Gone Fishing…

Last week I shared some news that Andrew and I had accepted jobs in the Bay Area and would be leaving LA this summer. In order to work in the Bay Area, we need to live in the Bay Area, and it’s frustratingly difficult to conduct a house hunt from afar.

So this weekend, Andrew and I have a mission: find a place to live. The plan is already in action and we’re currently on our way up to San Jose, where we need to:

a) Get a general lay of the land (land = 10 mile radius from work)
b) Determine the best city/neighborhood to live in (we have about 4 target areas and countless criteria for what makes an area “the best”)
c) View as many apartments, condos, and houses as possible (we have 5+ appointments booked)
d) Sign a lease, if possible

At least to me, signing a lease on a home after just two days of in-person recon sounds pretty crazy, but the fact is that it has to happen. So fingers crossed it all works out!

Before I go, I wanted to leave you with some Friday Favorites because a Friday on the road is still a Friday.

Friday Favorites

The Kevins

Even thought our apartment is a total Box City right now and the clutter should be driving me crazy, the Kevins have been having such a blast with all the boxes that I can’t help but see the humorous, not-so-terrible side of all this packing.

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What’s funny is that the moment we pull out even a tiny suitcase, they both go into fear-of-abandonment frenzies, but while we slowly pack up our entire apartment, they’re having the time of their lives jumping in and out of boxes of varying sizes.

61915 sam in a box

Thanks for being the silver linings of the situation, Kev (and Kev).

 

The Apartmenternet

I find the Jeff Goldblum commercials for Apartments.com to be pretty great on their own, but the site has actually been a huge help during the moving process so far.

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I love that you can draw your own search area (or “polygon”) directly onto the map, and then turn on or off little markers that show coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and fitness centers.

The app is actually just as good, if not better, than the site because I’ll be able to access my list of saved properties along with all of the contact info for each one on my phone as we drive around this weekend. You can even call a listing directly from the app. It’s a seriously well thought out service.

Andrew would be the first to tell you that I really have, on multiple occaisions, professed my love for Jeff Goldblum the Apartments.com app.

 

Fitbit’s Customer Service

The clip on my Fitbit recently broke, and all it took was a quick email to Fitbit for them to send me a free replacement clip.

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Thanks guys!

 

Roku TV

I can’t not include this last one… Andrew and I have a Roku TV at home, and we love it. The interface is more intuitive than I’ve seen on other similar devices like Apple TV or Google Chromecast, and the remote is so tiny and simple. I think that Roku TVs, and the remotes in particular, are perfectly suited for older adults who aren’t the biggest fans of technology because it’s such a simple, well made product. My parents bought a Roku TV after seeing and using the one in our house.

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Anywho! A few months back I participated in a testimonial video about how much I loved our Roku TV and it’s now ON AIR in Best Buys all around the country. So you can go hang out with my face, if you want. 🙂

 

Ok guys, I’ve got to run. Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend.

Amy

 

Question: What have you been loving this week?

Friday Favorites #25 Farmers Market Finds, Boho Dresses, & A Recipe

Most Friday posts start off with a bunch of word salad because I’m so over-the-top excited that it’s Friday that I don’t take the time to formulate proper thoughts.

I think that was a case in point.

Per usual, I am thrilled that the weekend is finally upon us. We’re far enough along into Spring that no one really remembers that it’s not actually Summer yet, and every weekend feels completely beach-able. At least that’s the case here in LA… Boston – have you defrosted yet?

If I may continue to brag for one more paragraph, I’ll note that my current work schedule does not have me working Fridays, so I’ll be spending the rest of the day just living the dream: sitting in the sun on our patio. You can hate me for now, but this won’t be my schedule for much longer, so I’m milking it while I can. I promise.

Friday Favorites #25

This week’s favorites are pretty predictable. There’s fruit, there’s fitness, there’s a Kevin or two… But there are also chocolate chip banana pancakes, just to keep you guys on your toes. Let’s get started, and as always please feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.

 

Artichokes

Artichokes from the farmers' market

Notoriously difficult to prepare, I think I’m starting to get the hang of these pointy green vegetables, thanks in large part to this article.

 

Artisanal Semolina Pasta

Artisanal Semolina Pasta from Wheel House

It’s so artisanal! Andrew and I tasted this pasta fresh at a happy hour that our local cheese shop, Wheel House, held a week or so ago. Strozzapreti is one of Andrew’s favorite pasta shapes (very hard to find) and we liked the taste of the semolina pasta enough to buy a whole bag. We had some for dinner last night along with broccoli, zucchini, onion and bacon. It was delicious and had a good amount of al dente ‘bite’.

 

Summer Fruit Rainbow

farmers market rainbow of fruit

You can expect to see fruit on my Friday Favorites lists for the duration of the summer. And I know that it’s not even officially summer yet, but the peaches are already summer quality. Hopefully that doesn’t mean that the summer season is going to be a short one. Cherries are already on their way out, sadly. Thanks a lot, drought.

 

GF Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

GF Chocolate Chip, Banana Pancakes

A tupperware container of these delicious pancakes appeared in this week’s What I Ate Wednesday post, and I’ve since received several requests for the recipe. Ask and you shall receive, my friends.

(GF) Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
(Serves 2)

INGREDIENTS

1 very ripe banana
1 t baking powder
1 egg
1/2 t salt
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 T sunflower seed butter (or almond butter)
1 T coconut oil
3 T almond milk
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mash the banana well, and stir in the baking powder (it will fizz a little).
2. Add the egg, oil, salt, vanilla, sunbutter, and milk. Stir well.
3. Add the oats and stir until just combined. No need to go crazy with it. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Heat a pan or skillet over medium heat and spray or lightly coat with coconut oil or butter.
5. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet for each pancake and allow to cook on each side for 4-5 minutes (or until golden brown).

 

These Free People boho dresses

[Free People Tyler DressFree People My Girl Dress, Free People Bateau Dress]

How is it that I can get caught up browsing boho dresses for practically 30 minutes, even when I have zero intention of buying any? Although, to be fair, by the end of those 30 minutes, I had some minor intentions of buying one or more boho dresses.

 

Kickboxing

One of the reasons this post is coming to you so late in the day is that I took a kickboxing class at LA Fitness this morning. I’ve done some kickboxing here and there in the past, but this morning’s class had a great teacher and really good, really loud music. The combination of all of those things led to an amazing class and an even better workout. I’ll certainly be incorporating more of it into my workout routine. Any avid kickboxers out there?

 

Patio Cats

 patio cats

We’ve slowly been introducing the Kevins to the great outdoors, by way of our tiny enclosed patio. It’s funny to see how ‘at home’ Al feels, whereas Sam is like a pretty little princess who doesn’t want to get dirty and would rather stay inside if given the choice.

Al…

Al on the patio

Sam…

Princess Sam on the patio

 

Links from around the web:

Want Great Longevity and Health? It Takes a Village [WSJ] I love reading about what makes the healthiest people on earth healthy. It’s always more than just nutrition and exercise.

Need some baby goats in your life? [Mashable] The answer is ‘always’.

Hanging Squid Planters [This is Why I’m Broke] Made me realize I need more plants inside.

This DIY Leather Jewelry Dish [Le Fashion] Seems like a doable, yet chic craft project.

 

Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a wonderful weekend. See you back here next week!

Amy

 

Check out what others are loving over on Heather’s blog.

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