• 2020,  AllTrails,  Amador,  Body,  California,  City Girl Hikes,  Hiking,  Musings

    City Girl Hikes: John Bull Loop Trail – Amador, CA

    When the drive to the hike is cooler than the hike… Whomp! Whomp! Okay, that might be a tad exaggerated, but I was able to drive over the Pardee Dam. I thought it was pretty cool, even though it’s a one-lane dam, monitored by a stoplight. Which means I am entrusting others to pay attention to the light they are supposed to be stopped at. I only knew about Pardee because a friend had gone fishing here and said it was pretty. So, I saw it on AllTrails and I figured why not give it a go. But in my attempt to plan this, I visited the East Bay Municipal…

  • 2020,  AllTrails,  California,  City Girl Hikes,  Friends,  Hiking,  Musings,  Vacaville

    City Girl Hikes: Gates Canyon – Vacaville, CA

    Sometimes you sign up for a hike knowing its gonna be rough… I hike for the variety in my workouts, but the views and scenery are usually picturesque. Which obviously means I have some good IG content. I’ve enjoyed sharing my solo hiking adventures since it was a goal I accomplished. But, since hiking lends itself well to social distancing, I’ve had friends share an interest in joining me. And if you know me, you know I love doing things with friends (versus solo). All that being said, Ambriss joined me for the Gates Canyon hike. We knew it was an out and back, which included all up-hill out and…

  • 2020,  AllTrails,  California,  City Girl Hikes,  Hiking,  lululemon,  Musings,  Napa

    City Girl Hikes: Skyline Wilderness Park Loop – Napa, CA

    HARD (rating) is always relative… If you aren’t familiar with the AllTrails app, they have a trail rating system. They rate the difficulty from easy, moderate, to hard. In addition, they also have a five-star rating, based on the users perception of liking or disliking the hike. I titled this as the Skyline Wilderness Park Loop because the actual title is really intense – Skyline Trail, Thatcher’s Rim Rock Trail, and Lake Marie Road Loop. I chose this trail because it was a loop and the listed distance of 7 miles. This was officially my second solo hike, since the previous hike I met a new hiking friend and she…

  • 2020,  AllTrails,  California,  City Girl Hikes,  Hiking,  Musings,  St. Helena

    City Girl Hikes: Conn Peak & Shoreline Trail – St. Helena, CA

    Sometimes you make a hiking friend on a solo hike. I set out for my second solo hike, relying on the parking attendants’ directions on where to start the trail. You enter Moore Creek Park, pass one residential home, and then find the parking lot. About a quarter of a way into the first trail I chose, I ran into a girl coming toward me. I asked her if I was headed the right way and she told me ‘no,’ but she was also looking for the same trailhead. So, we essentially became friends from then on. HAHA! Neither of us was trying out hike the other, to add space…

  • 2020,  Mental Health,  Musings

    Musings: Loving Me is Hard

    And I credit my parents for that. AND I mean that in the most thoughtful way possible. Recently, I was having a convo with a friend, when they pointed out a few things. And not in a malicious way, I was very interested in their assessment of me, in regards to relationships. They said, “You need a weak man. And you are SOOO damn bull-headed.” They also went on to share that I act as if I was previously in a toxic and/or abusive relationship. To be followed with I overthink too much. Is this critical, yes. Was I upset, no? I was intent to understand their assessment because, at…

  • 2020,  AllTrails,  California,  City Girl Hikes,  Colfax,  Hiking,  Musings

    City Girl Hikes [SOLO]: Stevens Trail – Colfax, CA

    It just took a pandemic for me to take a solo hike. To be fair, I’d set this goal for 2020. And the pandemic lent itself easily to accomplish this goal. On a whim, about two days before I hiked, I kinda committed to myself to do the hike. My friend, Haley, is an experienced hiker so I asked her, for the fifteenth time, for a recommendation on where I should hike. She sent me, for probably the fifth time, the Stevens Trail link via AllTrails. This hike was ideal because it is less than an hour away from my house, which was one of my ultimate criteria. Probably, actually…

  • 2020,  Body,  Health,  Musings,  Period

    Musings: Tampons, Thanks Pandemic

    It’s about DAMN time!! I’ve been so heated about this topic for a long time. Women DESERVE to use pre-tax, health funds to buy stuff for their periods. I deserve it. All women deserve it! Thanks to COVID-19, we can now use our HSA accounts to buy tampons (or pads if you’re a psycho)! Also, you can retroactively reimburse yourself for any purchases made since January 1, 2020. I am way too excited for this! Bless the saint who snuck this into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act! You may think you are prepared for thinking about health insurance when you enter the workforce. But then they…

  • 2020,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Food,  Musings,  Pinterest

    Diary of a Non-Cook: I Don’t Eat Red Pizza Sauce

    I hate red sauce. Yes, it’s THAT serious. For almost two decades now, I’ve been ordering ‘white’ sauce on my pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll tear up Costco pizza at any given moment, red sauce be damned. But if I have my choice, I’m ALWAYS going with white sauce. Since I bought pre-made Trader Joe’s dough, I decided I wanted to make my own sauce. Because there really isn’t a good pre-made white sauce. They expect you to buy Alfredo if you do want anything other than red pizza sauce. Of course, I ran to Pinterest to find a solution. I found this pin, which was exactly what I…

  • 2020,  Musings

    Musings: Uncertain Times

    The world decided to send us all a chill pill… Coronavirus. COVID-19. The “Chinese Virus” as our idiotic (being nice with this verb) President has termed it through his tweets. This pandemic has put us ALL in uncharted waters with less than ideal tools and resources to navigate through it. But we are resilient. By we, I mean us, humans. What I hope to see through all of this is a higher level of kindness, compassion, and understanding. It will take time to get there, but as we become more uncertain and stressed, we learn more about ourselves and how we can adapt to change and manage our feelings and…

  • 2020,  Career,  Musings,  Travel

    Musings: Two Months In

    Road Warrior status activated! It’s been exactly TWO months since I started my new role. And I’m happy to report, I’m still loving it. I get that question a lot these days. How’s the new job? Do you love to travel? And yes, for the most part. I don’t exactly love sitting on a flight for hours on end, but on either side of a flight I know I’m most going somewhere new or home. Either make me happy. I do take my time at home a lot more seriously these days. Some weekends and days home feel so extremely busy with trying to do household chores, run errands, and…