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Stories by Eve Kelly

Grown-ups just want to lounge in the hot tub

“I can’t afford a pool,” lamented my friend Shawn. “So what?” I replied. “Grown-ups just want to lounge in the hot tub. And it’s less water, and it feels great on your back.” Jay Gavin, ...

Gifts for the new mom (and baby)

“Look out for Mr. Stork, that persevering chap. He’ll come along and drop, a bundle in your lap...” My friend Bernice sat singing the song from Dumbo as we sipped cappuccinos one recent morning. The ...

Ways to save water and money

Water accordingly, desert dwellers.

Landscaping and gardening in a drought is tough and expensive, so I started looking for ways to save water and money. “The first thing to do is evaluate the irrigation system,” said New Way Landscape ...

Sophisticated water sports

No drought at Pirate Reef, Lazy River, or in the FlowBarrel

Last week, I stopped by the new waterfront park at 1600 Pacific Highway with the kids and had a picnic by the enormous fountain and its “interactive” water arches. My little ones got drenched and ...

A tourist in my own town

My college roommate came to town, her first visit to San Diego since we graduated an undisclosed number of years back. “I have limited time,” said Crystal, “and I want to see it all, by ...

Gourmet popsicles

“Oooooh, fancy,” said my youngest as I pulled a strawberry-orange juice popsicle from its mold. (Up until that moment, her pops had all been single-flavor.) Her comment reminded me of something I’d heard about gourmet ...

Chocolate-covered strawberries

My childhood friend Serena’s bridal shower is in two weeks. Our friend Lisa is preparing Spanish tapas. Bernice is bringing two gallons of her husband Frank’s amazing sangria. My job is to bring a few ...

Things to do

What do you mean you’re bored?! An anti-ho-hum compendium.

Jetpack America Want to feel like Superman? After a training video and in-office instruction, strap on a jetpack and take to the air. During the 15- to 60-minute ride, the water-jetting pack can go as ...

Swing dancing is the happiest dancing

“Swing dancing is the happiest dancing around,” says Margie Adams, owner of 2 to Groove in Clairemont Mesa (619-291-3775; 2togroove.com). I like happy, so I asked for more info. “If you’re a newcomer, I suggest ...

Gifts for grads

Congratulations on graduation — now get a job.

“My parents wanted me to travel to Europe after my college graduation, expand my horizons.”

Sailing America

“Anyone who does happen to lose their lunch while sailing will get it back with a gift certificate to a restaurant just down the street.”

Capture your rain

Spooked by the water bill? Here’re solutions.

I have no idea how I ended up with a $600 water bill, but it spooked me to the point where I was hesitant to put in a garden this year. Then I saw my ...

Bloody marys and Roman showers for Ma’s day

“You’ve got to help me,” my brother William said sotto voce while glancing at his wife Beth across the room. “Mother’s Day is coming, and I’ve got nothing.” Little brother looked terrified. He’s a lousy ...

The three basics of proper piercing

“Each piercing needs to be its own special moment in your life.”

Are your piercings medical-implant grade?

Relieve itchy skin with olive oil and/or vinegar

Skin care for mummy.

“It depends on where the itch is and the age of the person.”

Get your dog supplies delivered

Way beyond animal rights.

“We have seven office dogs that eat the treats and play with toys all day.”

Olympic Games Party

Shaun White has nothing on Morph Man.

The invitations went out through Facebook. They included a photo of my man in a morphsuit: full-body stretchy spandex, red and white stripes over the face, stars down the right arm, the American flag. This ...

Photographs for Valentines' Day

The Bootylicious shoot is popular.

“Curves are in, and I am going to work on making those curves look delicious.”

San Diego's top spots for picnics

“The park offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown skyscrapers, planes lifting off from the airport, Mission Bay, the ocean...”

Walking San Diego

“It’s a bit of a mountain getaway feeling if you ignore the freeway noise.”

Walks around town, walks in the mountains, walks next to the freeway that make it easy to pretend you’ve gotten away from it all (if you ignore the sound of traffic).

Where to go zip-lining in San Diego (over rhinos!) and beyond

It’s a new year, and the Kelly family is looking for a new adventure. “Zip-line riding is on my bucket list,” offered my husband. “I’m on it,” I said. “Our flight-line Safari is pretty popular,” ...

Christmas joy over all 12 days

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese ...

The gift of raptors

If you should happen to fall in love with falconry...

“This year, I’m giving the kids the gift of raptors,” said Patrick. Lord, help me, I thought he said Rapture. But, no: we have several sons who are nature enthusiasts, and Patrick had just stumbled ...

The most practical gift

Really sick Christmas socks, anyone?

I hated getting socks for Christmas when I was a kid. So did my husband Patrick. It always struck me as a daily necessity dressed up as a gift. So, imagine my puzzlement when, upon ...

The gift of cheesemaking

Cheese 101

"I have enough stuff,” said my aunt-in-law Cheryl when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas this year. “I prefer gifts I can eat or things to do.” I thought of cheese. Cait Gunderson, ...

Taste it, Pumpkin Boy

‘Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” — George Eliot I love that quotation. It captures my ...

Going medieval for Halloween

Halloween costume shopping in a most olde English manner

So, we’re going medieval for Halloween this year, thinking up costumes that can do double duty at Renaissance fairs (don’t ask). Fifteen years ago, I would have jumped at the chance to play a princess. ...

Jetpack dreams become reality

At Jetpack America, one can practice their corkscrews, backflips, and high-speed donuts over water. Over 150 bucks for 15 minutes, though.

Black light fashion

Show up right under black light

What to wear to your next black-light-themed party? Eve Kelly is glad you asked.

Corn Chip Chowdown

Trader Joe, the organic newcomer to the corn-chip party goes head-to-head with Mr. Frito.

Cheapskate’s Corner

I don’t like to be separated from my money unless I get something great in return. Even if I were rich beyond measure, you’d never see me wrapped in sable pulling up to the Marine ...

King of Cups

Prized peanut butter cups

Who cares who put the chocolate in the peanut butter, who does it best?

Best reusable lunch bags and boxes

Just in time for back-to-school, a survey of what’s out there in the way of lunch boxes.

Paddleboard safari

Stand-up paddle board lessons are a good, easy way to learn how to surf. But don’t do it. Surfing is no fun.

Let’s get some car bling

Ride pimpage on a budget

Survey of accessories (some useful, many useless) to make your car look good and sparkly.

Cures for the summertime greens

Get the green out of pool-soaked blond hair

My towheads have turned into toads. My daughters’ hair, once so golden, has gone green from too many hours in the pool. And the standard stuff at Target and Walmart didn’t get the job done. ...

Covering the backyard in flames

Outdoor lights for that wild-party atmosphere

Summerfest at Kelly Manor will officially begin with a backyard dance party. We’re going to kick up the heels, down some sangria, and party. We’ve hired the band, sent out the Evites, and reserved a ...

Solutions for a dirty pool

Dialysis for the swimming pool

Swimming-pool water filtration instead of replacement could save you thousands.

Sun-protection lotions after skin cancer

Mercy for the skin

Once you’ve gone under the knife, your thoughts of the sun change. Last year, I lost a chunk of eyelid. Basal cell carcinoma. They didn’t get all of it the first time, so I had ...

Margarita mixer matchup

Taste-rating away the margarita mixes

‘If life gives you limes, make margaritas,” I sang, channeling my best Jimmy Buffett. “If life gives you hordes of guests, buy margarita mixes,” responded my man Patrick. We were in the midst of planning ...

Rescues in the surf zone

There are many ways to go about becoming a San Diego lifeguard.

Save a fortune on eyeliner

The worst enemies of permanent cosmetics exposed.

Hamster is a better idea than hamsters

The pet debate raged on in the Kelly home. On one side are the kids who ask for a dog every time they see one in a commercial. On the other side is my husband ...

The ups and downs of garage doors

"Darn it, Patrick, this is suburbia!” I complained. “I am not about to put barn doors on the shed in our front yard!” Patrick has been trying to cut costs — he’s already embarrassed to ...

Bringing out the butterflies

Turn your tomatoes and squash into butterflies and hummingbirds.

Car wash gone mobile

San Diego's best mobile auto-detailing companies

‘Shaggy and Scooby must be jealous,” Patrick said when Bernice pulled her bright yellow Dodge Sprinter down our driveway. The Sprinter has 12 seats, just like our Chevy Express, but it rides about two feet ...

St. Patrick's party prep

Póg mo thóin if you don’t like the music!

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and my Kelly hubby is heavy into party planning. “I bought green-striped thigh-high stockings [$4.99 at partycity.com] for you,” he announced, “and a little green top-hat hairband thingy [$9.99 ...

Cash for cars

Where ’94 Chevy Suburbans go when they die.

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