Monthly Archives: January 2014

Happy Friday: What IS This?

January 31, 2014


IMG_3082Was your first thought, Italy? Me too! So we’re still cruising in the Carribean until tomorrow and this is a cheater post. We’re on vacay probably thinking of mundane things like what our eggs look like. I hope your week has been awesome and I wish someone has some food-visions like this to share. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

TBT: The Hottest I’ve Ever Looked

January 30, 2014

Navy / TMI / Uncategorized


I figured I could post something embarrassing more easily if I was going to be out of town. This is a photo of my very dear friend, Annie, the band Dishwalla and myself. We were tasked with giving the band a tour of our Navy ship. They were there to sign autographs and stuff for the sailors while we docked for Fleet Week in San Fransisco. Annie and I are probably smiling on 2 hours of sleep and 4 donuts. 

Check out those pants. See how high they come up? If you could turn us around, you would see that our tushes measure about 34 inches long (from top to bottom). We called it NIA (Navy Issued A**). 

One summer a few years prior to this, when I was still at UCLA, I was on my way to summer training on a ship in Japan. I picked up my pile of uniforms and excitedly tried them on at my apartment. The main uniform I would be wearing was a blue onesie, kind of like a mechanic’s uniform. Well, my onesies were super tight. I went back to the supply department to exchange them but the chief there refused and told me to deal with it. 

Oh, I dealt with it. I owned that J. Lo cat suit all summer long. It was so tight and the pant legs were even high waters somehow. In order to use the restroom, you had to unzip the zipper all the way down, pull the sleeves off your arms and pull the whole thing down. I had to contort like an acrobat in order to get that thing off without hurting any private areas. 

Then I heard it. “Donkey.” Yes, that was my ship wide nickname. 

When I entered the Navy for real, and I was responsible for buying my own blue uniforms, I brought them so big they were like tarps and the belt was the only thing that kept it from blowing out like a sail. The pant legs were so saggy. There was no way to tell whether I was a girl or a boy. Perfect. 

Help: What Do You Give A Man For Valentine’s Day?

January 29, 2014

ROMANCE / Uncategorized

IMG_2908Please HELP! A very good friend of mine has a special Valentines Day coming up with her man and she is looking for some gift suggestions. 

Some of my past gifts for Chris have been…

  • Clothes
  • hand carved wooden business card holder
  • monogram embossed business card holder

Hold on, I just took a nap from how boring that list of gifts was. Sorry. OK.

Wow, we’ve only been together a short time and honestly we’re not really into gift giving. It must not be one of our “love languages” (have you read The 5 Love Languages?). I do know that gifts are EXTREMELY important to other people however and I am better at getting gifts for those people.

Here are a couple of my ideas for dudes:

  • tickets-to a game, concert, event
  • an elaborate prank
  • a massage from you
  • ooooo, a flourless chocolate cake

Please share your secrets! Thank you in advance!

P.S. We are still in the Caribbean and we’ll be back this weekend!

Looks Aren’t Everything, Juan Pablo

January 28, 2014


IMG_1764When I got Charlie around 7 years ago, I showed up to a local San Diego Petco adoption day looking for my first dog which in my fantastic childhood dreams was a little brown puppy. As I approached the yard sale of a presentation in front of Petco, a short woman in Birkenstocks (long toenails and runs the entire rescue out of her home) literally approached me with Charlie in her arms. As I introduced myself she was handing him to me. 

“Oh, I’ve been looking for the right person for this dog. This is a very special dog,” she promised. This “special” dog, was scrawny, dirty and only had fur on the front 50% of his body.

I’m thinking…OK this dog is like rabid, loose cannon-bladder, nobody-wants-this-one kind of a dog. I tell the lady, “OK, I’m going to look at the puppies.”

There they were, multiple brown puppies jumping on their hind legs and I’m cooing at them as I hold rat-dog. Just then a young girl asks me, “Hey, is that your dog,” referring to Charlie in my arms. “Um, no, why?” “Oh, I was just asking because it looks like it’s your dog,” she stated. Was she planted? Kids are funny.

Then an older man with his dad in a wheel chair says to me, “Excuse me, my dad (wheel chair gentleman) wants to know if that’s your dog,” again referring to wilting Charlie in my arms. 

I looked down at him in my arms. He didn’t have that, “Please sir, take me home” look. He was just sorta squinting in the sun and looking around, really enjoying his new vantage point from my arms. He let out a quiet little “boof” sound when some other dog walked by on a leash. 

So, I adopted him. He grew some fur, gained (too much) weight and we live happily every after. 

I took him to the pet store down the street from this home (pictured above) we rented in Seattle last winter to find a bone. I pulled a couple bones out of the bins (all natural, grass fed…of course) and wondered which one he’d like (he’s kinda picky). Then he helped me by licking one. And there he is. 

It’s Tuesday so you’ve all seen Juan Pablo last night! I’ll have to catch up when we get back to the U.S. on Saturday!!!

How To Pack For A Cruise

January 27, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Travel / Uncategorized

Look, I was a Navy sailor for about one hot second and my time on warships gave me the biggest aversion to the concept of “cruising.” Then came my husband who invited me on a family cruise in the Caribbean. Well, it was actually fantastic…(side note-except for the workers on the ship who were extremely kind but living in an indentured servitude kind of way with long work hours and months away from their families…hmmm kind of like the Navy).


On a last ditch effort to make a baby moon happen this week, we booked an insanely good deal on a Southern Caribbean cruise. P.S. cruise ships won’t let you on past 23/24 weeks of pregnancy (check with the cruise line).

**I will still be posting for the week. I’ll post pics on Instagram and Facebook when we get wifi access!

Cruising is like a floating Las Vegas that is less smokey, more family friendly, everything is included (except a few things like alcohol or spa treatments) and you get to pull into gorgeous ports for a day at a time. 

You are going to meet people like this, who know how to have a good time, no matter what:


Packing List:

**Bring enough clothing so that you do not need to do laundry. It can cost $25 for a really small bag or $2.50 per undergarment! It’s there if you really need it. Usually there is a clothesline in your bathroom where you can rinse your swim suits or a few pairs of unmentionables if needed.

**Go ahead, pack heavy. Remember how the people on the Titanic brought all these steamer trunks? Yeah, like that! You don’t want to be using the leche of a donkey because you forgot your favorite cold cream…or do you???


Formal Wear: Find out how many there will be. There will also be nice restaurants aside from the usual dining room (the usual dining room is very nice and included in your fee, sometimes there are other restaurants that cost an additional fee) so find out the dress code in case you want to go to those as well. Clothing ranges everywhere from semi-sundress to ball gowns and tuxes. Pack a shawl! THIS is why I was trying on all my stretchy dresses last week!

IMG_1457This cruise ship had an English pub. Neat.

Some cruises will have theme nights like a “white party” or the Supberbowl may be happening that week so bring your team gear. 

Casual dresses-You will live in these on a cruise. They’re easy! This black one got a lot of wear.


Bring an inexpensive cross body bag that you won’t mind getting sunscreen all over and that won’t attract pickpocketers. I got this one from Forever 21. Also bring a “pool bag.” My airline carry-on LeSport Sac bag doubles for this.

Casual Attire-Be sure to have evening outfits that are warmer and comfortable too just for going to dinner or bowling. You can have some jeans on hand but think more like cropped pants with sandals or skirts. 

Swimsuits: I would bring at least 2 (unless you’re pregnant like me and only have one large mumu type to your name). These are easy to rinse out and hang in your room shower. Have a few cover-ups to wear to and from the pool area. 

Shoes: Bring really comfortable, flat, good walking shoes in case you want to do one of the more active excursions in port. We did a cruise in that stopped in Athens, Greece and comfortable shoes were so helpful when climbing the Acropolis.


You need sandals/flip flops for pool and beach time. Sneakers for the gym.Formal shoes and some comfy casual shoes to wear while playing in the arcade or for board games in the library.

Exercise Clothes: The cruise ships have really nice gyms and they usually have a bunch of equipment facing a big window with a gorgeous view of the ocean! Bring some headphones and an iPod. Some ships have basketball courts and even rock climbing walls.

PJs, lots of undergarments.

Camera & toiletries.

No need to pack:

a blowdryer-we’ve had one in every room so far

towels-the ship will lend out towels to you for the room, pool, beach, spa etc.

For the flight there, here is your perfectly packed carry-on. I would even suggest you pack one set of clothes in your carry on in case your luggage gets lost. This has happened to one of our family members on the last family cruise and Chris’ bag was lost on our last trip to Seattle. If they lose your bags,..go shopping

Bon Voyage! 

H54F: I Abused A Holiday Gift Card

January 24, 2014

TMI / Uncategorized

1. If I linger in bed a while after Chris gets to the shower, Charlie will jump up and lie next to me in Chris’ spot. I grabbed my phone for a shot of him as the sun rose.

This is that glorious sunshine we came back to California for. Sure, it’s worth 800% income tax vs. 0% in Washington. No problem.

2. I went to buy Chris a new pair of Havaianas in black. He lost one of his while saving me in a river when I almost drowned in some little rapids last year. I found the right kind (via many phone calls around town) at Venice Beach. What a gorgeous day! I was happy to park half a mile away and walk the boardwalk.

IMG_32573. Fabio is coming the the Whole Foods in Venice Beach! I love this guy! 


4. I kind of cheated and used a Christmas Babies ‘R Us gift card on myself this week! AH! This pillow was on sale for $35 and it is pretty incredible. Can you see that curtain back there? Well, it’s red. Red VELVET. The windows in this rental are HUGE and came with coverings. It is too easy just to leave what’s there so that’s what we’ve done. 

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IMG_32475. This is the first article of boy clothing I’ve come across in a store (Old Navy) that got me excited…I did not buy it however. I feel like I have to see the guy before I know what his jam is, you know? I am pretty sure he’ll be a flannel guy like his dad though.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

5.1 OK, please come back on Monday to see what we’re up to this week. Our excitement about it has been brewing all week! It was kind of a last minute decision. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you soon! XO

Linking up with Lauren’s H54F crew. Have a wonderful weekend!

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