#Pribattical Phase 3&4: CALIFORNIA

Friday, January 18

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Final installment of my #Pribattical re-cap! Phase 1 here / Phase 2 here.

It feels funny writing about this trip to California, considering I've been back again since (for Christmas.) Though this might have been the least *exciting* part of my sabbatical, it was just as important to me to include in my "heritage journey", and I definitely want to remember it.

We kicked things off in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I literally arrived late the night before Thanksgiving, and it was a jam-packed few days (it always is) including our annual doubles tournament (theme: classic PBS shows), multicultural dinner, family pictures ^ some time spent with my best friends, playing Settlers of Catan, a really beautiful and fun day in San Francisco, visiting with my neighbors, and getting to catch Tuppy in a show! 

Monday morning I dropped Art off at the airport (I've made this joke ten times but I was like, what, you can't take 4 weeks off from work with me?!) and picked up my rental car. It ended up costing a stupid amount of money to rent a car in the Bay Area and drop it off in Carlsbad, and I debated it, but I really had my heart set on a solo road-trip down the California coast. And it was heavenly. 

I made sure to take my time and soak in the absolutely gorgeous drive. I mean, when you do ever let yourself lolly-gag and take your time on a road-trip? Never! I stopped a few times to eat my lunch, and journal, and take a few selfies ;) and just reflect on the month and how thankful I was for it. It was, however unconventionally, a special part of the trip for me.

I spent a few days in the Long Beach area with Coren, Marisol, and Milo ALL TO MYSELF! I mean, basically. After having to share him with all of his aunts & uncles over Thanksgiving, it was such a treat to have some 1:1 time. We took some walks, watched a lot of reality TV, you know, life with a baby. We also had an epic "parent's night out!" that was a total blast. I've been spending more and more time in Southern California lately and really cherishing it. Already planning the next time I can go see MY nephew. Maybe for our birthday?!

Finally, to cap off the entire month, I headed down to the San Diego area for a few days with Sundar. We actually had the most fun bender of a few days. 

I know I said this wasn't the most *exciting* part of the trip, but by that I mean, it felt the most normal. Not that it wasn't special and fun, but it's not like I was in another country for first time in years. Does that make sense? It was really cool to just be in SoCal with family on a random week, for seemingly no reason at all. 

It was the perfect end to an incredible month! That's all for #Pribattical. Thanks following along.


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