New Adventures and New Learning Experiences
February was a month of learning and expanding my brain. Part of this month I went on my Navy annual training at Camp Pendletons Hospital. I’m rated as a general Corpsman (medic) which means I don’t have a specialty and I can float around where they need me. This time they needed me in the anesthesia department. Needless to say, I was a little nervous because I had no idea what they would want me to do. Not to mention I have basically zero experience in that department. Fast forward to day one of training and besides being nervous, I am ecstatic. I’ve never set foot in an operating room before! It was super clean, shiny, bright and had a level of organized collective chaos. I dove headfirst and learned everything I could as fast as I could since it was a little understaffed. I was allowed to prep patients in pre op for surgery, learned the restocking methods and was even able to watch a handful of the surgeries that were performed. The days flew by and when I wasn’t working at the hospital, I was out exploring sunny San Diego.
Exploring the tide pools and enjoying the ocean.
Tide pools at Shell Beach in La Jolla.
San Diego was a breathe of fresh air. I was able to explore and adventure around with one of my good friends that actually was training with me. She had some friends that knew cool food places to eat at and beaches to visit. I even managed to spend a few days hanging out with my brother. We tried to eat somewhere different everyday and to keep it local. Down in Encinitas we came across a delicious bakery and an amazing gelato shop.
This was delicious and the staff was so friendly! She gave us a loaf of bread for free! Add them to your list!
Go visit at night! Has amazing flavors of gelato. Fun, cozy atmosphere and only a few blocks from an ocean view.
Instead we found ourselves at dessert and snack shops than actual lunch or dinner places. It kind of kept the surprises of food on a working ”vacation.” I mean we had as much fresh seafood we possibly could have had, we had old school Italian food, amazing pizza and beer too. I also had to try ”the best coffee” that the San Diego area boasted. The coffee shops are called Better Buzz Coffee and they are scattered around SoCal. Since I’m a caffeine fiend, I of course had to stop in. I wanted to try their Horchata Iced Latte, but sadly they were sold out. I opted for their Mint Infused Iced Coffee instead and let me tell you…It was delicious! Not overly sweet, just the right amount of mint and the coffee was strong. It was great. If you ever find yourself in SoCal, give them a try. Here’s a glimpse at their MENU.
Such a fun atmosphere. Kick back and enjoy a nice coffee.
Now I think my favorite dessert place we found which ended up being on our second to last day was called Parlor Doughnuts. These are fancy home made big croissant/doughnut delicacies. I tried the Caramel Turtle and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shortcake. They were decadent, and not overly sweet. I wish I had more time to bring them back home with me from the trip.
This annual training with the Navy actually turned out to extremely insightful to my job and fun. I managed to learn a lot of new information that made me curious enough to do my own research. I was able to spend time with new friends and went exploring out and about in a newish city! The best part of all though I think was being able to try all the new delicious foods and spend time at the beach to really enjoy it. I hope you enjoy reading about this as much as I enjoyed writing about it. 💚 Kat
“I have seafoam in my veins, I understand the language of waves.”– Le Testament d’Orphée
June 21st 2021
Happy first day of Summer.
Not quite the weather we were expecting today. Earlier it was hot out and then once the evening rolled around so did the fog. It almost feels like it should be fall. None the less, Happy first day of Summer! Enjoy everything and keep staying safe. 💚
“Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the summer solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness.”
— Gary Zukav
Sunset at Home
Managed to get a picture of the sunset a few days ago. The sky was so beautiful ☀️
First Week of June!
Summer is upon us and this first week of June I’ve been on the search for the perfect fruit cup. Fruit cups aren’t only healthy for you but they’re delicious and simple to make. It doesn’t take longer than 15 minutes, and you can add whatever you like! Here are three simple steps in making my fruit cup:
Summer Fruit Cup
What you’ll need!
- Chamoy Sauce
- Knife and a fork
- Cutting board
- Any other fruit you want
Pick whatever fruit you would like in your Summer Fruit Cup. Cut the watermelon and pineapple into strips and slice the rest of the fruit. Store the leftovers in the fridge to keep them cool and fresh.
Place the fruit strips along the inside of the cup. You can do this however you would like. Then take the diced up fruit, for my case the strawberries and pears and put them in the center.
The final step. Sprinkle Tajin throughout and add some Chamoy sauce to get that sweet yet savory flavor with a little kick. Grab a napkin and a fork. Find a comfy spot and relax!
This tasty treat is healthy and delicious. It’s almost like you could eat this every day for Summer! This is simple to make, can be made in less than 15 minutes and there’ll be leftovers for more! Have fun trying out something new. Enjoy this sweet treat and have a refreshing start to summer. Take a break from the Khaos 💚
Upper Fisherman’s Trail and Black Sands Beach 2017
Marin Headlands, CA
Nothing beats a nice breezy walk out to water. With this 0.5 mile hike you’ll be on the sand in no time. Bring your water, pack some lunch and enjoy the views. Click here for directions, comments and more pictures. Plan your trip now!
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
– Robert Wyland
May The Fourth Be With You
Today marks the one, the only STAR WARS DAY! I love how fun this day is. Last year my family and I visited Disneyland and managed to get inside the Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Let me tell you, it is amazing and so much fun! We enjoyed not only the park but the delicious and quirky drinks the Cantina had to offer.
Spent a little time on the darkside.
I cant wait to be able to plan another trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth! 💓 Enjoy your day lovelies and remember, the Force is within!
Some otherworldly food and drinks.
Yours truly. If you can’t tell I am beyond excited!
“This is the way.”
– The Madalorian
Day Trip to Richmond, 2018
March 22nd 2020
I know this is a trying time for everyone. I saw this today in the barracks and I felt that everyone should see this. Keep pushing yourself even if you’re stuck at home. We will get out of this.