West Coast Road Trip Pt.4: Yosemite!

After SFO, the next stop was Yosemite. We let ourselves sleep in, got up, had breakfast, and started our road trip to Yosemite. So it’s about 3 hours and 20 minutes to Yosemite and we got there pretty fast.

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Last year when we went to Yosemite, we came from Lake Tahoe so it was faster overall. The side we came from last time was very pretty, but this time there weren’t a lot of good views. There were some parts that were cool, but mostly it was just trees and dead trees from the recent fire. Some parts were scary to drive through, but nothing like the first time we went!

When we finally made it to the part where it has two road options, we decided to go towards the beach side because our Airbnb was that way anyways and Mirhad just couldn’t wait to see that. We didn’t have time to go back and see the falls on the other side, but that’s for next time! It took about an hour to get to the beach area and when we got there, Mirhad fell asleep right away on the sand.

It was as beautiful as the last time we were there. We stayed at the beach for a good hour, soaking up some sun and just relaxing after our long drive. After chilling for a bit, we decided to explore the area and take some pictures since we couldn’t drive to the other side. We got some cool pictures though using the self timer on our camera so it was fun to click the button and run quickly to get in a good pose.

We got hungry after a while and went to this gas station to eat. We had a REALLY good burger, we were actually shocked as to how yummy it was. This was also the same gas station we went to last time we were in Yosemite so it was cool to reminisce on those memories. After we ate, we grabbed some snacks and we started driving towards our Airbnb. I didn’t expect the Airbnb to be SO nice. We had mountain views and everything we needed. Although, we didn’t really spend time outside when we arrived… we went straight to bed as we knew we had another day of driving ahead of us. Next up, Vegas!!!

Places I want to visit before I’m 30 – USA & Canada version ๐ŸŒฟ

Places I want to visit before I’m 30 – USA & Canada version. Also some of these places I may have been to, but I want to visit with my husband. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Monument Valley, USA
  • Moraine Lake, Canada
  • McWay Falls, California
  • Fly Geyser, Nevada
  • The Wave, Arizona
  • Northern Lights, Alaska
  • Sequoia National Park, California
  • Maine Lighthouses, Portland, Maine
  • White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • New York City – in the summer
  • The French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Golden Gate Bridget, San Francisco
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Redwood National Park, California
  • Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
  • The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia
  • Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Niagara Falls, New York
  • Statue of Liberty, New York (actually go to it)
  • The White House, D.C.
  • Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
  • Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Arkansas
  • Catalina Island, California
  • Maroon Bells, Colorado
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
  • Scandinavia Heritage Park, North Dakota
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Arches National Park, Utah
  • Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
  • Devils Tower, Wyoming
  • Big Sur, California
  • Cruise on the coastline of California
  • San Diego, California
  • Silicon Valley, California
  • Angel’s Landing, Utah
  • Harbor Town, South Carolina
  • Honopu Beach, Hawaii
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial, D.C.
  • Grand Teton, Wyoming
  • Cades Cove, Tennessee
  • Colorado River, Arizona
  • Train ride in White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, Alaska

My list so far… if I think of anything else, I’ll edit! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday & what I’ve been doing!

Good morning!

Have been MIA since Monday lol, but I’m back. I’m working from home, drinking a cup of TEA – not coffee, and I am sick. Mirhad and I are both sick which sucks. I think I caught something from work and him (he was sick first) because we have similar, but different symptoms. I have a sore throat with a runny nose and a huge headache, he has a stuffy nose and kind of a sore throat. Well wait, now that I think about it, our symptoms are pretty similar hahaha. So yeah, I am sitting here waiting for my meeting, drinking my chamomile tea. If you’ve never had chamomile tea, you need to try it! It’s delicious and always makes me feel better just because of the smell.ย 

I made a to-do list for today, but who knows if I’ll even have the energy to do any of it. I still need to clean my car and we need to cut the grass and clean up the yard. I would say let’s save it for Saturday because it’ll be less hot outside, but Mirhad has an essay he has to do, so he may say let’s do it and end up not doing it. Our grass is SUPER tall, it grows like crazy. Seriously, I feel like everyone else can go 3-4 weeks without cutting it and it still looks fine and ours grows after like 1-2 weeks lol.

My parents came back from Europe late Tuesday night and they brought all kinds of stuff – some presents from family members and of course Chipsy (chips) and my favorite chocolate bars ๐Ÿ˜€ made my day.ย 

Going to for sure plan out my outfits this weekend and pack. I can’t believe the trip is 5 days away! Time passes by so fast, but I hope it slows down for our trip ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

That’s all for now, bye! ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย 

What I’m doing & what’s ahead! ๐ŸŒป

Good morning!

Yesterday we went to get carry-on suitcases from Marshall’s and I ended up buying a really cute mug that says “Hello Fall” on it. It’s actually really big, I selected more coffee on the Keurig and it only got to halfwayย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย I also noticed this is the same mug my favorite Youtuber Casey Holmes bought the other day too!!! So I thought that was cool!ย 

So currently I am finishing up that cup of coffee. I feel good, I feel great. Woke up at 7:50 this morning and logged into work and I am now balancing my work stuff with blogging. The other day I bought Anastasia dip brow, I usually never do my eyebrows unless someone else does it for me for an event, but I’ve decided to learn myself so that I can fill mine in a little better. Maybe it’ll complete my makeup look, hopefully I don’t look scary lol.ย 

Today, Mirhad has to catch up on homework or I should say use this time to get ahead. He has an exam on Monday and then like 2 papers due after that and one of them is due on the 26th when we are in Seattle, so he’s going to have to finish that before. His teacher changed it last minute of course, but we aren’t cancelling our trip for that hahaha.ย 

We have a wedding to go to this weekend, but aside from that I’m going to be using this weekend to plan my outfits for the trip and plan pretty much everything so I am not doing it last minute like my trip to Dallas where I packed my clothes when I came from work ๐Ÿ˜‚ย We also need to deep clean the house this weekend so we don’t have to do that right before we leave.ย 

I was thinking about doing some yard work today, maybe cleaning out the weeds from my flowers up front and getting rid of any flowers that died. I am so bad at watering my flowers lol, but I swear I’ll get better especially now that it’s not scorching hot outside!

I need to book a nail appointment for next week, I am thinking about either doing black gel nails or a nude color. I am really feeling the black nails since it’s fall and it won’t get bad during my trip. About to get on Pinterest and just look for some more ideas!ย 

I think that’s it for now, see ya! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Tuesday morning + updates!

Hi there!

It’s almost noon and I am having my first cup of coffee. Work started at 7:45am this morning (WFH) and I didn’t need coffee that early for energy, I’m surprised! I mean I don’t even need it right now for energy, I just love coffee lol.

Yesterday, we went to the gym at 6am and so we woke up at 5:45am which was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in a while. Waking up at 6 for work is hard enough, but that 15 mins early than usual was horrible lol. BUT I do have to say that I did feel better throughout the day and I wasn’t really tired. It’s much easier to go to the gym earlier when I am WFH, but on the days I have to go into the office it’s tricky because I like to go in at 7:30 so like when would I even make time to get ready + eat + go to the gym?! It would be crammed, so I think on those days we’ll just work out after work/school.ย 

We have been trying to get into the routine of working out daily, for multiple reasons of course, but mainly to get our heart pumping and blood running through our veins! Hopefully we can keep it going, it’s really hard to get into a routine, but anyone can do it!ย 

I made a to-do list for today and I am trying to keep it small otherwise I probably won’t get everything done. The good thing is that I can just move it to tomorrow and it’ll get done ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Our trip is pretty much done planning with the flights/cars/where we’re staying parts. The only thing left to do for me is to write it out in my notebook so it’s all laid out in front of me and I know what’s going on. Today I am going to go look at carry on suitcases for us – we literally only own one suitcase and my mom borrowed it for her trip to Bosnia. So we need 2 since this trip is 5 days long and I just want to bring my own stuff. We usually can fit both of our stuff together, but oh well.. what if we go to DSW in Dallas (the best) and buy some more shoes (LOL Mirhad) like where are we going to fit them if we don’t have two suitcases?!ย ๐Ÿ˜œ

I also need to return my diffuser because it’s way too big. I liked the old one I had, but I gave it to my sister – she still needs to buy essential oils for it since I took mine with me. This one is good because of the size, but it’s too much work flipping it upside down to remove the water and add the essential oils. Before I just opened the top and added it – simple. So I am going to look for another one today too.ย 

Hmm, what else?? On Sunday, we had the BEST weather so far. I got to open up all of the windows and the breeze was so nice. It’s pretty much going to be in the 70’s for the next 2 weeks, except maybe like 2 days where it’s mid 80’s. But I’m not complaining, this weather is great! Trying to convince Mirhad for us to exercise outside today by playing soccer or something just so we can enjoy the weather (if you’re reading this Mirhad, plz let’s go). ๐Ÿ˜€

See ya! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Tuesday April 17, 2018 ๐ŸŒฟ

Good morning!

Happy Tuesday, it’s a much better day weather wise than this weekend and yesterday and it makes all the difference in everyones moods! I have lots to blog about which I am going to do in the next 2 1/2 hours before my class so be prepared for A LOT! As of right now, I am drinking coffee in my room and just having a good time. I cut up some bananas and oranges – these oranges I bought are like pink on the inside and no I didn’t accidentally buy grapefruit, but they’re actually pretty sweet!

So, yesterday I got everything done that needed to be done for my bridal shower, I’m going to post some pictures of what we did. It was a very long, tiring day honestly. That took FOREVER especially because we ran into some dilemmas, but in the end everything turned out so cute! So here are some pictures:

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So those little boxes have rose petals inside and then some little candies. We had to put the boxes together, fill them up, then close them back up and tie those little bows around the top. I think they look so adorable! Then we did these ribbons on the flower vases, well Sejla did because she made the best ribbons hahahah and real flowers will go in each of them (I think there’s like 7 or 8) and we will put them on each table. What I forgot to take a picture of was the props Sanela and I had to glue on a stick. There were a bunch! Medina was our little helper throughout this whole day, she gave us which prop to glueย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย And omg I totally forgot to take a picture of the party favors… but I will add more pictures the actual day of my shower! They are little nail-polishes and they are soooo adorable because they look like they have veils on them. Anyways, that seems like it wouldn’t take a long time, but it took a couple hours. We also thought of some games, I think we’re going to do like 3-4 of them to take up the time. But yes, that’s all done with finally. Everything else is just decorating on Sunday. I also got my dress and shoes so I am set to go!!

Mirhad started packing up his stuff from his room, basically everything besides his clothes and I also need to start doing that soon. I think I’m going to need a couple storage containers to pack my stuff up because I have a bunch of small things and I think it would be best to do just 2-3 big containers. But OMG…. 29 more days till I move out and get married!!! WOOHOO!!! I can’t believe how fast time flew by… well not really but now that it’s getting closer and closer I feel so anxious. I know our parents will be sad, but I know we will see them a lot so it will be like we never left (kind of). Anywayssssss, I am so excited to have my own place and I can’t wait to start decorating. We will be looking at furniture a lot for the next 29 days so we can furnish this place!

I also need to get in touch with my future workplace so we can finalize stuff, they said around this time or end of April would be when we start doing the process. Oh, also…. Adisa will be working with me!!!!!! She got an offer and we are sooooo excited!!! I’m so happy for her and I think she really deserves this after a tough semester of searching for jobs and going to tons of interviews! I can’t wait to work with her, I think we will be in the same building so it will be fun! We can carpool, eat lunch together, go on breaks together, etc., I can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Just came back from driving Mirhad to school and now I am about to start getting ready for class. I need to make another to-do list today so I make sure I don’t forget to do the stuff I need to do. It just little things and some aren’t even pertaining to the shower, it’s just stuff I need to do for myself.

Today when Mirhad gets out of class, we’re going to go to Weekends Only to look at furniture. Hopefully we find something we like, it’s so hard for us to like the same couch apparently lol. —— Weekends Only is CLOSED bc it’s a weekends only store… dumb moment for me hahahaha. So instead we will go buy storage bins so I can start packing!

Meant to upload this post earlier today, but I went to school and didn’t bring my computer, so now I am at home finishing this before I leave to go pick up Mirhad. My mom went to SAMS the other day and I feel like she didn’t get anything goodย ๐Ÿ˜ย so I think at Walmart I’ll pick up some bagel thins and maybe one orange because Walmart’s is theย BEST. So I didn’t get what I was hoping I’d get on the test, but I did really good on my homework so my grade basically stayed the same.. YAY! I also think if I do well on the quizzes and rest of the homework that I can pass with an okay grade which is just enough for me ๐Ÿ™‚ That means I don’t have to stress too much about it. I have a micro test coming up and I don’t even know what I have in the class because he hasn’t posted any grades this semester at all.. eh, I think I’ll be okay with this one too.

I think we’re all going to go on a trip like after graduation and school ends in May probably for a week or so, it’ll most likely just be me, Mirhad, Ermin, Anel, and Sanela. We might go somewhere in the mountains which GETS ME SO EXCITED!!!!! It’s been way too long since I have hiked at the mountains and inhaled that fresh crisp air โค so I will probably get going on planning that too ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t even care if it’s Colorado again… you know that’s my favorite place!! But just anywhere outside, maybe even Yosemite or Grand Canyon? Who knows?! But that means travel posts, woohoo!!

But yeah, that is pretty much everything I’ve needed to update on. Now that I am a little less stressed out, I can focus way more on blogging. See ya! ๐Ÿ™‚

My travel bucket list!

Everyone has a bucket list for places they want to travel to and see! Here’s mine, not in any order ๐Ÿ™‚ย Hopefully I can visit all of them throughout my life ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

In the United States:

  • Glenwood Springs & Canyon, Colorado
  • Yosemite National Park, California (want to go again)
  • Dunes National Park (again)
  • Lake Tahoe, California (again)
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Death Valley, Arizona
  • Washington DC
  • Zion National Park, Utah
  • New York City (any season besides winter since I already went), New York
  • San Fransisco, California
  • Las Vegas, Arizona
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  • Arches National Park
  • Seattle
  • San Diego, California
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Portland
  • Redwood National Park
  • Great Smokey Mountains, Tennessee
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Olympic National Park
  • Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Sequoia National Park, California
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Big Sur, California
  • Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  • Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
  • Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado
  • Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
  • Whitaker Point, Arkansas
  • Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
  • Northern Lights, Alaska
  • Niagara Falls, New York
  • The Wave, Arizona
  • Palouse Falls, Washington
  • Na Pali Coast State Park, Hawaii
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Austin, Texas
  • Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Michigan

Outside of the United States:

  • Banff National Park, Canada
  • Rome, Italy
  • London, England
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Florence, Italy
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Bosnia (want to go visit my hometown again now that I am older)
  • Paris, France
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Dubai
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Machu Picchu
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Sweden
  • Dominica
  • El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina
  • Aosta Valley, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Portugal
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Jamaica
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Ireland
  • Faroe Islands, Denmark
  • Sicily, Italy
  • Berlin, Germany (born here, want to go back to see it)
  • Bavaria, Germany
  • Chile
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Finland
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Nido, Philippines
  • Jaco, Costa Rica
  • Whistler, Canada
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Wroclaw, Poland