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In February I wrote a post entitled “If We Sat Down For Tea” in which I told you about current happenings as if we were sitting together at this very moment. The post was well received and I’m at a place right now where I really could use a hot cup of tea with some close friends, so I thought this would be a perfect time to bring it around again.
I would be so happy if we could sit down for tea. I have a huge variety of teas I could offer you, both loose leaf and bagged, although since my trip to Istanbul I’ve been drinking “Turkish Apple” tea to an obsessive degree, so that is the kind I would choose. We would talk and laugh and complain about this and that, that and this, and let the hot tea warm us from the inside out. Gosh, that sounds nice right about now – doesn’t it?
If we sat down for tea, I would talk to you about homesickness. It was hard to be away from my husband when I was in California, but now that I’m back it’s hard to be without my friends. You just can’t win, can you?
I would tell you that springtime might just be my favorite season in Germany. In California, April looks very similar to other months – but here it’s positively stunning. I’ve never seen fields and hills so green – the tulips, the cherry blossoms, the baby green leaves on the trees…sigh! I’m so in love. It could rain a little less, though. Just a little less.
I would gush to you about the wonder that is Yoga and complain about how sad I am I hadn’t discovered it before this year. My body is NOT built for it, not in the slightest, which is probably why I hadn’t previously attempted it before, but my flexibility has drastically improved and I’m happier, more energetic, more…everything!
I would tell you (since you’re in Germany having tea with me) to make your way down to a farm stand selling fresh Spargel (German White Asparagus) and buy a whole kilo. It is absolutely amazing, and these stands are seriously on every street corner. Ah, another thing to love about spring time!
I would complain about Jet-Lag and all of its evils.
I would dream with you about traveling the world. It is torture living so close to so many places and not being able to visit every.single.one of them! We would dream about far away places, too, like Thailand and Argentina. Someday, someday.
I would tell you about the second job I just got, working in a traditional German bakery in the mornings, and how excited I am to have a job where I will need to speak to and serve customers in German.
I would be so glad to listen to your stories of triumphs and failures, small happy moments and grand adventures – and just escape the world as two friends do when they sit and talk with a cup of tea.
Thank you for listening to my rantings. Want another cup?
Photography – Matt Haines
Hair and Makeup - JaNice Estrada
Flowers – Petals Floral Design by Ruth Gulden
Long Dress – Casablanca (Custom) via Kaye’s Bridal
Short Dress – Courtesy of Camarillo Bridal
Shoes – Irregular Choice
With summer approaching, I know many of you are bursting with excitement about the various trips and vacations you have planned. Some of these trips, I assume, may include a very long flight or series of flights (layovers, anyone?) to get you to to and from your destination. I’ve been on a lot of planes, and it didn’t take long for me to wonder why I came to look like such a hot mess after just a few hours. I did the research and made a plan to help myself look and feel fresh, clean, and put together throughout my trans-atlantic flights…and, well, theory proven! I thought I’d take the time to share my newfound wisdom with you. Follow these steps and you’ll walk out of the airport feeling top notch.
Step One: Stay Hydrated
Step Two: Clothing
Step Three: Hair
Step Four: Pack a Survival Kit
The dry, recycled air on a plane is your skin’s worst nightmare. Put together a small pouch with the above items and you’ll be grateful for it later. The above picture is a peek at mine.
Step Five: Get Your Beauty Sleep
I hope someone finds these at least a bit helpful. If you have any other tips you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments!
- I spent my last day in California sitting on the beach, eating In-n-out burger and watching sea lions, dolphins, and a mama and baby whale. No, not kidding!
- It was really hard to say goodbye to my family and friends, but the excitement of seeing my husband helped keep the tears at bay.
- Sleeping pills are the world’s greatest invention when used in correspondence with long Trans-Atlantic flights.
- my husband picked me up for the airport in a suit, carrying a single red rose.
- when I got home, I figured out what he did with the rest of the bouquet. I am the luckiest woman on the planet.
I’ve been rock climbing many times before. However, those times included a nice air conditioned gym and climbing walls with easy-to-grip clay handholds. This was completely different: my friends and I went to go rock climbing on real, large, very scary and very vertical rocks! It took a bit of time to get used to, but it was actually tons of fun (and completely worth the few scrapes I subsequently acquired.) I don’t know if you can tell by the pictures, but we were up pretty dang high. At first, my brain was in oh-my-gosh-you’re-gonna-die mode which resulted in a bit of muscle trembling and shortness of breath – but of course I had nothing to worry about. My friend Matt (you know him on this here blog as a fantastic photographer friend of mine whose pictures are top notch) is also an experienced rock climber and made sure I was completely secure when he was on belay.
We were at Stoney Point (not to be confused with Rocky Peak which is one freeway exit over) for about five hours, enjoying the warm sunny weather and each other’s company! I’ve discovered a new love in outdoor rock climbing. Being out in nature + great workout + mental challenge + adrenaline rush + major feeling of accomplishment when you reach the top = my idea of a good time.
Have you been rock climbing before? Inside or out? What was your experience like?
My apologies for the photo overload – this is only a small fraction of the images I took when hiking with friends in Ventura County, California on Saturday afternoon. We’d reached the top of the hill (mountain? Hill.) about an hour before sunset and simply enjoyed the scenery there for quite a while – my camera was pretty much attached to my face the entire time, and it was so cool to see the light change the colors of everything around me. I watched as things went from green to gold and then eventually faded to gray as the sun ducked behind the gorgeous hills at the horizon. It completely took my breath away.
The funny thing to me is that I’d lived in Southern California for years and years and never appreciated it’s beauty to this degree. Sure, I acknowledged I lived in a cool place…but did I ever thank God for surrounding me with such amazing things? No! I’m sad to say it took my leaving and living somewhere else to bring me to fully appreciate the gorgeousness my old home had to offer. It’s sad for me to think that there are others like me, blessed beyond measure and yet not even aware of it.
Look around you and count your blessings. There is beauty everywhere and it is amazing.