Santa Sean delivered.
Hope your inner child enjoyed today as much as mine did!
Sean and I left Ventura and drove back up to Morro Bay this afternoon. When we pulled into our driveway, I saw the rocking chair on the porch and felt immensely grateful to be living in such a safe neighborhood.
Four of the packages were Christmas presents. The large pillow-shaped one on top, though, was the Attic 24 Sunny Yarn Pack that I ordered online from Wool Warehouse just last week Sunday. I was surprised that it arrived so soon. It came from England, and I had expected about ten days for delivery.
I’d been trying to resist ordering it, but seeing Lucy’s progress with the Sunny Crochet-Along on her website Attic 24 totally sold me.
As you know, I am currently crocheting the Coastal Ripples afghan that she designed. Having the Sunny Pack waiting in the wings is now a good motivator for me to finish the Coastal Ripples afghan by the end of this year. Luckily, I have some vacation time coming up. I am very much looking forward to the holidays.
This morning when I woke up, I had a moment of not knowing whether I was in Morro Bay or Ventura. Then I remembered that we drove down from the Morro Bay house last night and that I was waking up in our Ventura apartment.
Sean and I were both pretty hungry, and we had two options: Either go to the grocery store or go out to breakfast. We chose the easier path.
Later, we walked downtown and I noticed these in the window of one of the shops.
I had to get close-up to this guy to try to understand the reason for his torn undershirt.
On the way home, this sign caught my attention.
Live animals??!!! What kind of live animals?
Someone please tell me.
In the meantime, I am back to my regular work schedule of four 10s. So glad to have Monday off again.
A few months ago, the city of Morro Bay started implementing plans to build a bike park right next to my neighborhood.
The photo above is an old one. They’ve made a lot of progress since it was taken, and the packed dirt hills have been calling my name every time I drive by. The new park is supposed to open in 2016. So when Sean asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, the tomboy little kid in me who never owned a bike in childhood said, “I want a BMX bike.”
Hence, this happened this afternoon:
The box was delivered to the house a few days ago, and Sean decided to put it together today.
After it was assembled, he let me ride it for a test drive down the street. And then promptly took it back and said I have to wait for Christmas Day.
The little kid in me can’t wait.
Sean and I are both full-time state employees at two different locations that are three counties away from each other and about 160 miles apart (one of us works on the Central Coast and the other in Southern California). This means living in two separate homes during the week and seeing each other over the weekends and holidays. Since Sean is a university professor, he gets summer and winter breaks. That’s when we’re able to see each other for longer stretches of time.
Because of a mandatory staff training this week, I’m working five 8-hour days instead of the usual four 10s. Sean’s teaching schedule ended last week, so he’s been up here at the Morro Bay house for the last few days. It’s been nice to leave work at 3 PM, get home, see my husband, and hang out together like the average married couple.
This afternoon we went out for a walk downtown and stopped to get some frozen yogurt. Even though it was kind of too chilly to be eating a cold dessert, the whole experience was still a nice treat.
This morning I sat around and crocheted while Sean read a book; this afternoon we left the house and went for a hike up Black Hill in Morro Bay. It was a nice balance of activities, because one of us likes to sit around and do nothing on her day off, while the other one wants to be outdoors and doing something active all the time.