Monday, October 05, 2009

Where'd September Go?

Well looks like I missed September altogether and that was a pretty exciting month! I actually went on vacation last month to New Orleans and Florida. My friend Jessie had moved to NoLa to attend med school at Tulane, so I had booked a flight to go see her. Also, my family lives in Pensacola and I got in a visit with them too!

St. Louis Cathedral... just after a down pour in the French Quarter:

Dessert at the Cafe du Monde - Cafe au Lait with Beignets:

Beautiful houses of First Street - this one across from the famous Anne Rice Mayfair home:

A storm brewing off of Navarre Beach in Florida:

I got back home and took another week off and then returned to work and got sick. Better now but there hasn't been a whole lot of surf to speak of. Here and there swells, but nothing significant. We went out last evening and it's already freezing! The Cold Water Classic should be happening in a couple weeks and hopefully we'll get in a good swell! It's supposed to be an El Nino year, meaning more storms and rain... hopefully!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Transitions in August

I always feel that August is a difficult month for me and I don't know why. Perhaps it's a transitional month, between summer and fall. Last week my uncle passed away. He died just a week before his 75th birthday. He had a great life and was the sweetest person I have known. Needless to say I spent a lot of time with my family last week. The memorial service was beautiful, and very reminiscent of my grandfather's service. I didn't realize my uncle had served in the Korean War for a number of years (My grandfather had been a POW in WWII), thus the military presence:

A very emotional day! I had also managed to get into an argument with a friend that day too. So it's been a very trying time. I'm in Modesto now for work for the rest of the week and wish I was at home. The surf has been fairly weak, and it's least i've ever surfered.

I am hoping things will be picking up. I do have my vacation coming up in 3 weeks! I'll be visiting Jessie in New Orleans for a few days and then my aunt will come get me and take me to Pensacola, FL for a few more days. Hopefully Jess can come with me and we will try and look for surf... if not, it's one of the most beautiful places to snorkel! Can't wait!!

I will hopefully come back with a lot of great pics!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Moving Full Speed

May was such a busy month, as was this one. The SCLU Memorial Day contest was a success... as a club we won overall. I didn't advance in my heat but I had a great cheering section of friends and caught a killer wave with all the fanfare in the background. Nothing like surfing home field!

I had moved at the beginning of June and am very much enjoying my new place. It is really close to the beach and I in fact rode my bike there this morning to do a surf check. I can easily walk down with my surfboard and am close to all my friends.

Life is moving forward. My friend Jessie will be moving to New Orleans in a few weeks. She'll be attending Tulane for medical school. I'll miss her, but I will be visiting her in September. I just booked tickets to New Orleans thru Labor Day and will also be spending time in Pensacola as well with my dad's family. I think it's going to be a fabulous trip!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gearing Up!

It has been an extremely busy month... I can't even believe how much more stuff is going on within the next couple weeks as well. Let me start this post by back tracking. The last sensible weekend I can remember. The LogJam... yes, I got 6th place. It was the least I have ever done for a trophy. I was having a time catching waves for that contest. For some reason I wasn't feeling it. But, I had a great time just being there and hanging out with friends and family that were there.

Shortly after that I dog/house sat for a good friend. Well, everything went fine, except on Mother's Day, the extremely elderly dog took a turn for the worst and passed on the following day. It was not a pleasant situation, especially since my friend had not returned. Thank goodness her daughter was around and took care of the dirty work, so to speak.

Now this week, we are getting ready for the Santa Cruz Longboard Union Annual Memorial Day Weekend Invitation contest. It's our 25th Anniversary running the contest, oldest longboard contest in California. I am on the contest committee and am also surfing in it! So it's going to be a lot of work, but well worth it!!

Also, I am moving at the end of the month!! I am so excited about my new place... for one thing, it is my own! No housemates! My own place again! YAY!! It's closer to the beach, and my friends populate the neightborhood. Also, there's an outdoor shower, and hot tub, as well as a place for my surfboards and bike!! It's basically the converted attic of my friends house with a seperate entrance... it's just beautiful inside (my friend is an architech) and the space is divided into functional spaces! Pics to come!

Speaking of pics, attached is of the newest edition to my board collection:

This is a Bob Miller 6'3 Egg... bought it used and in pristine condition. I may have to just keep in the house and hang it for a month or so before I wax it up and give it a try... it's just so cute and pretty!

That's it for now... contest results and updates to come!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hot One

It was sweltering this past week. I tried to cool off as much I could in the ocean, but that provided little relief. It's actually supposed to cool off for the next few days, which should be good. The LogJam is this coming weekend... old boards, no cords! I will be representing the Santa Cruz Longboard Union, surfing for our team! I'm riding an old 1960's yellow beast that is super heavy! I was getting so tired from practicing on it, I took a break and am riding the Orange Dream Machine in this pic... switch stance bottom turn:

I'm hoping the surf will be at a managable size this weekend. I'll keep it posted!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Getting Dropped on Facebook

Last night I got literally dumped by a friend on Facebook. This was a coworker of mine whom I had dated very briefly and in the last two years have become fairly close friends, and spend every morning getting coffee and having breakfast (usually breakfast burritos or sandwiches that I would bring in). That's been our time to talk and catch up on things. We even joke that we are work spouses and really fit the description*. We've had our arguments and boundaries needed to be reset... as we had had an intimate relationship before.

In these two years I have been a constant sounding board for her and her problems with her dysfunctional relationship with her very needy and high maintenance girlfriend. Their relationship is really on the rocks and she recently has been seeing a counselor about these issues and has been coming to some realizations about some things.

We were talking yesterday, as usual... everything seemed normal and she was telling me about her last session with the couples counselor (she went solo that time) and just everything that was going on, and I also shared what happened over the weekend and some stuff about moving to Florida within the next year.

All seemed good and I left for Capitola about 9am, but then when I got in from a surf session around 6pm I found this message sent to me from her on Facebook (I changed her name for obvious reasons):

"Hey, It's really hard to say this but, I have to do it this way. We can't be friends anymore on FB nor outside of work. I can't have you bring me coffee nor food every day even though I really appreciate it. It is to hard for me to say to everyone that there is nothing going on between us when I see you everyday,it seems like we are together. And in fact were not together, actions speak louder than words. We have had this conversation several times but it seems like we still go back to the same routine. So please understand were I am coming from. I need to focus on me and not create more drama for myself. So I am cutting off our friendship.

Please understand that I have to do this for myself and for no one else. Please do not talk to me about this at work what so ever. If you want to talk than we can schedule a time to talk but definitely not at work. You are a great friend but unfortunately we can no longer be friends. "

--Kristy =( sorry!!

My friends say that it sounds like therapy talk and I have to agree. She's drawing boundaries, but I think she's doing it with the wrong person. Her girlfriend would go ballistic if she ever tried this on her. Keep in mind, her and I are not just acquaintances, I'm a very trusted friend and we have a lot of inside jokes and laugh a lot. We also work together. I think her issues with her girlfriend just got projected onto me.

Why would I want to schedule a time to talk? What more can I say? She just told one of her most trusted, reliable friends that we can't be friends...."You are a great friend but unfortunately we can no longer be friends. " - I just don't understand. And to do it on Facebook and then unfriend me. That's tact for you!

*Work spouse definition:

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Alternate Route

I think I've come to another fork in the road of my life again. For the last 9 months I feel like I've been banging my head against a wall, and I know it just can't go on like this. In the last couple weeks I've been bouncing around the idea of possibly moving to Florida in maybe 4-6 months. My parents do have the house there and I could save a lot of money. It wouldn't be a permanent move, maybe 3 years at most. If I did make this move, it would be to recover my financial situation, and I would hope to have two jobs. When I did have time, I could surf Cocoa Beach or standup paddle around in that area.

Also, I think I've been far too involved in some of my friend's lives rather have my own. It's really time to do things for me. I know I've worked hard to establish a life here in Santa Cruz, but I feel like there are still some things missing. The right kind of energy isn't present to allow for me to move forward in this time and place. I need to step aside and gain a new perspective.

I haven't made an absolute decision yet, but I have been working on revamping my resume and looking at housing in Cocoa, and Palm Bay.

I'll keep you all posted.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Maui Wowy

It's been awhile since my last post. Let me start by saying that last week I took a vacation Maui and met up with my cousins. We had a great time and luckily the weather was wonderful! I got a couple of surf sessions in. We were in Kihei and the surf is generally small on that side of the island, perfect for me :) I think I went swimming once, but mostly did things like attend a birthday party for my cousin's daughter and drove up to to Tedeschi Vineyards in Ulupalakue Ranch. I brought back some pineapple wine and a few boxes of candy, but not much else. Across the street we went and had Elk burgers and hung out for lunch. After that, we went to Paia and had the best shaved ice that I have ever had! We also had shaved iced in Lahina, but it was not the best.

Before I left, I stole my friend Crissy's antenna topper from her truck. It's a surfboard shape and I took it with me to Maui. I gave it a Hawaiian shirt and some shades and put it in some scenic back drops along the trip:

I'm back home now. It's cold and rainy and I couldn't bring myself to surf yesterday because it was so cold and windy :( The waves looked fun, but I wanted to keep my memory of surfing Maui just a little bit longer.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Old Habits, New Outlook

So far, 2009 has presented a lot of different scenarios for me. I come to realize that some of the people in my life really don't belong in it. My kindness has been taken advantage of for too long, and my patience is really starting to wear thin.

"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others"

Perhaps I am the one at fault believing that I could help someone make a positive change. But in truth, people have to want to help themselves first.

Anyway, on the more positive note, my surfing is just getting better and better! This season has been super slow, but it seems to have picked up this month. This past week alone I've been out 6 days in a row, and plan a go out today. My hang fives have been so consistent that I can no longer count how many times I can run up to the nose and plant my right foot at tip. This past week I've been planting both feet at the edge, giving me a ten! This occurred 5 different times! It's so exciting so have something new to try for during a session.

All day yesterday I felt sick and had the worst headache. I got home, ate and took and took an IBU. Felt way better and surfed until about 6pm - all my friends were out it was just a blast! The weather has been in the 70's here. It was way after dark when I paddled in which was awesome because usually as soon as the sun sets it's just too cold to stay out.

This week I will be in the Stockton/Modesto area, so no waves for a few days.