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Birthday Babe

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I celebrate my Birthday all month long. It’s the norm for me. I draw it out as long as possible. Jamming in all sorts of fun stuff throughout the month of April makes my heart happy. Cheers to all of my fellow stubborn Tauruses. Our season is coming to an end.

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I miss my Nephew and my Niece like crazy. I wish I loved closer to them. When I see kids running around I get a little sad cause I miss them so much.

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This month was spent with family and friends. Hartman’s family came to San Diego from Tahoe. We stayed at the historical Hotel Del Coronado (it was EPIC).

I have found two incredible friends from Mike’s work that have brought an overwhelming amount of joy to my life. I am super grateful for my Classy WAGs.

My Birthday celebration involved a cheese wheel that was lit on fire. Hartman and I decided on Italy for our honeymoon and it has been insanely special eating Italian food and drinking Italian reds. Can’t wait.

Summer is my favorite time of year. The weather has been so beautiful. Excited to spend more time at the beach! Bring it on.

Baseball is back. That makes this gamer Babe VERY happy.

Farewell, April. Thank you for being so good to me. What’s been bringing you joy? Take a moment to pause and reflect. It’s good for you.

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31 Mar

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Q1 flew by! I can’t believe March is donezo. I am hoping that Q2 will be a bit more calm. We have had so much going on. Life is busy busy busy.

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Hartman drove through a swarm of bees this month and it was one of the most horrifying experiences of my entire life. We had the windows down and the sun roof open. We thought we had survived unscathed when all of the sudden I felt a sting on my back left shoulder. It was incredibly scary because all I wanted to do was run and I was trapped in a car. Luckily Hartman and our friends sprung into action immediately (it was rather impressive). We got the stinger out so quickly that my reaction to it was the most mild I have had yet. It was still traumatizing.

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gap intelligence turned 14 years old on March 1st and part of my job was making sure that the office had a gaptastic time celebrating. I love my new job so much. We also had spirit week mid March and all of the fun events made for a wonderful work week. I am so grateful to be a gapper.

Long time forever friends coming to San Diego brought me so much happiness. YAYO and Nat live in Portland and we just love every minute of face time we get with them. We have been friends since college. It’s so lovely to spend time with people that know you inside and out.

Hartman and I spent a weekend in Auburn celebrating his Dad’s 70th Birthday. We had the best weekend laughing with family. We even were able to sneak in a “fun city” lunch with the Clarks. Lately I always seem to be managing traveling with balloons. It’s a good problem to have.

After the busy quarter we have been grateful for the last few weekends being super zen in San Diego. We have taken time to explore and enjoy the city just us too. We really are so lucky to call San Diego home. It’s important to remind ourselves why we love this beautiful place so very much.

A long over due girls night made for the perfect end to a crazy month. Mean girls jokes and champagne are always flowing when the Anthology gals reunite. Craft and Commerce was such a fun spot to squeeze in a Monday night of fun.

Tonight I will be toasting KT Steel’s Birthday and dancing the night away.

I am so excited tomorrow is April because it’s my Birthday Month! Bring on all the fun.

Hope your March brought you happiness. Thxs for reading!

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Birthday Fun

31 Jan

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It’s 2017. Traditionally January is a VERY busy month for me. This January was no exception to the rule.

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I woke up on New Years day with the full blown flu. I suspect I picked it up over Christmas break in Tahoe from my Niece. I tried to pretend I wasn’t getting sick while I enjoyed the San Diego portion of our vacation. New Years eve celebrations weakened my immune system. I woke up on New Years day with a fever and was absolutely miserable for a full week. Stupidly I traveled while sick which was a terrible decision. Lesson learned. Listen to your body and do not ignore signs that you need to slow the F down.

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Peyton is now 4 years old. I celebrated this momentous occasion with him in Northern California. Being an Auntie brings me a joy that I never knew existed. Spoiling him rotten is the best. Bailey is cute as a button and I find it crazy how my heart wells up with a love when I am with them. Everything they do is just so damn cute. Peyton’s favorite song is “Star Boy” by The Weekend and he dances around and sings when it plays. Bailey’s yawn makes me sequel. The birthday weekend festivities included taking him to get balloons and picking out a massive chocolate cake. I think I may have turned him on to celebrating his Birthday all weekend long. I got to witness my favorite Aunt and Uncle meeting Bailey. It was a very special weekend and I am grateful that I have spent Peyton’s first 4 birthdays with him. I know someday life may get in the way of me being there and I tear up at the thought. I will most likely be on my honeymoon when Sweet Bailey turns one and it hurts my heart. I’ll have to find a way to spoil her in my absence.

We are lucky that many friends we love like to vacation in San Diego. At my Bestie’s wedding I formed a close relationship with a fellow bridesmaid and Hartman had a bromance with her husband. We were able to reconnect for dinner in Little Italy and it was such a fun night.

This Nasty Woman marched on January 21st and it was a powerful moment. I can’t stand Drumpf and it gave me hope to see that I was not alone. 40,000 other San Diegans feel the same.

Classy WAG life has enriched my social circle tremendously. I am beyond grateful to be forming strong friendships with incredible women. I enjoyed drinking champagne and watching Monster Jam from classy.org’s balcony. I saw a monster truck do a back flip. It was rad.

My favorite Aunt and Uncle moved to New Port Beach. Hartman and I capped off a busy month enjoying the best of Southern California beaches and bars. We had so much fun! It’s so awesome having family close by. We also managed to squeeze in a lunch in Laguna Beach with our LTFFs. Laughing with friends while sipping on rose is pure bliss.

What brought you happiness this month? Take a moment to reflect on the joy in your life.

Thank you for reading.

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Garbage Party

31 Jan

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January was a blur. After spending six days in San Jose for Christmas I was back on a plane to celebrate Peyton’s 3rd Birthday nine days later. I counted how many days I spent in San Jose from January 2015 to January 2016 and it was over a month. This year, everyone can come visit me. I think that’s fair.

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I have decided to reevaluate my relationship with alcohol. I have been sober for 21 days and I am feeling like a million bucks. The reason for my sobriety won’t be written about here because the story isn’t the most flattering.

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The Burst

My precious Nephew, Peyton, turned 3 years old. I am forever grateful for the joy he has brought to my life. My heart wells up with happiness every time I look at his adorable face. His birthday party was at a trampoline jump zone and all of his friends attended. The theme of the party was “Garbage” because he loves garbage trucks and garbage cans so much. After lots of jumping there was a pizza party and cake. Watching his ear to ear smile as we all sang ‘happy birthday’ was worth the non-stop travel. I am grateful that I get to start every year taking a moment to reflect on how lucky I am to be Peyton’s Auntie. Auntie life is the best life.

February has no travel for me so I get to spend the entire month in San Diego and this is SO EXCITING. Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you are finding your happy in the little moments that are often overlooked.

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Thirty Three

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I have been 33 years old for less than a week. Being 33 doesn’t feel much different. The double number thing tripped me out a touch because that last time I was double numbers was a pivotal year for me.  No year shaped me more to be completely transparent. Twelve days into being 22 my best friend tragically died. I vividly remember living in Santa Barbara, away from home for the first time. Trying to cope with the loss of someone I thought I would toast all of life’s happiness’s with. I was single for the first time in four years. Those factors together made being 22 a game changer. My dip for April is a cloud that follows me around my birthday every year. The last time I hugged Sarah Hurth and told her I loved her was on April 27, 2004. I always feel a little ache in my heart around my birthday because it’s the anniversary of our last moments of laughter together. I miss her every day, this time of year more than ever. You can’t enjoy the sweet without the sour.

“It’s been a long day, without you my friend, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again…”

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My burst for April was back to back weekends of fun. One was spent in San Francisco celebrating my college bestie’s engagement; the second was spent in San Diego surrounded by my nearest and dearest.

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Mags and I met in Santa Barbara when she walked up to me and exclaimed, “You’re hot, give me your phone number”. I was singing Jay-Z at the top of my lungs while having a solo dance party. We have been best friends ever since. With life’s ups and downs our friendship remains unwavering. She has found the perfect match and I was honored to raise my glass of champagne in celebration of this magic moment. Cheers to the future Mrs. Pearl!  Mags sent me a hilarious photo that made me laugh so hard I cried. I must spread the wealth. In the history of Vogel, this photo captures the essence of me.

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Sidebar: I almost missed my flight heading home. I was told that my luggage would most likely not be on my flight. Moments like these are when I think to myself that I am failing as an adult.  The struggle is real. I was shammed for my irresponsibility with late tags on my luggage. They did make it though. I felt like I won an award when they came off the conveyor belt.

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It made my heart super happy that so many long time forever friends traveled to celebrate my birthday with me. Thirty three doesn’t seem like a big deal until you’re standing next to people that traveled long distances to make you laugh and toast your birthday-ness. This birthday was exceptional. I will let the beaming smiles speak for themselves. We started at 3pm and went strong till 1:30am (way past this gal’s bed time). I laughed so hard with my oldest friend, Sarahbutt, that my abs are still recovering. The thirst is real. Happy Birthday to me!

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The Burst

31 Jan

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I’m tipsy. I am writing this blog while drinking wine. It’s happening. This first month of 2015 is over. Is it just me or does life seem to wiz by at lightning speed the older I get.

“The days are long but the years are short.” – Gretchen Rubin

The acclaimed author of the Happiness Project hit the nail on the head.

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I am going to try a new format for 2015. Instead of highlighting my entire month I am going to write about the dip and the burst of each month. The dip will be the moment that made my heart sink into my stomach. The burst will be the moment that my heart was bursting with pure joy. I have received some feedback from my family that perhaps my book is a bit too open. I’m going to scale it back to keep things closer to my heart.

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The dip for January happened three days ago when the love of my life, Hartman, broke his left foot. The story is so NOT dramatic that everyone I have shared it with has implored me to make up something more exciting. This is what happened…

While at work he had to wait by a mailbox to retrieve mail that was mistakenly mailed. He waited in a light shower of rain for the mailman to arrive. Once he retrieved the mail he headed back to his office feeling AWESOME because he had righted a wrong. Since it was raining he picked up the pace and trotted towards shelter. As he jogged towards his office he tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and rolled his foot. This roll was so painful it took his breath away. Very Hartman like though he proceeded to work for two hours while his foot throbbed in his shoe. When he finally decided to take a look at what he thought was a minor injury he was shocked to learn that his foot had swelled to the size of Andre the Giants. A trip to urgent care confirmed that this roll wasn’t a minor injury; his foot was broken. Naturally while at the hospital being cared for he was still working. Doesn’t every hospital patient inquire if a staffing agency is used for hires? So very Hartman.

I am the world’s worst nurse. Having a broken foot means that certain things can’t be done. Little things like carrying grocery bags and cooking gourmet dinners with port wine reductions won’t be happening until he has recovered. I am going to dig deep and take good care of my man because he deserves the very best. I am grateful that his foot will be as good as new sooner than later. Perhaps this injury is the universes way of telling him to slow down. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.

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My burst in January was my sweet Nephew’s second birthday. If you are new to my blog, please know I am obsessed with my Nephew, Peyton. Peyton is the coolest little dude. I had the privilege of babysitting the birthday boy by myself. This won’t seem like a big deal to most but to me this is a HUGE deal. Having him all to myself is a luxury. We ran birthday errands in the morning that included purchasing a birthday cake and $50 worth of balloons from Party City (Peyton gets what Peyton wants). I handled most of the day with style and grace with only a few minor meltdowns. Whenever a child spends time with an adult they aren’t used to they love to test the limits on what they can get away with. I wasn’t fazed or fooled by Peyton’s adorableness. His routine ran as normal like a well-oiled machine.

There are so many little things I’d like to document about 2 year old Peyton.

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Peyton,

You are enamored with Caillou and Thomas the Train. Your answer to most questions is, “Noooooooooooo”, even if it’s something you like to do. The way you say it is almost like you’re singing your answer. When you say it you crinkle your forehead and shake your head. You love to hold hands and my heart melts every time you reach for it. You are a B-O-Y who loves playing with trucks. You actually refer to all trucks as backhoes. I gifted you a Caillou doll for your birthday and it made me so happy to see you curled up sleeping with it. Unlike last year, you happily devoured both your birthday cakes. You open gifts slowly. You gingerly rip the paper off your gifts as everyone around you urges you to turn into a Tasmanian Devil. Your Dad practiced saying, “Auntie Erin”, with you but it’s still too complicated to whisper across your lips. I loved your effort and took great joy in you pointing my way anytime someone asked where I was. Watching my Parents be your Grandparents is amazing. They adore you and bend to your every whim. I let you eat a cupcake for breakfast one morning. Your Dad wasn’t too thrilled with me about that.

You are the light of my life and I am honored to be your Auntie, sweet boy. Happy 2nd Birthday, Peyon Ryan!

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That’s it for January. Time to head to bed.

What was the dip and the burst of your month? May your happy heart stay bursting with gratitude during the dips and the bursts of February.

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Summer Fridays

31 Jul

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July is over. So cray. I can hardly believe it’s about to be the last month of summer. Summer makes me so happy. San Diego weather is normally amazing but this summer it has been EXTRA AWESOME. The weekends have been bright and sunny. The standard ‘May Grey-June Gloom-July Why is It STILL Foggy’ never happened. I am going to maximize the last weeks of summer fun and take full advantage. I am so grateful for this life and the beautiful place I call home.

July was a great month. If friends are the family that you choose, I have made fantastic choices.

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We started my love’s Birthday celebration at the end of June because his actual birthday fell midweek. We had a quiet celebration day of, just the two of us, at the Patio On Goldfinch. Dinner was delish and we had a lovely time. I made a heath bar ice cream pie for his dessert. It was super yummy. The only problem with making an ice cream pie is that it’s the only thing you want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, when it’s sitting in your freezer. I had to cut us off and take the last of it to work to save ourselves from our insatiable cravings for his decadent birthday dessert.

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4th of July

Two of our long time forever friends, Joey and Nat, drove down from San Francisco to celebrate the 4th of July with us in San Diego. Our entire weekend was engulfed by surfing and baseball. The Giants were in town playing the Padres. Many new inside jokes were formed over the course of the weekend. One of my favorites was so simple. It truly defines the type of friends we are. On Saturday morning we woke up and started watching ‘Taken 2’. Liam Neeson is the star of the movie. We sat on the couch and made fun of the entire movie. We laughed so hard my stomach hurt. Joey and Nat are two of the greats. We are so lucky to call them close friends after all these years.

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Summer Fridays

My company has implemented compressed work weeks for summer. We work nine hour days Monday through Thursday. Since we are working longer hours the first part of the week we only have to work a half day on Friday. I have been taking full advantage of summer Fridays. I have been wearing my bikini to work underneath a dress. I head directly to the beach or a park to lie out and read as soon as my day is done. It has made this summer extra enjoyable. It’s just one more reason to add to the laundry list of why I love my job.

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Another long time forever friend from our Santa Barbara days came to stay with us to kick off his birthday festivities. Oumar is a ray of sunshine. His energy is infectious. I simply adore him. It was an honor to cook him a steak dinner to toast his birthday-ness. It was his first time taking over The Tree House guest room. I hope he will return sooner than later. It was such a pleasure catching up with him. He always brings a smile to my face. HBD Oumar!

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#LastFlingInPalmSprings

My best friend is getting married next month to the most amazing guy. Her best girl friends gathered together for a wild weekend in Palm Springs to toast this majorly happy milestone. The weekend was legendary. And that is all I am going to write about that.

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Time

I am a firm believer that the most precious thing you can give someone is your time. Whenever I am bopping around town I try to see if my friends are free for a visit. Even if we only have time for a quick chat, I squeeze it in. I had the pleasure of seeing many friends this month and they all were spur of the moment visits. They brought me so much happiness in my heart. I miss my nephew so much and I love spending time with other munchkins that remind me of him. A text of “Hey, do you wanna _______” is all it takes to bring happiness to your day sometimes.

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Yoga Six

I found my love of yoga in October 2013. I have been obsessed ever since. I completed my hardest Y6 Yoga Challenge this month. I had to take at least two of each type of class they offer. This meant that I had to take the advance classes that I am normally too chicken to take. I am one class away from completing my challenge. By end of day, I will have taken 22 classes this month. I feel incredible. Looking forward to erasing all of my health and wellness next week at my best friend’s wedding.

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August

I am thrilled for August because I get to witness the BEST DAY EVER. My bestie, Smalls, is getting married. So much planning has gone into this wedding and I can’t wait to be in the moment, sipping a glass of champagne, and soaking it all in. It will be magic on another level.

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Thank you

It blows my mind that anyone cares to read about my life. My intention with this blog was to dig myself out of a hole I was stuck in. Looking at the happy moments each month and chronicling it here is my therapy. The fact that anyone cares enough to read really does make me feel special.

As you finish up reading, I hope you take a moment to sit back and think about the happy moments in your life.

Do it.

Ready.

Go.

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