I’ve been blessed with many many good days since I took a hiatus from this lovely blog. I’d like to say I’m sorry for neglecting you all, but honestly, I’m not. I’ve had some seriously good times this spring and summer, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Don’t believe that kind of fun is possible? Well, here are my last 5 1/2 months in photos, you can judge for yourself…
I finally got my new tattoo done. I designed this while my dad was going through chemo. 5 1/2 hours of work, and it’s not quite finished.
Had a delicious breakfast date….with the most delicious banana french toast, EVER.
Seriously, if you’re ever in San Diego you need to have this french toast at Perry’s Cafe. Trust me.
Dinner date that ended at my absolute favorite place for dessert….Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy (San Diego). You have to try this place too if you’re ever in town.
Road tripped up to the Bay Area with my besties to see my little brother play LaCrosse in the Sonoma State Shootout. The Seattle Starz took the championship, and my brother even won his All Star game! He is an amazing person. I can’t say enough how proud I am of him. Can’t believe he’s only 14!
Since we were in the area…we swung by and saw the old Golden Gate for a bit.
It was pretty chilly out there by the Frisco Bay. Definitely should have brought sweatpants.
And since we were already that far north of home, we figured we’d spend a couple of days in Yosemite National Park. But not before passing by the windmill farms and taking a tour of the Jelly Belly factory.
Did you know that the blueberry Jelly Belly flavor was invented for President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981? True story.
Once we got to Yosemite, we did some hikin’ n swimmin’. This place is seriously gorgeous. I wish this was what people thought of when they think of my beautiful state of California.
Takin’ a dip in the river was exactly what we needed after all that hiking. It was so relaxing and peaceful.
I flew out to Salt Lake City to meet up with my best friends. We really squeezed a lot of livin’ into that week and a half!
Visited the Hogle Zoo. I’d never seen a Bald Eagle so close before, so beautiful.
Visited Cabela’s for the very first time. This place is so frickin’ cool if you love outdoorsy stuff, which I do. Guns, fishin’, campin, hikin, climbin’…it’s all here!!!
Visited Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake. I’m not Mormon, but I think anyone can appreciate the beauty of this architecture.
We also did a little self tour of the state of Utah’s capital building.
I spent some time at the beach, skimmin’…trying to anyway.
Okay, I went to the beach a couple of times…
What can I say, I’m a California girl.
Even my pup likes the beach.
Me and my friends spent a little time in Old Town San Diego to have the best Mexican breakfast around at Coyote Cantina (Chilaquiles with fresh handmade flour tortillas) aaaand did a little goofing around….
We are silly gooses.
I finally saw the Hoover Dam for the first time. What a sight! This new bridge they’ve built is impressive…and the heat out there was oppressive.
I moved out of my apartment….and after pitching a fit, I got my whole deposit back. Thank you.
Watched my Padres play his Astros at Petco Park.
I went to Big Bear and learned how to ski with my big sister and my little Chickin Nuggit. (That’s my niece’s nick name)
Took a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico with my mommy.
Couple of strawberry sodas, couple of beers…
And one of my all time favorite meals ever. Birria de Chivo. Basically a slow cooked dish made with goat. It sounds gross, and doesn’t look much more appetizing, but let me tell you, eating it makes my heart smile…especially with homemade corn tortillas and quesadillas.
Oh, and then there’s the paletas (Mexican popsicles)…those made our mouths smile too.
Speaking of hearts smiling, I got to see my other best friend tie the knot. It was a beautiful ceremony. I think this was the first time I actually cried at a wedding. I’m so happy for them both.
This is me and the newlyweds.
And me n my buddy Nick-o-Lah.
We celebrated my mommy’s birthday.
And I made some fabulous cupcakes for the occasion.
Thanks to my mommy, we got tickets to see Dwight Yoakam. We got a little crowd to do the electric slide with us when he played Faster than You. We had an amazing time!
Visited the San Diego Wild Animal Park…or I guess they’re calling it the Safari Park now. Either way, I’ve never seen such awesome views of lions, ever. We even got to see a cheetah do the 100 yard dash up close.
I finally got some really old film developed. This one was from Halloween a couple of years ago. Incidentally, I was a little concerned about developing this roll because I don’t remember a good chunk of that night…
Oh yeah…we moved to Texas.
I’ll probably write a little more about this particular event a bit later. For now, let’s just say it’s humid.
One thing I don’t have pictures of is my 10 year high school reunion. We made it back to California for that a week and a half ago, and it went much better than I was expecting. So that was good. Again, more on this later.
Last but not least….I’ve done some work for the next Makin’ It Monday. Here’s a sneak peak!!
I’ve been taking life one day at a time, trying my best to take advantage of every opportunity sent my way. I have to say, I’m fortunate for my friends, without them, most of these trips may not have been possible. I am also fortunate to have a hunger for adventure. Sure there are every day responsibilities to tend to. The bills need to be paid, the housework and laundry needs to be done, the pup must be fed, sure. But why did I spend so much time waiting around for the right time to take trips and little adventures? Why could I not see that tomorrow isn’t a better day to put a smile on my face? The answer is: I didn’t make it a priority. I wished for happiness and adventure and spontaneity, but did nothing about it…like it was just going to fall into my lap. Silly goose. If you want something, get after it! You get one life, that’s it. There’s no do-overs or rewind buttons. If you’re unhappy, then change something because you are the only thing standing between the life you live, and the life you want to live.
I didn’t write this post to brag about all the cool stuff that I got to do this past spring and summer. I’m writing this post to inspire you. There is a little bit of extraordinary in our every day lives, it’s a matter of how you look at it. I am writing this post to point out to you, my wonderful readers that a lot of living can be done without being a millionaire. Sure, it requires a bit more creativity and imagination…maybe even a bit of compromising. But it can be done. So stop sitting at home, blaming the fact that there’s too much laundry to do, or the dishes are dirty or the baby needs a bath to be able to go have a picnic or something. Just start living. It’s as simple as that.
PS If you’re the kind of person that can only be pleased with a first class flight to Paris and staying in a ritzy hotel, this post isn’t going to help you, sorry, Charlie.