May 29, 2017

sf lately - may.

(and april. oops.)

honestly, the last two months have flown by and at the same time they've been so s l o w. our time is not really marked by anything except working, day in and day out so it all kind of mushes together into a blob. jordan has been getting CRUSHED at work so bad that for a month stretch there, we didn't spend more than 2 consecutive hours together. that's been pretty lonely. 

i can't lie, it's been tough with a capital T - and without getting into too much detail, there have been several unfamiliar trials & heartaches & disappointments thrown into the mix that have just made me feel like i am treading water. right now, i am having to take everything day by day and not feel too stifled by the fact that there is no break in our schedules anytime soon.

that being said - there have been many silver linings. some beautiful california sunshine, a few short but memorable date nights, several good books consumed. here's a recap:

in march we spent a saturday in carmel - which is just disgustingly cute. it's the most picturesque little beach town and we are planning another getaway there STAT.

AHOY! jordan and i took an intro to sailing class and it was a blast. it was just us & the instructor and lots of what about bob references. 

i met jordan at his office one saturday and he escaped for a game at at&t park. i put jordan in charge of picking tickets, so next thing i knew we were enjoying baseball from the 8th row. and obviously the food did not let us down!

we made it up to bodega bay on a sunday afternoon to whale watch. the wind nearly blew us away but MAN. california is so beautiful. 

one saturday after jordan got off of work, he surprised me and booked a hotel outside the city. it was nice to "escape" - even if it was not far. we got takeout from chili's (we miss chain restaurants ok?) and ate it in bed and it was glorious. 

when jordan works saturdays, i have found some *creative* ways to keep myself entertained. one is double booking workout classes. on one particular morning, i did pilates at 10 and then headed over to the marina green for the "dare to bare" event. i have volunteered for this organization a few times before - they are all about promoting body positivity through exercise and healthy habits. i love that mission! i took a kickboxing class in the sun (killer but SO FUN) and really tried to soak in the positive energy of the event. everyone that signs up gets a matching sports bra, and you are encouraged to "bare" it all and just wear the sports bra and pants. it was really motivating to see girls of ALL shapes and sizes coming together, celebrating each other and taking care of their bodies. i love exercise, i love positive energy, and i love sunshine. it was an incredibly uplifting morning. 

upon arrival, i headed straight for the smoothie truck and ended up making friends with their social media coordinator - this is a screenshot of the boomerang he posted of me!
aaaand here's an old picture of us from easter. we had both woken up from naps right before this photo was taken so we are struuuugling and i think it's hilarious. 

May 12, 2017

a list of things i would evangelize for.

some twitter friends were having this discussion a few weeks ago, what would you evangelize for? what are the things in life (food, ideas, people) that you would try to convert people to? that you would defend to your death? it was interesting to see the random (albeit important) things people would stick up for. 

although the list is much longer than this, here were my top picks. 

making birthdays a big deal
banana republic blouses
crystal light energy (!!!)
being well read
women in the workforce
how i met your mother
getting a college degree
skim milk
how important it is to text people back
having good GIRLFRIENDS and holding them tight!
doris day movies
NARS bronzer
spin classes
shake shack
gretchin rubin's books, website, podcast
the fact that the anticipation of the thing is better than the thing itself

(and a few photos from a girls night a few weekends ago. good girlfriends are everything.)

May 4, 2017

happy list 14.

1. all of the food at at&t park - garlic fries, tony's pizza, ghiradelli sundae's, caramel corn, bbq, churros.... the list goes on.

2. my friend annie's mother recently published a book called "love to live by." (you can buy it here.) her mother is a literal angel on earth & the book is just a compilation of little pieces of advice, heartwarming stories, ideas for living a balanced, happy, authentic life - full of celebration and joy. i'm only 60 pages in and it's made me cry like.... 60 times. the passage that resonated most with me was this one -

" it is important to celebrate everything as big and brightly and beautifully as possible. it is good for everyone. it brightens the mind and heart. it creates memories that we keep forever and bind us deeply to those we love. people have to wait 365 days for their next birthday - that is not a long time for us but it is for them! celebration should be a way of life. we should look for every possible opportunity to praise god by celebrating every person and everything He made for our joy and blessing."

i have loved celebrating holidays and birthdays and small milestones for my ENTIRE life, and it's nice to have some validation! there are so many things to celebrate AND it really does make life so much brighter. would absolutely recommend this book if you could use some uplifting!

3. jordan has been swamped at work lately and we've been going 3 & 4 day stretches where the only time we see one another is sleeping in bed. last night, i got off of work a little earlier than usual and jordan texted me "i am free right now, come downtown for dinner!" we got take out and ate it in this cute little seating area downtown. we discussed the five love languages and our weekend plans and it was just really wonderful. a very needed pick me up for both of us!

4. sunday night, i went downstairs to the neighbor's for dinner and when i walked into the dining room, miles' face lit up and he said "MY KAYWA!!" oh, my heart. (miles is the three year old that lives downstairs and he is the child of my dreams - in case you have missed that.)

5. speaking of neighbors, our neighbors directly downstairs are moving at the end of this month. (we live at the top, the krogues live at the bottom, and there is one unit in between us.) i think our friends the brigg's are going to move in - making all apartments in our building filled with our BFF's!! WHAT IS THIS LIFE.

6. the other night, the krogues and the briggs were playing games and i went over solo (jordan was at work obvi.) they wanted to play the newlywed game and i told them i would just observe and make up questions since i was spouse-less. instead, they had jordan participate via text message. it took a lot of extra effort to play this way but i was so touched that they are so willing to bend over backwards for us. what did we do to deserve them?

7. the "limetown" podcast. it sucked me right in and is different than anything i have listened to before!

8. my friend lindsay and i usually get together once a week - we have lunch or go to a museum or go window shopping or grab ice cream and go to the park. this past week i was listening to the "happier" podcast from gretch rubin and she proposes the idea of "errand dates" - where you go grocery shopping with a friend, or take someone along to pick up dry cleaning, stop at target, and then grab a smoothie. why haven't i been doing this already?! so many days i am rushing from errands to make lunch with lindsay - and really, all we do is talk anyway. why not talk while doing something productive? maybe this is small-minded of me, but i am so excited to start going on errand-dates!

9. this house on lake street.