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.

life · photos

This Week in Review: August 2, 2015

Well, this should probably be more of a “these past four months in review” but hey, what are you gonna do?

So what have I been up to since March?

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My favorite people in the whole world came to visit.

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Maeby turned 3. I love this picture and I love this dog.

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I headed back to Connecticut to see family, friends, and celebrate my grandmother’s 99th birthday.

A week later, I had to go back during one of the hardest moments of my life.

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Upon returning after my second trip to Connecticut, I spent a lot of time focusing on myself. Time at the beach with Maeby definitely helped.

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I headed to Houston for work.

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Caught some amazing sunsets while my mom and her boyfriend were in town…

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Hiked Torrey Pines with them…

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Caught a Padres game at Petco Park.

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Survived a pretty epic thunderstorm in San Diego and the first real rain storm we’ve gotten in a looooong time.

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And met this handsome guy while volunteering at an adoption event.


Obviously this isn’t all that I’ve been doing, but definitely some highlights. I’d say over the past few months, there have been some incredible lows and some very incredible highs, but overall, everything has been good.

I’ll get into the details of life’s lows a little later on, but for now, I want to know:

What’s been the highlight of your summer so far?


The Weekend in Photos: January 9-11 – Night Running, Barre3 UTC and Cowles Mountain

I’m excited to be sharing my weekend in photos through the Weekend Update Link-Up with Running ‘n’ Reading!

It was my first full week back at work since mid-December, and it was a stressful one. There was so much to get caught up on and I had my annual review (which went really well!), so I was ready for the weekend when it rolled around.


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My first run in awhile, but I had a nice 4-mile night run with Maeby. We ran down to the canyon by our house and back up a gnarly hill, but it was a perfect way to wrap up a crazy work week.


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Took a barre class in the morning, as part of the Barre3 challenge I’m currently taking, and then met up with my friend Addi (a friend from college who lives out here now) for a hike at Cowles Mountain with Maeby. I’ve hiked this before when my friend Caitlin came to visit, but hadn’t done it since. Saturday afternoon was in the 60s and sunny – basically, it was the perfect day to get out and moving.


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Another morning class at Barre3. After Saturday’s hike, it was pretty tough, but as always, a great workout.

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Unfortunately, it rained all day Sunday, so I spent the afternoon indoors. After running errands and grabbing breakfast with Adam, my friend (who just got a dog) came by for some dog playtime and a little bit of training.

The rest of the day was spent reading and taking it easy…which, let’s be honest, rainy days are perfect for.

And with that, I’m ready for another crazy work week. It’s already Tuesday, meaning we’re not too far away from the weekend!


How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?


beaches · dog things · friends · hiking · photos · running

This Weekend in Photos: November 14-16 – Cowles Mountain, Celebration Run San Diego + more

As I mentioned on Friday, Caitlin was here this weekend!


After working a half day and picking up Caitlin from the airport, we decided to go for a short run to keep our legs loose for the Celebration Run on Sunday. We went to Mission Bay Park for a slow and easy four mile run (plus a little walking), and then decided it was necessary to bring Caitlin to the beach, and since we already had Maeby with us, we headed to Dog Beach.

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After letting the maniac run around and swim for an hour (keep in mind, we had already run four miles with her), we headed to Sunset Cliffs just in time to catch a beautiful sunset.

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This city never ceases to amaze me…

We headed home, took a quick shower, and then Caitlin, Adam and I met up at La Jolla Brewing Company with some of our friends. A few appetizers, beers, and entrees later, and it was time to call it a night. Caitlin and I were both exhausted; she was on east coast time and I have no excuse (I’m just old).


We spent our morning in my backyard, sipping iced coffee while Maeby played, I did a little work, and Caitlin read. Around 9:30, we made our way to Cowles Mountain – the first time I’d been there. We wanted an easy hike that wouldn’t tire us out too much for our half marathon on Sunday, and opted to take the route that goes from Barker Road (not the service road, but a trail that was less busy, especially on a Saturday morning).

It was a perfect day for a shorter hike! It started to warm up pretty early on into our hike but Maeby had a good time and the views at the top were really beautiful.

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We especially liked that there were a couple of maps at the top facing either direction which told you what you were looking at off in the distance. It was a pretty clear day and we could easily see downtown San Diego.

After our descent, I decided acai bowls were necessary (they’re definitely the perfect post-hike treat). We grabbed two small bowls from Clairemont Coffee before heading back to my house, where we showered and got ready to go out to Coronado.

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We ate clam chowder (delicious) at Babcock and Story Bar at the Hotel del Coronado before walking down to the beach and reading for an hour or so.

Our evening was spent carb-loading with a really wonderful pasta dish that Adam made for us, as well as some cheesy garlic bread (because obviously), in addition to watching Property Brothers. We definitely wanted to take it easy for the race on Sunday!


Caitlin and I woke up, enjoyed peanut butter toast and drove to Mission Beach for the Celebration Run San Diego. A recap of that race is definitely to come but I’ll just say the course was beautiful and the miles just flew by.

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After showering (and letting Maeby wear my medal), Caitlin, Adam and I made our way to the Karl Strauss Brewery in Sorrento Mesa for the Sunday brunch. $25, all-you-can-eat, and bottomless mimosas. It wasn’t even a question.

Didn’t take pictures but I’ll say totally worth the $25. We ate omelets, bacon, salad, buffalo chicken, and bagels…in addition to our mimosas.

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The koi pond was also really beautiful and next time I think we’ll ask for a seat next to the water. It got pretty busy (and there were a lot of people waiting for tables) so I recommend if you’re going to make a reservation; I called immediately after the race (at 10:00 am when they opened) to make a reservation for noon and had no issues.

The rest of our Sunday was spent napping, walking around Gaslamp (stopping at the wonderful oil and vinegar shop, Olivetti’s), and grabbing dinner at Oscar’s Mexican Seafood in PB.


I’ll be dropping Caitlin off at the airport in a couple of hours but it’s been a great weekend.

Then it’s back to work for a week before I’m off for Thanksgiving!

How was your weekend?


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)…

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…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.