Sunday, July 27, 2014

The First Date Shake.

There was never really an official first date, I guess. Weston never had to ask me out or even ask me for my phone number. We were two people in a group of friends who got to know each other a lot before ending up alone at a dinner together. The rest of our friends were going to a movie that wouldn't end until after my high school curfew, so Weston offered to stick around and take me to dinner instead of joining them. And that was our first "date".

We sat across from each other for dinner on a rainy Friday night in February. I had just stepped in a massive puddle in the parking lot, wearing ballet flats, and sat shivering at the table (always the epitome of grace) when I ordered my dinner - "Just a chocolate milkshake, please."

Weston stared at me. "That's all you're having?" Um, yeah, Weston. When you're alone at dinner with a boy you've secretly had a crush on for like, a year, it's a little nerve wracking and I couldn't exactly think of stomaching actual food at that moment. I didn't care how rainy or cold it was or how wet the bottoms of my pants were. Chocolate shake for me. 


Lately, my goal has been to maximize the amount of whole foods that I eat and minimize the amount of processed stuff. The first week was easy but by week two, my sweet tooth was not being satisfied by fistfuls of fruit anymore and that's when Weston came up with this.

It's a chocolate shake. Made with almond milk, cocoa powder, and dates. And therefore we've come full circle.
On my first date with Weston, I had a chocolate shake. And last week, he made me my first date chocolate shake!
(Please humor me, I'm incredibly proud of this realization.)

If you like frozen, dairy free, chocolatey treats that can be part of a balanced diet… here's what you do...


In a blender, combine:

1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup almond butter
12 pitted dates
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp coconut flakes
And ice - anywhere between a few cubes and a cups worth. The more ice you add, the thinner the drink will be. Just depends on your preference! I've been adding about two handfuls worth.


If you try it out let me know what you think!

And just for fun - since I shared a little bit about my first date with Weston… 
here's a picture from around that time, 6 years ago haha. Aye… look at these kids!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Seattle.

After the beautiful days we spent in Portland, we trekked to the station and jumped on a train that would take us the 4 hours to Seattle. Weston was busy working during the ride but I was glued to the window. Thanks to the railroad, I was able to see so many beautiful parts of Oregon and Washington that I never would've seen otherwise. The 4 hours went by so quickly! 

(endo note : I used thermacare heat wraps on the train to try to take a little of the endo edge off and they worked like a charm! 
Not super obvious under my shirt, stayed warm, and provided the relief that heat usually does. I highly recommend!)

We arrived in Seattle with a huge list of recommendations from two of my friends who have lived in Seattle at one point or another and unfortunately, we only had a day and a half in the city to try to cram them all in, which was just not possible. But we saw what we could and while it didn't stand out quite as much as Portland did, Seattle definitely had it's beautiful moments. And delicious food. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Portland.

Hello!

After five days spent exploring Portland and Seattle, it feels really wonderful to be back on So Cal soil, with Toby at my feet, sharing these photos with you! As much fun as it is to be away, there's also such a sweetness to returning home - even after just a few days.

On the Fourth of July, Weston and I flew from LA to Portland over a sea of fireworks that I wish I could've properly captured (here is my iPhone attempt) although it didn't seem that any camera was capable of doing the trick. Right around 9:30 the sparks started bursting below us and I was glued to the window until we landed!

Just like everyone said I would, I fell in love with Portland - the old buildings, how clean and beautiful they manage to keep the city, all the gluten-free options at every restaurant (even one entirely gluten free/vegan bakery!), the handmade products in cute little shops, how it stayed light outside until 10pm.. Just everything. 

In fact, I think it was during our first morning at brunch that Weston started planning our next trip back there, haha.


I had some rough endo moments while in Portland, so our approach was to make frequent trips back to the hotel for medicine/heat/rest in between all of our wandering. We had initially planned on renting a car and driving out deeper into Oregon for some hiking on one of the days, but ended up happily spending all of our time in the city instead - there was never a shortage of things to see, shops to browse, foods to eat, or cocktails to drink. 

If this California thing doesn't work out for us, in a few years you might look us up in Portland. ;)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Snapshots.


Just some iPhone pictures from the last few months.

laguna beach for my grandma's 86th birthday // bike riding // disneyland
dripp with maya // rooftop lounge with jess
mom & dad's surprise party // view from our big sur hotel
big sur trees // dinner at nepenthe

instagram : @kelleoh

Monday, June 30, 2014

Big Sur : Part II

After our first day in Big Sur with all the hiking and adventuring, my body was pretty beat. So the next day, rather than go back up into the State Parks or do much more walking, we decided to spend the morning at Sand Dollar Beach (seriously lacking in sand dollars, by the way). We parked along the main road and wandered through some grassy fields that led us to this little dirt trail. Which led us to some stairs. Which led us to the beach.

And there we sat, on soft warm sand, enjoying blue skies, foamy waves, and what was practically an entire beach to ourselves. 


The beach kind of reminded me of some scenes from Lost! With the big green cliffs overlooking the ocean.

After the beach, we started the trip home. We stopped in San Luis Obispo along the way so I could take Weston to High Street Deli, where a friend of mine took me a few years ago and I ate what I still consider to be the best sandwich of my life. Thankfully, Weston loved it just as much! We made another brief stop in Santa Barbara, then finished the final stretch and made it home. 

I am so thankful for this trip and these pictures and these memories. 
And obviously super thankful for my travel partner.
Can't wait to visit Big Sur again someday.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Big Sur : Part I

Last Friday morning, Weston and I took off to spend a brief two days up north in Big Sur. We have attempted many road trips over the last few years, so to make it all the way to our destination, stay the whole (albeit short) trip, and return home without any huge catastrophes to speak of… is a pretty giant accomplishment.

Since I am a beach lover and Weston is a mountain lover, Big Sur couldn't have been a more perfect place for us to visit.
It is a flawless blend of the two locations that we usually have to decide between!

Here's a peek at our first day.




Monday, June 23, 2014

For the Endo Girls : Travel Tips.

In my life, I dream of traveling often and traveling far.
Having an chronic illness has made this a really challenging thing to accomplish, although I'm coming to find that challenging doesn't have to mean entirely impossible.

I am not a well traveled person (yet!) but this summer, health permitting, I'm embarking on a few exciting trips! Leaving California for the first time in years and even traveling by airplane! I can count on my fingers the number of flights I've taken in my life, so this is an exciting one.

After many failed attempts and miserable "successes" in the last few years, I didn't know if I'd ever be confident enough to travel very far away with my condition, but thanks to several smaller getaways and a better general control of my pain at the moment, I think I've gained enough "know-how" to handle the tricky endo-situations that may present themselves while I'm away from home.

Considering past experiences, both good and bad, here are a few tips I'm sticking to while traveling this summer.
Hope they might help you feel more comfortable during your vacations too!