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21 May

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, huh? Well, only a week but for me that’s a long time and I was starting to have withdrawals.

First thing you should know is, I am possibly dying of respiratory infection coupled with laryngitis. That probably came off a bit dramatic but really it has been a bitch of a few days. I felt it come on Saturday while we were in Sedona vacationing with our friends. Yes, I got sick on vacation. I mean, really how rude, huh? I spent Saturday pretending I felt ok and downing vitamin C. By Sunday I had lost most of my voice and felt a heaviness in my chest that I knew was turning into a respiratory infection. By Monday I had no voice and felt horrible. It didn’t help that we were in the dry desert. Look it up…dry air is nooooo good for respiratory infections. There was one point on Monday that I honestly felt as if my throat was going to close up and I almost made Brian take me to the hospital for a breathing treatment. But, that sounded truly exhausting and I figured we would probably miss our flight home if we did that so instead I sucked it up and downed decongestants and boarded the plane. Luckily, I am still here to tell this story.  I woke up today, in the damp air of Marina del Rey, feeling a bit better, but still not 100 percent.
I did have a solid day and a half of fun before falling ill. One in which I used wisely by sitting by the pool with no sunscreen on. In turn I received the most ridiculous looking sunburn. It’s bad. It’s laughably bad, actually.
So, yeah, I’ve really come out strong the last few days.
I still want to share a few pictures of our trip with you guys though. Sedona is such a magical place. I am lucky that I will be back in August with a few of my favorite girls to celebrate my bachelorette!
the breathtaking view from our house

the breathtaking view from our house

the group on a hike

the group on a hike


prickly pear margarita’s… THE BEST


bri guy in a hot tub with his tecate

bri guy in a hot tub with his tecate

my favorite store in Sedona...the crystal store!

my favorite store in Sedona…the crystal store!


what boys do when they are drunk…run through the public golf course (and sprinklers) half naked. Sigh

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“Do you like my boots?”

17 Oct

A few years ago my mom and I were out for an afternoon full of shopping for fall clothing. Her big purchase for the day were new brown leather boots. She was smitten. In fact, she loved them so much that she wore them out of the store and spent the rest of the day talking about them. She kept admiring them and asking me, “Do you like my boots?” and I would tell her how much I loved them again and again and again. It became our little joke for the afternoon. Every time she would ask me we would laugh.

A few hours later we decided we wanted a frozen yogurt from Pinkberry. There was a huge line of people when we walked in, so we lined up and proceeded to wait. After a while I got a bored and wandered off to look at the Japanese tea pots for sale. My mom was so preoccupied with what Pinkberry flavor to choose that she didn’t notice me to disappear to the corner of the store.

As I was handling a tea-pot I saw her from the corner of my eye, turn to the woman behind her (thinking it was me) and with the goofiest grin on her face she kicked out one foot, made jazz hands towards her new boots as if she was unveiling Gandhi and said  “Do you like my boooots?!” with attitude.

My mouth dropped open in shock and then I burst out laughing. It was such a ridiculous scene. The woman behind her didn’t seem to find the situation as amusing. She looked at my mother terrified (I mean clearly my mother appeared bat shit crazy!) and meekly replied “Yes, they’re very nice”. My mom went with it and said thanks, she didn’t even attempt to explain herself to the woman. Suffice to say we left Pinkberry rather quickly after that.

To this day, my mother and I still find this moment funny. When one of us is wearing boots we reenact the scene and laugh. So when I put on my snazzy my new hiking boots on Saturday for a seven mile hike, I kept kicking my foot out and asking Brian if he “liked my boots”.

Then I made him take this picture to send to my mother. It. Never. Gets. Old.


24 Sep

Today was a beautiful day in Sedona! We hiked to Devils Bridge…soooooo hot but soooooo worth it:)


20 Sep

What a fun but draining few weeks! Since returning from Tassajara I have tried to sit down and write about my experience but I have felt major blockage! Well, first I blame the nasty cold I came home with and now I blame writers block. I sit down and nothing. Totally frustrating. It has been so hard for me to compile my thoughts about the experience! How do you bottle an experience like that?  My time there still feels like a dream. Considering, I went through such a range of emotions in 6 days…I probably needed more time to decompress than I originally thought. Anyways, I am working very hard at compiling my thoughts clearly so I can give you a feeling for Tassajara. Tomorrow I have the whole afternoon free and all I am going to do is write!

Let’s see what else has been on my mind…I’m getting excited for our trip to Sedona this weekend. It should be a relaxing couple of days of doing nothing other than eating, reading, drinking and hiking. Not in that order necessarily but you catch my drift:) Below I included my two favorite pictures from last year’s trip!