Round Two In The Books. Time To Heal For Real.

Yesterday couldn't have gone better for me (unless surgery had been scheduled earlier since I was starving and uncaffeinated until 4pm!) I'm honestly not complaining, though, because I made it through, and everyone at COSI was fantastic just like they were the first time. I felt like an old pro! Some of the nurses even remembered me from last time, which really made me feel at home.

My surgery was scheduled at 2pm, so we arrived at 12pm.

Here is a picture of Dr. Guanche and I from my pre-op for you guys to see if you don't follow me on Instagram, FB or Twitter:

We didn't run into any horror on the 405 like we did the last time, either, thank God! I was taken into pre-op within 15 minutes of arrival, and was soon ready to go in. I had about 45 minutes to kill before being brought into the OR, so I made good use of my time.

Here are the pictures from the surgery just like the last time. The top two are bursitis and the bottom two are of scar tissue on my piriformis. The nurse told Lynn (Steph's Mom) that I was doing great, and woke up talking. Lynn countered with a true statement “I think she came out of the womb talking!” Hahaha!! She's getting to know me so well ;-).

I soon returned home to Steph's (again thank you SO SO SO much to Lynn for taking me and bringing me home-esp dealing with rush hour on the 405 while I was passed out.) and put on my VascuTherm machine.

I love this machine! Apparently it's quite expensive, so I won't be taking it home as a parting gift. (Damn!!)

This was probably my favorite part if the day: (key word: was)

Pei Wei Pad Thai. Starving. Devoured. Like a boss.

Oh, and don't forget the critical FroYo:

A huge thanks to Steph for going out of her way to get both for me! It was salted caramel and cake batter, and was fantastic as always!

I'm working backwards on this post, because I figured you guys would want news on the surgery first. Now here are some pics of the last couple of days in OB, and my first day in OC:

Friday, I studied on the beach all afternoon after lunch. For lunch I had a veggie burger from Wonderland:

Went to the beach:

And had chocolate covered bacon for dessert.

The other thing was a red pepper flake salted caramel candy. The best word I can think of to describe these two pieces of deliciousness: ridiculous.

Friday night I went to OB Noodle House for dinner. As always, the Pho was amazing! I got rare beef Pho:

As you can see, the beef starts out completely rare, but then cooks a little bit in the broth. Your cow isn't actually still mooing by the time you get to eating it. The sprouts, Thai basil, lime, and other toppings came on the side. This place was on The Food Network not too long ago, BTW. It totally lives up to all of the hype! Make it a point to stop by if you get a chance when visiting San Diego!

When I was waiting for my seat at OBNH, I went next door to Lucy's to hang out and people watch. I ended up meeting a really cool girl named Elise who introduced me to her friends. Before I knew it, I was making plans to come back and play pool with them after dinner!

I had a total blast! It was so nice meeting you Elise!! I hope all is well with you guys :-).

Saturday, I studied on the beach all day again. I could seriously get used to this. The only downfall:

I could built a sandcastle out of the sand that is lodged in every pocket and crevice of this binder, haha! Sand is annoying, but I'll take it any day in exchange for this:

That evening, I met up with LaRissa and three of her fellow PT colleagues for dinner and “drinks.” We went to George's at the Cove.

The food was fantastic! LaRissa and I split goat cheese and almond stuffed bacon-wrapped dates as an appetizer, and I got the mahi-mahi for my entree.

I had a lunch date on Sunday, so here was my OOTD. I got it at Miss Match with my other dresses. I'm in love with it! Nothing makes you feel sexier than a good sundress (as far as clothes go, that is, lol!)

I had an amazing day and evening on Sunday hanging out with some really great people ;-).
Monday came around pretty fast, and it was time to head to OC. Before I left, I got an acai bowl from The Lazy Hummingbird. Man was it awesome! It was like an acai berry smoothie with granola, bananas, strawberries, a little bit of coconut, and honey. Check it out:

On my way to OC, I saw this license plate which made me smile:

I headed straight to Newport Beach to study:

Then, I got hungry, so I went to this Lobster Bucket place. I forgot the name, but it was really really good!
Just a light lunch, my ass! It came with rice and beans, and tortillas with sweet butter. I was in a total food coma after I left there!
Then, I met this girl for dinner in Newport. I always have such a fun time hanging with Sarah! We went to a fish place called Bearflag Fishco. They get their fish straight from the water on a daily basis. Freshest sashimi I think I've ever had! I was still pretty stuffed from lunch, so I didn't eat much. I didn't need food, though, really, since I spent the whole time talking, anyway!

One last stop before heading to Steph's was Dicks. My legs were tight from all of the walking I did on the beach on Sunday (good sore, not bad sore) so I decided to invest in a mini-foam roller so I could have one for when I travel. I must be a masochist.

This thing is the death of me. Love-hate relationship with the roller. Even more volatile than with my black foam roller at home, and I've only used it on the bed so far. Not even a hard surface yet. That's a good thing, though, right?? The more it hurts, the better it works? Fingers crossed!

Last, but not least, an Ali update! She's doing very well at Tricia and Jeff's. She's guarding the kitchen when they're cooking, as usual, and whining for the food before it comes out of the oven. Surprise surprise!

Aw! Look at my sleeping baby!

I meeeeez her I meeeeeez her! I love you, you sweet little stinker! Mommy will be home soon, don't you worry!

Alright, back to bed I go. I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your week, I'll be talking to you soon!

Happy Trails!

Stacey

 

Why Don’t I Live in Cali, Again?

I could always buy the plot of land that costs about the same as my house in AZ, and set up a nice big tent. Ali could have her own dog house! Haha! Living on the coast is still floating around somewhere near my five-year plan as a possibility; but for now, I remain a desert rat.

My time here in OB has been wonderful! Yesterday while studying at Jungle Java, I met Eloise:


She seriously made my day. I mean, all pugs are cute, but pug puppies!?? They take the cake every time! Eloise is 11 weeks old, and in that stage where her little tummy grows to twice its size when she eats her dinner. Ali was the exact same way when she was a pup! Here is Caitlyn the barista with little Eloise:

I switched venues and went to The Lazy Hummingbird in the afternoon. I just needed a change of scenery, and some sunshine since it was kinda cold in the shade at JJ. Right after I got there, in walks another pug!

It turns out that his name was Buckshot. How many pugs in OB do you think there are with that name? Exactly. So I asked Ashley, the mom, if she brought him down to Dog Beach much, and she said yes! We actually met on DB last time I was here in February! She remembered! How completely random and cool is that?

So I got my dose of pug for the day! I stayed for a couple more hours, then went home to get ready for the evening.

I met my new friend Lukas at Fathom on Shelter Island for drinks and some dinner. It got cold really fast after the sun went down, so we went to Lucy's back in OB to play some pool.

We ended the night tied. I won by default twice, and was SO close to actually hitting the eight ball in and winning legitimately!! There might need to be a rematch….;-).

Oh, and OOTD-all from a Grand Central Clothing. I dared to wear white pants, and didn't spill anything on them!! I did get two tiny spots of blue chalk on one leg, but that's way better than I expected to do.

(Again FTR-I still despise mirror pics, but it's the only choice I had to show you my outfit, kids.)

Today I slept in and got about a noon start to my day. The weather was perfect. It was sunny and probably about 75. I had lunch at Wonderland on the beach, and got started on reviewing immunizations.

I had a veggie burger with iced Blackberry Jasmine tea and a Red Bull for lunch. Threw some sweet and spicy mustard and Sriracha on it, and it was a winner!

Then I went here:

Then, I had dessert. You guys, seriously, I had chocolate covered bacon. The other one was a red pepper flake and salted caramel. I also ate the saltwater taffy before I even had a chance to get a picture of it.

It was so ridiculously sinful that I have absolutely no shame. The caramel was fantastic, as well! I'm a huge fan of trying new things, of spicy food, and of course, chocolate. I forget the name of the candy place I got them from, but I can tell you it was on Newport Ave on the block closest to the beach on the north side of the road. They also had chocolate covered jalapeños. Maybe I'll try one of those next time!

What a great day! I have no idea what I'm doing tonight. I might go grab dinner at OB Noodle House and then study like a huge nerd. I have plans tomorrow night, so I don't feel so bad about laying low for one evening. We'll see what transpires.

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend, and I'll be talkin' to y'all again very soon!

Happy Trails!

Stacey

 

Back to Cali

This week went by so fast with studying everyday and packing to go back to California. I was able to take a break from all of my hustle bustle Monday night for BTB's first Oiselle shopping night at Sole Sports! Did I tell you guys that Oiselle is BTB's new official clothing sponsor? I can't remember if I did….I am so excited about it! Check out the cute shirt and shorts Susan and I were wearing:

I ended up getting both the tank and the running shorts. They're really comfortable and super cute! Now if I could only run in them….soon enough, Stacey, soon enough.

Speaking of running, all was going well with my rehab until today. I was sore (not the good kind) yesterday and this morning, and did all of my exercises before I left for San Diego. Add the 5+ hour drive, and you get Stacey freaking out because it hurts more than it has since post-op week 3! I'm just really keeping my fingers crossed that it's residual pain from the surgery, and not issues with my proximal hamstring tendon again. LaRissa says that setbacks are normal, I'll be fine as long as we stay on top of it, and to stay positive. I'm going to listen to her :-). So I'll be icing, stretching, doing my exercises, and studying my behind off for the next few days.

I dropped Ali off with Tricia and Jeff before leaving town, and look at the little stinker!

She makes it even harder to drop her off when she's being so extra stinkin' cute!!

I drove the whole way from Phx to OB (Ocean Beach) with the top down. I did feel the sun, but didn't realize just how much until I saw this:

Whaaaaaaat!? I mean I miss running, which comes with this hideous tan line in the summer, but really?? Oh, and it's primarily on my right leg. So I have a one-legged wanna be runner's tan to sport in my bikini tomorrow! Awesome.

Dead sexy

As usual, I had to stop in Dateland to get a bag of dates and one that was chocolate covered. I only buy one for a reason.

Once I got to my studio suite in OB, I took a power nap, then went to The Joint for dinner. Holy cow you guys, it was fantastic!! Check out what I got:

This was called the OG Mango Madness roll. It had crab, mango-cilantro-cucumber salad, and macadamia nuts wrapped in soy paper with a sweet Thai chili sauce. Wow. That is all.

This was their Goat Cheese Polenta topped with four different kinds of sautéed mushrooms in a sauce. I don't know what the sauce was, but it was incredible! I took half of it home to eat for lunch tomorrow. You have to go there if you're ever in OB! The menu has a ton of variety with tapas and sushi. They also have quite the beer selection and drink list if you're into that. I had my San Pelligrino and lime and it was yummy ;-).

I'm staying just two blocks from Newport Ave, and two blocks from the beach in a little “luxury” studio. It is so nice and so affordable! Pardon my stuff strewn around all over the place, but here are some pics:

The closet/armoire is so nice! It has plenty of hangers, and an automatic light that turns on when you open the door. I don't usually unpack stuff, but I did this time since there were lots of hangers and such a nice space!

Look at the little ice cubes! Aren't they cute!?


So there you have it! I'm back in Cali in my happy place, and couldn't be more grateful.

Getting to spend some time here to relax (well, and study my ass off) before my surgery is so nice. I'll be talkin' to you guys again really soon. I hope you're having a great week!

Happy Trails!

Stacey