Holiday season in San Diego definitely revved up this past weekend and it was filled with: tree decorating, holiday parades, wildfires, flea markets, tacos, 70 degree weather…the usual here.

On a real note, the fires that have been spreading throughout California are super scary and my heart hurts for those affected. I remember leaving school early in highschool, the air filled with smoke and ash, wearing a mask on my face, and hearing from my classmates how they were either evacuating their homes or the fire had already gotten to their house. So scary at the time because I knew so many people who were personally impacted by them. We need rain so so badly right now, not these santa ana’s. Very grateful to live near the water and out of the hot zone for fires.

Anyways, this weekend was very chill. Friday there was a photo shoot at our house for a lawnmower/gardening company. Always pretty fun watching how much work and how many people go into making a commercial for a 15 second ad. I went to the gym and stayed in that night. Saturday my mom and I went to the San Diego Makers Arcade which is a huge market on the Broadway Pier downtown, filled with local makers and food vendors right alongside the water. We shopped around while live Christmas music being sung and cocktails were in hand. I bought a really pretty macrame/plant wall hanging I’ll be putting up in my bathroom and showing you guys soon! Such a fun market, one of the best I’ve been to in SD I think. I was planning on going out that night but ended up falling asleep before 11pm haha. Being a grandma is so nice sometimes. Sunday was the Parade of Lights, which  is when everyone dresses their boats in lights (as you would a house) and they cruise along harbor while onlookers are posted up on land with blankets and their families. We rode bikes down and poured some drinks and did the whole shebang. This is one of the best traditions we have in my family for sure.

This week I’m planning out details for Tahiti, eating very clean (bcuz #bikinis), gym errday, throwing a little holiday party next sunday, and finalizing xmas gifts for the fam. Still on that vegan game if any of you are wondering. With the occasional hiccup here and there, but still!

Somehow fall is almost here, my brother has already left from his visit and I’ve officially been out of college for well over a year. How in the hell…

Time really does start to speed up as each year passes. I wish we were born with an innate sense that being kids is the best and most freeing time of our lives and to truly to take advantage of that fact. The great thing is that as kids, we already are living in the moment and doing so many fun things that it’s the reason why it feels like such a brief moment in our little timeline. With that being said, I think it’s definitely better to be that busy and enjoying life so much that time goes by quickly rather than the opposite where you dread each day and time feels standstill haha.

Anyways…we celebrated my mom’s birthday, Nick and Tori (his gf) buying a freakin house in NY, Labor day weekend in general, the hot hottttt weather we’ve been having and just enjoying being together with family and friends. Finally got out to surf on the hottest day ever and didn’t wear a wetsuit or anything the water and air were both so comfortable. We’ve definitely got it good over here…

Birthday girl in her element <3

Bike rides to Coronado…

San Diego and it’s shades of blue…

Man does it feel good to wake up to zero noise and no immediate obligations pulling at me this morning. I woke up at 8, turned on some Sinatra, made a pot of coffee and started a load of laundry. These are the best kind of mornings to reset and get reorganized. I am, however, going to miss having my sister and her hubby around to go to all of these cool places and be weirdos with. They left to go back to D.C. yesterday morning and my parents left for Kauai. Luckily this weekend visit from them triggered something inside me and I’m finally beginning to plan for some more trips in my future, no more putting it off. D.C, Charleston (!!), N.Y., Mexico, Kauai, Oregon are allllll at the top of my list right now. Something in the back of my head has been nagging at me to return to Charleston especially. I’m afraid I’ll go back and not want to return to San Diego. Definitely left a piece of my heart there.

Either way I’m excited to do some more exploring. Australia and New Zealand just weren’t enough I guess? I miss learning and connecting with people from all over. Also, nothing beats the east coast during the fall/changing of seasons. Legitimately getting giddy just sitting here typing that.

This past weekend involved lots of Health-Ade kombucha, walking, eating, working (got a new job!) and honestly just enjoying having family around. This upcoming week/weekend is going to be busy I can feel it, in a good way!

Ahh Fitzroy. I loved this little suburb. Grungy, hip, up-and-coming, trendy, dirty, cool, vibe-y.

Those are the best words I can think of to describe this neighborhood. And because I liked it a whole lot, I obviously took an unnecessary amount of pictures. So, this is going to be a mini glimpse into some street art/scenes/photos of the general area I was staying. I’ll get into more details later on…

DAY 5:

We woke up to a drizzly morning, grabbed breakfast at The Farm cafe in Pott’s Point, met a girl from the states who recently moved here with her husband (OH, AND SHE WAS CARRYING A CAVIAR AND BANANAS BAG WITH HER, like from Charleston, South Carolina, aka the place I ate lunch at every day during college…small world or what?), and listened to her go on and on about how it was the best decision of her life (it’s becoming harder and harder to convince myself of reasons not to move here at some point in my life). Afterwards, seeing that I forgot my cellphone and wallet back at the apartment, we walked home then headed out to catch a ferry to Manly Beach!

 Manly beach is where the locals/surfers chill, people come to escape bustling beaches, and hidden jungle bungalows line the waters’ edge. Aka: my heaven. I would gladly live there in a blink of an eye. Only about 25-30 minutes from Sydney Harbor. The shopping was good, not too expensive, the ferry ride alone was gorgeous, the streets are extremely walkable, and talk about laneways on laneways on laneways. And if you’re there, goooo to the Boathouse for lunch. So pretty and really really great food. The walk alone just to get there is gorgeous enough to convince anyone to go.