Monday, October 21, 2013

California Adventure: Cannery Row

One of my all time favorite authors is John Steinbeck.  I have read many of his books, and love their intriguing stories and the rich Californian history.  He was born in Salinas, CA but Monterey is the location he is mostly associated with.  R's mom was in town this weekend and like most of our family, we have done most of the tourist things here in the city, so we decided Monterey would be a perfect day trip down the coast.  

Friday, October 18, 2013

happy weekend!

Ahh, Friday has finally arrived.  I am not sure about everyone else, but it has been one long week.  It continues to be beautiful weather though out here in SF, so very excited for the upcoming weekend.  R's mom is coming into town (yay!), so I see some SF exploring and good eats in our near future!  We have intentions to make the drive down to the Monterey Aquarium and the Cannery Row.  I have been informed I cannot ask to go to the John Steinbeck Wax Museum, but Ghirardelli hot chocolate, yes please!

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2013 Portland

Next weekend, I am taking a girls trip up to Portland!  I have never been and am so excited to explore our neighbor to the North.  Living out on the west coast for so many years, I would have imagined myself getting to Oregon a lot sooner than 2013.  My friend and I were busy planning all of our to-do's (Voodoo Donuts, food carts, Nike!), but I would love any suggestions on must-sees or off the beaten path adventures to try out while I am there.  Particularly any local shops, eats or breweries!

Visit: Portland!

Read: "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.  This does not fully take place in Portland, but I loved reading this memoir/trekking guide to the PCT.  

Wear: A cozy sweater for all those chilly rainy days.  This one is from Mexchic.  A company dedicated to supporting local artisans in Mexico.

Watch: Portlandia.  An easy out I know.  However, I will admit that I am not been a huge fan.  I love the idea (and the fun catchphrases), but the sketches last a little too long in their awkwardness for me to fully enjoy.  However, I did find this amazing article of how Portlandia ruined hipster life.

portland image via-{Pinterest}

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

tea time: some thoughts on busy

"But the Lord answered, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things.  Only one thing is important.  Mary has chosen the better thing and it will never be taken away from her."
-Luke 10: 41-42 (NCV)

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This is definitely a stray from my usual type of post, but I have been somewhat bombarded lately with the idea of busyness.  When I was in my 3rd year of college, I had a brief time where I was completely and utterly overwhelmed (who hasn't?).  I was in school, working and various leadership positions on campus.  All things that I absolutely loved.  But at the same time I was preparing to go to Guatemala {my first international trip} with a group from my church.  We were going to stay with a local missionary family in the town of San Pedro and help to run a vacation bible school / soccer camp.  In so many ways, I was thrilled and excited for the opportunity.  But a few weeks before we left, I had a breakdown and insisted that I could not go.  I was just too busy!

But God had other plans for me.  In the forms of reading material/journaling (always an indicator for me) and a dear friend reminding me that this was a trip where he insisting that I would find the relief I so desperately sought.  So, I went.  And I found the most amazing type of rest.  Though we were there to help run a day camp, it happened to be only in the afternoon.  In the mornings and evenings, we had free time to do what we wished.  We went for runs in the morning through town, and I spent many, many hours laying in a hammock; napping and listening to music (on a discman...does that age me?).  It was a wake-up call for me; you can be productive and purposeful, but there should always be a place for rest.  Rest that comes in many, many forms.  It comes in ways that we most need it.  Sleeping, reading, journaling, going for runs or long walks in the woods

It was also at that time that I really learned what the story was about that I quoted above.  Martha, in all of her busyness and preparations (all great things by the way) had forgotten how to take a moment of quietness.  To simply sit and listen.

I have come back to this story and my time in Guatemala, time and time again.  These last couple of years have been particularly overwhelming for me.  An amazing, unforgettable last couple of years, but a tiredness has accompanied it nonetheless.  But over the last few days, I have been reminded of this story again.  It came up while I was reading and journaling a couple days ago, and then again in this article (and here and here).  Our lives are incredibly "busy".  We continue to cram things into every last minute, look up time management articles (that could be just me) and try to figure out how to be more productive.  But sometimes, its about stepping back.  Saying that it is ok to spend an entire morning on the balcony drinking a cup of tea, or going out for a run up Bernal Hill in the early morning.  It is mostly in these moments that we experience what it is like to simply sit at His feet.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

California Adventure-Presidio

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
-Jawaharal Nehru
There are many, many times that I catch myself longing to be somewhere else.  To be out in the world, exploring a new place.  There are also many times that I need to remind myself to sit still.  To be grounded and to enjoy what is at my own doorstep.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Journey to: Bend, Oregon

I apologize for the extended absence.  In these last few weeks, I have been on 2 continents, 4 states and my day job has kept me preoccupied in the days in between.  Needless to say it has been a crazy beginning of fall.

A few weeks ago, R and I journeyed up north to visit my best friend.  Neither one of us had been to Oregon, but my friend loves it since moving there last year.  Also, it is very difficult to turn down the opportunity to spend some time in an actual summer climate, so we hopped on a plane for a weekend away.
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