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posted by Michelley on Jan 17

Matthew just remided me that I never wrote about day 4 of our trip up north.  I suppose I forgot!  Our day started off with a trip into San Francisco to get our coffee on.  We had heard about Bluebottle Coffee Company and wanted to give it a try.  Matt really isn’t much of a coffee drinker, but he’s always up for an adventure and trying new things.  Bluebottle was a little dificult to find as it seems like it’s in a corner, but we finally made it after several u-turns…there was seriously one street where we coludn’t make any left turns.  Anyways, it is the coolest little cafe.  The place was packed and took a while to get a seat and our order, but I was well worth it!  I ordered the New Orleans Iced Coffee, which is flavored with french chicory.  It was the most fabulous coffee I had ever had.  No comparison the the burnt, watered down crap from Starbucks!  Matt ordered a mocha…which was good too.  We also split the poached eggs on Texas toast with proscuito. I have been craving it ever since!  We will definatly have to make it a tradition to stop there whenever we are there!  Sorry, we were enjoying the experience too much to stop and take any photos.  We will have to remember next time!  I am also planning to order some coffee from them soon…unless one of my friends in the SF area want to pick some up for me so I don’t have to pay for shipping.  Hint, hint.

We sort of took our time going home.  We thought we would go check out the Googleplex in Mountain View and the Apple Campus in Cupertino.  We thought that would be more exciting than what it turned out to be.  They should have stores open to the public or something.  But we took a few pics while we drove around.

Google It

Apple Campus

Our trip included several stops to various Costcos looking for a Nintendo DS Lite for ME…but they were all sold out.  🙁

We had so much fun on our road trip.  Matt and I get along so well and we laugh so much…at each other and others!  We can’t wait for our next road trip and look forward to seeing our SF friends again soon!

Woohoo.

posted by Michelley on Jan 13

Matt has visited 24% of the states…


visited 12 states (24%)

I have visited 16% of the states…


visited 9 states (18%)

Create your own visited map of The United States

posted by Michelley on Jan 6

Sadly, Jessy and Wes had to work on Monday.  However, Jessy just happens to work at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco!  She was able to get us in there and we spent the morning exploring.  Jessy was able to show us around a bit before going to work.  The Academy is located in Golden Gate Park, so it was absolutely beautiful.  We were lucky enough to see the first showing at the planetarium, which was pretty cool…(I must admit that I fell asleep for a moment or two during the show though).  I think my favorite part of the Academy was the roof and the albino alligator.

After lunch, Matt and I headed out for more exploring in the city.  We first thought about going to the wharf and doing the usual sight seeing; however it was such a beautiful day we decided to go for a drive instead.  We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge, which is something I had never done before.  Then we made our way to the Point Bonita Lighthouse.  The views were spectacular!

We then decided to make our way to Lombard Street…niether of us had driven down Lombard before, so it was fun!  I’d have to say driving up Lombard was a bit nerve wracking since it was so steep, but the drive down was fun!  I’m so glad we were able to make up our own adventure!

Later we met back up with Jessy and Wes for dinner!  We had such an amazing time visiting the city and catching up with our friends!

posted by Michelley on Jan 4

The evening we arrived at Jessy’s we went out to the Conga Lounge in Oakland!  It’s part of Pizza Rustica’s restaurant downstairs.  Oh man it was good!  I had a drink, but I can’t remember what it was called…it had banana liquor in it though!

After a lovely night of food and game playing we woke on Sunday to a sunny day in NoCal.  First on the agenda was brunch.  We ended up at a cute little place called Marzano.  Matt ordered the most delicious huckleberry french toast and I had a side of homemade sausage.  Delicious!

Then we were off to Fairfield for the Jelly Belly factory tour.  In case you are ever in the area you should at least stop by for unlimited FREE samples!   After that we spotted an olive oil shop that also had free tastings.  They had some good stuff and we bought a bottle of the zesty garlic olive oil.  Mmm…

We were pretty pooped after our busy day so Jessy decided she would just cook dinner instead of going out.  Oh and we watched the Chargers kick the Broncos bootys!

posted by Michelley on Jan 3

Greetings readers.  The holidays have come and gone and there is a new year ahead of us.  With the new year we hope to become better bloggers.  So, to start the year off right here’s a little story for you…

It was the day after Christmas and we were driving down the toll road (241) on our way to Orange County when I declared that we should go on a road trip.  Immediately we knew San Francisco would be our destination.  We began scheming and plotting our course.  Then we gave our friend Jessy a ring to let her know we’d be crashing with her.  Always up for an adventure, Jess agreed and insisted we stay with her.

After our visit to Orange County we went home and began packing.  We prepared the best we could for the road trip ahead…cleaning out the car, washing the windows, packing clothes, gathering snacks and sorting through gift cards we had received for Christmas.

On Saturday morning we set out for our journey.  We decided we would take our time and make stops along the way.

Our first real fun stop was Santa Barbara.  We found a park and a lighthouse and walked around there for a little while.

Next stop was Pismo Beach.  We had been wanting to stop by Splash Cafe for some time and try their clam chowder.  It was pretty disappointing.  Next time we will have to try a different place for clam chowder.

 Our next idea was to stop in Santa Cruz; however we figured it would be dark by the time we got there…and with us being vampires and all we didn’t think it was a good idea to stop.  So we opted for Sonic in Gilroy instead…mmm, cheeesy tots and cherry limeades!

We finally made it to the home of Jess and Wes.  They were happy to see us because we are pretty cool…no, really we are.

To be continued…

posted by thewedekings on Sep 16

What?!?!  No posts since July?  Holy mother of Kiefer Sutherland…well, I’m not sure if she’s holy, but HE sure is.  Matt doesn’t understand why I would have a crush on someone so old, but really he’s only 12 years older than me.  I think I could live with that.  As much as I’m sure you want to hear more about my love for Kiefer, that’s not what this blog is about.  You want to know what we have been up to lately?  Not a whole heck of a lot!

We were busy at my moms for a while.  When she decided to move to Texas I had to get all of my stuff that I had left when I moved out 7 years ago.  I left a lot of junk there!  I had no idea!!  I also took most of the Christmas decorations and some other miscellaneous things.  It took us several trips to get it all!

The plan was for me to drive my moms car while she drove the U-Haul truck to Texas.  Well, the night before we left on our road trip we talked Matt into coming along with us.  I’m so glad he did because my mom wasn’t looking forward to driving the 27-foot truck!  It was 1144 miles from my mom’s to my grandparents.  We decided to drive it in 2 days.  The first day wasn’t so bad, but by the second day I really started to resent the U-Haul truck.  It seemed like it took forever to get there because we had to stop every couple of hours.  My mom brought along her 3 daschunds (Augie, Sam & Ginger), cat (“B”) and the cockatiel (Max).  They all did very well and I think they enjoyed the road trip too.

We got in around midnight on Sunday and Matt flew home on Monday (Labor Day) so he wouldn’t miss any work.  I decided to stay until the following Monday so I could spend time with my mom and grandparents.  While I was there I acquired no less than 25 mosquito bites.  I’m not exagerating.  It was ridiculous!  I also got to enjoy a few of my favorite Texas treats…snow cones, fried okra, fried catfish (which made me sick) and Sonics cheese tater tots and Cherry Limeades!!

Well, that pretty much sums up our road trip.  Below are a few pictures from the road.

Woohoo, road trip!

 

 

That’s my mom back there!

 

California

 

Arizona

 

New Mexico

 

Texas

posted by Michelley on May 21

This one time we went to Maui and go LEIed…

There was this other time we went wine tasting in Napa and got drunk…

Oh and there was this time in New York when we went sight seeing…

Then this one time we went to Vegas and got really drunk…

Where will our next adventure take us? Our 5th wedding anniversary is coming up in June and there were talks of a trip. But nothing was ever really decided or planned. I would really like to take a trip to Italy before we have children. And we’ve talked about going to Jamaica. We shall see. In the mean time some long weekend trips will have to do…Vegas, Pismo Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, etc.

~What do all these photos have in common?~

posted by Michelley on Mar 22

And we’re back! I took Matt to Las Vegas for his 30th birthday. It was originally supposed to be a surprise trip for him, but I can’t keep a secret! What a fabulous trip we had! I cannot wait to go back. We had a ton of fun and tried some new things. Matt and I usually only play a few slot machines when we go and pretty much relax. Neither of us had ever really played any of the tables, but Traci helped us out this time and it was a blast! I was trying to think of a clever way to write about our trip, but I think I left a few brain cells in Vegas. Here’s an overview of our trip…I guarantee that we had more fun than you’ll ever know!!

We drove out Wednesday morning and got to our hotel around 2:00. We stayed at Treasure Island, which neither Matt nor I had stayed before. I would say they have the best linens and beds of any hotel we’ve stayed at on the strip. It was a great hotel. I think that it’s my new favorite place to stay in Vegas. After we got there our intention was to walk around, have some drinks and a snack before our show. Instead, we ended up hanging out in our room for a couple of hours drinking. MAN DID WE DRINK. A bottle of vodka and several beers later we headed to the show. We saw Zumanity at New York New York. It is one of the Cirque Du Soleil shows, but with nudity. It was a good show, but not really what any of us had expected. If you want to see a Cirque Du Soleil STYLE show I would suggest seeing Mystere. Anyways, after the show we grabbed a bite to eat and that was pretty much the end of the night. We were all a bit queezy after all the boozing earlier in the day.

On Thursday we headed down the strip. We figured we would try a few of the cheap casinos to see if anyone had $5 blackjack tables, no such luck. We cozied up to a bar at Imperial Palace for a few drinks and a little video poker. Then we were off to Margaritaville for some more fun. We had a pretty cool bartender and ended up hanging out there for a while. Next we went into O’Sheas and found a fun $10 blackjack table. There was only one cocktail waitress for all the tables, so it took forever to get a drink. Traci got our entire table yelling “Cocktails” every 4 minutes! It was hilarious and soon the table across from us joined in. We obviously weren’t being serious gamblers, but still made out pretty well. On the way back we stopped in Toby Keith’s Bar, which was disappointing. Later that evening we saw Mama Mia at Mandalay Bay. It was a pretty good show; however I think my mom would have enjoyed it more than us. But it was still fun.

Traci and I woke up fairly early (8am) on Friday morning so we could get some more blackjack fun in before the end of the trip. Matt showed up a short time later and joined us at the table. Oh what fun! We sat there until we had to check out of our room. By the end of the trip I walked away over $500 ahead. Matt, on the other hand, lost about $60.

On our way home we stopped by Freed’s Bakery in Las Vegas where I had ordered Matt a birthday cake. This is also where our wedding cake was from and we go by here anytime we are in Vegas for a slice of cake. Their cakes are divine!

You can find more pics here.

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