Currently – v.07 {2015}

Being Suki

Family PhotoLoving life and how I’ve been spending my days lately. There’s a sweet blend of indoor, outdoor, alone, and social time. Some weeks seem crazier than others, while others I’m just cooped up at home, doing my thing.

This is my life in the mid-30s.

I celebrated a birthday recently, and I feel incredibly lucky to have great people in my life. Some of them went out to a local bar on a Tuesday night to hang out with me and everyone else I know. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve managed to host birthday parties at bars without waking up the next morning wrecked. I drank plenty but didn’t overdo it. *phew*

Loathing everything that is wrong with the world. Inequality. The fact that human trafficking exists even now. The increasing disparity between the classes in San Francisco. The rising costs of healthcare. The list is longer than that, but still there is hope for change. For the issues that I cannot personally affect change, there’s always supporting the organizations and individuals who dedicate themselves and their work to it.

A few days ago, thanks to The Human Rights Foundation and Spark, I had the opportunity to meet Yeonmi Park, the woman who escaped from North Korea and is now telling her story to the world. Her book “In Order to Live” came out recently and gives a glimpse of her life and the lives of many living in North Korea.

Feeling motivated. I’ve started coding! First, I went to a Ruby on Rails workshop. It was only a few hours for two evenings, but it gave me a taste of what coding might be like. Now, I’m working through the modules of Free Code Camp. In February, I am heading to Bali (!!!) with Institute of Code to learn how to make responsive websites. I am hoping to offset the program costs by finding business and charity sponsors who would want me to help them make a website during the program. I am also trying to convince a few friends to come along to learn too!

CurrentlyWatching my spending, especially if this coding thing sticks!

Working and trying hard to save.

Wishing for more discipline on completing projects that I start!

Looking forward to our upcoming trip to Mexico City. Hurricane Patricia is about to hit the coast of Mexico, and even though they’ve called it the “strongest hurricane ever recorded,” I am hoping that the damage won’t be so terrible. Evacuation has already started, but I will be on the lookout for relief efforts once they begin.

What are you currently up to?


Scenes from the Weekend : Fleet Week 2015

Life in SF

October in San Francisco has always been beautiful, and this past weekend was no different. After spending Saturday afternoon volunteering for Meals on Wheels Fallfest and only catching small glimpses of the Blue Angels from Justin Herman Plaza, we decided it would be fun to check out the festivities on Sunday.

It’s been quite a few years since Ryan and I have headed to the waterfront for the airshow. Our last documented Fleet Week outing was in 2008.

Fleet Week

With wine and snacks in hand, we showed up at the Montgomerys’ doorstep. With a rooftop deck, they’ve got a prime viewing spot for anything and everything in that corner of the city. We laid some picnic blankets down, grabbed our wine and beer, and enjoyed the show with some techno blaring from a neighboring rooftop in the background.

Fleet Week
Behind Ghirardelli Square

Fleet Week
Close-up of Fat Albert

Unfortunately, Karl the Fog was showing his lovely face pretty early on, so the Blue Angels weren’t doing their full show of terrifying stunts. Less crisscrossing and flying straight for each other or for the Golden Gate Bridge and more of flying together. Better to be safe!

Fleet Week
Fat Albert in the Fog

Fleet Week
Close-up of a Blue Angel

Fleet Week
Such precision!

Fleet Week
View of the Blue Angels with an Alcatraz Island backdrop

The highlight of our weekend was, of course, the company and being able to enjoy time and perfect weather with them!


Dog-friendly Bodie {#TruLoveIs}

Around California, Partners, The Animals

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Dog-Friendly Bodie

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#TruLoveIs planning trips where we can be dog-inclusive! Not only do we get to spend more time with our pup, we also save money on doggie daycare. However, it’s more for the first reason than the second because many hotels charge an additional fee for pets, so money isn’t really the issue at that point.

While reading up on Bodie State Historic Park earlier in the year, we saw that leashed dogs are welcome so we included our pup in our trip planning!

Fresca enjoying the views near the campground

We picked out Paradise Shores, a dog-friendly campground {doggie shower and play area included!} in nearby Bridgeport. They love dogs and don’t charge extra for them!

The elevation must have gotten to Fresca because when we were trying to set up our tent in super windy conditions, she just sat there patiently waiting rather than getting all up in our business. The elevation only bothered me on our second day as we were on our way home.

Once we were all set up and finished with traipsing through Bodie at night, she crossed “spend a night in a tent” off her bucket list {because of course she would have one}!

Dog-friendly Bodie

Dogs are welcome at Bodie State Historic Park as long as they are on leash and their owners pick up after them. There are a few buildings that they are not allowed to enter, such as the museum and the stamp mill, but that’s fewer than a handful. It makes sense since there are artifacts on display and interiors in “arrested decay” being preserved.

Fresca enjoyed the sights and smells and didn’t seem turned off by the ghosts. A few wild animals did catch her nose a few times, and she was tempted to run after what was rustling in the shrubs. Thankfully, she was mostly well-behaved and cooperated with us on our photo shoots.

Dog-friendly Bodie
Chilling in front of the museum

Dog-friendly Bodie

#TruLoveIs maintaining your pup’s routines, even when on the road. We are incredibly blessed that Fresca is flexible in terms of being able to travel with us. She adjusts and adapts to new environments because we take the time to familiarize her with new surroundings. We also try to bring some comforts of home along, like a favorite blanket, toy, and of course, her favorite – food and snacks!

Dog-friendly Bodie

Can’t wait for our next adventure together!


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Dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea

Around California, The Animals

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a tiny one square mile town with a reputation for being one of the most dog-friendly places in the country. Located on the coast off Highway 1 just south of Monterey, it makes a great weekend getaway from the San Francisco Bay Area, especially for those who want to bring their pooches along.

We drove down to Carmel for a birthday weekend for Ryan. One of his “wishes” was to spend time with the pup, so he got to spend time with her AND enjoy time away from home.

Where To Sleep

We stayed at the dog-friendly Hofsas House Hotel during our Carmel-by-the-Sea trip. For more than six decades, the Theis family has treated guests to their Bavarian-inspired rooms and hospitality. Each room is spacious and uniquely decorated. We also loved that Hofsas House is so conveniently located – just steps from the main drag of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Hofsas House
Outside of the Hofsas House office

Fresca also appreciated the warm welcome. For those interested in bringing their pups with them to Hofsas House, there is a small pet fee.

Hofsas House
Doggie welcome package!

Where To Eat

Upon check-in, we were provided with a few maps of the area. On both, dog-friendly spots are marked, so you know where you’re welcome. While we didn’t invite Fresca along for every meal over the weekend, she got to tag along when we had dinner at Tarpy’s in Monterey. They have a dog menu (printed, laminated, the works!), so we ordered Fresca her very own dinner – a grilled “Doggie Delight Burger.”

Where’s my food?

She was pretty excited about that and beat us in the dinner gobbling race.

Ready to gobble!

Where To Drink

Carmel’s tasting rooms are all within a few blocks of each other and are all dog-friendly. Some are right on the street while others are tucked away in hidden courtyards. Many participate in the Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea Wine Tasting Passport program, which is a self-paced, self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms. By purchasing the passport, you gain access to nine tastings at the fourteen participating wineries.

Wine Tasting in dog-friendly Carmel

During our weekend, we shared tastings and stopped by Alexander-Smith, Dawn’s Dream, De Tierra Vineyards, Galante Vineyards, and Scheid Wines. Chardonnay and Pinot is the specialty of the area since the grapes are grown in nearby Santa Lucia Highlands, Carmel Valley, and the Monterey and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Dog-friendly Carmel
Fresca made herself at home at each of the tasting rooms we visited

Passports can either be purchased online, at the Carmel Visitor Center, or even through some of the accommodations in the area. Since the passport does not expire, we have a few more tastings to enjoy the next time we are in the area.

Where To Explore

Dog-friendly Carmel
Fresca intrigued by the sights and sounds of Mission Trail Park

Mission Trail Nature Preserve and Park is a fantastic spot for an easy hike. It is Carmel’s largest park spanning 35 acres with five miles of trails for exploring. We parked at the Mountain View Avenue entrance and walked all the way to the Carmel Mission on the other side of the park. Fresca enjoyed taking a peek at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo from the outside.

Dog-friendly Carmel
Outside of the Carmel Mission

And as always, Carmel Beach City Park is a favorite.

Dog-friendly Carmel
Fresca exploring the tidepools

Disclosure: Thanks to Hofsas House Hotel for hosting our weekend in dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea. All opinions expressed here are my own.


See Bodie : Ghost Town at Night

Around California, Travel

Bodie at Night

Bodie State Historic Park has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time. I think the first time I heard about it was from a news article that Ryan shared with me about a ranger who spent the winter months in this isolated place. While the state historic park is open in the winter, the high elevation and unpredictable weather makes it a less than desirable place to visit during that time. So like most visitors, we made a trip during a warmer month (low 50s, high 40s at night).

Bodie at Night

For three nights in the year, Bodie State Historic Park is open to the public until 10pm in the evening. The Bodie Foundation offers a special program for the evening – a walking ghost tour of the town, a ghost tour of the Old Stamp Mill, and star stories with an astronomer. The park’s normal operating hours are 9am to 6pm, which means we get four extra hours to explore the ghost town and take photos.

Ryan recently bought me a new camera with a fancy lens, timing his purchase for right before our Bodie trip, so I took the opportunity to refresh my memory on aperture, ISO, and shutter speed concepts. I’d taken a few newbie DSLR photography classes (several because I would forget to use the newly acquired skills), so it was time to take that camera out of automatic mode.

Bodie at Night

Bodie at Night

Bodie at Night

Bodie at Night

Definitely needs practice, but I’m pleased with what I was able to capture. I’m most proud of that last photo there. 10pm rolled around fairly quickly, so I took some more practice shots of the night sky back at our campsite.

Even though only 10% remains of the town that was booming back in the late 1800s, we didn’t make it to all of the buildings. Bodie at night is beautiful, and I’m hoping to visit again!