Thursday, January 23, 2014

Snow storms in the East Coast?

No thanks, i'll take winter on the West Coast!

This past weekend we went to one of Patrick's favorite places to go to, Half Moon Bay. Not only is the beach relaxing but the drive is so beautiful and calming as well. It also helped to have a nice car model in my pictures which makes everything look nicer!

If you ask my Father in law about Pacifica (passed Half Moon bay) I can guarantee with out a doubt that he will mention this Taco Bell ON the beach. I can see why he loves it so much. You have a beautiful view eating your food and when surfers come to eat they have a window outside for them to order. Genius! 

A secret hidden gem...this beach is referred to as Seal Cove by a lot of the locals on the coast, not a lot of people know about this beach and it's a beautiful area! It is actually part of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.

^^^ Cheesy? I know! 

 This is what we did last time we were in Pacifica, paddle boarding. It has been on my bucket list of things to do! Patrick thought he would surprise me for my Birthday to do it. Very thoughtful but typical guy he did not prepare me at all to get wet. I had my make up and hair done, did not have a bathing suit and no towels. I was very careful to not fall off the board! Patrick fell in and almost had a panic attack thinking a shark was going to get him. Hilarious! 

It was so windy that we barely went anywhere! It was fun to try and definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be. Great workout though!

I love California winters. Cold enough to make me feel like the seasons change and the sun is always shining! XO

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Warrior's Game

This was Patrick's Christmas gift, going to see the Warrior's play. It is way more exciting being there rather than watching it at home. We had fun before the game started comparing ourselves to the pro's.

"Hey Kobe! I got you an orchid baby!!" Have you see the crazy Kobe Bryant fan!? If not, you need to. Its hilarious!

I guess I had this impression of the NBA that everyone was giants and almost 7 feet tall. Stephen Curry amazes me even more that he is 6'3.

Even though we were in the nose bleeds it was still fun. Especially to be surrounded by all the other fans that got excited when they make a shot or do something amazing. It made it interesting to have a Celtic fan (boo!) next to us but he shut up real quick when Curry made the final winning  point at the last two seconds!

If I can give you any pointers about going to watch a basketball game it would be to remember where you park!! We thought we were going to beat the traffic by literally running to our car. After we had ran to the end of the parking lot and not being able to find our car, we realized that we were on the complete opposite side of the building!! It is definitely funny to look back now but we were so mad we sprinted for nothing and got stuck in traffic!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Winchester Mystery House

This is just one of those things that you have to do once. This was such a neat experience to explore the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. It felt like a fairy tale as it was hard to believe someone actually built a house like this.

Bizarre But Beautiful 

After Mrs. Winchester's daughter and husband passed away she sought out a medium to see why she was having such bad luck. The medium told her she was being haunted by people killed from the Winchester rifles. In order to appease the spirits she would need to build a great house for them. As long as the construction never stopped her life would not be in danger and she would have eternal life. This meant construction 24 hours a day.

So trippy! Stairs that led to NO WHERE!

 The windy staircase had two inch tall steps that were custom built for Mrs. Winchester who was only 4 foot 9 inches tall. She also suffered from arthritis so these small steps made it easier to get around.

Uneven number of steps on each side of staircases.

"Random" (that word seems to fit every sentence) windows on the floor and walls that show to other rooms. Mrs. Winchester liked to be able to check up on her servants and workers to see what they were doing.

Window that looks down into the kitchen.

Let's talk about the doors that led to no where...

Mrs. Winchester had a seance room that she would go to every night to consult with the spirits about the house. Oddly her favorite number was 13. In the seance room was thirteen hooks that held her different colored robes used when communing with the spirits. 

The number thirteen was also demonstrated through out the house such as thirteen holes in the sink drain cover and thirteen candles on every chandeliers. Many stairways had thirteen steps, thirteen ceiling panels in some of the rooms, thirteen bathrooms and so much more.

Upon passing away Mrs. Winchester left all of her personal property to her niece. The niece took what she wanted and had everything else auctioned off. It is said that it took six trucks working six weeks to move out all of the furnishing.

Winchester Mystery House Facts:
Construction started: 1884
Construction ends: 1922
Cost of Construction: $5,500,000
Length of Construction: 38 years
Rooms: 160
Doors: 2,000
Windows: 10,000
Stairways: 40
Fireplaces: 47
Chimneys: 17
Bathrooms: 13
Kitchens: 6
Gallons of paint needed for exterior: 20,000