Archive | August, 2011

Lunch lounging

23 Aug

I don’t know what it is about fresh air that seems to be such a necessity in my 8+hour work day but I can’t go without getting outside for a little enjoyment of the sunshine and ocean breeze.  There are many different spots I like to explore and go “lunch lounging” as I like to call it.  One of my favorites is Justin Herman Plaza.  It’s packed with people around lunch but yet there is room for everyone to have their own space.  Lately I’ve been laying right by the fountain (in the picture below) which is pretty close to being under the zip line set-up they have going in the plaza.  It’s fun to watch people leap off the platform and screech with enjoyment for about 15 seconds.  I can also see the beautiful Ferry Building, the bay bridge, the water,  and the enormous concrete monsters called the Embarcadero centers.  It’s a great space to enjoy a lunch lounge if you will.

A little fresh air is also majorly conducive to a better day.  Try it and you will see 🙂

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Some things are growing really fast

23 Aug

A few weekends ago my family had a huge summer BBQ to celebrate my brother’s summer birthday, most recently.  The ‘kids’ of the family are all summer babies so it’s easiest for us to get together all at once and just enjoy each others company.  Vicki, of course, pulled off an AMAZING summer soiree.

Vicki made bbq chicken breast, grilled asparagus, summer salad, watermelon slices, and amazing potatoes.

Someone also out enjoying the summer was Big Al, the family heirloom.

Here’s my brother and his fiance Liz watching this wondrous animal.

He’s getting HUGE!  Here’s perspective next to an ever-so-classy beer : )

You can’t forget my nephew, Luke.  He has become quite the water baby and of course made himself at home in a small turtle swimming pool.

Nicole and Luke 🙂

My step brother Tyler always making something delicious on the bbq!

I love getting to see all my family.  We all live within an hour drive of each other but get so busy in this crazy world that it’s nice to plan down time together.  I appreciate any family time I can get 🙂

Another Friday night at the barn

22 Aug

This past Friday evening was spent out with the horses again.  It’s so peaceful out there all animals are out enjoying the beautiful evening weather.  Here’s a few photos.

Deer as usual, un-phased, by the passers by.

  The gate to my sanctuary : )

New Apartment Reveal #1

18 Aug

 

As some of you may know, I’ve recently moved into my very own place!  It’s has been SO much fun to re-arrange, organize, and decorate the way that I want.  This is my very first place of my own so it’s all a new and exciting experience.  I’ll slowly unveil the new apartment because it’s still a work in progress but the first piece that I’m finally done organizing and satisfied with is my wonderful closet…  it’s made perfectly for all my clothing and hobby accessories!

I made a previous post about the outdoor lights on the sides of my closet because  I really do love this accent.

This is how my closet normally looks when I’m not hiding any disorganization with my folded doors closed 🙂

I frequently change around the middle shelves of my closet depending on what sort of week(s) I’m having.  Although, shoes are the only thing that will always fit no matter what mood you are in 🙂

My closet go esdeep back into both sides so it’s actually as big as the exterior wall you see in both of the first photos.  I like to pick out outfits and hang them on my doors for the next day.  It saves me a good 20 minutes in the morning, I kid you not…

To the backs of each side I keep my hobby things such as all of my horse clothing/boots and snowboarding/winter clothing.  These are also part of the seasonal rotation.

I love the interior lights in my closet.  I think it’s safe to say I’m tad crazy about organizing but I will say it’s a lot more fun when you have such a great closet to do so with!  It’s given me many ideas for when the time comes to build my own house someday.

 

 

 

Tyme for Tea

17 Aug

 

Just two weekends ago was my brother’s fiance, Liz’s, bridal shower at a place called Tyme for Tea in Fremont, CA.  Vicki threw the party for Liz and it was a “tea” time theme at a very cute tea house nestled in the cozy Niles downtown of Fremont.  Here are some pictures from the fun celebration = )

The adorable table decor!

The bride to be, Liz, is on the left!  Her mother (middle), Nancy, and sister (right) came up for the shower from Orange County for the weekend.  It was a great family weekend.

There are different set ups for event options but Vicki chose a wonderful option of a three course tea time which started out with these amazing home-made warm blueberry scones (with additional dressings of scrumptious flavors).

The second course was many different types of petite sandwiches.  From a fresh, crisp cucumber sandwich to a warm cheesy, artichoke sourdough bites, there were many great selections.

And alas, The third course… desserts!  The blueberry cheesecake confections were my favorite!  Believe it or not, I was SO full after these three little meals.  They were just the right amount of food.

Everyone was having such a great time catching up over tea and/or the most amazing peach champagne I’ve ever had in my entire life.

(Left to right) Pat, Liz, my mom (in the back), Haley, and Vicki!

The whole set-up was beyond cute.

The moms and Liz =)

Liz opened all of her wonderful presents before we ended our tea time.  This was definitely a GREAT idea for a bridal shower.  It’s a small enough setting that you can catch up with everyone but also sit and enjoy the treats.

After the shower, we went back to my parents house to rescue my “neglected” brother (aka groom to be).  He was happily drinking his great white out of a great white beer coozie and watching shark week.  The happy life of a soon to be married couple 🙂

Want a cute cube?

17 Aug

If you are tired of looking at the same ol’ boring cube, I have a cute quick fix!  It’s something I like to do to organize and have my cube not look so drab.  Whatever style you are into, it’s easy to do and really simple.  The steps to a cuter cube are below:

Step .1

 Pick 0ut your binder that you want out in the open.

Step 2.

Find the pattern or image you want to decorate with and print it out on an 8.5″ x 11″.  Cut or fold to fit the width of the binder.

Step 3.

Slide appropriate sized slip into binder spine.

And voila!  You have a new set up of cute binders =)

I’ve personally chosen a white lace pattern and a bright floral pattern for my cube.  What about you?

Different Eye for Art

15 Aug

Our fellow blogger, Joseph, has an incredible photo editing ability.  I really LOVED this photo of his and he was keen on my SF over-head shots so I said take the reins and make what you’d like of my photos from this previous post of mine.  What he came up with was absolutely brilliant.  Goes to show that different people are talented in so many different ways.  Below was his end result and make sure to check out his blog if you like these photos because he has many of his own creations there!