Some magic in Baja.... PETTING A GRAY 🐳😍😍🤩 Turn your sound on. The excitement from the group is palpable!! There is no bait or training involved here.. they simply come to this extra buoyant lagoon to give birth because it’s easier for the babies to learn how to swim, and for some reason love scratching themselves on the boats and getting love from the humans. This same lagoon is also the location of a commercial salt producer because of the high salinity.

I was lucky enough to snatch Tye’s phone from his pocket when this giant one swam up, thinking it might only visit for a moment as many others had. But this one LOVED neck scratches and came right up to the boat, turned over, and let us all give it a good scritch-scritch-scritch multiple times, happily closing its ginormous eye and gently relaxing each time it circled back. So grateful to have this moment captured. 💜

Whales are incredible, the earth is amazing, and life is good. This was an unforgettable activity and every day I am more and more grateful to be here.

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING...

Anybody else feel a little guilty sharing travel pics? Maybe that’s part of why I’ve slowed down with posting every little thing.. Baja is amazing and I don’t want to rub it in your face. But I guess that’s why there’s an unfollow button. Just remember you are only seeing the highlight reel. 😅 
So here’s where we’re parked right now, and this is high tide. It’s pretty wild how far out and close up the water comes.

You can spot miss Trixi in the passenger window.. she loves the beach and watching the waves just as much as the humans do!

We’ve been completely spoiled traveling in bae’s new rig for this trip. It fits all 3 dogs dogs + 2 humans pretty fantastically - but now that I’ve been here and seen the beach camping, I’m dreaming of downsizing to a perfect Baja-ready tiny rig. Something bigger than a van, but smaller and more nimble than my 27 footer old beast! Maybe a truck camper? Maybe just a smaller class c? Or a custom 4x4 passenger van? So many dreams to dream 😍

Anybody else feel a little...

This is my front step right now! 😵

I’ve been in San Felipe for 2 weeks and we’re heading south soon to hit Guerrero Negro, Mulege, and every other part we can feast our eyes on throughout this beautiful peninsula*

I know I’ve barely scratched the surface and this has already been one of my favorite RV adventures. The pace of life here is whatever you make of it. The culture is a brand new experience. The food is crazy cheap and delicious.

Next up are whales, maybe some hot springs, orange filled groves, and hopefully catching up with friends who are all over the Baja peninsula ahead of us! *must have cell service ;)

This is my front step...

Hello, I am a poncho with legs and this is my cactus friend, Big-Prick. 😛

Hello, I am a poncho...

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get my dog to look at the camera on the beach... futile. 😂 It’s windy today but we’ve have some perfect weather and I’m in fricking love with just lazing here - Trixi is too.

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get...

My beach baby 💜

My beach baby 💜

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for a moment, that we’ve traded physical bodies?
That you now live in mine and I now live in yours?
How would your assumptions and preconceived notions about me feel, if you now lived in my body - one I didn’t choose?

And how would you feel about me knowing your body as well?

I encourage this trading-places experiment because, in the last year, I’ve really felt the weight of how a preconceived notion can impact so many little areas of life, and the beach has helped to reflect on this a bit more and figure out how to say this.

Sure, I often feign goofiness and fun to avoid intimidating others (because that’s what we’re conditioned to do, when us vag-owners are capable of such scary things as installing solar and changing tires, right?) but let’s be serious for a second - please evaluate how you view young women (yes, even you, my fellow chicas) - and whether you think of us as peers or as [insert assumption based on your own fears and insecurities and conditioning.. pick your poison.] Millennial women are a valid population whether you like it or not. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Yes, even the partying, the too-pretty-to-be-friends-with, the too-quiet-and-weird, the dont-wear-enough-makeup, the wear-too-much-makeup, and the constantly-instagramming women.

I guess my point is really that whatever crutch you use to write us off, is your issue... not ours. Sure it’s easy to validate your projections when you make them someone else’s problem - esp. when societal norms back you up - which is why I really want to ask you to try to trade places with me and whatever assumptions you have about my life as a millennial, female digital nomad, and ask yourself if they still feel valid.

I didn’t choose this age or this body. So is it still fair to be respected or taken seriously any less than anyone else? Ex.. a 45 yr old white male lawyer? 🤔

Just something that has been on my mind. We’ gonna live a satisfying life either way. So are you gonna join us in having fun, drinking margs, etc while still rocking business and technical shit, or do ya just wanna sit in your blindfold and keep acting surprised each time we display multifaceted capabilities?

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for...

Buenos dias desde San Felipe 🤩 We had a nice morning walk on the beach and Trixi enjoyed digging at clam bubbles for a bit... until she talked @_skych’s Scout into running around like hooligans and murdering a large seagull in broad daylight. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Other than that, it was a peaceful coffee-and-sunshine laden morning.

Buenos dias desde San Felipe...

DIY Furniture: Half Table & Striped Bench from Desk & Coffee Table

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Hello DIY and nail addicts!!

I have been meaning to post this/these project(s) for ages. Once upon a time, I found a GINORMOUS desk outside of a job interview.  I’m crazy and awesome, so we picked it up! Luckily my boyfriend had driven me in his giant creeper van, so in classic style, we threw it in the back and it sat in my living room for a while. Here’s how I found it:

desk before half table diy

After a while, we chopped it in half, spray painted it, added some aluminum strips that we have laying around (?!) and mounted it to the wall along with a coffee table that we turned into a bench. What does that make? LOVE!

finished half table bench

Just incase you’d rather click next than scroll through the page, here is a gallery of everything in one easy spot:

In this picture you can see the guts of the coffee table, with the warped particle board head behind the detached and spraypainted legs.  I got all revved up when I started this little project so forgot to take a true before, with the top still attached and unpainted legs. It wasn’t pretty, though!

coffee table pre-bench

No, I didn’t sand the legs. But that’s ok because spraypaint is awesome like that. If you need a good spray painting guide, check out Centsational Girl’s Spray Painting FAQ!

Here is the wood for the bench that we cut out to size, mid-quick-upholstering:

upholstering diy striped bench

I had picked this pink striped fabric specifically with a bench in mind somewhere in Downtown LA. Maybe even Michael Levine. I can’t remember right now though.

Look how pretty it is all finished!

diy half table and striped bench via monrogue

front view diy half table and striped bench by monrogue

corner view, diy half table & bench via monrogue mounted half table diy via monrogue half table and striped bench diy with antlers via monrogue

Don’t ask about the antler plaque. Ok, ask about it. 🙂 It was in my Christmas decorating post, as well… we’d really like to have made a head for it by now, but are just too busy. So for now it remains just a funny antler plaque!

half table and striped bench diy via monrogue

Don’t mind the strange coloring on these pictures.  I took some liberties playing around with new actions and filters for these shots.

Sadly we are moving in a couple of weeks, so we’ll have to un-mount it and might not have a great spot for it in our new place. It has made a perfect dining table in our tiny apartment while we’ve had it though, and the thought of taking it down at least motivated me to make this post finally before the tear-down.

If you liked this project, please feel free to like, share, and pin-away! Also, if you’ve done a half table or bench makeover from a coffee table, I’d love to see them! Let me know what you think o’ this one 🙂

XOXO
Hannah

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