We do summer buttcation right

Who’s doing the Friday dance with me? It’s been a long but fun week but I’m ready to hang with my boys and the Lu. It’s her last weekend here so we are going to have to eat ice cream and sour gummy worms for dinner to celebrate a great summer buttcation.

I got my PT session in early and it was gorgeous for us girls to get out of the house, so we put the top down and drove along the coast. We made lots of stops, climb rocks, snapped pics, outran/hobbled rogue waves, well I did, Lu took one for the team, and took in the salty sunshiny air.

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We saw a pair of dolphins swimming along the shoreline which was super cool! Two sea lions even stopped to pose for us.

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I have a thing for waves splashing against rocks, so we found my new favorite place for the perfect nature show. We climbed some rocks then sat and waited. The next 4 shots were taken consecutively without any editing.

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Mike Googled how to make a gif and made this.


And I made this video for you.

Pebble Beach, CA


I can’t wait to get back into pool running. Working a couple days and having a headache for 3 days sucked the life out of me. Though I bet taking 12 Advil within 24 hours was not the brightest idea I’ve ever had. Anyway I am beyond ready to get my workout on!

Has anyone tried pool running? What do you think?

What are 5 things you plan to do this weekend?

Anyone on vacation or going on one? Tell me all about it.


Find things you are passionate about and DO them

Our conversations with Lu about life and her future has me thinking about things I wish I knew and lived by 15+ years ago.

My life is far from perfect, but my 30’s have been the best years so far. It seems like every year keeps getting better. Growing up people would tell me that high school was going to be the best years of my life. Maybe that was true for them, but it most definitely was not the case for me. I know it might not last forever, but for now I am enjoying life and the way I choose to live it right now.

  • I finally feel at peace with who I am and the direction I am heading. I think we all go through that ‘life in limbo’ stage. You know, the time where you’re not sure which career path you want to take, where you want to live, etc.

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  • Mike and I feel well established, we are home owners, have jobs we love and live in a place we always dreamed of. But it wasn’t always this way. In fact it was more of a pipe dream than anything. Heck, even a year ago we had no clue we would be living along the coast with jobs we love.
  • I truly feel like it’s not my problem if people don’t like me. That may sound a little harsh, but the less I care about those who don’t like me, the more I can focus on those who do. It’s actually a really nice, freeing feeling and I like it that way.

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  • Find things you are passionate about and DO them. I know working with kids isn’t my thing. Now, don’t get your thong in a wad, I’m not a kid hater or anything like that. It’s just not a huge passion of mine. But working with the elderly is! I have some of the best memories volunteering to help Catherine when we lived in the Bay Area. I called her every Wednesday to get her grocery list, which mostly consisted of Pepperidge Farms cookies, Heath Klondike Bars, frozen T.V dinners and avocados. When I dropped them off, I’d keep her company, take her dog Julie for a little walk outside since she stayed indoors and just spent time with her. She became family to me and I was pretty bummed when she passed away, but I knew that was a possibility going into it and I would do it all over again. I still think about her often.
  • If you don’t like your job, create it.


  • Another passion of mine is making folks from all over the world happy. I knew this job was perfect for both myself and the company. Exceeding guests expectations and attention to detail is my forte. Sometimes they don’t even realize they need something until I offer it. One time a group waived me on and said they were fine. I stopped anyway and asked if he wanted a cup of ice for his Diet Coke I knew had been in the sun for awhile. I could tell he was a little shocked but happily said yes, that would be great.

This isn’t a post about how cool I think I am or all the “good” things I do. It’s to encourage you to never stop looking for what makes you insanely happy, what fuels your passion and DO them! It is truly life changing in the best way possible.

PS Cock sauce =


What are you passionate about?

What are your weaknesses?


Virtual coffee date

Happy Wednesday! How’s your week coming along?

I have so much to talk about so if we were having a coffee date here are a few things I would tell you.

  • I finally got to go back to work yesterday. My level of excitement was like a kid on Christmas morning. What a fantastic day to go back, we had NHL players out and they were a blast. Plus hockey is my favorite sport to watch so it was a very fun day.

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  • The other day I got to meet reader, Laura and her super cute kiddos. I got lots of baby snuggles while Lu played cars with R. They came to Monterey for a beach day but apparently the sun didn’t get our request. At one point it started raining. Welcome to summertime at the beach, uh. So we moved the party to the ‘bucks and chatted about life, blogging, fitness and planning their next visit.
  • I would tell you that my doctor rocks Pro Compression socks and loves them. I randomly stopped in to get a work release form filled out and one of the first things he did was show me his new compression socks. He even ordered a couple pairs for his wife. Ha it totally made my day because this nerd loves it when a product speaks for itself.
  • This is the coldest summer I have ever had in my life. It’s been foggy and in the 60’s. The sun sometimes comes out and we need to bust out tank tops + flip flops for a whopping 70. We’re never moving, right cowboy?

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  • Bam told me he is very upset with the quality of his life.
  • Being one of the lucky ones, I got jury duty. I am crossing my fingers they won’t need me.

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  • I am loving the new Halo Headbands big time. I have been testing them out in the pool, on the bike and times I don’t want to do my fur. Which is pretty much every day in case you’re new around here. They definitely get the SCB seal of approval for both function and fashion. They don’t budge at all.

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  • If we were having coffee, hopefully you are not easily offended because this is what you will probably get.

If we were having coffee, Bam’s treat, what would you tell me?

What product are you currently obsessed with?

What did you have for dinner last night?

Ramen noodle soup with cock sauce.


I didn’t know I needed to hear that

Sometimes all you need is a good conversation with someone who is just so uplifting.

I didn’t expect this injury to be as tough as it has been. It shouldn’t have but it is what it is. The thought of giving up running has crossed my mind a couple of times. Of course I still LOVE running and never truly want to let it go, but I’m just so tired of all of the injuries that come with it. At this point my foot hurts if I look at it. Okay maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but you know.

I am feeling so much better in such a short amount of time, I was picking my PT’s brain about what the next steps in recovery will be. Luckily he catches onto my Type A ways and gave me a general idea of what the next steps entail: balance and lots of resistance strength training.


Maybe it’s the fact that it’s not quite healed/not yet ready for the strength training stage I’m in that’s kinda getting to me, but I have been feeling discouraged to run again a little more lately.

We are still in the healing and pain management step but in typical SCB fashion I want to move to the next step. Sometimes patience is not my strong point. Mike, you are not allowed to comment about that statement.


After yesterdays session, I mentioned to my PT that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run again. Apparently I made my love for running very clear because the look on his face was like he just saw an alien or something crazy like that.

I’m just so sick of the injuries, I’m not sure I want to run again I said. 

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I don’t remember his exact words but he said something like this:

No, you will run again and I’ll take a picture of you right there on that treadmill as he pointed to it, the day it happens in your Mizuno’s (my love for them must be apparent to). You will come back stronger and better than ever. We will work with you after the pain management/strength training is accomplished so you will be a better runner than you have ever been. You’re gonna comeback and run a half marathon.

I love the half marathon but the last couple years I could never seem to bust past the 10K mark. Turns out when the body mechanics are off, we will hit a wall in our training. Who knew? Winking smile

I’m not sure if he even realizes how uplifting those words were at that specific time. I walked out inspired and a bit more optimistic. It’s crazy how a couple minute conversation can completely change your entire perspective. It means so much to me that someone I barley know would care so much about this little passion of mine and to offer to keep training with me after the barn is rebuilt. 

So yeah, SCB will run again very soon and I’m pretty darn happy about it. But until then I will do my best to live in the moment and be patient with the healing/rebuilding process.

Have you ever thought of giving up on a sport you love? Why?

Have you ever gave up on it all together? Why?

Share an uplifting story.


That was unexpected

I didn’t plan to unplug from the blog world for a couple days, it kinda just happened. I spent the extra time to snuggle with my boys on the couch watching T.V, jump on spider Lu’s bed  to wake her up {another nickname due to her supa long legs} while Bam licked her ear, put together a couple puzzles, went to lunch and out to coffee. Mike also took us on drives along the coast because it’s something we all love.

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Oh and I took as few pictures as possible. So unlike SCB.

Don’t worry, Lu has me covered.

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Last week I got some good news, I can finally return to work! I have missed it a lot, so I’m pretty stoked to go back even if it’s only for a couple days a week.

Funny story: as we were walking into Costco the other day smart butt Mike said hey J, do you know what we have in common? Me: What? M: We both have never broken our sesamoids.


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Now that I am back on my feet, I can clean my house! I am very thankful we had a house cleaner while I couldn’t walk, but the OCD in me is thrilled to do it myself and perfectly line my hair products. #nerdalert

So I’ve been buzzing around doing that. I still play basketball laundry though. #nevergrowingup

Saturday night we met some friends which are more like family to us now, for dinner at Crown + Anchor. Locals, go here then feel free to send me love notes.

One of our friends ordered the George III’’ Steak and Mushroom Pie and because I can tell he makes really good life decisions, I ordered the same thing. From now on, I will take his meal choices very seriously because it rocked. We went to their house for an after dinner drink. It’s really nice to meet folks who are just a chill as we are and neither of us felt the need to entertain. We just chilled out and told funny stories and talked about life. Mike invited them over for dinner Sunday evening. Their eyes lit up like Christmas morning when they heard smoked ribs. Ha so they joined us.

We also invited Mike and Heather who are new to town over for Sunday supper. And when I say new to town, we’re talking less than 2 weeks.

They already found Carmel Valley for wine tasting so I know we are already going to be good friends.

Mike sure knows how to handle big pieces of meat. Winking smile

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We got to bust out our new dishware and cloth napkins like normal people. I sure hope this doesn’t mean we’re actually growing up.

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Lu sliced up a watermelon and made a green salad with fresh jicama. Girlfriend is getting all fancy pants and stuff.

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Mike + Heather brought chips + guac that was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

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I think everyone had a great time getting to know each other. I told Mike that evening, it reminded me of hanging out on Sunday afternoons at ma + pa’s old house.

Summertime we would swim, BBQ and eat watermelon. In the winter we would play games, drink coffee and watch football. It became a Sunday tradition, we didn’t have to invite friends and family over. Everyone just knew that was the place to be.

Last night was unexpectedly really special to me. I felt like it was a little piece from home-something I have missed since we moved a couple years ago. I went to bed with a full, happy heart.

Monday is usually my favorite day of the week, but after such a fun weekend it’s kind of a let down. Ha!

Fill me in on what you’ve been up to.

Did you have traditions growing up that you still do or would love to do today?


Better than anything I can write

A couple of you asked for a video clip of one of our afternoon drives. Ask and you shall receive. This clip is from Tuesday afternoon as we were driving from Monterey to Pacific Grove. It’s one of our favorite roads and if I had to guess we drive it at least 2-3 times a week. Mike on the other hand probably drives it 10-12 times a week for work. His life is rough. Winking smile

Summer drive from Monterey to Pacific Grove

Just in case it doesn’t come up, click here.

And a couple pics from yesterday because this is Bam’s blog, I just write it. Duh.

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Sheer happiness.

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I hope you have a wonderful day!!


Now what?

Thank you so much for your support on yesterdays post. These things happen and that’s why we need to think for ourselves and get another opinion or two. Don’t be afraid to fire a doctor. Do what’s best for YOU.

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I am hoping to have a loose game plan for recovery soon, but in the meantime I will continue to pool run. I really love it! I leave the pool feeling refreshed and so good for the rest of the day. It also increases circulation which I am hoping means healing those tendons a little faster.

I have been focusing on my form and finally feel like I am making progress. It’s pretty boring reminding myself to keep my back straight, so hopefully it will come naturally soon so I don’t look like a floppy wet noodle spaz flailing in the water.

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This week I busted out my bike for a spin. Lu and I cruised down to Fisherman’s Wharf and Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. It felt amazing to move my legs and catch some fresh, salty air and show Lu around.

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Then I came home to this extra firm(!) Trigger Point roller which magically appeared on my doorstep. I foresee a long term love/hate relationship with this torture device. Perfect timing!

I’ve tried a couple other brands of rollers, one I liked but another was too soft. Bring on the pain! In a good way, of course.

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What are your favorite fitness torture devices?

Have you ever been misdiagnosed?

What race are you training for right now? I really want to hear all about it!


The 1 percent: misdiagnosis

It’s taken me a long time to process this situation, a lot longer than usual because I am still trying to wrap my brain around the wasted. 7ish weeks in the boot and 9 days on crutches, only to find out, both were completely unnecessary, and in fact caused complications.

If I would have written this post days after finding this out, it would have went something like this: I want to chuck my falsely prescribed boot at the knucklehead podiatrist and poke him in the gut with the falsely prescribed crutches. But then again that would be premeditated assault (which I would never actually do) but that didn’t stop me from have a strong desire to.

There should be some kind of exception to the law when broken runners go crazy after being misdiagnosed, am I right?

I was so infuriated for days that I couldn’t even be happy about my new (less severe) diagnosis. And that’s okay, I have to allow myself to be an angry elf before I can move forward and choose to be happy.

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Today is a new day. <- I hope you read that in the Chicken Little voice.


Under the advice of Mike and my primary doctor, I got a third opinion last week. But let me back up to the beginning before I get into that.

In April I started feeling a pain in the ball of my right foot,that came and went while both running and walking. Though I didn’t blog about it at the time, the day Lu + I went to climb rocks is the first time I remember the intense pain.

I just thought it was plantar fasciitis since I’ve dealt with that for a long time now. But a couple weeks later, it started to swell and I had a sharp pain lifting my big toe. I knew it was something more serious so I went to my first podiatrist. He is known to be the best around Monterey. Not in my opinion, but according to everyone I’ve talked to about him said that. I am not exaggerating. Everyone.

The conversation usually goes something like this: you’re are seeing Dr. Knucklehead?

Me: yeah.

Them: he’s the best.

I explained the pain I was having and that I wasn’t able to walk without limping, he took an X-Ray and told me it was a sesamoid stress fracture and sesamoiditis. Without doing a physical exam, I walked out with a new accessory for 3-6 weeks and was ordered not to work for at least 3 weeks.

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I asked him if there was anything else it could possibly be and he replied, “no that’s the only thing there, it’s the only thing it could be.”

He would be on vacation but said a fill in podiatrist would be calling me to set up a 3 week follow up. Which never happened.

So I wore the boot + compression socks as prescribed, and tried my best to stay off of it.

My foot continued to stay the same, swelling with multi shades of red and purple, tingling in my big toe. If tie-dye were in, my paw would have SO been in style.

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After Dr.Knucklehead came back from vacation and failed to respond to two of my phone calls, I saw my primary doctor whom I absolutely adore. He disagreed with Dr. Knukleheads diagnosis and encouraged me to get a 3rd opinion. So I said find me a new podiatrist and he did.

In the meantime, at week 5.5 I finally got into see Dr. Knucklehead for a follow up.

I explained things were the same-no better, no worse. He assured me this was typical for the injury I have and that I really need to stay off of it.

This didn’t sit well for myself or Mike (who was with me) so I asked for an MRI. Thankfully he agreed.

I got an MRI on the following Monday and within 3 hours Knucklehead called telling me things were worse than he thought. I went from a stress fracture to a complete fracture with sesamoiditis and he was afraid the bone would actually die if I didn’t stay off it. His advice: I need to be off my foot and on crutches for 3 weeks.

The Type A in me has to have specific instructions, so I asked if I could take a shower, etc. He replied “do you need a dictionary? You need to be 100% off it.” I didn’t tell Mike about that comment until this morning for Dr. Knuckleheads protection. Winking smile

I was terrified, so I did everything I could think of to stay off my paw. I hopped around, I rolled around the house in my rolley polley chair. We hired a house cleaner, Mike + Lu helped around the house while I protected that paw with every ounce of my being.

I want everybody to understand, Dr. Knucklehead made his diagnosis and never touched my foot.  He just looked at my foot, but never felt the tendons, bones, joints etc. He took an X-Ray, nothing showed up so he assumed it was a stress fracture. I had to push for the MRI or that would have never been ordered.

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9 days completely off of it, still feeling the same-no better, no worse I finally got into see podiatrist #2, Dr. Wonderful on week 8.

Being the Type A, not going to lay down for anyone bitch that I am, I had my MRI results sent to him, took my copy of the MRI images and hobbled my crippled, happy butt to his office.

This experience was a complete 180.

Before I told him what my original diagnosis was, I asked him to diagnose me. I wanted a completely honest, undiluted opinion.

After a bunch of questions, a thorough physical exam, another round of X-Rays, pressing really hard on both sesamoid bones, I felt NO PAIN. In fact the blood circulation was so poor because I was staying off of it, the more he pressed on it, the better it felt.

However the ball of my foot around toes 2 & 3 was painful and swollen.

Dr. Wonderful said, “go burn your crutches, you don’t need them.”

Dr. Wonderful explained I have sesamoitits and tendonitis. Yeah that’s it.  But, when Dr. Knucklehead told me to stay off of it 100% I was doing more damage.  It had turned into a circulatory issue. The major swelling and less than fashionable shades of red + purple is a sign that I have poor blood circulation in my foot. He asked if we’ve heard of the saying “use it or loose it” and said this picture below is showing signs of a circulatory issue.

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I pulled out this before & after pool running picture, and the doctor took my phone to show his office staff because the difference was so dramatic. I mean the man took the phone out of my hand and showed this picture to all the other doctors, nurses, strangers in the hall. He was amazed.

There is NO sign of a stress fractured sesamoid, NO sign of there ever being one and most definitely not a clean break.

Dr. Wonderful said to walk, yeah you know, put my foot on the ground, put weight on it, step and repeat.  He also sent me to physical therapy.

I told my PT guru’s Dr. Wonderfuls diagnosis, they looked at me and said, “wow, that’s an entirely different treatment.” Then said come back in an hour, we’ll get you right in.

They worked on my foot for almost 2 hours to get me walking again. Yes, 2 freaking hours the day before a holiday weekend. No words can explain how much that meant to me.

This was taken yesterday with two feet on the ground, walking.

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I’m going to break into a run soon, like this guy.

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Turns out now that I’m walking on it, I am feeling so much better. I still have pain, my body mechanics are way off, but the swelling is almost completely gone and the tingling in my toe is completely gone. I have a lot of PT ahead, but I am freaking walking. And you know what?

I will run again!


Turn 2 girls loose in a nursery with cameras and this is what you get

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a fantastic 4th of July weekend and are ready for a brand new week.

This girl is excited to get back in the saddle!! Booya! It’s already a great day.

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Oh how I’ve missed you and riding along the gorgeous Pacific.

Lu & I have big plans to cruise around Fisherman’s Wharf and check out the rec trail. There will also be lots of pool running + swimming involved as well.

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This also means I am another step closer to lacing these gems up. The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 are coming out soon! I know there are a lot of WS fans out there who are really stoked about these kicks.

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Since I haven’t been able to take them for a test spin yet, here is some information from the folks at Mizuno. 

  • New refined fit includes a more harmonious midfoot wrap with softer, more breathable mesh materials throughout the upper, while still providing support in all the right places.
  • Ultra-responsive, lightweight U4ic midsole and Parallel Wave in the heel deliver a smooth, cushioned ride.
  • A wide forefoot, full-ground midsole and 10mm ramp give the Wave Sayonara 2 a stable, fast ride that’s incredibly light, yet durable, at 8.0 oz. (6.6 oz)
  • New sockliner provides increased resiliency and responsiveness.

You can bet they {and the Wave Kazan} will get the full SCB review as soon as I hit the trail running again. Pinky promise.


Yesterday Mike deemed it yard work day, so he took his two girls to the nursery and turned them loose with cameras. As you can tell, we got a lot of shopping done. Winking smile

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Lu has a dream of becoming a photographer, so we encouraged her to open an Instagram account to collect her favorites. Feel free to follow her if you like landscape/flower pics. Smile

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We picked up a couple of mint plants because of our current obsession with mojitos and we can’t seem to keep it from wilting longer than a day in the fridge. Oh and he planted one of my favorite plants, bougainvillea’s.

I see them all around Monterey so that’s a good sign they love the year round climate and lessens the chance of us non-green thumbs killing them. I’ll have to snap a pic for you later since I am currently in my pj’s, sipping coffee on the couch talking to my virtual friends. Wow, that makes me sound like I need help.

I’m working on the injury update post. Since I’m writing it from the beginning, it’s a long one. Do you prefer one long post or should I break it up into 2 posts?

Current favorite running shoes? Brand, model and why?

I love love love the Wave Hitogami’s but when I start running again, I’m thinking about starting back with my trusty Wave Riders.

What is your favorite flower, plant or tree?

Along with bougainvillea’s, I love oak trees. We have 2 of them and they were a big selling point when we bought our house.

What’s on your fitness plan this week?


Yup, it’s summer….

Yesterday I woke up feeling sluggish and blah, I blame fireworks going off until 3am and the fact that this grandma was wiped out around 7 the night before. I knew a nice workout would make me feel more like myself and less grumpy so I headed to the gym to do some pool running.

I’ve been focusing on keeping my back straight, which is much easier said than done, but I kinda dig the challenge.

I never imagined I’d love pool running as much as I do. I can see how it can be boring, but it’s also very refreshing.

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Just in case you think it’s always sunny and 70 here, it’s not. Living along the coast, it’s so weird getting used to having Indian Summers, but it sure beats 108 back home right now.

It only takes a 10 minute drive in any direction to get the perfectly desired weather. In this case we went to Pebble Beach where it’s known to be foggy more than Monterey. It’s still beautiful IMO.

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Instead of trying to get Siri and Galaxy to talk to each other, we decided to do something more constructive.

Mike + Lu climbed rocks while I took it easy and snapped a bunch of pics. I’m just so happy to be able to do some of the things I love. Like walk. Smile

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Then we stared at the beautiful Pacific.

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And there’s no other place I’d rather be.


But let’s be real, this is really what we look like.

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What get’s you out of a funky mood?

4 things you did yesterday?

How’s the weather where you are?