Listening to: Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull – On the Floor (needs more Pitbull. I think the song drags on about 50 seconds too long for radio play but I love the lyrics I’m like Inception I play with your brain HAHA) (my coworker Julie just told me that she heard this on the radio. So I’ve been proven wrong!)
Reading: John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley (my two favorite things about reading this book is 1) it’s a more respectable author than the typical books I read and 2) I really like the texture of the paper)
I intended to wake up really early and go surfing in Santa Cruz. Early as in, I set my alarm for 5am and would have liked to have started surfing at 7am. But I ended up sleeping at 1am since I was busy researching what to do in Santa Cruz and when 5am rolled around, I promptly turned off my alarm and slept in until 8am. I decided to surf another day but still head down to Santa Cruz and hike around Wilder Ranch.
Wilder Ranch is awesome. There is a really great bluffs trail that is almost entirely alongside ocean views for 12ish miles. I am guessing the entire trail is 12 miles because I walked from 12:17 to 4:40 and I’m going by a ~3 miles/hr assumption. At first there were quite a few people but soon I became the only person in sight (why does that always happen). The weather was great – well for me. Overcast but not windy. At some points there was coastal fog and it started to make my clothes damp but it went away after a little bit. On the way back, the fog rolled in again and towards the end I was thinking, ok this is no longer fog … this is a light rain. But it’s like Seattle rain – not bothersome and just a little misty!
The bluffs trail was really peaceful and exactly what I needed for the day. All I need is some Andrew Bird tunes and all my newest music finds and I’m good. At some points the trail runs alongside a long railroad track but for the most part it just winds between sheer ocean cliffs and crops, with distant hills and the PCH in the background. There are pelicans and little coastal birds, some sort of frog ribbeting under the cover of leaves and some rabbits hopping around. I even saw people surfing! Which made me wish I had brought my surfboard. Next time…
My legs were dying towards the end and I had to pee so bad. Thank goodness the park bathrooms were unlocked. I drove to a Mexican restaurant I had yelped, Taqueria La Cabana. I chose it because it was convenient to my route and they had CA burritos (aka burrito with french fries). I am on the search to replace the delicious Calsadilla from the now closed Taqueria El Tacontento but I don’t think it will ever happen. The burrito was huge and I ate the entire thing without even feeling guilty. Plus horchata. mmm Santa Cruz is a lot smaller than I expected. There weren’t many choices on yelp. I always assume universities are the site of some food mecca, but not the case here.
CA-17 is the freeway to get down to Santa Cruz and it is a fun drive. Windy with tall evergreens on the side. Made me think of my drive up through the truly Northern CA, near Lake Shasta. Sighhhhhhh
I got back around 6, showered, and then thought I might fall asleep right then and there. I watched some Vampire Diaries and tried to stay awake a little longer so I wouldn’t be such a grandma, but I ended up sleeping at 10pm on a Saturday night. EXHAUSTED.
Had a fantastic night of sleep. I woke up early morning to the sound of heavy rain outside my window, which was soothing. I got up around 7:30 and left for rock climbing. I did get one V1 that had stumped me a few times which was an accomplishment. Lately I will either finish a climb on the first try or just never finish. I’m becoming lazy at rock climbing 😦
Bought some dumplings from 99 ranch, then went back home to sit around. I have had this framing groupon for months. You might remember reading about it. I finally called to get a price estimate. I was thinking that I would be able to frame two or three things and wanted to see what my options were. It turns out, a single framing is minimum $145 upwards to $300. WHAT THE FUCKING HELL. So I spent $22 on a poster that will cost like $145 to frame?! How does that make any sense. Why is the frame more expensive than the thing it’s showcasing? How ridiculous. Well, I guess this entire poster alone will cost me $71.55+ (groupon + poster)
I really want to just find a nice cafe to sit and read. But yelp is not giving me very good options. If I were in Seattle… I would be at. Well let’s see. It’s a Sunday. I would probably go to Ugly Mug Cafe in University District since parking is free on the weekends and University District was where I had the most difficulty finding parking. I do not know where to go here.
I was petting the dog and thought “aw what a cute little wet nose.” Then I thought, why is it wet? If a child had a wet nose, I would not think “what a cute little wet nose.” I also wouldn’t be petting a child.
I went to Laura’s for Chinese New Year dinner! Deliciousness. My contribution was Trader Joe’s guac and chips, and a bag of pretzel M&Ms. You know, traditional Chinese foods. Now it’s time for another work week to begin. I always have this feeling of dread, but last week was actually pretty cool. Hoping this week will be too!
Unless something interesting happens before next weekend, you probably won’t see an update for a while.