Work in Progress

2020 is halfway thru. The US people are approaching an election in November that can’t come soon enough. We went thru sheltering in place. We have also survived the loudest and most annoying July 4th. What do we have to show for it?

Kanye West announced he will run for the US presidency this year. People are gathering at beaches, not social distancing, all while cases reaching all-time highs in some states. And numerous burnt down homes because of illegal fireworks constantly going off. I can’t say it’s looking good.

What we do have control of is what we do as individuals. We can register to vote, send in our ballot and encourage others to vote. We can wear a mask to be considerate of other people’s well-being. And we try to live our best lives.

No socializing for me this holiday! I experienced curbside shopping for the first time with Best Buy. I was in need of a charger for my Microsoft Surface since USPS failed to successfully deliver my Amazon order. The placement of my item thru my passenger window as I sat in parking spot #4 and the CSR walking away was an interesting experience. Then, I headed to the grocery store for something to grill to somewhat participate this holiday.

Before that, I had a long workout session as the house with picking up some weights and doing a Strong Zumba video that is free on Amazon Prime. To my surprise, the Venezuelan hottie I follow on Instagram that is Michelle Lewin was in the video! I also took before photos and made a commitment to do more to get back to being a bit more fit. Nope! There is no way I’m posting those so don’t ask! This quarantine has me sitting on my bottom majority of the day and eating a lot. With four projects on my hands now, I cannot allow my health to take a backseat. I have to work it into my busy schedule. With that, I need support.

I started a new group on Facebook called “Status: Work in Progress.” We are all a work in progress. I had a FB group for when I did Bodybuilding.com fitness challenges. The challenges really motivated me. Per a response to my Tweet, they will no longer be doing the challenges. With this new FB group, I hope to motivate my friends to live an active lifestyle, eat healthy, and give them a safe, positive place to brag about their fitness accomplishments. I love seeing my friends post-workout pics. They motivate me. I am happy they are working on themselves, FOR themselves. This will be a safe place for that. No judgments, just support. Sweat is sexy!

If you’re working on your fitness goals, congratulations! If you haven’t begun yet, what are you waiting for? Comment below of how you’ve made progress recently in your fitness journey.

Back in Santa Cruz – Day 4 / Let’s Hike!

Hellloooo, Weekend! The day started with Facetime call with my friend I was housesitting for. I posted a pic the night before of these two kitty kibble bandits that were caught red-handed on the porch when I was about to take in the cat food for the evening. Apparently, I was late in taking it in and it was their dinner time! I shooed them away with some banging on the sliding door and throwing some water in their direction. They left and I grabbed the food and water out there for the outside kitty. The raccoons are cute critters but some may carry rabies.

As usual, more FitOn workouts were done, completing the June challenge of completing 10 workouts. Nothing else official was planned for the day, text received at 9 AM confirmed company was arriving for a hike. It was going to be another beautiful and sunny day in Santa Cruz. Now, which hike to do? AllTrails is a good place to start. The app and website are free to start an account. Sign up for the Pro for $29.99 a year to download maps to stay on track, never miss a turn without service, keep friends and family notified of your status and location with Lifeline and 1% of their annual sales goes back to the planet. Not bad! I am considering signing up. I hope to get back to hiking once a month.

I usually select trails that end at a waterfall like Alamere Falls or runs along some kind of body water like we saw on Purisima. On AllTrails, you can read reviews of hikers’ experiences and sort them by how recently they were posted. With the shelter in place orders lifted, some recent hikers state trails have been overrun with brush, fallen trees or parking lots have been closed. The recent reviews for the waterfall hike in Aptos sounded less appealing. I selected Wilder Ranch. I mapped out our route of just under seven miles. We usually go for three-mile walks back at home and he has been wanting to go for more hikes and continue breaking in his hiking boots. Six miles sounded like a good distance.

Having had toast for breakfast but the man was hungry, I pre-ordered breakfast burritos from Harbor Cafe. Although I ate, I bought one to reserve for later. These ginormous burritos for $11 with bacon were tasty and filling. Add their chili verde sauce for some extra yumminess. I had mine later that evening and I couldn’t finish it. He gladly did.

We paid for $10 for parking. The lady at the kiosk told us where to park and where to find the tunnel to go under the highway to the trails. We could have found parking along the highway but I didn’t mind supporting the parks. He finished his burrito, changed into his boots, loaded up and we started our trek. Silly me, the navigator missed the tunnel by following the flow of traffic. We continued on the bike path along the highway. It didn’t feel right. I eventually asked other trekkers if we were headed the right way. She confirmed we missed it and we corrected our path. Eventually we hit some dirt and found trail markers. Off we went! Adding some extra yardage didn’t hurt.

We started at on the Engleman’s trail, then to Wild Boar, to Old Cabin, to The Enchanted Loop, to Twin Oaks then take Wilder Ranch back to the car. The route was breezy but with a lot of shade. I could see some redness on my hiking partner’s skin. Don’t forget to wear sunblock, wear a hat and sunglasses. I usually have bug repellent but I didn’t have any with me at the time. Thankfully I didn’t get bitten.

You will go over bridges, zig zag through medium-height brush and go thru groves with tall trees. Listen to the wind blowing through the branches and the slow creaks of the trees swaying. You will also want to listen for cyclists coming up and down the paths on the narrow trails. I have never experienced so much bike traffic on a hike before. Stay alert! As I enjoyed the dogs on the beach during my jog the day before, my favorite biker is the one that had a grey dog running behind him with so much joy. What a lucky puppy.

The man was going a bit slower than expected but I let him lead. I then realized that his new boots were giving him some trouble. I intended for us to do the whole Enchanted Loop but his feet were screaming that it wouldn’t be a good idea. Always listen to your body. By that point, we had already done six miles. The AllTrails estimation was a little off but we kept going.

From the Enchanted Loop, the Wild Boar trail was not marked. When we approached the second turn off, I estimated that it could be the correct trail. It was heading down so it should eventually run us to the bottom. We guessed correctly. I would have felt extremely terrible if it took us off course. Had I been a Pro member, no guessing would have been needed. We eventually made it to Wilder Ranch Loop and the end was in sight.

“Too much nature.”

At this point, my allergies kicked in. It has been awhile. Normally, if I am near a body of water, I am fine. But it was windy and some areas were very dry and I started to sneeze often. My eyes started to get itchy and I really wanted to blow my nose. Reminder: carry tissue (among other first aid items) with you! We didn’t have any. His feet were hurting and I just wanted to breathe. We were quite the pair at eight miles. Who knew we had almost two more miles to go.

Finally reaching the car, RunKeeper stated this was my longest hike at 9.79 miles and burned 927 calories. Sneezing up a storm, my dreams of stopping at a brewery for a beer on a patio had no hopes of becoming reality. I would not be the ideal patron post-shelter in place. We went back to the house. He had the last remaining beer in the fridge and I had some of my burrito, some water and took a shower to clean the dirt off me. I felt better by the evening.

We spent the rest of the night snacking on cheese and charcuterie and the cucumber salad I made. After some of Dear White People, we successfully made it to the third season of Ozark. My roommate started it before us and recently texted me that she just saw the most disturbing scene from the current season. I asked if it was worse than a scene from Mayans. I haven’t had to turn away from scenes from Ozark yet but apparently, I will! If you watch the show, which character is your favorite?

We went off to bed without raccoon encounters. However, the birds were very talkative! He likes the window being open so it sounded as if seventeen birds were perched on the electric wire just above the house. I eventually fell asleep but that was enough nature for the day!

Onto Day 5.

Related posts:
Back in Santa Cruz – Day 1
Back in Santa Cruz – Day 2
Back in Santa Cruz – Day 3

Back in Santa Cruz – Day 3

It was scheduled to be a cooler day than the past few days. Thanks to the encouragement of my favorite person and the opportunity of being in Santa Cruz today, I took advantage of the weather and committed to going for a run first thing in the morning.

I haven’t ran on the beach since October 2018 on Maui, Hawaii. I haven’t ran in three months to give my knees a break. My last big run was a half marathon at Disneyland Paris on my last birthday nine months ago. Before I left the house, I did a pre-run stretch video on FitOn, some squats and modified push-ups to warm the body up. Apparently, not warm enough! I am glad I brought my light Hawaii hoodie. The walk to the beach at 9 AM was a bit brisk. When the fog burns off in Santa Cruz, it could be really nice and sunny.

Pre-run

I was wondering how this run was going to go. I ended up doing a 5K along the surf. I didn’t care about my time. I just wanted to see if I can still wake up and just go for 3.1 miles. When I was training for the halves, the first two miles were the hardest part. I either didn’t want to do the run in the first place or my body wasn’t warm enough yet to kick into autopilot. After two miles, I gained confidence that I can go a bit further. Listening to the waves crash, feeling the soft sand under my feet and being able to cool off by making strides in the water helped me keep going. I want to give some kudos to the two young girls and the gent wearing a weighted vest running the same route and to the swim team doing land and sea drills. It was motivating. Seeing the occasional dog also put a smile on my face.

Yes, I can run on water.

I walked back to the house, did some abs and devoured the organic blackberries I bought from Staff of Life. Delicious! I also started to watch Dear White People. They do a really good job of talking about the struggles of racism, social media, self-esteem and more. Add being a college student on top of that and life can be so hard. I love the main character, Sam. What a strong and courageous woman!

This One Busy Bee of a woman had a call with a non-profit rep from Pennsylvania. I responded to an ad about volunteering to do virtual event planning consulting for a couple of hours via the phone. The rep had a general idea that involved gaming, e-tournaments, raffles and earning entries. I haven’t picked up a game console controller in forever. I recommended the rep to find someone with a gaming background for efficiency, perhaps someone on Twitch. He agreed. And frankly, I couldn’t work with someone that constantly interrupted me. I volunteered to un-volunteer. I hope he finds what he’s looking for.

On the other hand, I have had three companies respond to my job applications in the last 24 hours. My first day with the new contract work will begin Wednesday. I will also have a new customer for a new service I am offering. We will be meeting on Wednesday evening and I hope to have a signed agreement. It will be a very busy hump day. I will announce the new service once I have that signed document. It is restaurant related though! Stay tuned!

Octopus dish at Scala’s Bistro – San Francisco.

With a much busier week ahead than I have had in months, I have been lounging at the house watching Netflix and playing my games. As I write this, I am getting a little tired and am about to head down to bed to read. The Cider House Rules is pretty heavy with characters dealing with being an orphan, foster parents, abortion, incest and differences of how the wealthy and poor deal with their problems.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. More of Santa Cruz to come! I am looking forward to spending time with my loved ones here, go for a hike or two, cook for them and celebrate my roommate’s birthday. Wineries should be open. Cheers!

Caesar salad made w/items from Staff of Life.

Related posts:
Back in Santa Cruz – Day 1
Back in Santa Cruz – Day 2
Fitness Fun

Back in Santa Cruz – Day 2

As normal, I woke up around 7 AM. Not normal, I only had three or so hours of sleep. On top of that, I woke up on the couch in Santa Cruz, California. The kitties have been easy to deal with and thankfully, the wifi is back up and running. I brushed my teeth, got back to job hunting and finished up Raising Dion. I then moved onto the movie with Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx called Just Mercy. It is a good movie to see in today’s world with all the energy behind Black Lives Matter. Tears were definitely shed before noon on this Thursday. There is a lot more work to be done. HERE is a great article on 19 ways to fight racism.

In an attempt to shed more than just tears, (ahem, pounds!) I did two FitOn workouts. There is an ab challenge of doing eight videos over a certain time period. One of two workouts focused on my core. I then did the ballet workout again. It is one of my favorites. The windows were open to allow the ocean breeze cool me down and I could hear birds chirping to cheer me on. It is almost like working out in the park but with a lot more privacy.

I had a third call regarding some contract work and am awaiting an offer in writing. Fingers crossed that will come thru shortly. I am also waiting for more work for another startup. Travel is slowly picking up. I look forward to booking more travel guests. I am also hoping to book a wedding for 2021. Engaged couples, let’s talk! This One Busy Bee ended the call feeling I can take some time off from looking thru job postings and applying. It is quite time consuming but with dedication and effort, you will get replies. With only having had a ham croissant from Tartine in San Francisco, I then allowed myself to leave the house and to get some groceries.

There is a Safeway nearby and we usually go to Whole Foods on Sundays. Here in Santa Cruz, I wanted to support a local business: Staff of Life. They are the only locally owned certified green market in Santa Cruz. According to Swarm, I was last at this market in May 2019. I am happy to give them my money. They will also be opening a location in Watsonville soon!

SoL had one path for the entrance and another to exit. They labeled which stack of baskets have been sanitized and there is an employee designated to cleaning carts and baskets. I was about to fill my basket with organic blueberries, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, chips, truffle cheese, salami and crackers. I had Persian cucumbers from the farmers market in Palo Alto back at the house and ordering takeout for dinner sounded like a good idea. I researched what I was going to get while waiting in line to checkout. Standing on floor markers to social distance myself from other customers, I decided on MG Sushi around the corner.

I picked up the two sushi rolls after ordering in the SoL parking lot. I asked for ponzu sauce on the side. I prefer it over soy sauce. Hit LIKE if you’re with me! I asked whether or not the sauce was in the bag as I shoved my credit card into the Clover system. I didn’t see any plastic ramekins in my clear bag of food. The lady confirmed it was inside. Sadly, I got back to the house and none was provided. GAH! Thankfully my friend had a nice bottle of it in the fridge. The sushi was hitting the spot.

Redwood Roll and Santa Cruz Roll

After a productive day, I plopped on the couch and played on my phone. Oh, TikTok, Facebook, ScrabbleGo etc. And here’s a confession: I play The Sims FreePlay on my iPad. I am on level 54 and my town is worth $21 million. I loved playing SimCity as a kid on the computer. At the same time, I attempted a few episodes of Stranger Things with Winona Ryder. I wasn’t a fan. I moved onto 13 Reasons Why which held more of my attention.

Without a nap, I took my low key evening to the bedroom and opened up The Cider House Rules. Thankfully, I was actually able to fall asleep.

Until Day 3.

Related posts:
Back in Santa Cruz – Day 1
#WereHungryToo – Santa Cruz – April 2019
Let’s Hike – Paths in Santa Cruz

Let’s Hike – Dry Creek Regional Park

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.

Their Monte Cristo sandwich.

Happy hiking!

Related posts:
Let’s Hike – Alamere Falls
Let’s Hike – Pacific Grove & Lake Chabot
Let’s Hike – Paths in Santa Cruz

Rollerblading – Day 1

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.

Thanks for sharing my post, 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.

At Buffalo Bill’s in Hayward, California

Have fun out there! Be careful! Use protection.

OBB Weekly – 4-14-20

Stay at home – always on the bed.

No, no, no. The country is not re-opening. California Governor Gavin Newsom outlined steps that need to happen in order to do so this morning. Fauci says a May 1st re-opening of the country is ‘a bit overly optimistic.’ Sixteen million people have filed for unemployment and being broke is a health risk, according to Business Insider. With four weeks into the Shelter-in-Place order, I feel we are getting used to it. Yes, being able to travel and going out to dinner and seeing family and friends would be nice, but there are some positives.

TRAVEL

Hawaii is asking people to stay home. If you do make it to the islands, a mandatory 14-day quarantine is needed. I cannot believe people are not following the stay at home order. I can travel to Hawaii anytime. I have posted the sunrise on Haleakala on Maui HERE. I have tons of photos of amazing sunsets and the ocean on my phone and on this blog. As much as I love my father who is there on Maui, I am perfectly happy where I am now. Please don’t travel.

Top of Halekala, Maui – October 2019

What you can do is save and plan for your trip to the islands! If you track every dollar you spend like I do, you are saving to spend it on that next vacation when it is safe to do so. Yes, it would help to spend that money and put it back into our economy but we can only do so much. If you need assistance planning your honeymoon, girls’ trip or family vacation to Hawaii, please reach out. I have the most experience with Maui and Kauai, but have also been to Oahu and the Island of Hawaii. See blog posts for inspiration.

Maui – October 2019

EVENT PLANNING

Time gives you the opportunity to be creative. I recently re-shared my interview blog post on Vanja Melnik. I absolutely love her work and it is a dream of mine to one day work a wedding in Santorini, Greece. She reached out to me and asked if I would be available to do a unique kind of photo shoot via Facetime. Check it out below and visit her Facebook page HERE. Isn’t that cool? I believe we’ll be doing a shoot very soon! Keep your eyes peeled for that! If you like what you see, contact Vanja to book yours! Please be sure to mention Bernadette & One Busy Bee sent you!

Isn’t this amazing???

I’ve been there!

Time can also allow you to be silly. I encourage you to plan to be dramatic…while taking out the trash.

#WEREHUNGRYTOO

I don’t know about you, but I spend most of my money on making my taste buds sing. I love the experience of trying a new restaurant, eating at an establishment with an award-winning chef and trying all the wine and all the beer. This quarantine can challenge you by trying a new recipe, read Anthony Bourdain’s books or ordering wine tasting kits or picking up beer from your local brewery. I think quarantine will also help you plan what you buy and how much you spend at the grocery store or farmers market if you only go out once a week.

Palo Alto Farmers Market

Thinking of feeding two people, we each get certain things we each like and then we try different recipes. Occasionally, we order food for pick up to support local restaurants. We can eat for $10 a day per person per day. On normal outings, I could spend $18 plus tip on just a salad! We are definitely saving money. I hope you are too.

BLT with bread from Tartine in San Francisco

MOTIVATION

There are memes joking that you should also wear a mask at home … to prevent you from eating every five minutes. Someone says I should stop making cookies or he’ll keep eating them! I cannot say I am in the best shape given being home every day (with cookies) and not being able to go to the gym every morning like my usual routine. I am trying to be active as much as I can during the week. Thanks to friends sending me their work out pics to keep me motivated, for apps like FitOn to be free and available at my fingertips and friends like my friend, Lisa, offering her classes online. If you look at the recommend Instagram posts when you search, I like seeing the videos of ladies working out to show me what to do. I did crawl back into bed to snuggle after getting dressed to work out but with my phone in hand as well, I saw these videos. It was time to get out of bed and hit the park with my jump rope.

Secondly, I want to continue to be challenged. I am managing to stay busy with studying, reading, cooking and work. But I recently started doing crosswords this week. I have never been one to do them. Like ScrabbleGo, there’s an app for it. It is timed and they come in all levels. These games help relieve stress and decrease brain disease. For your benefit, play!

And Happy Belated National Scrabble Day!

Staying Well Into the Future

It is a stressful time. There are a lot of unknowns and the future is unpredictable. If life was normal and the option of sleeping in and taking a long weekend has been exhausted, I would recommend a spa day. When you have a glass of sparkling wine in your hand, your hair is up in a messy bun and you are wrapped in a comfortable robe awaiting your spa treatment, you can take a well-deserved moment for yourself and relax.

Besides focusing on destination weddings and honeymoons as a Travel Agent, fitness and wellness is part of my lifestyle. I typically go to the gym 5-7 days a week and have ran two half marathons with RunDisney. Spa day trips are a bonus. I would like to offer my clients a full list of services including being able to plan pampering and preparation for their life’s milestones such as a wedding or even a reward for a job well done, such as surviving this pandemic. We will all need it.

I am compiling a list of spas I have personally experienced as support of having first-hand experiences at these establishments. When the world is ready and the Stay at Home order is no longer in place, I am looking forward to hearing from you to plan and prepare you for some pampering. Click on available links for more information of my experience.

Burke Williams Spa – San Francisco, California

Conveniently located downtown San Francisco in a shopping center, get a treatment and enjoy the spa and co-ed waiting room. Get a membership and enjoy a massage or facial once a month. Also available at their San Jose loction.

Crown Spa – Crown Towers, Melbourne, Australia

Luxury in every detail. The spa has a lovely waiting area with tea, water and reading material. Lockers are aplenty, enjoy the steam room, a large shower with multiple heads and your treatment room is large and possibly with your own shower stall. Have lunch in the dining room and take a dip in the large pool that is open to all ages.

Drift Spa – Palms Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Off the strip but still hip, relax with a great massage, take a dip in the private pool or head to the hotel pool after your treatment and order pitchers of mojitos.

Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego, California

Relaxing at a historical hotel on the water with military jets flying above is a win-win situation in sunny San Diego. Enjoy the outdoor pool, the indoor hot tub and the relaxation room indoors.

Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa – Maui, Hawaii

Enjoy a single or couples’ massage with the sound of the waves. There is a sauna, spa and sitting room as well with an amazing view.

Lotus Spa – Golden Princess Cruise Ship

Over two weeks, it is easy to get three treatments aboard a cruise ship. They usually offer you a bundle deal. Get a massage, a weight-loss session and a hair treatment. All while looking at the ocean or sea thru the window.

Nob Hill Spa – Huntington Hotel, San Francisco, California

If Colin is still around, ask for Colin. He’s amazing. Located in Downtown San Francisco with a pool, quiet room and balcony, Nob Hill Spa is a favorite of mine in my own backyard.

The Ritz-Carlton – Half Moon Bay Spa

This is hands down one of my favorite places in the world and their spa is amazing. The hotel is amazing and the spa is fantastic with excellent customer service and luxurious products. Get ready for your treatment in the hot tub or sauna. They have one of the best robes and I had to take one home with me. It is perfect.

Saltwater Spa at Casa Dorada – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you’ve never had tiny fish eat away the dead cells of your feet, you must! Get a great massage, enjoy the plunge pool, spa, sauna and order some delicious Mexican food.

Silverado Resort & Spa – Napa, California

Get an affordable day pass without a treatment or try the lomi lomi massage. As a Hawaii Certified Travel Agent, I had to try this treatment. Enjoy the spa before a treatment, or go spend the rest of your day at the hot tub and full pool on a nice day in wine country.

I look forward to when we can all relax and believe everything is going to be alright. I will be ready to book your retreat, girls’ day, bachelorette weekend or honeymoon when you’re ready.

Keeping Busy During Quarantine

Via social media, I happily see my nieces and nephews still getting an education while at home and friends getting a work out in. This One Busy Bee is definitely keeping busy. I thankfully have work to keep me occupied during the day for the time being. When work duties are set aside, I am enjoying getting a run or some sort of workout in, cooking, learning, reading, watching new shows and playing ScrabbleGo. How are you keeping yourself busy?

WORKING OUT

Whether you like to run on your own or do group classes, there are so many ways to get moving being quarantined at home. My friend, Jen, in Kentucky has a Facebook group where she leads yoga classes. My friend and former Bride, Lisa, in San Francisco is also doing live fitness classes via Instagram. All are donation based, so please, if you participate, please throw them a few bucks. We’re all trying to survive. I will try to join one myself very soon, Girls! HERE are some benefits of taking up a yoga routine while social distancing according to Entrepreneur Magazine.

As mentioned, I have jogged a couple of times. My roommate and I did three FitOn videos yesterday. When your friends are also on the app, you can invite them to your workout and you can work out together but separate.

We did a few Pilate vidoes. They are tough! I sure do miss Kim’s gym face. She puts in the world tho and pushes herself. Way to go, Kim! With the windows and front door open to the condo, I’m sure the neighbors were wondering what was going on with all the grunts, heavy breathing and sighs of relief were all about.

COOKING

With so many recipes to try via Pinterest and Instagram, you can make fresh salad dressings or be more ambitious and try a multi-layered dessert. I have already made two batches of cookies (See TikTok video), used a fish I have never cooked before (monkfish) with and threw in homemade pomegranate or kumquat jelly for a fruity or citrus-y vinaigrette. I am posting photos when I cook or bake on my Instagram Story at WereHungryToo. Take a look!

LEARNING / READING

I love having so much time on my hands. I can do things I have been wanting to do or haven’t had much time to devote to. Investing in yourself is always the best bet. I do so with reading the news every morning (thanks, Amy Hollyfield of ABC7!) I have participated in a couple of webinars (SommCon and Sprinkles for Breakfast.) I finished ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama and am now on The Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees by Diedrich Steen and Jurgen Tautz. Next, I will be reading The Alchemist. I will also be completing my CLIA 2020 training. After that, I am looking to take a blogging and content course and do what I can to revive the restaurant industry.

Up to date with them!

After this pandemic is done and society resumes as normal, I am trying to set myself up to bounce back and being the One Busy Bee I once was.

NEW SHOWS

Tiger King seems to be all the craze right now. Who else is captivated? I honestly haven’t seen it but it is flooding my social media feed. For us, cohabitation during this pandemic has allowed us to get caught up with great shows like The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel and Westworld. Who else loves James Marsden? We are also watching France’s The Bureau. It makes me want to revisit my French lessons in Duolingo! If you don’t mind subtitles, check it out!

SCRABBLEGo

At level 25 and with at least seven games going on with random players and IRL friends, ScrabbleGo has kept me in touch with friends, keeps the brain working and I really like the dictionary feature. In ScrabbleGo, you can hold down on a word that was played and it will tell you the word’s meaning. My vocabulary is not extensive and this could help. Beware of random strangers making inappropriate comments or looking to chat. If you are not there to befriend random people, forfeit the game and deny rematches. If you are competitive like I am, there are weekly standings among friends and your most played opponents. I am currently in the fourth spot. My dear friend, Sandra, has played the most points. “Can you tell I’m bored?” Keep playing, Sandra. I see that wine bottle too. Wine and board games will never go out of style.

Unless this SIP order extends again after May 3rd, I am sure there will be other things to add to this list.

How are you doing?
What have you been doing with your time?
What board games do you like to play? Are they online?


OBB Weekly – 4-1-20

No joke, I forgot about my weekly post yesterday. It was the end of the month and a lot was going on. At the end of the day, I was excited to see the page views on this blog improved by 174%! But it is a new month and a whole new month of Shelter in Place (SIP). Let’s see what was done in the last month and what may change this current month in regards to my normal topics.

TRAVEL

Well, last month began with a lot of travel. I was scheduled to return to the San Francisco Bay Area from the Midwest on the 14th of March. When my customer closed its doors to vendors, I immediately booked a United flight back home that day. Thankfully I was able to get one quickly at no additional cost. I was so happy to see this view of the Bay Area. There’s no place like home.

This month, we are on lockdown so no travel for me. I would rather be safe, keep people I love safe and encourage people to do the same. I will save my pennies for potentially a nice stay in a castle in Scotland for my 40th birthday trip in September. Fingers crossed I will get to go by then.

Not quite the castle I was looking for. Universal Studios, California

What plans have you had to postpone?
Where are you most looking forward to travel to once travel bans have been lifted?

EVENT PLANNING

The only event I participated in during lockdown was yesterday’s SommCon webinar on how the restaurant and wine industries are dealing with Covid-19 and what can be done now and in the future. With knowing we will get thru this and I have a love for the food and beverage industry, I want to be informed. Thanks, SommCon, for the invitation.

House of Prime Rib – San Francisco, CA
Jan. 25, 2019

April will be uneventful for me. I have seen couples get engaged during this time via social media and they say plenty of babies will be born in December, given all the time couples have together and at home. I have been to my share of baby showers. I would be happy to help in any way.

What kind of events are you looking forward to when SIP is lifted?
What events online are you participating in?

#WEREHUNGRYTOO

SIP mostly had me cooking at home. We are eating salads are almost daily. I have made chicken in a spicy Korean marinade, ceviche, BLTs and cabbage main meals for Meatless Mondays. Nutella cookies were also a nice and easy treat and they are already gone. We have ordered out a couple of times from pizza to a giant quiche to pastries to donuts. Main meals have mostly been made at the house. We did luck out and got a 4-pack of toilet paper on our last trip to Safeway. That was a huge success!

Ham quiche from Tartine Bakery – San Francisco, California

April will be about the same – cooking at home and ordering out occasionally. I will continue to share my blog posts on restaurants I have dined at to show them social media love. I will also be increasing my Yelp reviews. I want that Elite status back and as a Co-Owner of a restaurant, I always appreciated notifications of positive reviews by guests.

Is your favorite dining establishment closed and not offering take out or delivery?
If so, which is it?

MOTIVATION

Having to stay at home should have given me more time to work out. I am unfortunately not winning at this. I have ran two 5Ks though. I have not ran since my birthday and running a half marathon at Disneyland Paris. It is nice to know that I can just get up and run 3.1 miles. I didn’t say it was pretty but I got it done. Like the Done is Perfect Challenge I did over the last few weeks, I am happy to have done it. I love seeing my friends Tweeting that they are getting their fitness in outside or via apps like FitOn.

April, I will be continuing my runs and hope to get to a point where three miles isn’t a struggle. The weather has been great and a chance to get outside the house for some exercise is good for you. I will be pulling out that yoga mat more and using the foam roller as I am in bed quite a bit working. I hope to see your tweets of your fitness progress.

What is motivating you during this SIP?
What have you seen you friends post on social media that makes you want to do the same? Make homemade masks? Make a donation? Cook? Start a course?

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