• 2019,  Musings

    Musings: Thank You 2019

    It’s been A year, that’s for sure… But, I don’t feel like it’s been a bad year like all the memes would have you believe it has been. At least for me, it doesn’t feel that way. It definitely has had its high highs and low lows, but what year doesn’t? I’m trying to just allow myself to reflect on the year, but realizing we are closing out a decade makes it hard to reflect on the past year. Musings from 2019 Travel – A year of domestic travel! So excited to have checked off New York from my list, but I don’t feel like I adequately can because there…

  • #GaneebanRuns,  10k,  2019,  California,  Giant Race Series,  Race Recap,  Running,  San Francisco

    Race Recap: The Giant Race 10k

    A decade of Giant Races! Literally, the ONLY reason Lil and I decided to run this race. We are worn out of the Giant Race series. The cost, the travel…everything. But as we finished in 2018 we were reminded that the 2019 race would be the 10th anniversary of the race. So, here we are (against our will). About $85 poorer, but supporting all things Orange && Black! Literally, nothing about this recap is really different than the last five or so I’ve written. Let’s take a look back and see how a decade of Giant Races in San Francisco, only, have looked for Lil and me: 2010: No2011: Yes2012:…

  • 2019,  Cabo,  Christmas,  Family,  Holidays,  Mexico,  Musings

    Cali Girl Does Cabo: A Warm Christmas, Kinda…

    A warm Christmas always sounds so dreamy… And it fully is in reality! The Parentals have been saying it for a while, but they didn’t book it far in advance like they usually do. Sometime after we arrived home for our Hawaii trip, we got an email that Poppa Bear had booked our warm Christmas…but we’d come back on Christmas Eve. I don’t mind, either way, I just anticipated if we were going somewhere we’d miss Christmas in Sacramento altogether. But we didn’t, so we got the BEST of both worlds — warm vacation in December and home for the holiday! Oddly, the trip threw off my whole Christmas obsession.…

  • #GaneebanRuns,  10k,  2019,  California,  Friends,  lululemon,  lululemon San Diego 10k,  Running,  San Diego

    Race Recap: lululemon San Diego 10k

    Only lululemon could get me on a plane to run a 10k. So pardon the delay on this race recap, but I’m glad I’m getting to it before the year ends. 2019 was supposed to ONLY be the Giant Race series, but once I received the email about this race, I knew I had to at least think about it. It definitely prompted a text to my running friend, Tara. Actually, I threw the idea of running the race as a girl’s trip to a couple of people. In the end, it was Tara and I who would make it a girl’s weekend, which was totally great for me. We’d…

  • 2019,  Musings,  New Year

    Musings: 2010s, A Colorful Decade

    Not your average end of the year post. I honestly didn’t even think that as 2020 approaches, not only are we ending 2019, but we are ending a decade. Funny how life works out that way. As I sat here thinking about the last ten years, I was trying to think of the highlights, which proved a little difficult… Off the cuff, I came up with the following: 2010 – Traveled solo for the first time (Kauai) 2011 – Completely hiked Half Dome for the first time 2012 – The SF Giants won the World Series 2012 – Started my career at Blue Diamond Growers 2013 – I started blogging…

  • 2019,  Health,  Mental Health,  Musings

    Musings: What the Stress?

    Let the bullshit blow in the breeze. The Pharcyde lyrics that are imprinted in my heart and mind. However, no matter how many times I repeat that line when I’m in the thick of it, it doesn’t help. It also doesn’t help when I cannot identify when I’m stressed. Does that happen to you? Do you know your stressors? Do you know how to de-stress yourself? Well, shit! Neither do I apparently. Recently, I’ve become so stressed my immune system was repressed, which eventually led to a flare up of Shingles. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Shingles. Like what old people get. I’m digressing, but really it was the highlight…

  • 2019,  Dating,  Friends,  Musings,  Relationships

    Musings: Speed Dating

    Speed dating isn’t just for RomComs. It’s real. It’s a thing. And I did it… …with two friends of course. I’d been having different convos with different friends about the same topic over the last couple of months. All of us interested in trying it out, for the sake of trying it. Finally, Kristen did a little leg work and signed us up with My Cheeky Date. Their website looks legit. We paid our money and got our Eventbrite tickets and waited for the day to arrive. We met at my casa and shared a bottle of wine and laughs before we headed out to the event. None of us…

  • 2019,  Blogging,  Musings

    Musings: I Belong

    Sometimes you have to tell your insecurities to shut the F up! And go about your business, like a boss. Or at least with your head held high. I was invited to what I originally thought was a dinner and wine event. Come to find out, it was, but it was also a photoshoot. I was lightweight stressing out because I’ve never been included in something like this. I’ve gone to food blogger events, but the food gets the attention, not me. Not that this dinner would be focusing on me, but I would be photographed and it scared me. It also made my insecurities go through the roof. The…

  • 2019,  California,  Food,  Friends,  Musings,  San Diego

    Cali Girl Does San Diego: Girls Long Weekend

    Four days in sunny SD bliss! Lil had to head down to SD for a wedding, so she asked if I wanted to make a fun weekend out of it. Uh, yeah, duh! Then I invited Monique too, so it became round two of our Disneyland trip in March for my birthday. I crowdsourced FB for recommendations and everyone came in clutch. I saved all the reccos in my Yelp Stay Classy SD collection of places to visit, things to do, and places to eat! I thought I’d share what and where we ate but also places we visited: Snooze, An A.M. Eatery – breakfast pot pie and coffeeSan Diego…

  • 2019,  Mental Health,  Musings

    Musings: October Reset

    Fall has me in my feels. Well, I think it’s a bunch of life things happening, but I have an overwhelming sense that I need a reset of sorts. I need to start fresh if you will. Fall recently arrived, but the Sacramento weather has taken an unexpected chilly turn. I’m used to October still hovering in the 80s for a couple of weeks, but we are now in the brisk 60s. This weather change has coincided with some life changes. Not even big or anything I want to detail out here, but just change. Change happens all the time, but sometimes its more impactful than we realize. It felt…