day offs post payday can be pretty exciting...disneyland, la coffee adventures and finding foodie wonderlands. however, day offs before payday can be pretty uneventful and boring because of how much you spent the week before. let's be honest, i am not a finance expert. i am twenty five and enjoy spending my money on nine dollar pour overs of kenyan coffee. and buying a new outfit every time i feel like "i have nothing to wear!'. i know i know i am a work in progress. but hey! i have someone in my life that showed me today that you can still have the best day off even when you don't have that comma in your bank account.
waking up today next to those big blue eyes, and that handle bar mustache that makes every man jealous. i thought....wow. then i thought poop...i have no clue what we are going to do today. got up and ready. and as soon as i finally got my winged eyeliner right (which most women know is in fact a thing) we were on the road. what could we be doingggg? i cant afford a fancy...well anything right now! well he took me to a coffee shop in the town over, carpenteria. we enjoyed espresso, pastries, an acai bowl and of course a diner mug of houseblend. we sat on a patio next to a really BIG tree in the sunshine. the air cool but the sun still shining. who would have thought that i've been driving hours for coffee and the coffee shop a tad up the 101 north would be just as wonderful without all the fuss of LA. getting coffee together is absolutely special to me because well first we work in coffee (it's how we met) and second because one of our firsts out of town dates was driving and checking out other coffee shops in other cities. nerdy and romantic. perfect.
alright what to do next, well was feeling a bit flustered about silly personal problemas..so OCEAN need to see it. something most cali people do when they need some peace of mind I promise. a little beach path hidden behind a railroad, takes you by some ridiculously large montecito mansions, fences and gates with vines growing up and over. bam. sand for days, glassy water, seagulls, dolphins jumping, ocean breeze and smiling people. gross right? perfectly perfect and everything i needed.
now next thing up....FOOOOD. yes always food. my days off usually revolve around it and that's okay thankyou very much! we go to a hole in the wall but very popular sammie shop "stackys seaside". it was beach themed of course as if the harbor threw up all over it (in a good way). fried chicken sandwich, and a pulled pork too. both split down the middle because i am a best of both worlds type of girl and i oh yes, have a boy who likes to share. (yay yay) both sandwiches were simple and delicious. fries were crispy on the outside yet hot and fluffy on the inside YUM.
it made me so damn happy... sometimes i lose touch with where i came from. i grew up right here in southern california, minutes from the beach. where i can lounge in the sun next to the man that I love, my skin gets all glowy as i watch dolphins swim. i need to remember that i am lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful place, and to keep exploring where i am and not always think about where i should be/could be all the damn time. it's the little things my friends. money is definitely not everything (even though some money is much needed for good espresso, acai bowls and living in santa barbara). but you get what i mean. enjoy life loves. oh and eat your heart out duh.