Sunday, April 20, 2014

happy easter 2014!

Happy Easter, everyone! This is another odd holiday for me this year as I'm doing absolutely nothing today. I should have at least bought some chocolate. Oh well! We spent yesterday with Adrian's mom and then we got to go swimming in her pool. It was so much fun! I really wish we had a pool here in SB. It's already started getting HOT out here and a pool would feel so good most days.

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful day. :D

Friday, April 18, 2014

Trip to Fort Bragg, CA | Part Two | Lighthouses

On Sunday my dad wanted to see a couple of lighthouses in the area. Ever since I was a kid my dad has loved visiting lighthouses. I think we've seen almost all of them in North Carolina. First we visited Point Cabrillo. It's a pretty small lighthouse, but very pretty. Unfortunately it was a 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot so Adrian wasn't able to go to this one, although I don't really think he minded.

After that we drove an hour down Highway 1 to Point Arena. It was a beautiful drive and we listened to Disney songs the whole way! We were actually able to go up in this one, we even went out on the ledge. I think I took at least a hundred pictures throughout the day.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trip to Fort Bragg, CA | Part One | Travel & Around Town

Last Friday evening we set off to meet my dad, my younger sister, and her boyfriend for dinner and a movie. We ate at Fire+Ice at the GardenWalk in Anaheim and then we went to Downtown Disney to see Captain America 2. The food was great and I loved the movie. I think the CA movies are my favorite of all the Marvel movies so far.

The next morning my dad picked Adrian and I up from Adrian's mom's apartment and we set off for Fort Bragg, CA. It's about 2 hours North of San Fransisco and about a 10 hour drive from Anaheim. The drive there flew by, probably because I was talking the entire time. My dad rented a convertible while he was staying in California. Though cramped for the drive, especially for Adrian in the back seat, it was nice for when we got to Highway 20. Highway 20 is a windy road about 30 miles long and it's full of Redwoods! It was gorgeous and the only time during the drive that we had the top down.

We were pretty hungry when we got into town, so as soon as my sister's boyfriend got home from work we went straight to dinner. We had really good pizza at a local pizza place and then we tried out the ice cream at an ice cream shop called Cowlick's. Apparently they make their ice cream fresh everyday. I had chocolate chip cookie dough and mocha almond fudge. It was really good. After that we hung out for a bit at their house until bedtime.

Sunday morning we had breakfast at a Wizard of Oz themed restaurant called Eggheads. I was never able to figure out how the name fit into the theme, but maybe you guys know? The food was great, although a little pricey. $5 for a side of bacon is too much for me.

I took so many pictures on this trip so I have to split it into three parts, so look for the second part (maybe) tomorrow.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback; National Siblings Day

Seeing as today is apparently National Sibling Day, I thought I'd share a little collage of some of my favorite pictures with my siblings. My siblings mean the world to me and they are truly my best friends. I miss them so much every day!!

Speaking of siblings and family, my dad is in town right now. He is staying with my younger sister right now, but tomorrow night Adrian and I are meeting him, my younger sister, and her boyfriend for dinner and a movie. Then on Saturday morning my dad is picking Adrian and I up to make a looong drive up North to visit my older sister Nicole. I can't wait! It's been nearly a year since I've seen my dad and I haven't seen my older sister since October. It's going to be a fun weekend. I only wish my mom and younger brother, who I have now gone more than a year without seeing, were here too.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Donuts, Farms, and Antiques.

My morning started with Adrian waking me up, far earlier than I would have liked, and asking me if I'd like to go to a farmers market. I immediately said yes. I was so excited because it's been a long time since we've been up early on the weekend to do something fun.

Adrian had made a small list of things to do that were somewhat close, the farmers market for example is 30 min. away, and we set off. The first stop was the Corona Farmers Market. It was really part market part swap meet, which is cool with me. I love swap meets! We didn't do much shopping but we did eat! To start we had the above donuts. They were freshly made to order and delicious! Like big pieces of funnel cake. After that we had empanadas, Adrian had a tamale, and we shared some macarons. Adrian chose black cherry and black berry. I chose coffee and lavender. I chose the lavender one because I constantly hear how amazing lavender flavored desserts are. I have to say, though, that I wasn't a fan. It wasn't necessarily bad, it just isn't a flavor I would enjoy having more than once. I'm glad I tried it, though.

By the time we left for our next destination I was stuffed!

Our next stop was a beautiful place called Tom's Farms. On the drive over Adrian told me 'Oh, yeah, we're going to go to a place called Tom's Farms. I think we can pet cows or something, we will just stop there real quick". I believed him and I was very surprised when we pulled into the parking lot and it looked nothing like a cow farm. Although I wouldn't have minded seeing cows, I wasn't exactly dressed for walking around a farm, so I was relieved.

Tom's Farms is a tourist spot in Corona, CA that has a farmers market, candy shop, kids rides, a wine and cheese shop, and much more. It was such a beautiful day, perfect for walking around this huge property. I really enjoyed looking at their huge candy selection and their fruit and veggies looked delicious. The best part of the day, for Adrian at least, was finding myzithra cheese at their cheese shop. If you've ever been to the Old Spaghetti Factory you've probably had myzithra cheese. Adrian has been looking everywhere for it for months and we finally found it at Tom's!

On the way home we decided to stop in Riverside and check out a huge antique store called Mission Galleria. This is my first time in that part of Riverside and it is gorgeous! We're definitely going back when we're able to do more shopping. I found a really cute homemade, vintage?, dress for only $5. It was such a nice store so I expected it to be a bit pricey, but they actually had really good prices for an antique store. I could have spent hours checking everything out but I was overwhelmed so we moved on. We checked out a few more stores and then headed to a restaurant we've been dying to try out for a while... only to find out they don't open until 5pm on the weekends. It's a gastropub called The Salted Pig and they have a pork belly sandwich that we really want to try. Oh well, another day!

We had such a nice time exploring today, but I'm excited to just relax at home tomorrow. And watch Wrestlemania 30, of course!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Finally starting a garden!

Last night Adrian's brother Gabriel and I decided to check out the sale happening at Home Depot. They are having a Spring "Black Friday" sale until April 13th. We took advantage of their any 5 for $10 sale and got some herbs. Adrian and I have wanted to start a garden since we moved here last Spring/Summer. We don't really know a whole lot about gardening yet, so herbs seemed like a good place to start. I chose thyme, basil, mint, dill, and I also got a bell pepper plant. I love bell peppers!

Until we get the yard cleaned up and ready for gardening we're using pots. I love that the plants we chose came in biodegradable "pots". They made it so easy to transplant the herbs to their new home. Moving the plants from the store pots to their new ones was what I was most worried about so I was very relieved. I'll keep you updated on how they're doing. I've already trimmed the basil plant because the one we bought was so full. I'm so excited to start cooking with fresh herbs all the time.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Where did the week go?

This week has flown by! Last Friday my younger sister and her boyfriend came over to play board games and have a few drinks. We had so much fun. We played Tsuro, Tsuro of the Sea, Forbidden Island, and Sopio. Aside from that night the most exciting thing we've done this week was go see The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Arclight in Pasadena, which I mentioned here. The movie was incredible and so pretty! It's definitely in my top three favorite Wes Anderson movies.

I also picked up the sequel to Maze Runner from the library on Wednesday. It's killing me not to finish it right away. I'm so happy that I ended up loving an impulse buy this much. I only read for a couple hours today, but I only have a little bit left. I really wish our library was a little closer so I could immediately grab the last two. I might hold off and save them for the second week of April. My dad is coming to town and Adrian and I are going to make the 10 hour drive with him to visit my older sister in Northern California. We've never been to the town where she lives, but we hear all good things. I can't wait!