I hate the 4th of July. I've never been a huge fan of fireworks and now that I'm older and my anxiety has gotten worse and there are more and more illegal fireworks that aren't even fireworks but rather mortar bombs that just make a horrendous boom noise sending my heart racing, my anxiety screaming and my poor cats terrified - I FUCKING HATE THEM. Hows that for a run on sentence?
Honestly - I don't know why we still "celebrate" this way. Between all the poor terrified pets, the Veterans and shooting survivors who have massive PTSD and just people like me who want to cry because we're so jumpy - how about a quieter way to celebrate?
Also - lately - it's not a very celebratory time anymore. Being under "Trumps America" doesn't make me want to celebrate our country at all right now.
BUT - that aside - it does give us a few days off work, and in my case almost a whole week off! Since the 4th landed on a Wed this year, we got Wed-Fri off! Woot! I of course pretty much just started pretending it was Stay-Cation time the weekend before with 2 random work days in there. This created this lovely blog of just a bunch of lovely shit I did over the last couple of weeks!
The Saturday before the 4th - I had a lovely mom date day with mom. You can take a gander of what that entailed here.
Sunday I had a Sunday Funday with my "hubs". We brunched in DTSA then wandered the Orange Circle and did some antiquing and as you read a few blogs back - found a cache!
|I love my "husband"|
Monday and Tuesday we're work days - BOO - but we got cut early on the 3rd and I ended up on my deck with a lovely co-worker friend of mine sharing a bottle of Rose' to get the Stay Cation started off right!
The 3rd of July there's a big shin-dig at Fred Kelly Stadium here in Orange that does a big firework show (Side note - I don't mind the pretty flowery firework shows that are put on by professionals) and you can see it from my mom's front yard. Some years she's has a little BBQ. This year she invited a few of our closest and we had a lovely evening of burgers and convo followed by the front yard show. For some reason I didn't take pictures because sometimes I suck - but Libby did get a shot of those of us that were OHS Alumni since we were all reminiscing a bit about the old days.
|I did get one selfie with my girl!|
The 5th of July brought the heat. We had a nasty heatwave roll into our fair state (and actually the whole US is kind of getting creamed with weird heat) over the rest of the weekend and it began on Thursday. Stacy and I did get up early and head out to a new hike before it got too brutal. She brought me up to Modjeska Canyon and we did a little version of the Harding Truck Trail. It's a quick but tough up and back kind of thing. We went over the hill, then down into the ravine. I'm looking forward to coming back on a cooler day and doing more of the ravine (There's a cache down there!!!). I looked for a cache that was supposed to be just off the trail but no luck.
|Love this girl!|
|Trying to be candid|
|Such a pretty flower!|
|Me shooting said flower|
|Looking for the damn cache I couldn't find!|
|Next time I'm here I'm bringing a stamp to add to the journal!|
|Added a unicorn to the box!|
Tucker Wildlife Center which is across from the gift shop and it was so cute!! We didn't stay long though since it was warming up and we were getting hungry. But it's a super cute little thing and there's a bird porch! I must bring my mother here!
|Hi Blue Jay!|
|I named her Midnight|
|Keri's grandson named him Whiskers|
|I named him Boo|
|Can you even?!?!|
Friday - The Sun landed on the earth and it was hotter than balls.
It got to 110 degrees where I was, and hotter in other spots. It was too hot to do anything, so I hid inside my house I shut up like a tomb and DIED. I did paint my toes and a bunch of rocks (yes I paint rocks sometimes) and they dried in like 3 seconds. There were a couple of hours that were just miserable and I did everything I could to cool me and the cats down. Best part - my landlady finally did something to make my rent increase worth it - got me a 2nd air conditioner. My place has no insulation but it made a huge difference and helps so much. So hopefully future heat waves I'll be more prepared for. JESUS.
That night - I did go out. I KNOW! It was hot. So fucking hot. But my friend had an art show and I was hoping night fall would bring a little coolness (HA! NOT!). The boy and I met up with Rick at one of my favorite spots in Downtown Fullerton - Twisted Vine for some yummy dinner before walking over to the gallery. It was so hot. They were handing out otter pops. Seriously. My poor friends putting on the show were melting - but he still ended up having a great show! Yay Bryan! I didn't take any pictures (again goddamnit) but here's one from the night that someone else took.
|Great show Bryan!|
|I forgot I took an Insta pic (that's my Insta people - follow me if you like!) of this creepy dude|
Afterwards Pat and I wandered over to Fullerton Museum to check out their exhibit then to Bourbon Street for some drinks and caught a great brass band!
Saturday brought a pretty chill day, little pool time with Libby and the kiddo, then off to Corona (yes Corona because I like to go where it's fucking hotter) for a 40th birthday party. One of Pat's good friends whom I also adore decided to have a Halloween Themed Birthday Party. Yes in July. This is why I like her. So - that was hot but fun!
|Welcome to the 40's Club Miss Mandy!|
Aside from the blistering heat it was a lovely few days of fun with friends and family! Yay to making more memories!!