Yesterday, I came back from a very quick trip to Seattle. I woke up at 3 AM to arrive at SEATAC and went straight from the airport to work when I arrived in San Diego. I am notoriously incapable of sleeping on planes...so, you could say I wasn't the happiest of campers. While I'm in a much better mood and very happy to be home with Nick and Walt and my friends, I am still residually exhausted. I can't stop yawning...and coffee is not doing the trick. Help! What are your go-to tricks to perk up?
Aside from my lethargy (and promise to myself to just have chill nights this week), here's what else I'm feeling:
1. JV's Mexican Food
Nick introduced me to this hole-in-the-wall spot in Linda Vista (near University of San Diego) when we began dating. It's become a point of contention - as he claims JV's is the best spot compared to my hole-in-the-wall spot in Point Loma I love. But, after my divine burrito (the Bandido!) last Friday night, I may be on his side now. Warning: be prepared to be uncomfortably full after any meal there. Other great options? The Sonoran Quesadilla & the Cali Burrito.
2. Ballard, Seattle
This weekend, my family rented a house in Ballard, a neighborhood in Seattle. The house was adorable (my room had a skylight and everything), the neighborhood was so green (both in lushness - and so many community gardens) and everything was just adorable. It reminded me of the Belmont neighborhood in Nashville and made me pretty nostalgic.
3. Fremont Troll
I've been eager to see this piece of public art for years and years. Honestly, I was originally introduced to the sculpture through the movie 10 Things I Hate About You (I've probably seen it upwards of 60 times!). However, the history of the sculpture kept me hooked - the lore of trolls, the community's collective desire to upgrade a public space and the city's support of public art. It was way bigger than I imagined - and I had no idea the car under the troll's hand was real!
I finished Americanah during my weekend travels. This novel by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie (think the spoken segment on Beyonce's "Flawless"...yep, same person...who actually has a lot to say on Beyonce's own feminism, but that's another story) details the lives of two young lovers who split up as the female protagonist heads to America. The book touches on race, identity, romance and family and was so beautifully, vividly and powerfully written it was hard to put down. Honestly, this was one of the best books I have read to date, and I know I'm going to read it again.
5. One More Thing
After finishing up Americanah, I picked up another library find: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by actor/comedian BJ Novak. I'm about halfway through, but it's another book that's hard to put down. The book is a collection of vignettes - droll, insightful and all connected. Compared to most celeb memoirs, Novak's writing is sharp and the stories will make you laugh out loud and also tug at your heartstrings. I can't wait to go home from work and finish this book up.
6. New Kittens
My friends Leah and Noah just adopted a new kitten, Harley. I visited the little Russian Blue kitten (just 5 weeks old!) last week, and I was obsessed. So tiny, playful, cuddly and curious. How can you not love kittens?! Baby animals warm my heart.
7. Baseball Season
On my final day in Seattle, I visited Safeco field to see the Mariners play the Toronto Blue Jays. While the Mariners lost (and the majority of the fans were actually Canadian), the game was so fun. We had fantastic seats and I enjoyed my token hot dog. This was my first game of the season (a little too late for my taste), so I was thrilled to be back in the atmosphere - there's nothing that compares for me. I know baseball bores most people...but wow, it's my favorite and always be. I blame my friends' family partially raising me with Red Sox games always on.
I wore a new Madewell dress to my sister's graduation. I snagged it a few months back, miraculously on sale for cheaper than it is now! It fits like a glove and is a perfect blend of just fancy enough and casual enough. Madewell clothes make me feel prettier than ever, honestly. And their jeans? I've never worn any that fit as well. Bonus: Madewell has a student discount (no shame in my game!).
9. Molly Moon
After my sister's graduation, we headed to Molly Moon's, a local (and very sustainable!) ice cream chain. The whole space smelled like freshly made waffle cones - and I was hooked before even trying! Molly Moon offered so many unique flavors - Honey Lavender, Strawberry Shortcake, Earl Grey, Maple Walnut, you name it. I opted for Stumptown Coffee (when in the PNW...). The ice cream was smooth and the coffee grounds that spotted the ice cream were the perfectly caffeinated touch.
I've honestly been feeling pretty down in the dumps lately - the 'no running' news, some fighting between Nick and I, financial woes and a lack of outlet for my anxiety while on crutches. San Diego's May Grey and June Gloom was not helping the mood at all (I swear seasonal depression is real). Luckily, my trip to Seattle yielded nothing but sunny afternoons. It totally transformed my mood to be soaking up some rays and getting fresh air. It's amazing how much the weather can subconsciously impact my mood.
What are you feeling this week?