My First Christmas Away From Home

Not going to lie, I’m not excited to be away from home for the holidays. Christmas also happens to be my dog brother’s birthday and I feel like a huge butthead missing it. (I’m a crazy dog lady, whatever) Thankfully though, I won’t be totally alone and plan on spending it with a few friends. To ensure I won’t have a meltdown/pity party that day, I plan to:

Go for a run on the beach

Enjoy breakfast on the beach

Stay off social media (Because I’ll ugly cry)

FaceTime with my mom and dog brother

Watch Love Actually with a giant glass of wine

Have dinner with friends and be thankful for all of the good things in my life

Moving this far away was my choice and something I needed to experience in order to avoid any future regrets. This is a really short post but a pretty honest one if I do say so myself. I was lucky enough to head home for Thanksgiving and spend time with friends and family then. Some people don’t even get to do that at all. So it’s time for me to quit my wining, grab a glass of wine, and do a little cheers to a wonderful 6 months on the West Coast.

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GoPro Vlog: KAABOO 2016

Here are a few clips from this year’s KAABOO music festival! I got to see the Chainsmokers, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind, Flo Rida and Gin Blossoms and it was amazing!

Comment below the best concert/festival you’ve ever been to!

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Music Clips:

Gin Blossoms (LIVE)

Flo Rida (LIVE)

Third Eye Blind (LIVE)

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KAABOO Del Mar 2016

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KAABOO Del Mar is a 3 day music and arts festival that is a recent addition to San Diego. This was the second year of it and featured a lot of great acts and artists. There were the options to purchase a 3 day wristband, a one-day pass or some crazy VIP package. I chose the one-day pass for Saturday because it had the best line-up (in my humble opinion).

The doors opened at 11:30 am but we headed in a little after 2 pm to find a spot for Gin Blossoms. I thought entering went pretty smoothly. I will say it was kind of weird that they had this long list of prohibited items and then the guy didn’t even look twice at my bag (FYI this is not me encouraging you to bring in sketchy stuff next year). All in all, I had a great time and wish I wasn’t a grandma who tired out by 10 pm.

 This was the 2016 line-up:

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Chainsmokers? YES. Steve Aoki? YES. Aerosmith. YES…. THIRD EYE BLIND – UH DUH! On the way there (because I missed my train as I am late for everything), my Lyft driver played “How’s It Gonna Be” for me after we both discovered our mutual love for the song and it led to a few quiet moments in deep thought. Who am I kidding, you know the only deep thoughts I had in that car were about the breakfast burrito I ate hours before.

Here were a few of my likes and dislikes:

LIKES

+ Clean: I was surprised about how organized the layout was and how clean the walkway/stage areas were. Usually it’s cigarette butts and empty drink containers covering the ground but not the case here. Also, the bathrooms were actually tolerable. They were the little trailers with multiple stalls, a mirror and a working sink. Definitely made waiting in line not as bad.

+ Charging Stations: These need to be everywhere at festivals and in real life. I was trying so hard to be careful about wasting my battery, but of course by 7pm I was down to 8%. (Since the iPhone 7 was announced, my 6S has been acting up. Coincidence? I think not.) They had a few of these little stations spotted around the venue, with chargers and outlets available.

+ Art Exhibits: I only was able to briefly walk through one of the buildings (which I’m a little sad about) but from what I saw, it was amazing! If I go again next year, I definitely plan to spend more time browsing.

DISLIKES

+ No Exit Aisles: Unfortunately, this really ruined Chainsmokers for me. No matter where I moved, there were people from the front coming back from every side to get out because “it was too hot” up there. Really? I never would have guessed that with people crammed together under bright stage lights that it would get hot. Hmm, weird. And these were not regular people, I’m talking about guys the size of King Kong or girls with elbows like popsicle sticks. It was hard to get into it when it was just a constant parade of people jabbing you as they walk by saying “I’m so so sorry.” NO YOU WEREN’T SORRY BECAUSE IF YOU WERE SORRY YOU WOULDN’T BE DOING IT IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THEREFORE WOULDN’T HAVE A REASON TO BE SORRY. Whew. Okay. I was holding that in for a while.

+ Scheduling: Whoever scheduled Aerosmith and Chainsmokers at the EXACT SAME TIME and at the two stages farthest away from each other should be fired.

+ Food/Drink Prices: A slice of pizza was $8. A BBQ Chicken sandwich was $15. For that amount of money, that chicken sandwich better wash my car, clean my room, and fulfill every chicken sandwich fantasy I’ve ever had in my adult life.

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I’m on the fence about going next year. While I did have a lot of fun, it will mostly come down to what performers they get, along with how well they schedule them.

Comment below who your favorite performers were if you made it to KAABOO!

 

 

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Hiking At Los Pensaquitos

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I recently went hiking with my friend Yasmine at Los Pensaquitos Canyon Reserve and this is what I would call a work out and then some. I’m still fairly new to hiking so there was a lot of panting. And sweating. And complaining. But I will say the views are totally worth the awkward wobble walk the next day.

This hike is pretty flat and shaded for the most part (YAAASSS). The trails are clearly marked and have signs along the way to guide you towards the waterfall and final destination. It’s open to bikers, runners, dogs (on a leash!), and even horses.

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The entire hike took us a little over two hours and totaled about 6.1 miles round trip. Yasmine and I had plans to go to a fire show/yoga flow later that evening but I had to back out due to the fact that, ya know, I couldn’t move. No joke, I cat-napped for a half hour and when I tried to get up my limbs were like noodles.

I will say I was a little disappointed with the false advertising of a “waterfall” as I expected this giant, gushing fountain of water blasting everywhere and then it was this (as pictured above). A trickle of water through a few tight spaces. I mean, I guess there is water falling so it makes sense. But I’m still considering writing a very strongly worded letter to the parks department about this.

All kidding aside, I did enjoy the scenery and would recommend this trail to hikers of all levels. But be sure to bring water and wear comfortable shoes (or hiking boots). Blisters from hell – 1, Jhana – 0.

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Ocean Beach

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Located roughly 8 minutes or so from my apartment is Ocean Beach, or “OB” to native San Diegans. Each beach in San Diego has it’s own personality and OB definitely attracts more of an eclectic crowd. Walking up to the beach from the stores on Newport Ave, the lawn in front of the beach always has a variety of characters. On any given day, there will be acro yoga enthusiasts, homeless youth and local artists displaying their work, hoping one of the tourists will buy a painting or two. So far I’ve only ventured to one other beach (Coronado), so I can’t fairly compare this beach to others. I do plan to visit the other local beaches around here but right now, this is the one I stick to the most because of it’s convenient location. All day, every day, surfers are stacked in between waves next to the pier, volleyball games are in full swing, and little ones are dotted along the shore.

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One of my favorite things to do here is just to wade out into the water, chest deep and jump into the waves. Every time I’ve done that, there’s always at least 3-4 people on either side of me doing the exact same thing. Laughing while trying to keep their head above water. Those moments are some of my favorite. It’s kind of humbling to see how much of an equalizer the ocean is, if only for a second. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, what your skin color is, or how much you weigh. When that wave hits you, it doesn’t care or consider any of those things, it’s knocking you right off your feet.

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Another great place about OB is THE DOG BEACH. Honestly, I think that heaven is probably a mirror image of OB Dog Beach. Every kind of dog, every size of dog, just splashing around with ears flapping, tails wagging and “grinning” ear to ear. When I first moved out here and was really homesick bored, I would go and sit at dog beach for a while and just watch the dogs have the absolute best time of their lives. You have to be a seriously heartless mofo for that to not make you smile.

If you ever do visit San Diego, I highly recommend making a stop at Ocean Beach! There’s tons of cool restaurants on Newport Ave (post coming soon!) and fun little shops to stop into.

(Just don’t get your hopes up when it comes to finding a decent parking spot.)

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Sunday Yoga MeetUp In Balboa Park

Even before I moved across the country, I’ve always been a firm believer of how you spend your Sunday will set the tone for the week. While I will admit I can rarely turn down for what a Sunday Funday with bottomless mimosas, I usually like to have my Sundays set aside as a time for a little rest and relaxation.

When I first moved here, I joined a number of groups on MeetUp that I thought would help to keep me from crying in my room alone, with a large cheese pizza eating my feelings  busy and meet new people. For anyone moving to a new city, I HIGHLY suggest this website. From bookworms to Crossfit junkies, there are tons of groups to fit even the most specific interests. I came across the Sunday Yoga in Balboa Park group during my first week here and have been going as often as I can in the past three months. Set in the middle of the 1,200 acres that make up this urban park in San Diego, this MeetUp group is probably one of the most popular I’ve gone to. Each week, there is guaranteed to be at least 35+ attendees, spread out in a circle, facing the center and each other. I will say this is the most challenging yoga class I have taken since moving to the West Coast. Ab work is always a huge focus of the class and it always makes me regret my weekly In-N-Out binge. But only for a second and not enough to actually stop eating animal style fries.

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The class is led by a trained instructor, along with a guitarist who strolls around, strumming a variety of melodies throughout the hour long class. No joke, one class he was singing the words “Get Up” over and over and I immediately stood up to roll my mat. (Turns out, those were just the lyrics of the song *nervous giggle*). This meet up is donation based so feel free to give as little or as much as you can.

This weekend, I FINALLY made it to a class after missing a few weeks and boy, OH BOY did I feel it. Afterwards, I headed to OB (Ocean Beach) for a quick dip in the (freezing cold!) ocean and a little snooze in the sand. I’m seriously considering making morning yoga and a trip to the beach my new Sunday Funday routine. But obviously with a mimosa or two in there to keep me sane.

Have a cool routine already in motion for your Sunday Funday? Leave it down below!

 

 

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GoPro Vlog: Los Angeles Trip

I recently went on a mini trip to Los Angeles (for the first time EVER) to meet up with my friends Kelly and Kayla from Syracuse! BIG THANKS to them for putting up with me and my vlogging endeavors.

Music:

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Adventures by A Himitsu https://soundcloud.com/a-himitsu
Feelings by STEAM PHUNK https://soundcloud.com/steamphunk

“Sneaky Snitch” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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GoPro Vlog: Snorkeling in La Jolla

 This is my first EVER vlog so excuse the wonky sound/shaky channel/awkward angles, etc. IT’S ONLY UP FROM HERE, I SWEAR.

This was probably one of the funnest (most fun?) things I have done here so far. I hope to go again soon, but not be as spastic in the water.

Shout out to La Jolla Kayak for the snorkel gear!

Song: MØ – Final Song (VFindahl Remix)
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Camera Used: GoPro Hero+ LCD

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