Last month, when I escaped to San Diego for the weekend, I decided mini breaks are no longer optional. In just three days away from home, I was able to disconnect. To recharge. To forget all those little stressers that can get us down (but let’s be real, probably aren’t as important and stressful as we blow them up to be).
I do, however, have my friend Jessie to thank. She took me to all the cool places, where there was nothing else to do but focus on happiness and good things. It went a little like this.
Shortly after she picked up from the airport, we headed 40 miles east to a little town called Julian, known for its antiques and apples. It reminds a lot of Apple Hill, for you Northern California peeps who know about that little gem. We, of course, had apple pie a la mode!We have a shared love of tacos, so naturally, she took me to her favorite joint. Ah-maz-ing.And one day, there was pizza and beer. I love the pineapple hard cider. So good. Out and about in our dresses. Because it still felt like summer in October.Hooray for beach day. This is actually her office. Oh, that marine biology life. I’d take a piece of that.One morning we waiting in line for Donut Bar in Downtown San Diego. Holy cow — those were some good donuts!Yep, that’s a Pop-Tart in a donut!We hung at one of Jessie’s fave coffeehouses, and I felt like a college student again. Love it.Jessie introduced me to my favorite store of all time, Pigment. They have such fun stuff, as well as a whole side of the building dedicated to terrariums.Girls out on the town.And the short ride home. Goodbye, San Diego.
Man, wouldn’t you like to live here? Like right here, nestled between the setting sun and the tree swing? I call shotgun on that. I say, Life, bring it. Well, my friend Jessie lives as close to this tree swing and that sunset as you can get. Why? Because she’s smart. No, really, she’s really, really smart. She’s getting her Ph. D in marine biology smart. She studies algae and how to turn it into biofuel (how?). And not only that, she’s like the super coolest person you’ll ever meet.
But this is where she lives, and I fell all sorts of in love with San Diego while I was there. And I fell in love with my friend even more because we always virtually joke that we are the same person, but in person, we’re even more the same. And it’s a beautiful thing. So here is a little look at our venture to the bluff near her home. And her boyfriend, Juan — her Juan-and-only and her Mr.-Juan-der-ful (oh gosh, there are so many of these …). You are loves. Can’t wait to visit again.
Oh San Diego, you won me over. Not only has my soul sista friend found home in your sunshine arms, you — oh, you, beautiful San Diego — are every bit of cliche I expected, and I loved every piece of it. For most of my life, I thought you were this strange vortex and that all your peeps lived in a bubble, but I gotta say, I’d sorta be willing to inhabit that bubble.
Friends, you know I love California with all my heart, but I’m a latecomer to the San Diego lovefest. I visited a dear friend a few weeks ago, and she showed me every spot she knew I would love: this farmers market, her favorite coffee shops, tree swings on bluffs, views, taco joints, delicious pizza and her cozy couch where we gabbed for hours until we forced ourselves to shut up and have digital fiestas (aka Instagram posting hours). I have lots more to show you of this trip, and I promise it will be sooner than later. Thank you for visiting, dear friends.
Dear summer — it’s time to let go. Time to let those sprinkles fall and that lightening spark. They are trying so hard to merge into your world, and they made a peak appearance in the earliest hours of this morning, but then your sun rays and heat made them cower away. We enjoyed you, summer. We enjoyed your precious produce and mermaid moments and barefoot walks in warm grass. But it is time. Let the winter come. xoxoL.
^^ Grandma and Grandpa came over for burgers and watermelon on a Sunday afternoon. Grandma and I usually try to sneak out for a little thrifting break, but this time, I introduced her to jewelry heaven at Charming Charlie.^^ I’ve been trying to catch up on some of the books I’ve purchased and never finished. I recently finished “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” by Mindy Kaling. What books are you reading?^^ I photographed a 50th birthday party last weekend. It was a beautiful backyard shindig, and I just really like this guzzling-beer-in-the-golden-light moment. ^^ I picked Anaheim peppers at my dad’s and decided to make a giant random casserole out of them. I could have stuffed them, but I figured chopping them would make the dish go farther. I cooked up ground turkey with onions and garlic and then mixed it all together with the diced peppers, diced squash, kale and cheese. It was pretty yummy, especially when I topped it with sour cream.^^ Last week’s sunrises and sunsets were amazing.
^^ I had a few food and travel stories run in the San Francisco Chronicle recently. It was a special travel section on Lodi, so it was fun to see what’s new so close to home.
^^ She watched while I sat on the floor making earrings on a Saturday morning. ^^ My canine niece, LeeLoo. ^^ My real niece and nephew. Those faces! ^^ Celebrating Sophia’s 100% math test with root beer floats, dark chocolate cake and chocolate wine. ^^ I went to a conference for work recently, which means I spent evenings drinking coffee and wine and eating Whole Foods trail mix in bed while watching HGTV. It was the best. Also, I flipping love this Stumptown Cold Brew.