Relax and Take Notes...

Lets be frank, I have always grown up a semi-tomboy - Barbies were super cool, especially my Little Mermaid doll, before my sister was born but at the end of the day I preferred painting, swimming, trying to ride my bike, skating, skiing, etc. I was never ever the 8 year old (or at least that I recall) that kept a journal - I did convey feelings through drawing, clay and other ultra cool/ultra expensive soon to be all over the floors and walls methods. 
I guess that when I first started my blog I thought you know what is going to be cool? Looking back on this in a few years - don't get my wrong I LOVE going back to 2008 and reading what I had to say, but, there are somethings that I don't always want to put on my blog that I do want to catalog. I like to think that if I file them away in my brain that I will somehow recall them down the road. Let's be real, since I started my grown up life last year there are days I can barely remember my name...
My grandmother is one of the most amazing women I know - she has been writing in a diary/journal for years and years, it didn't really occur to me how amazing this is until recently. 20 years from now I am going to be able to look back and see what she did or how she felt that specific day in the past. She has inspired me to start cataloging my experiences in well...a more personally way. I want to be able to give my children and (goodness, shall I say it...) grandchildren down the road so they have a better sense of who I was. Therefore, I took the plunge, I am going to start a journal/diary/memory book. We all know that Amazon is full of totally amazing products that you can't find anywhere else, after reading a fellow bloggers suggestion on the One Line A Day: A Five Year Memory Book I purchased not just ONE but TWO - okay, lets be real...I only ordered one for myself the other one is going to someone else special in my life. I figured that this would not be a full blown commitment of trying to write an entire page per night, but rather a QUICK sentence of what important happened during that day. Maybe in 5-years I will be ready for a full blown journal? 
So - I am raising a glass tonight to trying to grow up a little more and follow the footsteps of my very inspirational Grandmother; savoring life and sharing it with others in the future. 

Sending love from SoCal!


Ho Ho Surrrprise!

I guess today I can share the rest of my Christmas adventure. First of all, it is FREEZING here in California...yes, I am complaining about the low 30's. I am literally bundled in clothing right now, with three blankets and a hot cup of coffee. Let me be! Today also marks the 6 year date that Asher took off switch and landed in heaven - that deserves a separate blog itself.

After an afternoon in LA  and returning to the OC (and realizing how much I miss LA) I came home packed my bag (AGAIN), started the coffee machine and hit the hay - I was going to have a big sneaky day ahead of me. Spence was a trooper and got up to take me up to LAX around 3:45-4 in the morning. Kiss-Smooch-SeeYaLater. I ran inside and checked in - at that point I realized I had less than an hour before my flight left (Somewhere along my last few trips I managed to get bad flying Juju). TSA being the helpful people they can be, please sense the sarcasm, sent me to a line on the opposite side of the terminal entry that wasn't open yet. Now I was starting to freak out, if I missed this flight ALL my plans would be off. Luckily, the line started to move and I breezed through. The poor lady behind me thought her flight left at 6 am, but then she realized it didn't leave until 6 pm. I guess she was just going to hang out in the airport all day? Yikes! I got on the flight and went to sleep. When I woke up I was in Newark! It was like magic? Why you say? Because I used to be unable to sleep on flights - looks like I have gotten over that now...
Now the fun begins...I raced all over good ole' Newark trying to find A) my gate B) decent coffee. After a wild goose chance and being redirected AND A gate change I found A) - still no luck with B). Then...finally I found a Starbucks. All the while I was texting my mom telling her that I was going to head out on a road ride with Spence. She also inquired about the boat parade...I think decided that I was going to tell her that I would be going to that too...mind you, I was still in Newark...all the way ACROSS the United States from the boat parade and the photos of the beach that I was about to send my mom. Finally time to climb on the second flight - little plane. Short flight. Nancy was waiting for me at the airport, I climbed in the car and we sped off to my cousins house. During the drive we conjured up an idea for how the surprise was going to go down...
Nancy walked in the house. I stayed in the car and waited a little bit. Then...I sneaked to the front of the house and knocked on the front door - inside you could hear everyone yelling "pizza guy! pizza guy is here!". My cousins daughter answered the door, and people were still chiming 'pizzzzza guy' my mom was around the corner sitting on the couch. Addy said "Oh Hi Bud" and walked away, Sarah gave me a funny look and then I belted out "pizza guys here" as I walked around the corner. My mom was surely surprised - it was probably the best surprised I have ever participated in - her face was PRICELESS! My Grandmother was surprised too! It was GREAT!!!!
To sum up the trip - it was GREAT (until about Christmas eve when my illness kicked in) I had a fantastic time running around with my mom - drinking wine, smiling, laughing, ate as much DD as I could get my hands on,  late nights on the couch and even a short visit from Ed!  I love spending time with my family - I wish that I was able to spend more time with them...I guess that is the downfall of living on the other side of the country.
After another airport battle (I never have good luck at O'Hare) and I finally make it back to Los Angeles.

The picture that started the whole trip....yep..I am going on a road ride with Spence! :)

Sweet arm tats we got from Addy


I wanted that last piece of bacon...

Talk about talent! My mom is redoing the kitchen - it looks AMAZING! Wow! 

I wish we had a DD down here. I would be there at least once a week. 

The battle I had on my way home. 
Sending love from SoCal.


Delete, Delete, Lost?

At first I was trying to use being sick as a way to avoid a new blog update, well, that is just silly! I have had my fair share of cough syrup (that doesn't work), Vitamin C, water, tea, Vicks, soup and sleep. FYI: when you date a doctor-to-be you are never actually sick - also having a cough does not qualify you for a back-rub, just the occasional frownie face I feel bad they you have been hacking your face off look...Oy vey! I really just want to go running...
Spence has become really into Crossfit over the last few months, but, after all of the coughing I have done over the last 2 weeks I MAY have better abs than him - ha! 

This was how I spent NYE. PARTY!

Obviously getting sick was only expected will all the commotion in my adventurous life lately. Canada to Orange County, Orange County to a day in Malibu. Orange County to LAX for a surprise visit to New York to spend Christmas with my family. Then...New York to Orange County and a few trips here and there adventuring through the OC and up to my FAVORITE place in Southern California: Pasadena!

Highlights of my adventures:

Whistler: I had the most amazing time in Canada. I feel so blessed that I was brought up there on a work trip. I was constantly surrounded by diligent,  devoted and intelligent  individuals. To some it up, this was one of the most eye opening experiences I could ask for. It was cold, snowy and it made me really miss living in the mountains - it also made me realize that I work for a pretty freaking cool innovate company.
The only hiccup in my adventure was catching a cold...yes...the one that that I mentioned above. Annndddd we mentioned to miss our flight - I have never missed a flight because of being late to the airport so I was in a little bit of a tizzy - BUTTTTTTTTT - clearly I made it back to California. Air Canada came through and got me back in so Santa Ana so I was able to be in the office the next day...

Last day at Whistler.

I have been to do different sets of winter  O rings. Fingers crossed I can go to Sochi in 2014. 



We hiked in this...

Glass cabin at Peak2Peak

It was cold. Cold enough to freeze my hairrrrr

Crazy moss on the trees
The cray conditions that we had commuting from Whistler to Vancouver.
Yuck! I heard the skiing was the bees knees though!  
We stopped at this adorable little coffee shop, Galileo's, on our trek. You know how I am with my cute little coffee shops..LOVED this place! I wish I could have spent so much more time there! I also wish that I would have had enough room in my bag for a lbs of their coffee. Next time?

FHR for the Day: After a late arrival, I jumped in bed so that I could get a few hours of sleep before heading back into the office. I could have benefited from a day of rest - but - there were some pleasant surprises awaiting me upon my return to my cavedesk. What you ask? Well, I am glad to share the news that I am the 2012 Oakley Marketing Award recipient for being Authentic! Anddddd a magnum of Saarloos & Sons wine! Ahhhhmazing! I feel so fortunate for being given such a meaningful award. I was also rewarded with a relaxing day of working from my couch on Friday...sometimes you just need those kind of days...

To Live and to Die, in El Aye: Spence had to pick up some goodies for his Christmas trip home to Colorado - cookies, coffee, etc. This was a perfect excuse for me to be his backseat driver and accompany him to one of my favorite cities: Los Angeles!
Next Stop? Rochester! (well technically I spent about 48 hours in California before jet-setting again). Spence and I spent a day together in LA (Malibu, Griffith and Eagle Rock) prior to my departure to the east coast....

Back Bay

Spence and I ended up at the Malibu Racquet Club some how for bunch (Godmother Cafe had great reviews).
It was odd because we didn't know if we were allowed in the club..you know...it is a CLUB and well we are clearly not members. The service was subpar, BUT, the food was GREAT!  

One of my favorite views in Southern California - the top of Griffith.
The concrete jungle can actually be really beautiful!  

There is a lady that plants trees up and down the trail at Griffith.
I think she is a superhero for doing this. 

Hidden gems. 

3 Ibs of deliciousness! I miss Swork

OV VEY - I typed up all the rest of my adventures and it didn't save...until we meet again..I still have to share my Christmas surprise!

Sending some love from SoCal