Archive | June, 2012

New Music Wendesday!

27 Jun

Since I’m such a huge music fan, I’m constantly listening for new tunes that are pleasing to my ears.  Since I’m going on a road trip this weekend, I’m usually inspired by the amount of time spent in the car to make a new playlist.  In case you need some new tunes, I’ve put a few new songs I’m digging on here today.

I just love music and it can make any situation that much better 🙂  I love music for the simple fact that it not only sounds good but it always brings back certain memories of certain times in your life.  I love when a song comes on and it takes me back to a feeling I had long ago.  It can really bring out the inner child in you sometimes.

Enjoy!

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Colors in your hair

26 Jun

I’ve had so much to blog about but so little time lately.  I’m getting ready to head down to the X-games this weekend to shoot some photos and check out all of the amazing-ness that it ensues.  This week, I’ve been trying to get my zen back and just decompress a little bit.  I’ve been working on sleeping at least 8 hours each night and working out after work.  It feels good to take a week to focus on my health and sleeping patterns 🙂

Last week, I had been contemplating putting some fun colors in my hair.  I’ve been seeing them in people’s hair for a while now and never thought it’d go well in my hair but a co-worker/friend of mine had some great colors that she had in her hair.  After asking her about it, she explained the dye (Manic Panic) and how easy it was to put in.  I was curious and sold at this point so she let me borrow her blue and purple.  It will wash out in 10-20 washes so it’s not permanent.  Sounded like the perfect chance to try.  If you’re thinking about it, this is the perfect option because you don’t have to worry about it being stuck on there forever if you don’t like it.  I also intertwined it in the under pieces of my hair so that when I tuck it back, it’s only noticeable in the ends.

Travel Thursdays – Ocean Beach, San Francisco

21 Jun

Last Saturday, my friends and I decided to make the trek to the coast line.  I appeared to be making a weekend out of the beaches in Northern California.  The weather was just too good to pass up and I’d never been to Ocean Beach before.  This is shocking to many people from the Bay Area because it’s such an iconic beach.  Anyway, now that I’ve been there I can say it’s worth a visit.  It’s nothing like the scenic beaches I’ve posted about recently but it’s wide open and you can see parts of the city behind the sand stretches.  There’s also been surf contest held here so you can watch surfers depending on the swell and tides.  Ocean Beach hugs the South side of the Golden Gate Bridge on Hwy 1 and is easily accessible.

There were a lot of people frolicking in the water but don’t let this fool you, the water is FREEZING!

Brie, attempting to test the waters.  She was more brave than me.  I dipped my feet and then backed out.  It’s refreshing but the weather isn’t ever THAT hot at the beaches in Northern California.  It was probably around 70 degrees which was very nice to be soaking in.

Brie and Tuckey.  I love these two, they are the best.

Golden Gate Park is right behind one part of Ocean Beach.

The sand was so soft and warm.

Playing around with photoshop a bit.  I love this picture of these two!

Northern California really has so many treasures to explore.  The beaches just seem so different to me than the Southern California beaches although the weather is probably much warmer down south.  Ocean Beach is a cool place to see and when you’re done there, you could always wander to Golden Gate Park which I find to be extremely beautiful.  It’s lush and filled with meadows and ponds.  No matter where you are, there are always good places to explore.

The Mayonnaise Jar and the Two Beers

20 Jun

My co-worker shared this story with me recently and I really found it to be interesting so I thought I’d share it.  It’s a good reminder of the important things in life 🙂

The Mayonnaise Jar & the Two Beers

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the Mayonnaise Jar and the Two Beers.

A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty Mayonnaise Jar
and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar gently. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They again agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous “Yes”.

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.”

“The golf balls are the important things ~ your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions ~ and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”

“The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.”

“The sand is everything else ~ the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.”

“The same goes for life.”

“If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are really important to you.”

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.”

“Spend time with your Children.”

“Spend time with your Parents.”

“Visit with Grandparents.”

“Take your Spouse out to dinner.”

“Play another 18 holes.”

“There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the golf balls first ~ the things that really matter.”

“Set your priorities.”

“The rest is just sand.”

“One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.”

The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked.”

“The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.”

Father’s Day – Winding the Northern California Coastline

19 Jun

As a continuation from yesterday’s post about my amazing Father’s Day road trip with my dad, today’s a continuation of stops from our trip up the Northern California coast.  We snaked along the Russian River from Hwy101 to Hwy1 on the long, twisted, canopied roads and found treasures around every bend.  When we got to the coast, I’ve never seen it look so spectacular.  The colors were just like Hawaii and the sun was beaming down.  It was a perfect Sunday.

Jenner.

We pulled over at this small restaurant, River’s End, we would frequent all the time when I was younger but we were still full from our breakfast so we just stopped to breath in the ocean air.

The colors couldn’t have been any more outstanding.  You can sit out on this patio here and just take in the magnificent ocean colors.

This is where the river meets the ocean and it’s just beautiful.  Two calming (at times) forces coming together between tides.

The roads are all gently curving to hug the mountain making sure you get every view possible.

My dad enjoying the view.  You can see Goat Rock in the background.  We head there after this stop.

The span crossing over the river.  It’s one of the most scenic drives.  Such a great day road trip to take.

Winding down to Goat Rock beach.

Out beyond Goat Rock there is a large rock formation with a large carved out tunnel.  It’s really cool to see.

I like that on these trips my dad has no problem pulling over to explore and we laugh while snapping photos.  I don’t think he could be any more easy going, especially on such a nice road trip.

The marine layer peeled back even more and the sun soaked the coastline.

Then beyond our belief… A whale popped up!!!!  This was extraordinary.  I’ve never seen one this close to shore.  He/she must have accidentally come in to close and quickly made it’s way out to the deeper waters.  I didn’t get many photos of the whale though because we were just watching in awe.  I’ve never seen one this close before and it was moving with excellent grace.  It was mesmerizing.

Part of Hwy1 matching the coast line.  This stretch is right near the town of Jenner.  It’s a small adorable beach town with seafood shacks and saltwater taffy galore.  It’s about 2 hours North of SF but more than worth the trek.

You can climb on the large rocks.

The sand is pristine.

The curves that lead down to the water line.

Of course I always have my camera in tow 🙂

When I was young, my dad would take me to this beach so we could search the tide pools and look at all the interesting sea creatures.  I was always into the starfish and sometimes we’d even bring a bucket to fill with saltwater just so I could take one home.  I’ve always loved the water, whether it be oceans, rivers, lakes or pools.  I was always swimming in whatever waterway I could find.  Even when I’m not swimming I still enjoy being around water.  There’s something so tranquil and beautiful about it.

This was the perfect road trip and I highly recommend to anyone even if there are no memories attached to it.  It’s beautiful and the things you will find along the way may surprise you.  In one day we managed to see the Russian River, waterfalls, large spanned bridges, the river meeting the ocean, and of course the wonderful coastline.  I enjoyed a great Father’s Day with my dad and I hope you all did as well 😀

Now and Then on the Russian River

18 Jun

I truly feel lucky enough to say that I have two great father’s and mother’s.  Both parents have remarried and to two people that I just adore.  Each holiday I try to split with both sides of the family but since I celebrated last weekend with dinner with my step dad, this actual Father’s Day was spent bringing memories back with my dad.  As a kid, I remember us always just hopping in the car and going somewhere for the day.  Specifically, the Russian River or the beach.  This Father’s Day, I thought it’d be a great idea to head back to some of the places that we had gone to many times before.  This way we’d have time to catch up and also enjoy the beautiful weather.  It was such a great day.

We left around 7:45am on Sunday morning so our first stop was in Guerneville, CA for some coffee and breakfast.  It was so beautiful and right alongside the Russian River.

We fueled up and hit the road again.  Here’s my dad at stop number 1!

Our next stop is a place we used to frequent lots when I was younger.  My dad’s great uncle showed him this place and it’s somewhere we had always visited.  The Caz Sonoma Inn is an old estate that frequents typically a lot of musicians from the Berkeley Music School.  Located in the beautiful Redwood forest, it’s a quiet and serene place to be.

There were beautiful butterflies everywhere.  They seemed to have no fear either, they were fluttering all around us.

The rainbow trout pond.  We used to always come out here and feed their rainbow trout.  We used to fish a lot together when I was younger and I always liked that we could check out this beautiful area of the Russian River.

When you feed them, they start going crazy and fighting for the food.

There’s actually a large waterfall to the right of this shed.  You can’t see it, but it streamlines down from quite a ways up the hillside.  The sound is so soothing.

My dad feeding the fish.

The beautiful lodge.

The tall, beautiful trees!

The long walkways through the forest.

After a trip down memory lane here, we hit the long, windy, beautiful roads and headed towards the coast.  What we saw there was incredible.  I’ll share those photos tomorrow.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and spent time celebrating Father’s Day.

❤ B

You don’t need to explain if everything’s changed, just know I’m just like you

15 Jun

I’ve posted a few times about this band because I simply cannot get enough.  Grouplove has been on my musical radar ever since I’ve had the amazing pleasure of seeing them live over a year ago.  Since then, I’ve seen them three times and I can’t wait to see them again.  I was beyond thrilled when they were announced to take the stage at our beloved BFD this year.  Of course I was snapping photos and dancing at the same time.  They might not be technically the best photographs for the music world but I couldn’t resist rocking out to one of my favorites 🙂

Love this dress.  Supposedly, Hannah (pictured above) is from the bay area!

Live105 as always bringing the good stuff.

Happy Friday everybody and have a great weekend!  Make sure you tell your dad that you love them this weekend and celebrate Father’s Day if you can 🙂