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Happiness Month_Day Twenty

Day Twenty
Three Gratitudes_60/ 63
          I'm grateful:
58_that I had at least several good years in San Francisco before being forced to return to the (boring boring boring) suburbs.
59_that I was able, with the help of my parents and grandparents, to spend two months in Europe while still young
60_that I have a decent sense of design and organization so that I have been able to create a decent home wherever I’ve lived and no matter how small the space (and trust me when I say that a couple have been very very small)

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           One Positive_20/ 21
Lauren and I lunched with the Hadleys, Cindy and Jimmy, and with the Jaxons, Nancy and Paul, across the street at Cup & Saucer. In talking with the owner, we found out that they're going to remodel our little Princeton Plaza. YAY! YAY! YAY!! Apparently, Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) is insisting. And then, Lauren and I grocery shopped, which is so much more fun when she's with me. And then, we went to see the trust guy so now Lauren is even more protected, which is always a positive.
          I did one act of doing something beyond the normal: I was a very good listener at lunch and at the trust guy's office. That really is something beyond the normal.
          I did exercise: I did not.
          I did meditate:I did 25 blissful iPod minutes and if this sounds like yesterday that's because it is.

One day to go :(

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ashmedai
Mar. 26th, 2013 06:39 am (UTC)
58_that I had at least several good years in San Francisco before being forced to return to the (boring boring boring) suburbs.

We need a boring, quiet place with our swing-shift schedule, it'd be next to impossible to sleep during the day if we lived downtown. For a while it wasn't so boring here, but chronic sleep deprivation was the result - lol.
gaeln
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
I wouldn't wish your neighbors on anyone, I felt so bad for your sleep deprivation.

When I lived in San Francisco, I basically lived in a neighborhood, the Marina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_District,_San_Francisco
It was as quiet at night as any suburb, but during the day, the world awaited only 2 blocks away. When I would walk out my door and look left, I'd see the Palace of Fine Arts pictured in the link above.
ashmedai
Apr. 6th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
That sounds beautiful! That's one of the things I like about our suburb too, it's quiet and has the atmosphere of a little village, but everything is just a short distance away and easily accessible.
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gaeln
Apr. 6th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
I lived both in the Richmond (within 2 blocks of the Golden Gate) and Marina (within 1/2 block of the Palace of Fine Arts) districts, especially loving being in the Marina. I'm glad you at least had many hours there and like you, I still miss it like crazy. T me, San Jose is like a quaint little town. There are a lot of people here but so spread out and even with the new condo towers, it will always be...well...short, because of the airport. Bunch of restaurants downtown now though and lots of theater. Santa Cruz is a day trip!

Thank you so much for your very kind words. I'm giving some thought to do this maybe twice a month for awhile. We'll see.

*hugs* to you too, sweetie.
shadownyc
Mar. 26th, 2013 11:04 am (UTC)
One of the things I've missed has been living in a city for a time. I still think about it but love my home and friends and wouldn't want to leave my location at this point... but I never say never. ;)
gaeln
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Never say never is definitely my motto, although my dream of living in Manhattan is not like to happen :) Like you, right at this moment, I couldn't imagine relocating to another state but one day, who knows, right?
skimmed_miilk
Mar. 26th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Whereabouts in Europe did you get to visit?
gaeln
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
I traveled with 2 girlfriends. We did three weeks around Spain (including Portugal), then spent five weeks, in no particular order, in Italy (all over), Paris, Amsterdam, London, Salzburg, and Munich. Lovely time :)
flashfly
Mar. 27th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
Where's you go in your two months in Europe? I'd love to stay for such an extended time.
gaeln
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
I had a girlfriend living temporary in Madrid so another girlfriend (actually the Barbara I talk about frequently) and I met up with her and did about 3 weeks around Spain including Portugal. Then we spent five weeks visiting all around Italy and, in no particular order, Paris, Salzburg, Munich, Amsterdam, London, Bavaria, and I think that's it. We slept in youth hostels and got around using the trains otherwise, even with my parents and grandparent's (who paid for my train pass) help, I couldn't have afforded it. Plus, where I was working held my job.
flashfly
Apr. 10th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Sounds like a dream. I want the soup I got in Spain right now - broth with cooked eggs, onions and ham.
gaeln
Apr. 12th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
I missed your Spanish soup somehow and sadly as it sounds delicious. Since you were obviously in there, I infer you were elsewhere in Europe so now, will you summarize your time abroad? One time, two times? More?
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