Three Months of California Weather

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tomorrow marks the three month anniversary of us arriving in California. I honestly can't even believe it! Time sure does fly.

Not to sound like a total baby, but this is the longest I have ever gone without seeing my family. No matter what was going on with my busy life in Virginia I could always find the time to spend a day, night, or weekend on the farm at least once a month or at least every six weeks. Going home to visit is my favorite! And we were always just a few minutes drive from Dan's family... I now think we took it for granted and didn't hang out enough. (But just 4 months til we'll be home for Christmas!!)

I have finally started going through the pictures of our trip over so I can make another photobook of our memories. I used to scrapbook like crazy as a teenager but these are an easier and quicker way to do something similar. I found a few great photos that I had passed over before, like this shot of Dan pumping gas in the middle-of-nowhere Texas. Why I decided to have a gas station photoshoot is beyond me! I must have been bored. And he just looked so handsome, of course.

The East coast is starting to see the end of summer. My mom has gone back to school for her last year of teaching. Facebook is full of "feels like fall" and "chilly enough this morning to turn the heat on" posts. Meanwhile, here it's 75˚, 0% humidity, not a cloud in the sky, every window and door wide open... feeling exactly the same as it did the day we arrived. While a part of me is really enjoying this, it's disorienting. Seeing things online about the East coast coming into hurricane season was the first thing that made me recognize that summer was even nearing it's end. I won't get the fall colors here, the crunchy leaves underfoot... there won't really be a fall-crisp-air hoodie season because winter will technically be our new hoodie season. I don't know how I feel about it. Fall has always been my favorite. A friend pointed out to me that everyone else will be jealous of us come January, when everyone we know is shivering and getting snow while we can go venture down to the beach in 58˚ weather.

Watching "New Girl" on Netflix the other night (based in LA), a girl comes rushing into the apartment asking if Nick had found her scarf because, "it's 65˚ and freezing!" I used to laugh at that idea, but maybe now it will feel that way to me too! It reminds of watching this clip back in February, while it was in the 20˚s in VA and we had snow on the ground! Ha! I would have thought 55˚ felt like summer! This is my future... no telling how we'll react when we visit home at Christmastime!

Fiesta de Reyes

Sunday, August 18, 2013

After excitedly telling Chelsea about how wonderful it is that we only live a 90-minute drive from San Diego and can visit Dan's family there any time we want, we ended up sitting in traffic on the 5 for over three and a half hours. It has never taken us that long to get there. After introducing Chelsea to G-Ma and Bill we all hopped in the car and took off to Old Town for lunch at Fiesta de Reyes.

Being a Saturday, the place was packed! We walked the perimeter and visited a few shops and I felt like I was on the set of a western the entire time. Re-enactors in period costumes were wandering everywhere, just going on about their day as though we had stepped into the 1850's, which was a little bizarre and kitschy, but I get it.

But of course the best part were the margaritas and enchiladas, which were totally worth the weeks of excitement leading up to our return there.

Tanning, Scrapbooks, and Cats in the Ceiling

Friday, August 16, 2013

Life has been ticking along here in California, and it certainly is feeling much more like regular life opposed to a vacation. My freelance work is going really well and I even got my first check this past week! I realized while chatting with Di that this was my first paycheck in over ten months! Woah!

Chelsea and I have been spending some afternoons laying out by the pool in the sun. I tan very easily and have acquired quite a tan already! We went to Target last night to buy inflatable lounge floats so we can float around in the pool instead of alternating between the lounge chairs and dips in the pool to cool off. I'm excited for another pool day soon!

And we now have craft time! Chels bought us both notebooks to keep our California memories in and we've been sort of scrapbooking in them with pages from travel brochures and maps we picked up at a local CA Visitor's Center.

Last weekend we made a trip to Newport Beach to buy postcards to send home and to find more local magazines and brochures to cut up for our "crafternoons." It was nice to explore that area in the daylight. The beach there is pretty fantastic. It's amazing to me how different all of the beaches around here can be, especially considering they're all only a few miles apart from each other.

Dan has been very busy working on a project that he, Austin, and James are doing in their spare time. This consists of him coming home from work and immediately getting on the computer, where he stays until bedtime. This is quite familiar from projects of the past. Needless to say, I'm pretty glad I have someone to hang out with while he's so busy.

But someone else has been hanging out, too... something is living in our ceiling! There is attic space above our apartment and an access panel in Dan's closet, but hell if I'm sticking my head up through there! No telling what would attack my face! After determining that this little critter had to be bigger than a mouse based on the heavy THUMP sounds we hear nightly, I stupidly suggested that it was a nocturnal animal and could possibly be a cat. To this I received laughs and a reminder that "cats aren't nocturnal!" Ever since I've been calling the little critter in the ceiling our nocturnal cat. I'm pretty sure it's just a rat or maybe even a squirrel, but calling it the nocturnal cat is much more fun. Now if only the maintenance guys could get it out of there so I can sleep at night!

We're going down to San Diego this weekend and I'm excited to visit with Dan's family, eat some enchiladas in Old Town, and show Chels around. I'm determined to take lots of pictures!

Pizza on the Beach

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sometimes you just want to order a pizza, pick it up, and have a picnic in the sand on a Friday night.

Cell phone panorama! Click to enlarge!