This weekend, I am traveling to Seattle to see my baby sister (don't kill me for writing that, Ashley!) graduate. It's a really quick trip, but I am stoked to visit a new city, see a Mariners game and enjoy some great coffee, honestly. Plus, I'm pretty damn proud of her! She'll be off to grad school in the late summer, so she's killing the game...definitely more than I was at her age, for sure. You go, sissy-lala.
So, beyond my excitement over this upcoming weekend getaway, here's what else I'm feeling:
This last weekend, I spent Friday night up in Encinitas with my old co-workers, reliving junior high days with a sleepover. But, we had a fancy cheese board and got up at 6 AM...so just a little more adult than days of pizza and staying up all night. Anyways, in the morning, we visited the original Swami's Cafe. I've been to the Point Loma location, but I was excited to visit the original. It was a total hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a friendly, laidback beachy atmosphere. I loved the outdoor patio so I could sit and people-watch everyone on Highway 1. I splurged on a multi-grain acai and granola waffle, which was fantastic. A little bit fruity and similar to a bread. Yum.
2. Beacons Beach
Before heading back down to central San Diego, three of us went to Beacons Beach in Leucadia (my friend lives across the street - cue jealousy). Since it was drizzly (June gloom is strong this year), we opted to stay perched on the cliffs and watch the surfers, taking in the sound of waves and the smell of salty ocean air. It was a perfect spot.
3. B Street Vet
Earlier last week, Walt was acting sick. I wasn't a big fan of the original vet that I'd been taking him to, so I hopped on over to B Street Vet per a friend's recommendation. This vet takes walk-ins and is open till 8 PM, so I didn't even have to miss work! Amazing! The entire staff was friendly and took good care of my kitty cat (who is feeling better!). While pricey (but aren't all vets?), these guys will become my main vet now. PS - did you know cats can stress shed? Well, now I (and my black jeans) know.
4. Race Cheering
Despite not being able to run, I still woke up at the crack of dawn to cheer on my friends at the Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon and Marathon this weekend (#runnerproblems). I absolutely love watching races - I love seeing my friends crush their goals and show off their hard work, I love to see how many people are united through running and I love to be a part of the contagious energy. What really made it special this weekend, though, was the amount of people who said they were running for me. I can't even begin to express how touched I am. So, thank you all. That's really what I need to hear. I'll leave it at that.
5. Queenstown Public House
Last week, I went to happy hour at Queenstown Public House in Little Italy for the first time. This repurposed house was adorable - I loved the fake clover ceiling in the room we sat in! I nommed on sliders and a wine flight. I repeat, a wine flight. Yum. Next up? Brunch.
6. Parks & Recreation
I've been binging on Parks & Rec for the second time, as Nick watches it for the first time. I honestly think it's even funnier the second time around.
On Sunday, I had a double date with two dear friends. We sat in their backyard and grilled burgers and hot dogs. When it got colder, we sat by a fire. It was the perfect evening. Plus, grilling reminds me of summer. There's something I love about it.
8. Spotify's Chillin' on a Dirt Road Playlist
I've been missing Nashville like crazy, so I've been listening to Spotify's "Chillin on a Dirt Road" playlist non-stop over the last two weeks. The playlist is filled with some of my favorite artists - Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Lee Brice and Eric Church. It's perfect to listen to during work - and for summer driving. Counting down the days until I'm back in Nashville!
9. Coola Sunscreen
I won an Instagram contest last week and received a big shipment of Coola Suncare Sport Stick sunscreen (SPF 50!)! This San Diego brand's products are organic and contain antioxidants and vitamins good for your skin. Typically, I'm a little too cheap to splurge on the brand, but I think I'm going to be hooked now with these sticks, particularly the tinted version! Safe sunning for me!
10. Criminal Podcast
I think I've mentioned a podcast on every Tuesday Ten...oops. I listen to a lot of them! My latest obsession is Criminal. Criminal is described as a true crime podcast, but it's much more than that. It's beautiful storytelling about the factors of people, time and place that lead to crime. The writing is beautiful and tells engaging stories about often forgotten perpetrators and victims alike.
What are you into this week?