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Of the moment // 1.19.18

Of the moment // 1.19.18

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend! Christine Merrill and Gertie the Pug at Potato Chip Rock

On Monday, my husband and I kicked off a month of no alcohol and no sugar. Although neither of us were interested in doing something like Whole30–in general, I’m not a fan of cleanses or diets that I can’t keep up on a regular basis–we did want to do a bit of a healthy reset to start the year. Taking out both alcohol and sugar was intentional: I have tendency to rely on one or the other as a crutch (aka if I’m not drinking, I want to buy a pint of ice cream and when I’m trying to avoid dessert, I love having a nip of Frangelico instead). Other bonuses: it’s always crazy how much cheaper it is to eat out without any drinks, and I’m hoping to use this month as a way to check a lot of healthy activities off my to-do list in San Diego (aka surfing! hikes! museums! more tennis!).

Wanderlust

Fun update on making one of my travel dreams reality: my husband and I bought our plane tickets to TOKYO! Japan has been #1 on both of our travel lists for a long time, so I’m really glad we’re finally making it happen. We’re going for 10 days in September, and the loose plan right now is to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. I already have our calendar marked to buy tickets for the sumo tournament and plans to buy a rail pass, but totally taking recommendations–especially on cool and affordable places to stay!Cheeseburger at Hillstone in San Francisco

Eats

This article popped up in a conversation with a few friends last year, and all of them were flabbergasted that I’d never eaten at a Hillstone restaurant. They raved about the comfortable booths, decadent spinach dip and general good vibe of all of the restaurants. I finally had the chance to try out the famous cheeseburger in San Francisco, and MAN, it lived up to all of my (very high) expectations. A+ for being great to eat at as a solo diner as well!Bankers Hill, San Diego at sunrise

Workout Vibes

One of my girlfriends in San Diego is a recent Orangetheory convert, and she’s been inviting me to take a class with her for a while. I’m always a little hesitant about treadmill-based classes since I’ve had a few knee surgeries and try to avoid lots of running or high-impact activities (aka why I’m so committed to barre/Pilates/Classpass). BUT I’m also a newly-ish obsessed Bachelor fan and Krystal from this season teaches at the Orangetheory in San Diego–reason enough to wake up early and check out a class! For fans of the show: I thought she was really nice and great in person, and awesome as a trainer. And for people interested in Orangetheory as a workout option: it’s definitely solid, especially since it’s full body with weights and cardio in just 60 minutes. It’s probably not going to become a super regular thing for me, but I would definitely go back–and it’s actually a group exercise option that I think my husband would really like as well, so might be something healthy we try to do together. (p.s. that photo above is on my way to class–I’m not usually much of a morning exerciser but I did love the chance the see the sunrise!) Emma in the Night

Reads

First things first: I’m going to start using Goodreads this year! I’m pretty sure I said that exact same thing last year at this time, BUT this time I’m serious (ha!). Mostly using it as a better system to track what I want to read next–I’m always chatting about books with friends or seeing a good review online or getting distracted by a pretty cover in a bookstore, but then I don’t follow through and I forget and just end up reading whatever Amazon recommends to me. I’m also curious about many books I read in a year, even though I don’t really see the point of setting challenges or having a specific number of books to read since I feel like I read just about as much as I can. All of that said: I tore through The Likeness earlier this week (aka I fully enjoyed my Monday off by sitting on my couch in the sunshine and reading for an hour) and read Emma in the Night in the span of 12 hours. Emma in the Night is a bit more teen fiction-y, so it’s a pretty easy read but it had some great thriller elements that made me want to stay up just a little bit later to finish it before bed!

Gertie the Pug and The Citizenry Lumbar Pillow

Words

“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.” -Margaret Atwood

This weekend, we’re taking our first surf lesson (!) and I have a hiking date with a girlfriend. And I’m hoping to try out a few new healthful recipes! 

  • Stephanie S

    I just traveled to Tokyo for the first time a couple months ago! It was amazing and I didn’t want to come back LOL. I’m sure you’ll love it! So many great things to do and the best food.

    Stephanie | http://www.lifesslices.com

  • I have really gotten into using goodreads in the last couple years! {I just added you} I do the challenge every year, it’s a great way to keep an idea of how much I’m reading. It’s also really useful for keeping track of books I’ve read, because I do read a lot, and I don’t always remember. I have definitely checked a book out from the library and gotten two chapters in before realizing I’ve already read it. Oops!

  • Oh, and a friend of mine just started a book blog, she reads A TON and has really great taste (I think you’ve had some overlap with her picks): https://elissa.wordpress.com/

    You know, if you need more books on your list. 😀

  • purplekat99

    I love Goodreads to keep track of what I have read, including counts. And same as Emily, I’ve picked up a book from the library (my go-to always!), gotten 20 pages in before realizing I have read it before (with a quick consultation of Goodreads to confirm!)

  • Very exciting about Japan! I’ve only written a little bit about it, but in case it’s helpful: http://www.theglobegetter.com/home/blog/observations-impressions-japan and http://www.theglobegetter.com/home/blog/the-best-foods-i-ate-in-japan.

  • Julie

    I started using Goodreads over a year ago now (I think?) and like you, it helps me to keep track of the books I’ve read. It’s even more useful now since due to my long commute, I also listen to a separate book so more titles to keep track of 🙂

    How exciting about Japan! I’ve only ever been to South Korea when I studied abroad there during college but I would love to return and see more of the Asian continent. I’m a Disney nerd so I would love to make it to Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea 🙂 But I definitely look forward to your posts!

  • camorose

    Ohhh I’m so excited! I can’t wait to eat ALL of the things!

  • camorose

    Haha yes I actually do that all the time! Less so with Kindle but my mom and I share a lot of books and sometimes she sends me one and I start reading it and a few chapters in I’m like..yup I know what’s going to happen here!

  • camorose

    Yay checking it out now! Thank you!

  • camorose

    Haha yuuuuup I have definitely done that too. Now I usually search my blog archives to see if I ever mentioned a title, haha! Goodreads will make things a lot easier 🙂

  • camorose

    Yesssss definitely reviewing these! Thank you!

  • camorose

    Have you read Pachinko? I feel like you might enjoy it based on your time in Korea / desire to visit Japan!

  • Julie

    It’s actually in my “listen during the work commute queue” next 🙂 Have heard so many good things about it and am looking forward to finally diving in!

  • camorose

    Yes! You’ll love it!

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