30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 3

Sundays are always a little bittersweet. The fun of the weekend is not over, but it’s certainly coming to a close.

We enjoy leisurely Sunday morning around here.

Today I am grateful for:

  • The beach. I am so incredibly lucky to be living just steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I often take it for granted; living so close to the ocean. But sometimes, when I’m driving down the street and catch a glimpse of the blue water, or when I take my dog for a walk, I realize just how good life is. People come from all over to visit San Diego, and I get to live here!
  • Yoga breaths. There is something about that rhythmic, oceanic, sound that completely relaxes me. Well, I suppose that something is really about the oxygen I’m receiving, the focus, and the awareness of my body. Even at night, when I am having trouble sleeping, these deep-belly breaths put me in a state of calm so that I can finally drift off to sleep. And during practice, focusing on my breaths allows me to get through difficult poses. Deep breaths people!
  • My sister. A few weeks ago, after a really stressful week, I opened my front door to find a box full of treats! We’re talking candy, new iphone cover, the lipgloss I mentioned yesterday, pretty pens, notecards, shorts, books, etc. It was one of the most thoughtful things someone has done for me in a long time and it literally brought tears to my eyes. I wish we all did things like that to each other more often. It meant so, so much to me. She’s a sweetheart.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here’s to a wonderful upcoming week!

The Grass Is Sometimes Greener (On The Other Side of 30)

So far, being 30 has been downright swell. Things kicked off nicely with a night out in Little Italy, followed by a night out in La Jolla with too much beer and just enough pool, a birthday bash, and finally a trip to Mission Viejo for a Fantasy Football Draft.

Two days have passed since the weekend, and I’m still utterly exhausted. But content. And that can’t ever be bad.

I have some recipes to share, but today I just feel like posting some pictures from my birthday party. I had some amazing friends show up, and some even more amazing friends show up and help (I’m looking at you Adam, Scott, Trevor, Brynne and family!)

In case you can’t tell, there was a Roaring Twenties theme to the night. The music was swinging, the champagne was popping, and the ladies and gents were dressed to the nines. It was an incredibly fun evening (and early morning).

Who doesn’t love a good mustache?

So.Much.Food.

Cream puffs, drunken cherry brownies.

Chocolate cupcakes with espresso frosting. Amazing.

Pomegranite Champagne Punch (in addition to plenty of wine, beer and other mixed drinks)

These handsome gents TRANSFORMED my backyard. They strung the lights, rearranged furniture/pots/bbq and raked all the leaves. Amazing.

I wish men wore tuxes more often!

I think we need to bring fans back into fashion. They’re both pretty and useful!

Dark Red and Black Dahlias (in old wine bottles…something I have no shortage of) were placed all around the house and yard

It was an amazing evening, and I’m so happy to have such lovely friends. Unfortunately I only snapped photos of a tiny fraction of the people there, but everyone’s presence was appreciated! Champagne and photos don’t mix. Good life advice, I should say.

Weekend Shenanigans

There really weren’t that many, but ain’t weekends grand?

I didn’t do anything ground-breaking, but I had a fantastic time. So what did I do?

I did some gardening.

The before….

The after…

I did some painting:

(Please ignore the GINORMOUS pile of laundry…)

I did some dancing with two of my favorite people:

I did some eating:

I just love these kinds of weekends.

Oh yah, I also saw the Avengers. Finally. The verdict? I LOVED IT!!!!

Crossing My Fingers

That Monday calls in sick tomorrow.

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It’s A Sailor’s Life For Me

To everyone who wished me a swell time this weekend, please know the wishes were not in vain. I had an amazing time honing my inner-sailor. I really should play hooky more often!

On Friday my dad and my brother drove in from Arizona for the weekend so my dad could get some practice on the boat. Being the lovely and devoted daughter that I am, I was more than happy to join the crew. Adam didn’t put up much of a fight either. And thus, two days were spent sailing around the San Diego Bay. You could do worse.

San Diego Marina

handsome men

one of the old America's Cup ships cruising on by

downtown skyline as the marine layer rolled in

happy girl

a feathered friend on the dock

I can’t wait to go again in a few weeks. I think I’ve found my calling!

Rainy Weather + Boredom

Equals me spending a hour going through the kitchen cabinets, throwing out old stuff, cleaning out the shelves, and organizing everything according to a protocol only I can decipher.

Note to self: do not buy anymore apple cider vinegar, tapatio sauce, or Pam. You have plenty.

I Just Ate A Thai Chili

On accident.

I then proceeded to down at least three glasses of water, a yogurt, an english muffin and anything else I could manage to get my hands on. Except for milk. I hate plain milk.

Do not eat thai chilis. Even if they are mixed with delicious, delicious orange peel shrimp.

Anywaaaaay, part from having my mouth on fire, things have been quite lovely round here. It’s rainy and cloudy and all I can think about is getting my pajamas on and cuddling up with my Kindle and a glass of tea or wine and relaxing for the rest of the evening. Bliss.

I have been cooking up a storm lately, and I’ll probably post about it tomorrow or Wednesday. I can’t be certain, I’m not psychic after all. In the meantime here are some random snapshots from the weekend.

Weekends are fun.

My only resolution this year: eat more fruit (and oatmeal?). So far so good.

Bacon and mushroom tarte @ Cafe Chloe

Moules frittes @ Cafe Chloe. Buttery deliciousness!

refreshing

Movie night with my two dudes.

Inexpesive flowers from Trader Joe's make me happy

Cheeeeeseburgers from Cass Street Bar and Grill are a good thing.

Now, on to tackle the rest of the week!

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend 🙂

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Weekend Fun

Oh how the weekends do fly by. I hope you all had a wonderful few days. I know I did.

Here are a few pics. (I’m not feeling very verbose at the moment….shocking).

Friday night cheese board

Some seriously strong Sangria. Perfect accompaniment to aforementioned cheese board.

Besties!

Just realized it's time to buy new jeans. Sigh....

Breakfast of Champs! Homemade egg "mcmuffin", greek yogurt, and cafe au lait.

Essie. California Coral. Love.

Punk Rockers!

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Fish and Chips in Ocean Beach.

Goodness, I just realized most of my pictures involve food… Oh well.

No Gloom Around These Parts

Today is Tuesday (Tuesday!) and my week is going pretty okay. Usually I’m pretty unhappy around these parts after a nice relaxing weekend and focused solely on counting down days until the weekend. But so far? Not too shabby.

Instead of this:

I’ve managed to keep it pretty even-keeled.

A quick aside – how uh-mazing has Real Housewives of New York been this season? I mentioned this the other day on facebook, but it’s worth re-stating – since when did Kelly become the voice of reason???

Anyway, I suppose the month of June has been quite lovely. I have a friend from law school in town tonight and have dinner plans to meet up (Daaaaaaaaaan!) and work has been pretty drama free. Bonus! I’ve also managed to get rid of 2 garbage bags of clothes to be donated. I’m feeling clutter free and fancy free 🙂

Plus, this weekend I managed to spend some time at the beach (despite some major June gloom) and look what we chanced upon!

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Mussels! Alas, we did not take them home. But still…. kind of cool.

Also, I have discovered the most simple, easy, satisfying, 5-minute lunch EVAH. (Could I squeeze more adjectives in that sentence?)

Behold!

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Regular garden salad with cottage cheese. Delicious fix of veggies + protein in a cheap and fast fashion. (This took me 5 minutes to throw together in the morning. Please don’t tell me you don’t have time to pack a lunch in the morning) You should try this.

Tomorrow is Hump Day! Or as I like to refer to it – Wine Wednesday! Happy trails 🙂

How’s your week going?

Please don’t be intimidated by my exciting life…