Thinking Out Loud Thursday #7

I apologize in the amount of reviews that went up this week. I don’t like doing that on the regular, so I hope you guys didn’t mind. It doesn’t always happen. It’s been a while since I sat down and discussed what’s going on in my life. So let’s have a chat, shall we?

I’m thinking of incorporating those weekly workouts into blog posts again, many people seemed to like those — do you? I’d insert a poll, but I don’t know how.

Speaking of working out. I had one of the two bouldering areas at the climbing gym, all to myself one afternoon. It was pretty cool for a few climbs, but then I got lonely and walked over to the front of the gym to have a bit of social interaction even though no one really talks to one another. I swear it’s like a fun house at that climbing gym. SO many “rooms” to choose from to climb and boulder in.Plante-Granite-Bouldering

I’ve been giving the chalk called Unicorn Dust by Friction Labs a go since I got back to pulling on plastic after my finger healed. It’s not 100% healed, I do have to tape up my ring finger like a poser, but it really does help. I want someone to take snazzy cool bouldering pictures of me outside. I mean I guess I could go to the crag myself and set up a tripod after I’ve done some boulder problems but I think that might be a little much. Side note, I bought the athletic tape at the dollar store I recently discovered in Campbell. Biggest dollar tree I have seen in my life. I love browsing through the dollar store for hidden gems. I swear I’m like a little old lady nodding my head to the seniors, strollin’ through the store looking for the best deals.Taped-climbing-finger

My friend and I hung out earlier in the week – I mentioned we went to eat at University Cafe in Palo Alto. But I didn’t mention that I stopped to take endless photos of ALL THE PALM TREES.Palm-Trees

My new friend was wondering if I liked all trees. I never really thought about it in that sense, and no — I have never stopped to look and admire a tree before, until my husband and I moved to California. It’s that Palm Trees have some secret special place in my heart that makes me so unbelievably happy. So when I spotted Palm Drive in Palo Alto, I had a skip in my step – take that literally, because I actually skipped ran and jumped when I saw it.Me-on-Palm-Drive

I think it’s a good thing to be excited over possibly mundane things. I hope that I never get used to Palm Trees and drive past them like they are a regular occurrence. Which, I mean – they are in California. But you know what I mean.Palm-Drive

My husband’s birthday is coming up so yesterday morning after he went to work, I got busy putting things together for his special day. I don’t want to reveal too much, because I know he reads my site from time to time. But fret not (I’m sure you’re so EAGER to hear about it all…right?) I’ll blog about the whole thing. I think this will be his most memorable birthday yet.

I popped into West Elm a few days ago and swooned over the gold place settings. Something I’ve had my eye on for a long time. I looked at the back and noticed it was gold plated, and not gold filled. I find gold plated will get scratched with time, and gold filled will stand up with time. Not that gold filled would be any more expensive either, because my Etsy necklace is gold filled and was twenty bucks on Etsy, and I haven’t taken it off since I bought it over 4 months ago. Gold-Place-Setting-West-Elm

A few nights ago The Guy and I finally set up the Nintendo Wii U that I won at BlogHer. Of course, since it’s mine I got the first go at it. Setting up our Mii’s had me in tears laughing. The things you can do to make them not look human had me in stitches. When that was finalized, we played Mario World and took turns. I forgot how fun Nintendo games are, and how much they cramp up my thumbs because I’m one of those game players who tenses up if I can’t jump out of the way in time. I was made fun of by The Guy because when I’m going to get eaten or fall off the cliff in the game, I mash the console in my hands, subconsciously praying that I’m hitting some correct button to save my life. He had a good kick out of that. He’s more logical, of course and is always telling me which buttons to hit when I’m playing. Kinda like a back seat driver ;) I’m used to it, so I tone him out. Hah!

Give SONGZA a listen. Pick a mood. Pick a playlist. I love oldies. I love blasting music and cleaning house. Or not cleaning the house and sitting down scrolling through Facebook, IG, and Twitter. You know how it is.

Wow. This post was all over the place, a lot longer than expected. But isn’t that the fun of it?

Tell me something random.

What made you happy this week?

Have you ever had a Nintendo system? I had a GameBoy that my Dad and I used to play together, trying to beat one another’s scores on Tetris, and Mario World.

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  1. I haven’t played a video game in sooo long. That would be a fun addition to the evenings in my apartment with my husband, but I wouldn’t want it to cut into Netflix time. Here’s something random for you: finally watched the first episode of the season for Modern Family last night and it wasn’t all that funny. Too bad. Have a great Thursday!
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  2. i haven’t owned a game console until i was an adult and then ended up using it as a dvd player. that climbing gym sounds awesome. i have always wanted to try it. i love palm trees too. it just makes me think of crystal clear waters.. and pretty much paradise.
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  3. I grew up with Nintendo :) I think I’ve had all the systems save for a couple, and to this day I’ll still bust them out on occasion. Zelda is my favourite, but Mario Kart definitely comes in a close second. And I had to laugh at the controller mashing, because I used to do that all.the.time when I was younger… or lean in all sorts of directions like it would make a difference in the game :P
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  4. Hmm, what made me happy…a night on my own! My parents just left after a visit, my hubby is out of town on a trip, my cat (who recently had surgery) is doing well and I got to eat cereal and watch Sons of Anarchy without feeling guilty! I an a neighbor (sort of)! I live in Berkeley and my hubby works in PA (and my best friend works out there too)!
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  5. It’s funny about the palm trees. I lived in IL my whole live, well 26 years of it. Then we moved to AZ. I definitely catch myself not taking it for granted. More often than not while driving I look at the mountains, cactus, and even palm trees and think- this is SO cool, I live here! :)

  6. Wow, the weather where you are looks amazing, clear blue skies! Your post was so upbeat, thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  7. Can I just say, you have a beautiful figure – I’m very jealous! The gold place settings are incredible. I’m definitely one to have things like that in my home. They just give that extra element of glamour I think! Especially against a black table!

    Katie <3
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