dog things · throwback thursday · winter

Snow in San Diego?

Not quite…but kind of!

One thing that’s pretty cool about living here that I never experienced before is that you can leave your house, where it’s 80 degrees, and drive an hour east into the mountains, and there’s snow and it’s in the 30s or 40s.

Back in December, I heard that it snowed in the Laguna Mountain area (in San Diego county), so I grabbed Maeby and we made the drive east. A lot of the snow had already melted but there were still people out there sledding and it was very much worth heading out that way. Here are some highlights from our trip out there.


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It was during the week and as I mentioned, a lot of the snow had already melted, so it was an easy drive without traffic or any snow/ice on the roads. That being said, if you do choose to head out towards Laguna Mountain to go sledding or play in the snow on a weekend, I recommend getting up there early to avoid traffic. The best part about all of this though? Once you’re cold and/or done with the snow, it’s right back to warm, sunny weather.

dog things · fitness · photos

This Weekend in Photos: March 13-15 – Running, Volunteering and Jazzercise


Friday evening after a crazy work week, I met up with some friends for dinner and drinks at Eureka in UTC. It was great to catch up and spend some time with some of my favorite ladies, and everything we got was delicious. If you ever end up there, I highly recommend the truffle cheese fries. Yes – they are as good as they sound.


I woke up early and took Maeby to Mission Bay Park for a nice and easy run.

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mission bay sd

It was quiet when we first started, but within ten minutes, the path got kind of crowded due to a St. Patrick’s Day race happening at the park. Maeby did so well though, despite the crowds and the noise, and we finished our short run all smiles.

dog enjoying sunshine

Saturday afternoon, I volunteered with a local dog rescue.

Per my new year’s resolutions, so far this year, I have spent a good amount of time determining what makes me happy, and finding a way to do more of that. Knowing that all of these dogs are in foster care and if I can help get one adopted, it means another dog somewhere gets to leave the shelter, is incredibly rewarding. It doesn’t hurt that I literally just pet and play with dogs for a few hours. I started volunteering every Saturday about a month ago, and it’s the highlight of my week.

dog named toast

second chance dog rescue

second chance dog san diego

second chance animal rescue san diego

All of these dogs are available for adoption (and they’re all so, so sweet!), so if you or someone you know might be interested in making a new best friend, please let me know. And if it’s not one of the dogs pictured here, we have many more of all breeds and sizes, so again, feel free to reach out if you’re in the San Diego area and are interested.

san diego night sky

Saturday evening, after running a few errands, I caught a beautiful sunset on my way home, and spent the rest of my evening taking it easy with Adam, watching bad reality TV and Tina Fey’s new show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.


I tried out a new-to-me exercise studio in the college area (La Mesa, right near SDSU).

la mesa jazzercize

I had never tried Jazzercise before, and I’m sure my perception of it was similar to what your perception probably is…but real talk? It was SO much fun. I’ll be sharing a full review of my experience in a few days, but if you’re in the San Diego area, definitely give this studio a try, and if you’re not, try and find a studio near you. It was such an energized and fun class, and I would totally recommend this studio to any of my friends.

The workout was definitely a good way to start out my day, especially since later in the afternoon, a few of our friends came over to watch some hockey and barbecue.


I also wanted to note that I’ve shared this post through Running ‘N’ Reading’s Weekend Update! As always, thanks for hosting!

How was your weekend and what was the highlight of it?

dog things · photos

November PetBox: Review + Promo Code

dog with petbox

Maeby’s PetBox arrived while we were back on the east coast, but we were happy that our neighbor picked it up for us! It’s our third month of receiving PetBox and as usual, we were very happy with what we got. Maeby has been thrilled with all the treats and toys she’s been getting.

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What is PetBox?

PetBox is a monthly subscription service for toys and treats for dogs and cats. With every PetBox purchased, PetBox helps to feed a pet in need.


Once I opened the box, Maeby did her usual thing…she ran right up to the box and tried to see what was in it. Sorry for the blur – it was an intense action shot!

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Here’s what was in our box this month (clockwise from left):

pet box inside

So far, we’ve enjoyed the treats and Maeby has been loving her new toys, which she hasn’t yet destroyed. As always, the treats are all natural and I love that they are made with whole ingredients and not full of fillers or ingredients that I can’t pronounce.

I realize I’m probably due for a more thorough review of some of the products we’ve received so far, so I’ll try to do a post on those treats and toys we’ve really loved at some point in the future.


Are you interested in PetBox for your dog or cat? Get 10% off your first box with code MAEBY.

dog things · friends · photos · San Diego events

This Weekend in Photos: October 24-26 – LW’s BBQ, Halloween, and Dan Diegos


After another crazy work week, Adam and I had dinner planned before the day was even over. Since we recently got coupons for a few different places, and we explored barbecue in Nashville and in Texas, we knew we wanted to try a newer barbecue place: LW’s BBQ  (Yelp) in Clairemont.

The pictures don’t really do the meal justice, but I’ll share them anyway. It was amazing, just like the authentic barbecue we experienced almost a year ago in places that are known for it. We will be back for sure.

lw bbq san diego

lws barbecue san diego

We forced ourselves to stop about halfway through since we had a Halloween party later on. No pictures from that one…

Okay, so I took one picture the whole night. Our friend was dressed as Jason from the Friday the 13th movies (but everyone kept calling him Michael Myers from the Halloween movies and he kept getting mad about it). We told him he had to wear his mask the whole night and he probably shouldn’t talk much, just so he would be as creepy as possible. We spent the evening hanging out with our friends and meeting new people, and at one point, we were standing outside where everyone else was, and I looked in and saw “Jason” standing in the kitchen, with his mask on, just looking around. The lighting was weird and he looked like a total creep, and then when a girl went up to talk to him, it looked like a scene straight out of a movie. So yeah. I took only one picture the whole night:

creepy jason costume

Happy early Halloween 🙂

After the party–which was located in Crown Point, just two blocks from Mission Bay–Adam and I walked along a path by the bay. It was quiet and serene, and at that hour of the night, it was just us. It was a great way to wrap up the week.


We caught up with “Jason” later in the day, and then around 5, we headed to Howl at Helm’s, an event sponsored by PetBox and benefiting Second Chance Dog Rescue.

It should be no surprise that the event was full of cute dogs in their costumes, but my favorite two dogs were (unsurprisingly), Maeby and her best friend Lilo.

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dog in bee costume

smiling dog in bee costume

And even though this pic is super blurry, I love it so much. Kind of shows just what a maniac my dog is.

smiling dog in pirate costume

The guys got hotdogs from the food truck, we all enjoyed a couple of beers (I personally LOVED the Beeruccino), and Kayla and I entered the raffle. We didn’t win anything, but still had a great time!

After the event, we all went back to our house, where the dogs continued to party, and we ate pizza and talked about Christmas (since we’ll all be in San Diego), work, and what else we’ve all been up to.


Maeby and I started our day with a 5-mile run around our neighborhood. When I got back, Adam and I headed to one of our favorite spots, Dan Diegos, for brunch.

dan diegos brunch

As per usual, it did not disappoint. I got scrambled eggs with peppers and onions over shredded potatoes, and Adam got the corned beef hash. I also enjoyed their red cider (half sangria, half cider) and Adam got one of the many beers on tap.

The rest of the day was spent running errands and taking it easy.

It was my last weekend in San Diego since I leave for the UK on Saturday! Can’t wait to share my week from our UK office and my days in London.

How was your weekend?

dog things · friends · hiking

This Weekend in Photos: September 5-7

Brenna came to visit this weekend, so I took Friday off…so I had another long weekend, which I can’t complain about (though it will be the last one for awhile!).

We spent our weekend hiking Iron Mountain, paddle boarding in Mission Bay, eating lunch at my favorite park, watching dogs surf and eating delicious food.


In the morning, we drove out to Poway to hike Iron Mountain. Reviews on Yelp said this place gets busy on the weekends, so we decided to do it on Friday, while most people at work. Yelp also warned that this hike is intermediate, and lacks any real covering/shade, so it can get really hot.

I was excited to do this hike because it’s pretty long, has over 1,200 feet elevation gain, and is dog-friendly! Anything that tires Maeby out makes me happy, and she was excited to explore a new area.

iron mountain san diego

dog hiking iron mountain san diego

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It definitely got very hot out (and Maeby wholeheartedly agreed), so I’d recommend if you’re planning on going out there to go out on a cooler day, or go earlier in the day.

I’d also recommend that even if it is hot, you do this hike, because the views up top were completely worth the ~6 mile roundtrip trek.

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(photo courtesy of Brenna)

After our hike, we headed to Clairemont Coffee, where Brenna purchased her first Acai Bowl. No pictures of this, as we got them to go, so they weren’t super photogenic. But, 10/10, would (and will) eat again.

In the evening, we drove out to Pacific Beach to enjoy tacos at Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, and catch the sunset.

oscars mexican seafood tacos san diego

san diego sunset pacific beach

We wrapped up our day with a low-key night in, made possible by Yogurtland.


No pictures of paddle boarding, or of lunch. But here’s a picture of Mission Bay Park.

mission bay park

We headed to Mission Bay Sportcenter to rent out paddle boards for an hour. Since we knew it would be busy on a Saturday, we made reservations in advance for noon (to ensure we’d have paddle boards available to us), but we didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to find parking. After driving around for 25 minutes, we finally managed to grab a spot.

Paddle boarding was definitely something I’d do again. We enjoyed it, but the problem we had was the amount of wind we experienced. We ended up getting carried out pretty far into Mission Bay, and though I was able to paddle back to shore where we picked up our boards (after 25 minutes of effort and struggle), Brenna and my other friend had a hard time getting back and had to stop off at a shore that was on the other side of where people would pick up the jet skis or boat rentals. Staff at MBSC weren’t happy about that…but we weren’t the only ones that had this issue. As we waited in line to get out paddles, we heard one woman telling the front desk that her friend had gotten taken out really far into the bay and after trying for a half hour, she had made no progress and was unable to get back to shore. I’d return to MBSC, but would hope that they would be aware of wind conditions and help people out a little more, or at least give some kind of warning and encourage people to be aware of where they were paddling to.

Saturday night, Adam, Brenna and I grabbed dinner at Hinotez, more froyo (why not?), and watched Naked and Afraid. I’d say it was a quality evening.


Brenna and I woke up early and drove up to Del Mar Dog Beach for the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon (which I highlighted on Friday).

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That’s Brenna’s picture again. It was hard to get photos but we loved watching the dogs surfing, and also enjoyed checking out the vendors. One vendor I was especially impressed with was Dogly, an new app where you take and upload pictures of your dog (and add fun stickers or text), and shelters/rescues of your choice have a chance of receiving donations based on the number of “likes” your photo gets. It’s still a little glitchy (I think the woman said they will be finalizing the app in the coming days), but I definitely plan on downloading it.

After the Surf-A-Thon, we headed back down to my house, where we picked up Adam and drove down to OB to get brunch at Wonderland. Any excuse to eat there is always welcome.

wonderland ob brunch

We made a reservation beforehand, which helped a lot because it was packed since it’s officially football season. I strayed from my usual order of pancakes and went with the eggs and enchiladas, and I have zero regrets. Good food, sangria, and an ocean view? Can’t be beat.

The rest of Sunday was spent taking it easy (it was really, really hot out), a trip up to the beach in North County (once it cooled down)…

san diego beach pacific ocean

san diego beach

…baking some blueberry nut bread for work tomorrow, and a quiet night in.

Brenna left this morning but it was so, so good having her visit.

Now it’s back to reality and a pretty crazy work week…


How was your weekend?

Did you see dogs surfing? Or sweat excessively due to the summer heat? Spare no details.