Six Months In

Well, it’s official! As of yesterday Doug and I have lived here in San Diego for six months, already! To be honest it’s hard for me to believe because it feels like time has raced by. We both found jobs within the first month of living here, we celebrated Christmas at my parents house, hosted his parents and his brother in December, reconnected with many old friends and made some new ones.

Six Months in SD

It has really been a change of pace for us to live here. On the one hand, here in San Diego there are so many interesting places to go, restaurants to try out, and parks to explore… On the other hand, our life-rhythm in McPherson was to log quality time with our close-knit group of friends many times a week, if not nightly. Here our friends are much busier, and much less spontaneous. It has been a lesson in planning-ahead and getting used to seeing our friends more infrequently. I won’t go ahead and say that one style of socializing is better than another, just that it is different.

Of course, we miss the sweet stucco house, our Kansas friends, and Doug’s family which we used to see very regularly, but thanks to his brother’s new iPhone and iPad (seriously, where does an 18 year old get that kind of money) we can easily facetime with them.

All in all, I’d say the laid back lifestyle and the mild weather have really been agreeing with me. We are so happy that we made the decision to move out here!

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Last Sunday my cousin and I took a macaron making class at Sur La Table! I fulfilled one of my life’s dreams… making French macarons! Now I know why they are so expensive: they are very labor intensive! Check out the photo play-by-play over at her blog Yeah. We Bake. If you have a Sur La Table near you I encourage you to check out their class calendar!


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9 thoughts on “Six Months In”

  1. So glad moving back has been such a success in different ways! Plus, it’s provided you new material to work with on your blog, so that’s good, right? Even though it’s more fun to work with a house you have at least partial control over versus an apartment, it’s nice to have the opportunity to show a different side of decorating.

    Macarons are definitely not for the weak or easily deterred. Croissants are another extremely labor intensive endeavor. All that folding over of such thin layers with butter…oh god..

    1. Thanks for the comment! Yes, I’ve heard that about croissants. I will just have to find a great bakery somewhere around here so I can buy them.
      SLT does offer a croissant class if you ever wanted to take one (for fun) up there in Portland!

      1. Haha–I think I’m just going to stick with enjoying the fruits of other people’s labor with croissants. I’ve helped my mom make them once, and it’s scarred me for life.

  2. Ohh, it is nice to hear that you like living in San Diego. I understand when you say that socializing is different depending on where you live. I moved from the south part to the really north part of Europe and I can say people socialize totally differently, but in time you get used to it.

  3. I have never ever had a macaroon but they’re so pretty. And I hear they’re a real challenge to bake. I’m excited that you got to experience them in such a hands-on way!

    1. I wouldn’t say they are a CHALLENGE, but there were a lot of very small and important steps. For someone who’s impatient and likes shortcuts like me, they probably won’t get made around here too often. Now I know they are worth the high price to pay!

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