Jess: [In an old-timey newscaster voice, wearing the starfish lingerie] You are hot, hot, hot.
Paul: Thank you.
Jess: Hello, weather service? Oh! There’s a heat wave from Portsmouth to Port, Kansas!
Paul: I don’t know, I don’t… what is happening.
Jess: We’re talking dirty, Slim. –New Girl
Our Carmel vacation was amazing, but as most vacations go, it was far too short. I feel like we could have used at least one more day.
On our way home, we got stuck in traffic. There was an accident of some sort, and what was supposed to be a 3 hour drive took us 5 very frustrating hours.
Driving home we watched the temperature go from a wonderful 65 degrees to cringe-worthy 104. YUCK! I want to go back to the beach!
Match has been working so hard lately. He’s actually been working 18 hour days back to back, and sleeping in the sleep room. It sucks having him gone all weekend, but then we get 4 days together. He’s on a mission to earn a lot of overtime $$ so we can get some house projects done, and we can save for another vacation. I’m glad he’s motivated, but I think I’d prefer if he worked a little bit less.
Last week I won a Juppy in a contest Rebecca was having at Everyday Life Blog! If you haven’t heard of a Juppy, it’s this really nifty little walker helper for toddlers. I just know one day we’ll get to use it for our future little one.
I went to the salon on Friday and took off a few inches to my hair, and added some short layers. It was a pretty subtle change, but I’m so happy with it.
I still need to see how it looks when I actually style it. I got my hair cut when it was 103 degrees outside. I was sweating in that salon chair!! It was pretty embarrassing to get up and have sweat marks on the chair. But come on, turn the ac up ladies!
This week we’re planning on joining a local gym. I’m excited to start up my workout classes again. They also have free AC and a pool. I may camp out there til this heat wave is gone. 😉
What have you been up to? Are you as sick of this heat as I am?
Robin: When PJ had a job, he was sexy. He was guardian of the bathroom key. A hot guy telling you when you can and can’t pee? That’s the dream.
Ted: [incredulous] That’s the dream? The dream?!?!?! Like what Martin Luther King was talking about?? –How I Met Your Mother
That I quit my volunteer gig at the crisis nursery. I feel bad about it but it just wasn’t a good fit for me. I was physically dreading going, to the point where my body felt sick and sluggish. The minute I emailed the coordinator telling her it wasn’t going to work out, I felt a weight lift off my chest. Shouldn’t volunteering feel rewarding? A big part of my reason for quitting was the staff and how they made me feel.
Another part was just the nature of the job. It was a lot of stress and responsibilities to deal with and now just isn’t a good time. I think if I were like the other volunteers and had already raised children of my own, or had a lot of experience dealing with kids, then it would be another story. I did really love playing with the kids for the most part, and I’m still on the lookout for something in the future that involves working with kids. Maybe just not kids in crisis, but more of a nursery or after school program instead. Somewhere they would train me properly. I’d also like something in the town we are moving to when we buy a house. This volunteer job would have been a huge trek and cost us a lot in gas and bridge toll when we move.
That our lives are also going to be consumed with buying a home. I know that once we close, I’m going to spend all of my spare time fixing up the house and making it our own. I cannot wait to become homeowners!
That we put an offer in on a home on Sunday and we’re still waiting to hear back. I’m trying not to lose hope but it’s not looking good guys. I don’t even want to post pictures of it because it’ll bum me out. It’s sooo pretty.
That I’m so so excited for our annual trip to Carmel. We are leaving just as soon as Match gets home from work today. I’m driving us so he can sleep and try to get on a normal day schedule. It will be so nice to walk the beaches with Match and Monkey. To get up in the morning and get coffee and donuts for the fam. To drink gin and tonics and watch the waves crash on the sand.
That the only thing I’m dreading is having to sleep in the living room. This year Match’s sister, Travel Girl and her boyfriend will be joining us. It’s the first time we’re meeting him, and it’s the first time I’ve vacationed anywhere with her. Since she hasn’t been to Carmel in so long, and they are staying longer than we are, Match’s parents are giving them the guest room. This leaves us, the married couple, to the living room.
That Match and I both think this is bullshit. BUT the in-laws are paying for the vacation rental, and a lot of the food for the weekend, and I really shouldn’t complain. I’m so grateful because otherwise we’d have to take out a check city payday advance loans. We are guests of theirs and we will have fun no matter where we have to sleep. They just might have to deal with us locking ourselves in the bathroom for a little vacation nookie. Hey, that’s what happens when you don’t give the newlywed couple who haven’t had a lot of time together lately the bedroom! 😉
It wouldn’t be the first time Match and I have done it in the bathroom of a parent’s house. We are so bad! Where’s the craziest place you’ve done it? Come on spill! Confession is good for the soul!
Frasier: I would like to nominate as the stupidest creature on earth: the one who awakens each day to drive through gridlocked traffic, to sit in a window less office breathing recirculated air, then returns home and collapses into a stupor, only to do the same damn thing all over again every day until he dies.
Norm: Looking forward to that vacation, hey Frase?
Frasier: You bet. We’re going to Maui. –Cheers
Here’s the long overdue recap of my second year going to Carmel with Match and his parents.
We had such a great time. We walked every day, and most importantly Match and I spent quality time together. We kicked back, we read, we explored, we vacationed.
Doesn’t this rock look like a heart?
We ended almost every night with chocolate, a little drink, and dominoes. We’re such 60 year olds!
One of the days we decided to explore Monterey a little bit. We hit up an outdoor mall to look for a dress for me for the reception dinner Future MIL is hosting for us to meet the out of town guests the night before the wedding.
Here’s the dress I found-isn’t it adorable? And with a gift card I’ve had forever and a huge sale the store was having, I bought my brand new dress for a whopping $13.45! Such a steal.
After my amazing shopping find we were famished. We stumbled across a sushi restaurant that advertised $5.99 lunches. We were skeptical but thought we’d give it a try.
Not only was the Teriyaki chicken lunch $5.99 but all of the sushi rolls were half price. It was some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, and that’s saying a lot. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture. I can’t wait to go back!
We also explored Cannery Row and did the little touristy thing.
Here I got proof of my talents on an old school kissing machine.
Match practicing for his sheriff job. You can’t see it but he’s totally making the same face as the statue.
I think my favorite night was our last night there. We built a bonfire and sipped Irish Coffees.
Match’s parents and their pup on one side, me, Match and Monkey on the other. It was so relaxing listening to the waves and watching the fire. It was the perfect end to a wonderful vacation. Just think-next year Match and I will be there as husband and wife. 🙂 I can already picture us going there with our kids someday. Nothing like a little beach weather as a natural baby eczema treatment. But not just yet. I think we have a few years left of it just being the four of us, or hopefully five when Match’s sister moves back to the states!
Mia: The fancy beach house works with a lot of women, doesn’t it?
Charlie: Honestly, it’s like a G-spot with two mortgages. –Two and a Half Men
Carmel was incredible. We had sun almost every day, which is unheard of for that area. We played on the beach, we took long walks at night, we lounged around doing nothing. We put together an insanely hard puzzle. We shagged on the floor of the guest room because the twin beds were way too squeaky. In short, it was a great vacation.
When we first got there, I was preparing myself for a sort of beach shack, because most vacation rentals aren’t typically all that luxurious. Match already warned me that we’d have to sleep in twin beds, but we’d push them together (ha!). When we got there I was floored by how nice it was. It’s an older house, but it’s beautiful, see?
Here’s the view from the living room. See, the ocean is right there. How cool is that?
We were also literally two minutes from the beach. We had a trail across the street that lead to a lookout of the ocean and you could see Pebble Beach, that famous golf course. All of the houses along the beachfront were amazing too. I loved that the houses weren’t cookie cutter, they all looked unique. Match and I took Monkey for long walks, and we’d point out the houses we liked the most. We both have similar taste and would point at the same houses.
Even though we were relaxing, we ended up doing a ton of walking. I even managed to lose a little bit of weight on our trip! Which was a relief since we were drinking gin and tonics every day, and eating tons of really great food. Did I mention that Match’s dad is a very good cook? His parents are also big time wine drinkers, so they kept refilling my glass when we’d have dinner. One of those things where you have no idea how much you drank because they just kept refilling the glass! 😉
The only bad part of the trip happened when Match’s mom announced that I had to go shopping with her. I think she thought that because I’m a girl, I would automatically love shopping as much as well, a normal girl. I’m missing that girlie gene, as I’ve mentioned before. Don’t get me wrong, I love new things. I love home decor, kitchenware, things like that. I even love new clothes. But I absolutely, positively, HATE clothes shopping. Now this is my boyfriend’s mom, my potential mother in law. So I couldn’t say no. Instead I said, “Sure! Sounds like fun!” Match knew better, and I love him so much for this, he bailed me out about mid day. As Match’s mom was dragging me into yet another boutique, he called her cell and made up some excuse about taking me shopping with him. Wasn’t that sweet?
Still, it was nice to get that bonding time in with Match’s mom, and I can’t tell you how thankful I was for their generosity in sharing their vacation with me. It was also such a great feeling, knowing I was a part of their family tradition, a tradition they’ve been doing for the past 20 years.
Match and I spent a lot of time together, just walking around, or playing on the beach with Monkey and Match’s parents’ puppy, who we nicknamed Poodiddle (he’s a poodle that piddles on everything!). He was quite a pain, but so cute you couldn’t stay mad at him for long.
It was so nice falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, something I grew up with and have missed ever since I moved out. Both Match and I want to move to Carmel or Monterey someday. He even started looking for jobs there! We’ll see, it might just be something we aspire to later on in life. For now, I’m just looking forward to us getting to go back next summer. Here are a few more pictures from the trip that I wanted to share with you guys.
The 1000 piece puzzle we spent all vacation working on. Turns out Poodiddle ate one of the pieces. GRRR!
This puzzle took us forever! Look at all that water, whew. I didn’t even know I liked puzzles till I started working on this.
The dogs had a great time on the beach. Match and I really bonded with Monkey, he was such a good boy. We both appreciated how well behaved he is after spending all weekend with a puppy!!