Monday, April 30, 2012

Does that say Cookies?!

(I tried getting these pictures in order but it was a no go. Bear with me)

Shane and I's trip to the city was awesome! Shane hates SF. It literally breaks my heart because I love SF! Its my hometown. Past trips have given him a sour after taste. This time around I did a lot more planning! I hit Yelp and checked out where all the good food was first (right Tiffany? What else would we start with?!). First we went to the DeYoung Museum and took a gander at the John Paul Gaultier exhibit. It was fantastic! The mannequins looked so life like and the exhibit went on forever. The mind blowing part was how many hours could be put into just one piece. After the DeYoung we decided to check out the Japanese gardens right next door. They were beautiful. I kind of remember my Dida taking me there as a kid. After that I had a few vintage/thrift stores I wanted to check out in the ever so hip Mission district. After the first place being a total bust I was delighted to find an adorable dress for only $12!! On the walk back to the car I glanced across the street and saw Anthony's Cookies. I stopped dead in my tracks! I have a HUUUGE sweet tooth! We stopped in and got a few cookies and milk. I highly suggest a visit if you are in San Francisco. Don't forget some Clover milk! 

We went to North Beach for some delicious pizza for lunch! I felt like I was in Italy because our server (and possibly one of the owners) barely spoke english. Have I mentioned yet how glorious a day it was?! Well it was beeaaauuutiful! We tried and failed to grab some ice cream at Bi-Rite. I may have thrown a tantrum because of the traffic (and the heat) and then because of the line wrapped around the block. So we threw in the towel and headed to Baba's.

Things weren't so great over there. I was excited to see my Baba but she wasn't doing so well. Thanks to an abnormally hot day inland my Baba fainted from the heat. The whole time refusing to go to the hospital. I know where I get my stubbornness from now. We kept telling her we wanted her to feel better and to go to the hospital but she would only respond, "I'll feel better if you sit down and eat the dinner I made you". Thankfully she was ok, but the whole incident scared the crap out of me. I took Shane to a froyo place my Dida used to take me as a kid. Yumi Yogurt is a popular attraction in my hometown of Belmont; there was quite the line when we got there. I plan on making more frequent trips to hang out with Baba soon. Just as soon as my breaks in my car get fixed.

Cookies n Cream, chocolate chip, and toffee mmmmmm

Shane's favorite, the designer himself, and my favorite!
Shane approved

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Finish Hard

  • Lately things have been so crazy! I'm falling behind in math. Uh! I was doing so good. The entire class was really blind sided by this one quiz. My classmate put it best saying how hard it is to go into something feeling confident you know the material only to find out you were wrong. Story of our lives right? It will all work out and I will pass. I have discovered in my life that if you really want something you will get it. I want to pass this class. So its simply going to happen.
  • Shane and I spent the weekend in San Francisco. I missed that place. It was beeeaaautiful (I'll post the pics later)! We spent the night at my Baba's house. Things at the homestead got a little scary but I thank God everything worked out alright. I feel so thankful to have such an amazing example of strength in my Baba. 
  • I am starting to really settle into my calling at church and I love it! I feel important and it gives me purpose. I just love helping out my fellow sisters in Relief Society (no lie!). I'm also excited to be taking part in my first Mormon Helping Hands project cleaning up a local high school.
  • I am in love with climbing! For FHE last Monday we went to a ropes course and I could not get enough! I was particularly in love with the rock wall. It just so happens my favorite roommate's boyfriend works at a local climbing gym and they both love climbing too! I belayed for the first time and I didn't drop Sarah (roommate)! Had some seriously awesome roomie bonding time. After climbing I did my first spin class. I wanted to walk up to the instructor and shake his hand. That work out was the first I had ever pushed myself so hard! It was fantastic (or so I have told myself so I go back)!
I hope that this next week flies by. The weather is going to be fabulous and I don't want to spend it sitting at a desk or cooped up in the house. Hope you all are enjoying the spring weather. Don't forget to stay cool and DRINK WATER!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring break in Oregon II

Day II Friday. I got to spend some one on one time with my step mom (whom might I say I like a ton!). We "went into town"! That'll make you feel bone-e-fied country won't it? I got on my city clothes and we went to Wally world of course! My favorite stop was Sherm's Thunderbird where I found Butter beer!!! Ok, so it's not from the "Leaky cauldron" like in the movies/books but close enough! The best part about being in Oregon is no sales tax!!! Hog heaven!!

Saturday was a rough day to start. My dad and I went on a mini bike ride that was insane! I'm so used to riding on flat ground here in Sacramento. Needless to say I learned how to use my gears! Plus my dad gave me this fantastic drawing my papa drew in 1933!! I had no idea he was such a talent!

Driving home was a breeze. I stopped for Sonic. Couldn't pass up the sweet potato tots!!! Only suffered minor culture shock as I drove up to downtown. I miss the farm already. Next time I hope to bring Shane and maybe his sister. Hope all of you had relaxing spring breaks I know I did!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring break day 1.

Just a small update on my spring break to Oregon. It started out great! Woke up and worked out. Got on the road a little late but that's ok. The scary part? My car over heated in the middle of no where! Thankfully it all got taken care of and the nicest man at a gas station fixed it up enough to get to Dads.

I'm excited to be here. I feel more relaxed. I took a pit stop at the Medford temple which was refreshing to say the least. I'm such a worry wart though I hope the condition of my car doesn't weigh too heavily on my mind. Lesson learned for this day, it will all be ok!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

March 2 Fitness

For the majority of March I was participating in Instagrams "March 2 Fitness". It was a really good motivator until I became so busy with working out and eating healthy I didn't have time to post pictures! My main goal was to break my 2 week slump. Typically I will hit the gym hard for two weeks and either I get sick and stop going, or, I just decide I don't want to anymore. So the plan was to go at least 5-6 days a week for 3 weeks. I am proud to announce I went 4 to 5 times a week (or worked out/ran at home) the entire month of March. For me getting over that one month slump meant a lot. I feel like its taken this month to make eating healthy and staying active, not just something I do to loose weigh,t but a total lifestyle change.

Another past wrench in my gears has been weight. I realized that because I focused on how much, or how little, I was loosing would completely throw me off. If the numbers on the scale weren't what I wanted them to be when I wanted it to be then I would quit! So this time around I am not weighing myself. I've been taking measurements to make sure I am making progress. For me this has got to be about the way I perceive myself. Do I feel good? Do I think I look good? Yes? Then GREAT! I am temporarily counting calories to cut a little weight but I am not making it a life long thing. I am loading up on veggies and I love it!

Shane is even getting on board! I am so happy. Changing your lifestyle to something that is right is never going to be easy. I can promise you that its going to be one of the hardest things you've ever done! However the results are so completely worth it!