Like Trying to Find Meaning in a Pauly Shore Movie

I don't think I'm going to post things on Facebook anymore. It feels like any time I do, it turns into a fight. I think people make assumptions about my political leanings, assume that since I'm a Mormon from Utah I must be super conservative, therefore, anything I post must be super conservative, and they must argue against what I've posted. Regardless.

No, really.  I can say that abusive, questionably rape-like relationships are bad and I'm wrong.

Which is funny because I'm actually right in the middle as far as politics go. Fiscally conservative, socially moderate. I'm a registered independent, and according to this political quiz, I actually side with the Democratic party on a majority of issues (I'm still basically in the middle but slightly skewed left.)  And I'm finding that being in the middle is pretty tough because everyone collectively hates you:
  • I'm a tree-hugging, anti-religious, crazy liberal to my super conservative friends and family for believing in global warming and evolution.  (I guess I just like the earth and think that not being soley dependent on oil wouldn't be the worst thing). 
  • And yet somehow I'm also an anti-science, anti-free speech, crazy conservative to my liberal friends for thinking that pornography is damaging and for being annoyed that the government takes 40% of my paycheck, (and that the government is the biggest waste of money and mostly ineffective, inefficient, and useless, bloated corpse of what it should be).  
I literally can't win. So I guess I'm just going to stick to my blog and post pictures of my adorable babe because trying to talk reason in a world of extremes is an exercise in futility,


Pretend #3

Just for funsies


Girls Trip San Francisco - Days 5 and 6

Cadie woke up feeling much better the next day so we cautiously decided to try and see a few more sites. We drove to a really great part of town to go to an art museum, I (can't remember the name of it). Really though it was a pretty sketchy sketch area and we didn't stay too long. But there was some pretty street art. Then we got some really good ice cream at Mitchell's, near our rental house.  Then we went back to the apartment to let Cadie get some more rest and pack up our things.

Our last day there was New year's Eve and our flight wasn't until much later so we decided to stay close to home and explore charming Noe Valley. All along 24th street were adorable little shops and boutiques.  We got a few gifts and I finally got to eat some good Mexican food.  Then we went back tot he house to clean and finish packing.  When we were about to leave, we had locked the keys to the rental car in our rental house (which we had left the keys inside). It was a few minutes of sheer panic, but a quick call to the owners, and we were able to get back in the house.  We got to the airport in good time and our flight home was mostly empty, it was incredible. Everyone on the flight could have had an entire row to themselves and there would still have been empty rows.

It was such a great trip, I love my madre and sisters to the moon and back :)

Girls Trip San Francisco Day 4

We started off the third day by dropping Lacey off at the airport so she could be home in time for Miller's birthday.  Then we headed over to the "Painted Ladies", otherwise known as the Tanner family's neighborhood on Full House.  The houses were so charming but the backdrop of the spectacular view of downtown was really beautiful.  Then we headed over to Lombard street, it was pretty great driving down it! Lisa and I each took a turn.  We were having so much fun re-creating our favorite scenes from What's Up Doc.  Then we tried to find 888 Russian Hill, which we never quite found. but we did find these incredible tennis courts that had gorgeous ocean views.

By that time, Cadie had started to have a bit of a croupy cough. So we went home to give her a break, take a hot shower, and get lots of sleep.  We ordered take out from Pomelo, (the Havana was divine) and watched You've Got Mail on TV while the babe took it easy.


Girl's Trip San Francisco Day 3

On our second day in the city we ventured across the Golden Gate passed Sausalito to the Muir Woods national park. It was definitely the highlight of the whole trip for me. The trees were just absolutely incredible. So tall and so huge in the circumference of the trunks.  And I will never forget how incredible it smelled in those woods. It was like stepping back through time, you almost expected dinosaurs or something to come walking through the trees.

We stopped at the Buckeye Roadhouse on our way back to the city where Lacey had eaten before and loved it.  Our last stop was at this incredible lookout over the Golden Gate that we managed to park and get there just as the sun was setting (thanks California traffic).


Girls Trip - San Francisco Days 1 and 2

My sweet brother-in-law surprised Lisa with either a birthday and/or Christmas gift of a girl's trip to San Francisco. We left the day after Christmas and had so much fun eating delicious foods, navigating the crazy hills of SF, and just some good ol' fashion girl time (there were too many "What's Up Doc" references to count).  The highlight for me was seeing the Muir woods. The redwoods were just awe-inspiring. So tall, and the trunks were massive. And the smell. My goodness the smell in there was incredible. I will never forget it.  Cadence was such a great little traveler. She did so well the whole time, except when she got a little sick on our second-to-last day there. Poor little lamb.  She is just my little traveling gnome and has now made it to both coasts before her first birthday. It will be so fun so show her all these pictures when she is older.

On the first day, after a fun adventure trying to secure a rental car, we checked into our rental house in charming Noe valley. It was really beautiful and charming and even had easy street parking.   We walked around our neighborhood and grabbed lunch in a cute little coffee shop, and then grabbed some fruit and essentials at the local market.

The next day we took the J Church train downtown and walked over to Pier 39 and Fisherman's wharf where we ate at the Neptune restaurant that had the most beautiful panoramic views of the bay. I of course had a hamburger because I just don't do seafood and it was honestly, probably the best burger I've ever had. Then we made our way over to Ghirardeli Square and stood in a massive line for some amazing sundaes. It was delish. Then we eventually made it back home on public transportation and hiked up to the house.

movie buffs will appreciate this one