Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekend

Geez, now that I'm back in the workforce weekends are flying by again. But that didn't stop us from filling ours with fun AND productivity!

Yesterday, we biked from Imperial Beach to Coronado Island. It was a really nice ride, and one we want to do again. There's tons of parking on the IB side. The ocean breeze kept us cool, and we got lunch in Coronado. 




We then went to my brother's house to meet his new 3lbs chilahua (omg. heart. melted.) and have so,e amazing fish tacos. So yums! We played uno afterwards (it's becoming a tradition) and enjoyed coconut milk ice cream. 


Today I went grocery shopping, then came home and legit spent all day washing/cutting/cooking and/or freezing vegetables. I made a pasta salad, mango salsa, and froze green beans and broccoli. I also made Ryan and I smoothies. I'm trying to be a better wife about cooking, and with all of the yummy organic options here in Southern California, I'm finding the "task" quite enjoyable. 


But of course, all good things come to an end. So tomorrow is back to work for the week! Have a great week y'all! 





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

California Scenery

"Why are you so happy?" That's what Ryan said when I picked him up from work today. My normal demeanor is outgoing and positive, but apparently today I was extra giddy... but how can I help myself?! I had just come from the beach, which is my favorite place in the world.

I started work yesterday, and then had a half day today. Yesterday I walked to work from Ryan's work, and I got to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery around Balboa park. I already bought myself an obligatory palm tree after moving here, but now I want a cactus too! I just love the plants here!


When we lived in DC, I was hardly on military bases. The ones close to our house were small, and didn't have huge exchanges or commissaries so I rarely visited them. Here, it's a different story. One of my FAVORITE places is the beach on North Island in Coronado. After driving through all of the traffic and seeing the huge crowds swarmed on Imperial beach, I felt like I was a star or something to be able to go to the quiet, less crowded and exclusive beach on base, just a few steps away. Oh... and there is ample parking.



The sand looked golden, and if you're there lomg enough you'll probably see a group PT along the beach like I did. Oh em gee, I have mad respect for these people. I don't do well exercising with a group of people! God bless them.

If you live in San Diego and want a quiet beach day (where you can bring alcohol too) you need to check out the "Breaker's Beach." I definitely see myself returning soon!


Monday, July 21, 2014

House Tour: master bedroom

I'm finally ready to show some of our house off!! Right now, my favorite room is either our master bedroom or the living room. Those rooms seem to be the most complete, with stuff on the walls and a general color scheme going. Today I'm going to share our master bedroom!







Our rugs from Turkey are probably my favorite item in here. They bring the green into my color scheme. The sheets are green too.



Our last apartment had 2 walk in closets! So squeezing all of our stuff in one has been interesting. We do have some extra storage closets here though, so it works.


I purchased a jewelry hanger before we moved, but never used it. It's helped clean up my dresser a lot. I used to have all of my necklaces just laying on it! I can always find room for more necklaces or bracelets on here. Loving it!



And right before you leave, I have a picture shelf! We were really worried we wouldn't be able to fit all of our night stands, dressers, my vanity, and laundry basket in here, but we agree it turned out well! Can't wait to show you the rest of our house! 








AND so it begins...

Here I am, at home alone for the first time in forever (thanks Frozen for making me sing that last part) because my hubby is at work!!! Boo hoo hoo :( I sort of fell in love with not working and just playing all day with my hubby! But this is the reason we are here, so a little work is ok I suppose. 

Some people I know like to work all of their days in a row in order to have a bunch of days off in a row. I quickly learned in my first year of work that I don't like that. I do much better working and having days off every now and then, but going back to work after a long stretch off is a bit difficult for me! I've had 34 days off... I'm feeling a little nervous to go back tomorrow!

I've been researching all kinds of funky nursing things pertaining to this job. It's been a while since I've taken care of cardio patients, so I'm refreshing myself. I do not want to be the "new guy" and I hope I can just fly by and catch on! If you're at all spiritual, can you send some prayers and positive vibes my direction?
 

Oh! We said goodbye to Ryan's 32 day old beard! 


I know I will feel much better in a few weeks. I just need to get through orientation and get a feel for the charting system and how they do things here as opposed to my old job. I've always been praised for working hard and being able to catch on quickly, so I know I can succeed here! And I will! I will keep y'all posted!!




Friday, July 18, 2014

Because I'm Happy

Do you ever experience a moment in life where you feel like you're exactly where you're supposed to be? Too often, I feel distracted by the hustle bustle that life becomes. I get hung up on silly things, anxious about deadlines, worry about money, and don't stop and appreciate my blessings. However, in this moment right now I feel so content. Sure I have a few things on my to-do list, but I'm super content with where I am and thankful to be here!

I love our house. It's so much more space than we've ever had. We just bought our first washer and dryer set, and I am in love. I'm so used to dorm/laundromat washer and dryers from the 70s so I am pretty impressed right now! I talked about how we got DirectTV and wifi the other day. Ryan and I didn't have any cable/satellite before, so we don't even know what to do with ourselves when it comes to DVR and on demand. I kind of feel like I got transported into 2014 from some other decade ;)


Our first DVR Lifetime movie... I can never doubt that my husband is my soulmate because he gets just as sucked into these terrible movies as I do! #matchmadeinheaven

I've spent most of the day cleaning and unpacking. It really feels like home here! We are starting to know our way around for some basic stuff. The only thing missing are two of our cars... which are still posted in DC. That's a whole other story. I'll spare y'all the details.

Ryan starts work Monday and I go Tuesday. I got to stop in to my unit the other day and I'm so happy I did. I met some people and got to get a feel for where to go and all of that. The job I chose is a 13 week contract. I originally wanted to go part time in order to be more of a resource to Ryan while he's in school (and to do all of the house duties since he will need to study), but the money for this was too good to pass up. If it's too much, I will take one of the other part time jobs... and if it's a good fit I will probably stay. I remember each time we've moved we always spend a lot of money the first month (deposits, new stuff, appliances in this case), so that was my motivation to take this job. I'm so happy I did because we have DEFINITELY been spending money (see above washer/dryer pic) and it's a huge relief to me knowing I have some awesome paychecks coming my way. Since we are in military housing, Ryan's paychecks are going to be less than we are used to... but we won't have to budget for utilities or rent. I still need to figure out how our finances will go.


I'm sitting in our living room with the windows open, and I can't help but feel blessed. This is amazing! California is where my heart is happiest, and I can't believe we are really here! I worried about having a job, and ended up with so many options that I got to be picky and negotiate a higher rate for the job I chose! I worried we would have trouble making friends, and we already have gone out with other couples. We are loving our house, and I am so so thankful for this life change. Sometimes it's just so fun to be a military spouse. I remember feeling like life couldn't get any better when we were in DC, but that's the beauty of this lifestyle. You don't always know what's behind a closed door, but sometimes it's better than you could imagine. :) happy weekend y'all!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Home

When we found out we were moving to California, I knew I wanted to work on three things. I've always viewed PCS moves, deployments, and life events as an opportunity to make a positive life change. My goals for our current move include: 1) being more active and spending time with other couples. 2) cooking/planning meals regularly and not eating out that much 3) keeping our house clean, tidy, organized and getting away from the frat house look we had early in our marriage.

We've been in California less than two weeks, and I already feel like we are doing a great job at meeting each goal. The first goal has been super easy, especially since we aren't working right now! I really hope we can keep this up. I got my schedule for work and I don't have any call, nights, or weekends... so we should be able to do something on the weekends! We've already gone on bike rides, kayak tour, shopping, drive in movie, and had a couple beach days. I seriously love going out and being active. It's my favorite way to spend the day. I love anything having to do with the ocean, and want to try SUP (stand up paddleboarding) next. California is the ideal playground for people who like the outdoors!



I'm really proud of how Ryan and I have been social with other couples! We've hung out with my brother and his girlfriend, as well as another couple that we just met. We went out to dinner with them and checked out Old Town earlier this week.

When we first arrived in San Diego, we frequented Starbucks and chipotle (I know... All this good Mexican food and my husband wants chip!) too much. We went on a major grocery shopping trip and got tons of vegetables, fruit, meat, cooking essentials, etc. We are totally equipped for tons of homemade meals! I made Ryan dinner yesterday with steamed green beans, seasoned potatoes, and baked Chicken (marinated in barbecue sauce, rum, and pineapple!). I slacked at cooking regularly in DC but am ready to turn over a new leaf and get back in that habit here.


Lastly (and probably the goal that will take the longest to come together) we are still working on denouncing the frat house look. I dubbed this term because of how jumbled and random our furniture was when we first got married. It's coming together though and I can't wait to show y'all once we get our house put together! We are working on hanging stuff on the walls here, as I feel that makes it feel homier. It is looking nice in here!

We are having my brother over for dinner this weekend, so I should at least be able to show one room by then! We recently got DirectTV and wifi, so I'm feeling more connected with the world! It is starting to feel like home here!




My 22 hour East Coast Trip


Last weekend, I flew a red eye flight Friday night back to DC. I would not do that for just anybody, but the occasion was my friend Angela's wedding and I could not miss it. Angela was my preceptor when I first became a nurse. We worked together for several months exclusively and got super close. She's been planning her wedding for over a year, and it's been so fun following in her excitement and planning. I mean, everyone knows when you have downtime at work you surf the web. I got to be there when she looked at venues, bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses, shoes, flowers, bands... etc. I didn't want to miss out in experiencing all of it and seeing her!




She had the band Spectrum play at her reception. If anyone in DC is planning a wedding, I highly highly recommend them. They were amazing, beyond this world talented. I didn't realize how different a live band was compared to a DJ at a wedding reception. It was really awesome.

Before I knew it, it was Sunday morning and time for me to fly home to San Diego. I'm still not used to referring to "home" as California, but I love saying it!! So often in college, I flew from the east coast to the west for the weekend, so it felt like a full circle to be at this moment in my life. Here I am, in this amazing state with my husband. I couldn't be happier. This really is the best.








Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spontaneous Dating

We've really had to pace ourselves with unpacking from our PCS. Technically our movers unpacked us, but the organizing and finding places to put everything is pretty tiring! While we were cleaning today, we spontaneously decided to go to a drive-in movie. My husband has NEVER been to one!



Popcorn and Stabrucks were musts. 


The first showing is Transformers, followed by Malificent. 

And here is a small sneak peak of our house coming along! It's not much but it's starting to feel like home!


AND one more thing. In true California fashion, I've decided to eat a gluten free diet. It's only been one day, but it wasn't that bad. I loaded up on corn tortilla chips and gluten free crackers. There are so many alternatives available at Whole Foods that make it so easy! I'll keep y'all posted!
 



Monday, July 7, 2014

Destination Wedding

This weekend, my sister got married in Las Vegas, NV. She and her fiancée planned the wedding in 4 weeks! We had a full weekend itinerary, including dinner at the Palm restaurant, Mix lounge (rooftop restaurant at Mandalay Bay, pool time, brunches, gambling, and of course the gorgeous ceremony.

My sister is so pretty. She's 14 years older than me, but she's seriously so gorgeous she doesn't look a day over 30.


I had my hair and makeup done at the salon in Mandalay Bay. I won't even tell you the astronomical amount I paid, but I seriously have never loved my hair and makeup so much. I took a million selfies. The girl that did my makeup made me look like a totally different person.





AND of course, it's not Vegas without a little gambling.


It was such an amazing weekend, and I am so happy for my big sister! My toast at the reception included my top 10 tips for a successful marriage, since I'm the only sibling that's married. It was so wonderful to be in Vegas with my family.


Yep, I'm the short one... even in heels! Thanks Mom!

I will have to share my speech as well as my digital camera pictures. I have to say, I hardly bring out my digital camera anymore... I guess I've grown to be happy with grainy iphone pics.

PS - we are officially in San Diego! I will keep you posted on everything in my next post. We love our house, and can't wait for our movers to come tomorrow. Don't forget to recap our move on Instagram and twitter at the hashtag #poshmovestocalifornia 










Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cat Travel

Whenever I start to complain about being tired from traveling, I try to divert my mind towards our calico cat, Posh.


This little bug has been through a lot in the last two weeks! Most cats don't enjoy traveling or car rides, and she's spent a ton of time in the car. On top of it, she's been in 5 different houses in the last two weeks, with all new people and smells. 

I feel so bad for her that I can't explain what's going on, but I know she's content because she's back to her normal demeanor about a day after we arrive somewhere new. She's had run ins with some other cats which is something she never had at home. We are less than a week away from moving in to our new home, but Posh still has one more place to stay in Vegas before we settle in.




I have to say, I am so happy she is here with us. We talked several options such as friends watching her in DC and loading her on a plane, or me flying back with her next weekend (I'm going back for a wedding). I'm happy she is here now though, and we have these memories of driving across the country with our cat. It's a different way to travel but I wouldn't do it any other way! We love you Posh!






Tuesday, July 1, 2014

When in Colorado

Greetings from Colorado! We are currently in Grand Junction, CO. We arrived a couple of days ago. We made a pitstop in Denver and visited my sister and her fiancée. They're getting married this Saturday! We got brunch and checked out the Denver Botantical Gardens.




On our way through the Rockies, I adored seeing the snow capped mountains. It was so hot down where we were, but there was snow on them?! It's crazy what the elevation does with temperature.


Speaking of elevation, I encountered a bit of altitude sickness. I had never heard of it, but my symptoms matched up. It was awful, but I felt better after sleeping it off and getting to lower elevation. We got up over 11,000 feet!

We've been hanging out with Ryan's grandparents. I've been taking care of work requirements here. I got my nails done yesterday as well, and today we went shooting. It was a good time. I know hardly anything about guns, despite having shot several different types. Can I just say how HOT my hubby looks shooting a gun??! Ohhhh hot damn! Now I know why I always loved James Bond movies.



It is so hot here (110) so we are staying cool inside. We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July at the end of the week! Can't believe it's here already!