monterey and big sur

i am not so good at giving gifts. they stress me out. it’s just not my love language. for example, poor tyler got three shirts for his birthday, two of which were just…. gray t-shirts.

since he was turning 30 this year, i had to redeem myself somehow, so i did what i do best. i planned a surprise trip! i told him to get a friday off work and not to scheduleanything for the weekend. he tried to guess where we were going all month long, but i wouldn’t give any clues. i’m a jerk, what can i say.

we packed some bags, i was completely vague on what he should bring, we loaded up the car early friday morning and i drove west… totally throwing him off the trail of where we were going until we pulled into a park n jet! at airport security i gave him his boarding pass right before we had to hand them to security. i had toyed with the idea of blindfolding him and making him wear headphones the entire flight, but figured TSA would not be so keen on my charade.

so anyway, we ended up in san francisco! but that wasn’t our destination. once we got there we loaded up a rental car and proceeded down the coast to one of my favorite places in california- monterey. DSC_0218we spent the long weekend exploring monterey and big sur. it is the most beautiful country. there’s greenery and crashing waves on the beaches and tide pools and oak trees. and seafood and sunsets. my perfect vacation.

neither of us had ever been to big sur, so we drove that stretch of the pacific 1 that morning and saw all the beautiful vistas, climbed trees, and hiked around for more views. it was amazing! i took a lot of photos and tried to narrow them down, it clearly didn’t work. so here are a bunch of them

here are two of the great views- the first one is the most photographed spot in big sur with a waterfall going directly into the ocean, and the other is the view from the 17 mile drive.

a couple more on the ocean at 17 mile drive, and a photo i took of the coastline from high up in a tree.

point lobos state park is a great stop on the big sur circuit. lots of easy hiking around and pretty overlooks. and! you can’t forget the lone cyprus, which we are pictured with above… even if it is just a kind of overrated tree being held up by stilts and wires so it doesn’t fall over and die.

sunset in carmel, two goons freezing during said sunset on the beach, and more point lobos park.


we had a great trip! up until tyler almost made us miss our flight home because he drove the wrong way over the bay bridge instead of towards the airport because he was too excited to play a song he knew that mentioned the bay bridge instead of watching the navigation. it’s cool. i mean what’s a good trip without a little drama?

EDIT TO ADD: after reading this post, tyler informed me that i didn’t add enough detail to the bay bridge debacle. for instance, the song was called, “jungle” by andre nickatina. and he was feeling the music so much that he was completely oblivious to the fact that we were going the wrong way until our time to destination had doubled. and we had to wait in traffic for 45 minutes in order to pay a toll to cross the bridge again, this time going in the right direction. and we hemmed and hawed about whether or not we should just make a break for it and go through the auto toll lane and get fined instead of waiting in line… and how when we finally got the car back to the rental place, the gas tank was completely empty and we basically threw the keys at the rental car guy, grabbed our bags, and ran to the gate. thanks for jogging my memory, tyler.

march 2018

and i think a couple pics from february, too.

like these ones. i feel like i didn’t even get around to looking at my photos from spain until march, so here’s a couple more.

here are two pics that really encompass february and march fun times!!!!! me shoveling snow in my pajamas and tyler and i brushing our teeth in our matching shirts. our bathroom isn’t big enough for both of us to brush standing side by side, so maybe i had one foot in the bathtub in this pic or something. who knows.

contrary to popular belief, i still have a couple friends! here we are at the wedding of the century!! britni and clayton got married in march, and it was great. brit is one of my oldest and best friends and i am so happy for her. we both met our now-husbands on tinder the same summer (lol) so i have been invested in this relationship from the get-go. tyler is happy that i finally have a friend who is married to someone with a dirtbike.

aaaaand nurse friends going to see matinees on weekdays! haha. honestly the best friends a nurse can have are other nurse friends with the same whacked out schedule. we both use the same nurse scheduling app so we can see when each other are off and i live for the afternoons when i get the “what are you doing i’m bored” texts.

oh look, we are eating things. my mom sent theeee best peanut butter cookies from boise in our birthday package, and here we are sampling them… i don’t know. i find some pretty strange photos on my phone. the second is us and a nutella ice cream cone…. so good… if you’re in salt lake looking to upgrade from your mcdonald’s soft serve, normal ice cream in trolley square will do it for you. and then next we have toast. hummus, hard boiled egg, caper. toast is the best food. try it.

work. i’m still a nurse. here i am hiding in the bathroom away from my crazy patients and the call lights. with bunny ears because i am festive and it was easter sunday. aaaand guess what? i am finally on day shift! i will sort of miss these sunrises greeting me after a complete crap shift. they always gave me some semblance of hope.

and then march meant one thing- birthdays! i turned 27 and tyler turned the big 3-0. we didn’t take a single photo together but i did get some pics of him eating, so i guess that’s something. we went to hamachi for his birthday and provisions for mine. i spent my day not working (!!! woo hoo) and just going to the gym and catching up with friends. for tyler’s birthday i concocted a birthday surprise trip i will talk about in another post. the best birthday gift though for me was a letter from elder ball!

and that was march. looking forward to spring’s actual debut, getting outside, and sleeping normal hours.

may 2017

in may i was really feeling the spring spirit so i did everything i could to plant things and grow my own garden. it…. kind of worked? lindsay helped me pick things out and plant em, then it was my job to kill about 1/3 of them… one day it will work! also that last one of tyler just made me laugh really hard.

speaking of tyler, he finally found his calling in life! i know this because he comes home and lays on the ground and falls asleep before he can take off his boots. also here’s a picture of a pizza. lavash pizzas forever!! they look fancy and they take 10 minutes. my freshman roommate friends got together with all the babies. holy crap they have a lot of kids. cute ones, too. aaaaaand tyler was just really proud of the top knot he had crafted, so we had to snap a pic for our progeny. twinners!

one weekend i went home with britni while tyler went on a biking trip with his brothers. it was great to be in boise in the spring! llamas and hiking in the GREEN foothills was so great.

aaaaand a cool storm from my hike at ensign peak and some hammock time on a sunday afternoon. after a long winter of too much snow it was just nice to be outside. also this photo of tyler looking real uncomfortable in his hammock makes me laugh so hard but idk maybe it’s because i am writing this at 4 am.

and! here’s a couple pics from our saturday trip to red butte garden and a couple other utah museums. the flowers were pretty but the best part was just walking around with tyler and actually feeling the SUN!!!!! ps don’t let my pale skin blind you.

april 2017

april was great. my family came to visit for my cousin’s wedding, and kourtni got engaged to grant. it’s always great to see them, even if its just for an afternoon.

i did my best all month to try to will spring, but alas… it snowed. there were some gloomy outdoor runs, but seeing the green made me hopeful!!! also how pretty is city creek canyon in the spring?? so green, i feel lucky to live so close by. another thing i feel thankful for? anita and spitz!!! so happy to have my food buddy in town for an afternoon

tyler and i celebrated our one year of being together! time flies. we went to get gelato at the same place as our first date, dolcetti gelato. what a year it has been. i convinced tyler to buy a bike, so we rode all around town… and up a lot of hills. that’s what we get for living on capitol HILL i guess. the name doesn’t lie.

tyler also spent a lot of time wishing he had a garage. after two months of sleeping on a full size bed and waking up with numb extremities, we finally upgraded to a queen size bed and tyler built us a frame. look how soundly tyler is sleeping in the big bed! 😉 he also worked a lot on a motorcycle that ended up getting stolen from our yard. sigh… the joys of garage-less city living. speaking of garages, we ate lunch at the garage and WOW the funeral potatoes were unbelievable!! and double fisted diet cokes!

for easter, we went to boise to see my family. hiking, sightseeing, and fish and chips were apparently the highlights. we also we conned a primary child into taking our photo outside of church with my mom. good job, kid!


kelsey’s wedding


one of the coolest parts about college has been seeing my friends meet their significant other and end up getting married to them. witnessing the whole shebang is pretty satisfying. gotta love love! kelsey, one of my best friends and old roommate for 3/4 of my years at byu, and mark got married on april 27. the whole day was perfect. the bride was drop dead gorgeous, the food was pretty wonderful, and i got the chance to whip out my new lens 🙂

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congrats, you two! you’re perfect.

familial gatherings

hey, april.  let’s cut to the chase, shall we? let’s get to the 23rd as quickly as we can so i can be DONE WITH FINALS and DONE WITH MY CLASSES okay? thanks.

so last week my family came into town, and actually the only proof they were actually here is in photos i took with my phone. it came and went so quickly that i have had a hard time convincing myself it actually did, in fact, happen. we had fun, though. we always do. here’s some photos of just what went down.

photo 5kourtni got her senior photos taken, and what a sight we were, i’m sure, running around downtown provo with this girl, following her with with cameras and reflecting devices, old chairs, and outfit changes. she’s model material, i tell ya!

photo 1another day, we went prom dress shopping for the girls and they each found their own power dress. the universe actually smiled down upon us and the hunt was quite quick and painless, if you can believe it. they’re so cool. also, my dad really got into it.

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vscocam200i guess you could just call family in town the ball’s food crawl, because that is what we spent a good amount of time doing. we hit up happy sumo for sushi for lunch one day, and my grandma took to spearing her vegas roll with one chopstick and dousing the entire roll with soy sauce. my mom blamed a sick stomach on an extra large piece of raw tuna. payton said top ramen was better than the noodles he ate. my dad finished his roll, looked up at us all and said, “that was great…. now where do you want to go eat for dinner? i want pizza.” and now you know why i am how i am.

photo 2so we went to pizza. nicolitalias, to be exact and it is preeeeeeeetty delicious i must add. we were all busting at the buttons, but the creamery called later that night, and i changed lives by introducing my mother to graham canyon. also, i didn’t eat anything thanks to me giving up sugar for lent. that was dumb.photo-2

other things happened, too. we watched walking dead together and cried over merle. we ate cheddar pretzels in the car and talked about our trip to hawaii. my mom held mason and got baby hungry. (sorry mom. no babiez pls) they visited my apartment and ate all of my roommate’s cadbury mini eggs. the weather cooperated. it was quite nice.photo 3

and then just as they’d come, they left back to boise and i wished i could have gone, too. not having a spring break is the pits, ya here?

thanks for the visit, familia!

a review of march (quick and painless)



this month was in like a lion, out like a drugged lion, and fast as a cheetah. as far as the monthly theme goes…. i think MIDTERMS. would probably suffice. lots of tests, papers, and cramming happened this month. also, presentations. read on! 1

hawaii shape up is in full force… which basically means i just go to the gym on friday nights to lift heavy things. totally normal. // this was my first outdoor run of the season when i decided to break up with winter. // my lunch in the RB every monday and wednesdsay. also, i get weirdly self conscious when people ask me what i’m eating// this picture was taken as i was leaving work…. AKA it was STILL BRIGHT OUTSIDE! my soul smiled. thank you daylight savings


this month i got the opportunity to present at an inquiry conference put on by BYU and i presented about my project in spain. i was sufficiently terrified, but thanks to a little retail therapy and my nerd glasses i got through it. also, no one showed up but my mentor…. but then again, maybe i should have actually invited people? // my thursday grocery shopping haul. THOSE MARVIN’S CRACKERS are crystal meth good. // guys, mark this day in history that i successfully made spanish tortilla. and it was really good! i think pilar would have been proud. // just those little ragamuffin cuties i read to on thursdays. they always ask me if i have my phone to play with. mostly i lie and tell them it is dead. 4

kourtni got her senior pictures taken. she was WORKING THAT CAMERA. what a babe// here’s my cute family waiting for our sushi. lindsay got bacon sushi. typical. // this is how my grandma eats her vegas roll. not pictured: dousing the entire thing with soy sauce. //me and payton. he always tells me to stop taking pictures… but this one is evidence that he totally likes it. 5

my best girl kelsey is getting married. she fainted at her dress fitting. // i made waffles. they weren’t as delicious as they look, unfortunately. // we learned how to check for breast cancer. it was hilarious and well, hilarious. for my birthday i told my friend i wanted to have a cheese tasting AKA just buy many blocks and wheels of cheese (actually pieces out of the 1.99 or less bin at sprouts. let’s be honest here) and eat them with things. WE FEASTED. herbed goat cheese, wisconsin sharp cheddar, queso fresco (probably made in a bathtub. thx shane), sweet pepper cream cheese, brie…. for half an hour my life was complete. we ate it all with awesome crackers and dried fruit, nuts, apples…. guys. it was off the hook. 6

and maybe after being sophisticated with our cheese we went and hit flaming golf balls into utah lake. actually i hid under a blanket because it was FA-REEZING. // more sushi. haters gonna hate.// i made lingerie cookies for my friend’s bridal shower. sometimes i frost cookies for three hours. // kourtni’s favorite pastime is stealing my phone and taking approx 1.6 thousand pictures of herself. so, i figured at least one should be displayed.


with it being lent and all, i gave up sugar for all month. during easter this bowl of cadbury mini eggs just would NOT LEAVE ME ALONE and just when all the eggs would be gone… somebody would fill it up again! let’s just say i ate my fair share of it come easter sunday. // OMG spring is here and i like being able to finally see the blue sky // just a creeptastic picture of me at the end of the month. // on sundays i like to take a little walk and listen to a podcast or two… usually dealing with moms and kids. i’m weird. this last sunday as i was walking along i saw this on the sidewalk and it made my day. “timshel” means “thou mayest” and is a HUUUUUGE theme of my fave book, east of eden. basically in a nutshell it means that you control your life and the way you’re going to live regardless of circumstance. at least that’s what it means to me… i suggest you pick up a copy and fall in weird love with adam and HATE CATHY. anyway, seeing this made miss the summer and reading and emily scoggin. also, i put this picture of insta and NO ONE LIKED IT therefore i guess i am alone in my love of literature namely this book.

as far as other things, i’m currently…..

reading: this article on living with less  kind of extreme for me, but i dig it.

watching: walking dead. SEASON FINALE! 

listening to:the one and only justin timberlake 20/20 experience. so good & full of subliminal drug refs.  

eating: too mush shushi! also, KALE. BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

hope you’re having a good april, ya’ll.