Daily life, Favorite Places, life, photography, travels

SW Roatrip… Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM. The second destination of our southwestern road trip. Santa Fe is everything you think Santa Fe would look like. It’s pretty incredible, again with the super blue sky and the amazing old architecture.. everything was so picturesque. I really loved it here, except for the high altitude, that really kicked my butt to the max once we arrived… man, it was bad.

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Can you believe how blue the Santa Fe sky is?


On top of the hill on Paseo de la Loma


Santa Fe, you made me sick, but that won’t keep me away from you, you’re too gorgeous.

Daily life, life, photography, travels

Southwest Road Trip… SD to ABQ

I absolutely love road trips. Chris and I have been taking a road trip every year that we’ve been together. This last one was around the South West (Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon the Phoenix) and now I’m having withdrawals and wish I could be back. You just drive around for hours, taking in the scenery, sometimes you see a small shack on the side of the road and wonder about the history of that place, like who used to live there, if you lived there where would you go to get groceries? Then you wonder about the other people on the road and where they’re headed and I like to imagine telling them what our plans are…. kinda weird. But that’s what I like to do. Here are a few photos of the first leg of our trek, from San Diego to Albuquerque.

cactus^^Typical Arizona and their sagueros. Tonto National Forrest^^

treesIMG_3916Pit stop somewhere in AZ… Funny, I don’t really associate pine trees with Arizona, but here they are, lots of them!IMG_3918The dinosaurs made us pull over. (Holbrook, AZ)

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It took us about 12 hours to get to Albuquerque, which was awesome to get over with on the first day of our 11 day expedition. Next up is Albuquerque and our DIY Breaking Bad tour with plenty of green chiles and altitude sickness to go with… yikes!

Daily life, Favorite Places, life, San Diego

Border X Brewery

This past weekend we visited Border X Brewery’s 2nd location in Barrio Logan. Their new location is truly an amazing space with years and years of history within it’s walls.  The space was built in 1923 in the Mission Revival Style as the San Diego Trust and Commerce Bank. In 1927, the bank of Italy took over San Diego Trust and Commerce Bank which was later reorganized as the Bank of America in 1931, serving the area until 1948. The property became a Porkyland Tortilla factory in 1977 then to become a Roberto’s Taco Shop and now a brewery. (bank < brewery!!!)


^^they were all really good. but my favorite was the abuelitas chocolate stout.^^


^^tacos and beer. life is good. ^^

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So, we’re super excited that a brewery has opened up near our neighborhood. There’s so many amazing old buildings and houses around these parts, nothing makes me happier to see them revived and given a new life. And now, I feel like a complete fool, I forgot to take a photo of the building from the outside, duh! You’ll just have to go there for yourself. It’s the big orange building on the corner of Logan and Sampson.


Daily life, Gardening, Plant Rescue

Plant rescue…

I can’t say this enough… but plants just AMAZE me. A couple of months ago, on our way to the laundromat we saw this chopped up cactus on the side of the road, most of the pieces were brown and dried up but we noticed that there were a few pieces that still had some life in them, so we picked it up! This isn’t the first time we’ve rescued a plant, we found a jade plant on the sidewalk on our way home from a show at the Casbah, the poor thing was ripped out of it’s home and left to die. The jade plant is doing well and recently just started to flower. I knew the jade plant would make it, it looked like somebody JUST pulled it. But this cactus… we had little hope, didn’t see any harm in trying anyway… AND NOW LOOK!!! NEW GROWTH!

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Crazy right? It looks like it’s a Cereus hildmannianus (Hildmann’s Cereus) which are pretty common around here, but we won’t be able to confirm that until it flowers or gets a little bigger. But seriously though, I’m so impressed by the will of this little cactus. And it’s funny, I think we’ve found our calling – Plant Rescuers!

Daily life, Gardening

Propagating (a.k.a. plants making babies)



I mentioned in my other post that I’m starting to propagate our plants. So at the beginning of this month I decided to try it on my echeveria. It takes a long time but it’s really neat to watch! The second photo was taken 3 weeks after the top photo.  You can see a little teeny tiny plant beginning to grow! oooooh!

Here is a great post with pretty pictures on how to propagate: Needles and Leaves

Daily life, Goals and Aspirations, photography

365 photos…

At the start of this year I made a goal for myself for 2014 – for everyday of the year I have to take a different photo (on that day.) Here are a few that I’ve taken so far:

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The point of this challenge is to practice my photography and the end result will be a huge collection of photos from everyday of this year… it’s a win-win!

It was at first difficult to remember to take a photo, and to squeeze in a good picture either right before work or after work while the sun is out. I even had to set a daily reminder, but now it’s become part of my routine.

Anyway, please check out my photo blog and follow along! http://crystal-everyday-2014.tumblr.com/

Daily life, Gardening, photography

House update…

Our house…It’s been more than 2 years now. That went by quick! A lot of progress has been made towards our front yard, well especially since Chris and I at one point bought a new plant every week for a few months. The front yard is quickly filling up with our plant babies. It’s so gratifying to watch! We’re also starting to propagate our plants to make MORE plants.. what?!?!! Plants are so cool.


That dr. suess looking tree (Euphorbia lambii) only had 1 of those leafy heads when we bought it, now it has 5 big ones and there’s a couple baby ones! So cool! It’s going to have a killer silhouette once it’s bigger.

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These aeoniums are the toughest little plants! These ones were all tiny and shriveled up when we got them from a friend… now look at them!


this lavender grew 10 times it’s size since we planted it. this was one of the first plants we planted!

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Yes, you grow bougainvillea! The photo below is the boug when we first planted it you can’t really tell in the photo, but it was tiny… now it’s nicely trailing up the house! I love it!



I can’t wait until this wall is fully covered by this plant (amazon sunset, parrot’s beak) it has really pretty orange flowers that hummingbirds love.


This guy is still a baby… a scary spiky baby. But isn’t he so cool!? I love the grey. Do a google search for pachypodium geayi and you’ll see what he’ll grow up to be… do it!


This is Chris’ dragon tree. We can’t wait ’till this guy gets bigger, it seems like it’s taking forever but the growth is there, we’ve noticed a few more leaves and that the trunk has gotten a little thicker.


Those were a few of our other plants… and there are more of them, so MUCH more… Sometimes we like to go outside and just look at them all. Are you as crazy as we are about plants?