First Stop, California

I'm finally getting a breather--a fairly long one--from work and am leaving today for California, to join me hubby. No idea what I'm going to do there, except swim in the hotel pool (it's the outdoor kind, and heated--hooray) and eat a lot of bahn mi and pho in San Jose, which a Vietnamese friend assures me is a really good place for both. Okay, I will reveal a bit of my geekness to admit I've researched where the nearest libraries are and fully intend to luxuriate in all that free English text. That's right people, for two weeks, I will once again be a literate creature, with the capability of reading hand-written menus, the backs of cereal boxes, and Trespassers Will Be Executed signs. It's heady.

Another thing I'm hungrily anticipating is all that unlimited hotel room heating--indoor warmth, I love you.

Persuaded by the dual threat of expiring frequent flyer miles (a family member's, kindly donated to me) and a grandmother who may not see another year--though at the risk of sounding callous, we've been hearing that one for years, interspersed with, "She's going to outlive all of us," which I think is a far more accurate assessment--after California, I'll be flying back to Singapore for another couple of weeks. What a jetsetter I am turning into. Unfortunately, I'm doing this back to back, which means I have to pack two bags: one with my summer vacation clothes and one with winter woollies, as I just checked the weather and it seems sunny old California is colder than Tokyo. And it's going through a... rainy season? Ah well, hopefully I'll find some really good Mexican food to make up for the weather.

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have a great time in california. i miss it so. well, just the food and family. where are you staying?

11/30/2005 01:36:00 PM  

Have a great time, Rachel, and take lotsa photos of the really good Mexican food so I can drool virtually :)

12/01/2005 07:25:00 AM  

Hi Dexygus! Oh, I'm sorry to hear that you're missing California. What kinds of food do you miss? I'm in Los Alto, somewhere between San Francisco and San Jose.

12/02/2005 02:49:00 PM  

I'm a terrible photographer, especially of food, Shyam. But if I eat anything wonderful, I promise to blog about it.

12/02/2005 02:50:00 PM  

Sheesh - I'm envious, even if California is having a cold winter. Enjoy all the English books within your reach! And don't work, if you can. Take it easy.

12/03/2005 07:16:00 AM  

Hey... you're probably enjoying the warmth somewhere in California (trust me, wherever you are, you're warmer than I am - how's that for poetic justice?) I'm not sure you have access, but if you do, I've just tagged you for a childhood food meme. Not sure that memes are your thing, I guess, but what the hell - I was feeling evil.

12/11/2005 01:40:00 PM  

Way off topic:

Wow, the look of your site rocks; I love it! I came here from Blogger Forum to read your instructions re: expandable posts . Thanks for making it available.

12/21/2005 02:02:00 AM  

Hi Hsin-li,
Oh dear, I'm not very good at this whole meme thing. We'll see what happens...

Hi Terence,
Thanks so much for the compliment! I'm glad you found your way here and I hope the expandable post code works for you... fingers crossed.

from Rachel

12/24/2005 04:06:00 AM  

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