Stef Whylie @juststef

I can't sit still for too much longer. Home = SF. Current adventure = Chiang Mai

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Showed up to Yulia's and we both had on the same colour sweater, so, naturally, we also needed matching nails.  Also, world, meet braces. Braces, the world.
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Showed up to Yulia's and we both had on the same colour sweater, so, naturally, we also needed matching nails. Also, world, meet braces. Braces, the world.

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One hour after he exclaimed, “Dude, I’m getting so lit off this Sangria!” When in Barcelona.
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One hour after he exclaimed, “Dude, I’m getting so lit off this Sangria!” When in Barcelona.

Taylor's parents leave today so I'm feeling all kinds of mushy, but, man, who would've thought that after showing up 30 minutes late to our first date, then whacking this guy hard on his back to announce my arrival, then thinking a second date the very next day would be a good idea after knowing we were both sleep deprived, then having the lamest second date ever because we were both too tired to carry on a conservative that we'd still be here.  Still here.  Since then, we've had the weirdest set of disagreements (Taylor is an excellent debater, and he shits on my parade), but I'm still so incredibly happy and grateful that he gracefully walked into my life, while I came barreling into his.  I've learned so much from him: who would've thought a white male software engineer working at a large tech company in the Bay Area would be to one to truly help me, a Caribbean girl, understand racism in America?  Taylor, thanks for always giving up the aisle seat, for responding to my "OMG I need boba." text messages by arriving home, with milk tea in hand.  Thanks for helping me "stay woke," but also realistic.  Saturday mornings are the worst because I'm usually up a solid 5 hours before he is and it's so boring when your best friend won't come out to play, so I'd usually be scheming right now, figuring out ways to wake him up this early, but I think I'll let him sleep in today.  Thanks for letting me be mushy.  I do love this damn goober.
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Taylor's parents leave today so I'm feeling all kinds of mushy, but, man, who would've thought that after showing up 30 minutes late to our first date, then whacking this guy hard on his back to announce my arrival, then thinking a second date the very next day would be a good idea after knowing we were both sleep deprived, then having the lamest second date ever because we were both too tired to carry on a conservative that we'd still be here. Still here. Since then, we've had the weirdest set of disagreements (Taylor is an excellent debater, and he shits on my parade), but I'm still so incredibly happy and grateful that he gracefully walked into my life, while I came barreling into his. I've learned so much from him: who would've thought a white male software engineer working at a large tech company in the Bay Area would be to one to truly help me, a Caribbean girl, understand racism in America? Taylor, thanks for always giving up the aisle seat, for responding to my "OMG I need boba." text messages by arriving home, with milk tea in hand. Thanks for helping me "stay woke," but also realistic. Saturday mornings are the worst because I'm usually up a solid 5 hours before he is and it's so boring when your best friend won't come out to play, so I'd usually be scheming right now, figuring out ways to wake him up this early, but I think I'll let him sleep in today. Thanks for letting me be mushy. I do love this damn goober.

The menfolk hunting down wine glasses within minutes of arriving at our Airbnb.  I'd say our priorities are in order. Wouldn't you?
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The menfolk hunting down wine glasses within minutes of arriving at our Airbnb. I'd say our priorities are in order. Wouldn't you?

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We finally made it to Sequoia!  After I made us turn around to look at the tiny abandoned 🚣 homes, we realized we were next to the John Muir sign, so I asked her to take a photo of us, and she took this.  I'll use this to roast her later, but, for now... we are in Sequoia and we made it here with only two pit stops and the same amount of naps!
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We finally made it to Sequoia! After I made us turn around to look at the tiny abandoned 🚣 homes, we realized we were next to the John Muir sign, so I asked her to take a photo of us, and she took this. I'll use this to roast her later, but, for now... we are in Sequoia and we made it here with only two pit stops and the same amount of naps!

The parental units are here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thankfully I've got enough wine and jokes to last us through the night.
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The parental units are here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thankfully I've got enough wine and jokes to last us through the night.

That time @livebybeing came to visit, and I got a chance to show her why we decided to leave San Francisco behind for Oakland.  But, more important, I pulled out my phone and took enough photos to fill not one, but two whole iPhone screens.  Misssssssssss you! #hellaisbetta #oaklandlove #oaklandish
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That time @livebybeing came to visit, and I got a chance to show her why we decided to leave San Francisco behind for Oakland. But, more important, I pulled out my phone and took enough photos to fill not one, but two whole iPhone screens. Misssssssssss you! #hellaisbetta #oaklandlove #oaklandish

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And this is how we end the weekend... with salad and fresh fruit because somehow that will makeup for the crap I stuffed down my throat this weekend.
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And this is how we end the weekend... with salad and fresh fruit because somehow that will makeup for the crap I stuffed down my throat this weekend.

If my relationship with this one had an album cover, this would be it.  Me looking up at him in sheer admiration and love.  Thinking how lucky I am.  Him being suspicious and slightly anxious about why I'm being so nice.  Then me coming clean about some awful thing I did (drank all his beer, dropped the Switch, booked yet another plane ticket, calling him from some other country to say "I love it here so much" and I'm not coming home for another month). #mylifeinalbumcovers
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If my relationship with this one had an album cover, this would be it. Me looking up at him in sheer admiration and love. Thinking how lucky I am. Him being suspicious and slightly anxious about why I'm being so nice. Then me coming clean about some awful thing I did (drank all his beer, dropped the Switch, booked yet another plane ticket, calling him from some other country to say "I love it here so much" and I'm not coming home for another month). #mylifeinalbumcovers

Having to wrap up this amazing weekend is making me feel things.  Not so great things.  It's hard to imagine that a little more than a year ago, I moved here because when you're used to your person living a 5-minute walk from your apartment, and you spend almost every evening together, putting a bridge between us was going to be a problem.  I moved here, but had reservations.  Everyone kept saying Oakland is great, better even, but whyyyyy?  I got it within weeks of moving here.  And so very glad I left San Francisco behind for this.  Best place I've ever lived.  #hellaisbetta #oaklandish #oaklandlove
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Having to wrap up this amazing weekend is making me feel things. Not so great things. It's hard to imagine that a little more than a year ago, I moved here because when you're used to your person living a 5-minute walk from your apartment, and you spend almost every evening together, putting a bridge between us was going to be a problem. I moved here, but had reservations. Everyone kept saying Oakland is great, better even, but whyyyyy? I got it within weeks of moving here. And so very glad I left San Francisco behind for this. Best place I've ever lived. #hellaisbetta #oaklandish #oaklandlove

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Saturdays with the best #bae.  Oakland has really put her best on display for this one's visit. What you can't tell from this photo is we're huddled up on a tiny section of a gigantic sectional sofa, that has no one else sitting in it.
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Saturdays with the best #bae. Oakland has really put her best on display for this one's visit. What you can't tell from this photo is we're huddled up on a tiny section of a gigantic sectional sofa, that has no one else sitting in it.

Look at the look on this goober's face, right after the light went green.
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Look at the look on this goober's face, right after the light went green.

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