I can’t believe it snowed today! We’ve had such weird weather. A couple weeks ago the sun was shining and it felt like spring was here. We had some light snow on Sunday, and Piglet and I made the tiniest little snow family you ever saw.
While I do love the snow, I am already daydreaming of spring, camping, and all things outdoors. This year we’ve booked quite a few days already. Our first is in March, where we’re going to be yurt camping on the coast! We’ve never camped in a yurt before. It should be a fun experience. Piglet is at this great age where he’s so excited for all things outdoors and adventures.
Last weekend we loaded up the pop-up tent and headed to the coast. The weather was incredible, almost too hot even at the beach! We had zero wind, and a ton of fun in the sun. We camped with Match’s sister, who is expecting a baby girl in October. She has the cutest baby bump, and it was so sweet to watch Piglet get excited to feel her kick.
I took the plunge and upgraded to a 2013 Toyota RAV4. I’m so excited to have an SUV again. We got rid of my Jeep Cherokee when Match got his truck back in 2014, and I’ve been driving his old ford commuter car for 3 years. I like being higher off the ground, and I love having all-wheel drive again. I test-drove, haggled and purchased this car all by myself, which felt both terrifying and empowering all in one. Match likes it too, which is a bonus. Also, the girlie side of me just thinks it’s so pretty!
I’m on a mini-staycation this week. I was able to take 3 days off work, but Match has to work. I had a stay at home chores day, which felt like more work than when I’m actually at work. Yesterday I took Piglet to the zoo with a few of my dear friends from high school and their kiddos. Today we had 8 kids with us. Whew! We had a blast but I’m exhausted.
Today we’re having a stay at home, relax in our jammies kind of day. I wish preschoolers got the vacation memo. This kid does not sleep in!
Simon: Day Eight, white water rafting.
Simon: This is a river, one tough bitch. A swirling, raging, thrashing, torrent of screaming water.Lindsey: Screamin’ water!
Simon: And I choose my words carefully, because she’s upturned the boat of many a clown, who thought they could tame her. You must respect her, you must respect the river if you wanna come out of her alive…
[Simon turns to look at the river]…you must respect her, understand her…
[Lindsey pushes Simon in the river]
Lindsey: Huhuhur, he’s in! That’s a tenner you owe me Baz! Hahahaha!-The Fast Show
Earlier this month, Match took me on a white water rafting trip for our first anniversary/birthday. We opted not to buy the photos because they were crazy expensive. But as luck would have it, the other couple from our raft bought them, and she emailed them to me a few days ago. Made my month! I offered to give her money but she insisted that it was a gift to us. How sweet are they? Now I feel kind of bad for complaining that they didn’t paddle. Well, they didn’t, but who cares because now we have fabulous, priceless photos of the trip!! Instead of sitting here gushing about them, I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Aren’t they badass? Oh, and Match and I are in the second row. You can tell it’s me because I have a ridiculous grin or open mouthed expression on almost every single picture.
Yay, it’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Talk to Us Tuesday! I just got back from camping two nights ago and I need to catch up you all. So grab your favorite beverage and let’s chat shall we?
We just got back from the river on Sunday. I already miss it.
In another life, I would have been a river guide in my college summers off. A summer out in nature, getting great exercise and hanging out with fun co-eds? Sounds like a dream job to me.
Ladies, let me tell you, eye candy galore. I think it was a requirement that the guides all be extremely good looking. Male and female!
Match may have caught me starring at shirtless Rippling Muscles Aussie Guide, but then laughed when I caught him starring at Perky Blonde Guide wearing nothing but a swim top and cut offs. Whatever preheats the oven folks! Just as long as he’s still coming home with me. 😉
I made it down the river without falling out of the boat! Sadly can’t say the same for the other girl in our boat, but she was just fine. It was actually pretty funny.
I’ll do a full write up soon, we are still waiting to get the pictures.
On the drive home, we ended up going house hunting and putting in an offer (#3!) on a home.
Fingers crossed because I’m so ready to move out of this town and set up some roots. I’m also sick of getting my hopes up and then being disappointed, so I’m trying very hard not to get too excited.
I may have been very conscious that we were all camp stank from our trip while we were hunting with the Realtor. Plus the AC stopped working in the Subi for part of the trip back. So we were all kinds of stinky.
I tried to stay downwind of our Realtor. He’s working hard for us let me tell you!
Cristina: Prestons do not go into the woods. A guy named Preston is gonna get his ass kicked by a squirrel.
Izzie: It’s basically a slumber party, they do it outside, we do it inside. It’s really the only difference. –Grey’s Anatomy
On Sunday we set out on the windy road to the Northern California coastline to camp.
This was our first camping trip together and we lucked out in so many ways. First off it was a Sunday so the campground was deserted. Secondly, the weather couldn’t have been better. The first day there was no wind and the sun was shining. Also the RV at the camp site across from us full of 6 crying, bratty kids left just a few hours after we arrived. Woohoo! There were only a few others campers in the whole park and it felt like we had the place all to ourselves.
We scoped out the best campsite.
We quickly set up camp so we could go exploring.
Of course even camping a Virgo has to clean. 😉
We came prepared: we had four flashlights, extra makita batteries, a trusty camping knife, all our cooking utensils, food, beer, wine (of course!) and all kinds of other supplies. I even brought a memory foam mattress pad so we could sleep in the ultimate comfort.
Unfortunately we forgot a few key things like dish rags and pot holders to lift the pan from the fire, but we made due.
After setting up camp we hiked to the beach. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
I attempted to strike a mermaid pose but I’m pretty sure it just looks like I’m getting frisky with the rock.
After our hike we earned our beers. We played some rounds of Gin Rummy and played in the trees.
Look at the love he has for that bottle. I’m a little jealous.
There is really nothing better than drinking wine from a flamingo cup.
Maybe wine flamingo and SMORES!
We had an incredible time. The second day was more windy than the first, but then we just hid in the tent playing cards and laughing.
We saw seals, cute little birds, deer, and a raccoon that tried to eat our food. I did get bit by a tick right on my booty. The nerve of that little guy! We ate great food, snuggled, and enjoyed some quality couple time.