Monday, February 25, 2013


The more I think about where I want to eventually settle, the more I wonder why I would ever leave southern California. The weather is spectacular. There is so much to see and do. The people are well educated and very active. I love running by the ocean, taking yoga classes, wine tasting and overhearing conversations about belly dancing, juicing and fire dancing.

The only things holding me back are family on the east coast and money. Not necessarily in that order.

A Girl Named Leney

I have been meaning to draw your attention to A Girl Named Leney for a while now. She's having a give away for a $50 Hair Cuttery gift card on her blog today, so why not check it out!

A Girl Named Leney is a very talented and creative young woman. Both her sense of fashion and her drive to create inspire me. Leney has been knitting for well over a decade, probably closer to a decade and a half. I bet she started shortly after walking.

I have a couple of lovely pieces Miss Leney has made me. A cowl and a headwarmer.  I saw a headwarmer in a shop in Colorado that I really liked, but didn't want to pay the money for something I had a hunch Leney could make better.  I sent Leney a picture and this is what she came up with.  I absolutely love it!  Not only is it warm and cute, but it's also trimmed in my favorite color. I will keep looking for pictures of me wearing these pieces, but in the mean time here are some pics sans me.

In the meantime, check out her etsy shop! She offers most of her items in a variety of colors.  If hand knit pieces aren't your thing (though I don't know why they wouldn't be) she also has a variety of jewelry and art as well.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dreaming of Aloha

I'm starting to scheme up ideas for my 30th birthday trip + 2nd anniversary trip. Doesn't everyone go on a trip for their 30th?  Isn't that a thing? If not, it most definitely should be and would someone please tell The Best Man it's a thing? 

I haven't decided if it was a good idea or a bad idea to get married two weeks after my birthday. Now for the rest of my life I will be trying to convince The Best Man that these are two separate holidays and need two sets of presents and/or trips.  Hmm, sounds materialistic.  Oh well.

So, I want to go to Hawaii. I should have some time off by May. I get every 7th weekend off, but still have to work every Friday. I'm hoping I can use some PTO (I don't start accruing PTO for another two weeks) and take a 8-9 day vacation. 

Now the trouble is to first get the time off, then to have the money for this trip. We have started saving, but other things have come up to ruin the fun. I broke my implant (tooth) while comping on some popcorn. If you've never seen me eat popcorn, please, lets keep it that way.  It's not a pretty sight. Another problem is that I have to stop spending money in other places in order to have the funds for this trip. Hawaii seems like a good motivating factor, but I need new bathing suits and sun dresses...and sunglasses... 

This is my weekend

It has been hard adjusting to working on the weekend. Mainly because everyone else in the world seems to work 9-5 Monday through Friday.  The Best Man and I have gotten into the bad habit of translating my work days into the corresponding day for the rest of you.  So when I have just finished my 2nd day of work and have two more days to go, that's my Wednesday even though it's Friday. When I finish my last of 4 days of work, that's my Friday even though it's Sunday.

This gets quiet confusing when I have appointments and things to do during the week. I may be calling it Wednesday, but it's really Friday and that means I have Fun Friday at yoga.  I'm getting confused just thinking about it.

I'm trying to get out of the habit of making my work fit around everyone else's schedule and lingo. I'm trying to get The Best Man to do the same. The hard thing is waking up on Friday morning to see all the TGIF posts on the web and knowing I have to get through a few more days until "my weekend." But, on the other hand, it's also nice to finish work on Sunday and read the web to see everyone is dreading going back to work.

Yesterday I spent the day lounging in the sun overlooking the beach, shopping online and drinking champagne brought to me by my waiter...I mean The Best Man. I also did a quick work out that I found on Pinterest from The Today Show.

Today, it's dreary again, so I'm glad I got some sun yesterday (though it was too much sun and now I'm itchy and red).

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chocolate + sun + popping tags > running...for today anyway

I was supposed to go running today. Instead I went shopping (including birthday shopping and grocery shopping). And now I'm lying on the beach eating M&M's.

There's always tomorrow I guess.

But let's be honest, I work tomorrow so chances of me working out are slim to none. Especially because I will be making dinner for my Valentine.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Today, I am wearing a gray t-shirt, old new balances and an even older pair of jeans, no make up and a smile. It's a beautiful, sunny day and I've been productive and maybe even made progress on getting some new freckles.

I wrote a few Valentine's cards for family and signed up for health insurance for the new job.

Now it's on to the post office and Target.  I need something cute to wear to my Valentine's 10k this weekend.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 11, 2013

"You're the easiest patient all day"

I don't know why I ever go to the doctor. They never spend enough time with me and never tell me something I don't already know.

I went to an orthopedist today to get my hip checked out. Turns out I have gluteus medius syndrome and can ease back into running and continue taking ibuprofen. Great. So keep doing what I'm doing, but slowly add mileage.

"You're a physio, you know what to do."

Well, sure, but I wanted some 'roids. And maybe a PT script since I can't analyze my own running. I didn't get a chance to ask for either of these.

"You're the easiest patient all day."

Well, yes, that's because you did a 30 second physical exam and a 2 minute history.

Thanks, glad I paid my $45 copay.