Monday, December 29, 2008

G'Bye 2008

I am happy the holidays are almost over. Maybe I'm looking forward to 2009 and all it's promises. Reflecting on the past year I had a lot happen... financial hardships, moving, my aunt's passing, I had my teeth pulled, I watched my boss lose her job while mine changed. So, perhaps this coming year will bring more joyful events, like those I experienced in the last couple months. My friend Laura's son was born, as well as my cousin's daughter a couple weeks ago. Found the joys of Facebook and reconnecting with so many friends, and I got to surf Malibu and spend time with my dear friend Ami. My birthday was awesome and I was so glad to see my family on Christmas and this past weekend. So many blessings.

I say g'bye to 2008 and welcome to 2009.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Come on Holiday Week!

I am so glad next week is only a 3 day week! Woo! Hopefully there will be a break in the weather and some surf to be surfed. This week I have traveled to the center of the state for work. I was given 4 more centers as part as my company's realignment project. I cover the central valley of Califonia (Modesto, Stockton, Tracy) and so far, it's been pretty cool. I am a lot closer to home, or so it seems. My family and I drive through here to go jetskiing or camping, so this area is much more familiar to me. Also, I have family that lives here, so that's kind of a safety thing too.

Needless to say, it's been cold. My truck got it's first taste of frost (that surf leash has no idea what hit it! It was frozen to my bedmat.):


Since it's been so cold, getting out to surf is an ordeal. The low tides are not until late in the day as the sun is setting, and by that time your motivation to go out doesn't exsist. Instead, going out to drink is a much better idea :) Jess and I went out to the Palomar last week and got bombarded by Santa's:


This was post-birthday outting. My birthday was on the 9th, which was a Tuesday. I had a wonderful day. My friend Crissy took me to lunch, which was very nice. Then after work Jess and I got in a super fun surf session in a very small conditions. After that, we headed over to Olitas for some $6 taco and margaritas.... very mellow, but fun evening! Fos, Laura, Alison and Ryan came too! It was as much as I wanted for a Tuesday night out. Some good birthdays these last couple of years!

Anyway, Ami is coming up for the holidays, so that should be fun! I'll be seeing my family on xmas eve... it'll nice! Some fun things to look forward too!

Friday, December 05, 2008

That Time Again?!

I never realize the holidays are here until the middle of December. A bit late, wouldn't you say? Anyway, I got back from L.A. Wednesday night... it was raining the majority of the time, so when I came into town, I stopped in Jessie's coffee shop and hung out with her until she closed. She was leaving for Hawaii the next day and she still isn't back yet, so needless to say, I'm glad I got to spend some time with her.

Thanksgiving was really nice. I got a surf session in before heading to my parents house. Many of my family members were there, aunts, uncles and cousins... so great to see everyone fill my old home since my parents bought it back 3 months ago! I didn't actually eat a whole lot... at least not to the point of being overstuffed. It was definitely a conservative effort on my part.

This past weekend was absolutely crazy as far the surf goes. A big swell hit the area and it seemed like it was far busier than summer! I didn't go out most of those days just because the crowds were just ridiculous! I did manage a couple sessions during this swell and it was very chaotic, but very fun.

Right now, I'm really looking ahead to the spring... I very much want to travel to Scorpion Bay with Meg and Brian when they go again... but that's pretty far off into the future, at least that's how it seems.