Once the rain cleared up, our first hike of the year was in Union City, California. Kicking off 2020 with a friend and taking hills head on prepped us for what this year had in store for us.
Start by parking legally further down the hill from the entrance to the park. You can start your hike in the neighborhood. Plan your route using this map.
We started with very little elevation. We passed a pond, passed thru a few gates and met other hikers along the way. Some hikers had dogs. What lucky pups! Be sure to watch where you step! There was a lot of cow dung on the trails.
Make your climb to the summit. Turn around and take in views of the San Francisco Bay, the peninsula and the Oakland and San Francisco skyline.
Try doing a yoga pose or two with an amazing backdrop.
On our way down, besides dung, there was a lot of mud on the trail. Be sure to take your time thru the mud. Leave an extra pair of shoes in the car and extra plastic bag to put your dirty shoes in to be cleaned later.
If you like to track your mileage and elevation, try RunKeeper.
Be sure to treat yourself post hike. Try Skillet’z in Niles.
The tall building behind the Safeway on Foothill Boulevard in Hayward, California was the old city hall. It has been vacant since the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. I look forward to the “publicly beneficial uses could include housing affordable to a range of incomes, senior housing, local services, uses that generate tax revenue for public safety and other municipal services, temporary and permanent jobs, public plazas, walkways and public art.” HERE is more information.
“Gratitude helps you fall in love with the life you already have.”
I get to wake up with a smile on my face with the birds are singing, I am able to walk to the park and work out for free. I have food in the fridge. I have steady and reliable income. I have savings, investments, property and excellent credit. I have a roof over my head. I have unconditional love from friends and family. I am healthy. The people I love don’t have the coronavirus. Life is good and I am thankful.
I used to be on the go all the time. I used to have to schedule down time to make sure I rested. With shelter in place, it has forced me to calm down, relax, read more, cook more and save more. Normally, this One Busy Busy is non-stop – from Sacramento to San Francisco to New York. I am appreciating this low key lifestyle.
I am also thankful that the world is on its way to some kind of normal. The media suggests we will start seeing decreases in unemployment in July. Cities are discussing plans to shut down streets to allow restaurants more al fresco and social distancing seating. And airlines are promoting flights in July too. My repeat client is planning her birthday outing as normal. I am grateful that I was asked to book her birthday getaway to Bodega Bay this summer. An inquiry for Vietnam was also made this weekend. I am open to learning more about that region.
Another thing to be thankful for is the social media love. During this time of quarantine, I feel companies have stepped up their game and are responding more to their customers. They are showing love back to my posts.
It takes little effort to like, comment and share posts. We all appreciate the love! Spread some kindness, ignore the negativity. By the way, thanks for visiting!
“Hey, do you know how to to roller blade?” In search of exercise that would be better for my knees than running, I thought of rollerblading. In numerous FitOn videos, skaters are moves during HIIT and agility workouts. Why not get a pair of roller blades? My roommate and I bought a pair that afternoon. My roommate and I bought ours thru Dick’s. My new pair of wheels are by Roces.
How did it go? Well, we started two days ago, I fell three times and my bottom still hurts. You can see two of the falls HERE on TikTok.
YouTube training videos have been watched. It is nice to hear that pros with 30 years of experience still fall. Elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards are on their way. And I even have another friend waiting for her blades to arrive. Support and friends to laugh with when you fall is always good.
In quarantine, my roommate and I couldn’t really celebrate our roommate anniversary. Last year, we celebrated it by going to Napa. We visit often and we quite a bit together. This year, we celebrated with the help of Destination Wedding Photographer, Vanja Melnik, from Serbia. You might remember her from the interview I posted about HERE. Vanja had some unique photos I haven’t seen before. This is my favorite shot from the day, and all in the comfort of our own home.
She had posted photos of Factime stills with her taking pictures of her camera in the upper right hand corner during the session. For our session, the connection was quite terrible so screen shots were taken. I had an idea of the set up and I really enjoy our balcony on a nice day. As sports fans, I wanted my roommate and I to dress up in our jerseys and have a casual day enjoying wine. Props would be all of our swag, glassware or cups and even flags. I think it turned out really well. She likes hockey, and the San Jose Sharks. I like football and the San Francisco 49ers.
We took shots in different areas of the house. Vanja directed us on how to look, where to stand, how to angle ourselves or the camera, etc. Encouraging words of what looked good also helped to relax. We were originally scheduled for 30 minutes but in my experience, when photographers are on a roll, they don’t mind the clock too much. Unless their Wedding Coordinator (ahem!) is looking for them to give them a quick reminder.
Eventually the shoot turned silly. It is expected when Kim and I get together. Good times, Kim.
And thank you, Vanja! I hope to one day work with you on a destination wedding, hopefully in Santorini, Greece! That would be a dream come true!
Another holiday has passed while in quarantine. Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated wine tasting in New Zealand and aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day was the day when the Shelter-in-Place order began. Yesterday was Easter. My roommate and I always like to have a little fun when we’re together. Easter Sunday was no different. Bunny ears were in place.
We began with doing an Ole Henriksen Hygge HydraClay Detox Mask via an Instagram live. I am no beauty expert but lately my face feels like it needed some attention. What better way than do it with my fun roommate and share it with whoever is bored at home as well? We were also enjoying a Fieldwork Brewing Company beer. The Orange Parfait was delicious.
A couple of friends viewed it but my friend, Christina, in San Jose, California joined in. It was my second Instagram live group chat during this SIP. She is also an Arbonne representative. They offer skincare, bath and body, makeup and nutrition products. I have not personally tried it myself but I look forward to her sending me some samples to try. Contact her for more info! I haven’t seen her since the NKOTB concert last year. Life happens.
With a decision to go pick up sushi, we played Uno to finish our beer and sober up. We have a running tally of who is winning. When someone reaches 10 wining games, the loser owes the other a poke bowl. This competitive One Busy Bee owes her roommate at least one bowl so far. I am trailing.
We placed an order at Shirasoni in Alameda, California. It was about a 20 minute drive but it has been over a month since I have had sushi. It was well worth the drive. If you have been following my blog, you might remember that the Shirasoni location in Brentwood, California helped me gain my first Stella & Dot customers. I would set up in the lobby on Ladies’ Night once a week and ave my little display of a few samples. They now have three locations. I am happy I can get my Happy Roll even during a pandemic.
On a beer kick and looking to bring back some tasty beers to my favorite person in the world, I was thinking we could pick up some beers at Faction Brewing. Unfortunately, they were closed. Alamanc Brewing was alive and well. A listing of what was available wasn’t easy to review or order online so you had to call. Like a great roommate, Kim did just that. The nice gal on the phone described what was available. We picked up an apricot sour to go with our super early and filling dinner. Then I went with the kolsch and a lager she described as a close second to a porter or stout with some interesting flavors. We drove over and they delivered it to my car. All Kim had to do was describe what kind of car and they brought it to us. What service!
I decided that we can’t wait to get home to eat our food. My crispy Happy Roll would be soggy and I would not be happy about that. I drove us to the edge of the island in between Rock Wall Wine Company and Faction Brewing and we set up a little picnic using towels that were in my car along the chain link fence. The perfect view of the San Francisco skyline made it complete. We were not the only cars around. There was a good 30-40 feet in between pairs of folks who were also looking to get out of the house. We maintained our distance. It was nice to be outside, enjoying the view and the sun. People are also out and about in parks with dogs and children. We are also maintaining our distance there too.
Then, it was time to head back. Laundry was done, I didn’t win a million dollars yet thru the Monopoly game, my Sims got some attention, I completed a crossword puzzle and then the evening ended with completing Season 2 of Billions with Paul Giamatti, Damien Lewis and Sons of Anarchy, Maggie Siff.
I hope you all had a wonderful, safe and holiday weekend. Support your local favorite retailers!
Though it may be because folks are inside due to Covid-19 and looking for things to read, but myself and other bloggers are happy to have our page views increase in the month of March. I am attempting to use my blog posts on great restaurants to help establishments that need help. I have been re-sharing posts from all of my travels indicating people should consider them to order take out or delivery or buy a gift card. I wanted to give a big SHOUT OUT to Sons of Liberty Alehouse in San Leandro for re-sharing my post from Facebook.
I am using this time in quarantine to finish my 2020 continued education for my travel agent certifications. Once those are completed, I plan on taking a blogging, content, marketing and social media courses. To tie in the things I love, I have also participated in a 90-minute webinar with SommCon this morning. I am looking forward to using this time to better myself. I hope you do too!
Thank you to those that have spent time on my blog. Thank you to my Twitter fam for reTweeting my posts, clicked on links and viewed more than one post. I am so grateful. I am one happy B!
My father is pleased that his very social daughter has been ordered to stay home. Secondly, he is pleased that I do not have any symptoms. I have been traveling for four weeks straight before arriving home almost 10 days ago. He was concerned that I was in New York City and that I tend to go to bars and what not. Yes, Father, I do enjoy a bar or two. I am happy to stay home. So is he.
The Bay Area is on Day 3 of its lock down to help prevent the spread of the corona virus. From photos, the streets of San Francisco are bare except for an occasional runner, which is fine to do. The highways leave long, tempting strips to go see what my 2019 Honda Civic Si can do. Be careful, the CHP (California Highway Patrol) is out and about. So are the meter maids in Palo Alto. Not everyone is locked up at home.
Work continues. Conference calls, video calls, emails, orders, inquiries and Slack messages continue to come in. A request to let the team know the status or availability via Slack was made. I had a little fun with it. You have to and I welcome the humor.
Besides the many blog posts of what you can do with yourself during this three-week lock down, there are posts on how to network and be social too! I love the “Show Your Pantry” post my cousin did on Facebook. It is now up to 33 comments in two hours.
I don’t have a pantry in my condo so I am not a good candidate to raid should your supplies run low. Thanks for playing tho.
Japan is also having virtual happy hours. Just waiting for my invite.
In the mean time, I am looking to grow my social media numbers and #KeepingBusinessMoving. Thanks to Duckhorn Vineyards for the social media love!
Sending you a shaka from the Bay Area!
In all seriousness, I hope you are taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy and those you interact with healthy. You may not show symptoms now, but you may later. It is best to keep your distance to prevent spreading the virus. We will get thru this, together. Just not right now.
How are you still being social during this time of social distancing?
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Well, I can’t really call this a weekly post if it’s not posted weekly, now can I? Well, in true One Busy Bee form, I have been crazy busy this year, complete with a near meltdown (pun was unintentional, for those who are in the know.) Therefore, I am presenting my first OBB Weekly post of 2020. Thank you for visiting!
The first month of the year started out in Paso Robles, California with wine tasting and checking out the new Springhill Inn & Suites. I stayed home last year for New Year’s Eve and I wanted to get out of town and fulfill my monthly goal of traveling once a month. December was full of not getting paid but still working and trying to save money. Thankfully, January will come to an end with a two-night stay at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Half Moon Bay, California. This hotel is the whole reason why I want my Marriott points. I would like to move in and be able to hear the waves crashing as I fall asleep each night and awake to that same amazing sound with a smile on my face each morning. That’s the dream. Hopefully we get another great room.
I am looking for wedding clients this year! I have not aggressively been looking as my future is a bit uncertain as to what I am doing and where. I have committed to travel but I have not sought after event planning work. A meeting with a potential client did take place this month but I felt what was needed did not absolutely require my services or at my rate. If it is a good fit, I would convince my client I was needed.
During my Cugino’s birthday celebrations this month, I did come across the private dining space in San Mateo. At Porterhouse, they have multiple private dining areas. I had no idea. Not bad a of a space, eh?
WE’RE HUNGRY TOO
To add onto the section above, Porterhouse offers very large portions. I wasn’t very hungry at the time and was looking for a salad topped with some steak. This is what I had to get. The next day, the leftovers were still good. I just added McCormick’s Bourbon & Brown Sugar seasoning to it. Yummmm.
I had the pleasure of participating in San Francisco Restaurant Week. One, I met up with Nelly after a long day of moving out of a warehouse for work for a 9 pm five-course meal at Maruya. I initially cancelled until I actually got a hold of someone at the restaurant and they were going to charge me $65 per person if I cancelled my 5:30 pm reservation. They had an opening at 9 pm. I would rather literally eat $65 worth of food instead of throwing it away. So I finished the work, drove thru traffic to Oakland to meet Nelly, we hopped on Bart to the Mission neighborhood and enjoyed our delicious meal. It was well worth it to see my dear friend. I am so appreciative of those that understand we all go thru something. I am glad we were able to make this work and not waste money.
See another post for my first time to Spruce.
That mouth-watering menu I enjoyed this month is enough to keep me on this stationary bike as I draft this post. In terms of my fitness goal for the year, I have also been slacking. I ended last year with a four-mile run plus dancing the night away. I woke up the next morning sore, stretching and playing Christina Aguilera’s “Keep Singing My Song.” No one is going to bring me down.
Boy, was I wrong. I brought myself down by not putting up boundaries, giving too much of myself, my peace, my energy and my time. I had a pretty emotional week and a half and I had to reset. A weekend with my family helped but I needed more. I had to make the switch and I had control of that. I am better now but I am being more cautious and saying no to what doesn’t serve me.
I am hoping February will be a better month. I think it will start with the 49ers winning the Super Bowl! GO NINERS!
To those going thru hard times, acknowledge the problem, take your time to feel what you’re feeling and decide if you’re going to sit in it for a little bit longer or make a change. When you’re ready, take the step towards that change and keep going. Ask for help if you need it. When the ones you want most to help you do not come to your aid, there are other people that truly love you and will drop everything to be there for you. Don’t give up hope.
I am so thankful for those dear friends. You know who you are!
The San Francisco Bay Area is full of music venues. In the East Bay, we have The Concord Pavillion where I have seen B. B. King and of course the Los Lonely Boys. We have the Fox Theater in Oakland where I have seen my favorite female artist, Christina Aguilera. Just two minutes south of Hayward, where I reside, there is The Saddle Rack in Fremont. There, this country music-loving One Busy Bee saw Joe Nichols.
Thanks to my roommate for the invitation to see this good looking country singer. Refreshing my memory with his songs via Amazon Prime Music while I replaced my garbage disposal, I realized I didn’t know that many of his songs! Nonetheless, music in general is great and has health benefits.
The doors were scheduled to open at 7 PM. We headed south thirty minutes and found parking immediately. We waited in line to go thru security and to get a close seat. We found seats three tables back. Kim, my roommate, said this is the first time she has been to a concert there that had tables at all on the dance floor. Waiting for the opening act, I ordered food at the snack bar. With a Yelp check-in, you can get a free appetizer from a select menu they provide you at the menu. I went with the Super Nachos for $9 and the Parmesan tator tots, plus an Angry Orchard cider for me and a Blue Moon for Kim.
The Canadian opening act performed and it was time for Joe Nichols. He looked like country’s Heath Ledger with his long hair. He played my favorite, Size Matters. Plus Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off and here’s I’ll Wait For You.
It is always a silly night with Kim. Our selfie with Joe near the stage didn’t work out but that face!
I unfortunately missed out the Meet & Greet. Joe was offering M&G sessions to anyone that purchased any of his merchandise. Next time!