Monday, July 9, 2012

My New Coffee Table

See that great looking table? I made that! Designed, cut, sanded, bolted and finished! My dad was a huge help with recommendations, a bit of know-how and with all his tools. He was essential in the project, even though he kept calling it "Fred Flintstone's table." He didn't agree with the style, but I certainly like the way it came out. A bit industrial, I'm not afraid of getting a few stains or scuffs on it, but it still has class. It's made with redwood & heavy metal straps that hold it together. Look past the break to see its progress!

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I made a blackberry pie today. I picked the blackberries and made the dough. It's not going to win any beauty contests, but I don't mind, its going to be so delicious. As if pie wasn't good enough, food always tastes ten times better when you make it yourself. I think blackberry pie might be my favorite pie.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nice is Nice & Other French Adventures

This my last France blog post, but that doesn't mean I won't keep posting here! I'll keep blogging and am even learning a bit of coding (for tweaking the site). But onto the good stuff: The last group trip we had was to Nice; it was beautiful, sunny and a ton of fun! After that I went with some friends to a chartreuse distillery, and also a chateau close to Grenoble! All that and more, you guessed it, after the break.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Easter Bunny Lives in Switzerland

For Easter, my good friend Scott and I decided to go to Switzerland. With about a week to go on the trip, we started planning like crazy. In fact, the first night we were there, we didn't know where we were staying the next night. But that's ok. The plan was to meet in Geneva, go to a small town called Lausanne, then Luzern, and Zurich to finish. More after the jump!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sailing? Yes.

Wow I went sailing last weekend!! My host family took me to a little town called Gruissan, where they have a sailboat (you know, on the Mediterranean, as you do). The town reminded me of Santa Cruz, it was very beach town-esk, except with way less surfers and way more french people. We got down late Friday night, made dinner on the boat, drank some wine and went to bed. Saturday we prepared the boat (put all the sails on, bought some new ropes, they taught me some commands and knots as well), cleaned the hull and took it out for a practice run! The ship is called Effet Mer, which means 'Effect of the Sea,' but also is a phrase that means something that doesn't last. I found that to be nice and philosophical-like. If I had a ship I'd name her Caufield, or something. But I digress; after practicing for a few hours, we came back and hung out for the rest of the day (went around town, made another dinner). Then Sunday was RACE DAY. Yeah, didn't see that coming, did you? I raced a sailboat. This was also the first time I had been on a sailboat. And everything was in French. Not that I knew the terms in English anyways. You'll have to read further down to see how we past the break for more!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lyonnaise Style

Lyon! We only had a day in this city, but it was still a great time. Walking around, we saw some beautiful churches (of course), had an authentic Lyonnaise meal, and even wandered around some old Roman ruins! As usual, there are plenty more photos after the break!