Today I am 50

On this day, 50 years ago, a 5’3″ woman was trying to push a 9-1/2 lb baby through the birth canal only to end up having a c-section.  Sorry if that was TMI, but that is how I came into this world.    Fifty years later, I’m still toting around some of that baby fat.  As I woke up this morning, I was wondering if I was going to feel any different; just the usual aches and pains, like any other morning but I was breathing and alive so off to work I go.

I had a lovely greeting this morning on my office door; an old Magnum PI picture of Tom Selleck.  It was a great way to start off the day.  This years celebration is much more low key than it was 10 years ago for my 40th.   And I’m okay with that.   A year ago at this time, I started this blog.  I can’t believe a year has gone by so fast.  I was planning for my trip and making up birthday and Christmas lists with items I would need for my trip.  Little did I know that less than 2 months later, I would be diagnosed with cancer.  Now that has come and gone, I’m here, alive and kicking and able to talk about it.  Just a little bump in the road.

As I begin the second half of this journey, one thing  I have to look forward to is a  colonoscopy  in the coming year 😦 but also the chance to look into trying some new adventures and opportunities.  I don’t know what the future has in store, but that’s what makes it exciting.

Happy Birthday to Me! 

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A Beautiful Day

Today I decided to go to Cabrillo National Monument.  I dropped Charlie off at the groomer and headed to Point Loma.  The weather has been perfect the past few days so I knew it would be pretty on the coast.

When I got to the top of the hill, you have to go through Fort Rosecrans.  Even though it’s a cemetery, it’s very peaceful and a beautiful view.

I began by going up to the lighthouse.

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When you go inside, it’s so small.  It’s hard to believe a family of 5 lived in there.

I walked around and went over to the overlook area.  Here you can see where the lookouts were during  World War II.  The views today were incredible.

I then drove down to the tide pool area.  When I first arrived, it was low tide but as I stayed there longer, the tide was coming in.  Even though there was quite a few people down there, it was still very peaceful.

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As I mentioned before, I don’t feel it necessary to go to a building to talk with God.  It was out there sitting on the rocks and watching the waves and the birds that I had my own conversation with him.  It felt so nice just “being”.  It was a beautiful day and I’m starting to really appreciate those days more and more and how lucky I am.

Take time….

One of the things I want to do over this next year (and really from now on), is take time.  Time to enjoy the small things; appreciate what is around me.  First thing I did was take time and enjoy this sunset the other night.  I was  in the house finishing my dishes and I noticed a beautiful orange glow on the wall in one of my bedrooms.  I went out in the back yard and saw that it was the sunset.  Fires are devastating but the remnants make for beautiful sunsets.

For those that know me, my absolute favorite time of year is Fall.  Here in San Diego, we don’t get a true Fall but the light changes in the sky,  the temperature begins dropping,  the flannel sheets will be on the bed soon and Sunday morning snuggles with Charlie are right around the corner.  He is my own little four-legged hot water bottle.

This year I plan on taking my mountain drive.  It’s the closest I get to seeing leaves change.  I haven’t been able to go for the past few years due to work, but this year I’m taking time.  Years ago, my sister and I used to spend a week with my Grandpa in Fallbrook.  He lived in a trailer park but not what you think.  It was beautiful with creeks and oak trees running through it.  One day out of the week he would take us on this drive and it’s something I have remembered ever since.   I’m planning on the weekend before Halloween.  I start by going through Valley Center and stopping at Bates Nut Farm.  They have a pumpkin patch that rotates each year from one side of the farm to the other.

The next stop is heading towards Palomar Mountain and stopping at the Observatory.  Before it used to be all open space on this drive, but as you leave Bates, you’ll be driving along a country road and then all of sudden this huge concrete structure comes up and it’s the parking garage for Harrah’s Rincon Casino.

To get to the mountain you have to drive on these hairpin turns.  Depending on your car, you usually get passed up by guys on motorcycles.  When we went with  Grandpa, he would take those turns at a pretty high-speed.  He had quite a lead foot.

The observatory is pretty cool and has a great history.  As you drive up the mountain and get closer, all of a sudden you start to see flashes of this big, white, bulbous structure peaking up over the trees.  Reading about the history of how they got that telescope up that mountain is very interesting.

After leaving the observatory, I head back down the “back side” of the mountain and get to Lake Henshaw.

When the water level is high, it’s a beautiful lake.  Driving past the lake, you  come to Santa Ysabel. There is a place called Dudley’s Bakery and Restaurant.   When we went there with Grandpa, we would stop and get warm cherry pie, french fries and a glass of milk.  That would be lunch.  Dudley’s sells the best bread and there would be lines of people buying up tons of bread.  They’ve been around as long as I have.

The drive is very peaceful and beautiful.  It’s a great way to enjoy what we have here in our own “backyard” and take time to enjoy the season.

p.s. If you stop by and read my blog, leave me comment.  I’d love to know who’s reading.  Thanks.

1 Year, 4 months, 3 weeks and 5 days

This is my journey to the half century mark.  I’m not a celebrity, I’m not rich (at least not with money),  and I’m not thin.  I am a woman who has the love of her family and her beloved dog, Charlie.    I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for the past 22 years; a job I fell into by accident.  I’ve never been married nor have I had children.  I have two beautiful nieces that I pretend are mine and seeing what my married and couple friends go through sometimes, I’m glad I’m single.  🙂

I have a friend that I truly admire who recently made a huge change in her life recently.  She quit a job she hated and decided to travel for 6 months.  Right now she’s travelling around Europe and blogging about her experience.  I am living vicariously through her experiences.  Now granted, she’s 16 years younger than me but I’m still jealous.  She is the one that gave me the idea to start blogging.

After reading about her first few days over there, I came to a decision that I am definitely going to take my trip to Alaska next year.  I’ve been talking and dreaming about it for a long time and after reading her blog, I’ve actually picked out a date and a specific cruisetour to go on.  I’ve even put it into my calendar.

I plan on blogging about my experiences over the next year, 4 months, 3 weeks and 5 days.  I’m going to try new things, meet new people, relax and try to find my passion.