california

july 2017

more hiking more travel more work!

and a bigger electricity bill thanks to the necessity of an a/c unit on nearly 24/7.

we started off the month with a trip to santa barbara for the 4th of july. we spent time with family at the beach, took the boat out on the high seas, hiked around, ate great food, and relished in the 70 degree temperatures.

like… can we move here?

when we got back, my off work days were spend hiking with my parents, friends, tyler… some conglomeration. anyone i can drag to the mountains with me, i will. like… are you sick of all these mountain vistas yet? this particular one was sunset peak near alta. and let me tell you… banana bread on a summit is hard to beat! so are the wildflowers.

food wise, i just have to brag about the PEPPER i grew. yes, one, singular. hoping for more. also we eat so much fake mexican food i’ve made up, it’s a good thing we like random conglomerations of beans, eggs, corn, avocado, and plantains. oh, and here’s a shoutout to kodiak cake mix and our waffle iron. best wedding money purchase!!!

another hike! this time to red pine lake. it was a toughie!

here’s some pics of us being zen and sweaty doing yoga at the capitol. please notice tyler’s immaculate form… and headband.

most weekends are spent trying to escape the heat. one sunday we went up to brighton and saw a couple moose! i live for those 60 degree summer night temps!

and kourtni’s bridal shower! she gets married in a couple weeks, and it was fun to see all her byu friends in one place. living in utah definitely has its perks AKA all the parties generally come to YOU.

and here’s a blurry pic of the one thing i was looking forward to all summer! portugal. the man in concert at red butte garden. it was good, but i was hoping it would be a sitting concert, and it wasn’t. i thought i could count on the people with the tommy bahama lounge chairs sitting in front of us to stay seated the whole time, but no such luck. does this make me old? that i want to sit at a concert?? probably.

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sheesh guys, i am all caught up! can you believe it? hope you enjoyed these blurry selfies! thanks for your time! catch ya later!

 

engagement photos

this is just a selection of some of our engagement photos, i’m sure people are sick of seeing them. and if you want MORE go here

we went to a lot of cool locations for our photos, including the santa barbara courthouse, the mission, and the beach. and, of course, it rained the day we were scheduled to shoot. in santa barbara! where it rains like, maybe 7 days a year. i was a basket case of nerves with frizzy hair, but whatever, it worked.

35 days to go!

oh wait- i went to LA

so before the impending radio silence that comes with school starting, i give you one final trip of the summer.

los angeles!

one of my good friends from the byu days is now a super cool photo assistant (almost main personal assistant! boss lady!) for a photographer in LA, and i guess as she now knows, and so all of you for the future living in cool places know, when you tell me to “come visit anytime!” i take you up on your offers. (also a hat tip to allegiant for having 40$ fares to LA from boise- i mean, you never know if you’re actually going to make it with that airline, but hey, when it goes off without a hitch, you forget about all the horror stories!) 

i arrived on a thursday, and in true good hostess brooke fashion, we had a full weekend of things planned. she had made lists and agendas and schedules with variations, heavy on the vegan restaurants and NOT VEGAN dessert places (she knows me). she also chartered me a ride from the airport by one of her friends who works from home, and she conned him into hanging out with me for hours while she was on a shoot. bless them all, really.

so we toured around and saw the cool parts of the city; the tar pits and the iconic lamp posts (pictured here) at the LACMA, hollywood, beverly hills, etc. we also went to the hollywood bowl for a really amazing concert by the LA philharmonic (right??) where there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and i was in heaven eating my takeout pad thai under the stars, enjoying everything from bach to bluegrass. (no i didn’t think that up, that was the name of the show. it was a little heavy on the bach and lacking in the bluegrass though, IMO. more banjos! more mandolins!).

also that ice cream? salt and straw creamery; they are based out of portland, but they have a few locations in LA now and it was wonderful. they have quirky flavors, like this avocado and strawberry. it was so good.  

i don’t care where it is, if there are palm trees, i am way into it.

the venice canals. in previous LA trips, i’ve only ever gone to the venice beach boardwalk, which is kind of filthy and mostly just medical marajuana shops, so going inland to the neighborhood to see the canals was so juxtaposed! new life goals include a house off dell ave!

LA is just so…. LA. this is us on hollywood blvd eating froyo that is actually pressed juice masquerading as froyo? it is some weird health-crazed inception. some of it tasted like the aftertaste of vomit, but you do that kind of stuff because healthy and trendy. also, we ate it next to a soulcycle studio where there was a dog outside drinking out of a five dollar water bottle. also, a sign above our heads warned us that sitting on the bench meant we could be filmed without consent for a new series called, “sweat in the city”. have i checked off all the LA stereotypes yet??

so i had the bright idea of hiking up the hollywood sign, because HELLO hiking. i brought a heat wave to the city, so we did this hike in 104 degree weather, so if you were wondering why we are holding our water bottles like they’re academy awards, well it is because we managed to forget water, and the park rangers saved us with these free water bottles. bless you.

behind the LA sign! guys it is pretty up there, but a million degrees and hello smog city.

brunch at TOAST. even if the food ended up just being a bit “meh”, i’m a sucker for a good stuffed bananas foster french toast. and crispy potatoes.

hi hollywood, again. 

a few more photos from the venice beach boardwalk, contemplating getting a medical marijuana consultation or some undies that say “brian’s b*tch” … hehhhhh

oh! left lower- that line we are standing in? upright citizens’ brigade. for those not familiar, this is a comedy show with a troupe of hilarious people, some you might know if you’re into the likes of amy poehler. no, she wasn’t there the night we went, but the guy from baby mama who plays the husband in the gay couple who cries and says, “it’s just gonna be me and two fatties!!” definitely was, and he was hilarious. and if you’re wondering about that obscure reference, well, i do not apologize. the show was hilarious. improv forever!

we went to the getty villa, which is a fancy house museum on a hill. it was pretty and i was obsessed with the pictured floor, mosaic, architecture, and groping. i mean, hey when the sign says PLEASE TOUCH and there are exposed breasts, i mean what are we supposed to do? 

mo getty, mo groping. 

and then we went to the beach! santa monica, to be precise. geez there are a lot of people down there. i guess they all know something we don’t- oh! that CALIFORNIA IS AMAZING. also, the pacific highway is the real deal. 

we brought a cooler of fruit and sandwiches from bay cities, a deli near the beach touting a million cool foods and a million crazy shoppers. my sandwich was pretty good, but the favorite for me was the sign above the line for pick up sandwiches warning customers, “DO NOT ASK WHEN YOUR SANDWICH WILL BE READY. IT WILL BE DONE WHEN IT IS ON THIS SHELF”. fair enough. before my red eye flight back to dc, we hit up the getty museum just in time for sunset. geez, that place! it lovely and modern with clean lines and class. basically, it is everything that i am not. also, there was a big pink moon we got to watch rise up over the city and let me tell you, it was really something.

two of my favorite works; jesus coming into brussels, which i am pretty sure was supposed to be satire, but whatever i like the colors. also, van gogh. ANYTHING van gogh. this one was of lillies he painted in the courtyard of his rehab center. he didn’t intend for this to a work, but more of a sketch. ARTISTS, I TELL YA!

one more of getty at sunset. this one didn’t really bring in the instagram likes. WOMP WOMP WOMP 😉

anyway, believe it or not, all this stuff and all this food was eaten in less than about fifty hours, and all made possible thanks to brooke and her big blow up mattress.

now…. who am i coming to visit next?

down in the bay pt 3.

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on our last day in california we headed to monterey to check out the town, ride bikes along the 17 mile drive, and ooh and awe at the ocean and larger than life estates that pop up everywhere. oh! and we ate deli sandwiches at a grocery store that turned out to be some of the best in my life. also that tree up there is the lone cypress, AKA the longest living tree in the whole place… so naturally we tree posed next to that lonely tree out there. and the asian tourists gathered and snapped some pics. DSC_0047 DSC_0057 DSC_0060 DSC_0063 DSC_0065 DSC_0067

and then we had a bonfire in santa cruz! shane’s family has a secret beach down on the coast, and in the pitch blackness thanks to no moon and all thanks to iphone flashlight and headlamps, we made it to the cliff and literally had to sort of repel and scale that cliff to get down to our spot below. it was hairy… but totally worth it! let me tell you! after we’d set up camp we explored the tide pools and found all sorts of marine-y things like crabs and starfish, sea anemones and FLIES. my cool friends who live in coastal regions taught me how to grab crabs, roast em, and eat em! coolest experience ever. however does this make me a…. hunter? (shudder).

and as quickly as we dove into the fun, it was over and time to go back to utah. back to dry heat and sno cone shacks, back to work and reality. but really… this was one of the top ten weekends on my life thanks to cool friends who like adventures and experiences. i rate a trip by the goodness of the friends, the food, and the laughs. our little californian gaunt housed them all. this is what life is all about, folks!

down in the bay pt 1.

remember when allegiant totally messed up on our flight to hawaii during round one? well, the airline sent some vouchers for flights and whatnot, so i jumped right on that and automatically purchased a flight to san francisco to visit one of my pals, shane. can i take a minute to brag about shane for a minute? he’s a really good egg. when he found out i was coming, he made perfect itineraries, took us to all the best places to eat, and navigated the city and our other day trips like a CHAMP. plus his family is the best for letting us crash with them for the weekend. usually on vacations the red side of my personality really kicks it in full force and i take charge of maps, directions, and urban spoon recommendations (diana you feel me). however, this time shane took the reigns and i pleasantly resigned my position as crazy control freak. it was nice to be led around and told what to do for once!

anyway, we were there 3 days so naturally we are dragging this series out into three different posts. and go.

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shane picked us up and took us to treasure island for a good lookout of the city. and it is safe to say that we sort of forgot what anything under 95 degrees feels like. (aka we were cold)DSC_1135IMG_5207

for lunch we hit up galette 88, a restuarant that has the best buckwheat crepes ever. wow. mine was full of caramelized onions and mushrooms along with mozzarella and asiago cheese. wow. will be making these soon.

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after eating we headed out to see the sights along the water… you know, fisherman’s wharf, pier 39, the ferry building, ghirradeli square (free chocolate!) and the oxygen bar, of course. IMG_5224

brooke had always wanted to try this place out and couldn’t stop talking about it. i took one whiff of the oxygen coming off that thing and wanted to gag, so i left her to her “oxygen” and explored a little myself. she says she felt a hundred times better when everything was said and done… i say THE PLACEBO EFFECT AT ITS FINEST.IMG_5237

when shane got off work he took us to see the sights! lombard street, then mrs. doubtfire’s house (well, on the second try. he took us to one house, brooke looked it up, and sure enough. we were at the wrong house. GOOD TRY!) next we went to the painted ladies AKA full house houses! i had this great idea of taking a picnic-y picture, and when i told the guy taking the picture what we wanted, he told me he had some beers in his backpack if we wanted to have them. OF COURSE WE DID! i feel like they really enhance the photo, right? IMG_5239

one of my musts was bi-rite creamery for salted caramel ice cream. i didn’t dissapoint. neither did eating it in dolores park and getting offered illicit drugs for the first time of the night. DSC_1150

we spent the night eating burgers in castro, getting obscene shaped macaroons at hot cookie (lets just say that once you go black you don’t go back 😉 and then headed to see the sutro baths and hike around in the caves, see the views of the city at the COIT tower, and then check out haight ashbury.
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we don’t know what this means, but it is probably something drug related, seeing as we once again got offered more goods right after the shutter clicked. DSC_1157

i call this one the ghost of haight ashbury.
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and the bay bridge! the lights flicker all night, kind of reminiscent of the eiffel tower. but really not at all.

such a great day in the city! san fran, we like you.