Sunday, January 19, 2014

Island Adventure

This year, for our annual girls reunion weekend, we decided to go on an adventure to the Channel Islands, about 20 miles off the shores of Ventura. My girlfriends are like family to me so I always look forward to spending time together, reminiscing about our college days, planning weddings, laughing, crying, celebrating successes, and guzzling champagne over our failures. 

I have to say that visiting Santa Cruz Island together was the perfect getaway. There's nothing quite like taking some time away from regular life to breathe in fresh ocean air, move your body, and explore a new natural place. This trip was especially remarkable because for the very first time I saw gray whales and dolphins with my own eyes in real life! It was the most amazing site to see and photos don't do it any justice!

No one got sick on the boat ride over to the islands! Hooray!

There were about 5 gray whales traveling together to Baja Mexico. We were very lucky to catch them along their journey and they definitely gave us a nice show with water spouts and lots of tail. 

This was the one and only landing dock for our boat. SO TINY! 

Had we not ditched our tour guide, it would have been an hour before we saw this incredible view. Sorry, Carol! 

We saw lots of red foxes playing and running around!

We thought this was sand from far away, but up close we found out it was a form of limestone or calcium carbonate (chalk!) so we used it as a photo op!

These dolphins were amazing. There must have been at least 1500 dolphins surrounding the boat. They loved coming up next to the boat to "race". All I could do was stare in awe at the magic of these lively and joyful creatures as they soared in and out of the water in twos and threes. Pure magic.  

I love you, girls!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014


2013 was a rather blah year in my opinion. There were some really fun times and some really bad times, but mostly, the year was just like our weather - monotonous and dry. You could probably tell from the lack of posting in 2013, I just wasn't inspired and had very little to report! Plus, Steve has a new love for watching carpentry YouTube videos so he and my compy became BFFs in 2013, leaving me with my loyal pal, television. (See how boring? Steve on the computer and me in front of the tv all year).

A few things do stick out in my mind from 2013 that I would like to share.

  • Hiking to the Hollywood sign with my best girls.
  • Multiple music shows (Sufjan, Postal Service, John Mayer, Passion Pit, Capital Cities, Philip Phillips)
  • Meeting baby Hana
  • Running through the rain in Chicago
  • Poolside at the Beverly
  • Poolside at the Sands
  • Sledding in Montana
  • Taking a bath!
  • Plane crash into our building at work
  • Car crash into our well at home
  • No rain!
  • Seeing Steve's poor mom in the hospital with a broken leg.
  • When the deer ate all of our trees and roses.
  • I have a new nightly accessory- a mouth guard so I don't grind my two front teeth off! I look really sexy with my mouth guard, retainer, glasses, and bunion regulators. Happy thirties!
  • I got a cavity :(
Anyway, I leave you with my annual photo slideshow so you can see everything else that I didn't post about!

Happy new year, all!

2013 from Jaime Dwight on Vimeo.

"Safe and Sound" by Capital Cities
"Motion Sickness" by Hot Chip
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