Monday, June 11, 2007

Hula at the Del Mar Fair

So at nearly 30 years old I am still doing dance recitals... and it makes me laugh. The last time I danced at the Del Mar Fair I was in high school. I love my hula class. I walk out of there Wednesday nights with an extra spring in my step so I decided I should give back a little and perform this one time.

Man, it was stressful getting ready for it though. I literally didn't know the dances until the night before and I had to borrow some of the costume. The fact that you have to MAKE all of your own costumes is probably the biggest turn off for me performing. Like my friend Lisa said "It's 2007, who sews anymore??" I don't know what to do with a dress pattern! I might as well be trying to read Japanese....

But I have to say I had fun doing the dances in front of an audience. I love dancing when I know the choreography and it meant a lot that my two friends Nam and Jamila there to support me. My mom didn't even show up?!? Of course she's been watching my dance recitals since I was 5 years old so she's paid her dues.

Overall I didn't embarrass myself too badly and I'm glad I did it! Next time maybe I'll do the Tahitian dances.... Yowza...that takes guts or at least the ability to suck them in..... I love hula.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Camping in the Redwoods

Ah what can I say about camping. Well in my opinion, nothing is better than camping with friends in a nice campsite. Really. I'm not into hardcore backbacking. I just want to carcamp. Go into town and get a latte if I want to. Have bathrooms with running water and toilet paper. Then a big cooler full of beer and wine. Add your good buds to the mix plus beautifull scenery and you are golden!!

I went to the large group campsite in the Humboldt Redwood state park with my friends from Sacramento. A really laid back group of people. There was an overabundance of a game called Bairut, a version of beer pong. I personally prefer flipcup. It was cold up there in the Redwoods so we stayed huddled around the campfire for the most part. But Greg, Holly and I went on a nice hike so we didn't feel like complete sloths.

Pat brought his mini bike and everyone had fun playing on that thing.

Overall, just good relaxing times.

It was sort of a trip to do the drive up to Humboldt I had done like a hundred times when I was dating Toby in college. Not much has changed on the 101 or around Clear Lake, let me tell you. I almost expected to see Toby, but that would be weird. I wonder what he looks like now.

Good times. I miss camping. I wish I had a group in SD that liked to go.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Happy Hour Ho's

I love these broads.
Girl time is extremely important to me. All relationships require maintenance, including your friendships.

This is why I love my HHH (Happy Hour Ho's) Thursday night group. These girls are kick ass and I am proud to call them my friends. I really do think something can be said about the company you keep. And what I like about MY company is that it says I kick ass by default of those around me. We meet Thursday nights and either try a new restaurant or potluck it at one of our places. However there is always booze involved. These girls make me laugh so hard it hurts. I love our routine. I highly recommend everyone to force your friends whose company you enjoy to make a similar social commitment.

I've survived some bumpy roads in my less than 30 years of life and I've come to the conclusion that it really is the people in your life that make life worth living and you never know how long they may be around for so you have to squeeze every bit of juice out of the time you have together.

Wow that sounded like a sermon...or a hallmark card or something that I usually hate reading on people's bumper stickers. So I'll stop now.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bringing back blogging

So my natural tendency is to only want to blog when I am sad or frustrated by something and I realized that I really do not want strangers to see me as a depressed angry woman. I experience a lot of cool stuff every day which I am thankful for. And if I don't capture those memories with photos I have a tendency to forget how I spent my time. I'm hoping to use this blog to document my life, primarily the happy times, so that when I am old I will look back at my life and think "Damn, I rocked."

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


This was by far the farthest from home I've ever been. And it was so worth it. I had an amazing time! I was very intrepid to start my journey alone and had a rocky start but once I arrived in beautiful Bali, I feel in love with it. The people I met were SO friendly and giving. We were even taken to a ceremony at the temple and lent clothes to wear. Awesomeness.