Trip to California

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I’m back from California after a good five-day trip! It felt so good to relax and not have to worry about work or school or *graduation*! (Yes, it really is happening in about six days! I can’t wait!)

We stayed in Huntington Beach at a little rinky-dink motel, which was clean, but had some pretty outdated furniture 🙂 Eating Cinnabon rolls for breakfast was pretty good, even though it gave me a bellyache. Haha!

The weather was…not great. It was actually sunnier back home! They call it the “June gloom” when California gets days upon days of 60 degree fog. Next time I’ll know when not to go!

But of course, the weather didn’t ruin the trip! I had so much fun laughing with my friends and chatting and eating and shopping (I got some vintage finds).

If you’re visiting the Huntington Beach area, go to Sancho’s Tacos. It’s amazing. I got the HB Combo with Yardbird tacos twice, with Arnold Palmer to drink. Yum.

These illustrations I’m sharing today were inspired by some pictures I took while in California. I actually love painting from my own photographs because the search isn’t so hard! I think I’ll do more of that in the future.

A few more notes for you…

  • Uber is very convenient (but can definitely add up!)
  • Seeing all of the old cars (like the VW bus above) is such a delight!
  • The first illustration is of a lifeguard stand, just in case you didn’t know 🙂

I am thinking of summer and loving it!

It’s almost summer!

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It’s me again. I’ve been MIA lately…I’ve been ruminating a lot 🙂

But back to the subject at hand…in the PNW, we’re getting pretty excited to see sunshine in our weather forecast, especially since we’ve had the second rainiest season since 1999! You could say we want to break out our sunbathing gear and add some color to our pasty-white legs!

This lovely lady modeling the swimsuit is inspired by me *blushes*.

I’m being serious. I ordered the top from LimeRicki (and I got it on discount! Score!) and it arrived today! Now I am waiting patiently for the bottoms to come.

For a while, I’ve been debating on whether I should invest in a new swimsuit, and lo and behold, I finally broke down and bought one. I’m going to California in two weeks and you have to have a cute swimsuit if you’re going to be in the sun 24/7! California…haven’t been there before, but I’m looking forward to it! Beaches, sunshine, palm trees, etc. Senior trip goals, if you ask me!

Anyway, back to swimsuits.

I’m just an average girl, with an average body (let’s face it…I could stand to lose a few). But I’m trying to tell myself that it doesn’t matter what type of body I have; what matters is what is inside. That is one hard piece of advice to take.

Especially when swimsuit season rolls around.

I can get so caught up in wanting the perfect body, but what for, I ask? So I can look sexy in a swimsuit? So I can be more physically attractive? If the answer is yes, then I don’t think that is such a good thing.

Yes, I do want to appear decent (okay vanity, a little bit more than “decent”) but when it comes to being attractive, it is good personality and character that makes one attractive. And I want people to like me because of my nature. I don’t want my relationships to be based off of superficial and material things.

Capiche? 🙂

That’s a lot of rambling; I apologize if you got a little foggy-brained!