July 2014: a recap

I realize that I'm really behind on blogging. The summer just zipped it's way right on by, and I didn't even get a tan! (note* i never get a tan)  I thought that I would do a little recap of some of the things that happened this summer, starting with July. 

Camping on Lake Sonoma on the 4th of July.

We had to rent a boat to get to our campsite, which was an 8 mile boat ride. Aside from some loud camp neighbors who blasted Britney Spears trance remixes and called us "pussies" when we refused their invitation to play flip cup, we had a great time. (note* i actually don't know what flip cup is, but I'm assuming its a drinking game with cups) It was Michael's first time EVER camping. This was not glamping, this was hard core. We had to lug in all our water, and if you were brave and desperate, you would use the outhouse. OUTHOUSE. OH man, that was the WORST. It would bring real burning tears to your eyes. 

What a great way to spend the day

What a great way to spend the day

Taking a dip

Taking a dip

Lola did great with her new lifejacket. 

Lola did great with her new lifejacket. 

This was SO much fun. Love this gang. 

This was SO much fun. Love this gang. 

Michael made a video from the weekend, set to Beyonce. Enjoy. 

Hmmmm, what happened next? Oh yeah, I got Married! 

Cat and I were married in the beautiful San Francisco city hall. We wanted small, simple and sweet, and that's what we got.  I'm so happy i got to marry my best friend, my partner, my confidante. Our wedding was really a last minute "lets do this!" thing. I now know and understand how the wedding industry is such a huge business, it's a lot of work! Even a small intimate thing was a lot of work. Here are just a few photos. 

with some of our besties

with some of our besties

Big hearts

Big hearts

There's a video from our day. At first I was nervous making this public, but love is meant to be shared. Most of the footage was taken by Michael (who likes to document as much as I do), as well as Tamara. So grateful to have this memory. 

Tahoe

Next up was Tahoe. We wanted to spend our wedding weekend with some of our dearest friends. Cat's friend Dana flew in from New Jersey, and it was also our last full weekend with Jen and Tamara before they moved to the midwest, so we wanted to have some memories. Cat found us a beautiful cabin where we indeed made memories. There ended up being a crazy thunderstorm that left all of Tahoe without power from afternoon until night. We entertained ourselves by playing games, laughing and cooking our dinner (tater tot nachos) on the grill. 

the calm before the storm

the calm before the storm

Tahoe always takes my breath away

Tahoe always takes my breath away

Everyone freaked out about the sunset and so I had to take a pic of it

Everyone freaked out about the sunset and so I had to take a pic of it

cotton candy skies

cotton candy skies

I actually didn't take too many photos, as I was trying to conserve battery power after the power outage. With that said, you better believe there is a video to accompany this trip. It's a fun little take on the weekend

Goodbye

Lastly, we had to say goodbye to our best friends as they leave to make their way to a new home in Illinois. Jen and I have been best friends for over 13 years, and have lived either together or within a few miles of each other that entire time. I feel like so many people were worried about how we would handle saying goodbye. I heard from plenty of friends and family about their concern for us when it came time to do so. We have been very attached, but also very supportive of whatever the other one needs to set out and do.  Our friendship has grown into something new these past few years. Saying goodbye was very hard, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I want Jen to follow her dreams and if that means we have to be 2000 miles away, so be it.  She's my very best friend and the miles between us wont matter. Thank the good lord for video chat, text, email, and all other forms of communication that we are lucky enough to have in this day and age. 

don't let the smiles fool you, we were sobbing.

don't let the smiles fool you, we were sobbing.


when tears become laughter

when tears become laughter

Well, there you have it. July was busy, full of all kinds of emotions, and quite the whirlwind to come down from. What a month!  

The 90's meet 2014 with music

Since ending my band almost 6 months ago, I have been to zero shows. I haven't really felt like seeing any music (I know that sounds bad, but it's true). The month of June we saw 3 shows, all of which left me feeling really inspired and really happy to have been able to see such amazing musicians and performers. All were people that I listened to in the 90's and are still around rocking today. 

Our friend Michael was in town playing with Heather Reid. She was in a band in the 90's called The Murmurs (which I loved) and Michael was in Letters to Cleo (which I also loved). The music and lyrics were beautiful and I left the show feeling really happy that I got myself out of the house to go watch and listen. 

Next was Veruca Salt. This was not only one of my very favorite bands growing up, but also Nina Gordon and Louise Post were 2 women who heavily inspired me to pick up the guitar. I had never seen them with the original lineup. Jen and I had been so excited about this show, we talked about it non stop the week leading up to it. Jenni was a bigger fan than me back in the day, and had seen them a few times (And also crowd surfed at a show in 95). I was in a band with Jen for 13 years and never in my life had I seen her so excited at a show as I did when watching Veruca Salt. I think I can safely say that Jen, Tamara and myself all missed being in a band while watching this show. In fact, I believe Tamara went out and bought herself a new beautiful drum kit to be delivered in their new state and home. 

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Next was Robyn. Man oh man. Cat and I were so excited for this show. We are HUGE Robyn fans. We saw her two nights after Veruca Salt, and I was ready to shift from Rock n Roll to some dance. We got there when the doors opened and made our way to the very front and sat on the ground. You know, the way girls do when waiting to see Justin Bieber. I still can't believe we were in the front row of  possibly the best show I've ever seen. The crowd was so loud, the loudest crowd i've ever heard at a concert. Robyn was amazing, and every time she would walk to the side of the stage that we were standing I would scream and try to reach my hand out to touch her. I don't know what happened to me. I became a 35 year old super fan girl. It was kind of amazing. 

I took this as the confetti gun went off

I took this as the confetti gun went off

see what i mean? Makes you want to sing along and dance, right?! 

June was so fun! I'm so happy that Cat and I went to 3 awesome shows and got to cheer and dance and break my 6 month dry streak of having no interest in music. Phew! It was really empowering to see all these women, aged 35 and up, putting on such great shows and selling out places. I'm so sick of turning on the radio and hearing about "these hoes ain't loyal" and "I know you want it". Ugh! Make it stop! Come on girls, plug in your guitars or lace up your dancing shoes, I want to hear more ladies on the radio. There are 3 musicians above to help inspire you. 

* vidoes posted were from the shows, but not taken by me. Found on youtube*

Lately: Summer Edition

The summer months are here! In San Francisco, that usually means planning as many trips out of the city as possible to go and find the sun (that is, if you enjoy sunshine).  Our summer months are the coldest.  "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" is not a lie. It really is cold. When I first moved here, it really took me a long time to let go of my idea that maybe the weather was just a fluke. I didn't know that summer just wasn't going to happen. California or not, San Francisco is indeed a city unlike any other. Today was a nice day.  We do have a tiny summer! And let me tell you, we savor those days like no other. Today I left the house without a jacket or layers. I was also able to wear my new favorite shoes without freezing my toes off.... So, I decided to make this a blog post about some of the things I'm currently excited about, indulging in, or just newly obsessing over for summer. Wether you're battling humidity, heat stroke, fog, swimming like a fish, or just enjoying the fact that you don't have to shovel your driveway; I think it's safe to say that even tiny summers are good summers. 

They're back!!!! Remember those new shoes I was talking about? Well, these are them. Cat knew I've been wanting some and secretly surprised me the other day with a pair (what a gal). Birkenstocks are everywhere these days. It's becoming more common for me to question wether I woke up in 1995 or if it really is 2014. The other day I saw some girls prancing around in starter jackets and I thought i was in high school for a brief second. Overalls, neon, I could go on. The 90's are happening right before my eyes. Love them or hate them, these are on a lot of feet this summer. So, if you don't have anything nice to say, just be aware that things you SWEAR you'd never wear will probably be in your wardrobe soon enough. So zip it.  Anyways, I love them. 

They're back!!!! Remember those new shoes I was talking about? Well, these are them. Cat knew I've been wanting some and secretly surprised me the other day with a pair (what a gal). Birkenstocks are everywhere these days. It's becoming more common for me to question wether I woke up in 1995 or if it really is 2014. The other day I saw some girls prancing around in starter jackets and I thought i was in high school for a brief second. Overalls, neon, I could go on. The 90's are happening right before my eyes. Love them or hate them, these are on a lot of feet this summer. So, if you don't have anything nice to say, just be aware that things you SWEAR you'd never wear will probably be in your wardrobe soon enough. So zip it.  Anyways, I love them. 

Farmers Markets. Although we get them year round, I'm very excited for the summer fruits and vegetables that are available. Apples, peaches, plums, basil, cucumbers, blackberries, snap peas, summer squash, cantaloupe, eggplant.  It's very exciting to this girl who loves to eat. 

Farmers Markets. Although we get them year round, I'm very excited for the summer fruits and vegetables that are available. Apples, peaches, plums, basil, cucumbers, blackberries, snap peas, summer squash, cantaloupe, eggplant.  It's very exciting to this girl who loves to eat. 

Duolingo is a great App for learning a language. I decided that this year I was going to learn French. I took Spanish in high school and didn't do very well, making myself believe that I am incapable of learning another language. I'm working hard on not believing all the thoughts I told myself in my youth, and have been loving learning French. I think it's the most beautiful language I've ever heard, and I look forward to speaking it fluently some day (And then visiting France and having the French tell me I'm awful. But that's ok. This is for me!).  

With that said, I am currently reading this book.  Not because it has "Paris" in the title, but more about the era it takes place. I often think I was born in the wrong era. I am fascinated by the 20's, 30's, and 40's. I love reading books that take place in that time. I love the language, the polish and manners in which most carried themselves, the music, the cars, the cigarettes, & the night life. In a world that feels a bit scary and too fast, I like reading about the way it was. With that said, this is a work of fiction about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. SO far so good! 

With that said, I am currently reading this book.  Not because it has "Paris" in the title, but more about the era it takes place. I often think I was born in the wrong era. I am fascinated by the 20's, 30's, and 40's. I love reading books that take place in that time. I love the language, the polish and manners in which most carried themselves, the music, the cars, the cigarettes, & the night life. In a world that feels a bit scary and too fast, I like reading about the way it was. With that said, this is a work of fiction about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. SO far so good! 

I am my mother's child in that I have quite the love for the magazine. "The Simple Things" is printed in the UK, so it's a bit pricey to buy. With that said, it's in my top 3 favorite magazines. The layout is beautiful with really great photos, recipes, hobbies, and new things to try. They have a section in every issue that follows someone's daily tea ritual. They also have a section in every issue dedicated to someone's hobby. Love it! I highly suggest picking up a copy if you can. 

I am my mother's child in that I have quite the love for the magazine. "The Simple Things" is printed in the UK, so it's a bit pricey to buy. With that said, it's in my top 3 favorite magazines. The layout is beautiful with really great photos, recipes, hobbies, and new things to try. They have a section in every issue that follows someone's daily tea ritual. They also have a section in every issue dedicated to someone's hobby. Love it! I highly suggest picking up a copy if you can. 

I am new to this wonderful online world of Skillshare. I have SO much that I want to do, and like to start a million projects at once. I get really excited about learning new things that I have a strong passion for. One of my favorite hobbies is video editing. I only use Imovie now, and would not call myself anywhere close to being a professional at it, but I really love doing it. So, I've decided to learn Adobe Premiere and am taking lessons on SkillShare. What a cool thing! For a girl who loves to document as much as I do, my goal is to get really really good at editing (And shooting video for that matter). I just made my best friends Wedding Video, and it made me so happy to do it. 

I am new to this wonderful online world of Skillshare. I have SO much that I want to do, and like to start a million projects at once. I get really excited about learning new things that I have a strong passion for. One of my favorite hobbies is video editing. I only use Imovie now, and would not call myself anywhere close to being a professional at it, but I really love doing it. So, I've decided to learn Adobe Premiere and am taking lessons on SkillShare. What a cool thing! For a girl who loves to document as much as I do, my goal is to get really really good at editing (And shooting video for that matter). I just made my best friends Wedding Video, and it made me so happy to do it. 

Guilty Pleasure/indulgence:  I had never had these until a few weeks ago when I went to visit my friend Amanda.  Since then, Cat and I have been obsessed with strawberry mochi ice cream.  They're really good. Really good. 

Guilty Pleasure/indulgence:  I had never had these until a few weeks ago when I went to visit my friend Amanda.  Since then, Cat and I have been obsessed with strawberry mochi ice cream.  They're really good. Really good. 

On to make list:  We are going camping soon with some friends, and I want to make these. Grilled Halloumi, peaches and dukkah.  I can't wait! Recipe can be found here: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2012/08/grilled-halloumi-and-peaches-with-dukkah/

On to make list:  We are going camping soon with some friends, and I want to make these. Grilled Halloumi, peaches and dukkah.  I can't wait! Recipe can be found here: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2012/08/grilled-halloumi-and-peaches-with-dukkah/

And finally, summer isn't complete without a good summer jam. I LOVE Robyn, have since the 90's (The 90's are back ya'll)  This summer she is going on tour with Royksopp and we have tickets to see her at the end of this month. I can't wait. I'll post the tune "Do It Again" at the end of this so you can rock out and dance in your computer chair. If this song were on a cassette, I would have worn out the tape. I listen to it daily, repeatedl

Hope you had a wonderful weekend breaking in your Birkenstocks, wearing your overalls, and binge watching Orange is the New Black!