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What a whirlwind

We spent a crazy 96 hours traveling and visiting family last weekend.  Luke flew to Calgary Thursday morning, I took him to the airport. Then went to work for most of the day only to find that my flight had changed and had to leave an hour early. I get into Calgary around 7pm and we decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants there and have a meal. Anejo is the name of the restaurant and if you ever visit Calgary it’s a must go kind of place.

Morning one

We wake up at 3 am to get ready for our international flight. To be honest I was not in the mood. Is anyone in the mood to wake up mid sleep to prepare for a journey…I think not.  Luke and I got up and showered and brushed our teeth. We both noticed the lack of water pressure in the hotel, which sucked because Luke was struggling with the soap in his beard. Frustrating to say the least. Anyway. We fly to Houston and had a layover there and then down to Corpus Christi. The weather wasn’t great but my whole family was there so it didn’t matter. We ate and drank and walked down to the beach it was lovely.

Morning two

Next day the house was stirring quite early, three toddlers and their moms and Luke and I since we always wake up early.  It was my sister’s graduation day so everyone who was going was bustling. The babies and mommies stayed back cause no one wants to deal with screaming babies during a ceremony. Luke and I were in charge of making dinner for everyone that night. Dinner for 18 may seem like a big to do but we had a plan. We headed to the store and grabbed everything we needed to make homemade enchiladas and corn to make Mexican street corn.

We spent most of the afternoon prepping and drinking beer and taking breaks to hang out with the kiddos.

The ceremony ended around 4:30 and everyone started coming back. Man was it ever crowded in that space. We had rented a 3 story 6 bedroom beach house for 4 days so everyone had a place to sleep. But the main living space was small and was getting more crowded by the minute.  Luckily we had everything ready to go so it was simply popping everything into the oven.

We spent the evening playing games and chatting and catching up!

Morning three

We were finally lucky to get some good weather and planned a day at the beach. But this was Mother’s Day so I wanted to make breakfast for everyone. We had flour and eggs and milk but no baking powder.

I googled a recipe that called for me to separate the egg whites from the yolks and whip them up until you saw peaks. I mixed everything else together and voilà fluffy soufflé type pancakes. Check out the recipe here. They were a hit!

After cleaning up we all packed and headed to the beach. Almost immediately we broke into team to do a sandcastle build competition. Between building the sand castles, taking breaks to swim and play frisbee it was a busy fun filled day. Luke ended up picking up a golf cart to make it easy for anyone who needed to go back to the house. It was used a lot, babies need naps and stuff.

We ended the evening with my brother and his girlfriend making dinner and watching Game of Thrones all together. (We are a family obsessed)! We said our goodbyes that evenings cause Luke and I had to be up at 3 am to drive to the airport and catch our flight to Houston.

Morning four

Another 3 am wake up ugh. We had slept maybe 3-4 hours and were exhausted.

I won’t bore with the details of the flights home but two connections and 12 hours later we were home. What a whirlwind trip.


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Stay Classy San Diego

In this post I will step away from discussing the deeper things, to talk about the mini trip I took to San Diego. I love being able to re-calibrate and recharge by taking short inexpensive trips. Luke had to go down for a conference, so I thought I’d tag along. The hotel room is covered so all I had to pay for was flight and food.

San Diego:

San Diego as Ron Burgundy clearly states “is the greatest city of mankind, discovered by the Germans in 1904” haha! To be fair though, it is a pretty cool city. Since Luke had to work, I spent day one at Balboa park. This is a must see place, the architecture alone is spectacular. There are quite a few museums in the area including the art museum, museum of man, natural history museum, botanical gardens, and Spanish village art center (see pictures below).

Day two was a chill day! I sat outside facing the harbor and watched boats go by and read. Oh I forgot to mention the restaurant day one which was the Blind Burro! Amazing authentic Mexican food and margaritas! I was in heaven.

We ate at Blue Point the second night and had the seafood tower and lobster rolls. All of which was delicious. For getting around you can take an Uber anywhere for a good price. Our favorite mode of transportation however was the electric scooters. (Click here for a short video of my first ride). They are set up like Uber or Lyft in the way of being able to find one via GPS, and unlock it with a scan of the QR code. It was only one dollar to start and 15 cents/minute to continue.  With this mode of transportation we were able to go through the Gaslamp district, all the way up to Little Italy. What an incredible way to get around with no emissions,  no traffic jams and at your fingertips! 

The restaurant night three was Civico1845. The servers were very knowledgeable and pleasant. I had the ravioli all’aragosta, which was so delicious. They also have an amazing vegan menu. The picture of the wine above was from this spot. So many lovely things to see and do in San Diego. The people are nice and the restaurants are pretty swell. I would highly recommend if you’ve never been to check it out! Thank you for listening!

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Do you know the way to San Jose

For my husbands 40th birthday I bought us tickets to San Jose to watch the Oilers vs Sharks hockey game. It was quite the trip and all took place within 48 hours. Here’s how it went.

Waking up at 3:30 am to get ready to be at the airport for an international flight was the first challenge. We had coffee and let the dogs out and got out of the house by 4:30. Our flight to Seattle was only about 50 minutes and we had a 3 hour layover there which allowed us to grab some breakfast and stretch our legs. We arrived in San Jose at 12:30. Uber is readily available there and we were able to catch a ride to the dive motel I booked (it looked way better online and had a 4 star rating through I should’ve used Trip Adviser like I normally do…oh well.

We arrived at Caravelle Inn and Suites and the front desk lady look perplexed when we walked in and asked to check in. “My boss doesn’t allow me to check anyone in until 3pm, I may be able to get you in at the earliest at 2 but my boss will give me shit for doing so.” Luke and I really wanted to take a nap and recoup from the early wake up, but what can you do? We decided to see what was around and walked about 4 blocks one direction and realized there is really nothing near us. We ended up at a sushi place across the street from the motel and ordered two rolls, some sashimi and miso soup and Sapporo (Japanese beer). The menu here was hilarious, rolls were named “sex in the city”, “orgasm”, etc.

The restaurant was closing for the afternoon so we had to leave after we ate and we still had about an hour to kill before we would be able to check in. There was this sketchy dive bar beside the hotel and we walked past it and considered going in, but it made me nervous so we walked to the Holiday inn to see if they had a place to hang out for an hour….they didn’t. “Dive bar it is” Luke said.

We entered and the place was dark, and dingy but not as sketchy as I had expected and we order two gin and sodas. I’ve worked in bars throughout my life and always tend to watch bar tenders work. This girl grabbed the bottle of gin and started pouring….and pouring. She had to have put 3+ shots in, nearly filling the glass half way before putting the soda in. I took one sip and cringed “I gotta wait for the ice to melt before drinking this” I said to Luke. We hung out and slowly sipped our strong drink and chatted about our plan for the evening.

We were able to check in at 3 and felt pretty gross from airports and dive bars so showered and prepared to head downtown. We took an Uber downtown around 5:30 (the game starts at 7) and wandered around hoping to come across anything of interest.

We got to the SAP center and grabbed our seats to watch the game. I won’t talk about the game because our team played horribly. They lost 7-2 (so disappointing).

After the game we wandered down to an Irish pub to grab some grub and a couple of drinks to drown our sorrows over the loss. We ended up meeting a several people and really hit it off and chatted and hung out until nearly 2am. So now we’ve been up for almost 24 hours and we took an Uber back to the motel and crashed. We got up around 9:30 am and got ready to check out for 11. We had breakfast and since our flight home wasn’t until 4:30, we decided to go to the Winchester mansion. If you haven’t heard of this place, the back story is quite interesting. I won’t go into details here but check out this link Winchester Mansion.

We get back to the airport and wait to board our flight. We land in Seattle and have another 3 hour layover and arrive home at midnight. Luke and I both had to work the next morning and let me tell you, we were exhausted. So that is a recap of 48 hours of travel and adventure. If I were to give travel advise regarding San Jose, I’d say check out the Winchester mansion and perhaps the Tech museum, and take Uber’s everywhere. The people there are really friendly so don’t be shy to strike up a conversation.