Friday, November 22, 2013

The Week Before Friendsgiving


It's been raining off and on all week, but that's ok. California needs rain and when there's a desperate need for something you want it to be fulfilled. I've been surfing when it's raining anyways. Some of these photos give you an idea of what it's like to surf here in the winter. It can be cold and stormy and uncrowded and…it's my favorite. I find so much peace being out there all by myself. Like it's just me and the ocean and I have its full attention. I sing about five words from songs that are stuck in my head over and over again and watch the birds hunt for food while I hunt for ridable waves. There aren't many, but sometimes I feel the reason I came out isn't for riding them anyways.  


Last Friday, Scott and my dad worked on the house while I caught a few storm trooper waves before it was completely dark. After surfing, Scott, my parents and I went to dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant in town. We can only eat there when it's below 60ยบ because we want to thoroughly enjoy the hot spaghetti, red wine and candlelight. 

After dinner we went to a surf party with Roberta, but my parents quickly bailed once they realized everyone was under 30 and the only beverage available was Pabst Blue Ribbon. 

On Saturday, I was up before the sun. This usually happens. On the day I can sleep in, I'm up at 5:38 listening to Royals, printing pictures off of Pinterest and pasting them into my notebook. It reminds me of waking up before my parents as a kid and finding activities until they were ready to start their own day. I love how quiet it is in the morning. In the afternoon my mom taught me how to hem my Friendsgiving dress.

Though once Monday arrived, all of this weekend lightheartedness seemed to sink down like sand does into the street cracks when it rains. There's been lots of transitions lately with my new part time jobs, but most difficult of all has been coming to the realization that bad people sometimes get their way, and there's definitely been moments of me being that version of myself I don't like. Sometimes I feel like there must be a quota on the amount of things that a person can be struggling with at one time. Like once you reach your breaking point, God will make it stop, but I don't think that's how it works. And anyways, I'm not anywhere near suffering, just trying to sort things out in my head (and probably being a bit dramatic).

Maybe I'm happy for these struggles. Maybe I know they're making me stronger. Maybe I need them like California needs the rain.

Tomorrow 21 people will come over to our house and we will welcome them with open arms and (hopefully) a functioning kitchen and we will laugh and drink and talk and eat and…I think the rain will have been good for us all.

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  1. Gorgeous pictures, looks like a great week! I love the idea of printing off pinterest ideas and putting them in a notebook. And yes I'm sure they're making you stronger. Enjoy your day!

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    1. It's kind of funny printing pictures off of Pinterest. I'm not sure that's the whole idea considering it's supposed to be kind of a digital experience, but whatever. I like having something I can hold on to. Enjoy your day too Ari!

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  2. I love that you are bringing friends to your home as you get it ready. And focusing on blessings like friends also make the challenges more bearable and indeed seem like they are making us stronger.

    Maria @ The Good Life

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    1. Hopefully it will be ready for our friends! Actually we are painting the backsplash today...I don't know if it's like us to wait 'til the last minute, but it sure feels like it right now. Thanks for the note Maria. I hope you have a good weekend!

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  3. Hang in there, Devon. Like the rain, this hard time will pass. It never feels like it at the time, though. That's why sometimes I just want to go live on an island somewhere with only a few people and be independently wealthy:) That would be the best. I wish I had that view of the sunset. It is spectacular. There's just something so magical about the sky meeting the water to me. Maybe because I so rarely see it. I hope your Friendsgiving goes well! I'm sure it will be awesome, and I love the mood board you put together. I want to start doing something like that for Christmas. Have a great weekend:)

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    1. That island you describe sounds pretty heavenly. Bet you could see some fantastic sunsets from there! I saw some pretty awesome sunsets in the midwest when I was driving through. Corn fields are so pretty! But I do love the fusion of water and fire that comes from an ocean sunset. I hope you have a great weekend too, Kari!

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  4. The rain is so soothing for me. So is the quiet of alone. I'm sitting here now on my in-laws screened in porch having a picnic overlooking the lake. All we hear is the birds, the wind & the occasional bark. I'm in heaven. This must be what your time with the ocean feels like. Hope your kitchen is functional & y'all have a great time with your friends tomorrow!

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    1. That setting sounds perfect. Thanks for transporting me there for a minute. It does sound similar to my alone time out on the water. I hope you have a great weekend Misty!

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  5. Sorry it's not going very smoothly at the moment Devon. Bad people do sometimes get their own way, but I don't think they are content, or satisfied, or happy. They will find something else to be unpleasant about. But I think you do have the capacity to be content and happy with life, and this means everything. You're a good person Devon, I hope they don't drag you down too much. Your photos are lovely. I like to rise early and do things in the quiet of the waking morning before most of the others are up. Often I have my biggest boy to keep me company which is nice - we don't get much one-to-one time otherwise, and we always get on much better in the calm of just us first thing. Next time I am sat at the table before the chilly dawn I will think of you at yours. Hope you both have a good weekend Devon.

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    1. This means so much to me CJ. Thank you. I'm glad you and your son have such nice time together in the mornings.

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  6. rain really does have a nice way of washing things clear - I hope that it's a fresh new day for you tomorrow!

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  7. This post sung to my heart...along with the same five words to a song...I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that out on the waves. Happy friendsgiving to you. Thankful for your blog, photos, and spirit.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one too! :) Thank you so much for your sweet words. They have definitely made me smile.

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  8. I am obsessed with that last picture. Simply stunning, Devon!

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    1. Thanks Julia! The sun deserves the credit, I think. I was just in the right place and the right time.

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  9. it's been raining everyday too here! and i love it. it makes the weather cooler. glad that your kitchen operation is now functioning :)
    and that's a pretty sunset.

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