Monday, September 5, 2016

Marriage Advice

Since I've been married approximately two years and a half, I am TOTALLY qualified to dish out some advice. Right? I've seen a lot on the blogosphere about how to know when you've found the right one and then how to keep him once youve got the wedding bliss over, but -honestly- most of the advice is crap. Write him notes on the mirror? I have to clean that ish up later! Never ride in a car alone with a member of the opposite sex? Sounds trusting.... 

BLECH. Let's focus on the first part. Knowing when you've found the right one. 

Ya know how I really KNEW? Sure, this guy was handsome, funny, charming, brilliant, warm, caring and matched my sense of humor. But, I KNEW Mike was the one because I always wanted to share what I was doing with him. "Girl Time" or "Me Time" just wasn't as fun as doing something WITH him. Then, we went on vacation together and it was just..easy. I want to sit next to him on the couch while we watch TV, I want to explore every nook and cranny of this world with him, I want to go buy groceries and laundry detergent, etc. Don't get it twisted, I like going to Target by myself, and I love my salon trips and hours to myself. I'm not dependent on him, but i dont crave that time away. Make sense?

I know it's cliche but I 100% feel like I married my best friend. When things are good, I want Mike around. When things are bad, I want Mike around. When things are scary or tough - I want Mike around and I know we'll be fine because we have each other. 

All photos by Megan Clouse Photography. Isn't she just amaaze?

Monday, January 4, 2016

I'm not sure it's a good thing to be Unicorn Tears

Today is arguably the worst day of the year. We've all been on vacation for a nice long break, and now we all have to trudge back in there and pretend we don't do it begrudgingly. Just me? I'm the only one who'll be moving a little slower this morning? Sure. Ok. Fine. You lie, but I'll take the fall. 

I fully believe in the work to live lifestyle. I haven't always fully ACTED on that belief it as I spent most of 2015 living to work - putting in way to many hours, eating crap food, and barely ever working out. My eyebrow fell out (something very weird that happens when Im too stressed), my skin started to hate me, I gained more weight than ever and just stopped enjoying life. I did get a 5/5 on my performance review. Those are given to the top 1/2% of the company but my boss told me when I received it "I didn't even know these existed til now!" and spent the rest of the month refering to me as unicorn tears. Because Unicorns are rare, but unicorn tears are super rare. Was it worth it? I dunno. I can't really say so? Yeah, I got a nice bonus and I enjoyed getting a raise but I missed my husband. I miss cooking, blogging, spontaneity and weekends.  I miss going on adventures on the weekend because we're both to tired for anything but catching up on the house and sleeping. I really wanna end that. 

I want 2016 to be the year that I get my "life" back. How? By actively coming into this space more. By traveling/seeing MORE (I'm looking at you West Coast Bucket List). By taking care of myself more. 


Monday, October 26, 2015


Do you get to call it a weekend if you don't really do anything instagram worthy?
I dunno....

Friday night we watched Netflix and chilled..cuz duh. 
Saturday we spent hours on the phone with Samsung, ATT, DirectTV and Sirius..cuz ugh
Saturday afternoon/night we went to the Stanford Homecoming Game, which was SO much fun. We went with my coworker, her husband and brother and had a great time. 

Sunday we watched football, went errand running and generally chilled. 
Like I said, does it count as a weekend?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Traveling itch

I got this world map for Mike for our first wedding anniversary (paper!). Now before we talk about how that means we've been married for over a year, let's talk about wanderlust. Mike and I have been all over the place, and I'm itching to plan something new.  We're headed back to Asheville/NYC over Thanksgiving week but I think it's time to plan somewhere new. The question, is where?

We took a Cruise with Mike's folks and I really enojoyed it. I'm not a huge beach person though, but an ALASKA cruise.. well, that could be awesome. 
or Portland?
or somewhere outside the US - on a safari?

What's that? You're only still reading for pictures from the travels we've already taken?
Why haven't I blogged about these? OKOK. Got it. 
Sydney, Australia on the Harbor Bridge

Iao Needle, Hawaii

Harry Potter Studio Tour, UK
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Somewhere in the Atlantic, Bahamas-ish

San Diego

Monday, October 19, 2015

Weekend Wrapup

I love when weekends start early, dont you?

David and Susan were in town this week, having driven from Las Vegas to LA and then up Hwy 1 to get to us, so Mike and I took off early on Thursday to meet up with them and go to dinner (and watch the Mets game)

Friday after brunch, we went to the Winchester Mystery House. Built by the crazy heir to the Winchester rifle fourtune, it's an absolute mess of a house - and what happens when you dont stop building for decades and have an unlimited source of money. If you're in San Jose, it's worth the hour tour just because its so..odd Our tour guide Tristan was...uhm...animated ;)  

Because it was such a gorgeous day, the four of us went across the street to Santana Row. Mike and David had fun in the Tesla store (see below) and we all enjoyed meandering through the California weather on a friday afternoon.

We had dinner on Friday night at Rok, which I've blogged about here. It's always a fun place to go if you want to work a bit for your steak ;) Also, fondue is fantastic. If you go - get the smores for desert. 

Saturday was spent brunching and watching football (and the mets). Shiva enjoyed having her grandparents around - that's for sure. I mean, who doesnt love some extra cuddles and spoiling. 

Sunday, as it should be, is a day of rest. Getting ready for the week while watching (what else) football and the mets. I just have one last pic for you. Mike is an animal magnet. I swear all three of them would follow him off the planet. Yes, Shiva looks sad - Mike was petting Oi and not her!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Weekend Recap

So maybe this weekend has been the best for revamping ye olde blog, considering all I've done is clean and chill but LAST WEEKEND was totally worth revisiting. 
On Friday, I went back over to Bigsby House where Pualani made my hair all gorge and red again. 

Saturday we went up to on Oakland for the Athletics game. The pictures speak for themselves and yes, you really DO see Darth Vader and a little baby Chewbacca. It was Star Wars night! Mike grabbed one of the R2D2 A's beanies and we stayed afterwards to watch the fireworks. The A's lost, but, hey - ya can't beat baseball in the summer.



Sunday, we had to go take my car to get serviced - so we bumbled around and found Niles, California. It's the cutest little old railroad town. It has a small mainstreet with an amazing brunch spot called The Vine. While we waited for our table, we walked around the town. We stumbled onto the Railway Museum (only open on Sunday) and some gorgeous tile work and old buildings before amazing breakfast nachos. Eventually, the car got fixed and errands had to be run. But, yeah..Cali has some nice little spots if you stumble onto em. 


Monday, August 31, 2015


Is this thing on?

Does anyone still actually pay attention to this spot? I miss it. I miss blogging. I enjoyed the bit of my life thats extensively chronicled, and I keep meaning to start over but it just seems so daunting. I open up this blank white page and get tootallly overwhelmed by the blank white staring back at me. Do I even have a voice anymore? Does anyone want to listen? Do I care if I'm the only one who enjoys it?
I liked feeling like ther ewas a little community of bloggers. I cared about their lives and their weekends and while I've been reading constantly (just creeping and never commenting) it seems like 2/3 of the posts I see are trying to sell something (like..really 28yr old who posted about incontinence pads? seriously? unsubscribe) and I guess it gave me a nice excuse to never log back in.  

Maybe I'll give it another go. No promises. 
We all know i've promised to come back like a BILLION times and never did. 

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