Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hump Day

WIN
Yesterday, Crystal texted me saying “Thanks again for Sunday! My skin still feels amazingly soft. Haven’t gotten to the Biolean just yet. But will get back to you” on what she thinks of the product. I am on my third day back on Biolean and I have to purchase more products thru Vicki. I also have to come up of a way to get the products in the hands of brides. I have been studying and reading up on the health benefits to become much more educated on the products and health in general.

Christy, who works for TSA at SFO, also took one of her samples of Winrgy today. She said she "really liked" it and she "was good all day." WIN will soon come out in 5Hr Energy form. I will definitely sample DB and the umpire association on that.

EVENT PLANNING
The July wedding is moving forward slowly. I do not have as many responsibilities as the bride’s future sister-in-law is also an Event Planner and has taken the reins due to an agreement after the initial ceremony and reception venue locations have not been up to par. The ceremony and reception will now take place at one venue in Santa Clara. My bride is very sweet and I don’t think she wants to let me go but for the benefit of her wedding budget, I offered to step aside since she has family to help her and the new venue has an on-site coordinator. She kindly declined.

In terms of my family’s reunion, I still need a lot of help either financially or with items to bring. I still need to buy quite a few decorative items, decided not to move forward with an entertainment expense in the 100s of dollar range and I still need to book our hotel room. Auntie Tessie needed a ride to the reunion but I told her couldn’t fit her in our car because of all the items I have already purchased for the event, our luggage and our dog.
2008 Family Reunion in Monterey, California


PERSONAL
I could not sleep for the life of me on Monday night. It was the first day feeling much better from the illness that has left my nose sore to this day and back at work. I was tossing and turning. I also needed to get a good amount of sleep because yesterday I was meeting up with Sarah to watch the Twilight Trilogy in the theater. I wouldn’t be home until 3 AM this morning because the newest flick, my favorite, Eclipse, was debuting at midnight. Then I realized that Monday was a month since Cousin Natalie’s passing. Perhaps it’s the superstitious side of me that I inherited from my mother or I’m just crazy, but I can sense something is wrong (a disturbance in the force, if you will.) I even laid in bed thinking what could be going wrong right now? And clearly I was missing something.

Eclipse was awesome. It is my favorite of the four books by Stephanie Meyer and I think they did a great job visualizing the book. Many of the scenes were similar, if not almost exactly, the way I pictured it when I was reading this book. Breaking Dawn is going to be nuts. And it’s confirmed they’re splitting it into two movies. Man…

TRAVEL
DB, Bevo and I are headed to Carson City, Nevada this weekend for him to participate in an around the clock tournament. I am hoping to reconnect with my friend, Heidi, from middle school when I’m up there. So, that’s where we’re spending Fourth of July weekend.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Under the Weather

8ish AM
I absolutely hate being sick. One of my clerks at work was sick since last Thursday the 17th. He didn't come in on Monday and came back on Tuesday, the 22nd. Wednesday, the 23rd, I started to feel sick just before noon and my luncheon with Christy. I joked around with him that he had a weak immune system, a jab that he and I playfully do at work as to who is more inferior in society. It's all fun and games and in a big corporation, I may even get written up or fired for the lenient and open relationship we have with each other, especially since I am a manager. Anyways... I've been sick. I left work mid-afternoon on Wednesday and stayed home on Thursday and Friday. I DID everything to beat this cold. My friend Jenny was turning 30 and she was having a party at the Bubble Lounge in SF on Saturday night. I was not feeling well enough to go so I personally gave her a call to tell her I wasn't coming.

I took 2 sorts of cold medicine, 2 allergy meds, had soup - Top Ramen, Split Pea and Thai Tom Yum's from Top Thai in Castro Valley, a Jamba Juice Coldbuster, had enough rest, slept for 18 hours, changed the sheets, got some fresh air and even FED my cold with grease from KFC and almost a half loaf of sourdough bread from Safeway and butter. Mmmm, my tastebuds loved that. But I still didn't feel good.

Although I wasn't feeling 100%, (more like 85%)I had a Spa Day appointment with WIN in the new Santa Clara offices yesterday and Christy and Crystal came out. They had an extra seat for someone to get a facial but I declined as I was still sneezy and had to blow my nose a few times. I felt helpless. I wish I could have contributed more to the event. I did have a glass of champagne with WINrgy but the next two glasses I held off on the champagne. The girls really enjoyed the WINspa products and I they think they might be future users and other WIN products. Crystal says she has oily skin and she's really happy with the way her skin feels even hours after the treatment with sweating in the hot weather. Christy rarely wears make-up and she's always told that she needs to take better care of her face and herself entirely. She's always on the go so she thinks she might be a user of the products. In the car on our way to find something eat and at lunch, I told them about how I got into the business, how I was exposed to it, how it made me feel, what I was expecting out of it, etc. The truth, basically. Christy and Crystal are so much more educated on the health benefits and terminology than I am so it makes a lot more sense to them. I am still learning. They were very interested in the Omega3, the Elasticity products for hair, skin and nails and Christy perked up when she heard that the Biolean even helps with migraines. She gets those a lot.

I realized while I was watching them do their facials that I stopped taking Biolean about 5 days prior to because I ran out. It's $80 for a month's supply and I just can't afford an extra $80 a month. I had a box left but I promised that to Tasina. Though I can't prove that I got sick because I stopped taking the supplements, it is definitely a coincidence. The weather has been beautiful for a while now and I haven't had to take allergy medicine until last Thursday. Usually, when it's beautiful out, I feel like crap. So today, I started taking Biolean again and I may just have to start taking it on a regular basis. Not just to keep me lean but to avoid feeling like I can't breathe would be worth it.

During yesterday's Spa Day, we met another Distributor named Elizabeth. Her mother, Marcia, and her opened the Santa Clara office. She was tall and beautiful, had a big rock on her hand and I believe she was engaged to a professional sports player. Not sure who. She was very nice. She connected well with Christy and Crystal. If I wasn't feeling so sick, I'd most likely be more sociable. She was saying that her sister lost 90 pounds on Biolean and the products and used the Enzyme Peel on her stretchmarks. Oh yeah. I've got those and I haven't even had a baby yet. Her sister is also featured in one of the newsletters I distribute. That's cool.

So we'll see...

Try out the products: http://www.mywinwebpage.com/87363

12:20 PM - Just had lunch. A frozen Tai Pei Broccoli & Beef thing. Lots of carbs but cheap. Not bad. The AC is on in my office and my body temp is either going up and down because I still don't feel 100% or it's the Biolean. I can breathe out of my nose for once. I like that.

3:51 PM - I don't know, People, this WIN stuff is making a believer out of me. I have been able to breathe out my nose without any problems but it is a major improvement from yesterday. I may even work out today, God knows I need it.

8:38 PM - On my way home today I chatted with Christy after inquiring after how her face felt a day after her experience with the WINspa line. She and Crystal discussed it today and were so amazed at how smooth their face was. Christy has had horrible experiences with facials and she said today was the first day that she felt like she didn't feel like she had to put lotion on her face. She loves the products. She did eventually put lotion on her face today since she was going to the Giants game but she wish she didn't have to. It's nice to have two people I know personally that love the products as much as I do. She said she'd write me a testimonial I can share with folks and I'll post it here eventually.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Countdown

Three months exactly until my 30th birthday. Boy, did my 20s blow right past me. As of now, I have no plans of celebrating. No big party or anything but am going up to Seattle with Christy and possibly Jenny to see Shoe to do some celebrating a week earlier. Eh, it’s just a number right? Still not engaged, not married and no child beside my 1.5 year old Boston Terrier, Bevo.

I’ve switched up the idea for the family reunion this August to be in her honor a bit. I hope it works out. In terms of moolah, I’m not sure I should be spending so much money on things to make it an event. But we shall see. 50 or so days until the event. I’m expecting 35 people or so. I’ve spoken to someone in terms of entertainment this morning and not sure I’ll move forward with it but it would be great.

In terms of EP, I’m only working on one wedding in July and it has a very, very tight timeline. I’ve met with the photographer team and I think they’ll do a great job. They’ve actually worked with my cousin Christine and her boyfriend. I need additional work in this field. I have a lot to do still but instead of following up on contacts that I’ve met at the San Jose bridal fair, I’ve been reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Then next up is Stephanie Meyer’s new mini-book about Bree Turner from Eclipse.

In terms of WIN, I have finished my box of Biolean and things are good. I personally cannot afford spending $80 (even with a discount) a month to continue to be on it. I don’t think I need it, frankly. I know I’m not model material or have a washboard stomach but I’m OK with it. With the samples I have purchased from Vicki, I still owe her some money so when I pay that off, I’d love to get on their multi-vitamin, which I definitely need as Christy has been urging me to do so for forever, and their Omega-3. I do like their ProXtreme protein powder but I wish their Sure2Endure was not in pill form. I am bringing three friends to the Spa Day in the new Santa Clara offices this Sunday so that’s $15 a head I have to pay just for exposure. We shall see. It’s also a fun treat for friends so… whatever.

I’ve given up on a possible business partnership that I meant thru a friend. I do not like the way they did business. Emails were unreturned and when we did chat, it was as if there was no recollection of what the idea was prior to the call. Actually, one day before the meeting they had no clue why we were getting together. I do not want to deal with business people like that. So, moving on….

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Cousin Natalie - Part I

It’s been a tough time for the Lagade side. My beautiful cousin, Natalie Nobida, passed two weeks on May 26, 2010 at 6:50 AM at the age of only 42. The last time I saw her was at Elyssa Claire’s baby shower in Vacaville last summer. Her spirits were high and she must have just recently moved in with her parents, my Auntie and Uncle, in Vallejo. She had a German Shepherd named Mickey, was a Benefits Representative at Morrison & Foerster, a San Francisco State University Gator like myself and a very hard worker, like myself.


My mom, my sis and I lived in Vallejo until I was around 8-years-old. I remember going to their house that sits at the top of a hill overlooking Vallejo, sitting at the large dining room table, listening to the adults talk (occasionally feeling bored at a young age), playing with the board games found in the end table in the large living room with the high ceiling with the sliding door to the non-enclosed backyard. There was an age difference between the Nobida sisters and myself but they were always kind to me. And I looked up to them as beauties and already grown women.

My Auntie Mercy is one of the sweetest women I know. She always has a sweet smile on her face, will genuinely ask how you’re doing and I couldn’t imagine her getting angry – just like Donna and Natalie. I remember I had to stay at their house when my mom accompanied my sister to a school camping trip. My mom. Going camping? I don’t know. I think she returned saying she hated the experience. She didn’t sign up to be a chaperone after that, from what I recall. I do not remember who’s room I stayed in but I remember it wasn’t a room facing the driveway. It was then that Auntie Mercy taught me how to make and measure rice. To this day, I still use the line on my finger to measure how much water should be in the bowl for the rice cooker. I also remember being afraid to shower in their house because it wasn’t my house. I also had a tooth knocked out when I was horsing around at school. Auntie said that I needed to put the tooth under my pillow and the Tooth Fairy will come and give me money while I slept. I believe she folded a blue index card in half and taped all three open sides closed. And alas, when I woke up, I had money in the envelope instead of my tooth. I think it was only $.50 but I have never had a visit from the Tooth Fairy before! Wow. I think Auntie is a wonderful woman and she and uncle did a fantastic job raising two great women. They went to school, were good girls, and we never heard any family drama. I could only imagine how she’s feeling. She lost her first born. And it’s so difficult to lose a child when it’s usually the parents that usually move on first.

Donna’s a strong gal. I think it’s in our blood. She did a lot to prepare for the funeral, etc. Of course I volunteered to do as much as they needed. Melyssa and I discussed how we could help, even before Natalie passed away. But I said the most we can do is communicate that we are here for them, thinking of them, loving them and to please not hesitate to ask if they need anything. Donna lost a sister. Like she posted on Facebook, Natalie will probably be the only one that truly knows who she is inside and out and just thinking about that makes me sad. I’ve had a very vivid dream of this happening to me almost three years ago and I woke up shaking and my pillow drenched. I had to see my sister that very same day but never told her why I wanted to see her out of the blue. I guess she knows now, doesn’t she? I can tell my sister anything (almost =P ). We can get into arguments and I’m sure she still thinks I’m a brat, but she is still my sister. I’d do anything for her. Ironically, today is her birthday. We’re headed out to eat some Indian food!

Of course I feel for Uncle too. I don’t know what he’s thinking or how he’s feeling but he’s probably just like DB – strong but doesn’t let his emotions show. And that is perfectly fine. Nothing is wrong with that. I hope people aren’t quick to judge. People grieve in different ways. Who are we to say how other people should?

Natalie was diagnosed with breast cancer, had 48 tumors in her brain and the illness got to her liver. (Please correct me if my information is incorrect.) 48! That is unbelievable. She did everything the doctors recommend that she do. Uncle was saying that she was looking forward to going back to work in November. It was just that the last two weeks went downhill, real fast. I got a call from my sister before I was going to head to the airport for my trip to New Mexico saying that thru the grapevine, Natalie was taken to the hospital and it doesn’t look good. The news made me sick to my stomach. I wish I had at LEAST placed a call to the house.

October of last year, I didn’t walk the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. It was great, the Lagade cousins bonded together. Even Cousin Carole and Lena came up from down south. Our Auntie Gi, their mother, is in remission and looks fantastic. It was me, my sis, Jenny, Jocelyn, Tiff, Ron, RJ, Cousin Laurie and Lyn. Afterwards we met up at Chevy’s in Emeryville and Cousin Donna joined us. Cousin Carole bought a card for all of us to sign to give to Cousin Natalie. Cousin Carole was sweet and said I should sign it first since I organized the group. We’re doing it again this year – Team Lagade with the same goal of $1,000. We reached our goal last year and currently Melyssa is kicking my butt in sponsors. My $20 versus her $302. Eek!

Thinking about receiving the news on the 28th gives me chills. I heard via text from Jenny and my sister, then I got a call from Cousin Pernell and he was the first family member I spoke to. I was at work at the time and I moved into a vacant office. After a minute or so, he asked if I was OK and I couldn’t respond. I was crying – out of disbelief, out of sorrow and imagining how Auntie Mercy, Uncle and Cousin Donna were feeling. I couldn’t imagine it! I’d be a total wreck. “Hello?” When I finally found my voice, it cracked, and my cousin realized why there was a pause. He offered up his ear anytime if I needed to talk.

DB was sweet. He said he’d cancel his game whenever the funeral was so he can attend.

That night I met up with my sister in Pleasant Hill. We both thought we should be around family. We invited other cousins out but they couldn’t make it. We met up at the Sweet Tomatoes and talked about how we were feeling, what we heard thru whoever, how could this happen…. All those sorts of questions that you want answered and find a meaning to in the time of death. We said good-bye and on 680 South, at the bend in Walnut Creek where it met 24, I looked up to the dark, cloudy sky and a bright, full moon poked through. I asked out loud, “Cousin Natalie, is that you? Yeah, that’s you.” And I smiled. We have angels watching over us and I think the beautiful things in life are a product of the love we have for them. My very, very good friend Kristian is all about energy and he said not to be sad and consider ourselves lucky that she shared her energy with us.

The funeral home was one I passed by all the time when I lived in Vallejo as a kid. At that time, I didn’t know what it was. It just looked like a nice white house. For the first day of the viewing, I drove out there by myself, with butterflies in my stomach, and I waited in the parking lot for my sister to arrive. I couldn’t go in alone and as I sat there in my car, in the heat and windows down, a ladybug flew right into my car. I gently picked it up. Then it flew away. What a wonderful greeting.

I’ll continue in a bit…

Friday, June 4, 2010

Yosemite - Our 2nd Anniversary Weekend

(Finally finished this...)

So it was our 2-year anniversary this past weekend (April) and I planned it per our agreement. I’ll take the even years and DB will take the odd years. BUT, I remembered that I planned our 1-year anniversary when we went to Calistoga for mud baths at The Golden Haven Spa Hot Springs Resort and checked out Old Faithful. Regardless, he did plan a trip to lovely Leggett, CA where we got stranded in his other white BMW. Anyways… I’ve been wanting to go to Yosemite for the longest time. I’m not a big camper but I will camp. DB has never camped so I didn’t expect him to tent it out there, so I made sure we had a motel/hotel room. And I wanted to bring Bevo. I don’t like having to pay extra so he can get boarded. I’d rather he come with us on our adventures. So we did.

After reading blogs online, following a Yosemite park ranger on Twitter.com, reading reviews on Yelp.com and checking out trails, shuttle routes, weather.com, I planned our two-night stay in Yosemite. We had sushi at our favorite spot in Hayward before we hit the road. (We looooove sushi.) The sushi chef, Shawn, and Sarah, a server, know us by name. Sarah was envious that we were headed to Yosemite and was even thinking of going that weekend. She mentioned she was going to stay in a hut-like set of accommodations. By the sound of it, DB wouldn’t be down with that. But I think he’d rough it if I begged him to. Although, I like nice things and being comfortable too… maybe next time.

We went home, grabbed Bevo, and threw him in the back of the M5 for the first time as DB laid out a comforter in the back lining the entire backseat so the Beeves didn’t ruin them like the bottom of our black leather couches. He was a happy camper. I was glad he was with us. Bevo is a well-traveled dog.

We hit some traffic on 580 heading into Tracy as usual, and took 99 South to Merced. Night has fallen and radio stations began to fizzle out a little ways down 120. We passed thru Mariposa, CA and the two cars in front of us slowly pulled into a diner. The next day, we found out that this place was Happy Burger and we decided to clog our arteries a little more. We began the windy road thru the valley that ran beside the Merced River. It was dark and all I could see to the right of me were the drive-bys of the incredible sedimentary rock formations. Although it was dark, I was excited to see them. The layers were thick and all over the place. I took geology in college and I enjoyed it much more than biology. To the left, all DB could see was a dark hill reaching for the sky. Bevo was trying hard to fall asleep but wasn’t able to get comfortable. We were stopped at a red light on a two-lane road and the white sign on the post said “Expect 15 Min Wait.” Say what? OK… Then saw headlights slowly crossing the bridge. It must be our turn soon.

We finally arrived at our hotel. I booked a room at the Yosemite View Lodge and I couldn’t be happier. I checked out the other two hotels IN the park in the valley but they were way too expensive and the Ahwanhee wanted to charge $75 extra per night for Bevo to stay there. When we took the shuttle around Yosemite Village and drove past the Ahwanee, I was glad we didn’t stay there. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I heard a constant roar. “Babe, do you hear that?” It was the river. It sounded so close. So calming. I went to check in and they had a huge gift shop with food and even wine and liquor. Marked up of course. I did not partake. The Yosemite View Lodge was wonderful as you can read on my Yelp.com review. It had a balcony, closet, a stove, microwave, large bathroom and stocked with plates, bowls, cups, utensils and even a sharp knife. And of course DB was happy there was a flat screen and ESPN. We had absolutely no cell coverage in El Portal. You mean, we only have each other to speak to? HA! No Facebook or Twittering for me? Oh my. We had a long drive so we turned in. I was really excited about the following day.

I woke up first with Bevo sitting in between us, staring at me. It was 7 AM. Yup, right on schedule. “Mommy, wake up! I have to poop!” It was no longer dark outside and I bundled up as if I were about to hit the slopes. I opened the door of our room and the fresh air instantly woke me up. And it was not cold. It was absolutely beautiful. I saw the green of the grass below and again heard the river. But where was it? Bevo and I continued to walk around the grounds and I followed the sound of the river. To the East, the sun was behind a huge mound of slick rock. That’s one huge rock, Man. To the South, there was an iron gate that was unlocked but with a sign saying to keep it closed, and behind the gate was the river, powerful enough to take Bevo and I far, far away. It was absolutely amazing. I stood there for a seconds as Bevo sniffed the grounds and plants and took in the natural beauty. I was envious of the folks that had a room and balcony 15 feet away from the edge of river that got to fall asleep to the sound I was soaking in. I made Bevo sit for a few seconds so I can take a photo of him calm, as if he’s also soaking this all in. And off we went towards another gate, back to our room. Surprisingly, I went back to sleep. DB was still asleep: not a surprise. He's been working so hard.

We got up, grabbed my Camelpack, etc. and went to go have breakfast at the restaurant. It was buffet style with bacon, sausage, eggs, oatmeal, fruit, pancakes, etc. DB decided to grab his own orange juice as it was in the adjacent area. I didn’t stop him but I assumed it was a server station. The server coming around the corner, just smiled and we all laughed. Breakfast was OK. We needed something in our bellies before we started out adventure. We were in a good mood.

Then we hopped in the M5 and headed to Yosemite. I completely missed my first opportunity to take a photo of the Yosemite National Park sign as it was 200 feet from the end of the lodge. Ah man, my whole collection of photos will not be in chronological order. We stopped off at the first area that had signage with bits of educational facts. This first one spoke about the way people used to travel this same road but with wagons and horses. We approached the first booth. A few gals were passing out the Yosemite Association information (www.yosemite.org) and until April 25th, they’re waiving the park entrance which was $20 per car. Awesome! We gathered more information from the ranger and she gave us a blue pass to get in and use all weekend. DB decided to shoot the shit with her and ask her a few questions, such as “What if you’re color blind and can’t tell this ticket is blue?” She laughed and said her husband was color blind. Of course his attempt to be hilarious sort of backfired but it was still pretty funny. Get your cameras ready after you pass this post because immediately your car will drive thru a rock formation a little wider than the Drive-Thru Tree. We moved onto the first waterfall, Cascade, and it was two tiered from where we could see it. Very cool.

Driving along, we continued near the river and you have to tilt your head back to see just how far you are away from the summit of the hills to the right and left of you. Farther down the line, you’ll see El Capitan. All 756 stories of it. HUGE!

To the right, you’ll see Bridalveil Falls.

We continued to drive, saw Upper Yosemite Falls to the left of us and found a parking spot. Though we didn’t have cell coverage in El Portal, our phones beeped and vibrated about the same time and we looked at each other and reached for our cell phones at the same time. Bars! I took a photo of our view of Half Dome from where we stood at that moment and posted it on Facebook and sent it to DB’s mother. We searched for the shuttle stop and DB sat down. I agreed, we might as well sit down on a bench while we can. We’ve got a lot of walking to do. We hopped on the free shuttle and were followed by a couple with a black lab attempting to also join us on the shuttle. The driver only allows guide dogs on the shuttle and the couple continued to ask for assistance, therefore delaying our departure and get this adventure started! I did my homework.

We were dropped off at the Yosemite Lodge and we began our trail towards Upper Yosemite Falls. We walked thru the parking lot, passed the sign of what to do if you encounter a bear and up a little bit towards a small sign between two boulders saying “Upper Yosemite Falls.” DB already had to take a break.

We often referred to the maps I printed from the internet and highlighted our trail. We followed the trail towards Bridalveil Falls and knew we had to cross the street but the trail diminished and we ended up trekking thru some dried brush, thin, fallen trees and we encountered what could’ve been a well. Naomi Watts and the freaky girl from The Ring comes to mind. Not sure what it was exactly but if you had to go potty you might as well go potty there. And that’s what DB did. We crossed the field and ended up on the path next to the Swinging Bridge. Ah man, we’re already lost!?!? DB then took the initiative to take the lead to get us back on track. We went one way and it was a little creek. We had to cross it and DB found a way. We saw a sandy island in the middle of the river and DB found our way to it. We took a photo there on the ‘deserted’ island and I had to feel how cold the water was. I placed two fingers in the river and yes, it was downright cold. We made it back to the field completely dry. Baby gets points for being adventurous less than an hour into our trail. While in the center of the trail between monstrous rock formations, I look to my right and standing still, a single coyote faces Half Dome. DB stands closer to me and tells me to keep still. It was probably about 100 feet away from us. It saw us, calmly came towards us for a second and continued on the same trail we were towards Bridalveil. It stopped another short distance, peed and continued on the trail. We saw trees that thin or burned and I read that some trees need to be burned and shredded so their ‘droppings’ can fall to ground, blend with soil and create new trees. I think that’s how it goes. I obviously didn’t pay that much attention to that portion of my reading.

The closer and closer we got to El Capitan the more tired DB got. We saw the coyote one more time ahead of us and crossed one more creek overlapping the trail. Since DB was tired, we discussed if we were going to walk all the way to Bridalveil Falls and back or pick up the shuttle after the bridge and take it back to Yosemite Village and get the car to go to Bridalveil Falls. I was a bit disappointed that we weren’t going to go the distance but DB has bad knees. He's had two surgeries already and will have another one this year. I couldn't be mad at him. When we agreed that we’d take the shuttle back to Yosemite Village, we looked at the shuttle map and discovered that the shuttle stop we were looking for is only during the summer time. Oops. So we trekked two miles back to Yosemite Village. On the way there, we lost the trail AGAIN and ended up walking along the road. DB spotted a deer, took some photos and got pretty close to it before it hopped away. Every time I saw a deer, I thought of Ashton Kutcher’s character in Open Season and how it went potty. HA!

Eventually we made back towards Swinging Bridge and I finally got to go potty. It was pretty gross as it was a toilet but it went to the depths of a big hole where everybody else’s waste went. The thought of it makes my stomach ache. I’ve had to use a similar restroom in Truckee at a Los Lonely Boys concert. But hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

As I walked back to my resting boyfriend, I spotted a bride being escorted to her groom for a wedding with Upper Yosemite Falls in the background. How beautiful. I had to take a photo. It was simple and probably close to darn free.

We were so happy to be on the last leg of the trail to catch the shuttle back to our car. But first, I was hungry. We stopped off and I had a hot dog and sweet potato fries. The fries were good. I was on vacation so I didn't let the consumption of friend food bother me too much. The Caesar burger on the menu looked tempting but I doubted it would reach my expectations. A woman changed her baby in the middle of the chaotic picnic area and children were running around unattended. People, man your offspring, please! And oh, how sweet is was to be back in the M5. One more stop. I wanted to see Bridal Veil Falls up close.

It was nice. The parking lot was packed and the restroom had a line around the corner. There were a lot of people here and the trail up to the base was a bit congested. The path was paved so I could’ve taken the Beeves. Next time. The water was coming down and it sprayed over everyone. If you didn’t have the right shoes you could slip. Be careful. We posed for one photo. Check! Then we headed back to the Beeves.

We got to the hotel room and he was such a good boy. His plastic bottle was all chewed up and he was so happy to see us. We took a nap and headed out to Mariposa for dinner. The Double Down was recently released at KFC so DB was on a mission to try it, but the closest KFC wasn’t convenient whatsoever. We also needed gas so we kept treckin’ to Mariposa. There we got gas, chatted with a young local about the ‘hot’ spot and she said Happy Burger. Happy Burger it is then. What a place to get a heart attack. Check out my Yelp! review. Link is below.

Then we made the trip back to the lodge to watch ESPN.

The next morning, we packed up our belongings and Sunday was Bevo’s day to explore Yosemite. We probably only walked about 2 miles but he had a good time. We hiked towards Half Dome and it was another nice day out. There’s one of my favorite pictures of Bevo and DB on the trail with Half Dome behind them. Very cute.

Then we headed home… And DB got to try the Double Down. I thought it was disgusting. We had the fried version but he says that I’d like the grilled version.

I love traveling with my boys. Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend for being such a trooper.

Upcoming trips looks like possibly Carson City, Nevada, Carlsbad, California and Seattle, Washington.


Most places have been reviewed on Yelp by me and is on this list: http://www.yelp.com/list/yosemite-national-park-el-portal