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The Weekend: 5 Things

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We kicked off this weekend with a trip to Planet Granite with the co-workers! I didn’t do any bouldering this time, but I did climb twice before I called it quits. It has been a long week, you guys. Instead of going to the usual Sunnyvale gym, we ventured over to the one in Belmont. As much as I love climbing and how strong it makes me feel, I know that it’s no cardio. I wish I could be incorporating a little bit of that into my activities too. Nevertheless, I was still feeling the pain this morning on my shoulders and fore arms.

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Henry’s sister Grace was in town this weekend visiting so naturally we had to take her to our favorite Sonoma winery – Ram’s Gate! We sampled 8 different kinds each of us favoring one more than the other. I was pretty partial to the very sweet white wine. Don’t ask me to tell you what it exactly was because I definitely don’t remember.

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One pretty happy family here.

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Is there anything better than lounging on this deck? Absolutely not.

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I find that on Sundays I always have very intense cravings for food. Today, it happened to be sushi so I drove 20 minutes away for these nomz right here. I just polished this off and I don’t plan on moving or getting up anytime soon. Thanks for the grub Niji’s!

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The Best Airline Snacks We Wish We Had All The Time

For the past three weeks, I have been traveling up a storm to Salt Lake City to San Diego to Monterey. I’m happy to announce that I will finally get a chance to stay at home this upcoming weekend. Thank goodness. I can’t tell you how many bags of peanuts and pretzels I have collected from traveling on Southwest. Are they trying to make us all suffer from thirst? I’ve never been thrown so much salt on one flight. While I don’t prefer those types of snacks, I have traveled on other airlines that have provided me with better food options. I will never forget the time that I had the best lime cookies I have ever tasted on JetBlue. Every now and then I decide to do a search for them online and find myself getting nowhere.

Just kidding, I found out they are discontinued.

Travel and Leisure recently compiled a list of 17 of the best snacks found while flying and…we’re hungry. Naturally.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

I just realized that the past two posts in the series have been 5 Things: The Weekend. I’m not sure if it really works both ways so we’re taking it back to the original. This year’s birthday celebration was similar to years prior in that I prefer to stretch it out. After celebrating with my friends the weekend before my birthday, I decided that the weekend after I would travel to sunny San Diego to visit my BFF Ash!

It was an incredible weekend full of shopping, seafood, and pampering.

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My weekend actually got started on a Thursday since I was flying out Friday morning. On Thursday evening, I drove up to the city (what?! In the middle of the work week!) to catch London Grammar at The Independent. I had listened to a few songs before randomly, but never consistently. They were amazing live and with a packed house, it was pretty apparent that nearly everyone in the room was a hardcore fan. I didn’t feel worthy enough to be there, but I did feel pretty lucky since I heard it was a sold out show. Hannah was phenomenal. Her boys are pretty dreamy too.

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During our shopping trip at Fashion Valley, we stopped by “Typo” – a division of Cotton On that sells cute desk accessories, trinkets, and home goods. How cute are these straws? They’d be perfect for any summer soiree.

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Pacific Beach was perfection and so are my new favorite sandals by Dolce Vita. More on that later.

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Whoooo!! This girl is my best friend. Since we’ve been friends, we’ve never spent a summer apart and this year, we won’t have to because we’ll both be in the Bay Area while she is interning at Stanford. Summer 2014 – the summer of Ash and Katie.

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We found the Oh Joy! collection at Target and we fell in love. Definitely more on this later.

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Vintage Photos of SF Vacationers

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If there’s one thing that I miss the most out of my childhood, it would probably be the number of vacations my family took together. When you’re a kid, you absolutely love spending time with your family. You can’t get enough of it. Even fighting with your older sibling is like – awesome because you realize that you’re having some kind of interaction with them and it’s better than nothing at all. The trips to Disney Land (Whoa – I almost write Disney Island) Hawaii, Canada, and California – I’ve never forgotten those. I’ll never forget posing in front of tourist spots and looking kind of geeky. Now when we see that as adults, we laugh to ourselves because we recognize that people are tourists, but as kids you just don’t care. I came across this post from The Bold Italic recently and I knew I wanted to post it. I wasn’t sure what I would say at the time, but I knew that it had resonated pretty strongly with me.

I must confess, I do miss my family having now been away and calling another city my home.

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Could We Live in These Houses?

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I spend a fair amount of time appreciating posts that feature very complex housing arrangements. The architecture is always something that you never thought that you could dream of and there is no question at all that these houses aren’t beautiful, but it never seems to feel like “a home.” Luckily for me, I don’t have to think about buying a house anytime soon anyways so I suppose I have nothing to worry about. These homes featured on this Gizmodo post are a dream. For more examples like the one above, click here.

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A Gondola in Seattle?

Even when I make a promise that I’ll stick to news about the Bay Area, Seattle slips in every once in awhile. Every local knows that trying to get through the city can be quite the struggle bus. With your one-way streets, bus lanes, and constant traffic, making your way through Seattle can be an absolute nightmare. One way to combat that is a gondola being built according to Great Western Pacific – responsible for Pier 57 and The Great Wheel. The gondola would connect the waterfront to the Convention Center via Union Street and would run a half of a mile.

Not only do I find the idea to be kind of a pretty design, but it would also eliminate so many barriers that Seattle locals have to fight through on a daily basis like traffic and parking. For more details on the plan, click here.

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A Map of Hip America

Some may call it a nightmare or annoying to have lived in a hipster nation for four years, but can I just say – I loved every second of it? The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle is one place that I cannot shut up about. My only qualm with it recently is all the basic people that have started to overrun it around the time when I left. I’m a music snob and I’m somewhat of a hipster snob, unfortunately. At the end of January (good lord, it has taken me about a month to write this post) Kevin sent me this Gawker article about where to find neighborhoods like my favorite Capitol Hill all over the country.

Who wants to plan a road trip? I need to be with my people.

Check out the article here! Do you live in any of these places? Are they really that hipster? Did the Gawker do a good job or did they disappoint us?

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Sub Pop to Open Record Store At SEA-TAC

I know I said I would try and refrain from writing Seattle posts after I moved away, but who are we kidding? I’ve put a little distance between me and the Seattle blogs I read on a daily basis, but every once in awhile, some news will slip through and I know if I don’t mention it – no one else will. That’s not true. Someone else will write it, but I would prefer it if I did.

Today, I learned that my favorite SEA-TAC airport home of the very intense security checking and some amazing Mac and Cheese at Beechers is getting a record store sponsored by Sub Pop. Does YOUR airport have a record store? That’s what I thought. In Spring 2014, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will open up a new space within the airport to sell current and re-issued LPs from their artist roster along with some Sub Pop merchandise.

Seattle music is continuing to dominate once again. All my frands not from Seattle are going to get musical treats from me, maybe.

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Take Me There:

By now most of you may have caught on that I select “Take Me There:” photographs straight from my Pinterest board “Outside Seattle.” However, I still haven’t narrowed down how exactly these are the places I want to go at this very moment. I’ve been going in order and it’s easy that way. These are all places that I want to go to and someday hope to travel to, but I also wonder if it is sometimes the photographs that entice me the most. This one for example is a pretty picture. The minamalistic look, the straight lines, the warmth that these people are experiencing that I am not – these are all contributing factors. “Take Me There:” this series is not a science, you guys.

BTW this is in Jesolo Italy and it’s from the Beach House luxury apartments. When can we move in?

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Take Me There:

The start of February here in the Bay Area has already brought us nearly a week of rain. From what I hear, the entire month of February is like this. I don’t mind, really, because it’s a nice reminder of Seattle and it allows me to conveniently wash my car, but it is significantly colder. It’s kind of nice to make up an excuse to stay inside and just work from the couch. I sound like I live in Seattle again. Though I love the rain and sometimes the cold – only sometimes – I can only take it for so long until I want to be somewhere warm again.

Here’s a snapshot of Sirmione, Lago di Garda, Italy.

Yes. Please.

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A Collection Part 39

Would you believe that it has already been 4 months since our last “A Collection Part” post? I can already hear Veronica’s voice in the back of my head saying, “I can.” Every time I speak to the girl, she’s always asking for another one. Little does she know, constructing these take forever! Good news though, I’ve already started building Part 40 so hopefully we won’t have to wait as long for the next one, but if she had it her way, it would be every week.

Making this post this time around was quite refreshing to me. Veronica once asked me how I choose the pictures that I do for this post and I don’t know if I was ever able to give a great answer. I probably just said that I chose the pictures I liked, but I’d like to elaborate on that a little bit. I used to do a bit of photography back in high school and in the early days of college, I brought my camera with me everywhere I went. I love that these photos are being taken in ways that I never thought of before. They are various shots that spark something in me, but I have no idea what it is and because I can’t explain it or put it into words of some sort, I love it. Maybe that’s not a better explanation than before, but it makes sense to me!

Enjoy!

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Take Me There:

Earlier this week, I caught up with Natalie who told me that she was jetting off to Cabo for a few days. Instant jealousy. Even though we’re being greeted with some of the most amazing weather here in the Bay, I am itching for a getaway myself to something a lot more exotic…and with fruity drinks. This isn’t Cabo. These are the Rock Pools in the Canadian Mountains and I’m pretty sure I’d be fine with this alternative too.

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Take Me There:

It’s odd how much it is starting to feel like spring in California. It is January and already it is appropriate to sit outside for lunch here in the Bay and I can’t say that I hate it! I’ve only been to Santa Cruz once before, but I’m itching to make another trip and yes, I definitely want to ride on the gondola. Does anyone know how? If so, I’d like to know. Santa Cruz is such a majestic city to me. I’m not sure why I wanted to use that word to describe it, but I find it to be really very pretty. The last time I went there, I watched a bunch of surfers which wasn’t all that exciting to me because I don’t surf, myself, but it’s a cute little beach town and you wouldn’t find anything like it in the Pacific Northwest.

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Take Me There:

When I returned to the Bay Area from Seattle over the holidays, a co-worker had told me that it had been warm all week long while I was gone. It was in the 70′s to be exact and knowing me, I kind of took that idea and ran with it by wearing wedges upon returning back to work. It still isn’t quite summer yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not getting excited for it to arrive here! I’m already penning a list of things that I can’t wait to do and while I have never been HUGE on national parks, I’ve heard such great things about Yosemite. Yes, it’s a tourist spot, but I’m used to it by now because in Seattle I was surrounded by them. How gorgeous is this view? It’s the perfect distance away from the city, but still close enough to drive to. Let’s see if I’ll get there this summer.

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Take Me There:

I recently left California for my Pacific Northwest home for the holidays and maybe this isn’t surprising to anyone at all who has left and returned home, but my perception of how I look at Seattle has completely changed. I now have come to the realization that being stuck in traffic in Seattle is nothing compared to what it is like in the Bay when I am driving 280 to get up to San Francisco. I appreciate the skyline in Seattle so much more as I’m driving into the city whereas when I lived here and was so used to that drive, I would never take a second to look to my right and see the Space Needle gleaming down at me. I think it’s one of the most gorgeous sights even though it is a tourist wallet eater. I am very much drawn to the lights of my city during my trip home this time around and if I could give it some sort of a theme, I would but for now I’m pretty happy that I have such a strong and vivid image of the skyline twinkling even if I’m not here.

These tunnel of lights above can be found in Japan though!

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