After two months with back-to-back international destinations and the (fun!) exhaustion of the holidays with family in Michigan, I wanted to stay fairly local on the west coast. This doesn't mean I didn't have a great month of traveling, and I visited with friends I'd been missing and explored a city I'd never been to before and have wanted to go to.
San Luis Obispo, California
Taking part in the Inauguration Day March in Oxnard. While the march was small, we joined millions of people across the nation in solidarity against hatred, ignorance, and for the rights of women, immigrants, people of color, Muslim people, and LGBTQI people. Oxnard is a community of immigrants, primarily from Mexico and Central America, so it was all the more important to be out there walking with them.
Visiting old friends in Seattle, Washington. My friends Scott and Angie both live in the Seattle area, and while they do not know each other, it turns out they both work at the same school! I explored the small quirky shops of the Pike Place Market with Angie and Joe, and making horribly inappropriate comments at Archie McPhee's, the Seattle-based novelty shop. Scott, his girlfriend, and I brunched in Green Lake, and the next day Scott and I lunched at one of the best Thai restaurants I've been to in the University District.
Braving Montana de Oro State Park in one of the worst storms California has seen in years. We also happened to be visiting during restaurant month in San Luis Obispo and were not disappointed by the victuals at Luna Red.
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What I Read
January was a light reading month. I typically read about one or two books a week on top of all the reading I do for work and reading the news.
Fool and Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore. Christopher Moore's humor, flippancy, and intelligence make him one of my favorite authors. The novels follow Pocket, a black-clad fool, through two Shakespeare parodies: King Lear and The Merchant of Venice. These novels are definitely a fun light read that I don't have to think about too much, a relief when I spend hours reading the news and using critical thinking skills at work all day.
The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford is the fictional account of Agatha Christie's inspirational journey on the Orient Express. I loved reading Agatha Christie as a child but I've never read Murder on the Orient Express. I had no idea Agatha Christie led such an exciting, and scandalous, life. I always pictured her as one of those women who was born old, wise, and unquestionably British, like Angela Lansbury.
Coming Up in February 2017
Puerto Rico! It's been years since I've been to the Caribbean and I've never been to Puerto Rico. I'm looking forward to going to my first walking tour (ever) and driving to the El Yunque Rainforest.