That’s a Wrap on Summer…

I’ve failed miserably on writing new posts the last couple of weeks. I did not do book reviews for June (or July) and never finished sharing about our D.C. trip. I’ve been back to work for a week now and tomorrow the kids are back which means… summer is officially over. I knew it was going to go by quickly but what?! And for all those that say teachers get 3 months off, try 4 weeks (and yes, I realize most other occupations don’t even get this, but work with middle schoolers– and all other children– for eight hours everyday and you’ll understand why we earn it).

So instead of writing a post, I’m just going to share pictures from the rest of my time off. Hopefully a summer book review (may wait until the end of August) will be on the way soon, too. And here we go…

Here are some from the second half of our D.C. trip:

Kelley is getting married in less than ONE week and we celebrated by decorating cakes at Duff’s Cakemix in LA:

I visited Whitney in Boise where we hiked, vegged (finished The Handsmaid’s Tale.. highly recommend), did Pilates, did okay at trivia, and met my favorite, Joshua Radin (who signed my poster– along with Brandon Jenner– which will be going up in the apartment soon).

Michael and I moved! FINALLY! We are still getting settled in but so far, so good! I did a gallery wall above the couch and we also have a super awesome view!

And there was lots of exploring…

 

I’m already counting down til next summer!

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It’s Been a Good Year…

As my Facebook kindly reminded me this morning, I officially said goodbye to Arizona and moved back to California one year ago today. I know I seem to say it a lot in my posts, but this last year has probably been one of the best.

I was not happy in Arizona. I had a couple good friends (hi Tricia and Jolene!) but aside from that, I had no roots there.  I was there for six years and never really let myself establish anything because I knew I didn’t want to be there forever. My life there was really lonely– my family was in California, my boyfriend was across the country in Connecticut, and my best friends were either back home or in other states (this I am used to though!) I told my mom, time and time again, that I felt like life was just passing me by. I saw everyone moving forward in jobs, relationships, and just life in general, and I was still not even living where I wanted to. Everyone’s life seemed to be in this straight, easy path and mine had zigzagged all over, leaving me still somewhere I wasn’t happy to be.

 

I’ve spent the last year exactly where I want to be and with the people I longed to be with the most (minus some people are still in other states 😉 ). That zigzagging road finally took me right to where I wanted it to! Enjoy the picture overload of some of my favorite things from the past year.

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As Seen in LA

I grew up about 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles and until I moved here last May, I could count on two hands the number of times I had actually visited LA. Those visits were typically just for concerts or baseball games so the city was a whole new place to me when I moved here. I’ve had so much fun exploring the different areas and I have a feeling that there will always be new things to see. One of my favorite things so far about Los Angeles is finding random good words/quotes/murals/things (I don’t have a better description!) in the most random places:

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There is art on a lot of the utility boxes. This one is Downtown.

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This mural is in a restaurant Downtown. I do agree that Los Angeles has better weather than pretty much everywhere (ever).

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I’ve followed WRDSMTH on Instagram for awhile and was super excited the first time I spotted one of his things (still don’t know what to call them!) in LA. This one was after the finish line of a race my mom and I did.

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This Free Little Library is in the front yard of a house in South Pasadena. SO CUTE!

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I spotted these good words outside of a restaurant in Los Feliz.

What’s your favorite thing about the city you live in?