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San Diego Stories: Day 7

Last day, last stops, and last laughs, until next time!

Thanks, James, for the best week with the best brother.

You rock.


I hate goodbyes, but at least I’m headed home to another favorite person, Elton.

I hope your summer has afforded you the opportunity to spend it with the ones you love as well!


San Diego Stories: Day 6

On a previous trip, we (read: I) discovered the top-rated Mexican Bakery in San Diego, Panchitas. This is a very important fact to know if you are hispanic and love pastries. Check, check! Now, it’s a routine stop that only costs a few dollars since every item is $1 and under. Freshly made sweet breads, empanadas (pumpkin!), and other treats make for very good Monday mornings.




IMG_3472Sugar and spice and everything nice…

And crazy.



San Diego Stories: Day 5

HWY 1 Road Trip!

From San Diego, we headed north to the fanciness of Dana Point & Laguna Beach. Bumpin’ to Spotify’s #SundayFunday playlist set the proper tone with songs like “Cheerleader” (OMIi), “Honey, I’m Good” (Andy Grammar), and “The Walker” (Fitz & the Tantrums). In fact, you should probably tune up these to conjure up your own beach mood as you continue reading.

Here’s “Cheerleader” for your convenience:

Let’s drive!









San Diego Stories: Day 3 at the Races

The Clark have always been drawn in by horse racing. The clutching your hands as the horses fly across the finish line kind of thing–in movies.

National Velvet

Ben Hur


Intense moments!

I’d never actually seen a real horse race until today. The Del Mar Race Track is only 15 miles away, so it was off to the races for these two Clarks. The emotions of the crowd, the manicured track, and horses with names like “Food Stamps” made my childhood visions come to life. And what a day it was…





Wins? Nope.

Funs? YEAH.

Included in this day’s adventures was a lost & recovered purse (me = stressed, deliriously relieved), missed trains (us = nooooo!!!!), and nightlife people watching. Adventures!


San Diego Stories: Day 2

Basically, I love this place. Always have. Here’s me loving it and Great Grandma way back at 4 years old:


As a child, wonderment over palms and ocean waves, Balboa Park, Sea World (yes, before we knew better), and the freedom of vacation spelled out an idyllic week in beautiful San Diego. These days, I’ve added cultural and foodie pleasures to my “SD To-Do List.” James, I’m glad you’ve moved here.


Before setting out, we stopped for our third time in two days at Pappalecco in Little Italy for our cool coffees. Pappalecco’s has been voted SD’s best coffee stop for 2015, with the best Italian staff. (James, marry one of those girls, please!) Their affrogatos will elevate your soul.

solana2We then got our zen on by riding north on the Coaster up to Carlsbad for eats, with a stop & stroll at Solana Beach.


While a touch cloudy, the ocean air was sultry, with enough zest to give me beach waves…of the bumpy, frizzed out variety. You can keep your salt sprays, I’m good.

A night out on the town followed, accompanied by live music and lots of laughter. This is the stuff of summer dreams.


San Diego Stories: Day 1

Every 3-5 months, the urge hits me: the need to for the solace and comic relief that only one thing can bring…


This go around, we’d hoped to rally the Clark Clan for our usual fiesta, but unfortunately schedules conflicted so that it’s a Sibling Summer Weekend in San Diego!

James has lived in SD for a few years now and it’s always been one of our absolute favorite cities to visit, from the time my great grandmother lived here when I was a girl. James had his sights set on the area, followed through, and though we are now living farther apart than we’d like, at least it’s a bitchin’ place to go to!

Sublime weather

Foodie dives

Urban boutiques

CA shopping

Beach ‘burbs

Legitimate Italians in Little Italy

What more could a visitor need, right? Not much, my friends, not much.

Happily I booked my trip and smiled broadly each time my iPhone reminded me that I had an upcoming flight. Today was the day and had me ready for takeoff…

Thanks, new Moleskin packaging, for the support!


At the airport, a glance down had me feelin’ fancy.


Clark Clan Forever!


Good times with this Cool Kid:


So far, so GOOD.

Hope your summer holds one last hurrah (or more)!



Anniversary Day!

The sappiness continues! We went to Vancouver, BC, on our honeymoon three years ago, so we decided to return for a day of fun lovin’. A happy Hotwire deal for a 4 star hotel, passports in hand, and Spotify blasting our favorite tunes, we hit the road and continued to entertain ourselves with the kind of humor only permissible with…


Doing Disney

Today was a monumental day, ladies and gentlemen. For the first time in all our combined years, Elton and I did Disney! Yes, that’s right, we’d never been before. It never really bothered me because I didn’t know what I was missing, but now I have to admit this lapse in my childhood is something I’ll need to take up…


The SoCal Scene Continues

Today took us from Anaheim to Newport Beach to Huntington Beach and back again. First stop, Orange County Modern Art Museum. Fred Thomaselli’s The Times Exhibit is so engaging! Next stop, Huntington Beach! The cloudy day broke for just the right amount of afternoon. A rousing game of awkward beach volleyball provided much laughter, as did impromptu dance moves. A group…