Sunday, September 6, 2015

McCloud, CA Weekend Getaway: A Photo Essay

My husband, David, and I recently ventured about four hours north of the Bay Area to the quiet, little mountain town of McCloud, CA to celebrate his 31st birthday.  As McCloud is so close to Mount Shasta, there are many winter activities in the area, but those were not exactly available given the 100+ degree weather.  Given the number of lakes in the area, there are also a lot of water activities to choose from, but we did not do any of those either... Instead, we opted to take in the sights, do a little hiking, and all around just enjoy our little break from the everyday routine.  

Since the area is simply stunning, I thought it best to just let the pictures speak for themselves so here is a photo essay of our time in McCloud!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tips for Driving Across the U.S.

When my husband, David, and I revealed to the people in our lives that we were not only moving across the country but also planning to drive the 3,000 miles, they were less than encouraging.  We heard lots of comments about how much of a strain it would put on our marriage, and no one could understand why we would put ourselves through all that unwanted stress.   
Sunset drive through the mountains of Arizona

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Life goes on...

My dad on the field at Memorial Stadium
As I write this, I am sitting in bed at my in-laws' back in Illinois.  In the silence of this big, mostly empty house I finally allow myself to think, to remember, to feel.

Last week, I dropped everything in California to rush back and be with my dad for his last moments. He had been fighting for his life in the ICU for more than two months at that point.  One complication after another.

While we were there in the hospital with him, his eyes had been open but not altogether alert.  There was one brief moment of recognition where he scrunched his eyebrows and really looked at my brother and me.  That tiny moment was worth the red-eye flight and sleep deprivation.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Executive Decision

Radio silence...

That's all you've heard from this blog if you've tried to check in over the past few months.  For that I am truly sorry.  I have had a lot going on what with moving across the country and all.  Back in April, my husband and I uprooted our lives in Illinois and dragged everything we own and our dog to California.

We are now residents of the Bay Area!  And, given the amount of goings ons in said region, we have been keeping ourselves pretty busy with restaurants and hiking and festivals and just all around getting to know our new home.
Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, February 9, 2015

W86: Of Mothers

We finally ventured to North Carolina
to celebrate this beautiful new family,
meet our lovely niece Violet,
& possibly visit a brewery...
you know... while we're there...
Stephen, Carrie, and baby Violet

Sunday, February 1, 2015

W85: Paleo Popcorn

I keep seeing recipes on Pinterest for
roasted cauliflower "popcorn"
aka Paleo popcorn.

So I figured I would give it a try.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

W84: Shots for Love

This week David and I reluctantly did something
neither of us had ever done before...
We got FLU SHOTS!

I don't so much have an issue with the shot itself.
I don't have any problem with needles.

David, on the other hand, gets squeamish
watching Grey's Anatomy
which I'm sure he's thrilled you now know...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

W83: Pasta Alternatives

 I love pasta!

And, carbs in general...

But, I am always looking for ways
to incorporate more veggies into my diet,
so this week I thought I would check out
some healthy alternatives to pasta: 


zucchini noodles
and
spaghetti squash.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

W82 : Winter Wanderings at Kickapoo

One winter's day in East Central Illinois a young woman found that there was absolutely nothing going on in the vicinity.  She researched events, shows, classes, movies for hours on end to no avail.  There is absolutely nothing to do here, she thought in frustration.  How is that even possible?

Then inspiration struck.  She remembered Cheryl Strayed and her treacherous hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, and she knew that she must turn outward.  If there is nothing to do inside, I will simply have to go out.  Luckily there is a heat wave of 23 degrees.

So she proposed the idea to her brothers that a hike would be had in the far off land of Oakwood, Illinois where a small State Park stood by the name of Kickapoo.  One brother was immediately on board with no questions asked, while the other, true to his nature, remained stubborn and hesitant.  Eventually the two eager siblings wore him down, and he ran off to don his layers.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

W81: To New Beginnings

 The beginning of a new year always seems to inject me
with a new sense of hope and motivation, 
like we're getting a fresh start and, darn it, anything is possible.