Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The further adventures...

News Flash: I've finally finished editing all our photos! There are over 450 of them, so you have no idea how much of a big deal that is for me :). Now I can share even more with you!

Let's start with the smiling faces of Mr. B and I, shall we? Yesterday morning our first order of business was to head to "The Rock". Trust me, I totally said that in a Sean Connery voice all day long.

We headed straight up to the prison block (let me tell you it's a HIKE) and claimed our free audio tour. Walking through the doors of this prison is the weirdest feeling in the world.

Here's Mr. B trying to look tough. (That's his grrrr face.) He and I were amazed at how small the cells really were. A mere 7 feet tall. Look at how his head almost hits the roof! Crazy!

Can you imagine freedom, and a bustling metropolis, just out of reach like that? So close that you can taste it, and yet so very far away. The view from here was gorgeous.

Our next stop was a place that I personally was totally excited to go! The Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Factory!!! They do free tours, and give complimentary samples. Ever wanted to try all 150 flavors of jelly beans? Well, here's your chance.

I was pretty impressed by the jelly bean art! Look! It's John Wayne in jelly beans. Doesn't he look good enough to eat? 

Perfect end to an epic day if I do say so myself! I'll end here so I don't overwhelm you :). Check back tomorrow! I'll let you know all about our epic bus tour that we took today and all of the craziness we saw on it. Until then, onward and upward!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We're taking pictures faster than I can edit them!

So here's a small taste of what we've been up to lately. We've been super tourists and quite honestly all this walking is so tiring. Still, totally fun!

We visited AT&T Park, and wandered all the way around it. There are so really cool plaques out, some painted murals, and the people who were hanging out were super nice about answering questions for us :). I'd love to see a game here sometime!

We HAD to visit Lombard Street. Crookedest street in the world! Sadly we couldn't drive down it (Mr. B was devastated) but after they finish maintenance we can. Maybe later this week! We did walk it. Let me tell you....steep.

A visit to Fisherman's Wharf was next. I mean I'm a HUGE fan of clam chowder, and where better to buy some than right on the water? At this point our feet were screaming but we soldiered on. Much more to see.

I'll end this particular post with our view from the bay tour that we took. We were able to go right under the Golden Gate Bridge and it was so gorgeous!!! Later this week we're planning on walking over it, but I'm so happy I got some great pictures.

These photos don't even encompass half of what we've done, but like I said I'm taking photos much quicker than I can edit them. We went to Alcatraz, visited the Jelly Belly Factory (which by the way has a FREE tour and as many samples as you can eat!) and walked blocks upon blocks of awesome city.

Best part? 4 more days to explore. I'll catch up on photos and put them up soon. In the meantime, let the adventure continue!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Vacation: Take Two!

Well friends, today was our first full day out here and can I please tell you...this whole area is gorgeous! I mean I live in an ocean city in So Cal, and STILL this area impresses me. Absolutely lovely.

Today we did a bit of wandering all over the peninsula and off. The awesome friends we are staying with are house hunting, so we took that opportunity to go see different cities here. We started out the morning at lunch, of course. What do you do when you're in a new place? Why EAT of course!

 Meet Ike's Lair, home of the absolute BEST sandwiches I have ever eaten in my entire life. No lie. I love good food and I love really quirky places. This place has both!

After ordering the menois-a-tois (RIGHT?!?) and impatiently waiting I took my first bite. I can't even remember what my sandwich had on it, but I can tell you that it was so utterly delicious I had to eat all of it.

Oh...and lick my fingers.

Then we had the opportunity to drive off the peninsula on the San Mateo Bridge. Now I know it's not as fancy as the two larger bridges, but wow is that water blue! I had to snap a quick photo out the window as we drove, but I couldn't get over how beautiful the water and the sky look together.

I'm seriously tempted to move here. I mean, it's SO GREEN! Imagine having this photo as your view everyday when you walked outside to leave for the day. I don't know about you, but I'd adore it.

Coming back on the bridge was even more fun because I got to see the sunset over the water. I so wish I had snapped a better picture but you know how it goes. Hanging your head out the window only works so well. Hahaha.

Our day ended at Rib Shack, which apparently has been on Food Network and is famous for its BBQ! Honestly? I'd agree. Most delicious brisket I've ever eaten. Mmmm....

Have I mentioned we eat a lot?

Anyway day one has come to a close! We'll be heading to bed soon so that we can get up tomorrow and go explore. I do believe it's a Chinatown day! Expect more awesome photos and random reporting on our shenanigans! 

Until then, sweetest dreams.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

We're heeeerrrreeee...

It was a gorgeous drive out here! Smooth sailing, great tunes, and my main squeeze to keep me company. So fun!

Ahead of me lie 7 beautiful days of relaxation and tourism. We've decided to make a plan each day rather than mapping everything out. Go with the flow I always say!

I promise many pictures and lots of ramblings in the days to come. Yay for good friends and good food!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sometimes nothing IS the answer

As you may well know, Mr. B and I have been married for...oh look it's the 20th! So 4 months as of today! Oh my, how times flies when you're having an awesome life.

Anyway the biggest question we get asked as newlyweds, and especially as newlyweds who waited a gasp-ensuing 10 years to get married (oh the horror!!!), is what has changed since we tied the knot. Inquiring minds want to know what is different.


Okay well, yes, my last name. If we're being picky. Other than that though, everything is just the same. I consider this a good thing. I mean, if something changed then that means we've changed, yes? Or maybe it's just because we've been living together for 5 years and we've been through all those roadblocks, over them, and on our merry way. Either way, that's the truthful answer.

You have NO idea how much that bothers people. They ask things like...

"Well isn't it hard to share finances?"
"Don't you have trouble making decisions together?"


"Aren't you worried that nothing changed?"

Answers are nope, nope and a huge NOPE. We are in a sweet spot. It could be the length of our time together, it could be that we're utterly compatible, or maybe it's a combination of it all. I don't know, and I'm not going to complain. I'm a lucky lady and I know it!

So the next time you ask a newlywed couple how it is to be married, or if anything has changed, be prepared to this as an answer. Sometimes nothing IS the answer.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pre-Vacation Brain

Today was one of those days where we just went out to be out. Sadly the weather wasn't as nice as yesterday, but it was still pleasant enough to wander around the mall, snag some kicks on ShopKick (yes I blame you Monica!!!) and eat some delicious Souplantation for lunch.

Right now I'm in pre-vacation mode. My brain knows we leave on Friday, and I am just so calm and collected. Relaxed even. I'm sure on Thursday night I'll be freaking out over what to pack, but for now I'm going with the flow and enjoying life. It's kind of a nice feeling to have something to look forward to.

You'll probably hear it a lot on this blog, but I love the heck out of my hubby. He's shown me that there is a fine line between working hard, and working yourself to ruin. So thanks for that baby. I needed it.

Bring on vacation!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Life is funny sometimes in the way it circles back around. It wasn't too long ago that I had two blogs, one for writing daily things that popped into my head, and another for all my bookish musings. When life got busy, guess which blog took the backseat...

Looking back I'm not angry about my choice. It was right for me at the time. However I am starting to remember why I had assigned a space to write my ramblings in the first place. It is so cathartic to just put down what you feel into words. To share the bits and pieces that pop up while you ponder or daydream.

So back again is my personal blog! With a new name, a simple look, and no rules as to when or what I'll post here. Maybe it will be thoughts. Maybe pictures.

Everyone deserves a place of their very own. I miss mine, so I'm rebuilding it.

A place for everything, and everything in its place.