I dug through my hard drive today and came across a folder full of Paris honeymoon photos that I passed over in the initial edit. The city was such a whirlwind at the time. All the photos were moments captured were shot from the hip like rapid-fire, crooked lines and all, ignoring the camera as best I could. Years later, these images takes me right back to those cobblestone streets... these photos make me feel old(er) yet lucky to have had the memory. It's time to plan another trip!
Portland has moved to my Top 5 Cities in the US.
Marine Layer, San Francisco
Will Leather Goods, Oregon
Blue Star Donuts
I wasn't sure what Jason would like so I got two donuts on a spectrum: the Blueberry Bourbon with Basil one was the employee's favorite and the Sugar and Spice Cake donut was recommended as the least sweet donut. Jimney Crickets, the Sugar and Spice one is worth writing home, your boss, AND the President about. It's a perfect combination of texture, depth and aftertaste -- aftertaste being something I don't know many chefs consider. I'm laying here in bed still thinking about it. I've decided to get another half dozen before we fly home.
Boys' Fort / Solabee Flowers
I got to spend a whole day doing something that I love in a new city that I love with someone that I love. Just me and my kid, who by the way turns 5 months tomorrow! He learned how to shake his toys and how to turn 45 degrees while on his tummy -- which might be the first sign of crawling! No more laying him on the bed unsupervised, I guess. Growing boy...
I like to go on vacation for any reason at all: to run away from the everyday mundane; to create new memories; to reconnect and be present; to adventure and explore; to eat. Whatever the impetus and however the trip went, I look forward to coming back home just as much. Laying in my familiar bed with the familiar smells, and closing my eyes and being able to instantly travel back and experience it all over again: it's all part of my vacation experience. Time traveling makes the world seem all the more closer together and...connected.
Last night I finally went through camera photos from our Maui trip from 2012 and my body and mind immediately went to a relaxed, post-coital, food-coma-like zen zone. I know we all claim to have seen the best sunsets in the world at one point in our lives, but just take a moment to let your mind melt into the painted ocean below. You'll see.
What's your happy place? If it's vacation-able, I'd love to add it to my list.
A peek into the reason why we were in Kaua‘i for 5 days: a celebration of love between our wonderful friends. Isn't the bride stunning? My photos don't even begin to capture the island surroundings, the many details that they planned over the past months to make this day happen, nor the magic that filled the pink skies... Take me back.
Yesterday we time traveled back to the States after spending two weeks on the other side of the world. Japan and Korea, you are amazing. Photos to come, but here are a few initial takeaways:
- I love traveling with my husband. In the days before our departure, we set some guidelines to stay in tune as we experience new things together, like, don't get stressed if things don't go as planned, keep the love flowing, etc. As a result, I felt more close to him than ever and our marriage feels strengthened
- Packing light was one of the smartest things we did. A backpack, a duffel and one small carry on suitcase between the two of us. Your back will thank you, you can be more mobile, and minimize the risk of losing items
- I really love both sides of our family, and I wish we could see them all the time!
- Communication without common language is hard, but body language goes a long way. [As a side note, does anyone know where I can learn sign language?]
- Japan has better food than we do, far and beyond. I don't know what to eat anymore
- Despite not knowing what to eat, I come home with a strong urge to cook
I've been reflecting about my 28th birthday coming soon. In the past I would invite all of my amazing friends for a night of good eating and drinking out on the town, and it's always so epic and fun. But this year I am feeling more inward and am feelin something small scale. I'm planning on celebrating my body and soul on this day, and am toying with a me-day. What would I do if I had no one else to please? I know that sounds like an obvious question, but the truth is, it's hard for me to do. I even have a hard time choosing what to eat for dinner. So, I'd like to practice a little more self-nurturing.
To prepare for this self-celebration, I've stepped outside of my comfort zone and signed up for a 10 day sugar cleanse (today is the last day to sign up, if you want to join me!), and an online class at an entrepreneurial school. Hoping for a little inspiration toward leading a life I want to live. Baby steps, right?
Upon reflection of my brief stay in NY, I didn't expect two things: 1) that walking around the city alone wasn't nearly as trepidatious as I'd prepared myself for. Each morning I stepped out with the feeling of independence, adventure and no direction all at once, and marched on. And 2) that the city runs like clockwork: transit works and people don't bother each other. Days after my return to SF I still feel energized, brave, and refreshed for the next thing the world has in store... I can feel it stirring near the bottom of my heart...