A year ago, in February 2020 (right before COVID hit), Zach and I ditched cable. At the time we had AT&T and it was expensive, while starting to feel outdated. I didn’t like that I couldn’t watch it on my iPad, like Netflix or Amazon Prime. AT&T fought us hard and slapped us with a nasty breakup fee. They rope subscribers into these contracts that are surprisingly difficult to get out of if you’re not moving to a remote island in Alaska without electricity.
After freeing ourselves from AT&T, I switched to YoutubeTV and was hooked. It easily integrated with AppleTV and our bedroom Roku. At the time, I was commuting to Dallas a lot and I really liked how it had unlimited streaming DVR and I could watch Youtube TV on my laptop or iPad.
Today Zach and I hiked Combs Peak in San Diego (4.7 miles up to 6,193 feet) – and saw the rare United States Coast and Geodetic Survey marker dated 1939! The Combs Peak area is beautiful San Diego County chaparral landscape, with manzanita, scrub oak, buckthorn, red shanks and chamise densely covering the mountain slopes.
Combs Peak is only one of 10 named 6000-foot peaks in San Diego County and the 8th highest. There is an old Yuban can at the top, with a small notepad inside. We left a note and read everyone else’s secrets!
This hike is listed as hike #4 of the SD 100 challenge! I’ve only done a few of the other hikes, definitely need to get out and hike more!
We’re back at Nemacolin Resort (Farmington, PA) for week 2 of the Bach. The opening promo promises a rose ceremony health event that is sure to be, you guessed it, dramatic. Opening B-roll shows leaves changing colors and birds chirping, and a chilly September morning.
I’ve learned a bit about cryptocurrency in the last year, through research for fun and having been asked to write about BitCoin and digital wallets. In the course of the pandemic, I got my own little Robinhood account, and along with a bunch of random stocks, I scooped up some Dogecoin and Ethereum Classic. Ethereum Classic was my first toe-dip into crypto.
I’ve recently learned about Pi, thanks to Zach, who, when he isn’t flying jets and helicopters, has joined me in the crypto adventures. This currency, the first on a cloud mining format, shows promise. Here’s the good news. You can get in on it with zero risk.
Yesterday, my husband Zach flew the Robinson R44 at Upper Limit Aviation and I tagged along. It was a cross-country flight from French Valley Airport (F70) to Montgomery Field Airport (KMYF) to Palomar Airport (KCRQ). Although I’ve been to all those airports many times, it was fun to enjoy as a passenger – and in a helicopter! Great views of San Diego the whole flight. I was able to see as far north as Big Bear, to as far south as Mexico. Saw I-15, I-8, I-5, CA-76, CA-78, CA-67, and many lakes: Lake Mathews, Lake Murray, Lake Miramar, Lake Hodges, and more.
Yesterday, 2021 treated us all to the new season of the Bachelor with Matt James. As a long-time, but low-key fan of the franchise, I am excited to see a new season. And honestly glad to not be watching the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs anymore. It is also refreshing to finally have a lead who is relatively brand-new to the Bachelor franchise. I say relatively, because, we know he is BFFs with Tyler Cameron from Hannah Brown’s season.
The season starts with Chris Harrison telling us that “Never before in the history of The Bachelor….” has there been such intense interest about someone as a lead. I feel like maybe CH has said those words before. 🤔
Like most people, I am looking forward to closing the book on 2020 and beginning a new, fresh, chapter. This year has been challenging in more ways than I could ever imagine.
This morning, I made a few phone wallpapers for 2021. Thanks to the great creators on Unsplash and the awesome website Canva for making things so beautiful, easy, and fun to create. And for Maya Angelou, Emily Giffin (my favorite author), and Elbert Hubbard for the inspiration. Feel free to use any of these! There is one quote I do not know the source of: “I may doubt myself at times, but I will never allow myself to stay there.” I got this one off of To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA).