I’m not really sure what to call what I’m doing right now. I had a week of vacation, culminating in the surprise party, and now I’m working. But during the vacation I was at “home” – or at least the place that was home for the majority of my life – and now as I’m working I still get to go places and see people that I don’t have in Chile. So it’s sort of all a vacation/staycation mush, time is FLYING by at an alarming rate, I still haven’t actually unpacked properly (oh wait, the floor isn’t where clothes go?), and I think I need to make a list in order to make sure I do everything I want to before I go home all too soon.
That said, it has been great to be home, back in a culture where I know how to do things without thinking and never wonder what the right word is to express myself. Home, with friends from high school, college and just life, at the places we always went and fun new places we’re just discovering as we move out of our parents’ houses and start establishing our own routines. Home, where it’s summer and California casual and flip flops are always appropriate and I know the brands of clothing and can appreciate the fashions. I do agree that to a certain extent, once you move out of your house and especially once you move out of your country, no one place is ever home again. Home is where the heart is, and as we grow and disperse, your heart seems to find itself all over the place! That said, home in terms of where I grew up still feels very much like home, and I’m trying to soak it up before returning to Santiago – a place I do truly enjoy but sometimes find difficult. Being here has made both Rodolfo and me think again about how we want to move to San Francisco in the not-too-distant future, and while I’m not going to start planning or stressing, I will keep that in mind as we make life and work decisions in the future. WE LOVE SF.
Alright, I kind of went off on a little philosophical tangent there. Really I was just going to let everyone know what I’ve been up to over the past few days! I had visions of blogging by the pool in the evenings, but somehow just being by the pool or going out and seeing people has been winning out over more time on the computer
- Trip to Sausalito and Stinson Beach. Gorgeous day, gorgeous views of The City (San Francisco, always has been and always will be The City for me), great friends.
- Lunch in Napa at my aunt and uncles’ house/winery. Fun family time plus another nice day, even though it was HOT.
- Lunch in Half Moon Bay. Not foggy! The first week I was here really was very hot and sunny, it made for a nice change from winter. We went over to HMB with Dad and Jane for lunch at the Miramar and a stroll down the beach, where lots of happy people were playing with their dogs. Now we just need some nice weather in Chile so we can take Lola to the beach!
- Birthday madness: the party on Saturday, brunch on Sunday. Obsecene fullness.
- Yoga at my favorite yoga studio. It was Rodolfo’s first time and probably not the best choice since the class was really full, but we both felt stiff and really enjoyed it. I felt soooo good afterward.
- My first foray into true tech nerd-ery for Needish: SummerMash SF. Hosted by Mashable, a strange mix of professional meet-and-greet and loud music bar scene. Highlight of the night was definitely the plastic cups that turned blue when cold.
- Los Altos farmer’s market. Totally overpriced produce and other products (mostly organic), but I love the feel of it, and dinner prices aren’t actually too bad.
- Dinner with Margot and her family in SF. LOVE reconnecting with people I grew up with (I think Margot and I were at each others’ houses at least once a week throughout elementary and middle school).
- Amanda came up to visit this past weekend! Friends since my first day as a sorority girl, roommates for 2 years, we’ll take any chance we get to hang out.
- Bars and tourist-ing up in SF – yes, SF 3 times in one week. Bars with my high school loves, then tourist time with Amanda and Rodolfo. Think it’s good it was foggy, otherwise I may just have decided not to go back to Chile.
So you can see we’ve been keeping busy. More social stuff on the agenda already this week, and I’m pretty sure there will be at least one more SF trip in there before heading to LA for eating, shopping and chatting with my godmother this weekend! Life is rough