The Curious thing about a blog….

You know, it’s quite the curious thing owning a blog…. It’s a piece of real estate of which needs to be primped and manicured; lest it falls by the wayside.

I’ve neglected mine as of late, letting the weeds and autocorrect-fails take over the evergreen content that lurks below.

I oft say that yes, now is the time for me to reclaim my blog, and make something of it.. But as I slog back the last drips of my $7.59 bottle of Trader Joe’s wine and think of the day ahead, revitalizing my blog again falls to the depths.

Solace comes. as i hoped it would.

#30DaysofAwesome Day 4– Quartz Mining/Bird Saving/Denver Surprises

I was in Colorado had just surprised my parents the night prior, so to get awesome for the 4th day of this grand adventure, I set out to my family’s quartz mine outside of 11 mile, Colorado and got down to business. I’ve been to the mine many times, but have never really tried my hand at mucking or collecting quartz, so got dirty and got the goods for Day 4 of Awesome.  I collected more Quartz Crystal, Rose Quartz, and Mica than one probably needs, but given its beauty and supposed healing energies, i couldn’t stop.

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You can take the girl out of Colorado, but she’ll always have her mountain roots.

After collecting the quartz, my little brother showed off his climbing skills, and headed up the face of the rock. Just before making it to the top, he startled a baby bird, who leapt out of it’s nest and to the ground. We then focused on getting the bird back into it’s nest.

IMG_8778Tom and I climbed to the top of the rock where the nest was and got that little birdy back safe into its home. Awesome.

Following this adventure-filled awesome day, I had an amazing dinner with the family and continued to the surprise missions.

IMG_8788It was super fun to happen upon on amazing friends for a fun filled denver night.

IMG_8787day 4 of awesome— Success!

Awesome Day 1– #TheBentra

And just like that, here we are again. We’ve made another lap around the sun and 365 days have passed since last year’s first day of #30DayofAwesome. I regrettably opted out of the annual event in 2014, but baby, I’m back.

As a refresher, the premise of #30DaysofAwesome is simply that– Do something awesome everyday for 30 days and blog about it. The caveat is awesome should be something different to you, that you’ve never done before. It’s not a contest, it’s not a look at me, look at me selfie fest, it’s simply a time to get out of your comfort zone, do something you think is cool/unique for 30 days straight, then blog about it. Sounds easy, but it pushes you to get creative, step out of the norm and do something that might turn heads– All in the name of Awesome.

To kick things off, I’ve decided to start a blog about the Adventures of #TheBentra.

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I’ve come into quite the situation here in SoCal. I am currently driving and riding around in this fine piece of man-made machinery. Now, many might look at this weathered, two-toned beast with narrowed judgement, but I see adventure and opportunity.

The Bentra came to me, or I guess I came to it, serendipitously. As an additional perk to my living situation, I couldn’t be more stoked. Yes, the car is missing a roof, but it’s a one-of-kind convertible that I get to drive all summer.

Though peculiar, #TheBentra is teaching me many things about myself and others and I’m excited to see how our adventures unfold.

Things #theBentra has taught me thus far:

Patience:

This baby is older than you, and you can’t push her too hard. She starts up nicely and purrs like a fat, overfed cat, but she’s fragile. She doesn’t like to be pushed faster than about 45 MPH, (though she can get going,) and putts perfectly at about 35MPH. As a once “chronic speeder,” this new slow-go is good for me.

Humility:

SoCal is stacked with stereotypes and many of them drive really, really nice cars. As I rumble up next to porches, maseratis and the like without a roof, people tend to stare… a lot. Given the lack of a back window, people easily peer in with their questioning eyes. Sure, the Bentra isn’t the fanciest and not for everyone, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, eh?

Gratitude:

I totaled my car last year, and going through rental after rental, sucked. In having the Bentra, I don’t need to jump straight into a new car payment and can actually take time to find a solid whip. Oh and did I mention she came included in rent to my house? Just added her to my insurance, and I can use her as needed. — Thank you Ben!

Comedy:

Driving this babe around is funny. It started to mist the other day, and all i could do was laugh…. Who drives an aged car sans roof in SoCal? I do, and I’m damn proud of it.

Welcome to the summer of #theBentra and to #30DaysofAwesome.  I’ll be posting all the peculiar experiences of both here.

Join us! 30daysofawesome.com

  ****The rest of my blog is a work in progress. It’s riddled with spelling errors, missing words, grammatical errors, and funky links.. I’ll fix one day…. 

Dosage: Blackberry Light– Charlie Mars


This song played through my MacBook speakers as I tidied up my new room in on Neptune St, in Encinitas, CA. As I folded a shirt, and sipped a glass of cheap white wine, these lyrics at first played to me, and then through me. They encapsulated my feelings at the moment, and since I’ve been grooving to the tunes steadily a couple of times a day.

Lyrics:

When you’re young you think you walk on water
You ride around singing walking on the moon
Some find love and take a walk down the aisle
Some find love and let it walk out the room

One minute
I wanna
Pick up and move on
Next minute
I wanna
Pack up and move home
Oh my mind races in the night
I’m always fumbling around in your blackberry light

When you’re young you’re finally on your own
The nights so fast make the days so long
Some wake up they say show me a sign
Some see the night
Some see the light and they let it shine

One minute
I wanna
Pick up and move on
Next minute
I wanna
Pack up and move home
Oh my mind races in the night
I’m always fumbling around in the blackberry light

Lay the seats back
Turn the bass up
Pretend for a minute
That you need my touch

My mind races in the night
Girl you look so pretty with your Parliament light

 

Dosage: Harvest Moon

Thanks you Neil.

TBT: Mine Shaft Digging

What happens when you put a girl into a mine shaft?

She digs it!

TBT to that one time I tried my hand at the family quartz mine and dug out a deep shaft.

Dosage: Sweeter by Meiko

“Cuz i’m sweeter than you’ll ever be. “