Gracie is a true child of southern California. We moved down here to SD when she was about 8 months old. She’s never really known anything else. We do have mild weather….sometimes boringly so. I miss the seasons, even though the ones I had in Northern CA don’t compare to what most of you all deal with! My kids all love the beach. They spend most of their time playing outside. Every Christmas we’ve spent here, we’ve been in shorts and t-shirts. Michael often golfs the day after Christmas. It is different, but it’s kinda cool too. I’m sure my children will all be beach bums. They already have either blond or streaky hair. I’m just waiting for them to start saying “dude” all the time!
Gracie seems to have taken to it the most. That girl insists on wearing flip flops every single day. Doesn’t matter what else she’s wearing, she wants to wear flip flops on her feet. We do get down into the 30’s at night, and it is often in the mid-40’s when we’re leaving the house in the morning….enough for jackets and gloves….but there she is, with her flip flops on! I think she has about 6 or 7 pair of them, in all different colors, and of course with as much sparkle as possible. She complains that tennis shoes make her feet feel closed in. Cracks me up. She’s my flip flop girl!!!! Given the chance, she’d never wear anything else.
Our anniversary dinner was nice. Kinda weird in a way. We went to this new restaurant in town. It’s part of a brewery, so I was expecting the usual for that type of place. And the items on the menu started out sounding like normal, but then they’d put this really weird twist on it and make it so strange. I’m a picky eater anyways (goes along with being high maintenance doesn’t it?)….something would catch my eye and I’d start reading the description, only to find something on my “no-can-eat” list ie coconut, fruit, fish……I ended up with a buffalo burger, which was great. It came with onion rings, which I normally love but the weird bbq sauce they came with and whatever they were dipped in were just kinda disgusting. I tried to be adventurous with the dessert and ordered this thing called avocado cheesecake. Only it looked nothing like cheesecake when it came out. It was more the consistency of mousse or pudding. But I bravely took a bite….there were three flavors that I liked, one that I hated, and something in it that I had to really chew. Turns out there were actual pieces of mint in it, instead of just mint flavoring. It was kind of disgusting actually. I don’t think we’ll be going back there. Bums me out because we could really use some new restaurants around here.
On a more serious note, please keep my brother Kip in your prayers. He has been having heart palpitations for the past few months and went to the cardiologist yesterday. They have scheduled an angiogram for Tuesday because one of the tests indicated part of his heart was not getting all the blood that it should be. It could be a false-positive, but because of our family history (ticker problems on both sides), and the palps, he gets the test. He’s pretty concerned, as am I. He’s only 41. He’s an awesome brother. Again, any prayers would be so very appreciated!