Sunday, January 12, 2014

1,688 Days

That would be the number of days since I last wrote in this blog. Since then I've turned 30 (and then some), become and aunt again,  traveled abroad, moved twice (three times?), and picked up a squatter in my house. Those are the most significant things that have happened at least.

30. 31. Two more months and I hit 32. Time is marching on, but I'm feeling good about it. 30 wasn't scary and was probably my best birthday yet. I spent three days doing exactly what I wanted (sight-seeing in SF) with all (well almost all) of my favorite people.

Conservatory of Flowers
Out on the town
Best Friends
Golden Gate Fields
It's been a little over a year now that I've been an aunt x2. I had the pleasure of being the third person to hold Andrew after he was born and of course I was instantly in love with his squishy little face. He has since moved with the rest of his family (ie. my brother's family) to Mississippi and I miss him and his big brother Nick very much [and well, i guess my brother an sister-in-law too ;)].

Proud Aunt
Family Time
Big guy!
Camo in Mississippi
In October of last year I went on my first trip abroad to Peru. I spent two weeks traveling through a chunk of the southern portion of the country with my very good friend Alison and we had a blast. We saw Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Puno, and Lake Titicaca. We moved around about every two days, which was exhausting, but it was an amazing experience and I wouldn't change it for the world. The highlight was definitely Machu Picchu, but my favorite town was Ollantaytambo by far. It was small and quiet and we had a great hostel and even found a favorite restaurant that we visited at least 5 times.
Machu Picchu!
Tired travelers
Colca Canyon

Moving wasn't really anything significant. I seem to have done it annually since I left home. But I've been settled in my little apartment for almost two years now. It's a pretty nice place for this price in Monterey, but I'm definitely itching for a second room and a bigger kitchen. Maybe someday after the squatter and I save a little money we will move to a bigger place.

And by squatter, I of course mean boyfriend who just won't seem to leave. And by just won't seem to leave, I mean I've never asked him to leave and have actually done the opposite and asked him to move in officially. That should be happening in the next month or so, just as soon as we get the lease details figured out. It's a big step for both of us, but we're both very excited! Because we are of course madly, disgustingly in love. I will spare you the gushing I could do about how wonderful he is and just say that I am a damn lucky girl to have such a great guy.

Fall fun
Meant to be together
Our First Christmas
So this being the beginning of 2014 I'm looking to the future and making resolutions I suppose. The first would be getting my finances under control and getting some of my debt paid off. The second is  Boyfriend and I are getting back on a healthy track with eating and exercising after a month or so of indulgence. We've both set goals and are developing plans for achieving them. I know it's going to be a struggle for me as always, especially with the recent knee problems I've been having, but I know the support we'll give one another will make it a little bit easier. Awww! I'm also hoping to do a bit more traveling this year, even if I don't get far. I think the "family" Burney Falls camping trip is on again this fall and Boyfriend and I are hoping to make it up to Tahoe this winter/spring and Michigan in June.

And who knows, maybe I'll even blog again before another 1,688 days have passed....

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Too Excited to Sleep

Route planned - check
Return plane tickets purchased - check
Family stops confirmed - check
Staying up till 2am looking at for cool stuff to see - check

The countdown has begun! In one week Ann and I will be packing up her roommate's sister's car (got that?) and heading for Annapolis Maryland to deliver it and visit Ann's mom & stepdad! Stops along the way include Salt Lake (Ann's dad's), Lincoln Nebraska (approximately), South Bend Indiana, a day trip to Cleveland for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Columbus Ohio (Aunt Pookie's). But of course, there HAS to be things to see in between. We will need to stretch our legs at some point, right? is an entirely too entertaining and completely random website. It should be used as a major resource for any roadtrip adventure. How else would you find the world's largest wooden nickel, the gravesite of Devine, the Star Wars toy museum, every smiley face water tower, and giant chickens, cows, cups of coffee, cans of soup, and balls of paint? I wouldn't say our route has the most interesting stuff, but we'll keep ourselves entertained. Expect lots of goofy pictures and subsequent posts on my "List"!

Monday, March 30, 2009


It's been a long time since I've written...nothing particularly interesting has happened since then. Turned 27 I'm getting old... Spent the weekend before my b-day in Ventura with Amber, Ann, and Monica. Good times, would have been better if I hadn't been in so much pain (don't ask), but it was still good to see everyone. And of course plenty of laughs to make my cheeks and belly hurt! The weekend after I threw myself a little birthday soiree with my local friends. Lolla grill for dinner (with the bonus of a super cute waiter!) then games and trouble at Matt and Mollys. Thanks to everyone for a great birthday!

Sing to me!
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes! Yum!SevenStanley, Amber's step-puppy

And now on to the subject at daunting, yet...I'm EXCITED! I've been in the office for MONTHS now with only a handful of field days. I'm starting to go crazy. And since our front desk person is out for 6 weeks (get better soon CM!) we've all been doing a lot more administrative stuff...not my favorite, not always my strongest point...But starting this week, I'm going back into the field!! 3+ weeks of plant surveys! WOO HOO! So stoked! The only problem I see with this is thatmost of the surveys are in Marina....which means a higher likelyhood of fog and wind, usually at the same time...But I'll take it. It's time to get out!

Here's some pics of past work adventures (I got a little carried away...)

Some of the main plants I'm looking for:

Monterey Spineflower
Sand gilia
Coast Wallflower
Other fun pics:
Doing plant transects on the dunesStar lily (one of my FAVORITES!)
Tidy tips
Cobweb Thistle
Globe Lily
My new friend
Red-legged frog and CA tiger salamander pond surveys
Lupine field and oaks
I'm not sure why these people want to build a house
Carmel Valley Hills
CA poppies
Mariposa Lily (another FAVORITE!)
Buttercup fields near Tres Pinos
Coast horned lizard (I want one!)
Coast newt (I want one of these too)
Restoring a wetland, rockin' the golashes

Monday, January 19, 2009

Is it really January?

It is freakish weather in California right now! As most of the county is bundled up for below freezing weather, it's been t-shirt and shorts weather here for over a week . Even in Monterey! During the summer we never had more than two days of nice weather, but we've had 7 days in a row of over 75° and even longer over 65° this month! It's supposed to start raining Wednesday off and on for the next week and we so badly need the rain, but I'm going to miss this because it's been amazing!

Yesterday Mae and I went on and adventure up to Santa Cruz with our cameras. No plans except to hit the beach at some point. I'm pretty sure everyone else in the area had the same idea, because it was BUSY! You could tell it wasn't the normal obnoxious tourist crowd though; just all the locals getting out and making the most of the day. We headed up past the Boardwalk towards the cliffs and found cute dogs being walked everywhere, a surf competition, amazing views of the coastline, and of course Santa Cruz's plethora of colorful people. Here's some of the pics!

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse (with the Santa Cruz Surf Museum inside)
Watching the competition
Surfing and sailing
Surf Competition
Hula-hooping Hippies
What is that rabbit doing on his head? I'm not sure, his song didn't tell us...
Pink beetle
One of the houses I want to live in
Waiting for the sunset
Perfect day
Just past sunset
Mae contemplating her next shot