It’s almost 11:30 here. I’m not on Cali time anymore, but I’m not quite back to Germany time yet, either. It’s so much hotter here in Wü than it was in SD, and I think it’s making me both exhausted AND unable to sleep. So here I am, blogging, hoping to get some stuff out and let you guys know that I’m not dead, just trying to get back to track.
Luckily for me, my workload for the next few weeks is pretty light, so I have some time to ‘recover’ and move slowly into a better schedule.
All I can say is that SD was AMAZING. It was amazing to get to see Jeanan and Kevin get married. Seriously, weddings like theirs (and Corrie and Jim’s as well, a few years ago) really do restore my faith in humanity and relationships. So it was great to see that. It was also awesome to get to spend so much time with them and Trevor before and after the wedding.
On top of all that, it was equally amazing to meet 3 new amazing people, who I hope will remain in my life permanently. I got to meet Susan, Eileen and David, along with getting to catch back up with Rachael, and all of this was just excellent. Kristi and I roomed with the three ladies on the night before and after the wedding, and spent just about all of Sunday together afterwards just hanging out and having a great time. It was seriously such fun, like meeting people I’ve known all my life and just happened to miss. I can’t even begin to describe how great it all was.
Beginning Sunday night, Kristi and I were at Lucky D’s Hostel in the Gaslamp district, and that was equally excellent. Also, not terribly expensive, for being there 6 nights. Our roommates throughout the week varied between ‘worse than a bump on a log’ to ‘totally awesome and now facebook friends’, so it was an interesting experience. For the most part, we kept to ourselves at the hostel, since we weren’t really in the mood to be drinking heavily and picking up on strangers every night, but some cool people came to us there, as well. We didn’t necessarily expect anything to top our amazing weekend at the wedding, and it really didn’t, but it was still mostly excellent.
We got to do just about everything we wanted to in SD. Kristi had the idea to hit a different beach every day, and we mostly accomplished that. We walked around a TON, took a lot of photos (but not nearly enough), and ate a bunch of excellent food. Of course, I gained about 2 lbs being there, but that’s something I can fix pretty easily. There are a few things I still want to see and do there, but they can come next time, as I’m sure I’ll be going back.
We also did a TON of walking, looking at things in shops, and talking. Which was excellent. It’s always hard to leave Kristi, and doing it after a week of constant contact was not any easier. I hope we can live near each other again sometime in our lives. Whenever that is.
Now I’m sitting back at home, unable to sleep and gloriously tan. All of my students appear to be totally jealous, hahah. I just hope I can keep it up for the rest of the summer!
I had a few thoughts or realizations when I was out there, away from everything that is familiar to me. One of those thoughts, the most blaring one of all, is that I want to return to being pescetarian. I know this will be hard since René isn’t much of a seafood fan, but I think I’ll be able to work around it. I just feel, once again, really tired of all meat that isn’t fish. I want to run with that, because I think it will be good for my health. I looked into the blood type diet a bit over the week, and while most of the claims of the diet are unsupported, it seems like a good idea in theory. For my blood type, it suggests going full-out vegan if possible. I’m not really able to do that based on my other dietary restrictions. So much of being vegan is eating soy and whole wheat, two things I can’t even touch… so being a vegan is not in the cards for me. But I think I can whittle it down to less protein (and more gfdf hemp protein powder) and more fresh stuff if I put my mind to it. It won’t be too hard. So in the coming weeks I’m going to be switching over towards something closer to pescetarian.
I won’t be cutting out red or white meat completely, I’m just not going to depend on it. If I’m feeling like a steak at a restaurant, I’m going to eat it. But it won’t be something on the grocery list each week. I’ll discuss this more in another post I have coming up, about changing my practices.
I think there are going to be other changes as well, but a lot of them might take some more time. For the next few weeks I’m going to try to get focused on getting my life back in order and onto a better schedule, and then I’ll work from there on all of the other things I feel like handling.
I am going to emerge from all of this as a better, stronger and healthier version of myself. I can’t wait.