Nice Peter and My Move to Southern California

This morning I watched this video from Nice Peter and it inspired me to pick back up with this blog.  I haven’t felt like I have had much to write about that is interesting, but after watching Nice Peter’s video it made me think, maybe someone out there is wondering what I’m up to just like I was wondering about where he had been and what adventures he had been up to.

The biggest news is that I have moved from Northern to Southern California.  I went from working in a forest of giant trees to a desert filled with Joshua Trees.  It’s been a huge change, but all for the better.  I’m now working for Mojave National Preserve and am learning a TON of new things.  I’m also a lot closer to family down here so that is a big plus.

I’ve gone on a few road trips since I have been here, but nothing that I have felt was blog worthy.  I made a couple of trips to Vegas, which is only 2 hours from me now.  One trip was to pick up furniture for my new place and the second was to see the Goddamn Gallows play at the Dive Bar.  I also made a trip down to Lake Elsinore (a hour south of me) to see The Urban Pioneers play at Lucky’s Tavern.  Lake Elsinore seems like a cool little town and I hope I have a chance to explore it more.  I’m excited that there is so much music so nearby.  I felt a little cut off up in the Redwoods.  I loved my park up there and loved the people, but the lifestyle was a little lacking for me.

So now that I have been inspired once again I hope to keep up with this.  I have a new job, and am working on getting my bachelors degree so of course adding one more “assignment” to my to-do list seems perfectly reasonable to me.   I think I am going to follow Nice Peter’s lead and try for a once a week posting.  I guess we will all see how it goes.  For now I will leave you with a few pictures from my new park.  Enjoy!


Close-up Theme Thursday

This is supposed to be a close-up portrait theme, but I never follow the rules so why start now.  Besides, I don’t know anyone here well enough to start taking close-up pictures of and I already used the cat for a portrait picture last week.    So this week I give you close-ups of plants!

StoutGrove_MillCreekTrail 054 GBB 023


As always, make sure you head on over to California to Korea to see the rest of the Theme Thursday submissions.  Micaela also has a little announcement in her post today that is pretty exciting!

Catchlights Theme Thursday

This weeks theme was catchlights.  What are catchlights, you ask? A catchlight is the “light source that causes a spectacular highlight in a subject’s eye in an image.”  I don’t know about spectacular, but here is my effort for the week…

I love this picture.  I feel like he is saying, “Really, Human? Don’t you have better things to do with your life?”


I’m sure if you head on over to California to Korea you will see a much better representation of catchlights than this.

I did go out hiking this past week and have some great photos to share next week for our close-up Theme Thursday, so stay tuned!

Throwback Theme Thursday

This past week has been pretty rough for me.  I’ve been struggling to keep up with my statistics class (just a note to all of you who are thinking of taking statistics online….DON’T DO IT! It’s HARD!) so all of my free time has gone to homework and the rest of it to sleep.  For some reason I can’t stay awake past 9:00 pm this week.  Maybe it’s all the statistics.

My point of all this rambling is that I didn’t get around to taking any photos for Theme Thursday this past week.  I had planned on hiking yesterday after work to incorporate the Redwoods with the theme, but a change in carpooling didn’t allow that.  So instead of being a huge flake like I usually am with this blog, I decided to suck it up and contribute SOMETHING this week.  I am determined to get back on some sort of schedule with my posts.  So here we go….

Theme Thursday this Thursday is Same Photo, Different Angles.

While trying to figure out what pictures I already had in my files that could work for this week, I remembered my Folder of Matt.  A long time ago, in a town far away (Fresno), I was bored  and had a camera and decided to torment Matt by taking a million pictures while he played guitar.

It actually turned out to be a pretty spectacular set of pictures that I swore I would make a flip-book out of one day.  Guess what? I never did that either.  I suck at doing things.

So back to Theme Thursday….

Instead of One Photo, Different Angles I give you; One Matt, different Angles:

PicMonkey Collage

If you click on the collage it will take you to the full set of photos from that day.

If you would like to see people who follow the rules of Theme Thursday themes, then head on over to California to Korea and check out some great photos! 

Theme Thursday – Sun Flare and Starbursts

Okay, okay, so the theme today is really just sun flare, but I got an awesome starburst photo that I have to share and Micaela over at California to Korea DID say there were no rules.

I want to thank Micaela for bringing back Theme Thursday and forcing me to pick up my camera and the blog again.  I’ve been super busy with my new job and going to school full time that I haven’t had a chance to do much here.  Theme Thursday also got me over to Hammond Trail to see my first sunset over the ocean since I have been here!

So without further ado, I give you starbursts and sun flare:

This one is my favorite!

Entrance to the trail.
ThemeThursday 034

This one is actually a cell phone picture that I took while bored when I was living at RV Park. This isn’t a filter. It’s all sunlight.
Sun flare in Redwood National Park

Now head on over to California to Korea and check out more Theme Thursday Sun Flares!

December Ten on Ten

Within five minutes of waking up today, I was having a bad day.  I was actually grateful that today was Ten on Ten day.  It forced me to find beautiful things through-out the day.


First, I put on my favorite shirt


It may be foggy, but it’s still beautiful where I live.

A little dark and gloomy, but still beautiful.

A little dark and gloomy, but still beautiful.

A co-worker brought in this yummy baked French bread.  It was wonderful

A co-worker brought in this yummy baked French bread. It was wonderful

What is beautiful about stacks of paper? 1. They kept me busy for most of the morning and 2. I'm done with them!

What is beautiful about stacks of paper? 1. They kept me busy for most of the morning and 2. I’m done with them!

Still foggy, but I love the view from the break room at work.

Still foggy, but I love the view from the break room at work.

Some wonderful person brought these beautiful cookies in the office.  They were delicious!

Some wonderful person brought these beautiful macaroons in the office. They were delicious!


Flowers outside our building

Flowers outside our building

Our Christmas tree in the lobby

Our Christmas tree in the lobby

We have these great old photos all along the walls in our building of Fresno.

We have these great old photos all along the walls in our building of Fresno.


That was my beautiful day!  If you would like to see more Ten on Ten post, visit A Bit of Sunshine.

A Look Back at October and November

I completely spaced my October review so we are going to combine two months in this post.  Let’s see if I can remember everything that has happened the last couple of months!

Lets start off with an overview of jobs.

October started off with me rejoining the workforce.  I got a seasonal job with Bath and Body Works, but only worked a few shifts before I got offered a temporary job with Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP).  The CCROPP position only lasted two weeks, but by the time the assignment had ended I had landed a job with the Raisin Administrative Committee where I am their new Mail-room Coordinator.  Lacy is still waiting for her job at the IRS to start again for the season and in the meantime is working a seasonal position at Target and doing temp work.

Now, lets continue this post with pictures to show what’s been going on besides work!

I visited Oakhurst in October and got this great shot:



I was Spider-Man for Halloween at work.  This half-ass costume is brought to you by; getting rid of all of your belongings to travel and coming home with a Spider-Man hoodie that someone gave you.  10302214_10205167712178106_7712316589793790954_n


I went to Sacramento and stayed in my favorite hotel right by Capitol Park. 10406622_10205209423420861_9029021630219335831_n


I fell while walking in Downtown Fresno.  Luckily my face caught my fall!  It was just a scratch and a giant bump on my head, but I was fine.  I’m pretty sure I tripped over flat ground too.  1956933_10205268590059990_8616468709367468391_o


View from one of my lunchtime walks thru downtown Fresno. 1621983_10205328962089253_8831081528610265982_n


I had a housesitting job in November watching this cutie.  His name is Henry and he is the sweetest dog in the world.  November2014 005


Henry wants me to hurry up and finish with the pictures so we can play! November2014 012

I also had a birthday in November and made the decision to sell the Ramblin’ Van.  One has nothing to do with the other except for they both happened in November.  The Ramblin’ Van is not sold yet, but it hopefully will be soon.  That will be a post for another time though.

That should be it for October and November.  Bring on December!



Thanksgiving Theme Thursday

I’m thankful people still read this!  I’ve been a horrible blogger and haven’t kept up with it since I have been back home in California.  I am happy to jump back into my blogging life with a Theme Thursday.

I’m truly thankful for my family.  For my sister who is always there and willing to go along with whatever crazy idea I dream up…

Me:  Let’s sell ALL of our possessions and live in a van for a year!
Lacy: Okay!

I’m also thankful for my very supportive parents who allow us crazy kids to live out these dreams and give me a place to live (and food, and gas money, and a car to drive) when I come back.

Finally, I am thankful for all the job opportunities that have come my way since I have been back and for the wonderful job that I have with the Raisin Administrative Committee.  I feel very fortunate to be working with such great people!

What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving?

November2014 056

You can head over to Clan Donaldson for more thankful posts today.

February Review

Well, February is over and that means it’s time to go to Florida!  But before I head off to Florida, let’s review this last month.

I participated in my first redditgifts exchange.  If you haven’t participated or don’t know what this is, go here.  I was excited to get signed up and participate in my first exchange, but wasn’t so excited about the categories.  I ended up picking the Dinosaur exchange and LOVED it! I had fun shopping for my gifts to give and the person who sent me gifts NAILED IT!  My person wanted something to decorate his living room, so I got him these:

February2014 011

And since I love to travel, the person who bought me gifts sent me these:

February2014 114

It was a super fun experience and I’m glad I decided to just jump in with the dinosaur exchange.  Sign ups for new exchanges are going on now and I have already signed up for Snacks!  I can’t wait.

I also got to be on the ranch for the 3rd baby calf to be born!  I got to see it just hours after it was born and watch it take a few wobbly steps as it got a feel for its legs.

February2014 178

We also sold my old car and Granny’s car this month, put new tires on the Ramblin’ Van so it was ready for the drive to Florida, and picked a move date.  This month was also filled with visits to friends, wedding shopping and lots of family time.

The last day of February brought a couple of things.  The first was LOTS of rain.  I took a short video of it at 6am this morning since it is kind of impossible to sleep in a RV being rocked by wind a rain.  Unfortunately, that video came out very dark and boring.  Here is a pretty picture of the rainy view later that afternoon instead.


And finally, I signed up to participate in 100happydays (click the image below to find out how you can participate too).  You can follow along with my 100 days of happy posts on my Instagram (there is a link in the right column).


February was a good month and now I am ready to see what March has in store for me.  I know the one thing it has in store is Florida!

Theme Thursday – Fences

This was, by far, the easiest Theme Thursday for me in awhile.  Living on 80+ acres with cows and horses, we do not have a shortage of fences.  PLUS…it rained last night!  I know that may not be exciting for those of you that live in places other than Central California, but it was the most exciting day for me in months!  Our brown skies turned blue again and I was inspired to take a walk and capture as much of the beauty as I could.

Interesting note:  I wrote this post 4 weeks ago (look at me being all prepared) and had to share that it rained again last night (February 26th).  What a weird coincidence.   I guess Mother Nature wanted to make sure I wasn’t lying in my posts!  Anyway, on to the fences….

I could not decide which photo was my favorite so I am posting a few.

ThemeThursday 016 ThemeThursday 014 ThemeThursday 027 ThemeThursday 024 ThemeThursday 028

Now head on over to Clan Donaldson for more Theme Thursday Fences!