Home, Safe & Sound

Well, I guess the news right now is that I'm home safe and sound.  My aunt and I got in to Springtown about 6:30 p.m. last night, and when Matt got there to pick me up we went out to BBQ with my Aunt Sue and Uncle Ed before heading home.  We got here about 10:30 p.m or so, I took a shower, we spent some time together, and I hit the hay.  I must say, though I miss California, and my family and the friends I was able to reconnect with, it's also good to be home and sleeping in my own bed... I just wish that bed was in California and not Texas, but we'll get that little problem fixed as soon as humanly possible.  Come on May 2012, hurry the hell up and get here!

Anyway, my trip to California was really nice.  I had the chance to see my mom, dad, and Candi, Aunt Sue and Uncle Ed, Grandma and Papa, Aunt Wanda, cousins Ron, Shana, and their little boy Joseph, Aunt Pam, and Jodi and Shannon.  I have a few friends in California I was regretfully not able to see, but am hoping to get together with next time (Kristine, Mary, Mayren, & Brenda, most notably).  It didn't seem like nearly enough time, as I was only in California for 7 days counting the day we got there and the day we left, but I really feel like I was able to make the most of it anyway.  I'd say it was a booming success considering the short notice.  I only found out that my aunt was going at all about two weeks before we left.

While I was in California, my mom took me all over the desert.  We went to the High Desert Farmer's Market, at Victorvalley College, which was huge!  We went to an amazing bakery in Apple Valley called The Cake Shop where I got cookies, she and Candi got Canoli's, and my dad got a Lemon Drop Cupcake.  We also went to this fantastic antique shop in Hesperia called Carriage House Antiques, where I wanted everything, but most especially the cranberry glass dishes!  I couldn't find a website for Carriage House Antiques, but if you click the link you'll be able to see it!

We also went around and looked at apartments.  Today, I've been looking at their websites, trying to figure out what they cost so that when we move, I have a general idea.  I know, it's still a few years off, but I'm in the giddy frame of mind about it.  I want it now, and looking at apartments is helping me cope with my desire to pull up stakes, which we can't do for at least two years.  I've found that apartments in Victorville are cheaper than those in Hesperia, ran by the same property company, and so we might be living in Victorville instead.  $400 less a month is a huge difference for the same or more square footage.  Some nice looking apartments, too, like Wimbledon in Victorville, where you can get 950 sq. ft. for $725/month.  That's pretty good, I think, for a 2 bed, 1.5 bath apartment with laundry hook-ups.  Of course, I'm not sure where Jasmine is in Victorville, but the apartment's look nice, anyway.

I was able to get together with Jodi last Tuesday, and then both Jodi and Shannon on Friday.  It was really, really great to see them after all these years.  They've hardly changed, they look exactly the way I remember them, though I know the same can't be said for me.  We went out and had dinner, and I got to see Jodi's house.  That little pond in front of her house is even cuter in person!  I just love her place there in Hesperia (and I LOVE her dining room table and chairs, I must say!).  We all had a good time catching up, we cleared the air on some issues, and shared our lives as best we could over the last 11 or so years.  It's really interesting to reconnect with people who you haven't seen in years, but who blog, and read your blog.  I must say, I'm so glad we got to get together again.  It's filled me with nostalgia and it's a little funny, too, because the truth of the matter is, we're all so different on so much.  The one thing that drives us to be friends, at least now a days, is our desire to be friends.  We've found comfortable middle ground, for which I am most grateful.

The trip there and home were nice too, though seeing my grandma was hard.  She's sick, has been through a lot over the last two years, and she looked a lot different than I remember.  She still looked like grandma, and she didn't, and I know it was hard for her when I left yesterday.  I also know she was very glad to see me, as I was her, and from what I hear she's very taken with my manners and how much of an adult I am nowadays.  Even my Aunt Wanda who hadn't seen me in almost 15 years, thinks I've turned into quite a lovely adult, settled and comfortable (as opposed to childish and unsettled, which I was with Mike).  I'm happy to hear that they all approve, lol.  Seriously, though, it's nice to know everyone was happy to see me.  Matt and I are planning to go back in June (most likely) and see them again when my folks come out from California.

So, there you have it.  I'm off for now because Matt's hovering, he wants to go out and eat.  Can't say I blame him, he missed me as much as I missed him... and we're hungry.

* Short Update:  Someone related to the Carriage House Antiques was nice enough to leave me a comment with the web address.  So, I've included it here.

10 comments

  1. But what did he eat while you were gone? *snicker*

    Glad you had a great time!

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  2. Subway, lots of Subway. He got some stuff, like Fritos and Chili, but he can't cook at all. I think he's just happy that I'm home because he doesn't have to cook for himself anymore. LOL.

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  3. I'm glad you had such a good time!! We were sooo happy to see you and sad to see you go. Hopefully the next two years will pass quickly and you will be here to stay!!
    BTW Jasmine Street is off of Hesperia Rd about 1/4 mile at most from Bear Valley Rd. The apartments you are talking about are on the left side kind of behind where the old Vons was.. It's a nice area and from what I remember when I looked at those with someone else long ago, they are nice apartments and some have fireplaces even.
    Oh yes honey, I knew that you had grown up and I am glad all of the relatives got to see you and see that too..=) Love You!! Mom

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  4. So glad to hear those apartments are in a nice area. It's not too far across town and the pics of those apartments looked really nice. The price is crazy good, so we'll probably be looking at those unless the price goes way up.

    I love you and it was nice to see you. I had a really hard time going, and I miss you guys. Looking forward to seeing you in June.

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  5. Kristyn,
    Glad you had a safe trip back home. =) Oh, an old coworker of mine used to live in the Wimbledon apartments. The Wimbledon apartments are really nice, and they are in a great, central location (right off Hesperia Rd, close to Bear Valley Rd).

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  6. Thanks, Shannon. The trip home was nice. I am so glad to hear that those apartments are nice. They're pretty inexpensive by comparison to others in town.

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  7. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to CA so much Kristyn, and were able to reconnect with your family. I had a such great time visiting with you! I agree, it can be a bit surreal to meet in person with your blogging buddies. You pretty much already have a good foundation to launch conversations from, since you sort of know about eachother's lives already. I honestly thought that you looked the same as you did a decade ago, except for your face was actually clearer and prettier than it was back then. I know you've expressed insecurities concerning your weight, but I didn't really see a big difference. Thanks for the compliments on my home; I'm glad you didn't notice how dirty it was. ;-)

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  8. Well it certainly never breaks my heart to be prettier than I was back then. LOL. I did gain a lot of weight, but I'm happy that you didn't think I look much different, that makes me a little more comfortable.

    Your house is adorable!! If you saw my house you would definitely understand why I didn't notice if it was dirty, but even still, it looked really clean to me!

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  9. Hey there. I stumbled upon your blog and just wanted to give you the web address to the Carriage House. My parents own it and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit there. =)

    http://carriagehouse-antiques.com/

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  10. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment with the web address, Tamar! I LOVED the Carriage House!!

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