Beach!

Beach Hawaii

Looking through my pictures I found the one above.

What it told me was it’s time to figure out my next vacation. Something to look forward to and plan for.

There are a few ideas floating around I just need to pick one and book it!

Seeing the Hawaiian beach it looks tempting, sun, sand, surf. Chill out get some macadamia nut ice cream or some Kona coffee. I could get used to a life like that.

Funny thing is my next vacation will not be sun, sand and beach.

When I have it booked I’ll let you know more (also big plans for next year)!

Boardwalk Tijuana

Once in Tijuana we caught a cab, they are right there when you enter Tijuana, then headed to the boardwalk. The day was a little overcast but still great for walking.

We started at the beginning (end?), this is the border. If we could jump the fence we could have walked back to my friends place in Imperial Beach.
Border Dolphins Border Beach

We headed down the boardwalk and took in the scenes, there is A LOT of graffiti which I’ll post pictures of over the next few days.
Boardwalk Tijuana

After wandering for a while we stopped for a coffee at a really cute little place over looking the beach.
Coffee Tijuana

It had a very cool sink in the washroom, a big metal tub with rocks on the bottom. Simple but I really liked it.
Metal Stone Sink Metal Stone Sink 2

Then we sat and enjoyed the view, watching the people pass and the waves roll in.
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Perfect.

LUE!

This is Lue!

He was rescued by my friends, well by my girlfriend. She went to a shelter just to look (never a good idea) and he chose her. Pretty much yelling HEY YOU! YES YOU! I BELONG WITH YOU! She couldn’t leave him behind and so left with him that day hoping that her husband would be okay with it. He was. LUE is happily settled into his new home and totally has the house trained.

He is such a loveable wonderful happy boy and watching him run along the beach, playing in the surf is such a joy!
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My name is Claire and I am a dog whore. It’s a problem. I get puppy envy all the time, I hug strange dogs and can’t stop myself form rubbing a dogs belly at every opportunity. LUE gave me my fill of hugs and belly rubs, he’s only a year old but is so well behaved. Wonder if he could come visit and teach my basset Kingsley some manners.

Today This Is Where I Wish I Was….

On a beach in Honolulu, playing in the surfing and soaking up some sun.

Honolulu Beach

Instead I am at work having to deal with a situation that I thought was over. On the bright side I get recognized at the company town hall for fifteen years of service. I can’t believe I’ve been at the same company that long (well April 1st is my anniversary date) and with that comes mixed feelings. On the one hand I’m proud of being there so long, on the other I wonder what happened and when I will decide what I want to be when I grow up.

If the situation turns messy I’ll just close my eyes and think of the beach.

Kauai, Hawaii

Still cold here in Calgary so how about some more beach pictures from Kauai!

I went snorkelling in Kauai and it was great. Now that I’ve been quite a few times I’m comfortable with the fish. I never thought that would happen but now I would go snorkelling at every opportunity! The trick with snorkelling is once you are in the water DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR MASK! Once you adjust it, it’s hard to get the that seal right again.

The beach was beautiful and there were surfers further down the beach. It was a small group and I only got kicked by a flipper once. Also after we went to a different beach to see sea turtles! Which are very hard to get pictures of in the surf, I thought I had one but now it’s like playing where’s Waldo with the pictures. I think there is a turtle here somewhere……… When I find the turtle I’ll post the picture!

Surfer Sign
Kauai Beach
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Warming Up With Thoughts Of Maui!

I’m taking a brief step back to Maui!

Today it was minus thirty. MINUS F*&KING THIRTY, why do I live here? Also I took every opportunity this morning to miss the busses I needed to get to an appointment, bus drivers seemed to be in “I don’t see you freezing girl running for the bus” mode. I normally have harsher words for the bus drivers who I KNOW saw me but passed me by anyway but my appointment was with Rita and I am feeling calm and forgiving (if it happens again tomorrow I will throw rocks at the bus).

On the upside a friend announced that she is heading to Hawaii later this year and so I got to think about Maui again to warm myself up!

What to do in Maui? Yes definitely find Maui Lavender, get some skincare and also a brownie! It has also been a long time since you were last in Hawaii and I’m sad to say I saw no Hawaiian Kids colouring books, postcards or the pencil crayons with all the different leads (she knows what I’m talking about). I can tell you where to get the best lipstick/gloss EVER though!

So how should you spend your time? Go shopping at those crazy little places that line the beaches, what you will do with a sarong in Calgary I don’t know:

Sarong Shopping

Catch up on the weather in Maui:

Maui Weather

Check out the store hours:

Surfboard Business Hours

Wander through some beautiful gardens and appreciate the plants and statues (I’ve already mentioned flowers this week):

Plant Maui

Elephant Maui

Statue

Already mentioned ice cream in a previous post so after you get some head to the beach and hang loose:

Hang loose sand

Last but not least TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!!

(Also we need to get together for dinner because I have a recipe for Muhammara for you!)

SEA LIONS!

I have seen sea lions in a lot of places, I never get tired of them. Also there were babies! So cute! This was exactly the kind of thing I wanted to see. The rules are you are suppose to keep a reasonable distance from the animals and no touching. No matter how tempting it is to rub their bellies.

A group were enjoying the shade under an old boat on shore.

The sea lions don’t pay attention to people, they just went about their business as we walked through them down the beach. Occasionally one will glance over at the group but even with the squealing of delight (that would be me, I can’t help it they are so adorable) they don’t seem to care. I guess they are the cool kids and I’m still one of the geeks.

Beach, San Diego

It was so hot this weekend, this is when I wish I lived close to the ocean.

Instead of sweating and looking at my neighbors sprinkler I could go to the beach and cool off in the water. Then run for the shade, I’m not built for sun. I’m so pale I’m almost blue and that whole burn then tan thing ….. nope I burn then burn. Sunscreen is my friend. Looking at this picture really makes me want to make a run for the ocean.