Monday, October 1, 2012

Big Sur

A couple of weeks ago, over the Labor Day Holiday, Van and I drove up the coast to the beautiful Big Sur, (sans Lola this time.)  Van had gotten the last  campground space that he could find about 6 months prior, and we wanted to use our new camping gear that we had gotten as wedding presents.

It's a bit of drive to get up there, but the drive is beautiful and camping to me, is like Vegas.  2 days is amazing, 3 days is too much.  So, we stayed in Paso Robles on the first night and did some wine-tasting.  We rejoined our favorite vineyards' club, Tablas Creek

On the way to and from Big Sur, we always stop to look at the Elephant Seals that are near the Hearst Castle area.  They are the fattest, funniest, animals that I have ever seen, and don't move too much.  Instead, they flip sand onto themselves and occasionally waddle into the ocean.

This was our third time camping together in Big Sur, and when we are there we pretty much just relax.  We set up our camp, go hiking, go to the beach, read and Van cooks over the campfire.  It's very mellow and perfect.

This time, we went hiking on the Ewoldsen Trail. It was a 5.7 mile loop, with a moderately difficulty ranking and lots of poison oak.  Be careful! Luckily I've never experienced Poison Oak - but Van has and has described the horror to me. It was an awesome hike, and is and the description from the book is as follows: "Wind past some of Big Sur's oldest, largest redwoods and admire coastal views from hillsides covered in wildflowers and oaks."  Also, the view from the top was insane- sweeping ocean. 

After the hike, we were of course starving, so ate a picnic lunch that we packed, at a table towards the bottom of the hike.  Van looked up beaches we could check out next.

After doing some research from our handy guide book- "Hiking & Backpacking Big Sur" by Analise Elliot we decided to check out Pfeiffer Beach, since we hadn't been there before. We were definitely not the only ones who wanted to check out this beautiful beach on the Sunday over Labor Day weekend.  We literally had to wait about an hour and a half just to get into the parking lot (one car in - one car out). However, once we got in and walked the short distance to the beach, it was totally worth it.  Chilly in the wind, but breath-taking! We posted up in a cove. 

As aforementioned, I can only take two days of sleeping on the ground, although I have to admit there is something pretty special about sleeping in the fresh air and not having a laptop for a couple of days.  I probably got the best sleep that I have had in a couple of months, and our new camping gear did not disappoint. 

Until next year Big Sur- thank you.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Historical Home Additions

Van's parents recently sent us their Eames chair for our new condo.  It was in Van's old room in their house, and wasn't used very often in this new space since it didn't match their new house decor.  And because we love mid-century modern, they gave it to us!  It was delivered last week, and we love it.  Right now it is in our office, but when we move into a house- it will definitely be displayed more prominently in the living quarters. 

A bit of history through photos of the chair- below is Van's dad, Mark, holding baby Van in the chair, (with their old Springer, Paws in the background).  I love my father in law's beard and mustache!  Apparently this chair worked wonders for rocking babies to sleep.

Another photo of Baby Van enjoying the chair at an early age.  Passed out.  Love this one.

Finally-here is the chair now, definitely well loved and definitely in need of new upholstering- but completely classic.

I'm in love, and feel so grateful that Van's parents gifted us with this beautiful piece of furniture.  Thank you Shelley and Mark!
Also, in this same shipment- they sent us one of Van's dads' paintings.  We hung it over the fireplace in the living room- the colors are beautiful and really complement all of the light in the room.

We are looking forward to having this chair and the painting for a very long time.  Maybe someday Van will even rock his child in it? Ahhhhhhh... (Years from now- I wasn't hinting at anything people.)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wedding Bellz and Pix

So, we recently received 3 DVD's of professional wedding photos back from our amazing friend and photographer, Jacob Rushing.  It is utterly amazing to look through the photos and literally be able to relive our wedding day, 06.09.12.  I have so many emotions when I look through the photos, some of them make my heart hurt and I wish we could relive the day, just because it was so perfect for us.  Others make me laugh, because there were a lot of hilarious moments, and others just fill me with this insane joy.  At the risk of sounding cheesy, I can honestly say that my wedding day was the happiest day of my life.  Van and I have literally grown up from young 23- year olds to (mature-ish?) 28/29 year olds.  Time flies when you're having fun.

So as I mentioned there are 3 full DVD's of photos, and honestly I have only looked through Discs 1 and 2.  However, I love the photos!  It is a bit overwhelming though, going through THOUSANDS of photos. 

A few of you have asked to see additional wedding photos, and I do plan on making a Facebook album with some of my favorites, but for now, just to tide you over- here are a few of my favorites so far. 

Van Morgan and Megan Keller- married 06.09.12 at The Hacienda in Santa Ana, CA.  Mexican food, my brother's jazz band, friends, family, sun, Stone IPA...perfect.
Below is the wedding party and our officiant/bestie Matt Mihm, going in for our first kiss and my beautiful flowers.  I think I can dedicate my next entire blog to the flowers. :)

After the ceremony, some of my favorite family shots.

Then some of my favorites from the toasts and my brother's jazz band that played during cocktail hour.  The band is available for hire, so if you're in SoCal and need an amazing jazz quartet to play an event, holla!

Once again thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who was able to celebrate with us on that very special day.  We had a blast!  I'm sure that I will have another wedding blog with photos Part II and maybe event Parts III and IV.  I have A LOT of photos to go through and I'm sure that I will love many, many, more.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Smokin' Meat.

I love some delicious Korean BBQ, luckily for me LA's Korea Town is literally down the street from me.  Thank you Vermont!  East side, what?!  My favorite Korean BBQ spot is definitely Park's BBQ.  The restaurant has a solid, modern vibe and it's a little pricey, but the meat selection is by far the best quality.  The banchan selection is amazing too.  Banchan refers to the little plates of appetizers that are served along with the meat in Korean BBQ restaurants. 

We were having dinner with my parents last Friday, and wanted to take them to Korean BBQ, but didn't want quite as fancy a restaurant as Park's- so we chose to go with the smokier, more rustic, Soot Bull Jeep.
It doesn't look like much from the outside, but I never let the exterior of a restaurant deter me from going for it.

Van had been here once before and warned us that we will come out of the restaurant smelling like BBQ smoke.  Ha. Loved it.
Unfortunately my poor Dad was the one who got the most smoked out...smoke follows beauty, right?
Below are my lovely parents- celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary today. <3
Delicious banchan selection and cooking proteins: we chose short ribs, squid and pork!

My favorite was probably the short ribs- but the squid was a close second. 
Happy M and confused V.
Delicious.  Definitely experienced a meat-coma afterwards, but so worth it, once in a while.  Seriously, I'm so close to Korea Town- I'm always down for BBQ.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


You have probably gathered from my post that V and I have decided to adopt...A DOG!  Jeez- were you thinking a child?! Not ready for that for a couple of more years.  We just got married- give us a break people.  Ha- but seriously, we are madly in love with our new family addition.  Lola is 7 months old and is 25 lbs.  She is almost full grown- perfect size for us and our apartment.  She is an interesting mix- Pit, Corgi, Dachsund- probably.  I don't even want to think about how that happened.

We highly recommend adopting pets, because there are SO many out there that need a loving home.  We used Downtown Dog Shelter in LA. It was very easy- we just had to contact the organization and then fill out an application.  We then met with the woman who was fostering Lola, and then our new baby was delivered the next day. Lola!

I'm obsessed with her!! She loves other dogs of all sizes, and being outside.  We just adopted Lola last week, but I've taken her to the Silverlake reservoir a few times already because there is an awesome dog park there, and it's very close to my house. Below are a few pics of Lola at the res.

Also, for you single peeps- the dog park is notoriously known for being a meat market.  Ha- jk...kinda.  But if you're a hot, single chick- you may get asked out. 

We love Lola!  Also- this song is now stuck in our heads, because Van has played it over, and over and over.  Hopefully it is now stuck in your head.