Thursday, October 1, 2015

I'll Sea You Later, Alaska.

So it's that time of year again, the time where Mom, Jess, and I take a drive down to Homer, a one last horrah before I board my plane and see new parts of the world. 

It's a rather bittersweet trip. I get to spend a lovely day shopping, eating, and spending time with my family, but I also know that it will be the last one, at least until next year. 

Anyhow, we were blessed today. During the entirety of the week, it had been storming pretty hard and combined with the super moon, things were all messed up here weather wise. Today, we woke to clear blue skies and sunshine. What timing! 
The trip began, as it always is (and should be), with coffee. 

The leaves still managed to cling to the trees, even through all the wind and rain, and it turned our drive into a lovely scenic adventure. 

Bout halfway to Homer, we ran into snow, however. Not something we were particularly excited about! 

Jess and I enjoying the sun in our faces..

Lunch today was at the delightful Maura's. We had rich sammys, pasta salad, and the best cream of mushroom soup with Gorgonzola. 

One happy girl! As Julia Child once said: "Those who love to eat are the best people." 

Can't miss out on the signature buoy picture pose! 

We spent the remainder of the day popping in and out of various shops, finding goodies along the way, but before leaving, we drove down to the spit for our photo shoot. 

Well, it was a rather exciting drive. Like I mentioned before, it's been storming and combined with that big moon, the tides here have been wonky. Today was a perfect example for we hit some massive waves that were just so eager to kiss our feet. 

Once parked, we hopped on out and explored the boardwalk. 

Just like last year! Yes, that is my doll Jess and I enjoy taking her out and about. It brings me joy, so don't be judgey pants! 

Just check out those gnarly waves, dude! Just like Cali. 

There's something relatable about the shut down boardwalks on the Homer Spit. They signify the end of summer, the moving on from one season to the next, kind of like what I'm going through.. 

A little ways up the beach, we found the waves to be not as tame as the lady Boardwalk! The waves were so large that they would block out sunlight under the peer. 

I braved some pics along the railing...

... Occasionally getting splashed. 

Driving back was rather exciting. Waves would pummel against the side of the road, splashing our windshield and bringing along a variety of oceanic debris. 

Well Alaska, I'm off on a new adventure. I'll sea you later! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Climate Change, Cocktails, and Coffee.

Waking up to today's forecast was not the most cheerful thing in the world. 

We all know fall is a time for dropping temps and changing of the seasons, but I think it's safe to say that snow should certainly not be present in the autumn season. 

That's right, I said the "s" word, and sure enough, there was snow. 

Thankfully, not in our area of the state! It did snow up in Anchorage, but we were lucky and just got forty degree rainfall, and a lot of it! 

Since it was a dreary stormy day, we decided to bring out a bottle of my favorite St. Germain Liquor (elder flower) and make ourselves some white cosmos. I highly recommend these babies, and it's a simple recipe!

1/2 oz lime juice
2 oz vodka 
1 oz St. Germain Liquor
1 oz cranberry juice

And one simply cannot resist dressing up for the occasion!

You just have to be sure you don't have too many, or else you'll end up like Fudge..

Also, I saved the best for last- National Coffee Day. Frankly, it should be everyday, but since it's a special occasion, I went ahead and had myself multiple cups (not like I don't do that anyway). 

Oh... Pilates? I thought you said pie & lattes... ;)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Favorites.

As I pack up and enjoy my last week I have here in Alaska, I'm starting to notice the little things that I love about fall. 

It is my favorite season after all and as my departure date looms closer, I'm keeping a positive attitude about this new change in my life. Asides from looking about and thinking "this is the last time I'll eat here" or "four days left to sleep in my bed" , I'm fondly looking at all that's around me and celebrating what I've been blessed with.

Fall Favorite #1- Coffee. I know, I know, I go on and on about this, but when fall comes round, it brings about a whole new flavor spectrum for coffees. 

See what I mean?

Fall Favorite #2- Harvest time. As the garden comes to a close, the goods start to come out. Here, Dad poses with the rich variety of garden goods- potatoes and carrots. 

Fall Favorite #3- The views. When I get to wake up and look outside at this every morning? Man. 

Fall Favorite #4- Autumn tunes. Here are just a few of my faves. 

Fall Favorite #5- Sweaters. So much better than bikini season, sweaters are so cozy and warm, and I love bringing them out of their summer hibernation!

I also got a new haircut and boy do I feel like a million bucks!

What I wore: purple multi-strand necklace (used), purple PRANA cowl neck sweater, lavender ODILLE velour skirt (used), black SMARTWOOL tights, and black HUNTER rain boots. 

Fall Favorite #6- Moose mating season. Fall is the time of year when moose like to mate, and currently, we have a family of moose here in the subdivision. Well, when the bucks court the females, they basically moan very loudly and the females respond in a similar, but different moan. Although it wakes me up at two in the morning, I'm so so happy to have a moose family in the neighborhood!

I moose say: I'm ready for this moose mating season. 

But before I sign off, I moose have a kiss goodnight! xx