Tuesday, February 28, 2012

sanfranciscans!

we are officially sanfranciscans!  we are exhausted from all the moving but so excited to get settled here.  Here is the story of our move in pictures....
we started by packing up our old place, "the bungalow."  then we drove the truck to Papa B's (my dad) where we were storing all of Russ' furniture.  There we unloaded some of my stuff that was going to stay and loaded his stuff that was going= a very long day!

the next day we spent 3 hours cleaning the bungalow to ensure I get my deposit back. 

then the next day at 545am we hit the road. this is the set up i made for B&B in the back seat

 we left when it was still dark...this was pretty much the view i had for 7 hours! haha
 B&B in the car.  Bijou hates the car and pants/whines most of the time.
California is so beautiful!

Brussy slept the whole way and Bijou panted the whole time...

almost there!!

and we made it!! thats Russ enjoying our new couch!

this is our giant bed! i think i may need a step stool to get in it :(



more to come once we are settled! :)






Wednesday, February 22, 2012

introducing...Bijou & Brussy!

Here are my little babies...you will be seeing a lot of them around here.  I got bijou first and she was such a pest, I knew she needed a friend.  She met brussy at the dog park.  We took brussy home and they have been inseparable ever since.

Bijou & Brussy- Brussy's first day with us (hence the sad face and the messy hair)

happy after a hike

preparing for the rain in SF (not lookin too happy about it!)

their christmas coats- also to keep warm in SF

bijou as a puppy..she had cute floppy ears....

but then she grew up and they stood up!

brussy at her window...she likes to watch everything going on outside!

really?! what dog sits like this? she is my angel puppy

LOVE.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

mardi gras/ash wednesday

happy mardi gras everyone!! I cannot believe it is already mardi gras...where does the time go?! This means that tomorrow is ash wednesday.  Now, I'm not catholic (i know they aren't the only christians who participate in lent, but they are the most well known for it), but I do love lent. 

Lent begins on ash wednesday and ends on easter (lasts 40 days). you're supposed to pick something to give up during this time to contemplate Jesus' sacrifice and reflect on your own life.  No matter what your religion is, i think it is always a good idea to reflect on your life.

I have given up everything from chocolate, to peanut butter, to swearing, to facebook...yes chocolate was by far the hardest! i like to choose something that i will actually miss, but also something that i can realistically give up.  lately i have been thinking a lot about the power of your own mind and positive thinking SO to really put my money where my mouth is...i have decided to give up complaining!......or to seriously try.  i know, this sounds impossible, right? especially when i am unemployed and moving! haha but either way i think it is important to try and maybe after 40 days of virtually no complaining, i will have broken the habit!

do any of you give up anything for lent?

Monday, February 20, 2012

weekend in Ojai

Russ and I just got back from a lovely weekend in Ojai.  I originally planned this as a birthday gift to him, but then with our move so close we almost decided to cancel it.  Then with all the stress of the move we decided it was important to take some time together to reconnect, de-stress and remember the good stuff.  It worked perfectly! We had an awesome time.  We went wine and olive oil tasting, drove through beautiful orchards, went hiking up the Topa Topa Mountains through avocado orchards and ate lots of yummy food.  All and all, well done!  Here are some pics...

At the beautiful Old Creek Ranch winery in Ojai. Loved all the wines, which is rare for me!

cherry orchard at Old Creek

yuuuummmy! at Knead

surrounded by citrus orchards

olive oil tasting at Ojai Olive Oil

sooo many delicious flavors of oil and balsamic.  i got olive oil from a hundred year old tree, garlic oil and blackberry ginger balsamic...heaven!

hiking through the avocado orchards

us near the top

dinner at Suzannes.  heart-shaped berry lemon tart for dessert!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

moving sucks...S

(yes this box is from when we moved in the 3rd grade...unfortunately I no longer have an american girl doll or a pink collector barbi)

So I am just going to come right out and say it...moving sucks!
I am really excited to be living in San Francisco and to get settled there, BUT
the actual process of moving is so stressful.
Packing up everything you own is really not fun, but then you also have to plan the logistics of moving
like renting a truck and getting a permit to park on the street
and doing a walk through with your landlord.

Also, since I have lived in LA basically my whole life, it kind of just hit me that I am going to have to find a new dentist, doctor, dry cleaner, dog groomer, vet, car person, church etc.
You'd be shocked at how many things you have to find
I dont want to have to find these all at once and I am struggling letting go
So I have decided to get everything done before I go, which sure does add a lot to one's to do list!

Blah! mom, are we there yet!?





Wednesday, February 15, 2012

facelift

SO...just in case some of you are worried (I sure am), wanted to let you know that I am in the process of giving B in the Bay a facelift.  Or, maybe just putting on some make up or something because she is uuugly right now. you know like when you stay out late, have one too many glasses of wine, dont wash your face because really who is good about that and then wake up the next morning and think wow, am i really only 26 because i look about 76?  well thats how my baby blog looks right now...we are working on it. hang in there :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

can i come play?

I never really understood what blogs were until my friend told me about Google Reader and how to use it.  I started reading Megan's blog because we went to high school together and I was utterly jealous that she was bold enough to up and move to England.  After reading Megan's blog I stumbled upon Sophie's.  Once I started, I hopped from blog to blog and fell more and more in love....with blogging.  I admired the time they took to share their lives and the bravery to be truly honest and share their fears with the world.  I became engrossed in their lives.  Just reading their blogs I feel like their friends.  I got so into it that I started to feel like the dorky kid on the playground who didn't get to play.  I wanted to participate in blates and friendships, but couldn't because I didn't blog.  I wanted in.  I'd been thinking about it for months, but couldn't take the plunge.  I don't live in Europe, I don't have kids, I'm not married...what's so special about my life?  Nothing and everything really...so here I am.

SOO...now just a little bit about me...
I am a 26 year old, type-A, unemployed baby lawyer.  I thought going to good schools and getting good grades meant I would end up on top.  I worked hard, studied a lot, passed the bar the first time all with the goal of finding and starting a rewarding career....FAIL.
As i am writing this, my first post, I was recently told that the job where I had interviewed with not one, not two, but EIGHT different people; the job that I flew to San Francisco and back twice in one week for; the job that I wanted too badly...didn't want me.  They were concerned that I was overqualified...really!?  I poured my heart out in those interviews about my life plans and goals and the truthful reasons why I wanted this job that they felt was so below me. 

I know this is all pretty serious for one's first blog posting, but a lot of people are struggling with unemployment and not knowing what they want to do so here I am putting it all out there hoping that even though this job rejected me, you'll let me come play...


PS clearly I am not a computer genius as this blog looks awful! any tips or help on making is look less awful would be appreciated.