jen made me feel at home. that seems like such a simple thing, but it really is not. i felt so welcome, as if i’ve been there over and over.
on monday we had sushi for lunch. tons of sushi. so much sushi that i walked out in a daze and left my credit card there.
i hung out with two cool kids. jen’s kids are so much fun and smart and creative, i wanted to pack them up and take them home.
mountains! i’ve been to california a few times before, but for some reason i remembered it as being pretty flat. (um, yeah, the hollywood sign sits on a mountain side. i know/have seen that. i just seemed to forget about the hills.)
on tuesday, jen took me to marukai daiso japan, in san diego. it’s a japanese “dollar” store, and almost everything was $1.68. and omg, it was so damn cool: i started grabbing things left and right… stationary, notepads, stickers… then jen handed me a basket. and more stuff went into it. coasters, dishtowels, origami paper, green tea soap, candy, more notepads, gum, erasers shaped like food, gift bags, and on and on. i actually ended up putting some items back where i found them (really, what would i do with it all?!), but i still managed to walk out with 2 big bags of goodies. (and this is where i realized i left my credit card at the sushi place the day before.) THEN we went to a japanese bookstore in marukai market, and more damage was done: japanese craft books are seriously addicting. and so are wasabi crackers…
and then we went to mission beach, breathed in the ocean air, got sand on our toes, and took a ton of polaroids. well, jen took 3 packs. i was really stingy.
and before i knew it, it was time to leave. and jen was a rockstar and drove like a maniac to get me to the airport before my flight left (we shouldn’t have stopped at starbucks, but i needed caffeine). a quick hug, a panicked 15 minute wait in the security line, and i was one of the last 5 onto the plane. whew! and one last look at the ocean before i was home…
thank you so much, jen. let’s do it again some day.