Friday, December 27, 2013's almost 2014 you say???

I guess we can sum up 2013 in a quick whirl wind!

1. New JOB!

Working at GLDD was fun, but the travel was not fun. I was lucky and landed a job as a contractor for the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey). I run around in the woods and rivers measuring how much water is flowing through. It is fun and the travel schedule suites me much better. Being home has given me more time to focus on other things...


 I was elated to be home to enjoy the rest of my engagement to The Engineer and loved planning our wedding together. We DIY'ed most if not all of our decorations and out family and friends helped up pull it together on the day of. It was an amazing night and the best part? I married my best friend and true lover :)

My Hubby and Dad built a corn hole and ladder golf set, and I painted them with The Engineer. 

I also hand made wire bikes for the center pieces, and we assembled everything ourselves. We even made the wedding favors...Love Spice (aka seasoning salt). I got so many compliments on the personal touches we had at the wedding. While we spent a ton (and I mean a TON) of time on them, it was totally worth it!

Best day ever with the best new hubby ever!

3. New House!

We haven't closed on our house, but we started looking for a home to buy immediately after we returned from our *amazing* honeymoon and after a month and a half of serious looking we fell in love with a house, which we stole right out from under another buyer. We are now crossing our fingers through escrow!

There's the smallest peek through the front door :)

The Engineer and I are now compiling our list of things we want to do to the house. DIY here we come! I know there is still a small change that something won't work out and we will be back to square one but I'm pretty optimistic about it.

One of my goals for 2014 aside from working on the awesome new house will be to get back into the racing scene. I'm thinking a 15K at Gasparilla to kick this year off right.

My other goal is to actually use the blog to document my training progress and all the DIY projects we take on. Documentation is the first step to progress ;-)

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season...Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

California Dreams

So remember when I was in San Diego? Yea me too. Good times. I know I'm not there anymore but I still want to share the awesomeness of it. The Engineer came to visit me on my time off one week, but he couldn't be there for the entire week, so I had a few days to myself. I chose some places to explore and planned to take the train/metro deal south one stop with the intent of visiting Torrey Pines State Reserve. They are supposed to have good hiking and the park is right on the ocean. Since I didn't have a car I had to plan around walking to everywhere. In my research I noticed that the University of California San Diego was pretty much on the path I needed to take to the park (there was no direct walking route, and what google maps struggles to show you is elevation...there was a very large hill between me and the park that had no roads on it). 

I was pretty excited about visiting UCSD, I never really realized that I enjoyed visiting college campuses, but I do. They are such unique places! So I set off from the train station in attempts to semi-blindly navigate my way on dirt trails over this hill. I was a bit weary at first, but saw other runner/hikers out there and felt more comfortable that I wasn't trespassing or something like that haha! And I made it onto the UCSD campus. I bee-lined for engineering (gotta pay me respects). It is quite different from UCF (Go Knights!), there were 8ish engineering buildings. Pretty serious over there, and they had really nice architecture and landscaping.

One of the engineering buildings also had what I would call Dorothy's house from Kansas on it. 

The display itself actually had nothing to do with engineering (which was disappointing because I felt at the least someone could have stuck some cantilever explanation in there, something, anything, Buler?), but was simply an art installment on the 7th floor that was not open the day I was there. Sad face. Also of note was the super awesome library.

I also learned that UCSD houses the official Dr. Suess collection! I thought the campus was cool and wished it was sunny so I could get the true feel of California college life. 

I had a good snack and set off toward Torrey Pines. It was a nice walk to get there and there were a lot of hikers of all levels in the park. It made me happy to see it being used so much. Sadly, it was a super dingy day - I never saw the sun because there was such a heavy fog layer - so pictures weren't the greatest, but I had a good time exploring the cliffs in the park.

This park would be a great place for trail running. The paths were wide and all dirt. You could also pick between different trails, some were fairly flat and some had pretty decent elevation changes. I opted out of running since my walking total for the day was probably around 10 miles at that point. By the time I got back to my apartment I had walked just over 18 miles! And yes, I do consider that my first half marathon ;-)

I really enjoyed exploring Cali, there really is a lot to do out there and I can't wait to go back on a real vacation and explore more!