San Diego Trip Part 1b

I already posted a “Hello from San Diego” blog that included  the details of my extremely long delay in San Francisco and the first day with my parents, but I wanted to tell you all a bit more about my trip, so I’ll want to pick up where I left off…

Basically my trip can be divided into 3 parts: my arrival and 3 2 1/2 days with my parents, the weekend spent with 2 of my very best friends, then 2 more days with my parents and my departure. This blog will pick up where I left off and continue through the point I met up with my friends for the weekend.

I had already mentioned shopping with my mom and my aunt on the second day of my trip, then we had dinner at my parents’… my dad’s amazing tacos. I will be completely honest and tell you that I did not focus on healthy eating during my trip home at all and I ate quite a few tacos. But they were incredibly delicious! My aunt and uncle were also there for dinner as well.

We had tossed around a lot of different things that we might do while I was in town including the beach and the zoo (we didn’t do either of these). On Friday we left the house planning to go to Coronado to the beach, but while I was in the bank getting cash for the weekend, our plans changed and we ended up going to Old Town instead (so I could have more Mexican food while I was there… good Mexican food was one of the themes of the trip). We did indeed have a terrific lunch at Casa de Reyes and wandered around the historic town that grew up around the mission on the hill.

After we wandered around Old Town, we headed back to my parents’ so that I could get ready to head over to my friends’ for the weekend…

Here are some photos from Old Town:

Furry Family

I mentioned last week that I am the proud mama to a fluffy kitty whom I adore and spoil endlessly. What I did not mention is that my roommate also has furry bundles of love to adore as well. With the combination of her three cats and  dog, our household is full of four-legged love!! I thought that I would take the opportunity today to introduce you to these darlings as they will probably crop up in my blog a time or two.

First is my angel-faced demon…

This is Disney, or on formal days, Disney’s Magic Princess. She is the light of my life, and loves to cuddle up with me. In fact, she absolutely hates it when I leave the house and runs to greet me everyday when I come home. She also loves to terrorize the boys (my roommate’s cats) and tears through the house like she’s insane on occasion. She came into my life when she was 10 weeks old and just turned 4 last month. I cannot imagine my life without her. If you couldn’t tell by her tag in the picture, her signature color is pink.

Next is Pico, he is the oldest of my roommate’s kitties, coming in at 10 years old. He is known as the grumpy kitty, because he prefers to be left alone, unless he wants attention. He also feels that he should get any food that no one else is eating. He absolutely loves popcorn and ice cream and seems to spend most of his day curled up on my bed asleep, unless his mama is home.

Then comes Tonka, also known as Disney’s boyfriend. Tonka is around 3 or 4 and is a very special kitty. He loves to play with Disney and hangs out in our room as much as possible. He is a total love and is always trying to climb into my lap when I am working at the computer. He also talks to himself, chatters to the birds outside and sometimes seems to have a few loose screws. There has been talk that when I eventually move out on my own again,  Tonka may join me and Disney in our new place.

Meet Rivers! He is probably the sweetest of all the cats in our household. Of course he is also the one who Disney loves to terrorize play with the most. I am not sure exactly how old he is as he was a rescue. He keeps to himself most of the day and will wrap up in anything he can find, a blanket, sweatshirt, whatever. He has tons of personalityand will carry on a conversation with you if you talk to him! If you scratch the places he can’t reach (had a leg amputated due to injury and infection), he will be your best friend for life!

And finally we come to Maddy, the other female and only canine in the group. She is 8 years old now and spends most of her time curled up on her pillow when she’s not basking in the sunshine (when we have some). She absolutely LOVES to ride in the car and go with us wherever we go, even if she has to sit in the car while we go grocery shopping. She is probably the sweetest and most well-behaved dog  I have ever met. It may be difficult to tell in this photo, but she is a Boxer.

So there they are!! All five of the furry, four-legged “people” who share their home and love with us. There is will an upcoming blog devoted solely to Disney soon, but I as I said, the others will make appearances here and there as well. As a matter of fact, Maddy already appeared in yesterday’s blog!

Do you share your life with furry family members?

A New Kind of Holiday

One of the biggest things that changed in my life when I moved to Washington was how I celebrate holidays. Until this past year, I always lived close to my family and spent every holiday with my parents, my brother and his wife. Now I live two states away from my parents, and too far from my brother to see him regularly, so holidays are a no longer family affairs. For each holiday I have basically done one of two things: joined a friend’s celebration or hung out by myself. I am trying to come up with new traditions and unique things that I can do to celebrate in my new life, but honestly have not made a lot of progress so far.

Holidays feel different now that I am on my own. I think because the aspect of family is what really made them holidays for me. Which is kind of funny because we didn’t really do anything special for most holidays, just hung out together, and we did that pretty much every Sunday too. The exceptions to this of course are Christmas and Thanksgiving, those we did a bit more. But something about just being with my family is what made the days so special.

Now I am learning how to be truly on my own. It’s not bad, I am happy and I love the place that I am at in my life right now, it’s just new. I have had holidays that were truly amazing in the past year, and I have had holidays that were really difficult to get through. I have holidays that surprise me, and holidays that sadden me, but I think (hope) that I have learned something and taken something from each one.

For Easter this year, my plan was to stay home on my own and do a series of boot camp type workouts. I was pumped and motivated by this idea and thought that I would have a really great day. I woke up and ate breakfast, skyped with my parents (as I do every Sunday), took a great walk, did my first strength workout and was settling in to the day. Then my roommate announced that she was not going to let me stay home alone on Easter (she was really upset I did that on Christmas) and that she was kidnapping me and taking me to her dad’s house. So I didn’t get my huge workout, but I did have fun. It wasn’t the Easter that I’m used to with baskets and stuffed bunnies and chocolate eggs, but it was a good day anyway.

One thing that I am learning is that if I want some of the pieces of my past holidays to be incorporated into my new holidays, I will have to do them myself. No one else knows that I always got a stuffed bunny every year for Easter, even as an adult. They don’t know about cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning or crab spread on Christmas Eve or even homemade taco dinners for birthdays (and my dad makes the BEST tacos!).

Holidays won’t be the same again, not unless somehow my entire family ends up living in the same city again. So I will just have to keep working with trial and error until I find what defines each holiday for me now…

How do you make your holidays special?