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17 Aug 2019

American Factory Trailer

It’s no surprise that since I work in recruiting that I have a natural curiosity for jobs. In my line of work, it’s quite siloed to technology, but these aren’t the only jobs that exist in our country. Factory work spans the United States and even though we don’t hear about it as much, it’s still vital to our day to day. This documentary will be released on Netflix August 21st and I’m looking forward to watching it!

09 Aug 2019

Summer’s End (Almost!)

We’ve been absent from Yow Yow! for the last couple of weeks, but for the best reason. Every year, I always head back to Seattle for a week and this year we opted for something different. Instead, I chose to try two weekend trips back-to-back! It was ambitious and I just left recovery mode this week, but it was much needed. The downside to these trips is that even though you’ve still got mostly a full work week in between, you still find yourself falling behind in work.

I couldn’t imagine a summer without any kind of vacation though. I’ve read that it’s actually healthy to take at least one vacation per quarter though my friends are all over the map with that. Many of them are traveling every other weekend for fun while others are traveling for work and planning their vacations in between. I’m convinced it’s not something that I’ll ever master, but I’m learning! My two weekend vacation could not have been more opposite from each other. First, we kicked things off in New York where I visited by two best friends and survived the hot and humid summer. Then I came back to a shortened work week and spent 48 hours in Vegas with 30 of my coworkers.

I couldn’t wait to get out of the office today to just come home and decompress. We all know that I always get a little home sick while I’m away too so a weekend (sort of!) in is much needed. For those of you that are here in the city this weekend, I hope you all have a blast at Outside Lands! Initially, I wanted to be there too, but your girl needs a break.

21 Jul 2019

Sunday Farmer’s Market

I hit the jackpot when I found my home in San Francisco! Having loved my spot in Capitol Hill back in Seattle, I wanted a neighborhood that would remind me of exactly that. You can’t be too picky in a place like SF though. Between high rent costs, expectations, and a long lists of needs and wants, something has got to give! I wouldn’t say that it’s identical to Capitol Hill, but we got pretty close. For the last two years, I’ve grown quite comfortable with my routine of my weekend coffee, a quick trip to the local grocery, picking up breakfast and sometimes flowers.

I’m not a regular at the farmer’s market, but I do like to stop by every now and then. And I’m not [The Mill’s] biggest fan, but I like the way they make my coffee. Never a toast enthusiast, myself, I only stop by when I’ve got guests in town because seeing an $8 avocado toast is an experience in itself.

Top – Abercrombie / Vest – Uniqlo / Denim – Levi’s / Purse – Vince Camuto

13 Jul 2019

An Orange County Thanksgiving

It’s a little bit strange to be writing a Thanksgiving recap post when you’re in the middle of summer and thinking about buying your flights for your next Thanksgiving. Since I moved to California, I’ve spent every Thanksgiving in Orange County except for my first. This year, Kevin got to join me! It meant that we could rent a car and do a little bit more exploring. I’ve always had family in this area, but my perception of Orange County has been through their eyes. I quite enjoyed venturing out a little bit, but also frequenting some favorite spots like my favorite Vietnamese restaurant and South Coast Plaza.

For the gram, we checked out Noguchi Gardens in the middle of a business complex. It jumped on my radar when I had noticed some wedding photography there and I just had to see it in person. The Anaheim Packing District was also a huge hit for me. Lately, I’ve been a fan of food halls in other cities because you just get to sample so much variety in local flavor.

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10 Jul 2019

SF Eats: The Snug

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that [The Snug] is one of my favorite brunch spots. Mandi was the first person to ever introduce me to it and my first time there I ordered the pasta for a meal. I wanted to try something completely different! The only breakfast thing about it was the poached egg. If you’re up for something a little heartier, this is delicious though and you won’t regret it.

However, mine and Kevin’s go-to seems to be the same thing always. We never stray. For me, I order the Everything Naan with trout roe, cauliflower schmear and pickled red cabbage. It’s a very non-traditional choice, but the flavors from it are amazing. From the photo, it may not seem like a lot, but this fills you up quick. Kevin’s selection is the classic Breakfast Burger which he claims is better than most other places he’s tried.

These are the two things that always keep us coming back. Coincidentally, it’s the photos on Instagram that get people asking me what we’re having and where they can get it!

07 Jul 2019

Sunsetting This Weekend

Before this weekend came around, I was feeling a little anxious about not having any plans. My justification was that I’d been seeing a whole lot of people lately and with two trips at the end of the month, I desperately needed “me” time. Aside from seeing my brother on the 4th and Kelly today, that was all the human interaction I had. What I wanted was a chunk of time to focus on content. I wanted writing time without a stopping point and to consume content whether it was reading, watching or listening.

This past long weekend, I sacrificed catch up time with friends of mine and instead relished in alone time. In a previous post, I debated a staycation and getting out of the city. Turns out, a change of scenery doesn’t really impact content. I can write just fine from the comfort of my sectional and with my windows and doors open. Sometimes I like to playfully convince myself that it sounds like the ocean. The creative juices and inspiration will flow, I just need to give myself the space to think about it.

Kelly and I meet every Sunday for CorePower. When we finish, we head over to our favorite mediocre cafe for brunch and to catch up on the week. She’s one of the very few constants in my life other than work every day. I let her in on a revelation today that I started to consider over the weekend. While a weekend like this may seem lonely sometimes, I know it’s something that I won’t have forever. Someday, there will be another someone that will take priority – a partner, a child, etc. Then my weekends become about them or at least will take up 85% of it. When Kevin asks me if the blog will ever end, I’m starting to think that it might, but not by choice. It will be because other priorities will come into play that will consume my time – more than just an average work week.


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