what i did on my last summer vacation…

visiting jen in california was so much fun. we’ve known each other for well over a year now, and have collaborated on a few projects… it was wonderful to finally meet her in person.

what i did on summer vacation... felt at home
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.

what i did on summer vacation... sushi
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.

what i did on summer vacation... i hung out with cool kids
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.

what i did on summer vacation...i saw mountains
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.)

what i did on summer vacation...saw mountains
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…

what i did on summer vacation...
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.

what i did on summer vacation... saw the ocean one last time
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.

8 responses to “what i did on my last summer vacation…”

  1. Anna says:

    Lordy you had a ton of fun!! I’m so glad you went and well, a bit jealous of your marukai shopping extravaganza.

  2. kim says:

    lovely story.

  3. Ayama says:

    what adventures and what fun. the invitation is still open here. :D

  4. Florcita says:

    THat looks like a very cool trip. You reminded me of how much I like sushi and how long it’s been since I had some.
    I love those 1$ stores that have so much nice stuff and you think..he, just 1$ and then you end up paying hundreds because you bought have the store! hahaha

  5. jen b says:

    what fun we had! i loved reading your take on the trip to visit me. your polaroids are awesome, love the one from the plane. my door is always open to you jen. you are an amazing friend.

    ps sorry again about the airport debacle.

  6. Di says:

    I went to Daiso in Japan when I visited and it truly is amazing – 100 yen everything! I too bought lots of stationery and some elastoplasts with bullet trains on them….my favourite purchase was the Little Red Riding Hood stationery I bought which said on it “The Little Girl Wearing Red Food” – you’ve got to love what was lost or gained in translation!

  7. aimee says:

    san diego is hard to leave – i was just there a month ago! wish i had known about daiso – wow!! guess i’ll have to go back!

  8. jackie says:

    okay, i had to walk away for a few minutes when i saw all of that sushi – so jealous!! awwwww, it just looks like you had the most wonderful time! you are going to have any number of people pulling for you to make visits and repeat visits!! *me holding my hand up*

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