In your busy day to day life, how often do you just sit and basically allow yourself the luxury of doing nothing? It can be hard to make that time for yourself, but I have realized how crucial it is to one's sense of calm and wellbeing. Even if it's just a few minutes to breathe deeply and relax before entering your house after work, make some "me time" for yourself!
Laughter is another essential element and luckily is quite abundant any time I get together with my parents. At night we had dinner at Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant and sat for another hour in the restaurant talking and laughing before going to see "Despicable Me" in a theater in Goleta. "So fluffy!"
Saturday began with the unforgiving beeping of my alarm clock at way-too-early o'clock in the morning, but when three people are sharing my one bathroom to get ready and be set up at the farmers' market by 8:30am, one must heed the beeping fiend. It was surprisingly cold most of the day so I clutched my mug of tea and took breaks to walk in the sun and enjoy the beautiful displays of fresh local fruits, vegetables and flowers. Despite the chill, the folks at the market were friendly and warm and I really enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the talented musicians sharing their art for tips tossed into upturned hats.
We had some good conversations with locals and visitors alike and collected petition signatures.
When the market closed at 1pm we headed to Goleta for a tasty light lunch at Cafe Fresco. (Note to self: Go back to try their amazing looking fruit pies!). My parents went for a walk down to Stearn's Wharf while I went for a much needed run. It can be hard to make daily exercise a part of one's life, but now that I have, it is as essential to my day and my happiness as food and sleep. At night, we curled up on my couch and laughed our way through "The Princess Bride." The problem was, since I have seen the movie before, I started to laugh in advance of each joke! Despite my premature giggling fits, everyone really enjoyed the movie.
Sunday was a leisurely day that started with breakfast at one of my local favorites, CrushCafe. I was impressed that nearly every table has an electrical outlet so you can charge your laptop while recharging your own battery with coffee or one of their made from scratch meals. The atmosphere is cozy and the food is always delicious and fresh with many healthy and unique options. Yes I know this is not a food blog, but I've become somewhat of a foodie lately plus I make a point to support local businesses. I should tell you that one of my main passions along with sustainable cities is sustainable food systems. Consider it this way: Shouldn't we ensure that food and water, the two things we literally cannot live without, be absolutely secure and sustainable?! But that's a whole other bag o' beans! For now let's wrap up our lovely SB weekend.
The main entrance to Paseo Nuevo shopping center was pleasantly busy with shoppers, promoters and other tablers so we drew a decent crowd, collected several signatures and made a couple interesting contacts. I feel fortunate that I live in a town, and a state for that matter, with more open minded people than other parts of the country. We need grand thinkers, risk takers and serious movers and shakers to make a dent in the various challenges us quarrelsome, complex humans have created for ourselves.
After several hours we packed up and went to lunch - yes more food - at "Your Place," my favorite Thai restaurant in the entire city. The name has more than once caused some confusion such as when I asked where my friend was having her goodbye party and she cooly responded "Your place." "What? I don't have anything prepared!" "No silly, the Thai restaurant." "Oh, right... Great, I love that place!"
So amid the lingering scent of curry, my folks set off again for LaLa Land with happy memories of books, beets and the gentle bustle of Santa Barbara.