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Camping at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Earlier this week we went camping at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. It was my second time going camping ever. The first time was seven years ago at  a park in North Carolina. That trip we slept in a tent and didn’t have an RV. This time around we took the RV and slept in there. I still consider it camping. We had a campfire and everything!

I highly recommend Big Basin for camping and hiking purposes. It was absolutely beautiful. We went on a Tuesday and stayed that night and Wednesday night. It was not very busy at all which was great. I felt like we got plenty of privacy and many times we were hiking and didn’t see anyone at all.

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My favorite parts about the trip is the absolute silence at night and the lack of light. It is SO dark. I couldn’t see a thing outside. It was scary and also kind of amazing. I don’t experience that kind of darkness on a daily basis. I loved it.

I didn’t take many pictures because I was mostly filming for a youtube video which I will link to now:

It was so cold on our first night. The following day I went on my scheduled run with the dog. I wasn’t going to let the cold keep me from my half marathon training.

Anyway, I enjoyed it so much I’m thinking about booking another trip for the spring. I want to try out some other camp sites too. If you have any suggestions for good camping on the west coast please leave a comment. Thanks and thanks for reading!

First Youtube Video and MyFitnessPal

I decided I wanted to start a Youtube channel with my husband and I finally posted our first video yesterday.

I’ll be posting weekly videos, mostly about the RV and what we want to do with it. At least for now. I will probably expand it to include other topics as I go along. I’m excited to learn more about video editing.

In other news, I finally went ahead and downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and I’ve been using it for the past four days and it has been an eye opener! I’m happy with it and definitely recommend it. Seven weeks to lose 10 lbs! Let’s go!

Update and a Promise

Life Changes

I haven’t posted in over a month. In that time my husband and I left Florida to move to San Jose, California for my husband’s new job.

We are currently in temporary housing provided by my husband’s job for two more months. We’ve been looking around for another place to live but everything is crazy expensive. We were living in Austin before coming here where rent prices were pretty good compared to here. Honestly, I shouldn’t have been complaining back then. So far, we haven’t really made a real decision on where to move to after our time in this apartment is up. Good thing we still have some time!

We used PODS to move our stuff here from Texas, and we’ve unloaded everything into our already furnished apartment. It’s kind of a mess in here.

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We’ve been selling some of our stuff on craigslist and the letgo app (which works really well! Especially on the weekends). We are attempting to downsize because we will likely end up in a very small apartment after this.

I miss Austin a lot. I miss my friends and the city, and the ease of getting around. We lived really close to downtown Austin. Right now we are living in a suburb in North San Jose. I want to make the best of this. This job is a really amazing opportunity for my husband. I had a really tough time our first week here but I think I’m beginning to adjust. I’m at least a little bit busier now that we have all of our stuff and I need to go through and sell everything we don’t need.

Fitness Updates

Since being here I’ve started working out regularly again. After we left Austin in March I did not work out at all. The only activity I did was a lot of walking when we went travelling in Thailand and that was about it. This apartment complex includes a very nice gym with cardio machines, free weights, strength training machines, TRX bands, kettlebells, and a yoga/cycling room. I’ll take photos of it next time I workout. I’ve been working out 4 times a week. Three days of strength training and one day of cardio, although really, I do a little bit of cardio before I lift weights too. My first week I was really sore and I felt extremely out of shape. I’ve been slowly getting better. I weighed myself yesterday and I’m at around 128 lbs. My goal is 115-120 lbs and I want to reach it by the time we move out of this apartment. I will be updating on that regularly!

Project Updates

So, my husband and I bought an RV! We bought a 21 foot 1988 Toyota Sunrader. We looked for RVs on craiglist and also visited a few dealerships in the area but we absolutely fell in love with the look of sunraders when we went and saw one for the first time. We didn’t buy the first one we saw, but ended up buying a nice one from an older couple. It has automatic transmission which I am happy about because I didn’t want to have to learn to get comfortable driving an RV AND learn stick shift at the same time. I’m not opposed to learning stick shift and would love to learn it some day, but maybe not on our first ever RV.

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The interior needs some TLC. We’re excited to clean up and redo some of the interior and that’s going to be a fun project for the both of us for the next few months. We need to reseal everything, paint, make cushion cases (maybe replace some of the cushions), replace all the carpet, get solar panels, and many other small repairs and additions. I’m pretty excited and I can’t wait to go camping!

As for other projects, I’m also going to start knitting something for my niece tonight. I’ll be posting about that later too.

Finally, my promise is to update this blog regularly, maybe once or twice a week. Now I’m off to read some other blogs!

xoxo

Coconut Curry and Updates

Hello Blog!

Sorry I have not updated in weeks. Last time I wrote I was still in Austin beginning preparations to pack our things for the big move. I don’t know if I mentioned it anywhere but I’m moving to California this summer.

Right now I’m at my mother in law’s place for a few weeks and next month my husband and I will be backpacking around Thailand! Super excited. Will definitely blog about that. All of our stuff is in storage. We used the company Pods to help us move. Packing was so much work. My husband and I did about 90% of all the work. We had one friend come over to help us move the bigger furniture. Luckily, we don’t own many things but we still have enough stuff for me to feel like we have too much.

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Doesn’t seem like much, huh? I mean compared to the average two person household. We are some of the people in our friend group with the least amount of things too. Earlier this year I read this book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and I went ahead and kon maried (basically declutter) our entire apartment. Clearly, I didn’t get rid of enough though. I’ll have to kon marie again when we are unpacking.

Anyway,  now we’ve been hanging out in Florida in a small town full of old people. I feel really young here. I’ve been kind of lazy with working out. Eating right has gone up and down. Maybe blogging about my exercise and intake will help. I’ll start posting Today I Ate posts again.

So, my mother in law is pretty excited that I have gotten more interested in cooking. She owns a resale shop and will scour thrift shops frequently for used furniture she can refurbish and sell. Every now and then when she is shopping she will come across a cookbook that she thinks we might like (especially if it is vegan or vegetarian). Today I decided to try out a recipe in one of the cookbooks she got us:

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I’ve already made one recipe out of this book and it did not turn out well. I mean, it was okay. It was a really bland black bean soup.

Today I decided to make a coconut curry recipe.

These are the ingredients I used:

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I love red potatoes. Recipe calls for serrano peppers but I did not find any at the supermarket so I used jalapeno peppers. I’m in my MIL’s kitchen now!

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I had it with some brown rice.

It ended up being pretty good. Especially when you add garnish and some salt.

I also added tofu to it. For once I fried tofu and it came out pretty crispy. It’s really all about draining it enough.

Well, that’s it for today.  I’ll be posting entries about my food intake and workouts coming up and next month I will try to post a little bit all the way from Thailand.