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OITNB is back!

June 17, 2016

The wait is finally over, Orange is the New Black is back and I’ve already started it. I’m working from home today and started multitasking this afternoon to start the season. I’m one of them people who already knows what I’ll be doing this weekend. haha

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Have a great weekend!

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Happy Friday!

June 3, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend was Monday so it was a short work week. I work from home on Friday’s so I get to work in my “home clothes” all day. I’ll generally get dressed if I need to leave the house during lunch but mostly not. haha. That doesn’t mean I don’t work though, I’ve had some intense Fridays. This may be one of them but it’s the morning so the day is young… I did get up this morning to celebrate National Donut Day. This is actually not just a day made up by social media – it started in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers. I had no idea, but it’s a great excuse to eat donuts with the hubby. We went to the local shop down the street, nothing fancy – it’s very no frills so I got a maple bar because they didn’t have my fave glaze twists.

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That said, previously I was doing 5 Things Friday so to pick that up I’m sharing my 5 goals fo r this month.

  1. Study/Learn Spanish. Last week I made it a point to open my Duolingo app to learn Spanish everyday. It was a quick exercise but it felt good to stick to something all week so I plan to continue using Duolingo and taking it further by listening to Spanish podcasts everyday. I studied Spanish in high school but it didn’t stick. I remember some of it but it takes me a while to translate conversations and I can’t speak it in full sentences so I have a lot of work to do. I’d always told myself I’d learn it by 30 but I never was active about it so what’s better than the present?
  2. Sleep earlier. I’m a night owl no question about it. I have a hard time falling asleep early. I often stay up until 12:30 or 1 am on work nights (sometimes even later if i’m not sleepy), which makes it hard for me to get up in the morning. I don’t think I’ll ever be a morning person per se but I’ve read so much about the importance of sleep that I want to give it a go. If all goes well, my next goal will to get up early enough to workout before work…we’ll see how this goes first. One thing at a time. haha
  3. Finish a book (or three). I’m a book lover. I love reading and I’m a fan of owning books (I like the feel of them over ereaders). I have no real reason why I don’t read because I have the time. I just don’t make time for it. I picked up the Career Code by the WhoWhatWear girls so I really want to read that first and then see where that goes.
  4. Declutter. In May the plan was to declutter. I was on a mission and then I stopped. I need to donate, sell or toss out my stuff. I have yet to Spring clean and as I work towards minimalism, I really need to go through all my stuff and just edit the items I own. We have no plans this weekend, so I plan to tackle a chunk starting tomorrow.
  5. Cook. We eat out a lot. Way more than we should really. It’s a terrible habit that I chalk up to busy schedules and convenience. We’ve been needing to save more and I need a new car ASAP so this will really help me to save money and hopefully lose weight. I need to meal prep for work but also cook dinner so that we have leftovers for lunch. If we can eat out less, that would be such a success.

In general, my goals are a part of my focus on intentional living. With time flying by, I want to focus on really doing the things that make me happy with the people that make me happy and spending less time on the things that don’t. I guess my theme for 33 is “living an intentional life.”

Family Life Travel

Cliff House, Lands End & the Sutro Baths

June 3, 2016

After celebrating with my family in Lake Tahoe, on my actual birthday (April 27th), my husband took me to the City. I’d never been to Lands End and the Sutro Baths so I decided to have dinner at the Cliff House – the restaurant near the Sutro Baths overlooking the ocean. We both worked most of the day so we headed into the City by late afternoon. We had some time before our reservation so we made our way to the area so I could see Lands End and the Sutro Baths. I’d been to Ocean Beach before, I’ve just never explored Lands End or seen the Sutro Baths so we made sure to explore some when we first arrived. We parked near Ocean Beach, I love everything about the ocean so I had to get a picture in front of the water even though it was mad windy. Then we started to be tourists and site see.

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After being in awe of the beauty and being wind swept by the major wind we headed into the Cliff House for a drink before dinner. Had to get an obligatory restaurant photo.

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I’m one of those people who takes pictures of the food so here are my must have pics of my drink and meal. It was tasty. I would say you mostly come for the view but the food was good so bonus for us. It’s on the pricey side so unless you are a baller, I would say come here for a special occasion.

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and the sunset…so beautiful

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Following dinner I didn’t want to just go home so we stopped for dessert at Sixth Course in the Mission. I have a huge sweet tooth so I was super stoked by the cool offerings they had. The portions are small but it was a good experience and the treats were yummy. I wouldn’t recommend this place all the time but I would say try it once. They change their items all the time but I tried a mini ice cream with Cap n Crunch (I love cereal on desserts haha) and an alcohol infused dessert. I enjoyed both.

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I had an excellent time spending my birthday with my husband. I can always count on him to help me experience new things. There is still so much of the Bay Area, California and the World left for us to explore and I’m so happy I get to do it with him. I’m excited for what 33 will bring.

 

 

Family Life Travel

Keep Tahoe Blue

June 2, 2016

This post is way past due but I didn’t want to miss sharing the beauty that is Lake Tahoe. We’ve been in a drought for far too long and I lived in SoCal for 10+ years so I hardly ever visited the snow. Since this year there was much more rain and snow I planned a trip to the snow for my birthday before it went away. I hate to make things super complicated so we booked our timeshare and it was just my mom, sister, nephew and husband. We didn’t have anything planned. I wanted to ride the Gondola up to Heavenly and ride a sled but those were a bust – both were closed BUT I enjoyed spending quality time with my loved ones and that is what counts.

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Our timeshare was on the Nevada side up on the hill so we got lucky with a great view of the lake. It really made up for the fact that the Gondola was closed.

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…and I got to see Matix experience snow for the first time. He didn’t love it but it was super cute.

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We had fun conversations over drinks and I got to see the lake up close. Overall as low key as it was, we had a great time just being in Tahoe together.

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It was a success. Tahoe is such a beautiful place. I’m glad we were able to make this trip happen. I’m with everyone else we need to Keep Tahoe Blue. It’s too pretty to mess that up…

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