• 2020,  Food,  Musings,  Yelp

    Musings: The Elusive Black Badge Is MINE!

    I can’t believe I’ve been Yelping longer than TEN years! Remember last year when I was talking about earning the elusive black badge? I’ve been impatiently waiting since January 1 for the coveted email saying I was a Yelp Elite for 2020. I waited and waited. I text a good friend about it. My co-worker and I talked about it. He even went as far as emailing our Community Manager (CM) to ask when the announcement would be made. We did learn our CM was on vacation until January 6, so I figured we wouldn’t hear until after that. Most of January 6 came and went, so I had given…

  • 2020,  Mental Health,  Musings

    Musings: 2020 Intention Set

    No new year, new me BS! But you already know that. Never been one for resolutions, but I am one for goals. I don’t share or set them very often either. But I think setting an intention for 2020 is something I could get behind. I like the idea of having a word that I can strive for, think about, and reflect on for the entire year. I have never done this before, so we shall see how it goes. I think an intention is a hybrid of a goal and an aspiration. Setting an intention activates my ability to be receptive, manifest, and put out what I intend to…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…