Sunshine Kir

On a daily quest for the eternal sunshine!

Month: March, 2014

Winding Down the Urban…

Our time as city folk is drawing to a close. Opening day for the Padres is at the end of March. That is the equivalent of the winds changing for Mary Poppins so M and I need to get ready for the migration back to the beach. We got our temporary spot secured in Cardiff – Hooray! And it’ll be two short weeks till go time…But with such a short time left, I’m nostalgic about our amazing time here.

"Winds in the east, mist coming in. / Like somethin' is brewin' about to begin. / Can't put me finger on what lies in store, / But I fear what's to happen all happened before…"

“Winds in the east, mist coming in. / Like somethin’ is brewin’ about to begin. / Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, / But I fear what’s to happen all happened before…”

San Diego has bubbles. When we live in North County, we don’t venture much further than Solana Beach to the south or Leucadia to the north. You sort of stay put. Downtown wasn’t much different. We roamed our east village hood because it was fun and had what we needed. We did two, count them, two trips to Little Italy via trolley and two nights out in the Gaslamp. I had grander plans of Bankers Hill and Normal Heights, but it hasn’t happened…yet. Amazingly enough, haven’t run in Balboa Park, hit the Little Italy Farmer’s Market or been into the new library yet. Where does the time go?

Here are some of my favorite things about living in the East Village – some I figured, some were a pleasant surprise. Note, I couldn’t figure out how to continue numbering after a photo so you’ll see Part I & Part II for no reason other than I’m technically challenged in WordPress:

Part I

  1. Diversity – all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities. So very refreshing.
  2. Urban peeps are friendly. Everyone talks to everyone. In our building elevator, in line at the bagel place, at yoga. No one cares how old you are, what you’re wearing or if you’re cool or not. You sit down at the bar, the person to your right says hi, or at the very least, makes eye contact and smiles (the exception: pedi cab guys by the Midway- won’t miss you at all)
  3. In 2 blocks or less, we could walk to 10 different restaurants – this is both a blessing and a curse
  4. Our balcony. Hands down one of the best things about our urban living. I’m going to miss the city lights, the Coronado bridge and my daily peek into what was going on in Petco Park. Coffee in the morning w/legs up on the railing. A beer & my laptop at sunset w/legs up on the railing…

My little writing spot w/a view as I type this tonight…gonna miss it! #nofilteripromise

When the lights go down in the city...

When the lights go down in the city…

Part II

  1. The convention center stairs. Only fun when you’re done, but phew, what a killer leg workout
  2. Anne at Basic Pizza. Arguably the best waitress ever. Pizza & salad will also be missed, but she made us feel so welcome every time
  3. Lolitas Mexican literally in our building. (notice the food theme)
  4. Hale Holistic. I’ll be driving down at least once a month to visit (then hitting up Basic). Loved the space, the teachers, the students.
  5. Running along the embarcadero. The exception – the stretch at Seaport Village on the weekend when you didn’t get motivated early enough to be out the door by 9am. If you’ve ever run that stretch, you know what I’m talking about
  6. Fun date nights and quality weekend time w/M

And the surprise of the century…

7. East Village Grocery Outlet – alas, me in my coastal snobbery almost missed this wonderful gem of a store. I believe my initial statement to M way back in November was, “Oh hell no, don’t even think about it”. I was a fool. If you’re in the hood, go. You never know what you’re going to get, but it’s almost always better than you think. Organic options? Yes. Incredible cheese selection? Randomly, yes. Bargain prices, most definitely. Just check the expiration dates and it’s all good. Don’t believe me? Check out the Yelp reviews.

Don't be scared…this place is awesome!

Don’t be scared…this place is awesome!

Part One, #4 was a close second, but overall, Part Two #6 was my favorite aspect of living downtown. Getting people to come visit us wasn’t easy. And we didn’t take it personally. Believe me, if we didn’t venture more than 10 blocks, we certainly couldn’t blame anyone for not making the field trip down.  We may as well have been in Tijuana. The upside was that M & I spent a ton of fun, quality time together. We walked the city and ate out at lots of different places (clearly as 4 of the 10 posts mention bars/restaurants). He ran for miles and I hopped on my beach cruiser and sherpa’d the long runs. We biked to Point Loma, had Mai Tais at Roy’s to watch the sunset (just cause), gaped at the huge yachts near the convention center, played tourist in Coronado and shopped at the East Village Grocery Outlet. It has been an incredible staycation adventure and I’m so very grateful for the fun experience.

Beach cruiser/Long Run - 19 miles of exploration

Beach cruiser/Long Run – 19 miles of exploration

With a mere two weeks to go, I still have a laundry list of things to check off before our time is done. Goal #1 is to walk over to Tijuana for the day to do a little exploring. Library & farmer’s market also on deck. Last call North County people…it’s now or never to come visit!!! Let’s see how many of these little beauties I can check off before I’m officially a “visitor” again. ♥

One more hour till sunset

This is one of my favorite days of the year! Set your clocks forward an hour and voila, an extra hour of daylight. Sunset watching is delayed and we get a chance at a little more fresh air before it gets dark. I LOVE it.

In honor of this wonderful occasion, San Diego has decided to celebrate with a 75 and 79 degree weekend! So it’s off to yoga and then some outdoor beach time. Here are some yummy ways to kick off your extra hour of sunlight. Better start practicing. Summer will be here before we know it. Have a happy, wonderful weekend ♥

Get your board out of the garage for a little lounging. Surf too big? Hit the lagoon instead…

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Simply amazing…source

It’s never too early to start your bikini shopping…

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brown shoulders + cuff + bikini = beach ready

Grab your gf and hit the beach after sunset. A nice little moon walk does the body good…

Moon walks…source

Moon walks…source

Hit the beach if you’re lucky enough to live near one. Even if it’s in a beanie and your puffy…

Me + M at Swamis

Me + M at Swamis

Make daisy chains like when you were seven…

Daisy chains

Daisy chains…source

Hit your local farmers market…My favorite is Leucadia!

Leucadia Farmer's market…source

Leucadia Farmer’s market…source

Go for a ride on your beach cruiser…

beach cruising

beach cruising…source

Find a meadow/beach/park. Grab brie/baked goods/wine. Go on a picnic…

Dreamy day picnic please…source

Dreamy day picnic please…source

Get some beachy highlights…

salt water highlights

salt water highlights

Okay, that should get you started. If this doesn’t inspire some optimism, I don’t know what will. Now, off to the outdoors xo

Yoga + Running Ramblings

Since the urban adventure began, I’ve been doing more yoga and less running. And it feels soooo good. (Thank you Hale Holistic) Quite simply, I’m better when I practice yoga. In general, I’m more calm, relaxed and at ease. My back, shoulders, arms, legs, core…everything strengthens and feels good. Inhale. Exhale. Flow. Move. Stillness. Rest. Repeat.

Alas, the running…not so much. Some people do really well with this combo. For me, I find it’s all or nothing. When I run my hamstrings shrink an inch for every mile I log. Well, maybe not literally, but it feels like it. There’s a different release I get when I run. Anyone who’s run when they’re frustrated, anxious or angry knows how this feels. Running when you have excitement or indecision pent up is an incredible meditation in motion. But when I get back on my mat after running, I feel stiff, achy and like I took a step backward in my practice.

Best analogy ever...

Pretty much

Over the years, I’ve released my “performance yogi” and sent her gently on her way. The more I practiced yoga, the more goal-oriented I was in mastering certain poses, back bending deeper, touching my toes to my head in a forearm balance and being as flexible as possible. It was a fun time of exploration practicing with incredible teachers, doing yoga 6 days a week, being acknowledged for having a beautiful practice, but I missed the point of a lot of it. Not to mention did some pretty permanent damage to my SI.

It’s interesting to see the array of fancy poses of my fellow yogis all over Facebook. Confession #1: my judgement comes screaming to the forefront of my brain. Thoughts like, “there’s so much more to you then this”, “did you post this shot for admiration?”, “enough with the handstands already”. Is it so bad that people post pictures of themselves doing yoga? (okay sometimes it’s all. the. time.) But no one’s being hurt and I can always hide them from my feed. My work here is to acknowledge that it annoys me and then gracefully move on. Confession #2: totally not there yet.

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Working on that 1st + 2nd chakra…

Nowadays, I show up, take class and that’s the beginning and end of it.  I’ve freed up a lot of rules in my practice. I don’t have to go to a certain teacher or always choose the hardest, most advanced option anymore. If I feel energetic, I’ll do a backbend. If not, supported bridge with a block is just fine – delicious actually. If I have a strong aversion to a pose, I may ask myself “why” then move on. I still have my glory poses – the ones you just love and could hang out in all day, but I’m equally happy with a long sivasana covered in a blanket and supported with a bolster. And I’m loving this freedom and truly enjoying practicing each time now that there’s no goal or attachment to the outcome.

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As M gets deeper into his marathon training, I decided to sign up for the OC Half Marathon as a sign of solidarity. The good thing…it’ll get me out running again. The maybe not so good thing…my flexibility will likely take a dive. This humbles me on my mat. But maybe that’s a good thing after. Either way, I’m grateful for a body that allows me the strength and flexibility to choose each day how I’ll move. ♥