• 15 minute posts,  corona virus 2020,  party party,  rando bits

    It’s a Sickness


    Hah! It’s Tuesday and I’m blogging AND I have a new banner! Wowie Zowie! One day late for my Monday writing schedule and one day early for my monthly banner schedule. I’d say I’m on fire! It’s hard to believe that only last month I was in the pits of despair. I’ve really bounced back. I’ve actually been a bit manic even. I’m not bipolar, even though I’ve asked my psychiatrist about it many many times, but it does feel like it. I am just a whack-a-doodle. I’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and my very special symptom is TOO MUCH energy. Isn’t that weird? Some people are tired all the time. I’m one of those freaks who can’t stop being busy.

    Lately, I’ve been obsessively planning my own fabulous fiftieth birthday party!  I felt guilty about it for a long time because how can I be so shallow as to throw myself a party when the world is crumbling and everyone is coming out of a four-part pandemic? But the more people I shared my ideas with, the more everyone reassured me that it was okay to do what makes me happy. These kinds of plans really do make me happy. It’s a sickness. I get obsessed with one particular subject and I can’t stop. But you already know that. You’ve been coming here for a long time for this particular brand of crazy!

    I’m not going to share all of my ideas because I want there to be lots of surprises for everyone who is coming but I will share a few:

    1. brendaritas OF COURSE in pink plastic glasses (pool rules) Maybe the margarita truck?
    2. stickers!
    3. a nostalgic pot luck (I’m super excited about this…think: pop tarts, your mom’s hotdogs, and rice recipe, crockpot queso…all the things!)
    4. you’re old and fabulous bingo!
    5. prizes (I need ideas of things I can make to keep costs down)
    6. dancing (because I am a dancing queen!)
    7. 60s-70s fab-glam dress-up (YES!!!)
    8. an earring making station (pink pom poms, ping pong balls)
    9. photos, photos, photos!
    10. the vector wall will be brought back

    In other news:


    Yep. It’s peony season. I thought about making a whole post of just peony pictures but I think that might be kind of boring and I’ve done it before. So let’s just slide a few pictures in between talking about illness!


    You might have figured it out by now. Bug came down with covid.


    She’s fine. Her symptoms are mild. She had one day of aches and pains and loss of half her tastebuds but she’s fine now. Unfortunately, she’s still testing positive and that means we have to quarantine her. It’s like 2020 will never end. We’ve been lucky for a long time to escape catching covid so I guess it’s about time we got it but Bug is super bummed to be missing her last week of school with all the fun of signing yearbooks and saying goodbye to friends for the summer. And then when she’s better she’ll get to go back and take finals. Wooh. Poor kid.


    So lots of inside time.


    It’s fine for me because I can stay inside and work work work (even catch up!) and plan my crazy party but Bug has been going stir crazy.

    Hopefully, she tests negative before the end of the week!

  • Beach Bits,  out out out of the house!,  travel

    Adventuring in Ventura


    Bug had tickets to a concert in Ventura this last Friday. We bought the tickets way back in March and had really no idea where the band was even playing. That’s how I roll. Always living on the edge. For some reason in my mind I thought it would be close by because the band is a local band. Nope. They were playing a venue two-to-three hours away depending on traffic. Whoops!

    When I realized I’d be driving Bug and her friend to the concert and then hanging out for four hours in a town I didn’t know and then driving home at midnight I decided I’d look around for a cheap hotel.

    Guess what I stumbled across? The cutest vintage trailer park EVER!!!!  It was three minutes from the concert venue and by the pictures, it seemed super cool and hip and exactly like the kind of place I’d like to hang out in. I mean, if I’m going to be stuck alone while my kid is at a concert I might as well be stuck in some place cool, right? That’s what I say.


    Friday night we drove straight there. Checked in briefly and then I dropped the kids off at their concert.


    While they banged their heads around to punk music I settled into my vintage trailer.


    It was awesome. The trailer park manager gave me some hot chocolate and a cute little s’mores kit to take to the communal fire pit. I hung out with a group of mom’s on a getaway vacation and some old dude drinking whiskey. It was great. Three hours later I went back to the concert venue and picked up the girls. They were beat from all the mosh pit excitement so we settled into our trailer and went to sleep.

    The trailer park is right next to the train tracks and I was worried that we’d be up all night listening to trains whaling (wailing?) on their horns but I didn’t hear even one. Either I was out cold or the trains that run that track only run in the daytime. I’ll have to investigate that. All in all it was a very cozy and quiet night.


    The next morning I woke up before the girls and took a short walk across the highway (via a bridge) and walked to the ocean. The trailer park is right across Pacific Coast Highway from the beach!!! Talk about great location!


    I meandered down the pier, watching the fisherman, the surfers and the various birds hanging around. It was a nice morning walk. There were a few beach bums but they totally had a kick back vibe that felt welcoming instead of scary.


    Then I headed back to the trailer park for my complimentary coffee and orange juice.


    How nice is that? And it was good coffee too with real cream. No watery weak stuff with powdered creamer, no way. I really enjoyed this place and will probably come back. I wish I could have stayed longer but Bug had plans to go to Disneyland for Joon’s birthday. Tough life! Concerts and Disneyland and vintage trailers.. oh my! She’s definitely going to be spoiled once summer vacation gets here and I have absolutely no plans.