SF Weekend

Monday, July 14, 2014

I was able to spend Friday night in SF with a few of my close girlfriends to celebrate Chelsea's birthday. It was so nice to be back and to spend time with these girls. Living a little farther away has put a damper on our weekly girls' dinner/drinks date and I try and make it to Walnut Creek or SF as often as possible to see them (which is still fairly often, I might add). 
We started off the night with dinner in Lafayette with Chels' family at a great little Mexican place. After dinner, the three of us headed to SF to meet up with the rest of the group.

Chelsea wanted to try the Tonga Room which is a famous SF spot in the Fairmont Hotel. It is a very interesting bar/restaurant that was much different than what we expected. Tisa and I were just excited that they had punch bowls. The straw situation was a little awkward, but we made it work. 

I'm so glad that we got to celebrate Chelsea's birthday together and I need to make more of an effort to get together with them more often. 

4th of July in pictures

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mondays after a long holiday weekend are the worst- especially Mondays where you have to get up at 5am for bootcamp. There is something painful about embarking on another long work week after having several day off. 
I managed to beat the traffic coming home from Tahoe yesterday which was a relief. I haven't seen Tahoe that crowded in years, but I wouldn't have wanted to spend the 4th of July anywhere else. 
We spent most of the weekend at the beach and sitting on the deck with a glass of wine and a blanket, laughing and talking and enjoying being able to actually see the stars every night. 
My brother's girlfriend was up with us and her sister joined us one night as well. 
No resemblance, right?
 
Sydney and I managed to get in a good hike while everyone else spent the morning golfing. I always forget about the altitude until I'm dying halfway through the hike. All the more reason to stop for a picture (ok, ok, a selfie. There was no one else around).
 
After dinner on Friday, we walked down to Chambers for a drink and to watch the fireworks. The bar had closed, so we were out of luck there, but it was still great to be on the lake to see the sunset and the fireworks. The show is never spectacular, and every year seems to get a little less exciting, but we still have to do it. 
 
And the first family selfie...


Go Go Go

Monday, June 30, 2014

I got home late last night from a trip that started with a week in Portland for work and ended with a wonderfully relaxing weekend in LA with one of my best friends doing nothing and everything. It was perfect and simple and fun. 
Life lately seems like it has been nonstop. I haven't even really had a weekend at home and have been traveling either for work or for fun for the last several weeks. 
Chantal and I did a lot of laying by the pool with a cold beer, laying on the beach, eating, talking, sleeping and hanging out. After a pretty emotionally taxing few weeks, it was exactly what I needed. I love weekends where there isn't pressure to do a bunch of things or stick to a packed schedule. It was perfect after an exhausting week of being in Portland, where it rained just about the entire time. It is times like that where I am extremely grateful for our warm summers that promise sunny days most of the time. 




Vegas

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This past weekend, my best friend and I took a little girls' weekend getaway to Las Vegas. We weren't planning on going hard, nothing like the movies  that you see. No, see, we are more of the lay by the pool, sip on a mojito and read our books, pair. 
We don't really do the clubs and after spending a few days around some of the youngest 21 year old girls I've seen in a very long time, it was kind of a sad realization that we are getting too old and too classy for Vegas. 
In fact, the second night, we went back to the room after dinner and got in bed in our fuzzy robes and watched TV together. It was absolutely perfect and relaxing, which was our intention for the trip in the first place. 
Maybe I'm just getting old, maybe I've outgrown the "fun" that is getting crazy in Vegas or maybe I just wasn't feeling it this time, since I've had quite a few things on my mind as of late, but needless to say, I think we got the "Vegas" thing out of our system for a very long time. 
Next time we will think about trying Palm Springs or somewhere where everyone else is on the same page as far as acceptable attire. 
Selfies are mandatory when there are only 2 of you.


It's Friday, It's Friday

Friday, May 30, 2014

This week has been creeping by and now that Friday is finally upon us, I can't help but get a little unproductive this afternoon and look forward to the weekend. 
I'm off to Portland on Sunday morning for work next week and I'm looking forward to it. 
After that? Vegas. 
Definitely looking forward to a relaxing/crazy/fun weekend with my best friend. If I've ever needed a little break from reality, now is the time. 

there is a random water reservoir near my parents' house and these goats are here to clear the brush. this is a new project that the city is trying out. let's just say it has caused a lot of traffic. obviously i'm guilty too, having taken this picture, but i just can't help it... they are so cute! they are guarded by 2 yellow labs who had no interest in the onlookers.

Some fun things around the net this week:

1. What those work e-mails really mean...
2. I think we are all anxiously awaiting Orange Is The New Black
3. Kids are so wise sometimes- The Kid President - 20 Things We Should Say More Often
4. The best, softest workout tank ever
5. I just can't get on the Soul Cycle wagon- here is what you should know about your first class
6. For you cyclists out there- Cool new gadgets for your bike
7. Some tips for giving a speech at a wedding... don't get too crazy
8. Fancy panties... I've always wanted something from La Perla
9.Don't these photos give you the travel bug?

I hope you have a great weekend!


Picking a Sofa

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shopping for a sofa is serious business. What is the best color? Should you pick something funky or really neutral? Is leather a good idea? Will the sofa be too big/small for your space? 
When I was living in San Francisco, I had quite the time choosing and purchasing a sofa. Once I finally found "the one" from Crate and Barrel, I was devastated to find that it wouldn't fit through the door and I'd have to cancel my beautiful sleeper sofa that would have been just perfect.
Once I finally got over my little pity party for one, I shopped around and found a great sofa that fit well into the apartment. It wasn't too big, wasn't too small and was comfortable enough to put up with for a few years. I know this soft isn't perfect for keeping around for 20 years, and it won't go through kids and dogs, but for now, for my single girl life and my little apartment, it still works well. 
I know that making a big purchase can be a little stressful and there are so many decisions that go into it. Money is always a deciding factor and you want the best quality for your budget. 
I've picked out a few sofas from different stores that are all great options, ranging from inexpensive to a little more expensive. Apartment living doesn't have to mean bad design and ugly, mismatched furniture. 
These 2 options from World Market are the least expensive. I personally chose the 3 seat sofa (left) and it is comfortable and has held up very well. Both are great options for smaller spaces. 
 
These 2 West Elm sofas are functional, aesthetically pleasing and neutral. The 2 different size options are great for a small apartment or a living room with a little more space. 
These 2 sofas are from Crate and Barrel, and while on the higher end of the budget, they are known for their excellent quality and neutral, modern design. The size is great for smaller spaces as well.
Shopping for a new sofa doesn't have to be a chore. These are a few of my favorite choices, but there are so many great options. Keep your eye out for sales!

Fresh Start, Fresh Blog Design

Friday, May 23, 2014

There is something about starting over, with virtually everything, that has such a calming and happy effect on me. I have a new apartment, in a new place (well, new after several years of being gone) and a new outlook on everything. I'm finally starting to feel like myself again. Things are good over here.

Since everything seems to changing, I figured this little blog needed a makeover too. 
Out with the old, in with the clean, white design. 

I'm off to Tahoe this weekend. If you need me, you can find me at the beach with a beer and a book. Hope you all have a lovely long weekend.