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Day 354/365: Sunday in Ventura

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.

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Outdoor dining in the patio area

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When the server brings you the check, you also get a post-breakfast treat of mini cupcakes.

Later, we walked downtown and I noticed these in the window of one of the shops.

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I had to get close-up to this guy to try to understand the reason for his torn undershirt.

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Officer, did you arrest the culprit?

On the way home, this sign caught my attention.

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Live animals??!!!  What kind of live animals?

Someone please tell me.

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In the meantime, I am back to my regular work schedule of four 10s.  So glad to have Monday off again.

Happy Sunday!


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Day 353/365: Santa Claus is Coming to Town…

A few months ago, the city of Morro Bay started implementing plans to build a bike park right next to my neighborhood.

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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:

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The box was delivered to the house a few days ago, and Sean decided to put it together today.

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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.


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Day 350/365: Frozen Yogurt in December

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.

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Sunset Beach Sonny Angel tagged along on this outing.

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No pants! He didn’t mind the cold.


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Day 347/365: Rainy Sunday

This week I have to work from Monday to Friday because of a mandatory training course for all mental health staff.  It had been a long time since I only had a two-day weekend.  These last two days just felt too short of a time to recover from the past four ten-hour days.  I told Sean, “This two-day weekend gig, I don’t like it.”

“Wait until tomorrow,” he suggested.  “And then tell me how you feel when you get home at 3 PM, and you’ve got the whole rest of the afternoon ahead of you.”

Anyway, it rained most of today.  I did a lot of sitting around and crocheting.  I added several more rows to the Coastal Ripples afghan, and I got to enjoy a nice view out of our sunroom windows.  At least tomorrow when I get home, it’ll still be light and I’ll have a chance to watch the sunset over the water.

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Day 346/365: Saturday Hike

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.

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At the top of the hike, to your left you have this view…

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…and to the right is the ocean, Morro Rock, and Morro Bay.


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Day 340/365: Beach Break

This afternoon I made the very poor choice of going out for some holiday shopping at Target and Trader Joe’s while Sean watched the 2015 MLS Cup championship game between Portland and Columbus.  What with all the waiting in line at the stores, it took me two hours to accomplish what should have been a half-hour errand.  I did witness an amusing moment at Trader Joe’s when a little girl decided to drop her baby doll on the floor in front of the dairy case.  I gathered that the little girl had gotten tired of carrying her baby and blamed it on the poor doll’s weight.  I heard the mother saying, as she stopped pushing her cart and knelt to pick up the doll, “Oh, honey, she’s not chubby.  She’s as light as a feather.”

By the time I got home, the game was over.  (Not that I really cared to watch any of it.)  Sean had been rooting for Columbus, and they lost.  We both decided a walk would be a good idea.  We headed out for the Promenade and enjoyed the view:  the beach, the ocean, surfers catching waves, the Channel Islands off in the distance, the setting sun.  It was far better than looking at a TV screen or standing in line at a box store.

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Day 339/365: Ventura Holiday Street Fair

Sean had work stuff to do on Friday evening, so I drove down from Morro Bay to Ventura this morning.  We ate a late breakfast at The Golden Egg Cafe and then checked out the downtown Ventura Holiday Street Fair on Main Street.  There were your usual booths of assorted handmade crafts and various commercial vendors, and then there was the UniProShow.

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See those knives on the bottom left hand corner?  He juggled them.

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I don’t have any photos of him juggling three knives because I was so absorbed in watching that part of the show that I forgot to take a picture.  Sometimes you just have to set aside the camera and enjoy the experience in real time.


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Day 337/365: There Still Are Superheroes

I was feeling really disillusioned with the world yesterday.  I had to remind myself that there still are good people out there and that happy, positive things happen, too.  But it was tough.  Today was a lot better.  It was fairly uneventful at work, anyway.  Or at least on our yard.  There was about an hour this morning when the entire facility was recalled because of two separate staff assaults that happened within a matter of minutes from each other, in two different locations.  I heard that one of the assaults involved an inmate biting a correctional officer.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities.

Anyway, so as I was saying…  I wanted to have a more positive outlook today.  I wanted to think less about the awful things that happen every day and remember good moments in my life.  I looked through the photo gallery stored in my phone over the past year and found a few that made me smile.

Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying.

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My superhero.  And my husband.