Coronado = Sun and Fun

This year the show is taking us to some beautiful cities, some of my favorite in the the country. Here is the list that takes us into 2013- Salt Lake City, Vegas, Seattle and…DRUMROLL… HONOLULU! But first, we have to struggle through San Diego, I know life is hard! Seriously, I don’t think there is anywhere in the US with weather so perfect! Last Monday was our day off and we had many choices on how to spend it Disneyland, Sea World, Legoland..but what we needed most was to sleep in-then decide from there. This is what we ended up doing…

A ferry ride to the Island Coronado, just a few miles off the shore of downtown San Diego. It was cheap (only $4.25 one way) and a great way to enjoy the waterfront. That’s Me, Jetson, Mace, Super Nanny, Mitch and our Maestro and very good friend Jason Yarcho! (Off the point for a second, Jason Yarcho is Mace’s first best friend, he loves him!  Because of Jason’s musical influence, even at this young age, Mace is already a musician! He looooves music, he dances whenever he hears it and raises his arm and conducts, just like his friend Jason. It is so darn cute to watch them play the piano together..here is a shot I snapped with my cell phone on a day Mace came to visit us at work)

Back to Coronado

We had no time commitments and a whatever happens kind of attitude, which is my favorite kind of Day! The only thing we really needed was a dog friendly beach, which was a 2 mile walk from the ferry. Not a bad stroll, it was nice to enjoy all of the lovely beach houses along the way.

Once we got to the beach there was no stopping Mace from getting sandy, wet and dirty! The water was freezing but Mace went for it, every time we tried to walk him back to the blanket, he would turn around and head back to the ocean. He clearly shares the love of the ocean with his Mommy, Daddy and Doggie!  After the beach we made our way to the first restaurant we could find, luckily it was amazing! Here is the link if you ever find your way to the Island, Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge mmmmmm- Yummy!

While we were sitting out on the patio, Mace kept saying Boo Boo Boo, which is his sound for a cow, quickly Super Nanny pointed to a life size cow outside of the ice cream parlor next door, Moo Creamery (it also deserves a mmmmm- Yummy!) When I took Mace over to the huge plastic cow, he got very shy and would only say BooBooBoo as we walked away.

As the sunset, we dragged ourselves back the 2 miles to the Ferry dock, tired, full and Happy!

O.. but before I sign off this post, I must share just one more picture, it’s too goofy not too! Bye Bye for now from Sunny San Diego!

Are you a Goonie?

If so, you would know exactly where we spent our day off!That’s right; it’s Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast! I might be dating myself, but I have always considered myself a Goonie. If you have no idea what I am talking about -go watch, this movie from 1985! You will then learn- that Haystack Rock is a clue to find One Eyed Willy’s gold! One of my favorite films from childhood.

Mitch and I were so excited to take the Super Nanny and Mace to this very special place, as a bonus we were surprised to find out that the entire beach is a leash free dog beach. Pure Doggie Bliss, for Jetson- and his best friend Seamus, who also came along for the day. The furry boys were able to run to their hearts content!I was able to play with my lensbaby a little more… the next two pictures were my favorite of the day!Seamus is a beautiful, FAST whippet! It was so nice to catch him in a moment of stillness.

My guys were so patient while I got lost with my camera; they had no idea I zoomed in with my telephoto lens. If I had to guess, Mitch was probably teaching Mace about something complicated and wonderful, like Quantum Physics.

Just 30 miles from Cannon Beach is a small town called Astoria, since it was “THE” town in the movie Goonies, we decided to add it to our trip. It was so dark and dreary I thought it looked more interesting to shoot a few pictures in black and white. Even though it was gloomy I felt very warm and dreamy roaming around town. Everyone was so friendly and it had a creative vibe to the city.Fort George Brewery is a great place to stop for a bite and a beer. Mitch ordered a sampler and loved the Emerald Pearl Brew made with green tea.I loved the chalk art menuOne thing I think I have gotten into the habit of doing while we have been traveling, is to city shop. I always ask myself, could I live here? Would I be happy here? Would Mace and Mitch be happy here? Is there enough creativity and progressive thinking for us here? What is the art scene like? Can I get Organic Veggies and Grass Fed Beef here? And although, we have been and lived in so many cities, my list is short. Astoria might be cool enough to add to that list! I liked it!

Portland Through the Eye of My Lensbaby

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

John Ruskin

Reading this quote validates my happiness while we are here in Portland! It has rained every day since we arrived almost 2 weeks ago. I am trying to blend in with all of the complaints around the theater, but to be honest, I LOVE IT! It IS refreshing to me, besides my hair does this really fun curl thing, that only happens when it rains!

To add to my fun here, there is no sales tax, so I decided to take full advantage and buy myself a new camera lens I had been wanting for awhile. It is a creative lens that bends the focus, leaving only a small portion of your image in focus. It’s called a LensBaby- check out their website here! Kind of hard to explain, so I will just post a few pictures of what I have taken so far in and around the theater, Downtown Portland.Cherry Blossoms!Portland started the Food Trucks culture!I love the movement you can get from this lens! Mitch and Jetson walking the line of Food trucks!Jetson begging for…SPAM! From the Hawaiian Food Truck!Mossy Staircase!Portland Trees!Super Nanny and Mace having fun at the Theater!

524 Miles…From El Paso, TX to Tempe, AZ

This is how it works! We always close the show on a Sunday after a few weeks in one city, then raise the curtain the following Wednesday night in the next city. It all happens very fast. To me, it is like magic, because I am never there on Tuesday to see how, in one day, the crew unloads the 17 Semi’s then reloads our entire show back into a new theater. But, it happens without fail, and by Wednesday morning when I arrive along with Wardrobe, Hair and the Cast, everything looks and works as well as it did in the last city! Magic!

My Husband, Mitch is one of the magicians at the theater on Tuesday morning. Because of that he is never able to ride with us and always flies to the next location. Bri the Super Nanny, Mace, Jetson and I are on our own between cities. We love driving most of the time, but on occasion, we have had to drive many miles in only 2 or 3 days.  2300 miles to be exact from Cincinnati to LA, has been the hardest drive to date, but we did it thanks to a happy baby, caffeine and Tom Petty.

This trip, El Paso to Tempe was a piece of cake, only 424 miles in 2 days. EasyPeasy! So we decided to add 80 miles, a few hours and drive up to White Sands National Park in New Mexico! Joining us in caravan was Janet, a dear friend from the show, her dog, Rocco and cat, Maverick.

Here are a few pictures of our incredible day at Beautiful White Sands

Quite possibly Jetson’s idea of Doggie Bliss! All sand and NO water!

And No leash! (Since it was the off season the ranger allowed us to let the dogs off leash, we were the only people there and we promised to pick up poopies! Read this book to find out why we think SAFE off leash time is important to a dog)

Janet took these amazing pictures of her babies! They are so good she even entered a few in a contest. Vote for them here!I took pictures of my baby (and Super Nanny flipping around in the background)Mace sat for a while, fascinated with the sand flowing through his fingers. I hope in his lifetime he will always take the time to love and appreciate this wonder. Bri and Jetson did a little sand sledding.

Mace got some nuzzles and kisses from his Super NannyA little Mommy Love tooJanet got Kissy with Rocco waiting for sunsetAs we said goodbye to the sun we had to say goodbye to White Sands. Tired and happy we made our way to Tempe. It was such a great day!-Stina, Mace, Bri and Jetson xoxox

10 Months

When I got the opportunity to leave Los Angeles, to work in San Fransisco for 10 months, I jumped at the chance! I wanted a change! I was hoping to gain a whole new perspective on life. I thought, why not, it is only 10 months! It was scary to think of leaving my friends, my Mother, but professionally, I knew I needed to go. I needed a notch in my belt, to earn a credit on my resume, maybe even save a little money. On a personal level, I knew deep down destiny was calling! I felt brave, so I went, just  Me, my dog, Jerry and my favorite Gnome, Yohan! (You’ll be seeing lots of Yohan in my future blogs)

Little did I know how much Destiny had in store for me. Little did I know that those 10 months would turn into 8 years, marriage and motherhood. I have been to and lived in so many places since 2004 I can even keep it straight. My exact reason for starting this blog!

8 years later I can not imagine what my life would be like had I not gone! Had I not answered destiny’s call? That one choice led me to an amazing career in Theater, my Husband, my Son and the Greatest Happiness a girl could ever dream up!  I did not leave my heart in San Fransisco, but I sure did find it!

It is incredible to think what can happen if you are able to risk and gamble on 10 months!