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California Dreaming: Saturday

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Saturday, October 17 It was a foggy and lovely morning in San Diego. Some of the naughty ducks at the Catamaran decided to take a dip in the swimming pool. It was amusing to watch them sneak over and play and swim until the groundskeeper found them and shooed them back to their respective places. We packed up and sadly said good-bye to The Catamaran, Mission Beach, and San Diego. (*Sniff*) Our friend took us to the airport (bless his heart) and we made it in plenty of time. The San Diego airport is not that large, though, and is very crowded. Despite some turbulence and an annoying seatmate next to me (I called him Beefcake in Blue--he took his half out of the middle), it was a shorter flight home. Steve sat behind me in the last row. After a smooth landing, we landed in Chicago. It was cold and rainy. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Giordano's in Chicago. The pasta was amazing. Eventually we made it home late Saturday night. Two grey kitties were very very happy to see us, an…

California Dreaming: Friday

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Friday, October 16 After surfing, Steve and I went to lunch and walked along the boardwalk and on the pier. The view was spectacular! We also shopped at this darling baby store near the surf shop called Little Baby Bird Rock. I purchased a couple of surfer bibs for an upcoming shower and and a baby present for a friend. The person I spoke to was very friendly. Steve enjoyed the Happy Hour specials while I went to the Catamaran Spa. There's an outdoor jacuzzi, a eucalyptus steam room, a sauna (which was not warm, but that's okay), and a relaxation room. I loved the relaxation room and almost fell asleep. A very kind person came in and escorted me into the salon. She was a lot of fun and she curled my hair. (I had hairapy for the last night out on the town). After a wonderful visit and with good hair, Steve and I returned upstairs to get ready for the next part of the adventure. I ordered room service and dressed for a complimentary ride on the Bahia Belle Sternwheeler. I…

California Dreaming: Friday

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Friday, October 16 Surfing at last! I was excited and nervous and excited... Did I say I was excited? :) The weather proved much friendlier than Thursday's squalls. Thursday was beautiful--but treacherous. We enjoyed a large breakfast and went to relax by the poolside before going to surf at noon. As suggested, Steve and I reported to the Pacific Beach Surf Shop at 11:30 a.m. They have a great surf school there. And Stanley, the owner, booked Craig for me again! (I requested Craig, as he was so nice!) My surfing instructor buddy! Since this was my second lesson and my third time out on the ocean, we skipped the history lesson of how surfing came to be. Craig did show me the currents and how to be safe if you are out too far in the ocean. Then managed to hoist myself in the wetsuit and ugly yellow rubber smock to tell the surfing community that I was a neophyte surfer! It was amazing catching waves. On the first try with Craig's help, I stood up and caught waves. And then I start…

California Dreaming: Thursday

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Thursday, October 15 I hoped to surf today, but the intensity of the waves were too dangerous for new surfers to tackle. Stanley, the owner of the Pacific Beach Surf Shop, dissuaded me from taking a surf lesson today. I have a lot of respect for him for that-- he could have taken my money and not cared. Also, Craig my surfing instructor, was working on Friday not Thursday. So it was really not meant to be a surfing day. And that's fine. Steve and I still had a blast! We still visited the beach. The weather was cool and windy and overcast--unusual for San Diego. I played in the waves while Steve relaxed on the sand. I even wrote a haiku: End of season storm swells did not discourage me-- I body surfed instead. LCS/ 2009 And then I wrote one more: Ocean swells cause five pelicans to ride waves-- in order to fish. LCS/2009 After hanging out on the beach, Steve and I rented bikes and biked all over the boardwalk from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach. And we caught a sunset. Barely.

California Dreaming: Lounging Wednesday

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You're probably going to roll your eyes at this entry, but relaxing posed a challenge for me, even in lovely southern California! Wednesday Steve and I declared this a relaxing day. Nothing major planned. We strolled on the beach, lounged at the poolside, jumped in the hot tub, read, and called a few friends and fam from the pool. Later we dined at a local restaurant with our friend. It was a perfect, relaxing day.

California Dreaming: On the Ground and At the Catamaran

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Tuesday, October 13 (Photos: Night View from the Room- SJS/2009, and Catamaran Resort- LCS/2009) We arrived at the airport around 1p.m. California time. Woo Hoo! We gained three hours! We gathered our suitcase and headed to The Catamaran. Our journey started out a bit like a National Lampoon's California Vacation. Our first hotel room was crappy; small and directly facing the parking lot. We dropped our luggage in the crappy hotel room and went to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Unfortunately, the restaurant just closed. Hmm... We managed to eat at the bar but the view was not as good. After we had lunch, we went back to the room. All I wanted to do was take a shower and a quick nap before we ventured out. Well, I go to take my shower and at the bottom of the drain was hair. Hair that did not belong to us. GAH! Okay, that was it. I dressed, called the manager, asserted myself, gave them the details of what happened, and insisted on an upgrade. We got it. The kindly bellhop took …

California Dreaming: In the Air

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Tuesday, October 13 This flight from Chicago to San Diego is four hours and 15 minutes. We are so grateful it is a direct flight. Despite the fact that the plane is full and I feel like I was in a proverbial sardine can with wings, we are fairly comfortable. I have a nice window seat and Steve is next to me, so I am happy with the world. :) I snapped some of the most beautiful photos of the clouds. There was even a small rainbow below. I tried to capture it on my camera, but it vanished. I'm sure Mom sent it to me from Heaven. I had a calm feeling when I spotted the rainbow below me. It's a 13 today (9 months since Mom passed over) and I was thinking about her when I spotted it. Some months I miss the 13, other months I am melancholy or edgy. Hopefully in time sadness will dissipate more quickly. Like the clouds, the love and memories will surface. I sense they already have.

California Dreaming: Tuesday Morning at the O'Hare Airport

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Tuesday, October 13 Here I am pictured at the Hobbit Hotel in Chicago with my fun drum shirt! We got up, cleaned up, grabbed a couple of snacks, climbed on the shuttle to O'Hare airport. Surreal... Comfortably Numb played on the loudspeaker. We made it to the airport and through security. It was a pleasant experience... one of the security guys saw my new black Zildjian t-shirt and struck up a conversation. The gentleman didn't play a drumset, but he had a drumtrap and played other various instruments such as congas, bongos, marimbas, etc. He said(emphasized) that he was a percussionist, not a drummer. I understood, although I like to have my Animal (from Muppets) moments, too. I am both a drummer and percussionist. Proud of it, too. When I stepped through security, the kindly older security officer winked at me. I tell you, this drummer shirt makes people smile. ;) I also noticed three or four people in the airport with guitar cases. Thought it was interesting and cool. ;) I…

Vacation: Chicago.

Hi, we're back. There's a lot to write, so here goes. As soon as I recharge the batteries on the digital camera, we'll download photos. I will post pics to the blog and facebook! :) Monday, October 12. A busy, planning day. I managed to catch a couple hours of extra sleep. Steve, bless his heart, taught his face-to-face class. It was a good day to get my hair done. (Any day is a good day to get hairapy, though). Now, when we travel out of town, I make this a ritual to have hairapy with color and a hairstyle. It puts me in the right frame of mind. Steve notices when I wear my tresses in a certain way (straightened), I seem different--more adventurous. Anyhow, this is my online accolades to Salon Rouge. Love the people--the staff is the most awesome people and the venue is a wonderful place to visit. I receive the best customer service. And I've made friends with most of the staff. Well, I enjoyed a great session with D. She is darling and we have a blast! D. is also…

Going Offline Until Next Weekend

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Steve took these bird photos while I surfed in March 2009. We are going to go offline until we return back from vacation on Saturday night. So it may be Sunday before posting our adventures. I am excited that there will be a lot of new material to blog!

A Gaming-Musical-Nature Weekend

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Red Flower from Helen's Garden- LCS 2009It's six in the evening and we're preparing to leave tomorrow for Chi-town. Steve is grading and preparing for tomorrow's class. Latte just galloped through the living room with her little kitty waddle moving back and forth. (Have you ever watched the cartoon Cow and Chicken? And how Cow's udders would consistently go in the opposite direction when she ran? Well, that's what that reminded me of. Cute Latte with her skinny legs and her moooving waddle.) Java, the sophisticated cat, is relaxing in one of her favorite spots: the basket, the couch, or outside in a kitty bed on the porch. I can almost see her rolling her feline eyes at Latte. I am going to move all the dishes and stuff back into the Hoosier Cabinet and the Hutch. We asked a couple of friends to move the furniture for us. (I did bring ch0colate chip cookies and champagne as a thank-you). I'm finally dealing with the dishes and glasses from the house. We ha…

va-CA-tion

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(Surfing in San Diego, CA SJS-2009)I'm on va-CA-tion, I'm on va-CA-tion! Yes, I'm doing the happy dance...again! We're so excited for our trip to California on Tuesday. We're having a great weekend so far. This morning I had art at 7 a.m.. I even put paint on my jeans and now have art jeans. They look pretty cool. I went back to bed. Latte joined me for a mid-morning snooze. It was wonderful. Then I ran errands and helped Steve get the house ready for Freeport (his adventure game). I confirmed a time where a bandmate will pick me up tomorrow at 9 a.m. and we will be going to Cassopolis to meet and rehearse with other people. I'm looking forward to it. A drummer friend gave me a cool website to check out: http://www.drummerworld.com. It seems that music is coming to me at all directions. The law of attraction in a most wonderful way. Later, Steve and I will trek to Gravel Lake to see Dad and see the beauty of autumn in Michigan. It's beautiful up there. It …

Sleepy Cat, Library Dedication, and Dinner

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Java Taking a Bath--LCS 2009I had to correct the name on the last blog posting. It was Latte who was yawning, not Java. We get their names confused all the time. We attended the dedication for the remodeled Tutt Branch Library. Theresa and I accidentally wore almost the same dress! Black, buttoned up with a belt. She looked great and did a great job as master of ceremonies! After the Dedication, Steve and I took his parents to Papa Vino's for dinner. Mmm. Love their pasta. And champagne. We went back to their place and I snapped photographs of their flowers. They cultivate a beautiful garden. Today is the one-year observance of Jack's death. He died early in the morning last year. Tonight I went for a long walk and am preparing for a busy week.

Another Literary Musical Weekend

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Latte Yawning on Couch--SJS 2009Java Sleeping in Bean Bag--SJS 2009Lazy, lazy day. Lazy, lazy kitties. Lazy, lazy Saturday. Today is a sleepy weather day. Cold, rainy, blanket weather. We still did a lot today. Friday night, I stopped at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe and watched Chris (drummer) play with his band. It's a blues band. I love watching live blues even more than jazz. And I love jazz. So cool. I re-learned the term "ghost beat". It's like playing a little off a regular beat. A little slower (like in reggae). And then friends I knew arrived so that was fun and a nice surprise. And I'm buying a black Zildjian T-shirt. Chris was wearing one and it looked so rocking cool! He is a really good drummer and he also played a strong reggae beat to one of their songs. I cannot recall the band's name, but they were very good. Seasoned musicians who can jam. Today (Saturday), I slept in late. After two late nights (awake after 2:00 a.m.), it caught up with me…