Weekend Review

Another weekend in San Diego and I’m starting to feel a bit boring with these, “I’m in Paradise, 65 degrees in the Winter, send help, just kidding!” updates.  This will change with this upcoming weekend where SMS and I will take a four day extended weekend to an exciting out-of-town destination.  Clickbait, clickbait!

So, we were in San Diego this weekend since I was on call.  It was quiet but I still have to be around.  On Friday, my work day ended early after I went to the Del and supported the NMCSD residents in the quiz bowl where they did really well.  I read during the afternoon and picked up SMS in the evening.

The next day, we lazed around and went out to the Henry for breakfast.  Later, we went to Point Loma Seafoods for a late lunch preceded by some errands.  Since I’m still on my no fun diet, I would like to go back to both of these places.  Holsem had some delicious breakfast options that were still quite healthy while at Point Loma Seafoods, I would like to get the less healthy fried halibut sandwich with tarter sauce.  It is excellent but I have not had one since coming back to SD.

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For dinner, I made a scallops dinner that was quite delicious.  For sides, I made mashed sweet potatoes and kale salad.

Sunday was a little more active.  I did some yoga in the morning, followed by a coffee stop at Holsem in North Park.  Afterwards, we went to Mesa Rim for a couple hours of climbing.  I felt a little short on endurance but I felt like I did a good job.  Dinner was pan-seared halibut (2 min each side) followed by 3 minutes in a 450 degree oven.  The fish was perfectly cooked, although slightly over-salted.  Always room for improvement!

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On Monday, I went to work while SMS stayed home and teleworked.  The birds were excited and buzzed his head a few times.  After work, we went for a walk and saw a gorgeous sunset, which was fleeting- the sun sinks so quickly!  Then we went to Leroy’s for an early dinner followed by a trip to the airport for SMS to return to the Bay Area.

In other news, I am finishing up a yoga challenge with Tim, my SoCal yoga buddy whom I don’t know but I like his teaching style.  I fell behind two days but as of tonight, I’m caught up!  Someday when I’m up in Newport, I’d like to go to one of his live classes.  I’ve really enjoyed this month and feel a lot more mobile in my upper back, which had started to really tighten up.  So, yes, definite benefits!

Feelin’ It Friday

Feelin’ it Friday, furnishing edition!  I decided that my apartment was missing a few pieces of wall flare, so I went to Ikea to buy a few frames.  While I was there, I saw a mirror I really liked and thought it would look great over the couch.  It looks awesome.  My only pause is that I now have a lot of mismatched wood in the living room but I really like the light wood look so maybe over time I’ll transition to that.  Besides, with all of the pieces having different colors, it actually looks better than if only one piece was out of place.  Or so I tell myself.

So, here’s the Stockholm mirror.   I really like it!  I just read some reviews and just learned that some people consider the wider base as a shelf.  Eh, I like it for its visual interest- for now, I’m going to leave it clear of objects.  The picture on the left shows how it hangs on the room.  The picture on the right is more visually interesting and courtesy of the talented SMS.


I had started a gallery wall a few months back, but there was a big gap while I waited to get SMS’ Coronado print from Menlo Park to this apartment.  The wall looks fantastic and that print is the highlight.  There was a small gap where I place a painting of Solana Beach.  I didn’t really plan this wall out too well and I think it turned out better than I deserved.  For an incredible article on how to plan out a gallery wall, check out Nothing But Bonfire’s.


I call this the ocean wall with two Clark Little prints and one panorama of Railay West, Krabi, Thailand by SMS.  My new Rhapis palm is in the corner- thanks Rip!


This picture highlights that truly putrid color the kitchen is painted in.  Yuck.  I also hung a Brent Estabrook print up, a whimsical teddy bear.  What I really want is a skull painting but SMS thinks it’s too morbid.

Finally, I bought an Ivan Roque print to go with my flamingo-themed bathroom, which was a necessary embrace of the pink tile with maroon trimming in the bath.

Ok, so that’s a wrap of Feelin’ It Friday, furnishings edition!

Weekend Review

Location: San Diego

SMS came into town for the long weekend since our main social event was his Dad’s birthday party on Saturday!

On Saturday morning, we went to the Farmer’s Market to buy kale for the salad requested for dinner.  The kale salad recipe I use is from Oh She Glows, a veg/vegan recipe blog.  The only thing I leave out are the dried cranberries.  It’s a great recipe although you’ll see it’s not low-fat, which is fine- just something to keep in mind.

We parked in Banker’s Hill to avoid Little Italy traffic/lack of parking and, on the way, stopped by an open house for a penthouse apartment with an incredible view of the San Diego airport because it was directly in the landing approach.  We were out on the balcony and I think we could see the pilots’ eyeballs!  It seems like a place that would be great to rent for a vacation but a little tough to live there full-time.  Plus, the margin of error for having an airplane in the master bedroom seems a little too close for comfort.  We wished we had taken some pictures because it was pretty incredible.


At The Farmer’s Market, we bought a crazy amount of kale and admired two bulldogs in a stroller.  And if we ever felt like we didn’t belong in San Diego…

That evening was a fun celebration of Rip’s birthday!  SMS got him a hat that looks great, although the perfect fit was obtained the next day when we exchanged it for a medium.  Fashionable headwear with a side of sun protection!

On Sunday, SMS and I decided to go for a hike.  We hiked South Fortuna and it was a lot of fun.  I wore boots I bought at the REI garage sale a year ago and they worked out well until they didn’t.  My left Achilles tendon got super-irritated.  I’ll keep trying to break them in but maybe the high ankles don’t work?  I don’t know.  I feel like my left leg is the more fragile of the two.  That’s the side where my knee will hurt, my big toe will hurt, whah, whah, whah.

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Then, we went back to Rip and Linda’s for some yummy chicken chili that fits with the Whole 30 diet.  It’s always nice to see them and a bonus to get fed.  We hung out for a few hours and then headed home.

Another bonus from going to Linda and Rip’s was loading up on tropical plants.  My balcony is going to look so green and inviting once I get the succulents potted!

Today, SMS has the day off but it was sort of late-breaking news.  We’re going to Little Italy to walk and grab lunch before he leaves.  All the later flights were sold out when we went to change his flight.  After that, I’ll probably just hang out at home and read.  I’m in the middle of How To Read the Air and it’s quite good.

Feelin’ It Friday

Ok, ok, I need to work on getting this actually out on Fridays but I’ll get there.

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* Michelle Wolf’s Joke Show on Netflix.  I liked her on her short-lived show The Break and her White House Correspondent’s dinner hosting gig although, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the nicest or most-suited for the occasion.  But as Wolf says in her Joke Show, didn’t anyone do their research?  She’s coming to San Diego in May, which is awesome since I feel San Diego often gets skipped over in favor of LA.

* Puccini’s Tosca.  Do this follow logically?  Maybe not but I have been loving the opera as background music while working on my grant, research write-up, and clinical notes where I need to focus but not too much.  If there were English lyrics, I would probably be distracted but the Italian just sort of washes over me with the absolutely beautiful score.

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* Milk Street Magazine.  ‘Zine in length with beautiful pictures and delicious sounding recipes, this is next up in my magazine subscription queue.  I read it at Linda’s house and it looks like such a treat!

* Guest Rec from SMS: This profile on “MBZ,” Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of UAE.  I still need to read through but I’m looking forward to it.


Recent Reads

My goal is to read at least 52 books this year.  I just made it to 50 last year.  More than the number, I would like to read a little more consistently rather than in huge reading jags every so often.

I’m already on track since I’ve finished two books!  I really like literary fiction.  The last few years, I’ve read a lot of newer books that have won awards so two sub-goals I have for the year are one non-fiction book a month and reading a few classic classics (no set number for this).  The first classic I want to read is Dr. Zhivago.

A Bend in the Stars by [Barenbaum, Rachel]

Ok, so, the first book I read was A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum.  It falls squarely in the WWII fiction canon.  The book is fine but not nearly as good as Fire In the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky or The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  The second half picked up after some clunky writing in the beginning.  The main character (a woman surgeon) had the habit of making incredibly stupid decisions repeatedly in the book. While I can assure you that women surgeons can make stupid decisions multiple times, it seemed more like an awkward plot device and interrupted the flow of the novel.

Wow, I’m really selling this novel.  Look, it’s ok.  Not a waste of time but there are a lot of other, better books to read.  I read it for a book club.  3 stars out of 5.  The end.

But wait!  It’s not the end because I have a second book to discuss!

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One by [Ferrante, Elena]

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante should almost count as a classic classic since worldwide, it’s an incredibly successful book.  I have heard this is the slowest of the four books and I certainly hope so.  The book was amazing in writing from the completely believable perspective of a child/pre-teen/teen as the narrator grew up over the time course of several years.   Remember when you were a kid and you understood the world but were ever so vaguely aware that there were a lot of things you weren’t getting but your world was still complete?  This book captures this perfectly.  4 out of 5 stars, but I’m going to keep going with the series.