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To be honest, I’ve had a lot on my plate lately.

Nothing I’m ready to talk about online, but suffice to say something HUGE is in the works.

And I’m working hard to be the best, most supportive person I can be.

But it ain’t easy.

There’s a lot I need to do to get me through the next few months.

Lean on my friends and family, is one thing.

Research LGBTQ issues is another.

But mostly, I need to find a way to reflect and find inner peace so that I have balance in my life.

I really want to try my hand at ceramics.

There’s a place nearby called Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery.

It really appeals to me, making ceramics out of a lump of clay.

I also feel an overwhelming urge to go to the ocean.

Kayak with whales.

Take a whale watching boat tour.

Maybe just go to the beach and hang out with my thoughts and feelings.

Oh sure, I’ve still got the Junior League, the Village, and the Burners to keep me busy.

In fact, I have to figure out what my gift to the playa will be this year.

But overall, I’m sort of in an unusual place and I need to move through this and get to the other side.

It’s going to be a process, but I’ll make it.

And when I’m ready, I’ll blog it.

Kayaking Davenport

My buddy said, “Are there sharks out there?” Voicing my unspoken fear… Kayaking with sharks.

I was there to kayak with whales, along with 15 other brave souls willing to wake up at the crack of dawn. We met at Davenport Landing just outside Santa Cruz and launched our kayaks into the swelling ocean this morning.

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We paddled a mile off the coast into a pod of about 20 whales. You’d hear a spout before you’d see a whale.

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I saw a large whale about 10 feet from my kayak.  It blew twice, rolled through the waves, and disappeared.

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It was breathtaking and awe inspiring, to say the least. I stopped to snap a picture of myself in the kayak on the ocean.

imageWhen you’d stop paddling and just look and listen, it was so quiet… just the swell of the waves and the sound of silence. Beauty.

We also paddled with a bunch of sea lions, harbor seals, and one elephant seal pup.

It was quite thrilling to see them in their natural state, playing in the waves and following us around like dogs of the sea.

All in all, I had a great time. I barely thought about sharks and I thrilled to see the pod of whales. I learned how peaceful the sea can be on a calm and quiet morning. I learned you can get cell reception half a mile off the coast of Davenport.

Oh, and I learned I get seasickness.

Yeah, that one was WAY fun!

Whale Watching

Sunday, I took to the seas with my friends Barbara and Elissa to go whale watching.

I’ve gone whale watching in the past without success. In fact, one time in college I went whale watching with my entire Ecology class during a storm and the seas were so violent nearly half the class was puking into buckets below deck.

I hoped we’d be more successful this time, and have calmer seas.

Luckily, such was the case this time around and I got lucky.

First we saw a pod of Risso dolphins. It was so exciting to watch them swim and crest with the waves. The pod even had little baby dolphins swimming with it and there isn’t much cuter than a baby dolphin.

We headed out to find whales and came across a HUGE pod of common dolphins. They swam with the boat and I got a good look at them up close. So incredible to see these graceful creatures out in the wild.

Bad Sea World!

After the common dolphins, we FINALLY came across a family of humpback whales – perhaps 5 of them – swimming, cresting, and breaching.

whale tailCan I tell you that I was beside myself with excitement? I was thrilled to finally see whales out in the wild and to get a real sense of their size and strength. These beautiful sea mammals were slicing through the water despite weighing nearly 80,000 pounds.

One even launched itself out of the water and breached, much to the excitement of the crowds watching.

whale breachAfter the whale watching, which got Elissa, Barbara and I a little bit cold (I had blue lips), we had lunch on the wharf. Barbara was in search of the perfect bowl of clam chowder and I just wanted raw oysters.

We found the perfect restaurant and enjoyed a meal together before heading home.

On the way we stopped at a roadside fruit stand to buy some fruits and veggies. Their strawberries were to die for.

So were their grapefruits.

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Kayaking Davenport

My buddy said, “Are there sharks out there?” Voicing my unspoken fear… Kayaking with sharks.

I was there to kayak with whales, along with 15 other brave souls willing to wake up at the crack of dawn. We met at Davenport Landing just outside Santa Cruz and launched our kayaks into the swelling ocean this morning.

image

We paddled a mile off the coast into a pod of about 20 whales. You’d hear a spout before you’d see a whale.

image

I saw a large whale about 10 feet from my kayak.  It blew twice, rolled through the waves, and disappeared.

image

It was breathtaking and awe inspiring, to say the least. I stopped to snap a picture of myself in the kayak on the ocean.

imageWhen you’d stop paddling and just look and listen, it was so quiet… just the swell of the waves and the sound of silence. Beauty.

We also paddled with a bunch of sea lions, harbor seals, and one elephant seal pup.

It was quite thrilling to see them in their natural state, playing in the waves and following us around like dogs of the sea.

All in all, I had a great time. I barely thought about sharks and I thrilled to see the pod of whales. I learned how peaceful the sea can be on a calm and quiet morning. I learned you can get cell reception half a mile off the coast of Davenport.

Oh, and I learned I get seasickness.

Yeah, that one was WAY fun!

The post about the crazy stuff I’ve signed up to do

a49c471483d7afc3c5d2566ae82a8ef6So, in an effort to get myself out of the house and doing fun things while meeting new people (hopefully guys), I signed up for the Outdoor Adventure Club, How About A Date Meetup, the Los Gatos Buddhists Meetup, the Hot Springs Adventure Group, and the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild, and the Bay Area Outdoor Adventures Group along with two new dating websites – How About We and How About A Date.

Whew!  I am literally exhausted trying to keep up with all the emails.  But I did manage to do the following:

  1.  Arrange for two men to take me on the same date AT DIFFERENT TIMES (glow-in-the-dark Frisbee on the beach plus a bonfire)
  2. Sign up for my Boudoir photography shoot with Celebrate Your Sexy (May 18th y’all, sorry you’re going to have to wait for the fruits of that labor)
  3. Go on a rainy hike through Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park
  4. Sign up to go ocean kayaking and whale watching in Santa Cruz on March 22nd
  5. Arrange for a Lebanese-American to take me to Arabian Nights in SF for dinner (fantastic, if you know my dad is Lebanese
  6. Take an Introduction to pole dancing class (remind me to buy some hot pants to wear)
  7. Sign up for a beer making class at workshop SF in SF (woo hoo… beer! Let me be your brewmistress!)

In retrospect, going on the same date with two different men is a little ballsy of me.  But hey, all’s fair in love and war and this is a bit of both, don’t you think?  I’m actually really looking forward to all of it with the exception of taking off my clothes in front of a camera which will capture it all.

But I’m already working on figuring out what four outfits to wear for it, and since you’re all so helpful, come back and vote as I suggest possible lingerie outfits (with pics) to wear for the photoshoot.

And wish me luck with all the other activities, I’m going to need it!