Sushi Date

Renewing my spirit is seizing quality of connectedness with one of my teen/adult children.  One of my daughters loves sushi with a passion.  So, sushi is our gathering meal that binds us together!

Eating food that is gratifying to the palate disinhibits one to talk about anything and everything and makes difficult topics easier to discuss.  Dining embraces community.

Mackenzie and I have our usual “go to” sushi restaurant, but today we tried a new one. Since we were shopping in The Fashion Valley Mall, we wanted to stay in the area.  Yelping sushi restaurants, we found one located in the mall, Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge.  The ambience was welcoming.  We were seated promptly.  Our server gave us excellent recommendations.  Our palates were satisfied.  Our hearts and spirits were renewed!

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Taking July to Renew My Spirit

May and June were back to back months preparing for my son’s high school graduation and my daughter’s college graduation with her move to New York a week later; accompanying my mom to Houston TX the beginning of May, then to Las Vegas NV the end of May to the beginning of June.  My mom uses a cane and doesn’t drive, so my brother and I take turns accompanying her to Vegas or any place she goes out of town.  This was my turn.  Both times.  Mom is pretty high need physically and emotionally.  I’ll devote a post to that relationship sometime in the future.  For now, picture “Driving Miss Daisy”.

I juggle Per Diem work and being a full-time Mom.  No complaints, most of the time.  It’s only when I’m in “HALT”, that things can get ugly.  This acronym coined by my therapist: Hungry; Angry; Lonely; Tired is the barometer I use to see where I am.  I spiraled into the “T” zone by the end of June.  Once I’m down, all the other letters easily tumbled down with me.  Time to regroup.

So, I am taking the month of July to nurture my spirit.  Budget is always an issue, because “my budget is on a budget”,  I have no plans to go out of town or out of the country.  I am learning to embrace “loving where I live”.  My intention for this month is to Instagram my neighborhood and it’s surrounding areas that lift my spirit and energize me.

 

 

 

 

 

Water Water Drinking Water

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Whole Foods Del Mar in San Diego is one of my favorite grocery stores!  It’s my Disneyland.  I can spend hours walking around with a grocery cart.  I know…it’s a Mom thing!!

There are many visually appealing items to explore having to do with food.  Take the water bottle display and aisle.  I am drawn to it and don’t care that there are so many choices!

It’s all about the taste of water and how it quenches our thirst for my family.  We love our drinking water from http://www.carlsbadalkalinewater.com!

I have attached 2 current links on the Top 10 bottled and most expensive water.  These are interesting to read.  Enjoy them with a twist of lemon in your bottled water.

http://www.gayot.com/lifestyle/health/top10-bottled-water/badoit.html

http://www.ealuxe.com/top-ten-most-expensive-bottled-water/

 

Titles, Taglines, and Streets

 

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To laugh more and to explore where I live are the 2 resolutions I made for 2014.

In the first half of this year I took 2 acting classes at The Point Loma Actors Theatre: “The 8 Week Acting Intensive Workshop and Showcase” and “The 6 Week Advance Acting Intensive Workshop and Showcase”.  My only expectation for myself was to feel less self conscious when on stage in front of an audience.  I got more than that.  I learned improvisation skills mixed with acting techniques that brought me out of my comfort zone; developed friendships; acted in 2 plays (well…the final class of each workshop was acting in a play or a showcase); had lots of fun and most importantly, lots of laughs!

The latter part of this year I found myself being mindful of exploring where I live.  ‘Loving where I live’ developed from the Summer of 2013.  That summer I flew to Worcester, MA with my daughter Mackenzie and moved her into Clark University.  After she was settled, I took The Amtrak Railways into New York City.  I was able to spend time with my older son Geoffrey who resides in Brooklyn and also met my other daughter Caitlyn who had flown in from California.

Caitlyn and I spent 5 adventurous days immersing ourselves as tourists in this frenzied city. Home base was a rented room in East Village found on http://www.Airbnb.com.  We navigated the subways from Williamsburg to Times Square.  We weaved crazily thru traffic  in taxis.  We watched the Broadway play “All That Jazz”; shopped in Soho; ate in Chelsea; toured The Empire State Building and The 9/11 Memorial and Museum; ate The Grimaldi’s famous pizza under the Brooklyn Bridge and experienced the Smorgasburg Brooklyn Bridge Park.

On our sightseeing tours we met people from the surrounding boroughs who shared with us how they make time during the month to see their neighborhoods through the eyes of a tourist.  What an “Ah Ha” moment that was!!  I had always loved to travel and had dreams of visiting different countries with my children, but since my divorce money has been….budgeted creatively!  This was such an inspiration to stay local, play local, and love where you live.  I couldn’t wait to return home to share this with my 2 youngest children, 2 teenage boys, living with me.

Upon my return I booked a guided electric bike tour, “The SO CAL RIVIERA Tour of La Jolla and Mt. Soledad’ with San Diego FlyRides http://www.sandiegoflyrides.com.  At the time they were rated #2 of the Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego in TripAdvisor.  As of this writing they are #1!  I will expand on that in a future post.  This tour gave us an appreciation of a neighborhood we knew nothing about.  Our minds were filled with many interesting facts and our bodies more fit from the physical conditioning.  So thankful to see this as the flagship adventure to “loving where you live”.

This year is drawing to a close.  There are about 8 weeks remaining to unearth charming niches where I live.  Let the exploration continue!

 

Home

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Home is 4 miles inland from the corner of Carmel Valley and Camino del Mar.  I’ve been a Southern California Gal since the age of 1 and a resident of San Diego these past 14 years.

Five and one-half years ago when my marriage dissolved, my mother and brother tried to persuade me to relocate closer to them in Los Angeles County.  That decision was never considered!

Our home, which is 4 miles inland from the corner of Carmel Valley and Camino del Mar, is our safe haven where we have established loving, supportive, and lasting friendships.  It is here where we experienced loss, suffering, and desolation.  It is also here where we have begun our process of healing and rebuilding.