Silver Linings

Hello Friends!

SO Pre-Cana wasn’t terrible…can’t help but thinking since we’re on the west coast we got a more laid back version!! The grounds, the lunch they provided, and the dinner we had at Flea St. Cafe afterwards were all lovely so even though I wasn’t thrilled about this weekend, all and all we had a good time!!! Phil and I couldn’t believe we found such a gem of a restaurant hidden in what seemed like a very nondescript section of Menlo Park…from the cocktails to the culinary treats, the meal was a delight!!!! photo 2(3)On a different note, my bike was stolen 😦 ! Yep, from right outside my window some crazy crackhead jacked my ride to and from work 😦 BUT with the help of the amazing man I get to spend the rest of my life with, we found an even better version of my bike AND we got a great deal! photo 1(2)Sadly, I got a wicked flat on my way to work this morning and it took me 4 bike shops and about the same number of miles out of my way after work to get it fixed…it seems the Irish luck keeps on rolling. Here is where I have a choice…this can consume me or this could be something I let go…and with the help of the people I love, I can let it go. My mom helped me through the flat situation this morning…I called her and even if she didn’t know it because our conversations can be a little combative (mainly because I know what she is saving ‘under’ what she is saying AND that it upsets her when I call her sad) she calmed me down, helped me refocus on what’s important, and made me feel supported and loved – the only things I needed. photo-3What I’m saying is every shitty day has lots of silver linings and you can choose to notice them, hold on to them, and make them light your day, OR you can ignore them and allow the clouds to roll on in….choose wisely!

Until next time, keep smiling! 🙂


Pocono Weekend Round Up!

As promised, today’s post is all about our weekend up the mountains! Phil and I had an amazing time with friends and family as we said goodbye to the winter season…well, hopefully!

Friday was a low key night since we planned to spend the day skiing Saturday…well, we tried to keep things low key! If you’ve ever played played cards for humanity than you understand how an innocent few rounds can turn into several hours of insanely irreverent fun!

Our intended early morning start turned into more of a late breakfast and yoga hour to stretch things out!

We finally geared up and made it to the mountain in the afternoon. While my inner child was bursting at the seams with excitement, mainly because I was 12 the last time I strapped on a set of skis, my paranoid adult mind was petrified I would re-injure my still fragile back.

20140311-014239.jpgWell, I only made it down a few times because my back couldn’t handle it, BUT we had a blast and what was waiting at the lodge was well worth it!

20140311-014739.jpg We ended the day with some homemade pizza, red wine and The Wolf of Wall Street. Truth be told, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the movie but the pizza was yummy and red wine rarely disappoints!

We all used daylight savings as an excuse to stay in bed just a little later than usual. I for one could’ve stayed in bed ALL day but we were headed to grab a bite at the gem of the Pocono restaurant scene, The Jubilee!

After brunch we packed up and were all ready to hit the road, except for one tiny hiccup…

20140311-020015.jpg…Phil’s car wouldn’t start…whomp whomp! God bless AAA and the tow truck driver, Pocono Joe!

In keeping with my ‘find the good’ theme from yesterday, the inevitable tow did have an upside…

20140311-020319.jpgPhil and I got to spend the whole ride back holding hands…I love this man more than I can even attempt to put into words!

All and all the weekend was wonderful! I feel so blessed to have such a loving and supportive partner in life who challenges me and brings out the best version of myself!

Bye bye snow…Hello Sunshine!!!