Man, I just got done looking back at my entries from this year and I’m sorry to say that there are not many! I don’t even have a good excuse; where did the time go? So, needless to say, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.
With that being said, I guess it’s also time to play catch up on the past few months and whats all being going on. After all, it’s been awhile since…
Our final winter months we were blessed with various unexpected time off and were able to head up to South Lake Tahoe to get in some good skiing. We were able to see a great friend that we hadn’t seen in awhile one time, relax around a fire while staying at our favorite dog-friendly resort (Holly’s Place) every time, and celebrate my birthday with beautiful weather, skiing and amazing food on our final trip for the season. We even treated ourselves this year and for the first time, in a long time, we purchased all new ski equipment; skis, bindings, poles and J.O FINALLY purchased new boots for himself! It’s been awhile since we’ve treated ourselves to new skiing equipment and after using it, we both wish we hadn’t waited to long. It’s amazing what a difference new skis, bindings and boots make!
It’s been awhile since we had visitors! When my sister drove out to California with me back in January, we realized how much we enjoyed showing our loved ones around our new city! We were blessed to be able to do that again with our friends Matt, Emily and their son, Marshall. We spent one afternoon in Napa and then another day driving the coast down to Santa Monica and back up. It was so much fun to have them here and show them around. There’s nothing like great friends coming to see you for their vacation. We are super excited for our next guests to come and visit in a few weeks and we can’t wait for more visitors after that (hint hint)!
It’s been awhile since I’ve taken focus on my diet or been on a serious workout regime. Well, a serious one for me. I was still eating healthy and working out daily, but I wasn’t pushing myself like I used to, my diet was out of whack from the holidays, and changes needed to happen for me. So, in February, my cousin (who lives in Minnesota) and I decided to embark on a 30 day bodyrock.tv fitness challenge together. By checking in with each other everyday and after every workout, we were held accountable for our actions and progress was made! No matter where we were or what was going on in our lives, we found time (12-20 min on average) for our daily workout video. She worked out while on vacation in Florida, I did it while in Tahoe, she woke up extra early to get it in before work and I stayed up late to complete it after J.O left for work. After the first challenge, we decided to do another 30 day bodyrock.tv challenge and this time my other cousin joined in! We all have the mentality that if we have 20 min to watch tv, then we have 20 min to workout. We’re now on our third challenge for the year together and we’ve started a group on Facebook to get other friends and family in on the action! We have a few other that have started this latest challenge with us and the sense of community and support is amazing. They say that there is strength in numbers and together we are building our strength (and our bond) for sure. Just goes to show, you don’t have to be in the same area code to have fantastic support. We’re all feeling great, eating healthier and embracing each others support and motivation. And I LOVE having any excuse to connect with some of my favorite people.
It’s been awhile since we have been a two vehicle family. Back in late 2009 we decided to sell my car and be a single vehicle family. It just didn’t make sense to have two cars with how much we were moving and the fact that we really didn’t NEED two vehicles. When we first moved to California back in 2011, we knew that we wanted to get a Jeep Wrangler to cruise the coast in, so, we started looking. Then, we moved to Hawaii, so the search came to a halt. When we lived in Hawaii, we did have 2 vehicles, but one was a work truck and one was a rental (so, that doesn’t really count). For the past few months, one of J.O’s co-workers had an extra car that I was able to use and during that time we realized two things: A. having a small vehicle in San Francisco is a necessity (trying to park a HUGE F350 dually in downtown is not fun, at all) and B. that having two vehicles is kind of nice. So, the search for a Jeep started in full force again back in January and about 4 weeks ago, J.O found the Jeep he wanted to buy: a 1989 6.0 cylinder Jeep Wrangler with only 80,000 miles….you heard me, 80,000 miles. We drove up to Napa and picked it up! SInce then, J.O has been having a grand time getting it all ready for our upcoming planned coastal roady trips. So far, he has installed new tires and wheels, a new sound system and a roof and cargo rack (and yes, we can still take the rag top off to enjoy the sunshine!). Long dog is still unsure about riding in the open air, but little by little he’s getting used to it. We have purchased a clip in harness for him so that he has cruise the coast safely and in style! We have had one Sunday-Funday with the top off and it was SO MUCH FUN!!! I can’t wait for summer!
It’s been while since I’ve worked a job where I’ve received a taxed paycheck. I say that, because even though I quit my ” taxed day job” back in 2009 when we hit the road together full time, I never quit working. I simply don’t get paid with a taxed paycheck for being a domestic goddess Well, that all changed last week. Since we have decided to stay in the San Francisco area for awhile, the opportunity arose for me to get a job if I wanted. I decided I wanted to get something very part time and close to home. I am now the newest employee to Columbo’s Delicatessen where I am quickly becoming a kick ass sandwich artist. I decided to apply and accept the job offer at this establishment for a few reasons, including the fact that it is owned and operated by family, they specialize in something (Italian meats, cheeses and sandwiches) and they make many items in house (roast beef, pasta salads, breads, pastries, pastas, calamari, and more) and they use natural and fresh product. I’m working on average 20 hours a week, mainly weekends and so far it seems to work out well with J.O’s schedule. We did both decide that if it interrupts our time together, that I’ll find something else. So far I’m enjoying the work and it’s a nice change of pace and plus I’m learning a few new tricks. It’s also fun to work in an area that I enjoy (the kitchen) and both Long Dog and J.O are enjoying the treats that I bring home.
J.O is still working nights and 6-7 days a week, so we embrace each unexpected day off as a blessing. The silver lining to his working these long and crazy hours is knowing that he still loves what he’s doing and enjoys going to work.
That just about sums it all up for the first quarter of the year! Hopefully, I won’t have to start the next entry with, “It’s been awhile since….”