I seriously need every Monday off to actually relax and not do anything ;) alas, that's not a reality. I worked today, and work everyday through Thursday. Friday I am heading to Denver for a weekend with my sister! I haven't seen her since she got married in July, and I am looking forward to it very much! It's so nice being so close to my siblings!! Have a great week y'all!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
This past weekend was all over the place. We went to the Speed Festival on the North Island naval base, which my husband loved. We saw the movie Maze Runner which was really good. I can hardly believe it but sci-fi is becoming one of my favorite genres! Sunday we celebrated my brother's birthday with some Korean BBQ. I also went to a Padre's game with a coworker, which was fun... and the Padres won! Of course there was the traditional weekend grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
There is quite a heat wave coming through San Diego right now! I've never been so thankful to go to work (where the AC is so cold you need a sweater). We are keeping our fingers crossed that it's almost over, because we don't have AC at our house since normally, you don't need it. I wish we had it right noe though, especially since I'm off today. It's hard to be productive when it's 90 degree in your house! We are currently camped out in our office where we have a window AC unit.
Today I was off, so naturally I went to the beach to keep cool. It's turning into my normal routine. I especially love going during the week, when it's quiet and secluded.
Dinner took place at our favorite fish taco spot, PB Fish Shop. If you're local, it's a must. Make sure you try at least one taco with the fish shop seasoning, omg... it is THE best. I'm so happy we were introduced to this spot, because it seriously is so good.
And you know, just in case I need a reminder of how close I am to the border, I got this text message. I have yet to go to Mexico, which is funny since it's closer to me than where I work even.
My poor sweet pea is probably wondering why it's so hot! I keep finding her in dark corners of the house... I think we are all ready for it to cool down a bit!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Today was amazing. I'm beginning to realize that any day I go for a swim on the beach, the day is amazing.
Knowing that parking is competitive at my favorite beach, I left the house at 9:00am and was at the beach until 3... 6 hours! Granted, I went for a long walk, got a milkshake, and swam... And I didn't get a burn! Wins all around. While at the beach, I came up with my grocery list and decided to invite my brother and his girlfriend over for dinner. They follow a gluten free diet, which is no big deal cuz I've been following one too.
Fast forward and my brother tells me they are following a paleo diet... So I immediately had to switch up my menu. It's pretty crazy that with all of our diets, we could still have a meal... And even crazier that I could actually prepare it seeing that I'm a novice in the kitchen! The menu was accommodated a gluten free vegetarian (me), two paleo dieters (and no gluten or dairy... not sure if that's paleo anyway or not), and a carb loader (my husband). The meal included "build your own" burgers, with most of us doing so on a bed of lettuce. If you're me, you skipped the burger and went with a fried egg. David and Marlene had an egg and burger pattie for some mega protein.
Side dishes included the easiest, yet yummiest veggies: baked broccoli and baked brussel sprouts, seasoned with garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Yum! No leftovers of those!
Dessert was good old fashioned fudgesicles from whole foods. They are seriously my favorite, and for 100 calories you can't say no... well you can, if you're on a paleo diet... Sorry guys!
I'm still learning this whole "entertaining" thing, but I'm pretty pleased with tonight's cuisine!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
In general, I identify as a extrovert. I'm relatively outgoing, talkative, and love being surrounded by people. It's one of the main reasons I became a nurse and why I love it so much! The funny thing is, I still have days where I want to hang out... alone. As in, go to the movies alone, go out to eat alone... stuff that people do with their friends, I need to do solo on occasion. Today was one of those days, but it really was one of the best days I've had since moving here!
Pacific Beach may be one of my favorite SoCal beaches. It's not for everyone, but I'm obsessed with the restaurants and stores on the boardwalk. It just has that beachy feel to it, and it makes me so relaxed and happy. Rather than ask a friend to join me there today, I went totally alone.
I walked all the way from PB to la jolla... Which is a hike! But I was on the water, watching surfers and hardly seemed to notice. As I was walking along the shore, trying to take in the beauty that surrounded me, I felt such a sense of peace and contentment: this is what life is all about. I was able to gather my thoughts and truly relax while hanging out with myself. Actually, I think I needed today. I have been packing our weekends full of activities, but I really needed a day like today!
Of course I swam in the ocean. The water was amazing, and felt good in contrast to the 80 degree weather. Look at me, already spoiled by the westher here and thinking 80 is unbelievably hot!
I am so happy to be in Californiw, close to the water. It's where I feel happiest. This really is the best!
Monday, September 8, 2014
Y'all!! I did it... I ran my first 5k!! I am NOT a runner, but it's something I've always been interested in pursuing. After the 4 mile race I did a couple weeks ago, I felt slightly defeated. I didn't get that satisfaction feeling when crossing the finish line, but that's probably because I walked most of it! Not this time. I really wanted to run the entire time, and I did. The best part was that my hubby was there, and ran with me most of the time. He would run ahead, and come back and see me, them bolt ahead... He was so supportive and encouraging, and crossed the finish line twice to be with me when I crossed it! LOVE!!
Now I need to decide what I'm running next! AND I'm in the market for some new lulu clothes since I'm making this more of a hobby ;)
After the run, I came home and crashed for like 3 hours. When I woke up, I got groceries and came home and made the easiest gluten free cookies you'll ever make.
Gluten free Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
Mix all ingredients in mixer. Roll dough into ball shapes and place on cookie sheet. Use a fork to flatten out. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until bottom is light brown. This recipe yields 14 cookies, so I doubled it. I also had to keep mine in the oven a bit longer. They are really yummy though!
Have a great week!! I have Tuesday off this week, yay!
Friday, September 5, 2014
I have no complaints. This week flew by... and here we are again, Friday! Does anyone else get a little extra bounce in their step Fridays?! If you're going to give me bad news, Friday is definitely the day to do it... Mondays are the worst!
Ryan and I are running a 5k together this weekend! Since arriving to California, I've really tried to get more in shape. I'm watching what I set, and trying to exercise regularly. Did I mention that I got an elliptical?! I sincerely hope I can push through the 3.1 miles on Sunday and not give up to walk at all! I know I can, mind over body.
Let me be perfectly blunt about my next topic... I'm so sick of having acne. I'm turning 25 in November, and I would really really love to have a clearer complexion! I don't have a super severe case, but it pretty much always am breaking out around my chin. I don't want to take anything harsh, so my sister sent me some face wash and cream from the Medispa where she works. I'm trying my best to get this under control!
That's really all I have for now, but I wanted to pop in before I get busy this weekend and forget to blog! I use this space as a journal for myself that I frequently reference to reminisce about what we've been up to, and it's no fun to look back and see hardly any posts! Here are a few pictures of our home before I go. Have a great weekend!
Monday, September 1, 2014
Next weekend Ryan's "running" a 5k with me. That means he's going to drag his feet to stay with me during the run, lol! But we decided t do a little run yesterday, so we woke up and did just that. Yesterday was very relaxing. We cleaned a bit, did laundry, but our real focus of the day was our couple's massage! We found our spa on groupon a while ago, and we love them. It's on Coronado Island. It's only $118 for a one hour couples massage! A steal for how amazing the massages are!
We went out for dinner, and got semi involved in a "dine and dash" attempt made by a pitiful young lady. Sooo shitty that people do stuff like that!
Today we deep cleaned our entire house. Buying cleaning supplies is one of my favorite things to shop for. Seriously, they're always making some new "miracle" cleaning agent and I get suckered in! It feels so good to have a freshly cleaned home! It's crazy how much dirt can hide on surfaces without you even noticing.
We had friends over for dinner, and then I caught up on some trashy reality TV. AND our amazing, 4 day staycation has come to a close :( it's back to work for us tomorrow! But in an effort to be more positive, starting the week on Tuesday makes the next weekend even closer. All in all, I'm in love with my hubby, our home, our Poshcat, and living in San Diego continues to be a dream come true for us! I can't think of a better place for us to be right now.