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Busy and Smitten

It’s been a busy week. Although, it is Wednesday this will not be an “Adventure Wednesday” post. I hope to be back up and running with that segment next week.

Tonight, I would just like to do a quick weekly recap and then I am off to bed.

The last couple weeks have been busy as my winter break brought itself to a close. So here is a brief day by day recap; and as you will see a couple exciting things did happen to make my last week of freedom enjoyable.

Monday 1/21 – Work (nothing important)…

Tuesday 1/22 – My last official day of freedom. I spent the day running errands and getting caught up on household chores. Nothing to exciting. Lowe did come over for dinner and gossip though, so that was a fun.

Wednesday 1/23 – Work and SKIRTS. I think I mentioned in a few emails back about this SKIRTS event that my new friend Pat Bailey of love.lust.butterflies puts on once a month. It’s a mid month mixer type get together for her girlfriends. We all wear skirts and sip cocktails while snaking and catching up on life. It has been a really great way to network as well as someone new shows up every month. Here’s a fun photo booth picture (from and Iphone app) that we took at the end of the night.

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I also started chatting with this really nice guy, I met him online (blog post regarding that to come) as well as I stayed at my friend/co-workers place as we had work training for the next couple of days in Marin and she lives out in that area and drives (no need for a car in SF).

Thursday 1/24 – Work training from 8:30 am till 5:00pm and then a work training participants get together type thingy (which was kind of boring).  I ended the night at my friends house were we shared a bottle of wine and I continued chatting with Mr. (as we shall call him for now) we set our first date for Saturday through the mix of all are chatting, awe I was so excited! Our chemistry via text was pretty amazing for never having met.

Friday 1/25 – Another long day of work training. Once work training was over I went straight home to a couple glasses of wine, a bath and True Blood.  The majority of this night was also spent chatting with Mr.  (Still hadn’t met him and was already completely smitten with him)

Saturday 1/26 – A very long day at work, that drug on and on. My insides were turning inside out as I was so nervous about my date that evening with Mr.

I convinced the guys to let me off about an hour early so I could go shopping for a new outfit because I wanted to look my best. Here is what I wore for our first date/blind date (courtesy of H&M).

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The date was amazing. We met at a bar in Nob Hill around 7:15 and before we knew it, it was 11:30. We found ourselves just lost in conversation the chemistry/connection was amazing between us. Blog post to follow on this with a bit more detail!

Sunday 1/27 – Another day at work

Monday 1/28 – Another dragging day at work and my second date with Mr.  We did dinner and a movie at his place. So so so smitten.. I can’t wait to tell y’all more about him, but for now  just these little teasers.

Tuesday 1/29 – My first day of school. It was a long one but at least all of my classes seem to be pretty interesting.

So there you have it, my week in review. I’m sorry this is a half fast post tonight (you know this is normally not me) but I just finished up my homework and am so ready to crawl into bed. I just really wanted to get a post up, because if I didn’t I wouldn’t get one up at all this week.

I will do my best to try and get a post up this weekend (maybe I’ll let you all in on the online metting of Mr. thing). But if I don’t get back to you all before next week, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you are all supporting me on Sunday in cheering on the 49ers as they embark on their final leg of the Quest for six!

GO Niners!

– C

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It’s time for an Adventure Wednesday’s post and this week I am posting about something I did a couple of weeks back, FINALLY!

So a few weeks ago I went on my first real nice length bike ride since moving to San Francisco. I rode my bike from downtown to Mill Valley and pack which means I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge (#80 on my List of 101 and things in 1001 days). This also helped start out my #23, which is to ride 1000 miles, the total ride was 26.4 miles.

The ride was beautiful but pretty cold. Riding across the bridge was a challenge as I had never done it before and maneuvering through tourist who can’t see you coming is a bit of work. However, I made it through with only one close call and that was with another cyclist who was coming from the opposite direction and wasn’t moving for anyone. Riding through Sausalito was so much fun, part of the ride is right along the coast and then through a small little tourist town. I wish I would have stopped for pictures in that area. The hill out of Sausalito back to the bridge not so much fun (I hate hills FYI) but I made it without stopping and walking (a huge feet for me).

I can’t wait to do the ride again and I think on every once in a while on a Thursday afternoon, I’ll actually get to ride as I get out of class at 2 and can squeeze in a late afternoon ride as the weather starts heating back up. Here are some pictures from my adventure across the Golden Gate by bike.

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Sausalito from the Bridge

Proof I was on the bridge

Proof I was on the bridge

Happy Cyclist

Happy Cyclist

Full bridge along the base

Full bridge along the base

Along the base

Along the base

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone

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Living my Life on the Edge

I have always lived my life with the mottos “No Regrets”, “You Only Live Once”, “Take Chances”, and I still do and think everyone should because mottos like this keep your life interesting and fun. However, this past weekend I had two experiences that made me think about my mottos. I had to ask myself, “Do I really believe in living my life on the edge and using these mottos to guide me through my life?” and to tell myself “Whoa girl slow it down a bit!” To say the least the weekend was eventful even when 85% of it was spent at work.

Let me fill you in on what happened:

*Saturday nights story will stay fairly brief to honor the others who were in this experience with me.

Saturday night: We had our staff holiday party (finally) at a Mexican restaurant in Sausalito. Dinner was pretty good and we all enjoyed quite the bit of drinking. Which leads me to my story, there were 5 of us carpooling together and the person who was supposed to be driving us home had a few too many drinks and come time to leave we had all agreed that I would drive. I had quit drinking a few hours back and turned to water and coffee therefore, we felt I was the best to drive. However, when getting to the car the original driver hopped in the front seat rearing to go.  When telling him and his gf I was good to drive, they both were like “no its cool ___ is good”, I’m like “no really, I should drive”, they’re again saying “no worries I’m/___ is good.” Well shit, I think and crawl in the back seat with the other two people with us.

The drive out of Sausalito is white-knuckle wrenching; the driver is weaving back and forth, and not really paying attention. His gf at this point has now realized he’s really not okay to drive and is trying to talk him through to get him to focus on the road and his driving (it wasn’t really helping). With that, it was too late we were already driving on the Golden Gate Bridge and his driving was getting worse. At one point the front tire hit the side barrier and his gf moved the wheel to the left just in time to stop us from crashing (my life literally started to flash before my eyes). After that and after gettingthrough the tollbooth safely we were able to convince the driver to pull over so I could drive.  Lets just say once I was driving the tension in the car went down by three-fold. 

– I really thought I was going to die Saturday night. This is one experience I can say I do regret. I regret not listening to my original gut feeling to call a cab (even though it was going to cost a butt load) to get myself home safely.  I am thankful though that all five of us in the car made it home safely. To say the least seeing the driver at work the next day was a little interesting (he didn’t remember much of the night). Below is a picture of the staff and the plus ones at the party!

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*Sunday’s story is a little less life threatening, but was still a tad bit scary for me.  

Sunday Morning: before heading to work I ran upstairs to the roof to look and see if there were already dishes installed (as I was getting cable installed yesterday). I needed to know if Direct TV could install a dish basically. Anyways the door to the roof doesn’t look as though it locks at all from the inside there is no lock on the handle or even a dead bolt lock, so I bounced outside to take a stroll around the roof. Well guess what, the door locks from the outside! That’s right, I locked myself on the roof at 10:00 in the morning. 1. It was freezing outside, 2. I didn’t have my cell phone and 3. None of my apartment keys worked on the lock.  Therefore, I was stuck on my roof pounding on the door hoping someone would hear me and come unlock the door, I finally leaned over the edge down into the well of windows for the inside apartments and shouted “If you can hear me I am locked up on the roof, please help!” about five minutes later one of the guys in the building came and let me out. What a way to start my morning.

So to say the least I had to slow it down a bit and reflect on my weekend. Why did these things happen to me? Is it karma coming back around to me? Who really knows, all I can say is I am thankful that I lived through Saturday night and that I am not still locked on the roof. Although the view from the roof is rather nice!

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Well here’s to Adventure Wednesday and to still being here to live my life by mottos that keep me on my toes! Please share any of your adventures from this past week, I’d love to hear them!

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Weekly Catch Up

It’s already the end of Tuesday I can’t believe it. Yes I know for most of you this is only the second day to your week but for me Tuesday is my 1st day off in 5 days.

Its been a busy week for myself filled with mainly work. But to catch you up on what has happened in the past week I will do a run through.

Monday 11/7 – A day filled with work and then of course the Bachelor premiere with my girls.. Can I just say Sean is absolutely adorable.

Tuesday 11/8 – Day off spent in bed with a Crohn’s disease flare up… I am adding to my list of things to do, to write a post on living with Crohn’s.

Wednesday 11/9 – Stayed home from work to lay in bed for another day between the cold I had been fighting and my Crohn’s it was much-needed

Thursday 11/10 – Normally my day off but I went to work to make up for taking Wednesday off.

Friday 11/11 – Another fun-filled day at work – My girl Lowe and I went and saw Zero Dark Thirty Amazing movie, if you haven’t seen it then you must.

Saturday 11/12 – The longest day at work…every week…I hate it. To top it off it was the 1st playoff game of the season and I didn’t get to spend it with my social group. To make all things well though, we had our staff holiday party (finally!) and a few margaritas in and ESPN updates to my phone with a win from the Niners (ya buddy!), I had a pretty good night. Although I did almost die. See my Adventure Wednesday post tomorrow regarding “Living my life on the Edge” to read about that experience.

Sunday 11/13 – Work

Monday 11/14 – Work and the 2nd episode of the Bachelor Lordy Lordy he is really cute.  Start the below video at 0:26!

And last but not least Today Tuesday 1/15 – Day OFF YAY!!! – Went for a run up hill for about half a mile for a trip to Trader Joes, had cable installed -now I can keep up on all my shows, sports and the news- I had an on the spot interview at a restaurant (i’m looking for a move in my work life) the interview went rather well, so I treated myself to a nice dinner.

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Hope you all had a wonderful week/weekend! What did you do?

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Another adventure in 2013

As I brought in the new I decided upon no New Years resolutions but instead adventures.  I started the 101 things in 1001 days which you can check out here, but this year I have also decided to embark in a fun filled adventure called Charm Skool.  I was recently introduced to Pat Bailey of Love.Lust.Butterflies from a co-worker and after attending one of her very fun Skirts mid-month mixers, I learned about one of her big adventures for 2013.

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Pat Bailey presents “Charm Skool: lady swagger from a to z” for ladies in the Bay Area. So if your in the bay area listen up or should I say read ahead ladies!

“The series is made up of special  private events where guests will be given VIP access and treatment while learning a special skill aught by a local professional  And, of course, the second part of each even is a little bit of mingle time where we will enjoy cocktails, bubbles and ummies together. Charm Skool are like no other! Expect fun snail mail care packages, goodie bags filled to the brim, special access and introductions to pros and places around the city and lots of other surprises along the way.” – Pat Bailey

Doesn’t this just sound like a blast. Pat has so many fun classes lined up for the year. I have already signed up for Yoga, Floral Design, Pole Dancing, Cupcakes and Bubbles, SF Fashion Week, and Pilates. I am so excited to embark on this adventure with Pat in 2013.

To learn more about Pat Bailey’s Charm School adventure scoot on over to her blog and check it out. If you are in the San Francisco/Bay Aera and are interested you can contact Pat directly. I’d love to see you all there.

Happy Wednesday –

Christy

 

 

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101 in 1001

The Challenge:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.  I’m starting as of January 1st, 2013 and ending on September 28th, 2015.

The Criteria:

Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?

Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List.’ The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

The Key:

Italicized items are goals currently in progress, while bolded items are those that have been completed.

Christy’s 101 things in 1001 days

    1. Inspire someone else to do the 101 list – Yelena over at the blog “The Twenty-Something” check out her list 
    2. Create a savings account  (created savings account on Jan 2nd)
    3. Apply for a passport
    4. Pay off all my CC debt – as soon as my tax return gets here this will be done! 
    5. Travel outside the country
    6. Graduate from SFSU  – (enrolled in Fall 12 – should graduate Spring or Fall of 2014) 
    7. Get a big girl job
    8. Take the LSAT
    9. Apply to Law school
    10. Read 25 books for pleasure 3/25 – see my list of books here.
    11. Unplug for a weekend (phone and internet) minus what is needed when at work on that weekends
    12. Go camping
    13. Go Skinny dipping
    14. Visit a big city in the U.S.
    15. Throw a big party
    16. Buy the person behind me coffee or a meal
    17. Send a care package to someone in the military
    18. Send a care package to a friend
    19. Write personal letters to at least 5 people 0/5
    20. Get a minimum of 50 people to follow my blog between the blogs Facebook page and the blog directly  20/50
    21. Go a month without take out
    22. Have a no spend month (groceries, bills, emergencies only)
    23. Ride 1000 miles 34.45/1000 – see my logged miles below – check out this post about one of my rides!
    24. Go on a date 
    25. Fall in love again
    26. Dance in the rain
    27. Sing Karaoke in a bar
    28. Travel alone somewhere new at least over night purchased tickets to travel to So. Cal to see my sister compete in a National Dance Competition in March
    29. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
    30. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
    31. Go Wine tasting in Napa
    32. Jump off a cliff
    33. Train for and Run a 5k (I am not a fan of running so this will be a challenge for me)
    34. Have dinner by candle light
    35. Give a 100% tip
    36. Complete a 30 day photo challenge
    37. Create and Inspiration/dream wall in my kitchen
    38. Fill my frames with pictures of people I love
    39. Invest in blog business cards
    40. Have someone redesign my blog
    41. Be sponsored on my blog
    42. Organize and download all my photos from Facebook
    43. Attend a blogging conference
    44. Take a cooking or baking class
    45. Make 10 recipes from pinterest1/10 – Pasta tacos
    46. Do 5 DIY projects from pinterest
    47. Put all of my recipes together in a cookbook
    48. Do 10 things from Sosh.com 0/10
    49. Get straight A’s one semester
    50. Buy new pots and pans *make the investment
    51. Sponsor a child in a third world country
    52. Sponsor a Make a Wish Child
    53. Get a Tattoo
    54. Play Wii sports games for 30 days straight
    55. Buy and learn Photoshop
    56. Do Yoga for 30 days straight
    57. Go to a concert – Swedish House Mafia 2/14/13
    58. Identify 101 things that make me smile 10/101 – see my list here. 
    59. Record myself singing and share on Facebook and YouTube
    60. Write a letter to myself to open when I am 30
    61. Watch or re-watch all movies that got best picture in the past 10 years 0/10
    62. Put $10 into savings for everything completed on this list $30/$1010 
    63. Do the A-Z picture challenge
    64. Keep a line a day journal for 3 months
    65. Call my Mom/Dad/Stepmom/sister once a month for a year
    66. Write a blog post for every completed item on the list  2/101 see all posts about completed tasks by clicking on the task
    67. Have acupuncture done
    68. Go snowboarding – I love snowboarding but don’t get to go ever now that I live in California
    69. Go a one month without buying Coffee from Starbucks
    70. Attend a festival
    71. Give 20 just because gifts 0/20
    72. Have photos taken with family
    73. Have boudoir photos taken
    74. Go to Disney World – does Disney Land count?
    75. Grow a plant from a seed
    76. Donate to a cause or charity
    77. Send a post card to postsecrets.com
    78. Send 20 postcards through post crossings 0/20
    79. Answer the 50 questions to free my mind
    80. Ride my bicycle across the golden gate bridge 
    81. Do a full ride in Marin county
    82. Stay in a Bed and Breakfast
    83. Go to the zoo by myself
    84. Finish all desperate housewives episodes 57/180
    85. Hide a note in a book in my school library
    86. Go to the ballet
    87. Make myself a build a bear
    88. Put a scrapbook together of Rae and I to give to her at her graduation
    89. Send flowers to a friend just because
    90. Have a movie theater marathon: 3 movies 1 day
    91. Learn how to golf or at least go golfing once
    92. Order new checks
    93. Start reading the bible again
    94. Have a guest blogger
    95. Be a guest blogger
    96. Keep flowers in my apartment for a month straight or longer bought flowers on 1/17 , 1/28
    97. Go to a big San Francisco Event
    98. Try a new restaurant once a week for a month
    99. Write at least 24 vent letters and burn them 0/25
    100. Leave an operation beauty note somewhere 0/10
    101. Brush and Floss my teeth twice a day every day for a month straight – the goal is to keep up the routine – not sure why I have this on here I think its a cheater because I do this everyday unless I unexpectedly stay over at a friends house! 

This is an adventure I can’t wait to embark on and keep you up to date on.  I am starting my 2013 year off in a positive light that I can do anything I set my mind too.

I hope the new year has started off well for each of you. I would love to hear if you start up or are already participating in the 101 in 1001 Challenge.

101 things in 1001 days challenge!

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