That’s right – sending California love to you all! I was talking on the phone recently to my mom and, after expressing our lonesome feelings, realized that we hadn’t seen each other since January of this year. Really?! Had it been that long? A flight from Calgary (or really anywhere in Canada to anywhere else) is a pretty penny, and we had no events that had brought either of our families together during that time, so we’d talked occasionally on the phone but that was about the extent of it. Mikey and I had planned to visit at Christmas but that still seemed so far away. I’d been secretly searching for cheap flights, scheming of ways to just show up at my parents’ home and surprise them one day, but then I’d get discouraged at the price and realize I should be working anyway, not planning another trip. Once my mom realized all this, she hopped online and somehow found a cheap round-trip ticket! Mikey and I were shocked at the deal, I wasn’t working (much), and it was her birthday – plus, she was paying. I’m in! (It’s so like a mom to pay for something for her kids on her own birthday!)
So…here I am. After an early morning wake-up, a jolt of Starbucks coffee, and a three hour plane ride, I arrived at SFO to see my mom looking cute as ever, waiting for me in her neon yellow shirt, cute workout shorts, and bright-beyond-belief running shoes…must be a California personal trainer thing.
We’ve talked solid in between her clients yesterday and today and have just loved reconnecting. My dad stopped by briefly over lunch for a quick hug yesterday, looking handsome as ever, and was off again, and before long my aunt Sue came by – seeing her was so good! It’s been a while and all kinds of familiar, fun memories flooded in when I hugged her. My mom has 5 sisters, 4 of whom are alive today, and I love being around them, drinking a cup of coffee, and talking – they could all talk, interrupt, listen, laugh, and simply be with each other for hours, and I’m happy to enter into that with them. After catching up on some emails I heard a noise outside the house and discovered Curtis, my family’s friend (and now mine too!), who’s been “camping in nature” (ie: homeless) in the area for years. He’s kind, brilliant, intriguing, a writer, and has had so many life experiences. He’s also working on his swearing but I kind of liked it (“I also like to brag a lot,” he told me, “I’m the proudest son of a b hill billy you’ve ever met!”). It was great to finally meet him after hearing about him for so long. We shot the breeze for a while, ate some food together, and parted for the day. I hope to see him again! Soon after, feeling a little “off” (travel days always do it to me!), I decided to set out for my run and test my slightly queasy stomach and tired-from-yesterday’s-workout legs.
The first mile and a half were brutal. I felt sick and walked up the hill to the reservoir. I don’t think I ate enough today and I could immediately feel it in my empty stomach, my heavy legs compounding the feeling. But it was so beautiful out and my mom still had 2 clients, so I decided to walk if I needed to and run when I could. The rest of the run ended up being great! So beautiful, my body clicked into a rhythm, and I happily relished every sun-soaked moment.
Over the “quease,” into the groove! My FAVORITE Bay Area aspect? Oak trees.
Gorgeous views, sunny skies, familiar streets, & my RoadID makin’ it to Cali!
6.6 happy miles later, I was back home, my dad was done with work, my mom finished up her evening clients, and we spent the time enjoying one antoher’s company over dinner at home. I got the chance to talk to Mikey – it’s weird to be here without him! – and am so thankful for him encouraging me to come. As much as I would have loved for him to come, it’s been so refreshing already for my heart to be here that I’m simply grateful for this time he’s allowed – but I do miss falling asleep with him at night.
Woke up this morning early after a much needed, deep sleep for some birthday bootcamps! I always join my mom’s bootcamp sessions when I’m here and usually get good movement in, and today, even though it’s her birthday, was no exception. She is such a faithful, hard worker and a great trainer – the classes were great! Check it out:
It was a blast. And I’m looking forward to the rest of the day! Time together with my mom and then later with my dad out at Sue & Curt’s house for dinner to celebrate my mom. I didn’t tell anyone I was even coming because I’m having a purely family; feels a little weird but at the same time we’ll be out and about at the ocean for the rest of the weekend and I know there will be times for reconnecting with friends later. This is all about soaking in the sun fam! …did I mention it’s going to be in the mid-80’s all week?! bring.it.on.
Not sure when I’ll post again – I’ve got some celebrating to do! But when my mom’s working and in between my own workouts and runs I’ll make sure to reconnect. Have a great weekend you guys – love those around you full blast and find ways to live well this weekend. Catch ya on the flip side!
From sunny California,