the past season with host Doug Greenwald (the voice of the Fresno Grizzlies, for those of you who are not baseball junkies). Doug stood up and said it was time for a little Q&A with our "panel." It took…

Even Tim Lincecum cleans his own shoes…

Well, hello there Crazy Legs. I see you trying to sneak into Scottsdale Stadium unnoticed by eager fans waiting for their "Timmy Sighting." Don't worry. I won't tell. But seriously, what's the haps, Lincy? Will I ever get to see you pitch live? Aha, time to change out of your cleats. FYI, my kid is…

Dear Buster Posey: My kid is your No. 1 fan…

It's no secret: we're a baseball-loving family. We took a road trip two weeks ago to Sacramento, Calif. so we could watch some minor league baseball. The Fresno Grizzlies, the SF Giants Triple-A team, played the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A's). We also wanted to see this kid before he got called up to the…