I am home. Or at least where I feel like Hubby & I should be if we ever could afford to move out of Michigan.

Hubby & I, along with our good friend J are here in San Diego, Cali. We arrived around 11:00 Tuesday night and spent the following day at the beach. Well, at least some of the day.

We started the day out driving up to La Jolla where we had a late breakfast. The minute I stepped out of the rental car, I suddenly felt giddy. I turned to J and said, “I can already smell the ocean.” The complete happiness around being close to the ocean must have been really evident, because this led to quite a discussion around my apparent need to constantly be around a body of water.

“It’s the Cancerian in me,” I explained to J. “I just have this longing to be around water.” Which is so true; the desire to constantly be close to a river, a lake or an ocean. “That, and the fact that I’m such an Island Girl at heart,” making reference to the fact that I’m 100% Filipino.

“Which is rather funny,” said J, “seeing that you were born here in the US and have never lived in the Philippines.” I could hear my Hubby chucking. After all, he was actually born in the Philippine Islands and moved to the US when he was 5 years old.

“Yes,” I said to J. “I know. It is rather odd.” I explained to J that somehow being around water makes me feel so content. And happy. And less anxious or highly stress. Like I do when I’m back in my regular environment. “It’s like I let go of my Type-A personality when I’m in places like this.”

“I had no idea you were Type-A,” J deadpanned. And we all knew that was furthest from the truth.

But there’s really something about being around the water that calms my anxiety. As we all sat on our towels later that afternoon on Pacific Beach, I felt peaceful. After playing in the waves, Hubby & I plopped down next to J, who was reading a book. We laid down on our towels, pulled out our books and proceeded to do the same thing.

As I lay in the sun-soaked beach, I took in all the action around me. The chatter of the families around us … the toddler next to us who was shoveling sand to make a castle … the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore and then retreating back into the ocean.

Wow, I thought to myself. Reading a good book and being at the beach?!  Next to Hubby, these are the other two loves of my life.

That’s when I turned to Hubby and said to him softly, “I’m home.

* Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the appropriate cables to download any of the pics I’ve taken thus far … so check back next week when I get back to MI to see some amazing beach photos I’ve taken. Ack! How un-Type A was that?!

0 Replies to “Sun-soaked*”

  1. Oh, it sounds so wonderful! I hope you have a great time, then win the lottery so you can move there.

  2. Have a great time! I love San Diego – that’s where Tony and I got engaged – on Coronado Beach! I hope someday you can move out there!

  3. If you love water, then you’d think you’d feel right at home in Michigan, the “Great Lakes, Great Times” state. 😉

    So glad you’re having a nice vacation. Southern Cal is one of my favorite places. Really. I used to live in Carlsbad, and then later, up in Redondo Beach near LA. If you get up north, check them out!

  4. Sounds heavenly!

    I’m at my calmest near a body of water, too. Although, I tend to prefer lakes & wooded settings to the beach. But really, any water is better than no water at all!

  5. Like you (Hello, Cancers!) I love being by bodies of water. Sadly, mine is a river and not an ocean. But someday…SOMEDAY.

  6. Ah, yes. That explains why my Cancerian husband is obsessed with the beach, with swimming, lakes, etc. I didn’t know that Cancers had a thing for water. Hmm. I really do need to get to the beach some time this summer…

    And I hear that you get to meet with Kara! You’re so lucky! I hope you guys have a BLAST!

  7. I LOVE being in/at/near the water too…I’m so glad you’re having such a nice time! I really liked San Diego when I went a few years back with my family…the Coronado Beach was gorgeous. Looking forward to pics when you return!

  8. I am a bit of a water baby myself. I love swimming and most water sports. I live near a river in the mountains, but it is not the same as being at the beach. There is nothing like being at the beach!

  9. I’m glad you’re having a good trip – can’t wait to see some photos! Us cancers do love the water, I firmly believe that. There is just something so calming about it. I say that it puts me in my Zen mode. I hope you return back feeling very peaceful and well
    rested 🙂

  10. YAY – See you tomorrow Emily!

    Wish everyone was able to meet us in La Jolla, I promise to take lots of pictures and I know we will have a blast.

  11. move there! i know it’s $$, but think of the healthcare costs you could save?
    and i know you’d love to meet your new friend, ‘theotherapronstrings’ who’d be happy to make a housewarming visit.and visit the beach if need be.

  12. So… lake Michigan doesn’t do it for you? Not that I know where you live in relation to it! I’m glad you’re having a good time and left the stress at home! It sounds like y’all should give serious consideration to a move. I know, easier said than done!
    Have fun!

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