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My husband and I took off the week of Christmas, giving us 10 days to play at the end of the year. Wippeee! It’s been gloomy and chilly up in the Bay Area so we opted for a road trip down to Southern California in search of some sunshine and animals. (I’ll get to that later)

It’s about a 7-9 hour drive between the Bay Area and San Diego, depending on how many stops you make, and my husband is my best friend in the world and makes me laugh until I snort, so there’s no one else I would rather be stuck in a car with for that long. So on Christmas morning we packed up pretty much everything we own (why did we take 6 bags between us again?!) and hit the road.

Catching the sunset at Coronado Beach in San Diego.

Fun fact: the roads are virtually empty on Christmas Day, or at least they were for us. We made a pit stop in Los Angeles on Christmas night to get dinner at Catch LA and eat a bunch of seafood because THAT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU FANCY. It was colder in LA than I had hoped, but better excuse to cuddle right? The next day we had the most perfect and basic bitch day in LA: went to The Grove, ate cheeseburgers and fries at Shake Shack, and watched The Shape of Water at Cinemark. Hells yeah.

LA was really just an intro to San Diego though, so we were back on the road in no time.  In San Diego we had one focus above all: go to the San Diego Zoo and see animals. Now, I am not quite sure how to explain why this was such a big deal, but let’s just say that my husband is basically Tarzan meets The Dog Whisperer and I am Ace Ventura. I once witnessed my husband have a metaphysical bond with an octopus at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and I am now convinced that a) octopus are aliens from another planet, and b) my husband is their leader.  Moving on….

We were nerding out so hard for every animal. I actually think we enjoyed it more than all the kids around us. Worth. Every. Minute. After 6 hours at the zoo, we were in desperate need of some food and relaxing time, so we winded down with some dinner and a dip in the hot tub.

Of course, while in San Diego, we had to hit the beach, so on our last day we soaked up some sun in La Jolla. Kash jumped into the freezing December water (because of course he would). I took a nap in my bikini under a blanket and we both shooed away aggressive seagulls lurking for food.

Topping off our trip, we grabbed dinner at Bali Hai, which not only has the tastiest fried sea bass I’ve ever had, but also offers a stunning city view of downtown San Diego across the water. For two fitness and health junkies, we sure ate like Kings on this trip – and I have ZERO regrets!

When we returned to the Bay Area, we rang in the New Year in bed with a kiss at midnight and immediately fell asleep. Perfection. Thanks for all the great memories, 2017!

January 2, 2018
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Arizona isn’t normally the type of place I’d have on my wish list of desired travel destinations, but when I got invited to attend my company’s holiday party in Phoenix I figured why not turn it into a little weekend adventure? Turns out my husband’s best friend lives in the Scottsdale area, so I brought hubs along and we made an event of it.

The thing that excited me most about Arizona was the plentiful cacti everywhere I looked. And I mean, they’re everywhere. I was nerding out pretty hard over them. Cacti forests galore. An Uber driver in the area told me that if a cactus is big and has arms, that means it’s probably really old, like 80 years old or more-old. (whoa!) And let’s not forget all that red rock! The terrain is so unique, especially to this California girl. Thanks to my husband who found the patience to deal with me saying “ohmygodlookatthatcactus!!!” every 5 seconds.

We decided to take a day trip to Sedona for a little hike (and a photo shoot, of course).  After a 2.5 hour drive through the desert, we arrived. Apparently we ended up in a “vortex” area, which we discovered after seeing some folks meditating out in the open and talking about it. Apparently the vortex is where energy swirls and makes you feel more centered.  I tried meditating a little to see if I felt anything (to my disappointment, I felt nothing), but hey, maybe I didn’t focus hard enough!

I’ve heard horror stories about how hot it can get there in the summer, so our December visit felt perfectly planned. Thanks for the views, Arizona!

 

December 12, 2017
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I had to go to Seattle for a business trip, so I decided to tag on a couple extra days and bring the boo along so we could explore the city together. What a place! I’ve heard horror stories about how Seattle rains nonstop for months at a time, but we were lucky enough to visit in June when the sun was out (well, sometimes!).

It was the first Seattle visit for us both. I’m a big fan of the Pacific Northwest with all the nature and city life and let’s not forget all the CULINARY DELICIOUSNESS. Let’s just say that Seattle did not disappoint in those areas. We ate seafood. We played tourist and checked out Pike Market with all the fish and gorgeous flowers! I picked up some lemon garlic orzo from the pasta stand and taste tested all the fresh fruits. We strolled along the river at dusk, which lasted until about 10pm. We drank fancy lattes and got cocktails at a speak easy.

While in Seattle, we HAD to have a foodie adventure (obvi), so we grabbed dinner at Toulouse Petit Kitchen. I made reservations a month in advance, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to go. The fried green tomatoes with crab – WOW! The steamed clams with garlic and broth – OMG! The shrimp and grits – HOLY CRAP! And that bananas foster dessert – AHHHHH! I think that’s a pretty legitimate food review and that’s exactly what I was saying through happy tears with each bite. Definitely coming back here on my next Seattle visit.

Of course, no visit to Seattle would be complete without going to the Space Needle and the Chihuly Gardens and Glass. City views were beautiful from the top of the Space Needle. But let’s talk about Chihuly – holy psychedelic mind trip! That place is insane! I was blown away by the glass sculptures, the chandeliers, the garden. It was like being in a Dr. Seuss acid trip wonderland. I loved it!

After the Space Needle and Chihuly, we hopped over to the pop culture museum (MoPOP), which was also delightful and brought back a bunch of memories (Jim Henson exhibit, hello!).

All of those activities mixed with staying at the beautiful hotel on the water, robes provided (we love hotel robes… it’s kind of a “thing” for us), I can say this was one of my favorite weekend getaways.

Thanks for having us, Seattle! Until next time….

June 24, 2017
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