Pictures from the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California. I’ve been to a lot of aquariums in my life, and I must say that this one was very small. Half the building were actual exhibits while the other half was information on how to save our dying ecosystem. It’s actually kind of sad how everything under the sea is dying and losing it’s beauty. -Josephine
So I was in San Diego this weekend, and I was so excited to post all the cool pictures of my adventures, but unfortunately on the drive home, my poor phone decided to commit suicide. So, the only picture I was able to retrieve was this one in front of the shark exhibit at the Birch Aquarium because I had tweeted it while I was up there.
Sighh. Such a bummer. I haven’t yet used my upgrade, so thankfully a new iPhone will be free. I won’t have any of my contacts or pictures though, sadly. I guess they’re gone forever. Tragedy, really.
Nevertheless, the weekend was still fun. It’s always a pleasure being in San Diego. -Josephine
SO I drove up Friday Morning and met up with Haley’s family in downtown San Diego. We hung around there and then spent the night in Solana Beach. Saturday morning Haley and I caught the Amtrack that took us to Los Angeles. The train ride went smoothly. The tracks ran right along-side the ocean for nearly the entire 2 1/2 hour trip.
We arrived in the LA station where Haley’s mom’s ex boyfriend picked us up and took us to China Town to grab something for dinner. Afterward, he gave us a tour of downtown LA. If you’ve never been before, the city is HUGE. Definitely makes a small human feel smaller.
We arrived at the Luckman Arts Theater later in the evening. Everyone was dressed up so cute for the Cocorosie concert! Girls had flowers in their hair and their bodies painted. It was a very artsy atmosphere.
We spent the night at Matt Melvin’s house: artist of the Cyanide and Happiness comics. Him and his girlfriend Austin (who is also a digital artist) had a cute little apartment near the Hollywood area. I did steal a bit of their Thai food in their fridge. I wonder if they ever noticed.
Sunday morning we boarded the Amtrack back to San Diego bright and early. I got in contact with my cousin, Isabella, and we agreed to meet up when I arrived. We ate dinner at Philipi’s, a little pizza grotto in downtown San Diego, and also my favorite Italian restaurant in the entire WORLD. I ended up staying another night at her place since I wasn’t scheduled to work Monday. And, of course, I was in no hurry to go home. California is too beautiful!
Monday morning, Isabella, her mom, grandpa, and I ate breakfast at a very artistic restaurant called The Mission. They made all of their food look so cute! After we were done, Isabella and I drove to Ocean Beach where we walked down this extremely long boardwalk, messed around with the creatures in the tide pools, and then browsed through the little beach shops. Pretty soon it was time for her to go to work (she also works at a Mimi’s Cafe) and I headed back home to good ol’ AZ.
Well the picture with the door is an example of how Josephine and I provide security and safety for ourselves. Our Hotel was fucking creepy and was in downtown Oceanside. The chair hooked on the door was a life saver im sure of it. Oh and the other picture is the view we had from our room:] You can see the beach and everything.
We also constructed a fake “sleeping body” in the bed closest to the door, so a killer would try to get that person first and we would hear it and wake up. Then we were so scared that we slept in the same bed. Lmao. Never stay in an old hotel from the 1920’s that’s downtown. It’s scary as hell. But we did have a direct view of the beach from our hotel room window in the morning. That was pleasant. [: -Josephine
I know this doesn’t look like much of anything, but never in my life have I ever had any definition to an arm muscle. Ever. Like, seriously. Ever. I’ve been a ballet dancer since I was 4, so majority of the training was with the lower body. Arms never got much of a workout. A few weeks ago I decided to add a bit of weight lifting to my regular workout…not very much, just like 5 lb’s, sometimes 10. I never thought much of it, but today I noticed a slight bump when I flexed. It’s so weird seeing muscles there. 18 years and I’ve never seen or felt this on my body.
Not that there’s really much of a muscle there anyway, and not that anyone really cares haha. But I was just kinda shocked and thought I’d share.
Anyway, Kelsey and I leave for Oceanside tomorrow after school. All of my beach equipment is packed into my car. I checked all my tires for air and such. Our hotel on the beach downtown is booked and waiting for us. I’m super excited and anxious to feel that California air on my skin. It’s going to be great. I really need this.
Goodnight, Tumblr. I’ll be back with pictures posted Sunday. -Josephine
So i’m very excited because Josephine and I finally booked our hotel in Oceanside :] This trip is going to be so fun. Why? Because its somewhere other than Yuma. I’m excited to go to the beach and get sun burned :] I’m excited to eat at different restaurants and go to thrift stores. I was planning on seeing a dear friend of mine when i go up there but for some reason i feel like that is not going to happen.. Oh well. I want to go to thrift stores really bad because i want to compare the clothes with clothes here. Hopefully i’ll find good deals. And i also hope here are some good looking white boys. Mmmmm Yep. White boys.
Nah, it’s all about dem tan boys. Wit tha dark eyes. Watch, how much do you want to bet we aren’t going to see any boys -__- lol I’m just excited to be in California and be at the beach. Walk the pier…ugh 2 days. -Josephine
Well, my performance last night went AWESOME! Wow, the applause at the end was totally worth it. It turns out my entire family came to watch me and showered me with flowers and praise. I had an awesome time. Afterwards, the majority of the dance team went to go eat, and it was nice catching up with an old friend. I need to hit her up more.
And now it is saturday. I really would like to go get a haircut and a pedicure. But, unfortunately, I have to save my money for our Oceanside trip this weekend. Wah. I might just go to the beauty school since they cost about 3x’s less, but I only trust one person to cut my hair and I would probably freak out on them and cause a scene. So it’s better that I don’t.
Okay well, that’s all, folks. Going to the gym. At least I don’t have to pay for that? -Josephine
I must say, I very much enjoyed my little 2 day vacation. Once we got past Phoenix, the drive was very beautiful. The highway was surrounded by forest. There were even a few patches of snow left on the ground that I got the chance to stomp around in. We arrived in Flagstaff just as the sun was going down, so I got to have a little look at the university. It isn’t as big as I thought it would be. That was a good thing. The bookstore was closed and there were no more tours happening for the rest of the night, so we decided to just head to Sedona in hopes of finding a room for the night. I guess those towns up in the mountains are really pushing the eco-friendly everything so they are VERY, very dark at night. There are barely any street lights at all, and the ones that they had were extremely dim. But I guess it’s all as well. I’m sure the Earth appreciates the gesture.
If you’ve never been to Sedona, I highly recomend a visit. I mean, if you’re into nature and all. It’s a town that is entirely surrounded by these massive, red canyons. It’s incredibly beautiful. It also seems as if the entire population is people who are at complete peace with themselves and nature. There is a coffee/tea shop at every corner. I must say that I had the best chai tea of my life while I was there. It’s just an all-around cute place. There’s a few good trails that I have hiked in the past that are famous for the random vortexes (a spot usually found in mountains where the gravitational pull spirals rather than goes straight down allowing better energy flow through the body).
The next day we shopped a little in Sedona but eventually made our way back to Flagstaff just in time for a Campus tour. I must say I am more than excited to be a student at NAU. It’s so beautiful up there and the university is so small and cute.
This was all fun, and now I am home. I work for the next 5 nights in a row. I doubt I’ll be going to the fair this week. Ah well, I was never much of a fair person anyway. I would only want to go just to see my art on display, but then again it was only the art that I rushed through in class. It isn’t even that impressive. Eh, whatever. I don’t need to go. Goodnight, internet. I am very tired. -Josephine