Five Things for Friday

Yellow Mustard Flowers in Danville, CA

1. First, thank you all so much for your input last week on when we should come home from our vacation! The response was overwhelmingly in favor of coming home a day early so we don’t risk missing the wedding we’re filming. The flights have been rescheduled, and we’re now coming home Thursday night. We even got a credit on Alaska since the Thursday flights were cheaper that we can use towards our rental car, yea!

I’m almost nervous to tell you who thought what since it was such a landside….Ok, fine! I’ll tell you! But no judging. I was the “easy-going” thinker who thought we would be fine to come home Friday night, and Shawn was the “lets not risk it” thinker who thought we should come home Thursday. Shawn had quite the big smile on his face all weekend when he would check the comments. He would casually say, “Wow Nat, everyone seems to agree with me.” I get it Shawn, you were right! But I’m still going to keep my eye on the status of that Friday night flight to see if it arrives on time, then we’ll really know who was right. *wink*

Dogs walking among yellow mustard flowers in Danville, CA

2. Spring has sprung here in the East Bay, CA! Where I live all of the hills and grassland get covered with these beautiful yellow mustard flowers. It is beautiful everywhere you look! It has made our dog walks quite cheery.

3. I just finished the thriller book The Atlantis Gene and ohmygosh did I love it! Stayed-up-late-reading it loved it. It’s an interesting take on the origins of humans and how we evolved from Neanderthals. If you loved Dan Brown books, you’ll love this. I got it on a whim because it’s free on your Kindle if you have Amazon Prime from the lending library. Imagine my excitement when I realized it’s a series!

4. I have a theory that dogs can sense that it is OK to sleep on the lady’s side of the bed, but to give the guy lots of space. Every night I wake up crowded by dogs laying in between my legs or on top of me making it impossible to move, while Shawn seems to have all the space in the world. Anybody else have that happen?

5. Ok, TV talk. We finally finished True Detective. Amazing. We started an episode on Sunday night, and they were getting so good we stayed up until almost 2am until we finished. We never do that, we have a very strict 9pm lights out bedtime (yes, that makes us sound like infants). Girls is over and I’m so sad! Until I realize that Game of Thrones starts next Sunday, then I get so excited I could squeal!

Lovely comments so far...

  1. says

    Spence and I got hooked on “Girls” over the cold, dark days of winter, watching the first two seasons in about two weeks before season three premiered! I enjoyed the recent episodes, but I felt super sad about the direction both Jessa and Shosh (and even Marnie and Hannah . . .) have taken. The show always had an undercurrent of sadness, but this one was a bummer. Hope things turn around for everyone soon! And Marnie stops hittin’ on other girls’ boyfriends and gets that ish together!

    But anyway, haha. I could talk about “Girls” all day. Love the photos — spring is still a long way off here in D.C., it feels like, but I’m optimistic the East Coast will get a reprieve soon. Some of the trees have little buds . . . but that’s about it. Definitely no flowers. Sad panda!

    • says

      I keep wishing there would be more episodes where all of the girls do things together! I loved the episode where they went to the Hamptons, but hated the way it ended. That fight was epic! Hopefully they’ll get their act together by next season. And Marnie, oh my goodness, I don’t think I could be friends with her. Ick.

      Hopefully spring will be coming your way soon!

  2. says

    I’ve been hearing great things about True Detective. Gotta start to watch that. I just caught up on all episodes of House of Cards. Such an insanely good show. If you haven’t started watching that yet, try it out!

  3. says

    Happy to hear that you made a decision with your trip! Situations like that can sure give a person a headache! A little jealous to see those beautiful yellow mustard flowers…makes me want to jump into the picture and run through the fields of flowers. Ahhh sounds nice doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing your 5 things Natalie, always a treat :) Enjoy the weekend!

    • says

      When I see all those flowers I picture myself running thru them and singing a la Sound of Music. And making a cute little flower head band : )

  4. Ann McCooey says

    About # 4…..

    I firmly believe that your dogs see you as theirs, they want to be near you!! You have been chosen as part of their pack!! ( Your husband, is just on the bed as well and endured to be there.)

    I only have one dog he allows me to be on the bed with him. I define myself as a sliver sleeper. If you have a Labrador no explanation is necessary. :)

    • says

      I love that idea! Means they kinda pick me as their favorite : ) And totally know what you mean as sliver sleeper. I’ve gotten very used to sleeping without moving. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Love sharing my bed with those furry kids!

  5. says

    I just love those scenery pictures, Natalie! Everything looks so lush and green! All I see when I look out my window is grey, grey, grey, puddles, brown slush….yuck. I so want to just run through that field of flowers and never come out. LOL ;) Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. says

    Oh my goodness, it is so beautiful where you live Natalie, look at all that green. Love Dan Brown books, did not know he had a new series. Happy week-end!

  7. says

    What beautiful flowers, makes me feel so happy and cheerful :) Can’t wait for spring to arrive here soon too :) I love Dan Brown’s books and can’t wait to read that one next. Have a wonderful weekend Natalie!

  8. says

    Hi Natalie,

    Those flowers are so beautiful and the weather…
    You are so lucky to live in California. I often go to the USA but never California.
    Spring is officially here in France make people feel better.

    Have a nice week end
    Chantal

  9. says

    Thanks for recommending the book to others, Natalie. Very glad to hear you enjoyed the novel. I have plenty of other story ideas just need to get them on paper. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

  10. says

    I can’t believe I missed your Five Things Friday. Well, better than than never I guess!
    So glad you could figure out your dilemma with going away. Hope you’re both ok with the decision and that you have a beautiful time away!
    Those flowers are gorgeous! I’d probably want to snap 500 photos right there in that one spot alone.
    Have a blessed Monday!

  11. says

    OMG, these pics with all the beautiful flowers litterally scream spring.
    A fantastic landscape.
    Great that you finally met your decision about the trip. Not an easy choice, but you did it :)

  12. says

    Thanks for sharing the update on what you guys decided! But, yeah, I am going to trust that you do keep an eye on the flight status of the Friday plane and let us know, too. Haha!

    Loving all those flowers! So pretty! The weather was great is SD this past weekend, so we spent so much time outside enjoying it. We’re in a tornado warning now (and I’m still on the computer, it’s just north of town), and we’re going to be in a blizzard warning tonight. One of the many joys of living up north. :)

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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