Category Archives: Beat the Sunday Blues

Beat the Sunday Blues – A break

I’ve been a little quiet the last few days.  Lots going on but haven’t had time to post much. Today’s post is going to be my last Beat the Sunday Blues post for a while because this coming Friday is my last day of work,  and then the following Wednesday I am leaving on a jet plane.

I am not too “blue” this Sunday.  I had an amazing weekend hanging out with Brian and spontaneously going to the SF ballet. Then I went out to my hometown, Robbins, and visited one of my oldest best friends, Jamellh, my grandparents, and my Aunt Barbara and her family (more to come on the weekend later).

This Sunday’s post comes in the form of nostalgia. For me, it’s weirdly enough for the good ol’ days of high school.  Ok, I pretty much hated high school, but I love the 90’s as I have mentioned before, and high school was in the 90’s, so there are some things I have good memories of.  One of them is My-So-Called-Life.

An amazing (to me anyway) TV series that aired my freshman year…the WORST year of my high school experience. Jamellh and I were talking about it last night and my friend Shannon told me that it is on Netflix. I just watched an episode, and it’s just as good as it was then. So I recommend finding that thing that you always loved, even if its cheesy and some people don’t understand it. Give yourself a break and indulge yourself!

Oh, Jordan Catalono!

The style!





Beat the Sunday Blues

I was feeling super lazy and bummed out this morning because it’s the last time I am going to be at the house in Truckee until I get back from my trip.  I had dinner with my sister last night and it was really nice, but it also started me off on saying my goodbyes. I hate goodbyes.

So initially my attitude today was – if you can’t beat them, join them.  And as I laid there feeling mopey, I decided that it wasn’t really working for me. I thought maybe retail therapy was a better choice instead. Since I still needed a few things for my trip (coming up in two weeks!!), it was a good excuse to internet shop.

Beat the Sunday Blues

I’m not sure if it’s because I am leaving on my trip pretty soon, or because I got a rad new phone…or even because it’s spring (I tend to get in a hermit mood during the winter), but I am all about reconnecting and hanging with friends right now. It’s not that I wasn’t talking to them before, but you know how you make plans to hangout or call someone and it doesn’t happen for whatever reason…well this Sunday I’m going to take the advice of Blondie, and make a few calls and catch up with some good friends. That way I can start the week with one less thing on my To Do list (if I had one 🙂 )

Beat the Sunday Blues: Snowed-In Edition

{Current view out the living room window}

One thing is for sure, we’re not going anywhere for a while. As my friend Heather said this morning, ‘It’s gnarly out there!’

We left San Francisco, bound for Truckee, at 5pm on Friday and made good time to Sacramento by about 7pm. As we were approaching the city limits we got a call that I-80 was closed – had been since about 2pm – due to a 45 car pile-up that involved a jack-knifed semi with one fatality.  So we quickly switched gears and decided to go the long way to Truckee, up Hwy 50 and around Lake Tahoe. While it was faster – since I-80 didn’t open until very early the next morning – we still did not get to the house until about 1am.

{Slow moving traffic on Hwy 50 Friday night}

Why didn’t we turn around, you ask?  Good question. I work at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort selling tickets a couple of times a month. I do this basically so I can snowboard “for free”. Since I work so infrequently I would feel really bad calling in stuck. So even in the treacherous snow conditions I made it to work Saturday morning by 8am.

{View out the ticket window early Saturday morning}

Now it’s Sunday, and we were planning on heading home earlier this afternoon. Actually, I was planning on going back up to Sugar Bowl this morning to get some snowboarding in before we left. However, I was strongly encouraged not to by my friend Heather at the mountain, and then found out I couldn’t even if I wanted to since I-80 was closed again. So we got busy working on our driveway. Luckily, our house is right across the street from our good friend Edy’s house and she lets us borrow her snow blower until we save up to buy one for ourselves. In exchange we help her out with her driveway as well. It was quite a job this morning since we got about 2-3 feet overnight. We were out working for a couple hours.

{Good morning, driveway!}

{Brian, blowing an initial path out of Edy’s driveway

{The front of our house}

{Brian working on our driveway}

{Roomate Amber, Brian and Timber hard at work}

All this snow and hard work brings me to my Beat the Sunday Blues recommendation:

The Snuggler

Peppermint Schnapps + Hot Chocolate = Sunday Bliss.  Especially with a winter storm going strong outside, and the chances of going anywhere being slim to none, this drink hits the spot. Curl up on the couch with a good movie or book and keep your fingers crossed for the road to open…or not. 🙂 If any of my co-workers are out there reading…I might be late to work tomorrow!


Specific update

Watching the dog and deer video is great.  But I have another way to spend a Sunday evening that I have found is even better.  Not new necessarily, but really, really awesome. Follow these steps:

1. Find a fantastic bottle of wine. I bought one at Whole Foods for $1.99.  That’s right.  Whole Foods, freakin $1.99.  It’s their Chuck the Chuck promo.  Anyway, I’m not ashamed to say that bottle is almost gone now. 🙂

2. If you haven’t already, purchase Florence & The Machine’s album, Lungs. Do it! You won’t be disappointed.

(I’m always late to buy albums because, honestly, I don’t want to spend money on it.  Even though I really appreciate music and artists. Also, I usually do not buy whole albums because I never like all the songs, but I cannot regret ever buying this album. I love every single song. I am on my third time listening to it all the way through. )

3. Pour a glass of wine.

4. Put on the album, medium to loud volume.

5. Lay on the couch and listen.

6. Get up and dance.

7. Take pictures of yourself.  These are inspired by the song, “Girl With One Eye”.

7. Contemplate how wonderful your life is.

You’ve now completed all the steps. Congratulations, you’ve had a fantastic time!  🙂

Beat the Sunday Blues

{Timber feeling the effects of daylight savings}

I really do not like this “Spring Forward” Daylight Savings crap.  I was really tired when I woke up this morning and didn’t want to get out of bed.  I had to will myself though since I needed to get started on the bagels I was making from scratch for breakfast (more to come on that later).  So, I made a lot of coffee, we ate some bagels, and it was a nice morning. Yet, somethings still feels a little off. I know this feeling will go away in about a week after I adjust to the time change, but in the meantime this video is making me pretty happy and is just about the best thing ever!

Beat the Sunday Blues

Julian, Bubbles & Ricky = The Trailer Park Boys

There’s nothing like a laugh to make your evening.  This Sunday I recommend spending a little time with The Trailer Park Boys, “a “mockumentary” about life in a Nova Scotia trailer park, created by Mike Clattenburg. The show ran for 7 seasons on the Canadian network Showcase from 2001 to 2007,” via There was also a Trailer Park Boys movie that came out in 2006. Somehow this flew under my radar until recently. But regardless if this is old news to you or not, it’s still freakin’ hilarious.

Click on these links for a couple of clips:

My Dad Ate My Fuckin’ Pepperoni

Bit of a Role Model

And you can watch Seasons 1 through 5 instantly on Netflix.