The Pre-China Bucket List.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A month from today, we'll be in China.
It's unreal.

So, besides the boring packing/selling/storage of our stuff that has to happen in the next two weeks (oh, and you know, getting our visas and important things like that), we have lots on our bucket list and no days to spare.

The Abbreviated List:
kayaking in the Back Bay (again)
Disneyland (although there's always one in Hong Kong if we don't make the original)
homemade salted caramel ice cream
beach camping at San Onofre
brunch at Plum's
dinner at Bouchon (or at least some extra-large macarons from their Bakery)
sushi at Nanasan and/or Sugarfish
the drive-in movie theater
the truffle burger at Umami Burger
Pizza Port
bonfire at CDM
walking food tour of Laguna Beach
sunset happy hour at K'ya's rooftop lounge
Drybar/Manhattan Beach
Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl

And a couple things we've checked off:
times moves too quickly, but we plan on maxing out our California time while we can.

This is my summer.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I should be working on my mini lesson plan right now, but I'm not, mostly because I'm depressed at the amount of schoolwork I have before our impending move.
School has taken over my life.
I shouldn't complain because I signed up for a one-year program, but...
Am I allowed to say that group work is the bane of my existence?
That working from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 7 a.m. to midnight is a horrible summer schedule.
That projects over the weekend kill my soul?
I'm feeling so out of balance.
I started off the summer waking up at 6:30a to go on a run with Winston, make a healthy breakfast, and sip coffee on the patio before class. And now? I wake up at 5a to drink a gallon of coffee while feverishly working on assignments and simultaneously trying to get my brain to function. If I'm lucky, I have time for some cereal before I run out the door.
Oh, and our apartment has to be packed up and empty in two weeks. TWO. 
And what do I have packed? A box (small) of books.

Rant complete.

It doesn't sound like it right now, but I really do have a lot to be thankful for.
I'll have good things to say later.
For now, I'm off to go teach fake students how to express themselves.

Three years.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Three years of marriage has gone by so fast! Since we'll be spending most of our next year in China, I'm especially glad that we got to spend extra time in the area. We had the best time celebrating our anniversary at the Highland Springs Resort (Cherry Valley, CA). Even though throughout this weekend I was waking up early and staying up late working a presentation for grad school, the whole weekend was so relaxing. I felt like we had stumbled upon a rustic oasis in the middle of nowhere. Our little cottage room was simple (no TV, no blowdryer), but it was so refreshing and felt like we were finally disconnected from the city. The lavender festival was going on at the same time, so we sipped lavender margs (I could drink those all day long), lavender lattes, and lavender lemonade while listening to live classical music, ate lavender-marinated brisket on the tree-surrounded picnic tables, and I even rewarded my hard school work with a scoop of lavender-honey ice cream. We woke up early to stroll through the lavender fields, brunched on pastries and coffee in the bar overlooking the fields, lounged poolside, and had filet mignon and cake ordered from Martha Green's (some of the best cake you'll ever have). I still can't believe that Highland Springs is only 30 minutes away from my hometown, and I had never known about it. This place will definitely be added to our list of local favorites. 

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