Winter Blues

It’s not even technically winter here in Nashville, but it sure feels like it. I lost my toughness for cold weather. Savannah and San Diego spoiled me big time. Needless to say, I am struggling. I broke out my bean boots, puffy jacket, gloves and winter hat today just to drive 10 minutes to work and walk into my job. I do not care if I looked ridiculous, I was cold! I am still cold and it is going to be a long, very long winter for me. So in the words of Jimmy Buffett, “I gotta go where its warm!”

Now a list of warm songs by the master parrothead himself.

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Holiday
“The weather channel girl
with her perfect weather curl
is talking cold, cold, cold
You can’t get out of bed
you can’t remember what you’ve said
you’re feeling old, old, old”

My Lovely Lady
“Well, we’re sailing in those warm December breezes
Sendin’ picture post cards back to Tennessee.”

Migration
“Yeah, I got a Caribbean soul I can barely control
and some Texas (or Tennessee) hidden here in my heart.”

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Atitudes
“And so many nights I just dream of the ocean.
God, I wish I was sailin’ again.”

Banana Republics
“Down to the Banana Republics
Down to the tropical sun
Go the expatriated American
Hopin’ to find some fun”

“I know I should be leaving this climate.
I got a verse but can’t rhyme it.
I gotta go where it’s warm.”

My knees are seriously shivering.

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Oh, Mexico

My last week in San Diego started today. Nothing too exciting happened, except for the protests around San Diego about Syria. I also woke up to two homeless people fighting around 4am. Fun night. I finished chapter one for my educational law class. Let me tell you, real exciting stuff there.

After spending some time in he dog park, and no dogs running because there is a heat wave, I ventured down to the outlet mall. It happens to be 2 miles, if even that, from the border of Mexico. Adventure. I picked up a couple things from J.Crew.

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Charley sweater

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Lace front sweater

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Blazer

I also got a few more things that I could not find on the website. The outlet mall was really interesting. Lot’s of Mexicans. There was also a huge fence behind it, and border patrol roaming around. I also took pictures. No, I did not cross into the boarder because one, I did not have my passport and Dad somehow thought I was in Mexico at a mall. Oh, Dad.

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That is as close as I will get to Mexico.

From 30,000 Feet

I am sitting on the plane headed back to San Diego at the moment. Wifi on the long trip is amazing. The trip home was a great one. I could finally stay in the house, and on the houseboat! Mom is doing great, as well as Dad. I just missed my dog terribly. Abbie is at doggie camp, and from the email updates I have been getting she is having a blast. \

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My arthritis is stil in remission, so that deserves a woohoo! My hearing not so much. The test I had in November was a fluke, and I am back to not so perfect hearing anymore. So no diving at the moment. This leads me to another thing….

I am no longer going to Fiji. Due to circumstances out of my control, mostly mother nature, I will be staying in the wonderful city of Nashville. I won’t get into all the issues on here, but I have come to terms with this and am happy. Everything happens for some kind of reason. Along the same lines, I applied for my first big girl job Monday. We will see what happens. I have one month left here in San Diego, so I intend to get the very best out of it. Maybe I will finally learn, or attempt to learn to surf. Might as well. My brother is hopefully going to be visiting me next weekend, then one of my best friends for Labor Day weekend, and finally my wonderful little is going to make the drive back with me to Nashville in September! We are planning on going to the Grand Canyon, so excited.

The lady sitting next to me is snoring, and it is only an hour into the flight.

Until next time.

Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post

 

Blue and Makos! Oh My!

A litte over one week ago, I did something that most people have told me I am crazy for doing…. I dove with sharks. More like snorkeling, but still, I was in a feeding frenzy as Jimmy Buffett would say. It just took a sweet time for these little guys to get hungry.

The Monday started out like any other Monday, took Abbie out and had breakfast, and then headed to Dana Landing to meet Captain Danny and his little yellow boat. It is 8 in the morning, I was ready for some shark action. After being introduced to everyone and we headed down to the boat for our safety briefing about the boat and also the sharks. More to come on that.

We headed out about 10 miles or so to the spot where we would start chumming the waters for the sharks. Before we even arrived at the spot, we passed a school of dolphins feeding, it was amazing! We also got our group picture!

Fins up!

Fins up!

We arrived, chummed, and waited, and waited, and waited. Lots of waiting for these sharks. Lots. We had one show up and Kyle and another person got in the water, but it decided it did not want to stay, so the shark went away.

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Chum

So we waited some more, ate some soup, some people got sea sick, and some slept. I did not, I kept waiting, and chatted with Nick and Kyle, the owners and founders of SD Expeditions. I have mentioned them in another post before, so again check these two out. They really have something going on out here! It was about 4pm and still nothing! We decided that at 5pm we would call it a day and head back to dry land. All of a sudden the birds flew away! Nick jumped in the water and informed us that there were three blue sharks!!

Photo credit: Kyle

Photo credit: Kyle

I cannot even begin to describe this whole thing! I never ever felt scared or out of place. Nick and Kyle did a great job talking about what to do once in the water, and if you listened everything was fine. The three blues decided they had enough and left. We were then greeted by three mako sharks! More excitement!

Photo credit: Kyle

Photo credit: Kyle

Yes, that is a mako right under my fins. They are a little more jumpy than the blues and get scared easily. We had one that stayed around for a while just eating away and checking us out. It could have been more of the “natural” chum coming from the boat after more people get sick…

Kyle and a mako

Kyle and a mako

As you can see the photo above is one I took. I just really like it, it shows Kyle in his element!

It was a great day, one that I will never ever forget. I finally got to swim with sharks, and I have such a huge respect for them, even more now. What the heck, I just love sharks!

Thanks Danny, Nick and Kyle for a remarkable day! Y’all are the absolute best.

Celebrating America’s Birthday

As we all know, American had her birthday a few days ago. It is one of my favorite holidays, so naturally I needed plans. Thankfully something fell into place, and it involved going diving. Big surprise right? I completed another speciality for PADI, Peak Performance Buoyancy. It’s just a little important…

The instructor was great. There were only two of us in the class, which makes it go by faster. After the three dives we got some Mexican food. Irony. We had our last dive and I went off to go jet skiing, more like tubing with a friend. Grilled some burgers and hot dogs, and then set off to Ocean Beach to watch the fireworks. We paddled out on surfboards to the do not cross red buoy and waited for the fireworks to go off. That’s right, I watched the fireworks sitting on a surfboard in the Pacific Ocean. WHAT?!

While I do not have many pictures from the day because I spent it mostly under or in the ocean… I have two. Hopefully I will see the ones that the guys took from diving. Who knows! I should really start to being my GoPro more…

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Fiesta Island. There is a horse. Random.

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USA selfie.

It was a great day. One of the best and it is right up there with spending the best day in Canada three years ago.

I also managed to lose my flip flops after the fireworks during the marsh mellow fight on the beach. Talk about insane!

Side note, tomorrow is the day for sharks! Blue and hopefully mako sharks!

I AM SO EXCITED.

Nine Year Old Kids and Ghosts

Yesterday I spent the night on the Star of India with around 80 nine year old kids.

Talk about a good form of birth control.

There is not much to talk about except I got stuck in a cabin with 5 kids in a room where someone apparently died.

I am sure plenty of people died in that ship.

Anyway, the ghost pushed me out of my bed. Or maybe a kid did to be funny. It wasn’t.

I also had to take those 5 kids and keep an eye on them while we did “watch” duty from 3 am to 4 am.

Maybe this is why I am cranky.

I think the ghost also put something in my food because I keep getting sick.

Besides that adventure, San Diego has not been so sunny.

June gloom.

Of course it is sunny today while I am in bed.

In other news,  I went diving again with the same company. They are great. If any of my readers are ever in San Diego or close by, check them out! SD Expeditions has snorkel tours, guided diving and scuba classes. Just two guys who love to dive and share the love with others. Pardon the hippie phrase. It is true though. I have used the same guy twice and each time he has explained everything in great detail before getting into the water. Next step is wreck diving and I am going to be going with this amazing company!

However, I am still waiting to see a shark!