Bay Area Bucket List

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Since moving to the bay area in March 2014 we have been determined to see and do as much as possible. I have spent endless hours searching through lists of things to do in the area and decided to come up with my own list. Items in bold have been completed and the rest we are hoping to complete soon! This list doesn't include food because if you know me, you know that deserves it's own post. :) Coming soon!


Bike or walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
Sausalito
Tiburon
Treasure Island
Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito
Santa Cruz
Seymour Discovery Center in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Twin Peaks
Giants Game
Ride in a cable car
SF Zoo
Sutro Baths
Land's End 
Angel Island
Ferry Building 
Movie & music on the square in Redwood City
SF Moma
Tour Stanford campus
Golden Gate Park & see the bison
Coit Tower 
Lombard Street
Pier 39 & Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz 
Sailing in the bay
Hike Bernal Hill
Chinatown
Japanese Tea Gardens 
DeYoung Museum
Drive down Highway 1 to LA
San Francisco public library
Winchester Mystery House
Big Basin to see the giant redwoods
Ride a ferry
Conservatory of flowers in Golden Gate Park
Napa Valley
Half Moon Bay
Whale watching
Union Square
Yosemite National Park
Painted Ladies
9 Mile Drive
Hot air balloon ride in Napa
Seward street slides
Sonoma
Farmers markets all across the bay area
Half Moon Bay pumpkin festival
Haight/Ashbury
Berry picking on the coast
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Año Nuevo state park to see elephant seals 
Muir Woods 
GoCar Tour
Palace of Fine Arts 
Tour a tech company campus
Gilroy Garlic festival









How We Made Moving Simple

Monday, April 14, 2014



Just a little over a month ago Tim and I packed up our belongings and headed out to the bay area. We hadn't found an apartment yet and decided to bring just what we could fit in our car. These are the things we learned from the whole experience.

We first evaluated what we had and decided if it was worth it to bring it or sell/donate/give away/throw away. Most of our furniture was either thrifted, a hand me down, or IKEA/super cheap so we figured that it really didn't make sense to get a U-Haul. Plus we really weren't all that attached so we didn't mind!

Next came the sorting process. Anything with emotional value we kept of course and after that we found our items with the highest value and smallest size. My oh so adored BlendTec blender got to come but our old lamps, broom, etc didn't. We still had a few large items to bring with us Tim's beloved guitar but we were able to make it work.

I utilized facebook online yard sales, craigslist, and local online classifieds to sell what we could. We first sold things we wouldn't need and sold things like our bed and couches last. It definitely made those last few days on an air mattress more tolerable. Another tip is to advertise your items stages. Nobody wants to look at a pile of stuff. Things tend to sell much quicker when they can see them as is. This was definitely helpful.

This is probably a no brainer but don't leave your expensive things on top in the car. I didn't want anything to look tempting while our car full of everything we owned was parked at a motel in Reno on our drive from Utah to California so anything near windows was mostly blankets or backpacks.

We have not regretted this decision at all. It has been so nice to start fresh and get rid of clutter that we had accumulated. You don't realize how much stuff you have that you really don't need until you have to get rid of it all. Oh and it was even better not searching for an apartment with a huge moving truck in tow.

What approach did you take to moving? Have you ever regretted that decision?




Weekend in Santa Cruz

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A few weeks ago Tim and I watched an episode of Jimmy Fallon with Bill Cosby and we just died. Funniest thing ever! At the end of the show they said that he had an upcoming show in Santa Cruz in just a few weeks. Uhmmm what?! Santa Cruz is just about an hour south of us and we have been wanting to go check out that area anyways so we figured it was the perfect opportunity for a little weekend trip.

I packed up a few things for us, picked up Tim from work and off we went. The show was a blast. I was seriously crying by the end of it and had mascara smudged all over my face I'm sure. I absolutely loved it since I grew up loving the Cosby Show. It was also pretty hilarious that he was wearing cargo pants and a gym shirt. Ha! Only he could get away with that.

The next morning we got up and decided to check out some of the hot spots of Santa Cruz. We went to Natural Bridges State Beach and Seymore Marine Discovery Center in the morning. Did I mentioned that we saw dolphins and got to pet a shark? It felt like jello covered in sandpaper. So weird. 





That afternoon we walked around the boardwalk for a bit and ran into a whole bunch of sea lions who found a little dock. A couple people had their kayak down there and were trying to get in but the sea lions definitely wanted to play as well. One jumped in the kayak for a bit but luckily got out. They had a tiny baby with them which was definitely the cutest thing we've ever seen.





Once we got our fill of sea lion watching we grabbed lunch and ate a few too many treats while walking around downtown. We walked past Pacific Cookie Company and had to go in after how heavenly the aroma was. We split their Almond Joe chocolate dipped cookie and probably could have eaten about a dozen more! After walking around a bit more we encountered a MASSIVE swarm of BEES. Oh my word. I have never run away so fast. Terrifying. Luckily a guy yelled at us to stay away before we got to close.

We finished our afternoon with some blackberry ice cream from Marianne's and then headed up highway 1 back home. We were going to check out Ana Nuevo but it was closed for the afternoon. Guess we will just have to go back! ;-)


My First Major DIY

Monday, April 7, 2014

So this is probably nothing major to any of you but it was sure major for me! 

I mentioned in an earlier post that while my mom was here visiting from Denver we decided to do a little DIY project. I'm not sure I would have ever attempted this if she wasn't here. I tend to be the time that gets so emotionally invested in projects and get frustrated when they don't work out. It doesn't end up pretty, haha! 

I had been searching Craigslist for a couple weeks trying to find a few end tables and a dresser and could not believe how overpriced so many items were. I am definitely not about to spend several hundred dollars on used furniture. No thanks. Any of the good items were snatched up in minutes so I decided to go to basically every single thrift store on the peninsula. I found a little end table with drawers that I was excited about because we needed something to put all our electronic cords and wires in. 
^^ This is actually much better than it originally looked. This is after pulling off all the stickers and labels from it. ^^

We grabbed a bunch of sand paper, wood filler, and paint and got to work. Luckily my next door neighbor was gone so we used the space between our car ports to do the painting. It was pouring rain so it took a bit to dry with all the moisture in the air but I think they turned out pretty good! Luckily our cement in our parking area is already super old so hopefully nobody minds a few paint splatters. ;) 



^^ I forgot to take a before picture of this one but it was also a Goodwill find. It was just a blah unpainted assemble yourself type of piece. Those bars on the ends were a beast to get in there and paint but it will be nice to have some shelves and pillows. ^^




I am super excited about these. I think this is the first project I've ever really done where I have been pretty happy with the results. I'm not kidding when I said I was clueless. I went to Home Depot to find some paint and all 12 shades of white pretty much all looked the same. I love how this warm creamy color brightens up the room. Now all I have left as far as major furniture is to find a dresser. Maybe I'll even be brave and redo that too if I don't end up just settling on something from IKEA. :)