Family Weekend in Santa Cruz

Are you guys busy getting ready for Halloween this weekend? I feel like it really snuck up on me this year, I’m just spending the night with my roommates and friends for some board games in costumes (we’re all dressing up as different Rick’s and Morty’s from “Rick and Morty”). I didn’t go to any Halloween parties this year, because my parents flew out from Colorado to visit.

We drove down to Santa Cruz, CA and spent a fun and relaxing 3-day weekend in the surf and sand. I think we got really lucky with the weather, because it was in the upper 60’s and 70’s with sun while we were there. We spent our time eating good food, walking around a few towns, and sitting in the sand. It was the best! Here are some pictures from our weekend:

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We stayed in an Airbnb about a mile from Capitola Village, which is one of my favorite Santa Cruz beaches. There’s always a lot to do and see in the village; you can walk along the beach, watch the surfers ride the waves, stroll around the town, and grab a bite to eat. The crowd seems to be very family friendly, too, so it’d be a good place to take kiddos.

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My favorite little beach-side shop to eat is Beach Break by Mariannes in Capitola – they have amazing fries. I got the fried chicken sandwich with sriracha-mayo, but the burgers are great, too. I always take pictures of my food, my parents think I’m ridiculous. But how else will I remember the great meals? Duh.

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My parents are seriously the best. I’m so grateful that we have such a close family and good relationship, I know a lot of people don’t have that with their families. Anyway. I’m just glad to have them in my life.

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The first day, we drove down to Pajaro Dunes area, exploring. The beach ended up being too cold and windy that day, but we stopped at a farm stand and picked up these INCREDIBLE berries. I am not kidding, these strawberries were the BEST I’ve ever had. I’m not sure I can even eat a normal strawberry again. Kidding, but they really were that good.

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On our second morning, we walked around the Santa Cruz beach harbor in the fog. The guy who took this picture at the lighthouse for us said “do something exciting,” and apparently I thought that meant sticking my arm out. Haha.

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We loved spending time at Main Beach and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. My favorite part is the wharf, because they have all these little cut-outs where you can peek down under the pier and see sea lions! We must have seen 100’s of them over the weekend. We kept going back for more, haha. My family really loves animals. Sea lions are so fun to watch, they keep climbing on top of each other to get the best napping spot.

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We grabbed street tacos at a little dive just up the street from the wharf. You just can’t go to the beach without getting tacos, am I right? The shredded chicken taco was SO GOOD, you guys. I wish I remembered what the little restaurant was called…I do remember it was green! Anybody know?

Anyway, I loved spending the weekend at the beach with my parents. I’m so glad they were able to fly out and visit me, especially because it’s pretty rare I get to see them these days! Such a good time.

xo

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A Day in Santa Cruz, CA!

A lot has happened this summer, so lets play a quick round of catch-up before I share some fun photos from a recent day in Santa Cruz.

I visited home (Colorado) over July 4th weekend, and it was SO GOOD, you guys. Spent so much time with my parents and brother, and my grandma. I even got to see my cousins! I love my family so much, and it was such a nice little trip. My cat kind of ignored me the whole time, but you know how cats are.

I turned 25 (omg, how!?) and spent my birthday moving into a new room. I’m settling in, loving my new room and my new housemates. This year is going to be a good one, I can tell.

I started a new workout routine…I’m waking up at 5am to go to the gym 3 mornings a week now. It’s…new. I don’t enjoy getting up that early, but once I’m at the gym, it doesn’t seem that bad. And I’m finding I feel a little more energized on those mornings! So we’ll see how long it lasts. I’m trying!

Aaaaannnd…that’s pretty much it. Oh, I’ve had a disappointing turn of events — I think I mentioned I was planning a trip to Paris, France, with my family for the fall. I am not able to go on the trip, so been feeling a little bummed about that…but I’m trying to stay positive and putting my efforts into thinking about a spring destination. Any suggestions? I’m thinking somewhere in Spain or the Mediterranean region?

And now, some photos from Santa Cruz! When my dad was in town helping me move to my new place, we went to Santa Cruz for a day of relaxation at the beach. The morning was really foggy, but we stopped at the Harbor for a couple hours to walk and look at the boats, and it gave me all the feels. We even saw some dolphins off shore!

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And this little dingy was called “The Eloise” so of course I had to take a picture, since my cat is named Elouise (and yes, I know it’s spelled incorrectly).

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We drove up to Capitola village and hung out on the beach for a few hours. We grabbed these delicious burgers at the ice cream shop right off the beach (SO GOOD), saw a seal in the shallows, and walked on the pier.

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We love you, Santa Cruz! Looking forwards to spending more time at the beach soon.

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

xo

A Visit from my Parents

Hey, internet world! Happy May, how the heck did we get here already?

As you may have seen, I’ve been taking a break from blogging (and many of my typical hobbies, actually) because I’ve been needing to focus on work and my work/life balance…which is continuing. It’s a work in process. Happily, I seem to be getting a little better at balancing the work part and taking some breaks, which is helpful.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos from when my parents visited me last week. They flew in from Colorado last Wednesday, and of course I managed to get really *really* sick on Wednesday (I could barely swallow water because my throat was so sore and swollen). So I ended up spending Thursday and Friday in bed sleeping while my parents entertained themselves. Just my luck, am I right? Luckily I felt well enough on Saturday to take a drive with them up to the North Bay area.

We tried to drive to Muir Woods, an idea I now realize was insane on a summery Saturday. It took a crazy long time to drive up there with the traffic, and there wasn’t even any parking when we arrived. Yikes, Bay Area. That’s the one thing I’m not loving about you, the crowds and the traffic. It seems hard to get away from all of that hustle-bustle business. Anyway, we managed to get a parking spot at Muir Beach and ended up just admiring the ocean for a while before lunch. The ocean is definitely my happy place, I think I could live next to it and never tire of it.

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After that, we drove to Sausalito and enjoyed a brief walk around the town and looked at all the cool boats. That town was also pretty hustle-bustle on the day we were there, but it seemed like a fun place. Definitely more boutiques and fancy little cafes and bistros than dives and hole-in-the-wall places, but it was pretty to drive up that huge hill through the neighborhood and get to see such an amazing view!

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On our way back to the East Bay, we drove over the Golden Gate bridge, which was really worth it. It was beautiful! I’d actually like to walk or bike over the bridge this summer, but we’ll see if I get to it this year. San Francisco is really the coolest city, I wish I lived a little closer to it!

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It was so nice to see my parents, and get to spend a little time with them last week. I’m still really happy about my decision to move to California, but I do miss my family and Colorado. Hoping to see my parents again soon!

xo

 

Life Lately (and an apology)

Hey, there, and happy April! First things first, I want to honestly apologize for my lack of presence here on the blog the last couple of months. I’ve been trying to survive at work, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve realized I haven’t been taking good care of myself. So I may not be posting too much in the next couple of months, while I try to get myself back on track! I think, sometimes you just have to take some time off and get a breath of fresh air.

Anyway, this weekend I headed over to a local park for a short hike, and I snapped a couple photos. The pictures just don’t do this view justice, I swear it is even prettier in person. California sure is nice!

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Just look at these wildflowers, I mean!!!

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I always feel like getting out in the fresh air recharges me, it really refreshes my soul. It sounds weird but I always feel so much better when I get out.

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xo

 

My Life in California

Happy weekend, guys! I’m finally feeling like myself again after a doozy of a cold last week, I hope none of you get it. Tis the season, right? I’m sitting here, sipping on my first cup of coffee in a week (I KNOW HOW THE HECK AM I STILL ALIVE?) and I realized I haven’t given any blog updates on how things have been going since the big move. So while this happy caffeine buzz lasts, I want to share a little about what I’ve been up to since moving to California about a month ago!

The San Francisco Bay Area sure is beautiful. I’m in love with the green hills all around, the palm trees that line some of the streets, and the views of the bay. I live in the East Bay, and so far I love it. To be fair, I do miss home (Colorado will always be my “home”)…but it’s helped that the winter here is so mild. People have been complaining about the 40s and 50s here, and I’m just happy I don’t need a winter jacket.

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I bought this pretty little plant baby, and I love her so!

I’ve been settling in to my new job, and it’s very fulfilling and challenging. My coworkers rock, I’m slowly building up to a full caseload, and I’m learning so SO so much. It’s hard, pretty much all the time I feel like I’m flailing, but I know I’m where I’m supposed to be right now. It’s so good, to finally be working and actually loving what I’m doing, and I’m really grateful for it.

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One of my coworkers brought back these amazing Harry Potter enamel pins from Universal Studios. See? I fit in so well with these people!

I’m back to ballet again, I found a great studio in the Bay Area that offers tons of adult classes. It’s pretty intense–a lot of local professional dancers take the class, and everyone is amazing, but it’s been so cool to be in class with such talented artistic people. I love watching them in class and trying to imitate their artistry (and failing miserably, of course). Ballet just fills my soul with joy!

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My daily mantra…and my coffee vessel of choice

Weekends have mostly been spent relaxing, studying, and exploring the area slowly. I don’t really have friends here yet (other than my coworkers), so it’s been a little weird and lonely at times…but I know I’ll meet great people eventually! I think it just takes time to really integrate yourself into a new community and get out there and actually meet people. It’s something that can be sort of challenging for me, because I’m definitely an introverted person. It takes me a little while to warm up to new people and really be myself. So I’m trying to really push myself in that area. Work in progress, right?

I’m still trying to find a good balance of how I spend my time…right now I’m learning so much and having to study in a lot of my free time, so I haven’t had as much time to participate in my hobbies as I’d like. I’m trying to learn French so I can go to Paris with my family later this year, and I’m hoping to carve out some dedicated weekly time to work on that. I’m also not getting as many creative outlets as I’d like right now–there are times that I really get the itch to create, and right now I just don’t have a ton of time to fulfill the need. Again, work in progress.

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Just a selfie to demonstrate that I’m happy here. #Shameless

Anyway, I don’t want to go on and on and bore you to bits. I just wanted to share a little of what my life has been like since I uprooted myself. As hard as it’s been to be alone in a new city, starting a new job…I really feel like I’m meant to be here right now. It feels right. I’m happy here right now! Thanks for letting me gush on for a while there. I’m trying not to be too doofy, but California is treating me pretty well so far.

xo