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Fall Adventures: Hungry Hawk Winery

Yesterday, we celebrated my 56th birthday with a trip to Hungry Hawk Winery, which we first learned about during our wine adventure at the Del Mar fair in June 2022.  If you haven't been, I strongly encourage you to check it out.  It's only about a thirty minute drive (depending on traffic) from our house in La Mesa.  You must be 21+, pets are not allowed, and you need to make a reservation.  The location is Escondido.   On my birthday, we got the gift of perfect weather, and I was also excited because I finally found William a "wine-tasting" shirt to wear on our winery adventures.  I've been looking since June, and we found one at the La Mesa Octoberfest on Friday night!  The shirt is from a company in nearby Laguna Hills called High Seas Trading Company , and I am glad to report that they have an assortment of other wine themed shirts for men, so I have plenty of gift ideas for William in the future!  We tasted 8 wines at Hungry Hawk, and we really enjoyed all
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Fall Thoughts: What's a Sustainable Diet?

On our walk the other night, William and I were discussing the idea of what makes a sustainable diet over an extreme diet (as I discussed in a recent post.)  Here are my thoughts on what you should consider when selecting a way of eating that you can live with for the rest of your life.  I believe that your answers to these questions can provide you with important direction on whatever way of eating feels right to you for the long term.   6 Keys for a Sustainable Diet  1. Do you enjoy the allowed foods?  Meat-based Carnivore: do you love steak?  Low-Carb/Keto: do you love eating variety of meat, dairy and green veggies?  800 Gram Challenge: do you love eating fruits and vegetables?  Vegetarian Diet: does it make you happy to skip the meat?  Your Favorite Diet here: look at the allowed foods; are you excited about what you will get to eat? And, is there anything missing from the diet that you just know could be your downfall in the future? 2.   Does the diet make you feel good?   Stable

Fall Thoughts: 3 Extreme Versions of Keto

As someone who has always been interested in low carb dieting, I do find it interesting to keep an eye on the Ketosphere, even though I am no longer eating this way.   I actually deleted a majority of the low carb diet channels I'd previously watched on YouTube, with the exception of 2 Krazy Ketos and Dr. Ken and Neisha Berry.  I like their personalities and feel that they offer a more practical and realistic approach to people who are looking to start and maintain a keto lifestyle.  Also, I like their interactive Q&A formats, and they've helped me get some great ideas about being a nutrition habit coach in the future.   That said, YouTube still offers up a few other keto/carnivore "influencers" to me, and once in a while, I will admit that I do take the bait and watch to see if there's anything I can learn.  And watching sends me down a slippery slope of thinking...do I want to do an extreme keto challenge?  My answer is no , but honestly, I do find the conte

Fall Adventures: Aurora Teagarden Halloween Costume

As you may have guessed, I love a good Halloween costume.  When you're 50something, you don't always have an occasion to wear one, unless you dress up for work or attend a party.   Last year, William and I dressed up on the spur of the moment just to hand out Halloween candy, and we had a good time eating homemade pizza, drinking red wine, and loading up our neighbors with the good chocolate (by which I mean the chocolate everyone wants to get for Halloween.) I remember one little girl who was so excited to meet "a real princess, just like me!" She was quite impressed with my crown and dress but slightly distressed that I'd already kicked off my shoes for the evening.   This year, I thought it would be fun to be a little more deliberate about our costumes.   We really enjoy watching the  Aurora Teagarden mysteries from Hallmark Movies  and have watched the entire series more than once.   I love Aurora's sassy librarian style, and William said "yes" t

Fall Thoughts: Technically Fall

Welcome to the fall version of 50 Something Stories!   Fall-En Yes, it is technically fall in Southern, California.  Yet, the temperatures have not fall-en (not for longer than a few days), and as the rest of the country celebrates pumpkin spice lattes, flannel shackets (shirt jackets, yes, it's a thing), and chili for dinner, I am sitting in the bedroom with the air conditioner turned on to write this blog.   Even though the temperature is 91-92 all week, it still feels like fall to me.  Or fall as I've experienced it while living in other states:  I still feel like organizing my fall capsule wardrobe and including long sleeves, sweaters, and new jeans.  I still feel like buying boots.  I still feel like cuddling under a blanket while watching Hallmark movies about pumpkin bake-off contests.  Fall-Ish  So, when it's technically fall but the temperatures tell a different story, what am I doing to enjoy the new season?  Planning my fall capsule wardrobe and wearing fall col

One Last Summer Adventure: Diner En Blanc

  Last night, we attended the 10th Diner En Blanc in San Diego.  (William has attended 9, and I have attended 4, if you include the pandemic version we hosted at home in 2020.)   My favorite parts about Diner En Blanc include:  Dressing Up  It's always fun to find a new white dress to wear for the event.   The guidelines state that you have to wear all white and silver accessories are allowed.  I love to see what everyone is wearing.  I usually buy at least 2 dresses and then choose my favorite one to wear.  I liked this one with the fun ruching for this year.   Some people make up their own rules, and I saw a few non-compliant items like brown shoes and gold accessories (yes, they still let them in!) This year, I also went and had my hair done for the event, which was fun.  My stylist is Dan from Pret A Porter Salon in La Mesa, and I think he did a great job.   Between the dancing and the secret location, I didn't have many curls left by the end of the evening!   BTW, William

Summer Thoughts: History of Hot Yoga at Home

One of the best parts about living in Ocean Beach (2018-ish) was that I discovered that I really loved hot yoga.  It helped that a great hot yoga studio was just a 5-minute walk away from my house, and that I felt very comfortable going there from my first class, which was taught by a new yoga teacher named Ruby.   I would always leave drenched in sweat and feeling happy and accomplished.  During this time, I had a stressful family situation in my life and hot yoga on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays always provided me with a 90-minute "self-care" break as well as the stress relief I needed to be more present during the times when I needed to be calm.   When I moved to Point Loma, I no longer had the hot yoga studio down the street...and then the pandemic happened so all the studios were closed, anyway.   Hot Yoga at Home (HYH, v.1)   I met William in July 2019, and when I was ready to start doing yoga again, there were still no yoga studios open.  He had the idea that we co