Posts tagged Orange County
What I'll miss about CA...and what I won't

After almost three years in Orange County, we're moving back to the East Coast! And, what I've come to learn is the best coast, in my opinion. Sure, California is gorgeous - really gorgeous - but, my heart is back east. Luckily, my husband agrees. However, that doesn't mean that I won't miss certain things about Cali - it's where Owen was born, after all. And, it also doesn't mean that certain things about The OC don't irritate me more than sand in my shoes. Here are some other thangs, in no particular order.

Duh. The weather. But, you know what? Ever see the movie Groundhog Day will Bill Murray? It's like that. All too often, I found myself praying/wishing/hoping/dancing/meditating for a rainy day. Not just for drought purposes, either...just to break up the monotony. And to provide a lil' damp relief to some of those leather faces you see 'round these parts.

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Sun where there 'should' be snow

I'm a Northeast girl - born and raised. So, I am obsessed with all things fall. But, I was actually somewhat OK with a Southern California autumn. After all, it was a new experience. So, I silently dealt with the lack of foliage, nippy air and scarf-clad citizens. Instead, making peace with the warm sunny days, t-shirt weather and palm trees. I forced myself to order a hot pumpkin spice latte - and hated it. Pumpkin coffee does not taste good while sunning by the pool. Just so ya know.

Thanksgiving approached, and it was clear that this 'pesky' sunshine wasn't going away. I realized I certainly wouldn't be gazing out of my living room window at falling snow, or grey cloudy skies this winter. Instead, I found that I'm forced to shuffle down to the beach and take a warm morning walk, or read about Christmas cookie and cocktail recipes in magazines by the pool. On Thanksgiving day, it was 85 degrees, and I had to 'begrudgingly' strip my JCrew cranberry cardigan from my shoulders, and wear just the black tank top underneath. It felt so weird. The turkey had more dressing than me.

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Hello, fall!

So, I'm not the first person to tell you that today is the first day of autumn. Chances are, someone on Facebook or Twitter clued you in, already. Or - maybe you saw today's Google Doodle. 

But, still. Hooray for fall! 

It's 11 a.m. here in Orange County - and it's 73 degrees. The high for today is a sunny 82. There are no leaves changing colors, no real chilly days, and so far, no one around here goes crazy for scarves, boots or anything pumpkin flavored.

It's really weird.

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