Friday, I am so happy to see you. The Hubs and I are getting out of town this weekend, and I’m actually looking forward to stepping away from my screen for a bit. This month is shaping up to be very full, so it’s nice to be able to take a moment to pause before fully jumping in. Check out what I’m grateful for this week.
1. This week I am so grateful for the cast of characters that make living in my neighborhood interesting on a daily basis. Some of the notable personalities are:
- Couple who dresses alike and wears matching necklaces made out of old CDs.
- Man who wears head to toe safari gear and walks down the side of the cars parked on the street instead of on the sidewalk.
- The old man who wears short shorts and a long tee so it looks like he’s not wearing any pants while he walks.
- The guy who jogs while his two rambunctious yorkies chase each other off leash behind him.
- Shirtless, tattooed dad who pushes his baby daughter in a hot pink stroller complete with a boom box playing music in the bottom.
- Very old man who runs up and down the hill every single day, as slow as humanly possible, with his head and wrist sweatbands on.
- Guy who walks a pack of white toy poodles.
I love where I live. I think the fact that I grew up in a pretty nondescript suburb gives me the capacity to appreciate the quirkiness of what I have now. In addition to the palm trees, 300+ days of sunshine each year, and sweeping ocean views, you can add wacky neighbors to the list of things I never take for granted.
2. I’m grateful that The Hubs is as heartbroken about our friends moving as I am. I know I probably shouldn’t be grateful for someone else’s heartbreak, but misery loves company, and it makes me feel like I’m not completely insane. My shrink made me realize I’m actually legitimately grieving this transition, and I think I’m currently somewhere between depression and acceptance in terms of the stages of grief. It helps to have someone to talk to that knows exactly how I feel. I’m not sure where I’d be without him.
3. Jacaranda season (ie. purple flowering tree season) is one of the most beautiful times of year here. Our entire neighborhood is in full bloom right now, and it’s truly breathtaking.
4. Rain! Everyone knows California is currently in the grip of a terrible drought, but it’s been heavily raining since last night and I am super grateful. I’m hoping the rain will symbolically wash away some of the stuff that’s been bogging me down lately, and I can return from NorCal to a clean start.
Cheers to a peaceful weekend for all. Wishing you all easy days, and restful nights.