Monday, January 20, 2014

Life Lately - 19

With a new semester starting back up this week, the man and I closed out my last few days of holiday break with as much spontaneous adventuring as possible. The San Diego "winter" sun was beckoning us to come out and play, so we climbed down the secret ledge along Sunset Cliffs to our own private patch of beach and laid out half-naked on a blanket, soaking up the 80 degree weather and listening to the waves roll (sorry not sorry to everyone else in the country).

The next day, we explored the nearby park and wandered through the oak trees, looking for any interesting treasures nature kept hidden on the outskirts of the main path. I found these pieces of wasp nest and we stumbled upon an interesting pile of mushrooms growing from the base of a dead stump (see below).

Speaking of spontaneous adventures, I totally cheated on the Whole30 the other night, and I'm not even sorry about it. This was my second time embarking on a 30 day paleo diet, but after two weeks, I just wasn't feeling it anymore. The spicy, milky sweetness of a chai tea latte at Cafe Bassam was calling my name. No regrets!

In An Instant: 1// Witching around in the woods. 2// Wishes and dreams 3// My man after climbing down the cliff. 4// Baby eggplants! The absolute cutest produce. 5// Mushrooms! 6// Bought some lovely lace doilies at the Rose Bowl Flea last Sunday.

What I'm Reading: The Silence of the Lambs - I just started reading this and I'm hooked! Surprisingly, I've never seen the movie, so no spoilers please. It's brilliantly written, suspenseful and creepy, and Clarice Starling is such a strong, bad-ass female character. I almost forgot what it felt like to be so sucked into a good book, I prune up from reading so long in the bath!

Links I'm Loving:
• Nick Santonastasso Pulls a Zombie Prank on Norman Reedus - Fearnet (Greatest thing ever. This kid is awesome.)
• Why "Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner" Isn't Working - Jarrid Wilson ("Love the sinner, not the sin" So good!)
• Coaching for Creations | Own It - And Kathleen
• Four Things Never To Do When Asked, "What's Your Rate?" - The Middle Finger Project

Share Your Story: (Inspired by Maiedae's Weekly Question!)
What's the coolest place you've ever adventured? Talk to me in the comments!

5 comments:

  1. Bassam's chai latte is a good enough reason for a cheat. Best chai latte I have EVER had.

    Best place I have ever adventured? Japan. Nothing like running out of yen and a massive language barrier to make things interesting.

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    1. Seriously! I have yet to find a chai latte that beats theirs. Are you a San Diegan as well? If so, you should definitely try the chai freeze at Pirates Cove Tiki Port in Ocean Beach. Those are my absolute favorite blended chai drinks. It tastes like a cookie!

      I'd love to go to Japan one day! The language barrier intimidates me a bit though, haha. But I guess that's part of the adventure! My Chinese grandmother is always wanting me to go to Taiwan with her but I'd feel lost having no clue what anyone is saying.

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    2. Yeah, lived there most of my life but then had to leave it cause of job stuff. A small stint on the East Coast and now in the Bay Area. SD is always home though and I have a feeling we will eventually end up back there. I miss that damn chai at Bassam.

      If you ever get a chance, the blended chai latte from Joes On The Nose (coffee truck - you can usually catch it at the North Park and HIllcrest farmers markets) is amazing!

      And yes, the language barrier can be scary but it is totally part of the allure. Going to restaurants and pointing at photos and hoping for the best!

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  2. If you ever decide to visit the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, do it! But make sure that you first read Silence of the Lambs and watch the movies (both Silence of the Lambs & Hannibal) because Hannibal was filmed there on location. Same with other movies..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biltmore_Estate#In_film

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  3. We took a trip to Georgia over the summer with our then 9 month old son, Arlo. We want him to grow up and be well traveled, so we though, why not start now? So we picked a state we'd never been to before and went! We went down to Senoia, where The Walking Dead is filmed, and we loved it! It was so pretty there. The people were so nice and welcoming and we even looked at a few houses there (buuuut a bit out of our price range..) We went to as many State Parks as we could and hiked up to some water falls, too. We were completely immersed in nature for a week straight up in the mountains and I loved every minute of it. I really miss it and can't wait to go back. It rained a lot while we were there but it was warm rain and just gorgeous.

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