Sunday, February 19, 2017

Getting Lost in the Mountains

We got to take a little break and hike rattlesnake trail this weekend.  It has been raining off and on the last few weeks and it made the mountain so green we just couldn't resist. The trail was muddy and we wore the wrong shoes but it was still fun to take the family out.

Got muddy.
Found walking sticks on the trail.
Used the trick we learned on a tv show about how to use your fingers to tell how much sunlight we had remaining.
Watched the water flowing where there is never any water.
And found a peaceful place to just escape from the crazy life we have everyday.
So beautiful and grateful for what we have.

As much as I miss Hawaii, this came pretty damned close to sunrise hikes I used to do back home.

epic mountains and lush greenery california

family hike through rainy palos verdes

gorgeous sunset palos verdes rattlesnake trail

learning to find sticks for walking sticks

searching for walking sticks in the mountain

green trails in southbay

sunset water flowing rarity

Friday, February 17, 2017

Nonstop, No Sleep

Our days have been filled with nonstop activities!  Finding a workable routine has been tough but we are managing to get everything ELSE filled in so we are succeeding in a majority of our things-to-do but not everything.  But then again, who can manage to fit everything in and not forget something?  We have had to fit in activities and work meetings in between work...ARGGGG need more hours in the day to just relax and have a coffee to do nothing! LOL  BUT..I did get to enjoy the most amazing minestrone soup at Gjusta for a work meeting!  One of my favorite places!

amazing minestrone soup at Gjusta Bakery

The boys have become obsessed with skateboarding which is pretty awesome.  I am so happy to see that there is something they really love doing (outside of minecraft) that gets them up in the morning excited.  They come home and want to skate, they wake up at sunrise saying they want to skate  It's pretty cool.  They have progressed so much in the last 3 weeks.  So crazy to think they have only been skating for 3 weeks and have gotten so comfortable on it.  We have been trying to fit in the sunrise and sunset skating as much as we can and finding new skate parks around California to see which ones they like best.  It gives us a good reason to explore cities we have never been to which is a good thing for us because we don't know many places outside of our norm.  We have just had ZERO sleep! HAHAHHA

silly kids cheech and chong skateboards

rain or shine they are skating

houghton skate park long beach california

sunrise skate sessions with kids

learning how to drop in

practice skateboard drop in

sunrise silhouette in the cold

Work and work after work has been exhausting.  But it has to get done right?  I hope someday I can just work doing projects or find a job being someone's assistant in place of my normal job at the warehouse.  It would be nice to have a job that I am passionate about.  =)  Until then, working after work to help on projects has been tiring but fun.  I would rather be super busy than not.  It's my crazy head that can't sit still.  =)  We are finally about to get Make Your City Wild up and it's so exciting.  Constantly thinking of new ideas and what we can do and it's been a really fun project that we are working on.  Yes, more things on our plate when we haven't even found balance with our personal life hahahaha! 

learning to play pool waiting for us to finish working

make your city wild rats for CAM

nonstop working on invoices and shipping make your city wild

mathew curran honey bee for make your city wild

It's been raining to hard the last month or so that California has become green!!!!  We went to make a quick stop at our favorite area in Palos Verdes.  Del Cerro is one of my favorite places to explore and hike but we didn't have time to hike so we just went to take a look at the benefits of the rain.  Everytime we went, it was brown and desert-like.  I know it's still beautiful but I grew up with the green mountains back in Hawaii and everything else is so hard to compare to it.  This time, Del Cerro looked gorgeous and green!!!!!  I had never seen such greenery there and the trails were clearly defined by the greenery!!!  It made me so happy.  If it wasn't so cold and windy, I would have stayed up there for hours in the quiet space relaxing.  Can't wait to hike it before it disappears!

Del Cerro in it's green glory mountain

mountain greenery in california

Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to Find Balance Between Work and Life

Since we've been home, we have been trying to adjust to a normal groove.  The last few months, home or not, have been so crazy hectic that we never had a moment to think about the things that needed to be done outside of the checklist of tasks.  Now that we have a moment to write down the things we should tackle and scheduling time in with work, school, kids, activities, life, etc, it's hard to grasp the actual fact that we need to settle into a slightly normal routine again.

Think we are trying to slow down our pace and minds a little and it's been tough.  The one steady thing has been taking the boys out to skateboard.  They love learning now and all they want to do is skate afterschool.  In a week, they have learned a lot and the crying and falling have been less and less which is a good sign!  Being outdoors has been a nice breather.  Even if it's only an hour or two a day, it does remind us that we need to take a moment and enjoy time.  Now if we could only figure out how to make the time to just have a coffee date without it involving work! HAHAHAH

afterschool skate sessions

skateboarding session stoked

exploring the park climbing trees

cutest friendly squirrel

On the work end, it's been hard to get into the groove of figuring out what to tackle first and how to prioritize everything.  Seems like there are so many things on the list and we don't know where to start or WANT to start!  But things have to get done because life keeps moving regardless of wanting to have downtime.

In the meantime, we are working towards a daily routine and hopefully we can settle into one in the next week or so.  As a person who likes being crazy busy 24/7, it's so hard to get back to a slightly slower pace and not go insane! HAHAHAHA

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Adjusting to the Daily Routines

January started off with our daily schedules thrown out the window.  With Mathew being gone for 3 weeks to do the CAM street mural and media room install, we had to make a lot of adjustments to our schedule.

Having family here to stay at our house to watch the boys while I work and fly for the weekends has been so helpful and we are forever grateful.  Kathi being here is always awesome..she helps so much.  Not just with the boys but everything else from studio to work to mental sanity! HAHAHA.

Now that we are home for a month before we leave again, it is playing catch up.  We have been home for less than a week and we are still trying to catch up on work, emails, schedules and house things.  Mat finally put shelves in my studio so I could organize my paint and not have it all over the floor.  You have no idea how happy that makes me!!!!!!!!  Trying to catch up on the Make Your City Wild production so we have things to giveaway and come up with a better business plan =)

production day for make your city wild bunnies

studio organizing spray paint

Trying to get back to our weekly meetings for work to organize the week has also been difficult.  Trying to get the boys back on track and spend QT time and fit in our work meetings has been difficult.  It will come in the next week or so..but we did manage to find a moment to take a break and ride our bikes on the pier with the boys, explore that seafood spot we kept driving by and try the yummy food, and fit in a meeting at a new coffee spot I have been wanting to try.   Captain Kidd's Fish Market is pretty awesome.  The people there are friendly and their lobster bisque was AMAZING!  Could pass on the fish and chips and can't wait to try their fresh fish next time.

Captain Kidd's Fish Market Redondo Beach Pier

Family bike rides exploring with Buddy BIson National Park Trust

The Boy and the Bear in Redondo was super cute.  I like that there is a new coffee house nearby.  We always talk about the lack of good coffee houses on this side short of Two Guns Espresso out in Manhattan Beach.  That was always the only one not very close to home.  Finding this little gem halfway between Two Guns and home is perfect and the coffee at the Boy and the Bear was really yummy but I think next time we need to try the pour over to get the real taste of what they are trying to achieve.

The Boy and the Bear coffee house Redondo Beach

It is so weird being back to reality but nice at the same time.  Work at my regular job has been the same ol same ol and sometimes I wonder what my mental state will be the longer I am there HAHAHAHA  I need mental stimulation and so glad I get to do studio work after work or I would go insane.  School keeps calling meeeeeee...I may need to start taking a class here or two just for the mental growth.  Woodwork and welding have been calling my name =)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Without War Paint Installation

What a whirlwind week. Flew out to help Mathew with his museum exhibit at CAM Raleigh and it turned out to be an eventful flight. It was already a hectic morning trying to schedule and get the social media takeover for TWYLA all while trying to get on a flight and be in touch with Mat while he was busy with his first day of installing the large stencils. Trying to communicate with different people on a plane and being exhausted probably didn't help.

The last hour of my flight, I started to feel like I was going to be sick and throw up so I got out to head to the bathroom and felt even worse. I was afraid I'd throw up in the aisle so I asked for a bag and next thing I knew I was on the floor with a doctor over me asking me what my name was. I didn't even know I had fainted in the galley. The poor ladies must have been freaking out. I felt so sick I had to go to the bathroom.  But once I was done I felt better but lightheaded and dizzy. No clue why or what brought it on. The nurse and doctor on board were with me my last hour of the flight and making sure I was ok. I felt fine just dizzy. I have no clue what it was. Usually if I feel an anxiety attack coming, I feel it creeping slowly but this was something new. They said that someone gave the. Wrong information to the doctors on the ground saying I had cpr so they were now forced to have paramedics meet us at the plane and take me off!  I said I was fine but they said it is too late. Omg how embarrassing. They made everyone wait until I got off the plane. The paramedics were sweet and checked to make sure I was ok and had me on my way. I left with a cut on my elbow and bruise on my head from the fall but glad to be off and not in a hospital.

Fainting on Delta Flight

Once we left the airport, we ran around town to leave a bunch of giveaways for Make Your City Wild and it was really fun to see people looking for Mat's work running around after us hahahaha.

Giveaways in Raleigh for Make Your City Wild 
Running around Raleigh North Carolina leaving giveaways Make Your City Wild

Getting to the museum in the early morning to start installing the rest of the exhibit was awesome. Everyone there is amazing and it is really nice to see how beautiful the space is and how much they loved his work.  Long, exhausting days but it's finally complete and everything turned out even more beautiful than imagined. So many stressful days and nights all lead up to this and it's such a great experience to be a part of.

Early AM at CAM ready for installation:
Uncrating the framed artwork

Mathew doing the last touchups on the large stencils
 Love is the sweetest..we work together well..=)
Mathew Curran Cassie Jo Cam Raleigh museum installation stencils

Mathew putting in the final touches on the large stencils
Last touch ups on the large stencil installation
Framed pieces getting hung and lit
laying in the 10,000 petals

laying out the petals
 10,000 petal installation titled "Come Here" is finished!!
Teamwork laying out the 10,000 petals

So very very proud of my love:
Mathew Curran Without War Paint museum exhibit CAM Raleigh

Monday, January 16, 2017

Quick Trip to Dallas and the East Coast

Flew into Dallas Texas for a quick trip for ABL. It was surprisingly pretty awesome. I didn't have much expectations of Dallas but it turned out to be one of the best trips on tour so far. The hotel driver took us on a quick tour of downtown and the architecture and tiny parks in the city were beautiful.

puffy clouds view from the airplane to dallas

We got to have a quick bite and play games with the crew before a hectic work day in the AM at Kung Fu Saloon. It was so fun. Nothing better than old school arcade games that touch our heartstrings from the 80s and 90s growing up. Mortal combat, street fighter, PAC man, centipede, etc and all free to play. I saw and played my first shuffleboard game. It was so much fun I wanted one at home but know that it wouldn't be as fun if we have it versus the occasional fun.

shuffleboard game at kung fu saloon dallas texas

Work day was at Gilley's and the venue was a really great place to work in. Everything went quickly which made it a fast in and out.  We actually had a chance to go the the Modern Museum Fort Worth to catch the last week of the Kaws was AMAZING!!!

Gilley's pre-show:
Gilley's Dallas venue before the crazy

Kaws at the Modern:
kaws gumby

kaws companion wood pieces

kaws bunny

vince at the base of kaws cookie monster

Got to try fuel city tacos for a late night snack after work and I couldn't believe how crazy busy the lines were. People standing out in the 30 degree cold for tacos. It was amazing. Beef fajita tacos for sure!!!

2am snacks after work (Photo credit: Kat)
Fuel City Tacos Dallas Texas Gas Station

3 hours of sleep and back on the plane to Raleigh for a quick day trip with love who took me out on a date for dinner. It was so sweet to have him be so thoughtful especially in all the craze over the last six months. We hadn't had a moment to spend doing anything special because of work but it was the sweetest surprise when he took me to dinner and I didn't know that was the plan lol. I cried. It's always the little things that make everything worth it.  Forever grateful.

Ember the Golden Retriever puppy

Back on a plane, 24 hours later, off to Denver. Not enough time. Wish I could have gotten out of the airport. It was lightly snowing and so beautiful. The architecture in the airport was so beautiful and it was insanely busy. It reminded me of the Tokyo crossing where everyone was coming from all directions on the move. NFL Sunday so it was a busy crazy evening with so much energy. Can't wait to go back to Denver to explore one day.

architecture inside Denver Airport
NFL sunday waiting for the airplane
Home with family and playing pillow fight was just the perfect ending to the evening. I forget how much we have to be grateful for majority of the time because I focus so much on the weight that we carry until I see those little shining moments and it smacks me in the face reminding me that we have the best as tough as it gets. ❤❤