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Ahh Life

I dont want to do that thing where I apologize for not blogging in a while, because Ive been busy.  Life got in the way of blogging again.  😉

Well what’s happened?  I’ve been slowly climbing out of this funk I’ve been in since I moved back to Michigan.  I had to tell myself that this is where I am, and I need to make the best of it while I am here.  Ideally, I would like to be back in Southern California to live out my days.  But when and how I can get back there is still up in the air.  The Little Miss and I just got back from a trip out to San Diego for a week.  My friends were just as anxious to get us back out there, and they were scheming up a storm to figure out how we can do it quickly.  All in all it was a wonderfully relaxing trip with gorgeous weather, good friends, and a good time had by all.  I would like to go back this summer, but it might not be financially feasible, considering Im saving up all my pennies to move back.  But we shall see.

In other news, D found out that his ship is going on a super secret deployment for an extended period of time.  Its not really all that secret, but you know…. OPSEC.  They are already talking about communication being pretty poor, so that’s lovely.  I hope its better than they are predicting, but its the Navy so I dont have my hopes too high.  I would like to be able to send pictures and updates to him about our daughter at the very least, since they wont be able to see each other until, oh, sometime next year.  GAH.

And Spring is deciding to show up here in Michigan a little early, which I am seriously not complaining about.  It was a mild winter by all standards, and I still hated it.  I was miserable.  And cold.  I hate to be cold.  The sun is shining a lot more, so I get a dose of vitamin D when I go for a jog in the afternoons. I can feel my mood is definitely perking up.

I’ve also started drinking green smoothies every day.  Its only been about a week and a half, but I can definitely feel the difference.  I am getting more fruits and veggies into my daily diet and of course that means vitamins.  Im not craving crap foods like I was before.  Im not feeling as hungry throughout the day either.  Also, I am not craving breads, pastas and heavy carbs like I used to.  But most importantly, my blood sugar seems to be more stable during the day, and Im not crashing in between meals.  Which is a huge plus!

So what am I putting into my smoothie?

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup (wild) blueberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • juice from half of an orange (freshly squeezed)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Optional – Handful of almonds (grind up in a coffee grinder first, or you get a grainy texture in your smoothie).  Sometimes I just eat the almonds on the side.

Blend in a high powered blender for about 1 minute.  It may not look all that great, but its tasty.  I promise, you cant even taste the spinach!  I am going to buy some kale this weekend and try that out.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

Take care everyone!


March 15, 2012 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Cali…. I miss you….

I loved Cali, more specifically San Diego right away.  However, it took me a little while to get used to things.  Its so different than where I am from.  In fact, Detroit and San Diego are probably about as different as you can get.  For the first few months I was in SD, I was very lonely.  I hadn’t met very many people was still getting used things there.  I was homesick.  I missed my friends and family.  That never really changed much the entire time I was there either.  But once I made a few friends and got into a groove, man did I love it there even more.

Maybe its something in the air…. the ocean breezes perhaps?  The sunshine?  The weather?  Yep, all of the above.  Add in a few other things like a year round farmers market and the produce available.  Lordy, the produce was the best I have EVER had!  So fresh.  Lets not forget the ability to quite easily get real honest to goodness grass fed beef and chicken.

Now that I am back in Michigan, I am so glad I can see my family and friends here so easily.  Im happy to have wine nights with my girlfriends and the ability to see my grandma when I would like to.  But I feel like something is missing.

I dont feel “home” here anymore.

Its as simple as that.  The places are familiar, but it doesn’t have the same feeling as it did when I lived here before.  My heart longs for San Diego.

I could have stayed there, but chose not to because I thought it would be easier to be home.  Yes, its great to be near some family and friends… but the things that I thought would be easier aren’t.  They would have been the same here or there.

I probably sound like a whiner here.  Not like its a huge problem or anything.  There is always the possibility of going back.  I would have to get D on board with going back to San Diego when he gets back from Japan in 2 years.  When we made these plans to move, we discussed me moving home to MI, then him requesting orders in Virginia (he gets his choice of coasts for his next orders, which basically is VA or San Diego for him).  Maybe I can get him to go back to San Diego.

OR. Maybe by then Ill feel home again here.  Who really knows I guess.   But I can say that I am seriously looking forward to my trip back to Cali next Feb / March. I cannot wait!

November 9, 2011 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou