What I’m Loving | 7/30/2017

This has been a great, crazy week! It seems like I’ve had something going on every day and I’ve barely had time to think. I headed to San Jose on Friday to work at our office down there, then met up with Harley and some friends for drinks. Saturday morning was surfing lessons in Santa Cruz and Saturday evening was John Mayer (two bucket list items in one day!).

I definitely thrive on being busy, but I’m so excited to just chill out for the rest of the day to recouperate. 

Here’s what I’m loving lately:


Books :: Ugh, STILL reading the Unbearable Lightness of Being…it’s a great read, I’ve just had a packed schedule this week. I’m about three fourths of the way through though, so I should be finishing it up soon.

Listening :: Lots of John Mayer from the archives! In preparation for his concert I made sure to brush up on his discography. It’s amazing how you can love songs and completely forget they exist, so that was a great refresher and a total throwback. 
Spare time :: Socializing, and lots of it. I had an event I organized for work, some friends in from out of town during the week, and the trip to San Jose for work and Santa Cruz for surfing. It’s been busy, but I’m happy to be building my network!

:: Colored jeans. This have been trendy for a bit now, but I’m always so late to the game on those things. I started with a pair of black jeans which quickly became my most-worn pair. I also got a hunter green pair recently, and have been eyeing some burgundy ones as well. It’s such a fun way to make a statement!

Keep an eye out for a post detailing my surfing adventure soon!

Guide to the Bay

With so many things to do here, it’s baffling how difficult it is to actually find something to do. While the city is only 7 miles by 7 miles, the “Bay Area” has a much larger footprint. Additionally, relying on public transportation requires pre-planning, as it takes quite a bit of effort to get around town. As a resident or a tourist (I kind of consider myself a hybrid of both) it can be hard to narrow it down to things actually worth the effort of doing.

It’s no secret that I love to plan things, but sometimes it can be exhausting with so many resources. Thankfully, I’ve found quite a few websites that make planning activities fun again!

SF Fun Cheap // Definitely my most-used on this list. This is such a handy resource, and they specialize in things that are free, low cost, or that you can win tickets to. You can break it down by day and area of the Bay for the most seamless planning session ever. Things on the pricier side are often excluded, so it really depends on what you’re looking for.

Rally (by Eventbrite) // This website services San Francisco, New York City, and LA. While it specializes more on roundups than specific events, it’s a great resource for finding restaurants and bars that are a little off the beaten path.

Eventbrite // I’m not sure why more event organizers don’t make use of this site! It’s simple to use as an organizer and a consumer, completely free, and equips you with great search criteria. It’s commonly used for concerts and festivals, but it can also be utilized for free events to get the word out!

Do The Bay // This is a fun site that’s a good mix of concerts and general happenings. It doesn’t have as large of a presence so I do find a lot of things that aren’t on here, but it also features some fun events that I haven’t seen elsewhere!

Whether you’re visiting or living here, these are great resources to make the most of your time. Somewhere between wine country and Palo Alto you can find an event that suits you, or at least a free wine tasting special!

What I’m Loving | 7/23/17

Update, I got sunburned pretty badly. It’s finally subsiding, but I have been SO itchy. I’m signed up for surfing lessons next week, but thankfully I’ll be wearing a wetsuit for that.

I’ve been totally swamped with work and extra-curricular activities, so I’m absolutely just taking time to recharge this weekend. Next week is surfing and a concert, and I think that part of adulthood is knowing when you need to proactively relax. I have such a difficult time taking it easy here since there’s so many things to do, but sometimes you just have to force yourself to stay home.

Here’s what I’ve been into this week!

Books :: Admittedly, I’ve been slacking here. Of course I love reading, but I just haven’t been prioritizing it enough to have started a new book yet.

Listening :: Modern Love : The Podcast. SUCH a good series. It’s readings of the essays that are published in the Modern Love section of the New York Times. They oftentimes will follow up with the writer or someone featured in the essay, and hearing them read is so powerful. Highly recommend.

Spare time :: Cleaning! It’s amazing how you can feel like you’re never home, but yet the house still gets so dirty. I spent some time over the weekend doing a deep clean, and boy do I feel better! I also headed to Nordstrom’s to check out the anniversary sale yesterday, and they have a huge selection of items this year.

Style :: Madewell. I’ve heard of Madewell plenty of times before, but I finally made it to one of their stores over the weekend and I am highly impressed. It absolutely fits my style, and their prices are beyond reasonable. They’re currently doing 30% extra off clearance, so head over and take a look!

This time next week I’ll be a ~surfer gal~ so be on the lookout for lots of peace signs and “aloha”s. Or maybe just some injuries, who knows. 

Live the Dream in California

IMG_1865When I was a kid, there was this commercial about California that played fairly often on TV. I think the tagline was “Live the Dream in California” or something of that nature. It showed people doing a variety of activities, cutting from a surfer to a wine tasting to a mountain climber, to showcase all the different things you can do here. I remember thinking that of course you could do all these things, because California took up so much real estate on the map. What I’m starting to realize is that you can do all of those things in about an hours’ drive, and be back in the city by sunset.

On Sunday, friends and I took an hour long trip outside of the city to swim. We drove through mountains, hiked on a trail overlooking the coast, then swam in a clear water lake nestled in pine trees. A few weekends ago we went 2 hours outside of the city to a wakeboarding park surrounded by rural farms. The weekend before that and an hour in the other direction, I was outside the headquarters of the largest software companies in the world. I also hear there’s a place called Napa that’s pretty alright.

Mondays at work are always exciting because it’s a great way to hear things to do in the area. I have coworkers that go skiing (Lake Tahoe still has snow!), sailing, or surfing, or take a quick jaunt to Los Angeles or Las Vegas. There’s a sign in the subway for a travel agency with the tagline “the world is your piña colada“, which is whimsical but also quite true. A major airport, the tech capital of the world, and the natural scenery make the options almost limitless and right at your fingertips. And if that seems too overwhelming that’s okay too, because for every adventure there’s also a down to earth dive bar on a quiet street.

If I ever get jaded about living in the city, I don’t think I’d hesitate to leave it. But for now I’m content knowing that something beautiful and undiscovered is always right around the corner.

What I’m Loving

IMG_1788.JPGTime is flying by. I realized that last week was the one month mark at my job, and two months since I’ve been here. Finally things here are starting to feel normal and routine! We’re about to head to the lake with some friends, but I wanted to give a quick summary of what I’ve been up to.

Books :: I started The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and so far so good! The writing style is very unique but I’m enjoying it. I’ve also starting following several local Twitter accounts that put up quite a bit of local content, so I’ve been staying in the know on area events as well.

Listening :: Louder Than Bombs is one of my favorite albums and it’s been heavy in the rotation lately.

Spare time :: Next to none! I’ve felt so all over the place this week. I did get to go see the new Spiderman movie which was fairly entertaining. It’s also been pleasantly warm out so I’ve been trying to spend lots of time outside.

Style :: I cannot stop eyeing Stitchfix. I haven’t given in to trying it yet but it seems like such a cool service that I might just have to. You only pay a $20 styling credit and for the clothes you keep, but if you keep more than $20 worth the credit is applied to the purchase! I find shopping to be inconvenient so this seems like a great service.

Alright, keeping my fingers crossed I don’t get sunburned like the last time I went to the beach!

Breakfast Sandwiches!

IMG_1798As everyone probably knows, there are few things I love more than waking up slowly on the weekends, having a cup of coffee, and getting ready for the day. It’s also the only time of the week where I have the cahance to eat something other than yogurt in the mornings, so I always look forward to having a warm, homemade breakfast.

I tried out this breakfast sandwich mainly as a way to use up some random things we had in the fridge, but Harley has been requesting it every weekend since! I’ve never been able to come up with recipes off the top of my head, but this is so simple that I would barely consider it a recipe at all. I love a sweet and spicy combination, and this comes together so well!

  • 2 pieces of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice cheese (or shredded cheese, whatever you have on hand really!)
  • Sliced deli turkey
  • Jam
  • Tapatio hot sauce
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Scramble the eggs with salt and pepper (and a splash of milk if you want). Pour into a nonstick pan over medium heat. I fry them up almost like an omelette because it makes eating the sandwich much easier!
  2. Toast the bread and spread jam on one piece. Lay a piece of cheese on the other.
  3. When the eggs are cooked, place them onto the bread with the cheese on it to start the melting process.
  4. Add turkey to the skillet, and cook until warmed. Place on top of eggs.
  5. Sprinkle Tapatios (or any hot sauce, really) on top, then assemble sandwich!

One thing I like about this is that you can customize it to taste different based on what you have on hand! We typically have whole wheat bread, pepper jack cheese, and apricot jam, but honestly you could do this with any other variation of those as well! I also think it would be great with some sliced honey ham or bacon, or some sourdough. Overall it’s the perfect quick and tasty breakfast!


What I’m Loving

IMG_1726Happy Sunday! I don’t know who decided that Friday and Monday should be so close together, but I think they made a grave mistake. Weekends are the best, and I think if every weekend was a three day weekend we’d all be a lot happier.

Here’s a quick roundup of what I’ve been loving lately!

Books :: I’m in between books right now, but the last one I finished was Yes Please. I’m a big Amy Poehler fan so getting to hear about her life was great. I also loved the portions where she talked about working on SNL back in the day! I think my next read will be The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I have not seen the movie but I’ve heard it’s great, so I’m excited to read the book first!

Listening :: I’ve always enjoyed podcasts, and lately I’ve been incorporating them into my commute. I’m obsessed with Let’s Not Panic. I actively look forward to them releasing new episodes, and their relationship dynamic is so entertaining! I also think if we met, we could be best friends. Additionally I quite enjoy the Modern Love podcast (by the New York Times) and try to keep up as they release new episodes of it.

Spare time :: Family time! My parents have been visiting this week and it’s been great. It’s their first time in SF and they are loving it! Unfortunately they leave tomorrow, but it’s been so fun getting to show them around this past week.

Style :: I love these new shoes called Allbirds. I hadn’t heard of them until last week, and since then I’ve seen them all over! They’re made here in San Francisco and people swear they’re the most comfortable shoes. I’ve needed a new pair of runners for a looong time so these are definitely on my list.

May your weeks be long and your weekends be short!