Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Evacuation Thoughts

Many people across the world have dealt with forest fire evacuations and let me say this, they never ever get easier.  You hear the word "evacuation" and every dark and dismal thought about burning to death enters your mind along with what emotions you would feel if you lost everything.

I have made it safely through two evacuations- The Old Fire of 2003 when I was just 17 and the Grass Slide Fire in 2007 at 21.  Neither were easy, but both were eye opening to the events that could save your life and precious items.  The reason I am writing this post is because there is currently a massive (7000 + acre) fire burning just to the north of my house.  One change in wind direction and I could lose everything.  That is scary, but not as scary as those who are unprepared for nature's most relentless monster.

I wanted to share how I am ready in the event I have only a few moments to grab what is important-

1- I always have a bag with a change of clothes packed.

2- A case of water and beef jerky is always in my car.

3- My emergency contacts are labeled as "ICE" in my phone.  ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency".  It will help first responders get a hold of your family.

4- Pay attention to wind patterns and if it is close, it is better to leave than be stuck.

5- Know your evacuation route as well as additional routes.

6- Have a predetermined meeting place so if cell towers go down you know where you are going.

7- Always have a credit card or cash available.  I got a measly $500 credit limit Capital One card that I never use so I can pay for gas, food and a hotel room in the event I have no where to go.

8- Scan important documents and photos on to a zip drive you carry with you or can put in a safety deposit box.

9- My car always has at least a 1/2 tank of gas.

10- Be sure to photograph each room with its belongings for insurance.  It protects you from defrauding the insurance company on what you own.

I am sure there are things I am missing, but this is honestly how I feel now that a third evacuation is a very real threat.

Nothing is worth your life so make sure you are only taking what is important.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Currently in August

August is pretty much in full effect and life has been hectic.  I added coaching little cheerleaders to my plate and I have to say it is awesome and very interesting to say the least.  Honestly, I am super stoked I get to share my years of dance experience, strength, flexibility and balance training with these girls.  I also can't wait to see how these little ladies progress over the course of the season.  If you hear me complaining at any time, please remind me of how excited I was at the beginning of the season.

Anyways, with it being the first week of August, I decided to join the lovely Anne and the lovely Dana for what is currently going on in my life!

The fact that it's almost fall, y'all. I have been dying for fall decor and cooler temperatures and of course, football!!!

"Blue Bloods" on Netflix. Yes I am very late to this party as there are, I think, six seasons. It took me awhile, but I'm present and hooked!  Plus Tom Selleck and his mustache are amazing.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes. I have been once and it was in winter and there was a blizzard. This go round there will be sunshine and summertime. I definitely have the Mammoth Brewing Company on my list and now I am just looking for a few other things.

Stretches, warm ups and cheers. This is tough work, but someone has to do it, right?

So I posted a little bit about Hello, Fresh and let me just say it is a life saver after practices.  I have all of my ingredients and recipe all set to go.  I am obsessed!  If you click here you get a coupon for $20 off your first order!

Monday, July 25, 2016

A 30 List

I turned the big 3-0 on Friday and guess what?  It was like any other day. Except that it was birthday and I was turning another year older. I have another year of life under my belt. It means I have an entire year to accomplish new things before my next birthday.

In the true nature of me being me I have a list. In addition to pushing my comfort zones and being a better person. 

1. Eat healthier- I am starting Hell Fresh this week and I cannot wait!  You can get $40 off with my code.

2. Travel 3 new places.

3. Expand knowledge with reading and random classes via the internet.  It is a resource we have to broaden our horizons.

4. Take a photography course.

5. Recycle more.

6. Donate time and energy to a charitable cause.

7. Get a live Christmas tree.

8. Host a monthly game night with my girls.

9. Start tap again once a week.

10. Complete a 5K run.

11. Do a pub crawl.

12. Go hiking a few times a month.

13. Take skiing lessons.

14. Work on organization.

15. Embrace a minimalistic life by getting rid of things I don't need.

16. Learn to sew.

17. Finish Lulu book project.

18. Celebrate autumn with a pumpkin patch visit.

19. Work on being more patient with people.

20. Read more.

21. Broaden my classic films list.

22. Work on eliminating my RBF.

23. Find a healthier balance of family, friends, work and education.

24. Get back to journaling.

25. Take a random drive with no destination in mind.

26. Host a wine tasting.

27. Embrace spontaneity.

28. Be more open to new people.

29. Complete C25K challenge.

30. Make 30 my best year yet.

What would you add to my list, or did I get a good one going?

Monday, July 18, 2016

That Time I Took A Nap...

Has anyone been so exhausted by life that they have fallen asleep right where they are sitting?  I have done it a few times at bars, restaurants and obviously movies.  Movies might not seem like a big deal unless you're on a date with a guy you really like...

I did just that a couple years ago.  I had been dating this guy and he didn't really have a whole lot of time for dating so when he would offer up a day and time, I jumped like a puppy receiving a treat.  (Sad and slightly pathetic in retrospect.)  I should have really said "no" but I went anyway.

I can't really recall why I was so tired, but the night was foggy and rainy and I told him I would drive.  You know, because I am a psycho control freak and like to be in control of my own destiny.  We made the treacherous drive down the mountain into the city.  We were about 20 minutes too late to see "Lincoln" so we settled on "Argo" which was even later than "Lincoln".  Looking back I should have suggested going to dinner instead, but my stubbornness would win out.  

I ordered a Diet Coke in hopes the caffeine would provide a small bit of energy to keep my eyes open.  We chatted and flirted prior to the movie starting.  Once it started I was really into the story line and thought it would keep me awake.  The last thing I remember was Ben's butt in his hotel room.  

Next thing I know I am being gently tapped awake during the airport scene.  I had a tiny bit of drool on shoulder and tried to play it off like I hadn't just slept through most of the movie that cost $15 to go see.  I will never forget the look on his face... He seemed to feel bad but there was a smirk too.  

It was awful!

This experience is probably why I dislike movie dates.  I mean I can barely keep my eyes open during Netflix binges!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Love Your Spouse

I don't know about you, my lately my FB feed is filled with this "love your spouse "photo challenge.  Yes it is great, but to be completely honest... I feel left out.  So I started thinking about all the things I would marry if I could (like the 90's "why don't you marry it then?").  

As I was going through my phone's photos I realized the only thing I really have "love" photos with is alcohol.   

WOW! that makes me sound like a total boozer.  

Anyways, here is a little jog down memory road.

Sometimes BAE just makes you smile even when you are a few shots deep..

BAE and I like to clean up and dress up for evenings in every once in awhile.

Then there was that one time BAE and I randomly ran into each other in LA.

I just had to sneak this pic of BAE right out of the ice bucket.

Eric Church concert with BAE.

Even BAE needs a night out with the friends every once in awhile.

Our countless river trips will always fill my heart with joy.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

30 Things I have Learned

Next Friday is my birthday and I wanted to share 30 of the most important things I have leaned so far in my life-

1- Friends come and go, we all change.  Some for the better, some for the worse.

2- Always send a "thank you" note.  For anything, from gifts to a simple note saying thank you for being you.

3- Be kind.  Especially with the violence and senseless tragedies our country.

4- Wear the white pants.

5- Celebrate everything from the small things to the big things.

6- Print photographs.  Sure digital copies are great, but there is something having the actual print.

7- Drink that glass of wine.

8- Sometimes a night in is the best medicine.

9- Ask him out already.

10- Laugh.

11- Sporadic Sunday "fundays" are always worth it.

12- Hydrate.

13- Take the vacation.

14- Sleep in and veg out occasionally.

15- Work hard so you can play harder.

16- Learn something new.

17- You are stronger than you think.

18- There are times you will need friends, but you will always need family.

19- Death is inevitable.

20- Carry yourself with grace and dignity, it is the sexiest thing.

21- Have fun.

22- Love fiercely.

23- Educate yourself.

24- You are in charge of you, hold yourself accountable for your needs and wants.

25- You will feel better with a healthier diet and exercise, but you can still have that cupcake.

26- Spend time with the kids in your life.  Their perspective will open your eyes.

27- It's ok to be wild sometimes.

28- Be brave.

29- Flowers may die, but they bring a bit of sunshine inside.

30- Read, read, read.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016


Today I am linking up with two lovely ladies, Anne and Jenna, for what is going on in my life currently.

Toasting- Summertime and the beautiful weather.  Southern California has struck gold with the gorgeous day temps and chilly nights.  I love being in short and throwing on a flannel while hanging out on my deck.

Going- Laughlin is calling and to the river I must go!

Smelling- Target's soy candles in "beach house".  $10 for a double wick candle that burns every night in my house.  I can't get over the amazing smell.  I went back and bout three more.  Beat that Bath and Body Works.

Wearing-  Adorable new sandals from amazon,com.

Wishlisting- A tropical vacation and I am so not a tropical vacation girl.

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