Sunday Currently: Volume 20

Summer weekends really are the best sometimes. 

The heat really rolled in around here (as with most places, I'm sure) so while it has made for some sweaty, muggy days, it also makes for the perfect opportunity to go to the river!

Yesterday I got to spend the day hanging out with a really good friend (who I don't see often enough!) and just relax by the river. It was so nice and relaxing, even though we got pushed out of our first spot by a couple who seemed to think that bare and au natural was the way to be! Ha! Thankfully, it was only the woman who wanted to skinny dip, and the guy kept his shorts on!

After we found a better, more private spot, things were better. You just can't beat getting too much sun your tan on, swimming, and chatting with one of your best friends! 

These pictures are actually from a few weeks ago, when I went with my sisters, but it was the exact same spot, so I figured I could use them! (Because I'm a bad blogger who took 0 pictures yesterday)


Reading  I still haven't started reading anything different. I need to go find something new, but I kid you not, it is impossible for me to check something out from the library and not have it be two months over due! So, maybe for now I'll stick to magazines and internet articles.
Writing  Not a whole lot. I've got a couple of ideas for posts this week, and last week I did a ton of brainstorming! I've got some good prompt ideas, so now I just need to choose the ones I like best and go for it.
Listening  I've been listening to a lot of Spotify lately, and even though they didn't have it, I was able to search (or buy, in a couple cases) for songs and make a playlist of a movie soundtrack I loved. It's from The Romantics, starring Katy Holmes, Josh Duhamel, and Anna Paquin. I liked the movie, but it got terrible reviews, so I'm not sure that I would recommend it for that reason. The soundtrack, however, was awesome! So I would try to look it up if I were you.
Thinking  About doing my first ever hair tutorial! Not that I really have to best equipment or anything, but I just discovered an amazing way to do my hair and I would love to share it with you guys! It's so great (and easy), I think it's probably going to be my new summer hair-do!
Smelling  Nothing, but that reminds me that I need to go make my coffee!
Wishing  For some extra motivation this week to get some serious deep cleaning done around my house. It needs it so badly, and I'm trying to prepare for a yard sale in a few weeks. We have way, way too much stuff, and a good chunk of it is going sayonara!
Hoping  For another fun afternoon with friends today. I'm not sure if I could handle another river day, because I got a bit sun burnt yesterday, but volleyball or disc golf sound like good items for the agenda today!
Loving  Well, summer mostly. I have a hard time being happy in whatever season I'm in (except when it's fall) so I'm trying to really enjoy it. Especially since we're only technically a week in, and it would do me no good to be wishing for fall to be here already!
Wanting  To go make my coffee. I need to get my breakfast done and over with, so I can take my little spaz Handsome on his walk!
Feeling  Happy, and sore. I've changed up my workout routine lately, and now I'm lifting weights! It seems to be working, because after one week I already feel stronger, and I have been so sore that it hurts to move, ha! No pain, no gain I guess.
Clicking  Nothing is really coming much to mind. I've been searching for a lot of lifting tips, and I've been on Pinterest a lot! But that's all that' really coming to mind. I haven't been keeping up with other blogs very well lately, and I should try to do that more this week.

As usual, I'm linking up with Lauren :)

The Best (Fake) Tweet

As those of you closest to me know, I love me a little celebrity news! I mean, really, don't most of us?

Even though I don't regularly watch the show, I do enjoy reading about all things Kardashian, and Baby Kimye was no exception. When her name was announced to the world, I was just as excited to hear as every other loser anybody.

But, I also love me a good witty tweet, and with a name like North West, there were some good ones!

My favorite one happens to be fake, but that doesn't make it any less funny, or share worthy!

Apparently, this picture surfaced on a tumblr page, and was never actually posted to Taylor Swift's twitter, but I bet she wished it was! (I know I do)

Just in case you need a reminder, here's the infamous situation in all of it's glory! Enjoy!

Vacationing Part Three: The Hotel

For this last post about our trip, I wanted to share a few photos of our hotel. Technically, we had three different hotels over the course of the whole trip, but the one we spent the most time at was The Embassy Suites in Milpitas. Luckily for us, it also happened to be the nicest!

Now, don't get me wrong, our other hotels were nice. There was nothing wrong with them at all, and we had good experiences. This one just happens to be probably the nicest hotel that we've ever stayed in!

Lobby area/Breakfast area

This place offered so many amenities, it was unreal! A lot of places will offer a complimentary breakfast, but this place really took things up a notch. Pretty much any breakfast option you could think of, they had. You could order eggs any style, or omelets loaded with tons of fillings! An oatmeal bar, cooked to order pancakes, waffles, french toast, and bacon or sausage as well! Pastries, coffee, and juices were also included, all for no charge. Needless to say, we were very impressed!

Glass elevators/Courtyard

In the evenings, they also offered a manager's reception in the courtyard area. This included free snacks, sodas, and/or cocktails (if you were so inclined)! This lasted for two hours, every evening, and it was a great way for me to catch up with Dane after he finished work, before we grabbed dinner. You can't beat sitting by a water fall, sipping on a drink, and relaxing with your honey!

Fountain near entrance/Swimming pool/Hallway balcony

To top things off, we had access to a pool, hot tub, and fitness room, so there were plenty of things to keep me occupied while Dane was working. I know, I know. I was a little spoiled! 

And now I don't know how I'll ever go back to dumpy, little dive motels! ;)

That pretty much wraps it up! We had so much fun, and I'm so glad we got to start off our summer in such an exciting way! 

What about you? Do you have any fun vacations planned for the summer? Let me know! I'd love to hear about them!

Sunday Currently: Volume 19


Reading  I haven't started anything new, but I did finish The Lost Wife last week. It was a really good book, but I almost didn't enjoy it, because it was so sad! It's a holocaust story, so obviously I wasn't expecting a happy story, but there is just so much grief permeating the whole book, that it was almost too much. Or at least too much for me to have read it as fast as I did! Still, though, I would recommend it, because it was a very good and touching story.
Writing  I wrote a couple of posts about our vacation, here and here, with a third to come! I've also been doing some brainstorming, so there should be some more new stuff in the works here soon.
Listening  She & Him, Volume 3. I love this album so much! It has such a summer feel, and maybe it's just because that retro sound always sounds summery to me! Either way, it's great and I've been listening to it a lot lately.
Thinking  About our plans today. We're doing a group belated birthday/Father's Day barbecue with Dane's family today. One problem I discovered with celebrating Father's Day late, is that if you didn't buy your card on time, you can't buy one at all! They are all gone! Drat.
Smelling  That wonderful, amazing, morning smell. I think you all know what I'm referring to. Yep, coffee!
Wishing  That I had been able to go to sleep earlier last night. I'm tired, and running behind this morning (surprise, surprise). I hope I can get my sleep habits under control, because since I don't have a summer job, I'm going to have to give myself some structure to my days. I don't have the will power to get out of bed at a decent time, if I consistently fall asleep after eleven!
Hoping  To create a new housekeeping schedule this week. I used to have one, and it worked really well! There was a period of time that housework was never an issue as long as I mostly followed the schedule, but that went by the wayside a long time ago, and it's been a struggle ever since. So, once I get things running more smoothly on a day to day basis, I can get to some much needed deep cleaning and organizing!
Loving  That I'm (mostly) getting back to my better eating habits. Our trip really took a toll on me, but after just one day of being home, and not eating out, I noticed a difference in how much better I was feeling. Now, hopefully I'll be able to drop those vacation pounds soon!
Wanting  To get a mani/pedi. My finger nails have been neglected a lot lately, and my toe nail polish is chipping. I should get gel polish, because that stuff lasts forever!
Feeling  Happy to be back in my own home, even though I had a blast on vacation! There's always a certain relief in coming home and getting back into the usual routines.
Clicking  Not a whole lot. I read some of the funny tweets about baby North West,  even though, for the record, I don't mind the name! It's just unfortunate that it was paired with west, ha! And I have been doing a lot of reading a research on weight lifting. This weeks starts my lifting program, and I found so much good information from the blog Girls Gone Strong. If you are interested in using some heavier weights, I totally recommend checking out their site!

Now, currently I should be in the shower, so off I go!
Linking up with Lauren :)

Vacationing Part Two: Santa Cruz and Milpitas

Today is kind of bittersweet. I'm happy to say that we made it home safe and sound, and being in my own bed was nice, but reality hits hard when you've been gone for a week having fun! Coming home to a depleted bank account, and a scale that went up (five pounds!) are not the best things in the world! 

It was all worth it though (except for the five pounds), and we had a lot of fun while we were gone. So, here's a bit more about how our trip went!

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Sorry Seaside, but I think I have a new favorite coast destination!

Last Sunday we spent the afternoon in Santa Cruz, and it was everything I hoped it would be! Sunny, sandy, and warm! My only regret is not spending both days of the weekend there.

We got into town, and headed to their downtown area. Parking was reasonable, and there were so many neat shops and restaurants, plus some great chains like Forever 21 and H&M. Definitely a great place for shopping, even though we didn't do much of that. We did find a bookstore though, so of course we didn't get out of there empty handed!

I loved the feel of the area, because it's a college town and a tourist town, so the vibe was definitely a good one. Classy, but not so upscale that you couldn't afford anything, and also very fun and "young." It's the kind of place that I imagine would make for a fantastic girls trip, because, come on, we all know our husbands/boyfriends don't like to shop as much as we do!

From downtown, the city has a trolly (bus?) system that runs the mile long route to the boardwalk and back. It's only 25 cents, and the information booth will give you tickets to ride it for free (which of course we took, ha!)

The boardwalk was very busy, but I don't see how it wouldn't have been. The weather was great, and where else could you want to be on a Sunday afternoon than at the beach? We walked around, and took in the sights, then went over to the rides. 

We bought just enough tickets to ride on the Giant Dipper! It's one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the country, and it was built in 1924. So, besides the fact that we were hoping we wouldn't be the ride it decided to break on (and Dane hoping he wouldn't lose his lunch), we were excited for it! 

Obviously it didn't break while were were on it, and if Dane had puked, you bet I would have told you before now! 

Downtown Santa Cruz/Boardwalk

Roller coaster fun

After we had our fill of beach fun (and our parking time ran out) we headed on up to Milpitas. This was the part of the trip where Dane's vacation ended, ha! While he was working, I entertained myself for a few days. It wasn't too hard though, because we were staying in probably the nicest hotels we had ever been in! 

I'll share more about that later, and some more pictures from the day that I decided to go to the beach on my own (which I'm very proud of myself for doing. I'm kind of a chicken at times!).

But, here's a little of what our room view looked like in Milpitas!

Room with a view

Now, I'm off to spend the day with my sisters before they go home tomorrow!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Oh, and happy first official day of summer :) Go and do something fun!

Monopolizing the Breakfast Table

So, instead of finishing up my breakfast this fine, fine morning, I decided to get another cup of coffee, and monopolize this little table of mine for a little bit longer!

breakfast view

Yes, I'm still in the hotel, but today will be our last day. Tomorrow we head home, but we will be stopping and doing some touristy stuff in San Francisco on the way.

Today, I just feel like writing.

It's been a long time since I've felt any real inspiration to write. I'm not sure what happened, but there for a little while I just felt completely zapped!

I couldn't seem to come up with any of my own ideas, and I hated that I was always using other bloggers' prompts and link-ups for the bulk of my content. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love doing them, but I wanted you, my readers, to see more original material from me! That was why I started this blog in the first place, to write, and to share my thoughts. Well, I guess I was still sharing them, but I was sharing my thoughts on other peoples' ideas.

When I tried to stop relying so much on link-ups, and life started to get busy for me, I lost all motivation to keep up with this blog. It made me sad, but I had such a terrible case of writers block, it wasn't even funny!

I realized though, that I really missed it, this whole writing thing, and I've decided not to be so hard on myself. I want to try to write more, even if I feel like what I'm writing about isn't that exciting, or might not be "good enough." If I wrote it, and I like it, then that's good enough for me! I may not lead the most exciting life, but that's why my blog title contains the word ordinary. I guess you know what you're getting right there, ha!

That's my summer plan, to just start writing more. As I've been brainstorming, I've decided that maybe I will host a link-up! Possibly. I've had a couple ideas, but we'll see if anyone wants to join in with little ol' me. Either way, there will start being new posts around here, and some of them may turn into regulars!

For now though, I am going to finish my breakfast and get on with my day. Since Dane is still working, and I've got all day to myself again, I think the beach is calling my name. I think I'm going to head back on down to Santa Cruz for the day, and get my tan on!

Cheers, and happy Wednesday!

Vacationing, Part One: Marina and Monterey

Hello from the road!

That's right, I'm still on vacation!

Dane, however, is not (we're down here for his job at the moment) so that leaves me with a lot of time on my hands. Well, what better to do with my time than to start sharing some of my trip photos with you? I'll be splitting it up, but here is how the first part of our trip went

We left on Friday and headed down into California. Dane was able to take off from work early, so we got a decent start. We were headed down to the coast, but we spent our first night in Fremont. Our hotel was nice, but since there was a wedding going on in the hotel, they were out of their basic king rooms. Which means they upgraded us to a spa king for no extra charge! Whoop, whoop! I just love extra perks like that.

Also, for the record, I drove most of the way down on Friday night, including through all of the crazy freeway changes and traffic! I had planned on letting Dane drive when we got to the busy stuff, but I didn't need to. The aggressive driver in me really seems to thrive in this California environment! Ha!

On Saturday we continued our journey onto Marina. The original plan was to stay in Santa Cruz, but last minute our trip dates changed to the same weekend as the University of California Santa Cruz's graduation! Needless to say, all the rooms in our price range were booked and we had to head further south. Marina is a little town, almost to Monterey, but far enough away that we were able to get a pretty decently priced room.

We went ahead and spent the afternoon in Monterey, buying (some) candy, and walking around Cannery Row and the beach. Cannery Row is famous for having been a big influence to John Steinbeck. In fact, the area wasn't even named Cannery Row originally, but due to it being the setting of his book by that title, the name was changed. 

Dane was pretty excited to check that area out, because he is a huge John Steinbeck fan, but there were so many other tourists that it kind of ruined the experience for him. Personally, I like the hustle and bustle of people, so it didn't bother me too bad. It was the chilly weather (and my dumb self wearing shorts) that made it less enjoyable for me.

Overall though, we had a good afternoon and evening, and we got to go back to the hotel after and soak in the hot tub!

Cannery Row/Asilomar Coast Trail

A diabetics nightmare. And who doesn't need a "number two" pencil?

Asilomar Coast Trail/Marina State Beach

On Sunday morning, the sun decided to come out, and we took one more walk along the beach. It was so gorgeous, and really quite a bit different than the Oregon beaches we're used to. Even though the climate seemed similar (or at least the temperature did) the beaches themselves were not. The water was more turquoise and clear, and the sand was more fine. 

Marina State Beach

Along the highway between Marina and Santa Cruz, was a giant agricultural area! We passed by so many farm stands, all with signs touting their great deals, that we had to stop at one. The ten for $1 avocados turned out to be not as great as we had hoped (they were the smallest avocados I've ever seen) but still a better deal than I would get at any of our grocery stores! And I got the opportunity to be an artichoke!  

Farmstand, Cabrillo Hwy 

We spent all afternoon Sunday in Santa Cruz, and it was so great! We found a great bookstore, walked on the boardwalk, and rode a roller coaster! Plus, the weather was a whole lot nicer. But, I will share more on that later, with a lot more pictures to come!

Sunday Currently: Volume 18

We are currently on our first vacation of the summer! It's a work/vacay trip, but it's been super fun so far. We've spent some time at the beach, bought some cheap produce, and rode a roller coaster! Right now we're set up in our nicest hotel of the trip, in the suite that Dane's work put us up in. This place has complimentary cocktails and snacks for two hours every evening!

Anyway, here's a few pics of our trip so far, there will be a lot more to come!

Dane and I on the beach!

Beach in Marina, CA

Farm stand fun :)


Reading  I just started reading The Lost Wife, by Alyson Richman. I picked it up today from Bookstore Santa Cruz, and it's really good so far! It's about a Jewish couple, newly wed, separated during WWII. I think it's going to be a very good read! 
Writing  Nothing really, but I will have lots of time to myself the next couple of days to write about our trip so far!
Listening  The air conditioner. We don't have anything else running at the moment. Dane is messing with his tech-y stuff at the moment, and I'm on mine. So, there's pretty much silence. Except, we were just discussing the flushing options on the toilet, ha!
Thinking  About what I'm going to do the next couple of days. I'm thinking pretty much just being lazy.
Smelling  That hotel smell. Has anyone else noticed that most hotels smell the same? And also, our complimentary bag of popcorn!
Wishing  That I hadn't ate that popcorn, ha! I haven't been doing my workouts the last few days, and coupled with all the eating out we've been doing, means that I'm feeling super bloated.
Hoping  To eat a little better tomorrow, and that Dane wants to head down to the pool soon.
Loving  Summer vacations, and companies that put their employees up in super nice hotels, ha!
Wanting  To head down to that pool, so time to wrap this thing up.
Feeling  Pretty fantastic!
Clicking  Nothing really. Facebook and Google maps have pretty much been it.

I hope you all had a very happy Father's Day!
Linking up with Lauren :)

Crunch Time!

You guys, I am unbelievably excited! This week I hopped on my scale, and guess what?


That is how many pounds I am away from my goal!

It seems crazy to me that I have successfully eaten healthy and worked out for three and a half months now, and that I have seen such great results! This is the lightest I have been in the last five years, since I gained around thirty pounds after my wedding. 

More than the number on the scale though, I have seen so many other benefits. I love the way my clothes fit now, and I don't feel so self conscious about myself. Some of my pants are even too big now! Plus, I feel so much healthier now. I don't feel sick all the time, and when I'm working out, I feel strong!

This whole process has really given me some perspective. I remember being a teenager and, like most teens, I thought I was fat. Or at least I felt like it sometimes. I didn't think I was as thin as most other girls, and there was always someone I wished I looked like more than myself. Well, I definitely wasn't fat, and I wish I had been more comfortable with my body then!

Right now, I am much more happy with how I look and feel, and I'm about ten pounds heavier than I was in high school! So, I'm glad for the new view I have about my body.

A crappy selfie from two weeks ago

I still have a little work to do, and I would still like to see a little more tone in certain spots, but overall I feel pretty great right now. And who know? The scale may keep going a little. I don't plan on changing my eating habits or workouts once I reach my goal. When I started this, it was with the mind set that this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. I treat myself regularly, but within moderation. Most of the time I try to eat really healthy, and that's something I don't want to change!

Also, on a similarly related note, one reason I wanted to lose weight (besides the whole being healthier thing) was for my vacation!

That's right, this weekend we're headed out of town! It's going to be a work/vacation trip, and I'm so excited! We'll spend some time at the beach, and I'll get to spend several days just relaxing by a pool. It'll be an indoor pool, because we aren't going anywhere tropical, but it's still going to be great!

I will try to be a good blogger, and take lots of pictures to share with you all, and I will still be around because of good-ole wi-fi.

I hope you all have a great weekend as well, and that you all find something fun to do on this last official weekend of spring. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday Currently: Volume 17

I'm baaaack....

But for reals, I'm sorry everybody! Things have just been crazy around here, and it has been weeks (!) since I've been around!

A few weeks ago, I started working a lot of hours, and it just zapped me completely. I was so wore out in the evening, that all I felt like doing was sitting in front of my netflix! Then I got sick. So that bogged me down even more. Then I had to get ready for a camping trip, and my family came to town! So, obviously, the last month or so has been absolutely crazy!

And not only have I been a terrible blogger in terms of writing...but I also didn't take hardly any pictures of all of the fun things I've been doing!

I went on a camping trip.

It was Dane's twenty-eighth birthday!

I went to the coast with my family.

I've had a few of my sisters staying with me for a couple of weeks!

And I have no pictures......

Well, mostly no pictures. The other day, we did go swimming in the most beautiful river, and I was smart enough to bring my camera for that!

Still, though. Bad blogger! Bad!

Anyways, I've missed this little space of mine, and I'm happy to be back! I hope I won't be missing quite as much around here lately, since I'm pretty much on summer break. And here are a few of those pictures that I took from our river jaunt last Friday.

Sandy toes

My sissies

The clearest river


Reading  Nothing much lately. I kind of forgot about Gatsby, then we went and saw the movie anyway! I may still finish it though, we'll see. 
Writing  Well, obviously nothing! Hopefully I'll be better about that from now on.
Listening  To the quiet. My sisters are out at the moment, and Dane just went to bed. I'm writing this way too late, and bed is where I'm headed next.
Thinking  About how tired I am, and all of the stuff I'm going to do this week. I've got another pretty busy week ahead!
Smelling  Summer air. I've got the windows opened up, and the ceiling fans on.
Wishing  That I had thought to write this out earlier in the day! It's getting late, and The Office is calling my name, ha!
Hoping  To stick to my healthy eating this week. I'll fill you in on why pretty soon! Plus, I've got an update on my eating/work out plan as well!
Loving  Summer time! Technically it isn't even summer yet, but it feels like it around here. I've already gotten in camping, swimming, the beach, and lots of volley ball!
Wanting  To get all caught up on blogging stuff this week. Ads, emails, comments, and new posts! Pretty much everything I've been neglecting lately.
Needing  To wrap this up and go hit the hay!
Feeling  Pretty good! Sun burnt, but good.
Clicking  Not a lot, but I did just read this interesting article about growing up as trust fund baby. Then, of course, I've been keeping up with The Daily Tay

Happy to be linking up with the fabulous Lauren again!

Also, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to all of my new followers from the bloglovin' hop! I'm so excited to have you all here, and I will be getting back to you're comments soon! Thanks so, so much for following along!

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