the rock pizza

in florida, we have coal fired pizza places all over town. i never knew that wood fired pizza actually existed, but then again, i guess i never really thought about it that much. i prefer coal/wood fired pizza to just regular oven pizza mostly because i like my crust crispy. i love pizza & it's definitely one of my favorite foods. 
i try not to eat it too often because apparently it's not healthy for you?... i'm little confused on that & still not convinced. i'm a healthy eater, so when i see a food that offers me grains, a little bit of dairy (who doesn't love cheese?!), vegetables & protein that just screams all things greatness! ya know what else is great? leftover's for breakfast. 

i love pizza & hell yes!, the rock pizza in tacoma is pretty damn good. i'm so glad we have this little gem close by. 


rain, rain

{car window}

this has been my view for the past few days here in tacoma. rain, rain and more rain. it's funny to me, the people here are so used to it drizzling all day, every day that they barely use umbrellas. 

my friend, who lives in seattle, told me that i need to invest in some vitamin d pills. i laughed. "what?! people actually have to take vitamin d here?" coming from florida that just sounds foreign to me. and scares me a little. don't get me wrong, everyone is 100% correct about the flowers & trees being beautiful here, everything is green & so many gorgeous flowers. i'm in awe of the cherry blossoms & tulips. they're beautiful. 
but, i will always be a beach girl. 


getting to where we're going

"stress is casued by giving a f*ck"
-it's unclear to me who quoted this but i'm pretty sure someone did

{^ this is just the beginning of this situation}

right when i thought i was handling everything okay, i thought i was completely organized & i wasn't going to get stressed, i began giving a fuck. i was hungry but couldn't eat. i was in a daze.

the tahoe was full & i still had things that needed to be out of the house. but, i stuck to my rule- if it can't fit in the tahoe, it can't come. so, i ended up leaving a bunch of clothes at my parents house. not what i planned on doing but such is life. 
my sweet mom helped me clean the house & pack the tahoe as full as i could get it. 
 i had everything i needed for rowdy. but i was worried about him being in the car for 24 hours. 
i already had my stuff packed for washington but do i have enough?

the drive to texas was a long one. my dad donated 24 hours of his life to me that he will never get back and i'm so thankful for that. i tried to make the drive as fast as possible, taking most of the driving responsibility while he comforted the pup. 

all along, it still feels as if i'm going on vacation.
i still feel like i'm going back to work.

we get to texas before the sun came up on saturday morning, which was my goal. rowdy adjusted surprisingly well to being in the texas house. which made my heart happy & eased a little of my stress. as soon as we get to texas & unpack the tahoe i immediately begin to think about our (rowdy & i) flight to washington. 

the few days spent with my dad in texas were very special & went by very fast. blink-of-an-eye fast. 

i know my dog is just a dog but he's a living being. and i worry about him, i worry that he's going to be okay flying for the first time, okay in a new state with a completely new environment & weather change. he's a puppy so it's a little hard to tell him what's going on & know that he understands. more importantly, forgives me for putting him through hell for the last few days. it's stressful. 

rowdy did not travel well at all. he had a panic attack on the flight. bit through his travel bag. i stood in the back of the plane with the flight attendants the entire flight. they let me hold him on my lap for the landing because he refused to get back in his bag. it was 100% miserable for him & it broke my heart a little. i am beyond thankful that the staff on alaska airlines were so sweet & understanding. i will fly that airline every time i can because of their unbelievable customer service!

but... we made it to seattle and we are so happy to be here! rowdy & i were both crazy excited to see our favorite guy! hugging husband for the first time in two months reminded me why i give a fuck & made the stress go away instantly. 



home is...

home is wherever i'm with you. 
today, i left my job & will be packing up our florida home to head out west to be with my husband. i can not wait! and, when i say west, i mean as far west as you can get in the united states- tacoma/seattle, washington.
since 2006, when we met, every year, we have always spent some period of time apart from each other. last year, our first year as husband & wife we spent most of the year apart. it was a tough gig. now that we have a puppy involved... rowdy needs to see his dad, right?!
husband tends to be a little more spontanious than me (ok, fine, a lot more spontaneous!) ... which is why practically, the day before he left for baseball season he asked me to quit my job, pack up my life as i currently know it, pup too & travel with him this season. as awesome as it sounded it took me a moment (or a while) to make the final decision: the date i was going to move. 
the thought of moving stuff from the florida house, so that it can be rented furnished, to the texas house, sounded so overwhelming at first. packing up a house full of stuff & driving it 24 hours across a few states, with a puppy, in a jacked-up tahoe that gets 10 miles to the gallon on a good day, pulling a u-haul, to get to texas, unpack everything, return this u-haul situation & then fly to washington state with 6 months worth of stuff. 
fast-forward 2 months & i'm packing/taking the bare minimun. if it doesn't fit in the tahoe, it ain't comin'. 

i'm a little sad to leave my home in florida. but, i am so excited to start this new chapter in our lives & marriage.

cheers to new adventures,


soda is the enemy

soda is the enemy! one of them, anyway. diet or regular, don't cut yourself any slack because they are both bad news. here's another reason, as if you need one, to stop drinking soda. 
need caffeene? drink coffee or tea. both are healthy options that will not lead to weight gain & obesity. just go easy on the cream & sugar. a dab of coconut milk makes any cup of coffee delish!