Vacation Life (A Beginning)

Morro Rock in Morro Bay Harbor

Morro Rock, in Morro Bay. You’ll be seeing a lot of this big fella.

It makes sense that after writing an entire post about “balance,” that’d I’d completely abandon my blog, right? Yeesh, have I been away for a while. Sorry ’bout that.

Obviously, I’ve been taking some time away from my computer. This happens when the weather is in the high 70s in October, and you live a couple-a blocks from the ocean. (Humble brag if I ever wrote one.)

But seriously. I guess I just felt like I needed some space. Not from you all, or the blog in general, but, like, real physical space. So, I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors, and very little time writing. This, as you can imagine, is both good and bad. On the one hand, my summer tan has extended itself into an autumn tan, which is worth at least +25 awesome-points. On the other hand, well, I’ve been completely MIA, and since writing is somewhat cathartic for me, I’m starting to get a little antsy. But I have an idea! And I think you’ll enjoy it.

(Prepare yourself for a flat-out brag.)

I live in the most beautiful place in the world. (Somewhat debatable.) It is also the happiest place in America. (Not at all debatable, unless you want to go toe-to-toe with Oprah Winfrey.) I’m blessed in countless ways, but I hold where I live very close to my heart. I’ve lived lotsa places (my “about me” page talks about some of them), and the Central Coast of California is truly special. It struck me, a couple of weeks ago, that I live where millions of people vacation each year. So why the heck aren’t I living it up more? Then I asked myself this question:

“What would I be doing differently if I were vacationing here, instead of living here?”

I felt as if I was taking this amazing location for granted, and that if I didn’t snap out of it soon, me and my family would be stuck in a rut of just existing here, rather than truly living here. Does that make sense? We’d keep on doing the work-home-sleep, work-home-sleep shuffle until we’re too old to hike 128 some-odd hiking trails in the area. And that simply won’t do.

Enter: Vacation Life!

“Vacation Life” is the tag I’m going to use for all of the posts that have to do with exploring this amazing place my family calls home. Over the past two weeks I’ve amassed a ridiculous number of photos from various excursions, but I’ll only share the best ones here on the blog. (Don’t want to spam you with 17 pictures of the same sunset, ya know.) This way I’m staying active and enjoying my surroundings and I have a steady stream of beautiful photos to share with you guys. (Gotta love a real win-win situation.)

Of course, not all of my “Vacation Life” posts will be breathtaking sunsets and seaside panoramas. Because what else do people do on their vacations? They relax. They treat themselves. They spend quality time with their family. So I’ll share that stuff, too.

So, I’m inviting you all to get to know us Godseys a little better, and join us as we try and make the most of where we live. I hope you enjoy it! And who knows? Maybe some of you will dig a bit deeper into what makes your towns special, too. And if you do, please let me know! I would love to see/read more about y’all and where you’re from!

For starters, here’s a panorama I took of the sunset last week. We were barbecuing, and suddenly: BLAMMO. Pink and orange everywhere. So I ran on up to the crow’s nest and snapped this quick photo with my iPhone. (Say what you will about the Maps app in iOS 6, but the panorama feature is totally worth it.) You can click on the picture to see it full-sized.

Sunset in Morro Bay
xoxo, mj
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iPhone 5 “Scratch-Test” (Featuring My Toddler)

Curious to know how scuffed-up the iPhone 5 will get over time? Ever wanted to watch a toddler smash an iPhone with some keys? Today is your lucky day. Me and Ellie performed some highly scientific experiments on it today at iFixit, and at the very least, I think you all will get a kick out of it. Enjoy!

Is this not simultaneously adorable and terrifying thing you’ve ever seen? We had a lot of fun making it. 🙂

xoxo,

mj

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So What’s Inside the iPhone 5?

Happy Friday! Here’s what I spent the day working on yesterday. As some of you already know, I write and host a webshow for a iFixit, and part of what we do is a thing called a “teardown.” Basically, when a new gadget comes out, we get out grubby little hands on one as quickly as we can manage, and then we take it apart and reveal what it’s made of. So, if you’re at all curious about the iPhone 5, then I hope you enjoy the video we made!

So, whaddaya think? Did you learn something? If you want to see the complete teardown (it’s pretty fantastic), check it out on iFixit. Also, I have to admit this to you: the reason I look so tan is because I accidentally used my bronzer brush (instead of my powder brush) to apply my matte-powder, and I kept touching-up with it all day long, thereby applying more and more bronzer to my face. WHOOPS. By the end of this I have skin like Snooki. My Bad.

Hope you liked the video!

xoxo,

mj

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My Take on the iPhone 5 Announcement (And Lake Michigan!)

Hey y’all! I’ve been in Chicago all week for work, but I took some time today to film a short video about today’s iPhone 5 announcement. Whaddaya think? will you buy one? Also: got any good recommendations for things to do/places to go/places to eat at in Chicago? I’ll be here through Monday, so I’m excited to see as much of the city as I can. 🙂

xoxo,

mj

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Is Sleep-Shopping a Thing? (Why I Removed The Amazon App From My iPhone.)

Last night my Mister spent some time with his friends watching baseball, so I plunked myself down and recorded my first vlog in about a month. Topics include: I sleep-shopped (it’s like sleepwalking, but with internet shopping) and ended up buying a semi-embarassing item off the Amazon app for iPhone, and more “Summer of 7” talk, for my YouTube crowd because they only ever hear what I put on my YouTube channel.

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