According to my friends, I’ve been Californiaized

by Rebecca A. Watson on November 13, 2009

in California, food, friends, happiness, life

It’s been a few days since I arrived home and (I think) the jet lag has passed. My clothes are clean and my luggage is back in its place in the closet.

Although I miss my sweet sweet friend dearly, there is something so nice about coming home. So in the spirit of my last post, here are some things (in no particular order) I love about California:

  • I can call it home! I’ve lived here for four months, and when I was missing home on my trip, I was missing California. I feel settled in and that I belong here–more than any place in a long while.
  • My kitchen! I had a great time cooking in Norway. I learned how to prepare different fish, make mushroom sauce (mmm…mushrooms) and that there are loads of things you can put on bread. But there is something so nice about coming home and baking bread in my own oven. My first loaves: oatmeal cinnamon raisin breakfast bread. Oh yeah. It’s amazing.

  • My friends and roommate. The few friends I’ve made here are great ones. And as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. My roommate and I get along famously regardless, but I will say that installing a washer and dryer while I was gone made me even more happy to see him.

    Here’s a pic of him and me in San Francisco a few months back. We went to visit friends and family. It’s so nice to have people that care about me in California. It’s pretty awesome considering how little time I have been here.

    • The food! I know, I know! But food provides energy for life. We have to eat it, so I have decided to enjoy it. And damn! I missed the taquerias. I love spicy food — peppers and hot sauce of any kind. I am using the word “love” about hot sauce and I am not ashamed. A good friend of mine and I made these huevos rancheros for breakfast a few weeks ago. I guess I eat like a queen in Cali too.

    Oh California! Thanks for such a warm homecoming. I feel so blessed to be living in this beautiful state. It’s full of possibilities and wonder. I’ve only begun exploring.

    (You will notice the weather is not on this list. Although I love it, it is chili here. It’s a humid coolness, and that chills to the bone. I realize that coming from Minnesota I shouldn’t complain, and I’m trying not to. It’s for this reason that my friends make fun of me for being Californiaized. I dare say I would not make it through a Minneapolis winter now.)

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