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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Good! Stay Home.

Safeway – Hayward, California

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.

Gramercy Tavern – New York City

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.

Post FitOn workouts. No gym needed!

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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OBB Weekly – 3-17-20

My view from home – Hayward, CA – 3/16/20

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As my roommate would say, ‘Happy Beer Day.” Unfortunately, the world has been greatly affected by the coronavirus outbreak and I draft this from the comfort of a bed in a quarantined county in the Bay Area. We are on lockdown. Many bloggers are posting lists of what you could with your time at home. Here, I will try to keep your spirits high and something to look forward to. The world has gone thru worse times and as long as we take the precautions, we will get through this. And when we do, we can get back to traveling the world, be social at events, dine out and go back to the gym!

TRAVEL

A year ago today, I was aboard a cruise ship and had a day in wine country in New Zealand. Today, I am still dressed for the holiday but not in wine country. I do not think I am alone here with the wineries shut down as well. With hopes of being able to travel in September, an itinerary for Ireland and Scotland is in progress. Thanks to Google and Pinterest and a dose of Amazon Prime playing Irish documentaries, I am gaining a lot of information regarding these new regions to me. As I enjoyed working on New Business in advertising, learning new things is enticing to me.

I failed at being a Shenanigator today. But these roommates like to dress up!
Princess Cruises – New Zealand – March 17, 2019

Have you been to Ireland or Scotland?
Do you have any tips or blog posts on your travels there?

EVENT PLANNING

Did you know that Hobbiton has event space? Lord of the Rings fans would love it.

One day, when we have overcome and are able to have gatherings of 10 or more people, think of the events you will be able to attend! Tickets for multiple concerts have been purchased with hopes it won’t be cancelled. And an Airbnb cabin has been reserved for a family reunion in South Lake Tahoe in August. A friend’s family wedding has been postponed as well. Companies have been doing well in reacting well to the cancellations so far. It will help when it is time for them to be rescheduled. If these companies treat you fairly, please do re-book with them when the time comes.

Filipino parties are always more than 10 people. – Salinas, CA

What is the first event you are looking forward to participating in once the ban is lifted?
What events online are you participating in?

#WEREHUNGRYTOO

With many friends in the hospitality industry, I see so many posts of concern. Workers rely on tips, on being busy, turn those tables. With mandatory closures and offers for drive-thru, pick up or take out available, the sales is something, but it won’t be enough. Dining out is an experience.

My most recent meal out was at Fey in Menlo Park, a great Chinese restaurant. With no fear and a welcoming smile, we enjoyed the dinner as usual. Before that, I was in Lousiville and enjoyed a steak Le Moo. Dining at the bar came with great conversations with the bartender, Erin, and the barback, Andrew.

Le Moo, Lousiville, KY

Above: flame-broiled prime sirloin, bourbon-sauteed mushrooms, skillet-fried mashed potatoes, sauteed asparagus, bourbon-veal glace; prepared medium.

If you are stocked with Top Ramen and cereal for days, consider ordering out once a week. It may mean the difference of closing up shop for a local small business. Please see any of my #WereHungryToo posts on places I recommend. Use the search box to the right if you are searching by city.

What are your favorite local eateries?
Do you know you’re a regular?

MOTIVATION

As much as I love dining out, I love to work out. With the Bay Area Lockdown, I am more than happy to stay at home and work out using the FitOn app. They have monthly challenges to do X amount of workouts in a month. They have just launched the WFH Challenge of doing 15 workouts by April 30th. The app is free and even has celebrities to work out with like Gabrielle Union. Watch out, though. She talks a lot during the work out. She is saying things that we are all thinking so it’s a bit humorous but it could be distracting to some. The pilates videos with Cassie Ho is always a challenge for me. No weights needed. Try it out! Just because you’re stranded at home is no excuse to not work out.

How are you staying active during this time?
What online fitness stars do you follow?

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Let’s Hike – Alamere Falls

Do you chase waterfalls? Literally? Alamere Falls outside Bolinas, California is a great option. Prepare yourself for beautiful views of Point Reyes, the Farallon Islands, boats passing by in the distance, Bass Lake and the sound of the wind in the trees.

You could see the Sutro Tower in the distance.
Point Reyes at the far left.

Past the gravel road, park in the free, limited lot if you arrive early and start your trek. The 8-mile hike consists of mostly shady and easy trails. A few are moderately steep but nothing unbearable if you have some back issues. I would recommend a light Camelbak to stay hydrated and to carry snacks and personal items. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and a long-sleeve top to keep yourself covered from the poison ivy leading to the falls. Dressing in layers is always recommended in the Bay Area. Also pack toilet paper. The restrooms are not stocked.

Go early and it won’t be so crowded. We started at 9 AM and started to head back at 10:45 AM or so and there were small and large groups that we had to share the paths with. If you’re a greeter like me, that is a lot of people to say hello to. Save yourself the breath for the hike and less people in your photos at the waterfall by going early.

At the waterfall, prepare yourself for a treacherous way down to the base of the waterfall. Be sure to keep your hands free to help climb yourself down. The shale wall to climb down is dangerous and unstable. Please take your time going down.

This particular visit, the high tide did not allow us to get a great photo in front of the falls or be able to have lunch on the beach. Two ladies and a child that attempted to go down to the falls told us that the tide was coming up to the wall and we should turn around. My group continued on anyways. We scaled the wall. Dropped down and ran across the dark, rounded rocks and jumped back onto the wall as the waves approached to avoid getting wet. It was a little crazy and it could have been bad should the power of the ocean swept us away from the wall. I went as far as I would allow myself. I raced back to safe ground. In rushing, I slipped and fell on my bum on the rocks and bruised my left hand. Again, please be careful and do not do what I just did. On a nice day and where the tides didn’t take over the beach, the hike is well worth it.

For fun, try some yoga poses with friends.

I really need to learn new poses.

Friends in beautiful places make them gorgeous. So grateful.

Do you like to hike?
How do you pick your hikes?

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OBB Weekly – 2-4-20

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Happy Travel Tuesday! One month down in 2020 and there’s a lot of time to make things happen this year. Who has travel plans? Will you be attending any weddings? What upcoming restaurant opening are you looking forward to? And what motivates you? Whatever you have planned, I hope these weekly posts inspire you!

TRAVEL

January had me exploring my own state of California. You can find new, great things to explore in your backyard. Yes, many people save for an extravagant and long vacation. A less expensive and maybe a 2-3 hour drive to a new but close location can serve the same purpose: getting out of town!

Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles. Perfect for this Faithful.

Paso Robles was a New Year’s Eve getaway with the roommate. Then, I was lucky enough to crash her room at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. What a treat that was! Heaven knows I can’t afford that room on my own. Perhaps one day, I’ll be able to not blink when hitting that reservation button. If you have an opportunity like this, take it! My roommate was barely in the room as she was busy with her company meetings. I made my office in the hotel room.

What are spots near you that you love or would love to go to?

The dream. The goal. – The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

EVENT PLANNING

Well, congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs. They beat my San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on Super Bowl Sunday this past weekend. I honestly can remember the last time I watched the Super Bowl. The planning and event production of the half time show is always impressive in such a short time period. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira put on quite a performance. I have always been a fan of JLo and am listening to her songs now while drafting this.

Having a love for live music, the ballet and other performing arts, I have always considered learning and understanding what goes into the production of a performance like this. Perhaps one day.

Have you had experience with this large of an event?
What was it like?
Did/do you love it?

#WEREHUNGRYTOO

As much I love trying a new restaurant and a creative cocktail, I am also enjoying cooking. My friend gave me a cookbook from The Slanted Door quite a few years ago when I helped open my restaurant in San Francisco. I made my first meal: Shaking Beef with coconut rice! And it was amazing. A Bordeaux wine definitely added to it.

I enjoyed the sauce so much, I made my Meatless Monday dinner with cabbage and a stuffed pepper. “Well, this is a way for me to eat cabbage!” says the roommate.

Do you participate in Meatless Mondays?
What is your favorite meal to make for MMs?
Is there a cookbook you swear by?

MOTIVATION

As mentioned, I am on the stationary bike drafting this post. JLo’s performance may have played a part in getting up early this morning and getting a workout in before another busy day. She’s 50 and looks amazing. Talk about goals! Thanks for the motivation, JLo.

I did finally have an improved weigh-in on Saturday. Weigh-in usually takes place on Sundays but I didn’t know where I was going to be and I was happy to report I haven’t been this light in four months. I still have a lot of work to do and to keep it off but it will take some time.

My dear friend, Brittany, invited me download the FitOn app. When this One Busy Bee just can’t make it to the gym, it’s nice to have workouts at my fingertips. They have challenges like completing 10 workouts in one month. I need to get started. I am pretty bummed that bodybuilding.com aren’t running their 250K Challenges. They really helped me go after it. And it was fun to do it with friends.

Gym ready wearing my Myrtle Beach tank

Good luck on your February fitness goals!

How are your 2020 resolutions going?
If you have a fitness goal, what is it?

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa has beautiful grounds in addition to being beach-side in the Kaanapali, Hawaii area. Find swans, including black ones, plus ducks, flamingos and penguins. Consider dining at Son’z Steakhouse that is seen in the background. Quite the serene view, right? There are multiple pools, the grotto bar and spa. Getting a massage on the beach with the sound of the waves is highly recommended!

My friends and I were in town for the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. There was a deal for a one-night stay at the hotel and two tickets for the 6-course dinner on the lawn. I have been to a dinner for this event in the past and it is fantastic! Our room was spacious with two beds, a step-in closet, bathroom with tub, a large vanity, had plenty of mirrors for three ladies and a balcony. We slept very well, especially with our bellies full of delicious creations.

The pools were busy and there were multiple bodies of water to choose from. The largest of the pools led you towards the grotto bar but you’d have to swim under or squeeze by the waterfall to get to it. Other pools were more shallow with reclining chairs in the water and levels to break up the areas. Pool service is available for snacks and rum-filled cocktails.

Before you catch your flight home, book a massage on the beach. I guarantee you that the sounds of the waves is more relaxing than any soothing music playing over the speakers. With your massage treatment, you also have access to the spa facilities. Place your items in your locker, wrap yourself in a luxurious, white robe, enjoy the lounge area with some cucumber water or tea, or take a dip in the spa with powerful jets or the sauna or steam room.

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13.1 at Disneyland Paris

It would have been my last 30-something birthday and my friend wanted to do another half marathon. I agreed to participate as long as it was a destination. I just completed my first half marathon at Walt Disney World. It hurt. I didn’t plan on doing another one. I have done runs in the Bay Area and it didn’t feel like an adventure. It felt like it was just something I had to get out of the way that day. We signed up and we started training.

This particular friend and I have only ran together once. I ran poorly with her right after my first half and I didn’t take my training as seriously this time around. I wasn’t aiming to achieve a certain time per mile. I just wanted to complete it. And I did!

We didn’t have to start around 5 AM like we did at Walt Disney World. We took off from the starting line at probably about 8 AM. By that time, the sun has risen and the wait to go made you even more anxious to just start and get it over with. Watching the many other groups take off from the starting line was broadcasted over large screens and you could see the steam released above the arc in the distance.

It was eventually our time to go and I started out at a very slow pace but kept it consistent throughout. When I had to overtake runners, I pushed. When I wanted to enjoy the scenery, use caution on gravel roads and take my time up the hills, I just kept moving forward. I showed up, I traveled across countries and the Atlantic Ocean for this and I knew I was going to finish. There was no rush.

At mile 7, I thought, “Oh, maybe I will do another half marathon.” A few weeks before, I couldn’t even complete five miles without stopping. I walked home from Castro Valley frustrated. Then two weeks later, I did a 10K. At mile 9, I thought, “Oh, hell no. I’m not doing another half.” I haven’t ran since my 39th birthday on September 22nd and I still do not want to do another half.

I was surprised that I didn’t stop at all on my first half marathon. This time, I stopped for Powerade. I also stopped to help my friend who didn’t laugh when I grabbed her ass as I ran by and said “Go Team!” She was not in good spirits and she was in a lot of pain. So much pain that we had to stop, have her sit down and I tried to get her to breathe with me. Trying not to panic myself, tears flowed out of my eyes and I was really concerned. Other runners stopped to ask if we needed help. I asked a few people to send a medic. Another runner even offered his inhaler and she took a few puffs. We eventually got her back on her feet and we headed towards the finish line. We were literally a quarter mile from the finish line. Once I saw it in view and she was walking, I told her I would meet her there and I ran it out.

She made it, we got our medals and our goodie bags to refuel and we headed off to the see medic. Her vitals were taken and she eventually calmed down. Then it was all smiles.

When I couldn’t run anymore, I listened to my body. My friend listened to hers and she still crossed that finish line. I would still consider that a success.

As a finisher of two half marathons in one year with RunDisney, I got an extra medal – “Castle to Chateau.” I love it and it is happily displayed at home.

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OBB Weekly – 10/1/19

Where has the year gone? It is officially October and third quarter brings quite a bit of uncertainty. Where will I be by the end of the month? Will I have a new job? Will the US President be impeached? What isn’t uncertain is that life goes on and there is so much to be thankful for. Life will always be a little bumpy but just ride it out.

TRAVEL

I have just returned from Paris for my second birthday in the City of Light. After my visit in 2017, it wasn’t one of my favorite cities for some reason. This time, my perspective changed a bit and I am not positive as to its reason. Regardless, my dear friend and I had a great time. We stayed in three different hotels, ran a half marathon at Disneyland Paris and had an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower for two nights. We enjoyed being able to stay two nights in one location. Thankfully, public transportation was close by as well.

EVENT PLANNING

While in Paris, it was nice to have received an inquiry from a wedding couple. The Groom’s location said Djibouti. “Oh, a destination wedding.” After confirming, the couple is located in the East Bay. Information was exchanged including availability, typical structure and rates and next steps. I look forward to following up with them today. They found me on Facebook. Thank goodness for social media!

Now taking 2019 and 2020 events!

FOOD

A spot that was highly recommended to us to go to in Paris was Angelina’s. With multiple locations, we ended up at the cafe next to the Luxembourg Palais and Gardens. We both ordered the multi-course brunch for 39 euros and it was completely worth it. I am not a big chocolate fan but I had to try their hot chocolate. The selections were incredible. We were pretty happy and ready to chase the meal with a walk around the gardens and the city. You’ll need it!

MOTIVATION

I finished my second half marathon! It definitely was not pretty. I definitely did not train as much as I did the last time. I ran six miles a few days before and I felt good. What’s another seven? This time, I took my time. I wasn’t going for a good time, just to finish. At mile seven, I thought “Oh, I could do another half.” Come mile 9, “I’m definitely not doing another half.” My calves started to tighten and I stopped when I saw my friend Nikki stop on our last mile. I didn’t know she was in that much pain until I saw the panic in her face and I started to cry trying to talk her through breathing with me. She apologized for making me cry but I couldn’t help it! My friend was in pain. With the help of many other runners, we eventually got her back on her feet and we finished. I met her at the finish line and we saw the medics. Her vital signs were fine. She just needed to rest.

Nonetheless, we finished. Nikki would like to possibly train for a full. I am going to stick with 5 and 10Ks. I could do those without too much strain and I still feel its an accomplishment. I have decided to trade in half marathons for golf. I work at a golf course on the weekends and I might as well take advantage of the benefits of free golf and access to the facilities. See you on the course!

Hangin’ with Stanley at the Safeway Open at Silverado, Napa

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OBB Weekly – 9/24/19

Another year, another birthday, another birthday in Paris. If you have spent your birthday in the City of Light, please comment below. Unless I am in love with the city, I typically wouldn’t go back so soon. I last went to Paris in 2017. This trip was to do a RunDisney half marathon at Disneyland Paris. This city has grown on me. I am glad I gave Paris a second chance.

TRAVEL

In 2017, friends and I stayed at different locations. One was the Hotel Du Louvre and unfortunately it was going thru construction. I wanted to see how it turned out and it was gorgeous! They just reopened in May. I was jealous that it was not this shiny and new on that last birthday.

This trip, we stayed at three different hotels: Hotel Gabriel, the Vienna House Magic Circus and Accor’s Pullman a block away from the Eiffel Tower. For a boutique hotel, Hotel Gabriel was wonderful with friendly service to kick off the trip. Complimentary breakfast was also delivered to your room at no additional charge. The Magic Circus was not our first choice of hotel near Disneyland Paris. Don’t be surprised if your room comes with a bunk bed. The Dream Castle had water issues and we were relocated. Lastly, the Pullman Hotel was spacious, comfortable, classy and a great view of the Eiffel Tower. You can’t go wrong with its location.

EVENT PLANNING

My cousin met his fiance while stationed in Japan and they just posted their engagement photos in France. They were tastefully done. There are so many picturesque locations for this romantic city. The numerous bridges, the boats on the Seine and plenty of cafes to sit out front and feel alone together as the world walks by. I would love to do an event in Europe. Referrals are appreciated!

Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

FOOD

Oh, my, the food! My travel partner, Nikki, tried escargot for the first time which she loved. Sebastian at Le Lutetia also made the experience great. Thank you for the complimentary birthday champagne. We had crepes at Creperie Chez Georges. Don’t mind too much that they frown upon the whipped cream. They do offer it so, order it if you like. I did and it made the crepe so much better. Angelina’s is a must. And Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower is a pretty penny but so worth it. Each of these places will have its own blog post so be sure to come back!

Langoustine – Prepared as ravioli, parmesan cream, fine truffle flavored gelee.

MOTIVATION

Well, I finished my second half marathon in one year. After a terrible 5-miler a couple of weeks ago, a decent 6-miler earlier this week and feeling pretty good at mile 7 in Paris, I thought for a second that this WASN’T going to be my last half marathon. Then, when mile 10 was soooo very long, I confirmed, it was my last half. Now that I know I can do it, repeatedly, I am going to move on and try something else. I will probably continue doing 5Ks and 10Ks but I have decided to put more time into golf. It may not be fast paced enough for me but it takes practice and a different kind of movement and concentration to do well. My good friends, Stan and Nelly, have helped me already. I am looking forward to becoming decent and maybe have it help my business. Planning golf trips would be great! Golf courses are great wedding venues as well.

Second medal is for running two halves in one year, one in the US and one in France. Castle to Chateau Challenge.

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