Thursday, September 27, 2012

seattle pt. 1

[Safeco Field: home of the Seattle Mariners]
[The husband and I enjoying happy hour inside the stadium]
[Mariners vs. Red Sox]
[Space Needle]
[Downtown Seattle from the Space Needle. If you look closely to the right of the photo you can see the faint outline of Mt. Whitney]
[On top of the world]
[Salumi, recommended by Rebecca]
[Mole salami + fresh mozzarella + Pellegrino]
[Oregano salami + fresh mozzarella]
[Waterfall Park]
[Pike Market: home of Starbucks]
[A peek inside the original Starbucks]

Is anyone else shocked that it's already the end of September? We took this trip up to Seattle at the beginning of the month, and it feels like we have only been home for a few days. I usually try to plan out every little detail of our trips to make sure that we get to do everything that we want to do. This trip, I just never got around to planning out the details (I made our hotel reservation less than a week before we left), so I made a little list of things that we could do. I was experiencing high levels of stress in regards to our unplanned vacation, but things ended up working out very nicely (as they usually do). We enjoyed some much needed time together away from our day-to-day responsibilities (including Chloe). We caught a baseball game, walked around the city, and ate some amazing food. 

Seattle is a wonderful city. It reminds me a little bit of San Francisco, which I suppose makes sense since they are both major port cities on the West Coast that were built up around the same time. While we were up there, the leaves were just starting to change colors. It felt like the beginning of fall and made coming home to Orange County and triple digit temperatures somewhat difficult (okay, I complained to basically anyone who would listen to me for about a week...). 

Fall is my favorite time of year, and while there are many things that I love about living in Southern California, this time of year always makes me long to move to the East Coast for Fall and Winter. Maybe someday we'll win the lottery and can live on the West Coast for Spring and Summer and the East Coast for Fall and Winter. I mean, it does happen to people...

Monday, September 10, 2012


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Over Labor Day Weekend, Justin, Chloe and I hopped in the car and drove up to Reno for a wedding. It was a beautiful weekend, and an even more beautiful wedding between two people who are just so perfect for each other. I couldn't be happier with my friend's choice of a husband--I have a hunch that they are going to share an amazing life together. 

We also had a chance to spend some time with my family. We stayed with my parents down in Carson City and made it up to Reno with them (along with my sister and her boyfriend) for my favorite Reno event: the Rib Cook-Off! While we were in the area, I was also able to make some time to visit with a couple of my girlfriends including a long overdue martini with Becky. I can't believe how much we were able to squeeze into our long weekend, and I'm so thankful to everyone for carving some time out of their busy schedules for us!

Sorry for the random mish mash of iPhone photos, real photos and widescreen photos...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

huntington dog beach

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A few weeks ago, a friend and I met up for a little puppy playdate at the Huntington Dog Beach. It was Chloe's first time at the beach, and I knew that she wouldn't want to have anything to do with the water, but I wasn't sure how she would act off the leash. In public. With no fences. She was fine, trying to make sure that she was never more than 3 feet away from me and panicking the one time she couldn't see me. 

While the other dogs played with each other and jumped into the ocean for a swim, Chloe sniffed the sand and ran away from incoming waves. I cannot figure out why she is so anti-social. We have had her around other dogs and people as much as possible since she was old enough to be out and about. She has been to puppy kindergarten, doggie daycare, farmers' markets, parks, dog parks, restaurants, and now the dog beach. The only reason that her anti-social behavior bothers me is that she get so nervous on the occasions that we've had to board her, and it makes me feel terrible. I'm not sure what the solution is, or really whether she even really has a problem. Maybe this is just her personality, and maybe I just need to stop worrying about my dog. I am going to be a wreck as a mother to actual children...