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

 

NC Mountain Getaway

It’s no secret that my time here in NC has been a bit stressful. New city, a challenging FW rotation, spending every free moment studying…it all builds up over the course of 12 weeks. Luckily, I have some amazing cousins close by that I’ve spent a lot of time with and have grown really close to this year (you guys, I’m going to cry so hard when I leave soon!). My amazing cousins took me up to the NC mountains for Memorial Day weekend to get some much needed R&R in the fresh mountain air. I want to share some of the photos from our little weekend getaway near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Now, I’m a Colorado girl raised loving the Rocky Mountains, so let me start by saying that these mountains were very different than what I’m used to. But the lush trees and gorgeous views won me over. North Carolina, you are something special, and I’m so glad I got to live here for a little while.

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The back porch; I’m a sucker for an A-frame

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My favorite seat in the house

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From the top of Mt. Craig. The highest peak east of the Mississippi is Mt. Mitchell (right next to Mt. Craig) and is 6683′

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I mean, how can you not fall in love with that view? Major heart-eyes. The weekend was so relaxing and fun. We walked to the summit at Mt. Mitchell, and then took a short hike to Mt. Craig and Mt. Tom. We spent lots of time in the Eno hammocks (have you seen these? I had never heard of them but I am in love with them now! I’m going to have to get me one of these for sure) and just watching the clouds roll by on the back deck. It was such a wonderful weekend with my cousins, they mean so much to me and I’m so thankful to have them. This little weekend getaway is one I certainly won’t forget.

xo

Road Trip

I hope you had a wonderful holiday, you guys. Happy 2016!

It’s been pretty busy around here with lots of exploring and driving and eating and driving (road trips, am I right?). My brother and dad helped me drive the 30-35 hour trip from Colorado to Florida last week, and yes, we hit all of those crazy storms along the way. It was a lot of fun, and I’m so thankful they were able to come along for the ride.

I want to share some photos from our trip in my little corner of the internet today:

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New Mexico looked gorgeous from the backseat…adding it to my travel to-do list!

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At a gas station in Dalhart, TX

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A neato statue in Houston, TX as we drove past

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This bridge in Baton Rouge, LA made me go all heart-eyed emoji

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This is a major photo fail…a combination of sitting in the backseat + being super scared because of the scariest storms we were driving through. Maybe my resolution should be to learn how to take better photos! lol

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Alabama looked like a pretty cool place, except we were driving through tornado warnings the whole time. Not good.

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We stopped in Panama City Beach, FL for an afternoon on the way down. It was a beautiful beach!

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PoFolks chicken + dumplings and cornbread. Amazing. Callaway, FL.

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The Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park was a great way to spend an afternoon. Lots of amazing animals in very natural cages (the hippo was just in his eating area, don’t worry, he has a nice big pond and looked very happy). Fun for adults and kids!

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My brother is the best (:

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I love the beach!

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That sunset though…paradise.

xo.

Life Update

December has been a month filled with late nights and tears (I was taking my finals last week), leaving Pittsburgh, and prepping for my big road trip to move to Florida for my first clinical rotation. Oh, and the holidays!

While it’s been busy, I’ve enjoyed spending time with my family and pets this week. It’s always so good to be home. Here are some photos from life lately:

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So proud of my classmates for finishing our finals! Now we’re all headed off to our clinical rotations. MOT Class of 2016!

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A snapshot of my last walk in Schenley Park.

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Not the best picture, but flying home was the prettiest.

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Elouise and Ben.

Our annual Christmas cookies…we use zoo animal cutters.

Hope your holiday season is filled with love and joy!

xo.

Fishing Trip

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I love fishing; it’s one tradition in my family that I’m so glad I “grew into.” My parents and I headed up into the high country this weekend to get some quality time with our fishing poles and enjoy some fresh mountain air. We went to a couple of different lakes ponds, ending up at our favorite little lesser-known spot for a good part of the day. As soon as my line hit the water, I had a fish! We had amazing luck, we caught (and released) 18 fish between the three of us. It was such a fun day!

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These mountains just take my breath away. I’ve lived here for 18 years and I’m still totally head over heels.

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One of the bigger fish I caught. Don’t worry, we released him right after this photo was taken!

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Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

xo.