Winter in Maine is.....difficult. This winter especially - it has been extremely cold, there have been some crazy snowstorms, and above all it is LONG! In order to keep from going a little crazy I like to make sure I'm always doing something, or at least always looking forward to some type of plans. (p.s. our Mexican wedding is in 96 days).
Last Saturday some girlfriends of mine and I had a "ladies" night. One of our fab friends made lots of amazing food, I brought a couple bottles of wine, and we proceeded to play with our wine markers (which are awesome rubber mustaches, fyi).
We also happened to be celebrating my lovely friend Lacey's birthday (she's the bombshell blonde on the left) so we had some delicious cupcakes, and probably a little too much wine. Celebrate!
Aside from falling down the stairs on the way out of the house (no, I wasn't drinking - yes, I have bruises) this was a fabulous night with some amazing ladies. Every little thing helps in trying to beat the winter blues. Especially the Maine winter blues.
My favorite way to cope with the gross winter depression that Maine winter brings on is to LEAVE! I had the opportunity to take a quick trip to San Diego, and aside from the long flights (p.s. I HATE flying) the trip was amazing. It was 80+ degrees and perfectly sunny while I was there, so of course I took the opportunity to hit the beach. La Jolla Beach, to be exact.
I've been to San Diego before, but I haven't spent much time at the beach - it's gorgeous, by the way. I sat on the rocks and read for a little while, of course enjoing a Jamba Juice. I might be slightly addicted.
Obviously the best way to beat winter blues is to avoid winter all together - so this little trip to the beautiful San Diego was perfect....especially in the middle of a sub-zero stretch of weather. They said it was unusually warm for the season, but I think I just timed it perfectly.
I drove from north of San Diego down through La Jolla, and took a quick stop at the beach on the way by.
I had lunch at the cutest little cafe called "Cody's" of La Jolla. There was construction on the street right behind the cafe (it was an open air cafe) so it wasn't exactly peaceful - but it was really nice anyway. I can't complain about 80+ degrees, regardless of construction noise.
I was in San Diego for way less time than I wanted, but any time in the beautiful sun is better than none! I flew back just a day after I got there, and went right back to normal life. I took a redeye into Philly, and then took a quick little jump up to Maine.
On Valentine's Day I rode along with Dave for some inspections - and went from 80 degrees and sunny to -18 and FRIGID! We took a ferry across the Portland bay to Peaks Island to do one inspection - and walked a mile one way in the FREEZING cold to do the inspection....and then had to walk back! ugh. I can't say it was fun, but the breakfast sandwiches at the end of the walk were delicious. We got to watch sunrise from the ferry, and then enjoy the rest of the day (although working and exhausted) together.
Being home in the frozen cold north was pretty awful, but the fact that my fiance is AMAZING at Valentine's day helped soften the blow of -18 degrees a little bit. He got me some gorgeous flowers (and had them on my dresser by 330 am) and also a great Reebok workout jacket. Sorry ladies, he's taken. :)
Happy Valentine's Day from the frozen north of Maine - will someone please show up to ship me back to San Diego? :)
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