hazy coronado beach

This week has brought us a taste of the "May Gray" and "June Gloom" weather that the seasoned (ha!) San Diegans have told us about. And I have to say, I love it. Lately, we've been waking up to cool and overcast mornings that warm up to bright and sunny afternoons.

Amazingly, we hadn't managed to make a trip to the beach in the first month that we've been here, so we decided that yesterday's cool temperatures and gray skies might be the perfect opportunity to explore one of the country's best beaches with fewer crowds.

To get to Coronado beach, we had to pass over the Coronado bridge, which is an adventure in itself. (Read: terrifying.) But it was worth it for what we found on the other side...

One of my favorite parts was looking at all the beautiful houses...little beach cottages, mansions with expansive yards, and beautifully maintained Victorians.

There were also tons of little stores with so much to explore. It was pretty tempting to buy all of the soda at the candy store (pumpkin pie! butterscotch root beer! cherry limeade!), but rain seemed imminent, and we wanted to make it back to the mainland before the skies opened.

I half-expected to see a dragon coming over the top of that Gringotts-like bank. And in the distance in that last picture is the famous Hotel del Coronado, filming site of Some Like it Hot and the preferred lodgings of many celebrities on their beach vacations.

It was all sublime. We didn't really want to say goodbye, but knowing it's only a hop, skip, and terrifying ride over a bridge away, we know we'll be back soon.


san diego through instagram

I'm still getting back into the habit of this whole blogging thing, which means my real camera usually doesn't make it around my neck before we leave the house.

But oh! We are seeing so many wonderful and amazing things here in San Diego! I've even failed to capture some of the best moments with my iPhone...like the bins of citrus fruit at the farmers market every Saturday, or the twinkly lights around our neighborhood, or the seal that we saw on one of our first walks down to the water. Then there are those moments that just can't be captured on camera. Like how our apartment currently smells like the most amazing roasting garlic, because that's just how our neighborhood smells.

This weekend was a little quieter for us than last. I am officially job hunting while I finish up my dissertation (that phrasing makes it sound so much easier than it actually is). We spent much of this weekend shopping for interview clothes and prepping for a busy week of Grown Up Work.

So this garlicky-smelling, sunny Sunday afternoon is perfect for sharing some of the instagrammable moments that have made our first month here feel a little bit like heaven.



Anybody out there?

Remember over a year ago when I decided to take a break from blogging? Me too. And it was pretty nice. I stopped taking a lot of pictures and stopped spending my evenings planning posts. I started relaxing a little more and painting my nails.

Lots has happened since then.

Joe and I got married. I passed my comps exams. My niece was born. I got mono and didn't know I had mono and then was very tired for a very long time. Joe finished his PhD and got a job. And then we moved to the west coast.

It's sort of hard to do justice to all of those things in one post. Sometime I'll probably share some wedding pictures. And maybe I'll tell you about the awful journey that was undiagnosed mono.

But in the meantime, I just wanted to share some pictures today. We've been living in San Diego for nearly three weeks now, and we're loving it. Today we spent the morning in Balboa Park, traipsing from garden to garden, and estimating how many years it would take us to see the whole place.

That fig tree is about 100 years old! Isn't that amazing? We stood in front of it for a long time, and I couldn't help but feel like I was in the presence of a very wise creature. Or maybe in FernGully.

Aside from the gorgeous architecture and stunning gardens, we were particularly pleased by the friendly ducks and the little lizards running all around.

We then spent a sleepy Sunday afternoon eating chicken noodle soup to celebrate Easter while the SoCal breeze drifted through our apartment.

Wishing you and yours happy Easter wishes and lots of jelly beans.