• 2017,  California,  Friends,  Musings,  Napa

    3 Day Sabbatical

    Better late than never, right… I’m already finishing the third week of my new job. Surprise! I got a new job. I wanted to do a post about leaving my job at the Nut House and how I was excited to start something new. But then I figured I better wait until I actually start the new job before I blog about it. Then, the next thing you know, my first week was done and it was a crazy, busy and here we are NOW! Three weeks in and excited…and being challenged in a great way. It’s not like you walk around talking about looking for a new job. But those that I vent to…

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    Musings: FLAVOR! Napa Valley

    Sometimes you know, sometimes you have NO clue! Thank goodness, my friend (she happens to be a co-worker too) K, knows what’s up! We are always discussing food and sending pics to each other, quizzing knowledge about new places, and trying out new places together — but she schooled me! Flavor Napa. What the hell? I really missed the boat on this one! Thanks to her, I didn’t really miss out. In the spirit of Birthday Month, K set up a Napa Flavor adventure with another co-worker and J was our DD, who also got to partake in the adventure too. Chris Cosentino?!? Yeah, I don’t recognize that name either.…

  • 2016,  Family,  Musings,  Napa,  Uncategorized

    Musings: Just Like Frozen…

    2 sisters and a castle… …just like Frozen. Except we’re Asian, there was NO snow, and it’s really a winery. So basically, just like Frozen. Every Princess needs a Castello (de Amarosa), right? Napa is known for many things, but mostly for their delicious vino. Did you know a perfect castle is nestled right outside of the Napa city limits? Once you get off the 80 and start your journey on the 12 to Napa, you only have to go about 35 miles to get yourself to a real, live castle. For every girl that grew up dreaming of becoming a Princess, thanks to Disney, you can make it happen…

  • 2015,  California,  Christmas,  Christmas,  Family,  Food,  Holidays,  Musings,  Napa,  Sacramento,  Traditions

    …and Like That It’s Over!

    Christmas has come and gone… …just like that. If you remember correctly, I was trying to find my Christmas spirit on Christmas Eve. Shortly after I wrote/posted that, it started to sink in and magically I began to start feeling more in the spirit. Maybe it was just saying it out loud (well, really writing it) that made snap out of it. Maybe the super relaxing pedicure that was pure bliss also helped. But by Christmas Eve I was in the full Christmas spirit and ready for all the celebrations ahead. Christmas Eve w/ J’s family. This long weekend was exactly what I needed. Family time. Family time. Friend time. Lets just say 3.5 days was not…

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    Showering in Yountville!

    I’m in quite the snark mood… …you’ve been warned. When one of your best guy friend’s finds his love, you support it! No matter what. You attend the parties they host, you congratulate when they are engaged, you attend the bachelorette party in San Diego, you attend the wedding, and thennnnn…you attend the baby shower! Having Napa/Yountville within, what feels like, an arm’s length reach makes it seem so much more accessible, than it really is. I can easily apply this mentality to the City too, even though it seems to be about an hour further out, with the congestion of what I assume Hell feels like. When planning to…

  • 2015,  Birthdays,  California,  Family,  Friends,  Midtown Strength & Conditioning,  Napa,  Rose & Thorn

    Rose & Thorn [42]

    The first weekend of Spring did NOT disappoint…Rose: Miss Olivia’s 3rd birthday FUNstivities and our quarterly Napa trip with the girls! Thorn: Big Blue needing more work done… I’m pretty sure I spent more time outside this weekend than indoors AND it was perfect. Although my allergies might disagree, it was a lovely first weekend of Spring. Of course it was packed with activities, but honestly…what weekend isn’t? Friday As we made our bi-weekly trip up the hill to Folsom to swoop L, we decided to keep our Family Dinner Date night low key. Since it was veggie week our options seemed very limited. J didn’t seem into being adventurous…

  • 2015,  California,  Napa,  Race Recap,  Running,  Travel

    Race Recap: Napa Valley Marathon 2015

    The ‘make or break’ marathon… Everyone one says don’t decide if you like or dislike (re: hate) something only after doing it once. Or is that just for food? Anywho, I decided, after over a year sabbatical I’d attempt another marathon (CIM 2013 was my first). The lure of Napa was really a determining factor, but seeing if I was truly a ‘marathoner’ was also what sealed the deal approximately a year ago when I signed up for this race. Here we are a year later and my time to shine was here. Since the race was about an hour and fifteen minutes from Sac, we decided this would be…

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    Rose & Thorn [39]

    Napa is pretty magical… Rose: Running my 2nd marathon! Thorn: Running A marathon :/ …in a I’m poor, but still love wine kind of way. Napa is as gorgeous and as alluring as its wine soaked visitors become! However, everything here comes at an expense. It’s no wonder trips here are few and far between, but each one leaves me wanting more! Friday Only working half days are basically my fave! You get a little work done, but then you head out before the dreadful, long afternoons. Especially Friday afternoons, they are the worst. You’re so close to the weekend you can almost taste it, but those minutes before the…

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    Thinking Out Loud – A Not So Love Letter

    Dear Napa Marathon, I had the grandest idea of falling in love with you. From the moment I went online to register with giddy and happy anticipation. Anticipation that stemmed from the notion that we must try things more than once, to see if we genuinely like or dislike it. I happily paid the exorbitant registration fee, anything more than $50 makes me cringe. The idea that I might be able to keep up with Steph Z. was another alluring factor. And it goes without saying, the fact that you have placed yourself in the luscious rolling hills of the land of the fruit that produces my happy juice, completely…

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    Five Things Friday – 2 Weeks Until Napa

    …Marathon that is… Thanks, Clare! 2 weeks doesn’t sound like a long time…cause it isn’t! So thus, this post is dedicated to the 5 random thoughts going through my head as I prepare for the Napa Valley Marathon on March 1st. Or I should really say, my lack of preparation for the marathon… F@&% – What the hell am I really doing? Oh I know, just doing my long runs. While also running very, very sporadically during the week. So sporadic, it’s almost non-existent. I know I will finish all 26.2 miles, but how fast and effortlessly is another question. I envision some walking will be involved, even though it…