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

 

Packing List: San Francisco in November

Remember my quick trip to the San Francisco Bay Area a couple weeks ago? If you haven’t read about it yet, check it out here. I did the best suitcase packing I’ve ever done (yeah, I’m bragging!) in that I wore and used every item that I brought. Usually, I lovingly call myself “the overpack packer” because I have a hard time narrowing down what I actually need–a girl’s gotta have fashion options, am I right? But this trip, I was sharing a small suitcase with my mom, so I had to be really choosy when picking my clothes.

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Here’s a list of all of the clothing I brought to wear in the San Francisco Bay Area in November:

1 pair long pants/jeans (don’t forget your belt if you need one!)
1 pair neutral capris
1 cardigan sweater
1 pullover sweater
1 jean jacket
3 short-sleeved/tank tops
raincoat with hood
knit hat
pretty scarf
jewelry: necklace, watch, ring
glasses

for my interview: 2 blouses
1 pair slacks
1 blazer

Basically, the key is all about the layers. Make sure that all of your clothes can be worn together, to give you the most combinations! The bay can swing from hot to cold in minutes, so having lots of layers is crucial to stay comfortable. Scarves and hats are also great for keeping the wind away. Side note, when I got to SF, I was totally bummed because I forgot to grab my sunglasses as I headed out the door to the airport. That’s the problem with flying when it’s dark out–you don’t think about grabbing your sunnies!

Happy travels, no matter the season!

xo

A Few Days in the Bay!

This year has been a good year of traveling and exploring for me — from living in 4 states last year to looking for jobs nation-wide, it’s been kind of a whirlwind. And I’ll be honest, while I love traveling and getting to experience new places, I’m craving some form of stability in my life! But anyway…

Last week, I had the chance to visit the San Francisco bay area for a few days (I had a last minute job interview) and I wanted to share my quick trip with you all! My mom tagged along for the ride, and I’m so grateful she was able to visit the bay area with me and support me during a semi-stressful week. Here are some photos from our trip:

We spent most of our time in Fremont, because that’s the town I was interviewing in, and we loved it. The community was friendly and felt very safe and comfortable! Lots of great food, too. Central Park and the lake were gorgeous. You keep being you, California!

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We loved walking around the Don Edward’s Wildlife Refuge:

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and these snails hanging out on this sign:

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We had to stop at In-N-Out, of course, because when in California…

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We spent one exhausting, breathtaking day in San Francisco, and I fell in love with that city.

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The Pier 39 sea lions:

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If you squint and look real hard, you can see the Golden Gate bridge in the left!

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Coit Tower is certainly beautiful, but we loved walking down the crazy stairs through the neighborhoods even more. I was feeling pretty glad we were going down, because that staircase was totally long and steep!

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We rode a cable car and it was amazing! That was actually the first thing we did when we hopped off the BART, and it was totally worth the $7.

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The neighborhoods just blew me away. Just walking through the streets and admiring the little homes and shops was so fun!

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And I found my dream house, that one in pink (of course!).

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And Chinatown was an absolute dream:

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And even though it was totally touristy, Lombard St (the crookedest street) was incredible. Sometimes you gotta enjoy the cheesiness in touristy places, you know?

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It was a short trip, but a great trip! SF Bay, I love you. Will definitely be back.

xo