Zagreb,Croatia and Plitvike Lakes [3]

We left off the last Croatia post as we boarded the plane from Munich to return to Croatia, this time landing in Zagreb. Zagreb is the polar opposite of Dubrovnik, it’s a fast paced metropolis that slows down in the evening only to continue business meetings over dinner and drinks. I enjoyed the hustle of the scene, but was ready to head back to the slow old city feel of Dubrovnik.

We stopped over in Zagreb for two nights and after four nights sharing a room with four strangers in a hostel we decided to splurge for a 4 star hotel. Chocolates on our pillows and beer in the fridge was the ultimate warm welcome.

We walked around and enjoyed the city views, breakfast off the square with the freshest eggs I’ve ever tasted, and many prosciutto platters.IMG_20171013_080300-PANO.jpg

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We rested up and after two days rest began our drive out to the Plitvike Lakes National Park. After taking an electric boat off the main entrance visitors choose to take one of five routes. We opted for a shorter hike, approximately 5 miles due to starting later in the day and still having a long drive to go. You can expect to see dozens of waterfalls, birds, and beautiful lakes that are essentially untouched.

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This hike was the highlight of my trip. If we’d known to plan for more time around the park we would easily have spent an entire day and gone for a longer hike. If you visit Croatia, this national park should be a must see on your list.

Where’s The Food Club {WTF} Fried Chicken Sunday: A Restaurant Review

We kicked off  WTF 2018 with some good ol’ southern style fried chicken. We have a few folks with hometown roots in Kentucky and Texas and they take their fried chicken seriously. “Ain’t nothing better than a good ol’ piece of fried chicken to warm the soul in the middle of Winter,” said our native Kentuckian.

A new restaurant, JuneBaby, opened in Ravenna, a neighborhood just north of the University of Washington campus. JuneBaby boasts of a nightly dinner special paired with a quality southern side. Chicken fried steak, roasted turkey leg, brisket, and mac and cheese are just a few of the authentic daily main specials. Our table made reservations specifically to indulge in the Sunday night fried chicken. We ordered a few appetizers to tame our appetites while we awaited the main course.

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Crispy Fried Pig Ears 

If you’ve been itching for a taste of frog legs or crispy pig ears, have no fear- JuneBaby’s crew can fry a mean pig ear. Having never tried pig ear before, I was impressed that frying something makes everything taste great. If pig ears aren’t the appetizer you’re looking for, the charred okra should suit you just fine.  The okra is dressed in a smoked chili vinaigrette with peanuts and is a lighter appetizer to start your evening.

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Sunday Night Fried Chicken

Our table  exclusively ordered the fried chicken this Sunday evening, as word on the street is they run out by 6pm,so it must be something special. Half a chicken each, a buttermilk biscuit, and diced yams appeared 20 minutes later and we were not disappointed.  Those with lighter appetites were able to bring home some chicken, but easily gobbled down their biscuit and yams. The biscuit was drizzled with cane syrup and was lighter and fluffier than your best homemade biscuit. The diced yams, equally  great as the biscuit, were mixed with diced pineapple and tossed in a light honey habanero sauce. The sides balanced the salty fried chicken perfectly and left everyone content and satisfied with their JuneBaby dining experience.

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JuneBaby is open 5 days a week for dinner and lunch on weekends, closed Monday and Tuesday. Reservations are available for parties greater than 10 guests.

WTF Club gives JuneBaby 12/10 for Sunday Night Fried Chicken, cocktails, and an overall terrific dining experience.

 

 

Basic Coding is to 2018 as Basic Typing is to 1997 [and other ‘Friday Thoughts’]

It’s another Friday and we’re two weeks into February, six weeks into the new year, only 319 days until Christmas (better start shopping now).

First, a few housekeeping items, how are your goal sheets coming along? They aren’t? Well, feel free to download your copy of “Champion Your Life” the bullet journal gone digital here. I’ve knocked one item off my list and see being able to check one more off this weekend.

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Second, have you checked out the “He Says, She Says” section?

If not, take a peek at some of our comical takes on life ranging from commuting, reading, and computer usage. This series is still up and coming, but we’d love your feedback!

Now, onto High-Five Friday Favorites/Thoughts:

    1. After numerous conversations with friends in varying career paths (psychology, marketing, teaching, and tech), we’ve decided that going forward basic coding will be an essential skill in life. Knowing any HTML, CSS, or Python, might be useful in the future. Kids are already taking programming classes in 3rd grade, many millennials may need to up their skill set to stay current in the near future.  What are your thoughts on this?
    2. Boats that are actual hot tubs AKA hot tubs boats are amazing. Everyone should give it a try, AKA something new I tried last Sunday.
    3.  Housing is so expensive to rent or buy in Seattle, I’m going to be poor the rest of my life. #shouldHaveBeenAnEngineer #iWishIwasBetteratMath #maybeI’llFranchiseHotTubBoats? 
    4. Old Friends are Gold. Even across time zones. I’m grateful for having friends near and far.
    5. We had a Girls Night Out and watched the latest 50 Shades of Grey. I’d never seen any of the others, so my expectations were LOW. This movie turned out to be a little funny and have some action. I was pleasantly surprised, I’d give it 1 out of 5 stars.

 

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What’s one highlight for you this week?

Are you teaching yourself to code?

On This Day: 1, 3, and 9 Years ago- Cuba, Little Si, and Vancouver, B.C.

It’s a Tuesday that feels like a Thursday with a Monday that felt like Friday.

That’s what happens when your friend matches with her Med School Residency program on a Monday and there’s glitter EVERYWHERE. I shook a little glitter out of my hair during a meeting on Tuesday and said, “No, I wasn’t at a Ke$ha concert, just a residency program reveal party.” They nod as though they understand, but to be honest, I also didn’t know what to expect until we were at the party. It looked a little something like this…

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Aside from this week taking on the state of molasses, I wanted to take a peek at what was happening on this day the past 1, 3, and 9 years ago.

2/7/17: The last day we were wandering around Havana. When we learned the difference between the Spanish word for tortilla and its translation in Cuba are different. Think eggs.

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2/7/15: Hiking around the Seattle area at Little Si while wearing the largest gloves I owned at that point. They still froze.

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2/7/10: Adventures with high school friends around Vancouver and conquering fears of suspension bridges. Taken with a high quality iPhone 4(?)

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That’s all for today.
What were you doing the past few years on this day?

Bullet Journal Monthly Goals: Digital Edition

I’m taking my bullet journal and going digital.
I know, I know, the whole point of BUJO is the physicality of the book. But, I’m no Martha Stewart when it comes to crafting. I still love to plan and craft, so I turned to PowerPoint to make things colorful, neat, and easy to track. We loved the gold start system as kids, so why not use it as adults? #Millenial.

I’m building off last month’s theme and use of the Self-Care Bingo card.  Combining the inspiration from my bullet journal and the easy to read digital format I’ve shifted the Bullet Journal monthly spread on to a PowerPoint slide.

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The previous card had 25 target goals to complete, but that turned out to be a bit lofty when some required multiple days or hours. I’ve take the card this month and cut it down to 16 items that vary in time, energy, and thought. The idea of the running list in the bullet journal is to eliminate any weekly items that roll over at the end of the month. I have a couple items that I’d still like to complete by the month’s end, so you’ll notice a few repeats. If you’d like to use this template for your own purposes, feel free to download it and edit in PowerPoint.

BUJO Goals February

 

Aside from the monthly goals, I have a few Friday Favorites to share.

  1.  This Is Us
    The build-up to this episode has me on edge, I’m so anxious to see what happens during the house fire!
  2. Taking a deeper dive into what it means for automation/machine learning as part of the workforce as project I’m researching for one of my leads.
  3. Celebrating birthdays with friends as they all begin to enter their 29th year (I still have one more until that birthday!)
  4. The Christmas tree in the living room that is now a “Valentine’s Day Tree” with red and white lights
  5. Going on my first run in 8 months with 5 girlfriends that we followed with dinner and watching The Bachelor.

Here’s to the weekend! Let me know if you like this goal tracking format or have one that you enjoy using.