Playing catch-up

I’ve been M.I.A. this week and for good reason, I’ve been chatting away with friends in North Carolina and here. I’m extremely excited about my trip in less than 2 weeks!

This is such a great thing too. Anytime I’m away from my computer is good. I, like so many others, am glued to my computer most of the day.

The week went by so quickly, and boy am I glad!

I joined #elf4health and was pair with Run with Jess.


  • Meatless Monday – My favorite vegan quinoa & sweet potato chili was not made, but it would be perfect for this weather! I did however go meatless.
    Send a card Tuesday – I didn’t send any cards, but I talked to my friends in Asheville and some here too.
  • Try a new workout Wednesday – I saved this for today. I tried Body Beast Lucky 7. The workout comprises of 7 moves done once each then twice each and so on until you complete sets of 7. Boy was I tired by the end! I could hardly do the last 2 cleans… though my pushups have improved.
  • Meditate Thursday – I spent all of Tuesday night doing this. So much so that I didn’t go to bed till 2 A.M.!
  • Eat different colors Friday – I have so many variations of green in my diet. Sadly, I did not document this.

I didn’t plan ahead so I wasn’t successful. I’ll plan for next week. 

WIAW also didn’t happen this week so here are a few pictures.

Treat to myself.
iHerb shipment

One last thing:

I want this, except we’re out of peanut butter!

Probably the same reason I want this:

If I ever got married, or just had an anniversary party…

Cozy winter morning

Awesome DIYs here

…for that time of the year.

This would be so helpful. For me.

Source: via Julie on Pinterest


Sure it’s the weekend, but I’m waking up early for boot camp and work. Time for movie and popcorn before bed.

Have you started decorating for the holidays?
Are you making any of your presents?
If I find some easy DIYs, I’m down to make extra gifts.

Where you live/where your heart is

Last night, I could hardly sleep. After a long day, I laid in bed until 2 A.M., thinking. My heart was aching for a place and its people.

I ended up texting my former roommate and talking to him for a total of 3 hours, called and talked to a few friends out there, and… bought a ticket to Asheville, North Carolina. HIGH FIVE!

I thought I left on bad terms. The last year of living in Asheville was a struggle for me. I battled anorexia, exercise bulimia, and a shitty job. Well, as I’m in the process of recovering and have the best job ever, I’m ready to make a positive splash.

This is the best time to go too. The holidays in Asheville are gorgeous. I didn’t want to go during since my roommate, who will forever and ever be my roommate, will be gone. If I go later, I’ll still have to take time off.

Other reasons I’m excited to go:

  • #1: See Yancey!
  • See Drew 🙂 *If I could draw hearts around him, I would.
  • See Kris!
  • Gonzo’s 25th birthday
  • Kyle’s college graduation
  • Eat real BBQ
  • Visit my alma mater
  • Best Zumba classes ever!
  • TurboKick with one of my favorites
  • Gingerbread houses at the Grove Park Inn
  • Beer

A more definitive list to come!

    I already made a list of what to pack since this is a big deal trip.

    Next up, lists of what to bring to Asheville and what to bring home.

    Can you tell I’m extremely nervous? Lists calm me down.

    The most important thing to remember is to have fun, be positive, and just live.

    Where’s Asheville you ask? Check out going home to roost who just moved back to the mountains of Western North Carolina!

    Did you move away for college? I moved across the country and live there for 6 years. The best times I’ve ever had were there. Often, I miss the area but there was a lack of jobs.
    Why are you living where you are? fThe biggest sell for moving back home to California is my job… and to get my finances in order.
    Do you keep in touch more with your high school or college friends? I definitely hold my college friends more dear though there is one friend, Peter, whom I’ve known for a gazillion years.

    MIMM: Patchwork Holiday Festival +

    Call me crazy. The Patchwork Art & Craft Festival is one of my favorite days of the year. Sure, I spend maybe an hour, but it’s a fun experience. 

    First stop: food crafters. I sampled tons of delicious toffees, candies, and macarons before going with a blackstrap Betty from my favorite stand-by Blackmarket Bakery. I had to stop myself from eating all of this – ate half, saved half.

    I also bought a rather expensive container of Simmering Sugar toffee as a gift.

    I looked for Bungalow 360 again. In their spring show, I bought a fun clutch. This time, I rolled with a starfish bag for $10! I forgot to take a picture of it before I wrapped it up for myself… no joke. 

    Tons of great clothes and jewelry too. Unfortunately, Janie XY didn’t have Buffy the Kettlebell!

    Fall in Southern California


    I don’t know very much about Aida Mollenkamp.

    T-shirts about meat

    I stopped by the brand new Surfas. They wouldn’t allow pictures, but quick run down: there’s a little bit of everything but not much of anything. Except cheese and lots of little treats. They also have a cafe with sandwiches, pizza, and salads along with random baked goods. All the employees seemed young and they were well-staffed.

    Shout out to my mom. Happy birthday!