Scott Marks 3:09 p.m., June 23
Stories by Eve Kelly
Make like Charlie Brown
“The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed over 2000 pounds.”
Galas are sweet, Jonagolds are a little tart, and Grannies are really tart
It's not a bit like fall, but pick apples and pretend.
Hire someone to get up in your grill
"At least half of the barbecues I work on have rodent droppings where the burners are, and/or nests, and/or actual rodents inside. People are cooking rodent droppings along with their food. "
Advice about over-the-shoulder boulder-holders
“No matter what gravity does to your boobs, I don’t think you’ll ever go to Walmart with them tucked into your pants.”
“A full sandwich is pretty big, three inches high and six inches across.”
Summer has the Kellys exploring the boom in gourmet ice cream sandwiches. “We are baking cookies all day long, so that we can serve you the absolutely freshest, warmest cookie for your custom ice cream ...
Summer of Love. That’s what my hubby Patrick is calling it. We’ve been invited to eight weddings of friends and family. Eight. Love is in the air. But my poor hair, it’s not feeling the ...
Date night gets cooking
“Our ‘Endless Main Course Salads’ class contains a solid hour of knifing skills.”
“What’s not to like?” I asked. “The $215 an hour,” my daughter answered.
Father’s Day. Didn’t we just celebrate 2014’s? That’s how I felt as my daughter and I discussed some options over cappucini and a quattro stagioni (four seasons) wood-fired pizza last week at Caffé Calabria in ...
“Because the lye is a caustic chemical, the class starts with a lecture on safety.”
My oldest daughter has been thinking artisan ever since buying handmade coconut-milk soap at a farmers’ market. “Every time I use it,” she says, “I think, I could do this.” Besides soapmaking tools and ingredients, ...
Door decal features Abe rocking Wayfarer sunglasses with “Original Hipster” written below
Celebrate Memorial Day like a Lincoln.
“The real magic is that your taste buds change during the cleanse.”
“A juice cleanse is when you drink only juice for some period of time, typically three days,” said Hanna Gregor, owner of OH! Juice in Downtown (619-760-1292; ohjuicecleanse.com). “It gives your digestive tract a break, ...
San Diego's best spots to jump for joy ... and exercise
“We turn off the main lights and turn on black lights, party lights, and fog machines.”
Well-spent screen time
“Point your device at the sky and it will tell you what you see.”
Mobile fire-safety service to the rescue
“We teach people the PASS method, which stands for pull the pin, aim, squeeze, and sweep.”
A mani-pedi for Easter? Why the heck not?
“I am hoping the Easter bunny brings me new lingerie, chocolate, coffee, tickets to concerts, and housecleaners, all in that order.”
Get totalled this St. Patrick’s while a sober driver takes the wheel
“We are a charity that educates people about planning when going out with groups of friends.”
“Juicy brightness dapples your palate like light filtering through a poppy parasol.”
Put the boredom on ice
“Word has it that the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa is the ‘it’ spot for tweens and teens on Friday nights.”
The school offers a stationary carpeted slope and a revolving carpet to help practice skills off the snow.
When baby fat isn’t baby fat
“We made butternut squash mac ’n’ cheese, with squash substituting for cream. The kids were blown away.”
New Year’s Eve festivities in the Kelly home bounce between ringing in the year at private house parties to lounging at home with appetizers, drinks, and movies. “We’ve never done the Downtown NYE party scene, ...
From succulents to air plants, living holiday wreaths grow on you.
“There’s an ocean-themed wreath that uses starfish instead of poinsettias. It looks very cool.”
Annual high point for inner lumberjacks
You can choose and cut your own tree, or if you are not feeling your inner lumberjack, the farm will cut your tree for you.
Well-traveled stuffers Solana Beach This shop is a bargain-hunter’s paradise amid the fun (but pricey) shops of the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Stocking stuffers galore, and all with a touch of thoughtfulness ...
I have joined the clumsy throng: I have cracked my iPhone screen. “I got into this by learning to fix my own phone,” said Dakota Claussen of Quick Fix Tech Repair downtown (619-702-8071; quickfixtechrepair.com). “Then ...
“I’m a fan of subtle home decorating for the holidays,” offered pal Nancy. “Just not into plastic pilgrims and strobe-lit pumpkins. Thanksgiving in our home is pumpkins hollowed out and filled with succulents, tall clear ...
“I might make a lasagna that uses vegetables instead of pasta noodles.”
Tough judgment at the gummy bear taste-test table.
“Gummy bears have a magical light-capturing quality to them that makes people smile.”
“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, ...
“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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
“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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
Congratulations on graduation — now get a job.
“My parents wanted me to travel to Europe after my college graduation, expand my horizons.”
“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.”
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 ...
“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 ...
“Each piercing needs to be its own special moment in your life.”
Are your piercings medical-implant grade?
Skin care for mummy.
“It depends on where the itch is and the age of the person.”
Way beyond animal rights.
“We have seven office dogs that eat the treats and play with toys all day.”
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 ...
The Bootylicious shoot is popular.
“Curves are in, and I am going to work on making those curves look delicious.”
“The park offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown skyscrapers, planes lifting off from the airport, Mission Bay, the ocean...”
“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).
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,” ...