Happy Saturday! Welcome to our weekly ‘Three Things” post where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy.
Three things is just how I start and organize this, though – I throw in bonuses and often links to some fun recipes, diy projects, and garden ideas that I find inspirational or helpful. So, yeah – you’ll want to read to the end! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
We were able to take a fun trip to California! We found a good deal on air flights, used reward points for a rental car and planned to spend some time with family and friends. It was fun to get away and I was able to work ahead, so I only needed to do a bit of work while we were there, so it really was a nice break from our usual routine. So this Three Things is all about California!
The bonus? It was 99 degrees when we left the Eugene airport and 100+ for the next 3 days, but we were in 'sunny' California with 80 degrees and ocean breezes. That was pretty nice. (Oh, and do you like my sunglasses? I forgot mine, so these are from the .99 store - score!)
We stopped first in Santa Monica where we stayed with my sweet cousin. Well, we actually stayed there the first night and the last two nights, but you get what I mean. She lives in this cool 1920s or 30s 4-plex with casement windows (that she leaves open to catch the breezes without screens and there are no bugs - seriously, not even a fly, though there was a mosquito on the last night- I was amazed, since we deal with flies daily), high ceilings and original doors and knobs. Oh yeah, and palm trees and bougainvillea.
The beach at Santa Monica is gigantic and flat - totally not like our Oregon beaches - and there are farm tractors every morning that rake it clean and keep it flat. It's big business there. Most people know about the pier with its amusement rides, but we bypassed that (are you surprised?) for walking the beach, cliff trail and brunching at a fun restaurant.
Then we drove south and were blessed to be able to catch up with our friends, Mary & Dave of Front Porch Ideas and More while they were visiting their family in southern Cal. They've often shared pictures on their Facebook page of relaxing on their son's deck and I can't believe we got to enjoy it with them - the views of the ocean, the port of Long Beach, and Catalina island are incredible! Such sweet times - we talked a little shop, took in some of the sights, and ate at a couple of fun restaurants (of course in SoCal you get rice and tortillas with your eggs for breakfast!).
We even strolled along the canals of the Naples - not the one you're thinking of, it's an area of Long Beach that was made as a series of canals to mimic those found in Italy (though we were debating if there are canals in Naples like there are in Venice - anyone know?). The canals are lined with beautiful houses, boats, and you can take actual gondola rides in honor of it's namesake. My iPhone didn't do too well in the dusk, but I thought you could get the idea.
It was such a great trip all around. But really, any time I get to travel with this guy is a good time. There's something about taking off together - just the two of us - that I'm enjoying more and more. Sorta makes up for that almost empty-nest syndrome, right? Brian makes me laugh, takes care of things, gets along with everyone and goes along with (most) of my ideas. Plus, he's pretty cute. What a catch. 🙂
Never thought you'd see a picture of fast food on AOC, did you? Me neither! We'd been hearing about In-and-Out burgers and fries for awhile from a couple of nephews who worked there in Arizona. They were impressed with the quality of the food and the fact that nothing is frozen and the potatoes are peeled and cut daily. I was also impressed with their prices - my regular burger (they still do use nasty processed cheese, so no cheeseburger) was only $2.15! And it really was good, though I still wouldn't eat there a lot if we had one close by. Others don't agree with, though- the drive through line was snaked around the store on a Monday night and my cousin said its always like that. Any of you guys eaten there?
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Speaking of curb appeal, these exterior makeovers are amazing.
I'm not a big sandwich fan, but this salami sandwich with olive tapenade and goat cheese could change my mind. And served with this salad would make a perfect summer meal, don't you think?
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