Blackout Curtains

I used to wake up in darkness. I spent more than eight years getting out of bed with blackout curtains draped over our bedroom windows.

They were necessary. They helped me fall asleep for my graveyard shifts. Just like 32 oz. of coffee helped me jumpstart my brain before sunrise.

This morning, I watched sunlight peeping thru the blinds. I listened to my dog snoring on my knee. I spotted my husband buried under the covers.

My body has shifted. I’m sleeping past sunrise.

Sun Salutations
I worked on my yoga practice in our new backyard this morning.

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Travel Theme: Details

It’s all about the details. Street art in San Francisco’s Clarion Alley.

My last bootcamp workout in Daly City.
#Werkit - My last Bootcamp workout with @o2bodyfit. These guys rock! They helped me become stronger.

Doggie Diner spotting by 16th and Valencia in San Francisco.
Here's looking at you kid. #DoggieDiner pit stop by 16th and Valencia in #SF Mission.  @johnwlaw @EmperorsBridge

A bonfire burning brightly and quickly in Oakland … our last night in the Bay Area.
Burn baby burn. One way to get rid of an old Xmas tree. Last bonfire in the Bay Area

Random moments before I said good-bye.

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Details.

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Photo Friday: Sunrise

A blast from the past.
Watching the sunrise at Lake Perry in Kansas.

Another shot of the Sunrise over Perry Lake

My hubby introduced me to camping. I loved sleeping in a tent by the lake. I enjoyed smoked sausages and ramen for breakfast. I adored roasting marshmallows over the fire pit.

I don’t miss my graveyard shifts. I do miss watching the sunrise.

My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Sunrise.

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Photo Friday: Winter

Signs of Winter in San Francisco’s West Portal.

This looks like the leftovers of a Winter Wonderland near the Bookshop.

My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Winter.

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Travel Theme: Freedom

On the road again.

Driving down I-5.

Exploring Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta.

Checking out Old Town Temecula.

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Freedom.

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Photo Friday: Tiny

So tiny!
Nabbed yah! #Geocache adventures on the #DalyCity/#SF border. Adorable container! TFTC! #urbantreasure

Geocaching next to Lake Merced in San Francisco.

#dogstagram Sitting pretty. Quick break from our walk around Lake Merced

This is my entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Tiny.

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Photo Sunday: Nature

Good Morning Nature!

Sunrise at Key’s View inside Joshua Tree National Park.
Good Morning #JoshuaTree! Stunning desert sunrise from my weekend. Gorgeous colors, bone-chilling wind. Had to do jumping jacks, high knees to stay warm! #lategram

My entry for this week’s Photo Sunday theme: Nature.

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Robot Dinosaurs Rule the World

Some robot dinosaurs needed maintenance.
We followed Huell Howeser‘s footsteps and stopped at Cabazon’s “world-famous” roadside attraction turned intelligent design museum.
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But first…
T-Rex selfie!
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Daisy’s First Camping Trip

There will be pee.

Suzanne and Ryan introduced us to the campgrounds at Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin County. As always, we had a fantastic food spread on our picnic table.

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Also, this was Daisy’s first camping trip.

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Geocache Adventures in Pasadena

I always thought of Pasadena as part of my teenage stomping grounds. There was so much to do without a fake ID.

Sipping coffee in Old Town. Goofing around on the diagonal crosswalks. Watching sneak previews.

As an adult (who is still carded at Old Town bars), I discovered more of the city’s nooks and crannies thanks to my geocache adventures.
Blast from the past. Memorial arch from #Pasadena 's first public library. Damaged by 1933 Long Beach #Earthquake
One cache led me to the Memorial Arch of Pasadena’s first free public library.

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