Our uber-exciting existence

Let’s see…I walked to the eye doctor in Carlsbad Thursday (a couple miles each way) for an eye exam, new contacts, and new glasses while the kids walked in the opposite direction to get some more fruit and eggs at the farmers market. Then I stopped at the organic grocery, ATM (In network! No fees!), and Rite-Aid on the walk home. Later I did three loads of laundry. Yeah, we’re livin’ the high life here in California. It’s supposed to be in the high-80’s this weekend but will then drop to the low 70’s next week when we plan to rent a car and drive to La Jolla Cove to see the seals. (They better be there!) We took the Coaster train to San Diego Wednesday and went to the zoo. Admission for the three of us, including a discount for kids (Charlie only) that they were running in October, came to $98. Yikes. Then there was a 40-minute wait to see the pandas, including a one-year-old panda. We were able to see them when we looked between the fence/railing and the elevated walkway (top of the ramp) so we called it good and didn’t have to stand in line.
Charlie and Laurel play chess every day. He asks to play it almost constantly. If she’s not sitting on the floor by the coffee table when he wants to play, he sometimes starts moving a piece. The other day Laurel asked him about this; and he said, “Oh, I’m just indicating that I’m anxious to play.” He beats her about half their games now. It gives me hope that one day he’ll learn to tie his shoes and button his pants. He’s also become pretty clever in making up rhyming song lyrics on the spot. He’ll sing a Queen (Laurel’s favorite) song with his own words appropriate for the occasion. Sometimes it includes his pointing at us, saying, “Sing it!”
Last weekend we attended Oceanside’s Harbor Days’ celebration. It’s an annual event here, but this year was particularly special because it’s the City’s 125th anniversary. In 2006, Castle Rock celebrated its 125th with a similar street fair (minus the water). Council members and Town staff took turns staffing a booth where residents could guess – before the days of smartphones – what you call a 125th anniversary. No one guessed “quasquicentennial.” Sadly, no one offered me a prize for this knowledge at Harbor Days.
We enjoy our walks down the beach although there’s not a lot of beach to be had. Of course, more “luxury condominiums” are being built in the only empty lot near the coast; but I don’t know who would buy a unit with the water coming so close. There are boulders piled up in many places to prevent further erosion. When I Googled this subject, I read on the website of the local paper that this is an annual problem. Sometimes the City buys sand and dumps it on the beach to cover the rocks (smaller ones, not the boulders), but they don’t have the money this year. Money from a one-time lease this year was used to fund anti-gang violence programs. Did I mention Oceanside is not exactly Beverly Hills?
I called the California Visitor Center in Oceanside last week to ask about area discounts. The volunteer who answered the phone asked me where I’m from in the Denver area when saw my 303-area code on her caller ID. When I told her Castle Rock and then Colorado Springs, she told me she moved to Oceanside five years ago from Highlands Ranch. She was very helpful and friendly as one would expect of a Douglas Countian. It got me to thinking though of what Californians think of this reverse commute/migration from Colorado to California. Instead of “Don’t Californicate Colorado,” what do they put on their bumper stickers – “ColoradNo!”? I guess that’s silly of me to think though since we Coloradans are such a lovely people, Californians are undoubtedly happy to have us.

Do you see the seal in the water?  We saw lots of pelicans and one very loud seal at Harbor Days.

Do you see the seal in the water? We saw lots of pelicans and one very loud seal at Harbor Days.

Laurel knitted this scarf as well as a matching headband recently.

Laurel knitted this scarf as well as a matching headband recently.

Zoo staffers took our photo which I was going to buy in electronic form until I found out it was $45!  So we went in a photo booth ($5) at the zoo, and I took a picture of the bent-up photo when we got home.

Zoo staffers took our photo which I was going to buy in electronic form until I found out it was $45! So we went in a photo booth ($5) at the zoo, and I took a picture of the bent-up photo when we got home.

2 thoughts on “Our uber-exciting existence

  1. To reward you for your large vocabulary related to matters of time, I will buy you lunch! Also, I think you should immediately copyright that ColoradNO! and get the bumperstickers printed. For lots of beach, I recommend Oregon, where the entire coastline is public property, and up by Cannon Beach, it’s deep and miles long and a glorious thing. Also Sydney, Aus., was much like southern California, only nicer – the people are not pretentious, snobby, or into bling.

    I love reading about your travels

    • Thanks, Suzanne. I made reservations a few days ago to fly from San Diego to Portland, Oregon when our lease is up in Oceanside. Then we’ll rent a car and drive to Yachats where we’ll spend eight nights in a small house I found on airbnb. I know October and early November is not an ideal time to visit the Oregon coast, but I figured it was now or never. I just looked at Google maps, and I see Yachats is a three-hour drive from Cannon Beach. We’ll be sure to see it though. I have a feeling we’ll be doing a lot of driving in Oregon.
      Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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