August Break #s 10-18 in reverse order

Five years ago (#18) I just posted a photo to IG of a plane coming in to land in San Diego. I was walking around downtown San Diego as I did nearly every weekend. It’s funny because I didn’t consider myself a “walker” or “hiker” then. Hell, I don’t think I even wore a sports…

Coffee

As an extra gift for my birthday, aside from surprising me with her actual presence, my sister bought me a coffeemaker. You see, when we were in Costa Rica, we drank coffee every morning. That wasn’t that new for me. I tend to favor mochas, but I’ve had plenty of brewed coffee. I just didn’t…

Sunday Funday

Today was packed with fun things! First, Sandy & I went on a light trail hike. Then we went to Polly’s Pies and bought what turned out be rather disappointing cinnamon rolls. After breakfast, we headed to Target 🎯 so she could buy another gift for me: a coffee maker. Since we got back from…

Late birthday surprise

Last night after dinner, my mom insisted that we watch a movie and stay up until midnight to enjoy every moment of my 50th birthday. I found it a little odd but also kind of nice. During the movie, she kept getting up (I need water, I need to go the bathroom, maybe Lulu needs…

50 & a River

Today I turned 50 years old (!) It’s been a pretty great day starting with the news that one of my besties, Lindsay, gave birth to her child, River, just after midnight! Huzzah! I went for a 4.5 mile hike at a trail I hadn’t been to since before COVID. It was foggy and magical….

Let’s take a hike

When I first moved back to La Mirada, I quickly took to hiking around nearby trails. I expanded my perimeter and found trails all around that were great, some more than others. It was great for me because I was exercising, but I also enjoyed it so much that it didn’t feel like exercise. I…

Mamma Mia!

This year I decided to subscribe to the Broadway season of shows at my local regional theatre here in La Mirada. At the end of September, I saw “Clue,” which was excellent. Tonight, I saw “Mamma Mia!” and it made me so happy! What a fun show! I had only ever seen the movie, which…

Costa Rica – Day 7 – Playa Conchal – Sloth Sanctuary

I had another 8+ hour night! Spectacular. I should also mention I’ve been dreaming very vividly every night. Sandy gets to hear about every dream in the morning, and then they’re gone. They are varied and weird and not related to Costa Rica at all. This morning, it was time for our Covid test to…

Costa Rica – Day 4 – Arenal – Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna

We had another early morning start. We went to breakfast and both opted for the Costa Rican breakfast which was rice & beans, fried egg, tortilla, cheese, and plantains. Plus we started with a fruit plate. This morning was extremely sunny and clear, so clear, in fact, we could see the cone of Arenal very…