Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to You!


July 22nd happens to be the birthday of 3 of my favorite people ranging in age from 26 to 9. It would be great if I had a picture of all three of them together, you know, to make the blog extra exciting, but I'm not sure if all of them have been in the same room at the same time. Happy Birthday Shawn, Emilee, and Lindsee...

My baby sister, Lindsee is the big 2-1. She is fabulous! I actually remember when she was born... and I was happy to have another girl in the family. The older we get, the closer we get, and for that I'm thankful. She is amazing at doing hair, has a sensitive heart, loves life, and is blast to hang out with. I love you, Linds. May this be your best year yet!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A student again...

I'm not really sure what I'm thinking because I don't REALLY like school, but I just registered for classes today. Don't get me wrong, I love learning... just on my own terms... without structure... or stupid busywork assignments. Lately, the feeling of knowing there's something more has left me to do some soul searching. I really enjoy motivating others, and I enjoy learning about wellness so I'm looking to maybe combine the two. The wellness and nutrition aspects have come to mean so much to me personally that I think it would be awesome to share what I've learned with others...I've definitely not "arrived," but making baby steps for sure. I have a few pre-reqs to take before I can get into the meat of things... Here's what will be keeping me crazy busy this Fall:

*Anatomy & Physiology
*Survey of World Religions (DELIGHTFUL!)
*Intro to Psych
*Human Nutrition

Should be interesting... I'm sure I'll be kicking myself come October, but hopefully I'll be a little smarter.

P.S. 9 days since I had a Diet Coke... Still going strong. :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Home Sweet Home


I signed a one year lease for an apartment yesterday. A year seems like a long time to be committed to a place, but I think it will be good for me. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. It's really cute, and I'm sure it will be fun to decorate, and be able to have friends over. I think it'll be a good thing.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Working after vacation is no fun...

San Francisco was great. Seriously. Not working was great. Sleeping in was great. Eating whatever we wanted was great. Quality time was great. Loved it.

My flight left at 5:00 a.m. on Friday (the 4th). I do not recommend taking that flight. Ever. Too early for this girl. We met in the airport, spent a bit of time figuring out how to ride the BART, and lugged our suitcases through the streets of the busiest city I have ever been in...At the risk of sounding high maintenance, I'm not so much a fan of carrying my bags, but we weren't given a choice in the matter. It wasn't so much just carrying them, as trying to maneuver around sooo many people. Anyways, lucky for me, our first stop was the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. I'll take a massage, manicure, and pedicure in a big, comfy robe any day. We make "friends" everywhere we go. I like to think it's our infectious laughs that gets people... It feels like everyone turns and stares when we really get going... Maybe they find us annoying, but WE certainly think we're fabulous!

Later we checked into our hotel... after first being given a room that was already occupied... Not off to the greatest start. We ended up getting a room upgrade -- with two beds instead of one... Apparently, when I booked the hotel, I was trying to be budget friendly and save money by sharing a bed. The budget was definitely thrown out the door. I gave it an honest effort (something like that). The hotel didn't have air conditioning which is standard, I guess. Instead of mints on the pillow, we were given earplugs. I thought that was weird until I heard the lovely sound of screaming, and sirens all night long. We later discovered from our cab driver that, "the only place you're not safe at night in San Francisco is in the Tenderloin." "What's that?" "The homeless district." "Where's that?" Oh, basically right where we were staying. I never really felt unsafe, and we always practiced the buddy system. :) I didn't think it was a bad experience, and thankfully it was clean.

We missed the fireworks because apparently there are two giant bridges in San Francisco. Who knew? Yes, one is bright, can't miss it, blazing orange and one is white, but still. For the record, we were not the only ones at the wrong bridge... there were several hundred people in the same area as us, okay? Besides, I'd been up since 12:40 a.m. (SF time) so by that time I was ready for bed. It ended up not being a big deal in the end.

The rest of the story... in pictures.
Waiting for fireworks at the "golden gate bridge..."
At the gates of Chinatown...
Lunch at The Stinking Rose... This place literally uses 3000 pounds of garlic per month... DELIGHTFUL!!!
Awesome views...
On a cruise... lucky for me, I packed my boat shoes. :)
The REAL Golden Gate Bridge... It is unmistakably orange... We'll know for next time. :)

I have a secret love of sailboats... not sure why.

Alcatraz was WAY cool. Shannon and I decided that guided tours are the way to go...
The Aquarium at the Bay. I had really high expectations, but it wasn't that great.
Fisherman's Wharf...
We ate a lot of good food -- Clam Chowder and Sour Dough Bread, Calamari to my hearts content, sushi at Blowfish, fancy cheeses, and ice cream way too many times. Thanks to Shannon for throwing her gluten-free diet out the window for the weekend... It's much better eating bad-for-you food with someone else. :) Again, the budget was gone, and we had appetizers and desserts at most meals. Who knew you could break $100 on one sushi meal??? I know now.

All in all, the trip was awesome. We laughed a lot, ate a lot, and walked a lot. I'm lucky to have a best friend who will leave her husband for a couple days to go on vacation with me. We decided we need to take a trip together every year... next time: New York.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I heart Diet Coke

Yesterday, Shannon and I made a bet. We both love the DC... me probably a bit more, but still. We're trying to give it up 'cause we're convinced it's really not that good for us -- especially since I'd rather drink that than water. The first one to have a drink has to buy the other some Juicy jewelry. I have my eyes on a couple of things already...
Like this...
And this...
As much as I love the fizzy goodness, I love juicy even more. She is so going down!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Golden State

Seriously, I can't help it. I've got California on the brain. The theme song from the O.C. keeps going through my mind, and let's be real, no work is getting done. In my opinion, that state may be the happiest place on Earth.