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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.
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.
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.
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.
It actually rained today. Even though it didn’t last for very long, this was still a big deal to me and Sean because we are in the middle of a drought here in California. Also, it was nice to put on long sleeves and dress for chillier weather.
And I got to bring out my pretty pink umbrella.
We walked downtown to get some lunch, and I couldn’t help stopping to take a photo of this. It is yet another reason why I love the city of Ventura.
Hope you have been enjoying a nice weekend, as well!
I’d requested this Tuesday off from work because Pat and I had the knitting class last night in Ventura, and I knew I’d want to sleep in and give myself time to drive back to Morro Bay today. Also, Sean doesn’t teach a class on Tuesday mornings, so we were able to grab some breakfast at Cafe Nouveau and spend a little bit of time together before I hit the road. It was a nice little way to celebrate the 300th day of 365 days handmade.
This afternoon, Sean and I set off for the 150-mile return trip to Ventura. I brought the second Green Print sock with me and knitted while Sean drove. When we got to Buellton (around 70 miles into the drive), I noticed a rainbow in the distance.
I kept knitting and Sean kept driving. We talked and listened to punk rock and sang along with a few of the songs. I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to the road until we got closer to Ventura.
That’s when I noticed the rainbow again.
It was a really nice way to end the drive.
This morning I got up early to drive back to the Ventura homestead, and I thought I’d packed everything I needed: my purse, my laptop, my knitting. That would have been enough, except that it was too hot to knit this afternoon and I decided that I felt like coloring, instead. I had a coloring book and some pencils that I’d left here in Ventura a few weeks ago, and I was enjoying some peaceful coloring time when… the tip of my colored pencil broke off. And then the next one. And the next one. And I couldn’t find a single pencil sharpener. Because they were all up at the Morro Bay house.
We did it. We completed the half marathon this morning. 13.1 miles, plus an extra 5 miles that we walked today, getting to the event, getting back home, going out for breakfast, going out to lunch, and later walking to the Ventura Promenade so I could take photos for the blog.
All I can say now is Owww. And I’m hungry. Again.
Well, tomorrow is the Ventura Half Marathon. We’ll have to get up at 5 AM, and we’ll probably be starting the race around 6:45 AM. I will be asking myself why the hell am I doing this, especially around mile eight or nine or ten, when I’m hot and tired and sore, and the faster runners have already turned around at the halfway point and are making their way back. So think of me around 9 AM, Pacific Standard Time, and send good vibes so that I can get through those last three miles and make it to the finish line.