My Heart Belongs Elsewhere

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Another day, another vacation recap. 
You know the drill..I show off one times ten too many pictures and then you beg your significant other to take you on a vacation like yesterday. Living In Yellow: making households broke one post at a time
I do what I can to help aid in the growth of our economic state. It's just called caring. 

This time my sister, momma, and I headed out West to play in some California sun. 

You may or may not know that my heart truly belongs in Cali, but it does. I somehow mistakenly got placed in Indiana and haven't had the balls to do anything about it since my birth. One of these days (ie: never) I will get back there for good. But for now, I will just have to delight in these four three night stays. You see, it was supposed to be four nights in Cali until our flight decided to have mechanical problems or some shaz like that. Here's my thought process on all of this: I hate flying. Any time I can miss a flight due to mechanical problems is a victory in my book. I am 100% convinced that if we would've made that flight, I would've died. It's just common sense. Not only that but Chicago O'Hare has this amazing underground tunnel that has the craziest lights running throughout it. If we wouldn't have missed our flight I wouldn't have gotten to walk under that tunnel. The whole time I couldn't stop thinking about how much people on drugs have to enjoy that stretch of the airport. And it's not that I condone the use of drugs, but with a clear mind it was incredible--add in the use of some crazy narcotic and my heart couldn't help but go crazy for what those using drugs must feel in that walkway. So there's that-we missed our flight, I stayed alive, and I got to experience a small portion of what Lindsay Lohan feels on a regular basis. It was a win/win all around. 

Oh but there was a fail in all of this. You see the airline picked up our hotel for the night. Turns out when an airline is paying for your hotel room you don't actually get a hotel room but rather a board room.
You can imagine our surprise when we got to our room for the evening and saw a table fit for twenty along with a massive projector blocking our TV. Ain't nobody got time for that. Apparently the front desk "forgot" to tell us we were staying in the board room. Minor details people, it's cool. I forgave the hotel as soon as I looked at their dinner menu and saw the words "macaroni and cheese". 
Now that I have time for. 

Thankfully the next morning we were able to get the heck outta dodge so onward and upward we went.

Side note: flights lasting over four hours are for the birds. Literally. Only birds should have to deal with that.

We finally arrived at one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever stayed in (fist pounds to you Hyatt Huntington Beach). Sunshine, water, sand, boardwalks, fire pits, drinks, shops..it was "I am in love" overload. 

And just like that, this post has exceeded it's length limit. 
All vacation posts shall resume tomorrow (and the next day and the next day and..you get the point). 

But don't quit reading quite yet.
I've got somebody who I love with every ounce of my body to share with you all. 

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  1. Are you sure your heart doesn't belong in Hawaii? When are we going to get a blog conference up in this shaz? Also, Detroit Metro also has an underground tunnel with psychedelic lights. Your photos are amazing!

  2. that hotel looks SO lovely!! ahh you are right. i want to go.

  3. Your mama is the cutest. I think I've said that before. I love that family photo, though! :)

  4. Love this post. I've been to that hotel! Your pictures have definitely made me miss California :)

    Karen A

  5. how fun! i've stayed at that hotel before-- fond memories! had so much to drink i puked off our balcony! good times! ;)

  6. That Hyatt is amazing...Huntington Beach is such a fun place to hang out! Come back so I can play tour guide! You'd make a perfect Cali girl.

  7. California is the BEST- come join us!!!!

  8. WOW now I want to go to Cali!!!

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  10. I literally laughed out loud at the Lindsay Lohan reference.

    And I'm totally jealous of your vacay. I've been dying to go to Cali forever.

    -Kathryn @ www.adventureskathryn.blogspot.com

  11. Where is your shirt from in the first pic? I LOVE IT!

  12. I just did 16 hours on a plane, now that my friend, is for the birds. However, there was free wine, snacks and plenty of episodes of Guliana and Bill sooo that kind made up for it.

  13. Hyatt is our favorite. No joke, we're gold passport members haha. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt on Kauai for our honeymoon- phenomenal doesn't even begin to describe it. And, they have the best service.

    Great outfit!!!


  14. LOVE seeing you in my area! So fun! Hope you had an amazing time, can't wait to see the rest of your picks.

  15. California needs you! COME BACK!!!

  16. Now I'm depressed that I had to come back to Arizona!

  17. Looks like you guys had a great time, girl! Loving how freaking cute you all are, ps! Oh, and I totally know what tunnel you're talking about in o'hare... Been there, girl.

  18. Next time you go to California, you can bring me. I wouldn't be mad about it.


  19. How did I just find out that you're from Indiana? From a fellow Hoosier, just stopping by and saying "hi!"

  20. Huntington Beach has just been added to my list of possible honeymoon destinations! Omg, it looks amazing!

  21. I love Huntington Beach! I'm so glad you were able to visit there! Funny post and beautiful pictures!



  22. Husband and I stayed there on our baby moon! Loved it and want to take the kids back there, the firs places, shopping and food was all good!

  23. P.s. grew up in Indiana as well :0)

  24. that's how I feel about living in MN. Something awakens my spirit whenever I land anywhere warm. Vegas? Yea I think I was meant to be there...but somehow got stuck in MN. and I too will probably never do anything about it. I secretly hope I will fall in love with a man who is forced to transfer somewhere warm for work. problem SOLVED.

  25. That resort looks heavenly. I am officially jealous and need to move to California.


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