I know a lot of families do a round of Roses and Thorns around the kitchen table during dinner to decompress from the day. My girls are a bit young for it, but there’s no reason why I can’t do it here! So here are my Roses and Thorns, thus far, from Pasadena:
1. The weather and people are amazing
The weather the last 2 days has been sunny, sunny, sunny. And not too hot. The girls and I took a walkabout today and they were slightly obsessed with the Palm Trees. Of course, the San Gabriel Mountains are amazing to look at as well. The people are so friendly and kind as well. When we were living in Chicago, if you smiled or *gasp* said HI to an individual, they would look at you as if you had six heads! Here, people say Hi on the street and are just very happy. Our first night here, so that would be Monday night, we went out for dinner. The Brewers and Cards were playing and we wanted to find a place to watch the game. At the table next to us were a pair of midwestern transplants as well, and by the end of the night, contacts were exchanged. New friends score!
2. The finding of new coffeehouses
I’ll admit it. I do like Starbucks but I generally would prefer a local place over a chain. Being sans wheels, kind of limits were you can easily get with two littles. Well, this morning we found this cute little coffeehouse/bakery that I would have probably just buzzed past in the SW.
3.early to bed, early to rise
Since we don’t have a TV right now (all of our big stuff is still in transit) the family has been heading to bed based on body time rather than TV time. The pro is that we are getting mucho sleep, but we tend to wake up way before 6a (mostly because we are still on CST body-wise!)
1. Car Accident
2. No furniture or anything except what was in our van
Our apartment has the spartan look of a recent college grad. We are sleeping on air mattresses and our clothing is in piles on the floor. We don’t have TV, but between DVDs and Netflix, the girls are remining occupied when I need them to be… We have no toys either.
Our complex is having an issue with ants. Everywhere. They are going to be spraying soon and I know that ants are *harmless* but still, would you want them marching over you at night? Didn’t think so.
All-in-all we are in good spirits and are not regretting a thing… Except maybe my decision to go to Costco yesterday 😉