All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey…
OK, so the leaves aren’t so much “brown” as they are long gone, but the sky is most definitely grey, so I hope you’ll all indulge my California dreamin’ (on such a winter’s day), because OMG YOU GUYS, WE’RE GOING TO CALIFORNIA!
We booked the tickets last week, and I could not be more excited – and not just because there’s a Sephora just a couple of miles away from where we’ll be staying, either. (Also a Zara. And a J Crew. So, when I say I’m going to California, I basically mean I’m going shopping…)
We last visited California back in 2011, which is less recent than it feels to me (Pause for a quick freak-out and some maudlin reflections on the passing of time, and WHERE DOES IT GO? Has someone pressed the fast-forward button on my life or something? Do kids these days even know what a ‘fast forward button” IS, for that matter?), and even although we stayed for three weeks, there are still plenty of things we didn’t get round to seeing (I’m sure there are at least 5 more Sephoras, just as an example…), so we’re really excited to be heading back there later this year.
We didn’t have a vacation last year because we’d just moved into the house, and while I realise that’s the most first-world of all first-world problems, and not something to complain about (I totally did, anyway, though…), I really missed not having something to look forward. We did manage to take a few day trips here and there, and had a long weekend in London/Kent, but I’m the kind of person who likes to have a longer trip to plan, so for the last few days, this one is pretty much all Terry and I have talked about. There’s a Google map. There’s an actual map. There’s a Pinterest board. There’s been a lot of talking, and planning, and re-playing of old videos (one of which is at the top of this page) so we can squeal excitedly (well, I can, anyway. Terry’s not much of a squealer, really…) and go, “Remember that?!” There’s been a lot of excitement, basically.
Oh, and there’s also been the purchase of two new swimsuits. We’re not going for months yet, but, you know, it’s good to be prepared, no?