Monthly Archives: June 2009

May Gray & June Gloom

June Gloom

You may be under the impression that San Diego has perfect weather year-round.  Chances are then you have not heard of May gray & June gloom.  It’s a dirty little secret if you ask me.  During these two months the weather might be a perfect 68, minus sunshine.

June gloom has mentally thrown me for a loop.  In my mind June, the month of my birthday and wedding anniversary, is supposed to be warm (one might say muggy), with the occasional thunderstorm, and bursting with sunshine.

Not so much here in SoCal.  The redeeming factor for me is that there is always something in bloom on the ground to drown out the gray skies above.  This is a picture taken from my back yard.  A colorful treat in these parts are the purple-flowering Jacaranda trees.  They are literally everywhere and they make me happy (how could a purple tree not make you happy?).


Today was just what the doctor ordered. After the busyness of the past couple weeks, it felt good to ease back into my Saturday routine.

It had been several weeks since I’d returned to the mountain for my Saturday hiking routine. I see the mountain every day from my home and office. I am drawn to the mountain. I don’t know how to explain it. Hiking my way to the top is just something I enjoy. I see many of the same faces each week making the same pilgrimage.

Yesterday I invited Megan to join me. She quickly agreed. Honestly, I didn’t expect her to follow through because I didn’t foresee her waking up in time. She is our late-nighter and is last in the family to crawl out of bed. Megan proved me wrong by being the first one awake this morning. I was shocked that I had slept in past 7am. I can’t think of the last time I slept that “late”.

Hiking the mountain with just Megan was special. Paul is my momma’s boy and doesn’t often “allow” me to turn the attention away from him and towards Megan. We hiked up the mountain hand-in-hand while Megan kept the conversation flowing. I was surprised to learn that she was fearful of the height (more so on the trail than at the summit). She was delighted to reach the top, especially when she discovered that she could see Sea World. Going down Megan became less timid and we ran part of the way. Solo hikes may be a thing of the past (at least for a while). Spending time with Megan is totally worth it.

I Don’t Know Where To Begin

My last check-in was the week of Memorial Day.  Obviously, I haven’t done a good job of keeping my blog up to date.  I’m struggling now with where to begin.  Earlier in the week my friend Amy wrote to make sure I was okay.  I assured her that there was no cause for alarm.  During the past two weeks I have:

  • Flown to San Francisco for a crazy fun (but too short) weekend with Adam
  • Giggled with friends at a girls-only movie party
  • Celebrated the same-day birthdays of Adam and Erin (a friend) in Lucha Libre style
  • Experienced the wonder of the ocean through the wide eyes of our “adopted” African family
  • Become a year older
  • Run a  5k
  • Waited in line for burgers at Hodads
  • Gotten soaked at Sea World