Thoughts on life, love, and the pursuit of balance.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Lovely, Lazy Days(ze)
I pray you...your play needs no excuse. Never excuse. -William Shakespeare
We have been in the San Diego area for a few days now, having arrived late Friday night, and are happy to report that we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves! The weekend was spent unpacking and playing. We went to the San Diego zoo with my Old Man's best friend from back in the day. He is now married and has a little one Babou's age. It was the first time I had ever been to a zoo and I found I was more struck by the plants than the animals. There were a lot of really amazing plants in that zoo! Check out this staghorn fern, one of my favorite plants of all time and here is one of the finest specimens I've seen:
Babou and her new friend had lots of fun chasing each other and making us nervous and worn out from all the chasing! Saturday night we all headed back to our temporary house and made a traditional Santa Maria style BBQ dinner--so good--including anaheim peppers stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese. Really fun and cool to visit with them down here--we live so far apart we don't get to see each other much.
Sunday was a relaxing day. The RV park where we are staying has a beautiful pond, little playground, and backs up to a creek that is only about an inch deep but provides ample opportunities for fun! Babou spent the afternoon throwing herself into the water and generally slapping around. Ocho busied himself racing back and forth with one of the largest sticks I have yet to see him hoist about. It was so nice to just lay in the sun in the sand and hear the trinkle of a creek. You can say I am pretty relaxed here. It reminds me of being a kid and spending my days by the creek. I am so happy for Babou to have a piece of this experience.
The internet is not working here though so I am going to have to use the nearest library's wireless, about 20 or so minutes away. I am getting library card and am hoping to actually read some books while I am here. I feel so self indulgent playing in creeks with my baby, reading books, getting to know a new area.
It feels so good to get out of my environment for a bit, out of my routine and into a new one less heavy on the household work. I still have the housework and cooking/cleaning, albeit an abbreviated version, but don't have the yard to deal with which makes a big difference.
There is always so much to do at home. Good thing I am resetting my batteries, I plant the second section of out vegetable garden when I get back, start training for the Dipsea race in earnest, and start spring cleaning. But until then, I am going to enjoy every moment of my little vacation!
I was raised in a very free-thinking family of great proportions, living a semi-nomadic life between northern and central california, traveling, and often living, in a VW van. I received a BA in Religious Studies and Cultural Anthropology at UCSB, have worked for a wine magazine, and traveled as much as possible. I am now a thirty-three-year-old-mostly-content-stay-at-home-mom living in the Bay Area with my husband, two-year-old daughter, and very energetic Golden Retriever.