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Finally – Success!

After the weather messing up our Memorial Day Camping trip, we finally had success! This tip was planned totally last minute, but aren’t those some of the best ones anyway?  The middle of last week I got to thinking about 4th of July.  We didn’t have any plans other than our tradition of watching the big fireworks show from the park the night of the 4th. I was thinking about how fun it would be to go camping for the 4th and Aaron agreed.

Since camping is a popular 4th of July activity out here, the hunt began for a campground with availability. I did my online research thing and we found a couple campgrounds up in Sierra City on the Yuba River. I had never been there or heard of it, but Loganville looked like a pretty good option, so we booked it for two nights and started making our plans.

Aaron and I have minimal camping “gear” but we knew we could make it work.  We also have a small car, so even if we had a bunch of gear, we would have no way to transport it. We made our list, planned our meals (the most important part), packed strategically, and on Saturday loaded the dog up in the car and hit road for our adventure.

We arrived and were surprised that “check in” just meant “drive around until you find the campsite with your name on it.” With only 15 sites in the whole campground, it didn’t take long and we were happy to find that the sites were all fairly private and well spaced. We immediately got to work setting up our home away from home, and once the tent was erect, Aaron headed out to buy firewood.

We spent the afternoon exploring and found our way down to the river, which was flowing so fast, it was scary.  It was HOT, so we managed to find some places to dip our feet and heads in to cool off a bit.  Our dog who was afraid of water not too long ago had to be restrained from taking off into the rapid never to be seen again.

One thing we do not skimp on when we camp is the food.  For dinner the first night we had carne asade tacos with all the fixins, cooked right over the open flames. The second night we had grilled Italian sausages with grilled onions and pasta salad.  Breakfast was bacon, potatoes and eggs and bacon really does taste better cooked over an open flame! Plenty of snacks were consumed and of course, we never go camping without S’mores!

Day two of our adventure, we headed out to find a place along the river we could set up our chairs, enjoy the sun and relax.  We found a perfect spot at a nearby campground and we spent 4 hours soaking it all up before heading back to our site for more campfire, beer, wine, food and s’mores!

I am so happy Aaron and got away for the weekend.  It was really what I needed to recharge and forget about some of the BS going lately. No computer, no cell phones, no DVR – just us enjoying being together and having fun (like always).  Now, unfortunately, it’s back to reality.

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Well, We Tried…

We had BIG plans this weekend for 3 nights of camping in the woods with our friends.  We had been checking the weather reports religiously for the past few weeks, and while it wasn’t going to be ideal tanning and boating weather, it looked like it was going to be dry. Do you sense any foreshadowing here?

We headed up the hill midday on Friday got camp set up.  We had a great time hanging by the lake, having a fire, grilling dinner and drinking beers. And look, our friends got us a new tent as an early wedding present!

It is huge! And Aaron can stand up in it!  Friday night was COLD, but we made it through and woke up to sunny skies on Saturday morning. The clouds came and went all day until it turned to this:

We tried to tough it out, but the rain kept coming down harder and harder and was scheduled to stick around until 10AM Sunday.  With temps dropping into the 30s overnight, it just wasn’t the way we wanted to spend Memorial Day. So, we all packed up camp like it was going out of style, and cut our long weekend WAY short.

While we are bummed to miss out on two days of camping, it is nice to be home, dry and warm. And showered!  Cash had a blast while we were there and was a very good doggie.  He is pooped, and so are we.  Look how cute!

Here are more pics from the weekend.  Now we need to figure out what to do with the rest of our weekend. What are you up to?

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Back with a Vengeance

I cannot believe I haven’t posted since April 4th! It just goes to show how busy life has been.  A lot has changed for me in the last few weeks – but it all good stuff. Ready to speed through the last two weeks?

I gave my two weeks notice at work to work for myself. I have always wanted to work for myself, and when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it! I am so excited about this adventure and next stage in my life. Let the adventure begin!

After my last day of work, Aaron and went to South Lake Tahoe for a night at Harvey’s. We already had the night planned to use a Groupon I purchased back in November before it expired. The timing worked our perfect to celebrate this next step in our lives. We gambled (and even won!), had cocktails in the casino, and dinner at Stateline Brewery.

We have also been in heavy planning mode for our Girls on the Run 5K on May 14th!  It’s going to be such a great event and I can’t wait. Lots of great stuff in the works for our chapter, and I am excited to be able to dedicate more time to my commitment to GOTR.


Yesterday the correct wedding shoes arrived which is very exciting. I definitely need to practice walking in these 4 inch heels (since I am a ballet flat and flip flop gal). Keep your fingers crossed that money buys comfort!

Tonight we headed to Tuli Bistro to discuss wedding food!  This is one of the most exciting aspects of the wedding for us. The marriage of two foodies means the food at the wedding better be really good. They always say you never get to eat at your own wedding, but I refuse to let that be our fate on September 17th. We are so excited to plan the food with Chef Adam and know he will deliver above and beyond our expectations!

Our invitations are underway, too.  My friend Jessica is designing them and we saw the first round today and they look amazing! She should have all the changes made by the end of the week.  Very exciting!

Okay, are you fully exhausted yet? As I get settled I hope to be back to posting more regularly. The plan is also to kick up my workout routine and get back to working our regularly. I have a wedding dress (and pants) to fit into after all.

I am off to LA for the day tomorrow and it should be a great, but exhausting day. A 6AM flight to Orange County, drive to LA for a meeting, drive back to OC and then fly home. It will be a whirlwind 13 hours, but I am looking forward to it!

I Heart Chicago

Last night I got back from 4 days in Chicago. I had never been and I absolutely loved the city. Unfortunately, I did not get to see as much of it as I had hoped, but what I saw I loved and I can’t wait to go back.

I was in town for the wedding of a college friend, so it was like a mini sorority reunion. I did not get any formal exercise in, but we walked a lot and danced our butts off during the reception. Here is how the weekend went in a nutshell:

Thursday: Travel, travel, travel followed by a night out with the girls.

Friday: Walking the city, architectural boat tour (amazing), rehearsal dinner

Saturday: Slept until 11 after being sick all night. I had really big plans for Saturday morning.  The plan was to go to bed early Friday night and wake up early Saturday to work out and see the city. But I got SO sick Friday night and was throwing up from 2AM until about 5AM every 20 minutes. I still don’t know what caused it. I know it wasn’t booze related so either the heat got to me or I ate something that didn’t agree with me. Who knows. But luckily I felt better and was able to make it to the wedding of the year!

Sunday: Wedding farewell brunch and then traveled home.

I seriously cannot wait to come back to this city. It is so beautiful and everyone was so friendly!

My Snacks are Packed, I’m Ready to Go

Sing it! On Thursday, I’m leaving on a jet plane, so it’s time to start the packing process.  In true Modernation fashion, the snacks were the first thing to get packed – can’t forget those! I headed to Whole Foods today to pick up some of my favorite travel snacks. I like to be prepared in case I have to go along time between meals. I don’t like to be forced into expensive, unhealthy fast food at the airport or in town.

Some of the things I consider when choosing snacks for the road:

– How well will it travel? Last year I learned that nectarines do not travel well.  Bananas also bruise pretty easily in transit. For fresh fruit I either bring apples, or pick up bananas along the way. You can usually find bananas pretty easy in airports and convenience stores.

– How will it satisfy me? Fruit alone will never fill me up. I make sure to pack snacks that have protein, fat and carbs.

– Will it keep? I don’t always eat all of the snacks I pack, so I try to make sure that what I do bring will travel back home with me for a future trip or for use at home.

I picked up some real goodies today:

– 18 Rabbits granola bars
– Individual packets of almond butter
– Individual packets of Tera’s Whey protein powder
– Raw almonds

I brought some options for breakfast replacements because my flight Thursday morning is super early.  Plus, in my experience, getting out the door to breakfast on vacation can take forever. This way I can do my own thing if needed.  Hopefully I will be able to find some decent fruit on my journey, too.

I was excited to grab some protein powder to take with me. I will pack my Blender Bottle so I can whip up a filling snack anywhere! I was pretty impressed with Tera’s Whey nutritionals and I liked the packaging!

110 calories, 20 grams of protein and only 3 grams of sugar.  Plus, the nutrition label and ingredients list does read like an encyclopedia  like some protein powders. I don’t use a lot of protein powder, but think it is convenient for traveling.