In Search of Autumn

In Search of Autumn

Julian, CA in the fall

I woke up this morning to crisp, clear skies and the whoosh of hot-air balloons ascending over my house. Not a bad way to wake up. But stepping outside into the cool air, all I could think of was AUTUMN. Here it was November, and we finally were having a day that felt like fall…and that made me immediately think: Julian.

And so we hopped in the car and went in search of autumn…clear blue skies, crisp air, and the firey colors of reds and golds that can usually only be found in the mountains of Southern California. As we neared Julian, dark clouds threatened and we crossed our fingers that we wouldn’t be rained on. But as we parked on the hill behind the Julian Lodge, the sun came out and so did our smiles. Fresh, warm apple pie, here we come!

Brrrr! We had driven right by autumn and straight into winter. Stepping out of the car (the thermomenter said 43 degrees!), we were shocked by the cold and fierce wind that we had not in any way prepared for. Fortunately, my husband had a sweatshirt and windbreaker in the trunk of his car, and we bundled up and proceeded to freeze our proverbial butts off. Hands pulled up inside sleeves and buffeted by the wind, we marched down the hill and into the warm embrace of Romano’s Italian Restaurant…our strategy to eat lunch first, then stroll the shops, and finally find some apple pie. And that’s just what we did…apple pie with ice cream on top!

What a fun and relaxing (if a bit chilly) day!

Pajama Jeans? Sign Me Up!

Pajama Jeans? Sign Me Up!

I don’t watch television very often, and when I do it’s usually something I have recorded on the DVR, and when I finally have the opportunity to sit down and watch, I click through all the commercial breaks. My son is appalled that I have no idea what he’s talking about sometimes when he quotes commercials, but so be it. I’m clueless…and I don’t really mind.

Well, what a surprise it was when a commercial came on for PajamaJeans. Where have I been? I sat staring at the screen with my mouth hanging open. I think I may have found heaven. Jeans comfortable enough that you can sleep in them, but still look great enough to go out in? That’s too good to be true.

First, in order to understand how excited this news made me, you need to understand where I’m coming from. I work from home. I spend long hours sitting in front of my computer, curled up on the couch reading, or sitting at my desk editing. I don’t have to get dressed up for the office, but if I stay at my desk in pajamas all day I just don’t feel productive. And heaven forbid someone stops by or I need to run out to get something. Then I have to race to my closet and try to look presentable. Let’s face it, jeans are comfortable, and that’s primarily what I wear…but after a few hours of sitting, the waistband and snap start to dig into my skin (yes, I admit I have put on a few extra pounds over the years—no more size 2 for me) and I begin getting antsy. I’ve solved this problem by wearing yoga pants while I work…with a pair of jeans conveniently set out on my bed should the doorbell ring or I need to make a quick trip to the post office or UPS. So when I heard about these pants I was nearly drooling for a pair.

But being a skeptic, I couldn’t completely trust the commercial. I went to my trusty computer and Googled PajamaJeans. After watching the nifty infomercial (the same one shown on TV), I search for PajamaJean reviews. There were some written reviews and even a few YouTube video reviews. Imagine that! Nearly everyone seemed to love them. Sure, there were some negatives…like the dye running in the washer and ruining a load of clothes, or a rivet came off, or the husband who couldn’t stand seeing his wife in them. But there were far more lovers than haters, so…I ordered a pair. Yup…I succumbed to an infomercial. Now I’m eagerly waiting for the UPS man. And when they arrive, I’ll tell you what I think.

Friends Are Like Panties

Friends Are Like Panties
Hanging Panties

photo credit: Chiot’s Run via photopin cc

A friend posted this on Facebook today and I thought it was hilarious—and so very true. Hope you enjoy!

Friends are like panties…. Some crawl up your butt. Some snap under pressure. Some don’t have the strength to hold you up. Some get a little twisted. Some are your favorites. Some are holey. Some are cheap. Some are naughty. And some actually cover your butt when you need them to. 

 

Starting the Day Off Right

Starting the Day Off Right

Every morning when I sit down at my desk, I blindly draw an “affirmation” card from a box I keep next to my computer…all to set the tone for the day. This morning I pulled the following:

It does not matter what other people say or do. What matters is how I choose to react and what I choose to believe about myself. —from “I Can Do It” cards by Louise L. Hay

Wow! Two simple sentences that say so much. We cannot control others, but we can control how we react to outside stimuli. This is something we all know but often forget in the confusion, and sometimes frustration, of a day. I try to remember this when someone cuts in front of me in line, or when things don’t go the way I want them to, and try to make a conscious decision to find something I can do right then to put myself in a better frame of mind. After all, I control my day and my feelings, not someone else. And today is going to be a great day.

Jumping In With Both Feet

Jumping In With Both Feet

I’ve been thinking about blogging for a long time now, but my fear of technology has stood in my way. I’ve tested the waters, so to speak, by reading everything I could get my hands on about blogging…but that didn’t seem to get me any closer to establishing a blog. In fact, it kept me on the sideline even longer because I realized just how much I don’t know about widgets, plug-ins, analytics, design, social media marketing, affiliate programs, etc.

But today, with the push of assignments for a Word Press class I’m taking at Palomar College, I decided to jump right in…no more testing the water by dipping in a toe. I need to start splashing in puddles, drenching myself in the blogosphere. And so, this first post…

Splashing in Sunshine will celebrate the beauty, humor, and passion of the every day…the things that make me happy and inspire me…eye candy for the creative soul…tiny chuckles…inspired living…objects and events that elicit smiles and warm feelings. It’s a forum for sharing the positive things in our lives and for giving us a joyful perspective when we need it. Please join me in this celebration of all that makes us happy…and human.