I’m still high on last weekend’s camping trip. It was refreshing but not quite restful – we spent all day out hiking and roaming, came back late, and sat by the campfire for dinner, s’mores, games, and laughter! It was back to work and quite a busy week – advertising for Rainbow Youth and potluck for back to school night. The AC was broken at … Continue reading Sunday Bests: Rest Week (But Not Really)
Last year, a couple of friends and I took a late summer trip to Temecula wine country. We decided to go again this year and maybe annually. Our first stop was Miramonte Winery for their VIP tour and tasting, which we bought off Groupon. Afterwards, we went to our favorite Peltzer Winery for a tasting. They had $15 (instead of $20) tastings for teachers. We … Continue reading Sunday Bests: Wine & Whiny
Santa Monica – I intended to join the SoCal Stair Climbers but hit traffic. I ended up walking around anyways, stopping at Stout for a beer and shared fries. Mani/pedi and some Olipop – I had Friday off so I got some things taken care of. Our local Red Rock Canyon – In the evening, I took a quick hike. It got dark fast! Joanna … Continue reading Sunday Bests: Summer Days
Can we do this trip over again? Let’s bike to hotel hot tubs and drink with strangers from Pittsburgh for 4 hours again. Let’s play pool until 3am with lost souls again. Let’s go to another tiki bar together. Let’s eat Nashville hot chicken at a gay bar again. Let’s lay on a blanket in the park again. Let’s drive through Joshua Tree then make … Continue reading Palm Springs: Let’s Do It Again!
After camping last weekend, I bailed on everything this weekend (Oktoberfest & hiking Mt. Islip) and was totally fine with it. I was spent and I’m conserving energy for some things at work that I’ll talk about later. What I can say now is, I’m honored to be part of a rad team, I’m nervous about my ability to handle it, and I’m also fired … Continue reading Sunday Bests: Doing Less
I had a meltdown yesterday morning. I felt like too much and not enough. I am doing a lot at work and in my personal life. Saturday morning, I had to wake up at 5:30 to fit in a bit of peace (yoga for 45 minutes) before the track meet. After 6 weeks of coaching, I had to bring all the food and make sure … Continue reading Real Happiness (Doesn’t Mean Not Crying)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Expo West was this weekend. It’s overwhelming but also amazing. I still go for at least 4 hours everyday, although I’ve stopped taking Fridays off to go. I also learned how to not eat everything – I avoid most bars, protein powders, etc. Here are my favorites this year! Fresh Ideas tent Perfect Bar has 2 new … Continue reading 2018 Expo West Recap
I went to Tucson a couple years ago and loved it. Actually, I just love all of Arizona. I’ve always had the best time meeting cool strangers there. My favorite (between Tucson and Phoenix, Sedona, and Flagstaff) is Tucson for the hip but gritty vibe and nature, especially the saguaros everywhere! Where I Stayed AirBnb – I loved the place I stayed at in 2017 … Continue reading Tucson City Guide