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Friday, August 31, 2012

Staying On Top Of It All

Yes I know it's not the first time I've posted this picture on the blog, but I can't help myself. I kinda love it hehe.

On August 1 I wrote this little post about living in the moment and enjoying my 3 and a half week vacation from work. In that post, I shared a list of goals I hoped to achieve during my vacation. I hoped that these goals would keep me off of the couch remind me to enjoy my time off and live in the moment.

Here's a little update on my goals:
-Go to the beach every single day
Ok I definitely didn't go every single day, but I was really really close. I may have missed 1 day while I was in LA.

-Workout 4-5 days a week
Wamp wamp, fail. It was more 3-4 days a week, but I spent A LOT of time walking, hiking, and exploring so I definitely spent time exercising even if I wasn't in a gym. (Which is just fine with me)

-Appreciate the moment
Always =) Really though, I spent lots and lots of time enjoying the quiet, the sound of the waves, or sitting in our backyard hammock and reading. Sweet eh?

-Read 6 books
I read 5 books, and I think that's pretty flipping great. The books I read are...
1. The Fault In Our Stars (obsessed with this book, just OBSESSED).
2. 50 Shades of Grey (I know, I know I was totally against the book for the first 40ish pages... and then I changed my mind hahaha)
3. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (this book was ok, but getting through it was a bit of a struggle at times)
4. The Contortionist's Handbook (really good and interesting book)
5. 50 Shades Darker (mhm, it's all right, but it's no 50 Shades of Grey)
I'm starting The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society today and have heard so many great things about it. Can't wait =)

-Watch less TV (unless the Olympics or Shark Week are on... I love me some Shark Week)
 Wellll the TV is off right now, I've read 5 books in 3.5 weeks, and I spent lots and lots of time outdoors. I did, however spend some time catching up on my favorite Bravo housewives and art gallery girls. What can I say I appreciate quality television. =P

-Take the ferry to Catalina Island with Nadav for the day
Fail, buttt there's always this weekend. (Hint hint wink wink, Nadavvvvvv)

-Take a little vacay to Las Vegas
We went, we drank thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we conquered... and you can read some more about our Vegas trip here.

-Catch up on emails...
It took me a few weeks, but I think I did ok. Speaking of emails, there was a point over summer break where I came to some realizations about emails and my addiction to social media. More on that later, but for now I wanted to say thank you to all of you who leave me such sweet comments on here and read my blog each day. =)You truly brighten my days.
-Spend time learning more about photography and shooting in manual
I dabbled, kinda. =P Let's just say I have room for some serious improvement.

-Take a short trip to LA to visit friends AND go to Sprinkles Ice Cream!
Done and done, and it was kinda fabulous. You can read more about those shenanigans here and here.

-Go to Sea World at least twice a week to visit the dolphins
Also done and done. There was also the time I went to Sea World twice in the same day. #Weirdooo

-Spend less time shopping/on the couch and more time living
Yes yes and yes... except for that time Farra and I went to the San Ysidro Outlet Mall =P

 -Go to the Del Mar races at least 2 more times.
I went one time, but the Del Mar Races are not over yet. Maybe tonight? Check out the my post about the first I went to the races this summer here.

-COOK. I've kinda been slacking in that department.

-CLEAN! (did you hear that Mom? I promise to clean =P)
Yes, I did some serious cleaning over the past few weeks and I feel so good about it. Our house feels better and is more organized. I'm loving it. (See Mom I told you I'd be better =P)

-Bike ride around Coronado Island at least 2 times.
Hm also failed, but I don't feel bad about it. =) I spent lots and lots of time enjoying the beach this summer.

-Watch Gabe perform in Fiddler On The Roof at the Moonlight Theater in Vista (Go Gabey!)
Made it happen, and the play was beautiful! I'm also an emotional sap and cried my eyes out during the entire show, I had no idea Fiddler was so so sad.

-Go sailing again (I haven't posted about our first sailing experience but lets just say I screamed "I HATE THIS I HATE THIS!!" multiple times, we got stuck on the sand 3 times, got laughed at by people hanging out on the shore, but after about 30minutes of misery we got the hang of sailing and I LOVED every second. Lesson Learned: Calm down, trust your man, and think before you scream hehe. Lesson Also Learned: Sailing is a great couple bonding activity hehe)
We didn't end up sailing again, but it's definitely not too late. =)

I think I did pretty well, right?
I'm just so thankful I had the time to slow down and enjoy myself. 

Hope you have a great long weekend



Devon Riesenberg said...

Oooh, bike ride around Coronado Island...that's a good one. I might steal that idea and ride with little Jack in a bucket seat. You definitely shouldn't feel bad about not accomplishing every single vacation goal...you did more than most tourists do ;)

Gina said...

dang girl, you have been busy. thanks for the book recommendations. i will check out the fault in our stars!

Melanie M. said...

I loved reading your goals and how you've done. Sounds pretty good to me. You've gotten a lot accomplished and are lucky to do so! Sprinkles Ice Cream...ooh! I so want to try that. Seaworld, unfortunately I am one of those who sometimes goes there twice a day. But we are at least there once a week. My Hubby works there and my boys can never get enough. I usually always go to the races multiple times while it's here, but I have not yet gone this year. You are definitely a busy gal but looks like you're enjoying life..and that's all that matters!

Emily @ the Anna Delores blog said...

I am thoroughly impressed! You made a lot of goals for yourself, and kept most of them! I'm even a little upset that you used the word "fail" at all, because it looks like you had an extremely productive, enjoyable vacation to me! Nice work, chica. I envy your motivation and dedication. I would've spent the entire three weeks on the couch. ;)

Devin Felicity said...

I just stumbled upon your awesomely amazing blog and I love it!! you have quite the exiting life! AND I WANT THAT BEACH TOWEL. So great!


Lisa Moore said...

Tammy -
You did prety good with your list :o) I'm impressed and believe me that is waaaaay more productive than I could have been.


Shannon said...

You've been very productive! You're doing great! Thanks for the motivation. :)


Melissa said...

You did so well on your list! I've got to go check out Sprinkles ice cream one of these days.

Jess May said...

You definitely acheived more than you failed. Well done! Such a good idea. I might make a start on my list of goals for the next three months.


Nicole Marie said...

you will LOVE the gueresy literary and potato peel society. i wish i still ahd more of it to read

Kalah said...

Wow. I have never heard of someone as busy as you on a break from work! Way to go! I can barely finish a book on a day off let alone all the other things you accomplished! Gives me something to live up to. :)

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I'm totally impressed, Tammy! NICE list!

Nourish said...

San Diego friend! Love your blog, just stumbled upon it. Great list of goals =) xx

Janna Mae said...

Sounds like you had a great 3+ weeks...

I adored The Fault in Our Stars...I am trying to get all my friends to read it so we can talk about it!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Lulu said...

Sounds like you are doing pretty well on your goals!

Thanks for the book recommendations, always love to hear what others are enjoying.

If you haven't already read Hunger Games, do.
And The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Lulu x

Alisa Marie said...

omg - that towel picture is hilarious! Might have to add it to my blog :)


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