July 25 – Huntington Beach

Synchronized Stretching

Early mornings are easier when you are in LA but on East Coast time.  I always feel so impressed with myself for waking up early, like I have won some secret prize. I – V- am an early bird, until my circadian rhythm laughs at me. I’ll just enjoy it while it lasts!

Auntie Kelly and I woke up (early!) and she drove us to Huntington Beach – she wanted to switch things up since we usually go to Laguna, and I’m glad we went! Loved this beach so much. Also, I really enjoyed the pier – there were dozens of surfers in the water and as we walked further out we could see them surfing up close.  We had so much fun pointing and laughing at all of their wipe outs which looked spectacular up close.  Is it wrong to find pleasure in this? I fully admit I am no where as athletic or coordinated as any of these people.  I guess it’s similar to my belly laugh gut reaction to people walking into things and falling down on land…

We went to Ruby’s for breakfast – had to try out the competition! We saw seals swimming around at the end of the pier – something you don’t see in RI.  I wonder if the surfers can see them too when they’re in the water?

Also spotted: offshore oil rigs. Umm HELLO!?!?! Why are people okay with seeing these awful structures off shore but wind turbines would “ruin the view?” I just don’t get it. I only just managed to not continue this post with a serious climate change rant.

After shopping for a bit (big thank you to AK and US for my new West Coast outfits!) we enjoyed the beach and sun – a little too much. Too much as in super classy zero gravity chairs and limited sand exposure, and in sun burnt neck and chest for a really hot look when I went into the JR office on Thursday. You would think that by the age of 24 I would know how to properly apply sunscreen. Not to worry- my Italian and Irish heritage will have it turned to bronze and freckles in no time.

The other big event of the day was Uncle Steve came home from another one of his puddle jumper trips! We celebrated with steak and potatoes and our feet up on the couch.  Doesn’t get much better than that!


February 2 – Dumbledore saw his shadow: #6moreweeksofWinter

Can you spot the cat?


Today I went to grab some shoes (plenty to choose from as you can see from my, ahem, organized closet) and almost fell over in fear when I saw two glowing eyes staring back at me.  Cats love dark and tight spaces, but I think I’d rather pretend that Dumbles loves shoes as much as I do.

Somehow the groundhog saw his shadow in a reportedly cloudy Pennsylvania today so we have six more weeks of winter.  (Seriously, who came up with this tradition- can’t we all just watch Caddyshack to laugh at the gopher on Feb 2 instead of linking ground-dwelling animals to something as serious as how much longer I need to wear a down coat? Luckily, (and in case any one was wondering) six more weeks of 50-60 degree weather is fine by me. Thanks Climate Change!