Camera Roll Catch Up – Scenery & Artsy Shots – October 2016

Please take “artsy” loosely.  Some are legit artsy in my mind, but some are just ones I thought looked cool.  Not necessarily art.  Just wanted to get that out of the way. Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes on Apple iOS 10.2

The scenery on the way down was starting to change, and I got excited by the organized trees. Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.2 Upside-down Face on Apple iOS 10.2


The sun & clouds were just so pretty & mysterious…plus, flat country!! Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2


Can you see why I love it so much?  I just find it so refreshing.


I don’t remember what body of water this was, but I think we passed it on the way to San Francisco on our driving tour.  (Maybe it’s the bay?  Idk, it’s just pretty.)  California is just so photogenic!


We drove down Lombard Street (well, the famous, windy part of it)!!


I was trying to take a picture of the street, but our car was so dirty that it focused on the dirt.  Total fail…except when I was going through my photos, I thought it kind of looked cool in it’s own way.  Maybe it’s just me and my whacked artistic sense, and if so, I’m sorry.


This was the view from the Legion of Honor parking lot. Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2


If you read my last post, you might remember we stopped by the beach on our driving tour of SF, and I couldn’t resist taking some sand pictures.


And then this kind of sand…(any beach smart people know why it does this?)  It almost looks extraterrestrial or something.


The ocean itself…so beautiful!  #takemeback


Seafoam… (why is that a greeny-blue color, by the way?  It just occured to me that it really would make more sense if it was a white!)


Several people had their dogs on the beach (one even came over and said hi to us!  It was a Rhodesian Ridgeback, which of course made me think of Will.), and I thought the paw-prints in the sand were just so cute!


This was where we pulled off to look at the Golden Gate on our driving tour.  I had already seen it, and although I did take some more pictures of the bridge itself, I also wanted to take pictures of the things around that were just as pretty.


I took an unofficial panorama of the area, and I really wanted to include them all, but I thought that would be a bit excessive, so I trimmed it down to two.


To be fair, I could stare at most of these pictures all day, but maybe it’s not the same for the rest of you.  (I’m jealous of everyone in the Southern Hemisphere who is having summer right now. Snowflake on Apple iOS 10.2)


This was on our way home, and I thought the city looked really pretty as the sun was setting.  (I believe it’s actually Oakland or close to, not SF.)


Taken on the ferry on the way into SF the second time of the trip.  I love the American flag against the water.


Brace yourself for some pictures of the Bay from the ferry.



We walked along the piers for awhile, just poking around and taking in the city.  We stopped to take a look at the ENORMOUS cruise ship that was in port, and we just so happened to be outside this restaurant/diner.  These stools were calling my name, so even though I felt a bit silly, I took a few photos.  I feel like I could have done a bit better, but it’s fine.


We decided to climb the HILL up to Coit tower, and to get there we took a shortcut through a beautiful park.  This actually wasn’t in the park, this was just along the sidewalk!


I love these trees!  It’s so random, but it makes me think of California, since we don’t really have trees like this in Washington.


This was the view from the top of Coit tower hill!  (We didn’t end up going into the tower itself because you had to pay/reserve or something.)  We had to climb so. many. stairs to get to the top!  (<-link to our vlog if you’re interested in seeing that!)  It was probably the most stairs I’ve climbed in one go, as well as the steepest.  It was actually quite mentally straining, almost as much as physically so!


Can we just say that going down was SO much easier than going up?  It was still surprisingly challenging, though.  There were these beautiful flowers at one of the levels, and when I see a pretty flower, I can’t help but take it’s picture.


I wasn’t going to include this, but I just thought it still looked cool.  I’ve always loved macro photography, and I always like to see how macro I can go with my iPhone.  It’s usually never quite enough to completely satisfy me, but this time I think it worked well!  I also have a random thing about wood.  Therefore, I bring you, our lunch table!!  (Also the lighting in SF…OK Hand Sign, Type-4 on Apple iOS 10.2Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2)


Besides the pigeons, we had this bird for lunch company, which I believe is a Starling.  (I always ask Hannah because she used to study birds for a period of time in her teen years, so she remembers that sort of thing.)  I feel like I didn’t like this bird, but I don’t remember why now.  Did he steal some food of mine?  Was he just being rude?  All I know now is, I like the picture.


This was the Bank of America building or something like that.  I don’t remember.  The little park outside it was beautiful, and I loved it.  (The park, not the building.  I mean the building was alright, but that park…)


How cool would it be if this was your Target?  It’d be lit, that’s what.  And I don’t even use that word.  I’m so jealous.


We saw this fountain on our way back to the ferry.  Some of us got a little too into trying to figure out how it worked, and got told off.  (To be clear, it didn’t say not to touch it, and we were being respectful.  Also, I wasn’t doing anything, because I was pretty sure it would be frowned upon.)  It sure was pretty, though!


Those are my good looking siblings in the foreground…and my dad & uncle even further ahead. Face With Stuck-out Tongue & Winking Eye on Apple iOS 10.2  But I took the picture because I loved the architecture!


That’s the last picture from SF.  This was taken at a school nearby my aunt’s house (where we were staying), where they walk Kuma.  I was walking Kuma for them this time and it was so pretty, I had to get a picture, even though it doesn’t do it justice.  Why is California always so much prettier then Washington when it rains?  I mean, it’s not my favorite, but even I can appreciate how this is beautiful in it’s own way.


More pictures from the hike as promised!


I kind of like this house…it kind of surprised me, but yeah.  Soirry if this is your house.  I’m not a creeper!  I just thought your house cool & unique and thought the area was breathtaking. Face With Stuck-out Tongue & Winking Eye on Apple iOS 10.2


The top of the hill…again I had an unofficial panorama, but I just picked a favorite so I didn’t swamp you with six pictures. Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.2  Like I said, INCREDIBLE view!!


Aaannnnd we came home to the picture on the right.  I took the picture on the left three days before we left, because it was pretty out, and then when I got home, I was amazed at the change that had taken place in 2.5 weeks, so I decided to recreate it so I could put them side by side.  Blegh, so wet & soggy.


That’s it!  See you soon with the next installment!!  I think we’re almost done! sign-off

Camera Roll Catch Up – Vacation Photos # 2 – October 2016

Have I ever told you that I love San Francisco?  Because I’m not sure you know that yet.  I fell in love when I was there in December (I promise I’ll come back and finish that series sometime!), and the only way you would know is if you follow me on social media.  So this is me telling you!  I was lucky enough to get to go twice when we were in California in October, once on a driving tour, once on a walking tour.  Our tour guide for the driving tour was my aunt’s mom, who grew up in the city, and so knew a lot of fun anecdotes.

On part of our driving tour, we stopped at the Legion of Honor building, and it had this fountain out in front.  Bunny had the idea of having me pose so that it looked like the water was coming out of my mouth.  I never think to take these kind of classic, touristy type photos, but it was a lot of fun, and I love the picture!  It makes me laugh every time I see it, because it makes me think of Bunny, and she thought it was the funniest thing ever, which it kind of was to us!  Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.2


There was also this piece of art, and every time I see it, it reminds me of the Avenger’s symbol if it grew antennae and got knocked to the side.  Just me??  I guess the Avenger’s symbol is basically just an “A” in a circle, and this looks like a crooked “A” so it’s not too surprising.Shrug, Type-1-2 on Apple iOS 10.2


We stopped by the beach as well on our driving tour, since we haven’t been to the ocean in a long time, and this was actually my first time on a California beach!


The beach is one of my favorite places in the world, which I always forget until I get there.  I could spend an hour just sitting on the beach, thinking, letting the wind blow through my hair, listening to the ocean…ahhhhhh…Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2 Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2 Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2


We visited Pier 39 and saw the seals, and got lunch.  I ended up getting fish tacos from Boudin. (Either that, or it was one fish, one chicken…but I think I went for two fish because, when in Rome…)  Another first time experience (I think), as I’m pretty sure I’ve never had fish tacos before.  To be completely honest, I was a little underwhelmed, but I would definitely try fish tacos again.


But it’s all good because I was able to grab some Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream on our way out.  (One of my favorite flavors, although this was the first time I had it, and I haven’t had very many of their flavors.  Like maybe two.  So it’s not saying much.  But still…I love cookie dough as a flavor in general, so I feel pretty safe saying that. Face Savouring Delicious Food on Apple iOS 10.2)


My Uncle Jim took us on our walking tour a few days later, and we rode the ferry in, which was SO FUN!!  (More on this trip in a different post)  We went to one of my uncle’s family’s favorite places to eat in SF for lunch, and it was quite good!  I would definitely eat there again.  I don’t remember what it was called, but it was in the ferry building.  I got garlic fries, a cheeseburger and lemonade because that’s what I felt like. Face Savouring Delicious Food on Apple iOS 10.2


Of course, there were a lot of pigeons around, and I managed to sneak a picture.  I swear they’re like dogs…they know when you’re taking a picture and will fly away.  But if your camera’s put away they’ll come right up to you. Face With Rolling Eyes on Apple iOS 10.2


We saw this on a mural on our way out of the fortune cookie factory in Chinatown.  Someone mentioned how it looked like someone carrying Oreos, and after that I had to take a picture of it. Face Savouring Delicious Food on Apple iOS 10.2 Face With Stuck-out Tongue & Winking Eye on Apple iOS 10.2


(You’ll see more photos from our SF tours in my Scenery & Artsy Photos post that will be coming soon!!)

Kuma chilling outside on the outdoor couch in the sun, looking cute as usual. Sun on Apple iOS 10.2 Dog Face on Apple iOS 10.2


We watched a couple outdoor movies while we were there, because they have the whole setup, plus, it’s still warm enough in October in California, you can do things like that, so why not?  Admiral got to lay on the couch because no one else needed it, and he was in heaven.  Like I said in the last post, he never gets to sit on the couch at home, so it was a special treat for him.


We also went paintballing with Auntie Lizzy, Bunny, Uncle Jim and my cousins Nathan & Jaden.  It was SO. MUCH. FUN.  Why do the fun things always have to be expensive? Slightly Frowning Face on Apple iOS 10.2 Disappointed Face on Apple iOS 10.2


We also had a couple on Nerf wars, which were also quite fun!

My two kitty friends!!  You still haven’t heard about them yet, but they are what made me realize that cats don’t suck.  I like one of them better than the other (shh, don’t tell.  She’s just super needy, and her meowing can get annoying.  She also woke me up a few times in the night before, so that didn’t help her ranking at all. Face With Stuck-out Tongue & Winking Eye on Apple iOS 10.2), but I still like them both.  Best cats ever!!  I like getting a cat fix when I go down there.


Luke giving Auntie Lizzy her temporary tattoo!  You have to be so still, which is not what Auntie Lizzy is best at, but she was fine!  She actually got another one on her leg about a week later.


My Aunt Anna-Marie (Uncle Jim’s wife and Nathan & Jaden’s mom) is *really* good at baking (and cooking, too), and she made these two amazing looking and tasting cakes for Hannah’s birthday, because we were down there for her birthday.  Here’s what I said on Instagram: “They were both good, but the chocolate one…Face Savouring Delicious Food on Apple iOS 10.2 Relieved Face on Apple iOS 10.2 Smiling Face With Open Mouth & Closed Eyes on Apple iOS 10.2 it was the Thumbs Up Sign, Type-4 on Apple iOS 10.2 OK Hand Sign, Type-4 on Apple iOS 10.2 So. much. chocolate! Chocolate Bar on Apple iOS 10.2 Face Savouring Delicious Food on Apple iOS 10.2 Her cakes are legit pieces of art and it feels like it’s a shame to eat unless you know how delish it will be when you do. Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2 Red Heart on Apple iOS 10.2


Some random cute dog pics coming your way in 3…2…1…


Kuma giving me the “you have got to be kidding…” look.


But then she cooperated and started looking perky…or maybe someone dropped something in the kitchen. Face With Stuck-out Tongue & Winking Eye on Apple iOS 10.2


Admiral and Hannah snuggling before bed one day.  This happened a lot actually.  At home he always snuggles with Hannah on her bed until she gets sleepy and boots him off into his bed on the floor, or, if I bring him up too late for that, he’ll sleep on my bed until I come to bed, and so we kept it up on vacation because otherwise he was a bit restless in the night.  I had so many cute pictures of him & Hannah on the bed, it was hard to pick only one.


Kuma sleeping on her favorite chair, and looking super sweet/sad. Dog Face on Apple iOS 10.2  This is the doggie version of #mood. Face With Stuck-out Tongue & Winking Eye on Apple iOS 10.2


Auntie Lizzy is a great mixologist, but one night she also made these (soft, at least for me) milkshakes that were delicious!  This one was chocolate coconut, but I also ended up having a second one that was just plain chocolate, which I think I liked better. I’m just a purist sometimes, especially when it comes to frozen treats.


We all went out for dinner close to the end of our trip.  (I’m sorry, I don’t remember what the place we ended up going to was called, although I think it was an Italian restaurant.)  We actually had reservations at one place, but when my uncle called to double check, he found out that the restaurant had closed that morning!  Just up and closed.  So we had to go somewhere else last minute.  I had spaghetti carbonara (which was delicious), and learned how to eat spaghetti like an Italian from my uncle.  Good times, man. Red Heart on Apple iOS 10.2


I honestly don’t remember what this was.  Something chocolate, which was the important thing.  Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.2  I’m pretty sure it tasted fantastic as well.


On the day of Hannah’s birthday celebration party, we went on a hike with my aunt.  It was the second hardest physical activity of the trip, second only to the STAIRS when climbing up the hill to Coit tower in San Francisco.  Auntie Lizzy is a fast walker.  Auntie Lizzy has taken this hike a number of times.  Where we live if there’s a hill, you climb it, and then you’re at the top.  Here at the top of a hill you’re just met with another, steeper hill to climb.  So there was a whole bunch of us who are used to hill sprints, if you will, being led by a marathon hill climber.  You get the picture…we were wiped by the time we were done, but it was 200% worth it; I’d do it regularly if I lived there.  The view was I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E!!  This was only halfway up!


There was this big hill that we could have just passed by, but I insisted that if we’d come this far, we had to go up it.  Plus, it was a short hill, and it was higher than everything else, so it gave you a 360 of everything.  The wind was blowing so hard up there, it almost felt like it could blow you away.  You can see my hair being blown in the picture. Wind Face on Apple iOS 10.2 (P.S. more pictures from this hill are coming in that other post.)


Wow, that’s abrupt!  That’s all I have until we’re in the car on the way home! I thought this was classic “at the beginning of a car trip” vs “six hours into a car trip” Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.2  Lol, I just checked, and in reality, they were only taken an hour apart.  I guess it would be more severe if it was six hours.  I just pulled that number out of the air.

Getting comfortable in the back… (don’t worry, I’m still buckled in!)


At one point it was sunny, but I was also trying to use my reading glasses, and I got really goofy and decided to put on both AND take selfies…  We have classic derpy, my attempt at a posh librarian face, and a “idk why I’m doing this” face. Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.2

We stopped at a hotel halfway home, and had dinner at the Black Bear Diner, which was honestly SO GOOD.  Hunger is the best sauce for sure, but it was just so. good.  I had shrimp, coleslaw and fries, and Katie & I split a chocolate lava cake.  Those fries, tho…  *coma*  Smiling Face With Heart-eyes on Apple iOS 10.2


After that we went back to the hotel and went swimming.  Then bed.  Because of complicated sleeping arrangements Luke & I ended up sleeping on the floor.  It was perfectly fine because I was so tired from all the late nights, plus the swimming, and I konked out completely.  It was super sweet, though, because Admiral slept right next to me, and had his head resting on my impromptu bed while I was getting ready.  (S/o to La Quinta for being pet-friendly! Red Heart on Apple iOS 10.2)


The next day we met old quizzing friends who live in Oregon for a pizza brunch, which was amazing!  Love them to bits. Red Heart on Apple iOS 10.2  (And it was good pizza. Face With Stuck-out Tongue & Winking Eye on Apple iOS 10.2)

When we got home, we got Panera for dinner,  and (after unloading the car and unpacking the essentials) watched a movie bundled up on the couch because we were so cold. Snowflake on Apple iOS 10.2

That’s it!!!  Hope you enjoyed the vacation recap, and lots of cute dog pictures. Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.2


Camera Roll Catch Up – Vacation Photos # 1 – October 2016

The title of this post is a bit of a lie, as I do have a few photos from before we left on vacation, but whatevs.  In the whole scheme of things, it’s mostly vacation photos, so it’s not really a lie, is it?  (Btw, I did split October into (hopefully) three parts: two general vacay posts and one with scenery & artsy shots. Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes on Apple iOS 10.2)

One *SUPER* exciting thing that happened in the two weeks of October before we went to California was, I WENT TO A CONCERT!!!!  My very first, actually.  It was for one of my favorite bands of all time, and the very first that I remember wanting to see live, Casting Crowns!  They were preforming with Matt Maher and Hannah Kerr, neither of whom I was familiar with before the concert.  (Matt Maher sounded vaguely familiar, but I didn’t listen to his music.)  My two favorite songs from those two are Glory Bound by Matt Maher and Warrior by Hannah Kerr.  Highly recommend checking them out!

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Happy New Year!!

I was going to write something to acknowledge the new year, and one day I had this great post idea, but then promptly forgot what it was, and couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was.  So, after spending a week trying to remember it/get around to sitting down and writing something, here I am. 🙂

So yeah, Happy New Year!!  Hope you had a great time with family/friends.  2016 is not about to win any sort of prizes from me, and although I had some great moments in 2016, I’m not at all sorry to see it’s back and start fresh.  Let’s kick 2017’s butt, shall we?

I posted this on Instagram on NYE at about 1:00 am, and I thought I’d share it here as well.  It’s may be a bit personal to some, but that’s how I roll. ❤

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Camera Roll Catch Up Pt. 2: June & July 2016

Ok, guys strap yourself in for lots of photos.  Like. Lots.  I don’t know how many, but there were TONS more that I wanted to share with you in the summer months than there had been from the spring.  Partly because the 4th of July happened in there, and I love revisiting that!  I’m all ready to do that again now, but I have to wait SEVEN WHOLE MONTHS.  Idk why I love it so much, it seems so random, but I do.

Anyway, I hope you don’t mind, because this will be long.  You might want to grab a hot drink of your choice, and find a heater vent to stand over.  Or a fire if you’re lucky.  But I thought it would be unrealistic that anyone would start their fire just to cozy up and read my post, whereas I stand over the heater vent and read blogs all the time.  Just me?  I also didn’t want those without a fire to feel left out. 😜

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Camera Roll Catch Up: January – May 2016

I wanted to catch you guys up on what’s been going on in my life since *cough* the beginning of the year, and I thought that I could do that by going through my camera roll and sharing some unseen photos!  As expected, as we get further into the year, there’s more pictures that you haven’t seen.  To keep things somewhat organized I’m doing it in a month by month format, rather than just everything thrown in at random.  I’m not including my first trip to California, because I’m hoping *fingers crossed* that I will be able to come back to that once I’ve caught you up on the rest of my life.  I hope you don’t mind if it’s outdated by like a year. 😐

*By the way, before I get started, I thought I’d let you know that I updated my about page!  It was needing an update in a bad way, and I’m kind of ridiculously proud of it.  It’s shorter (although it’s still long for most people), better formatted and just more me.  I kept my old one and linked to it in case anyone was curious.  Feel free to check it out!  I’ll leave a link at the bottom as well in case anyone wants to read the whole post  and read my about.  Don’t feel obligated, I’m just doing for you what I would wish the blogger had done if I was reading!*

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I have social media!

Hi guys!  I was going to wait on telling you this until my epic life update post, but I don’t want to wait that long.  I’m so impatient, lol.  But yes!  When Hannah & I decided to start a YouTube channel, we decided to also open a joint Twitter and Instagram.  We are a lot alike, so it’s not that hard.  That being said, every once in a while, there will be a post that is true about one of us and not the other. 😀 We sign off all our Instagram posts, but since Twitter has a word limit, you just have to guess.  Sometimes I can’t even remember!

I’ve surprised myself with actually prefering Twitter.  I always thought it was stupid, but I love it!  I always thought Instagram would be my jam, but it really hasn’t been so far.  Don’t get me started on the features of the two, because I have a long list of things Instagram needs to do, while there’s only one thing I wish Twitter would change (editing a tweet…ugh.  Anyone with Twitter will know what I mean.).

Anyway!  I thought I’d give you a sample of some tweets of ours that you have missed.  (Just an excuse to share some of my favorite tweets, lol! 😀 )

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Apologies & a confession

Hi friends!  I have to apologize. I haven’t blogged since May.  MAY. *gulp*  I’ve been meaning to write this post for like the last four months, but I keep putting it off.  I feel like getting back into it if I can, but in the meantime, I have a lot to catch you up on.  But let’s back up to what started my unintentional hiatus…

I was working on the follow up to my California post, and I got overwhelmed by all the photo touch-ups I was doing.  Lame, I know. I didn’t even have to touch them up, and I wasn’t really doing a lot to them; just making them look a bit better.  This is when my perfectionist part of me is not helpful. I should have just stopped touching them and posted them as is.  But I think it was mostly just an excuse I told myself to solve a bigger problem; I was tired of blogging.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday # 17- “If We Were Having Coffee…”

I am so bad at blogging right now!  At the start of the year, it felt like time was slowing to be more my pace, but now I blink and a month has passed since I posted.  Wow!  I’ve had my birthday, foster puppies, and my blog’s birthday, and I’m still woefully behind on all the posts I want to make.  I think I’ll do that “if we were having coffee together” thing (is it a tag? Someone please find help because I only pretend I know this blogger talk. 😜 ).  Well, partly that, but also part #thinkingoutloud Thursday.  It lined up that way, so I am totally taking the excuse to double up!


If we were having coffee… I would order hot cocoa, so you might be having coffee, but I…wouldn’t.  Not because I think coffee is bad; simply because I don’t like it + it makes me light-headed = why would I ever want coffee?  Answer: never.  Well, that’s not true, because I want to like coffee, and so I sometimes want it.  But I know it won’t end well. 😜 I might very well ask to smell yours, though, because I love the smell of coffee.

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