This week I volunteered to come in at 6am every morning. This way I get off by 3 and can enjoy a few hours of sunlight and run some errands, etc. Surprisingly, it hasn't been bad. Waking up at 4:30 is tough, but once I've gotten dressed and ready, I feel good. And I seem to have more energy than usual. I don't get draggy after lunch like I normally would. I may try to make this schedule a permanent thing.
Monday night, I drove up to Escondido to meet a lady who is a friend of my friend's mother. Her home is located in the most beautiful place, up on a big hill/mountain. Unfortunately, I got there just after dark, but they took me out on the 1,800 sq ft deck and I could see the silhouette of the mountains in the distance. It was completely quiet and peaceful there . . I couldn't hear a sound and the sky was full of hundreds of stars. They live right near a big lake and valley where apparently many celebs make their home. She happens to also be from Nebraska and made a delicious Midwestern meal that I enjoyed with her, her husband, and her son. We had a very nice time together. She gave me all three of her phone numbers so I could reach her at any time. I'm so blessed to have yet another connection here.
Yesterday, I went straight to the beach after work and walked around for nearly an hour. I can't get enough of it. Now that I'm off work earlier I may go every day since it's so close. Last night, we had our weekly company dinner at Pacifica. Again, amazing food and an awesome atmosphere. We could see the ocean in the distance, over the roofs of buildings across the street, because we were on the second floor of a Plaza. If it had been warmer, it would've been open to the outdoors. I ate the barbecued salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and had a taste of some seabass and swordfish, which were also excellent. The presentation of the food was cool, too. My roommate and I split the Burnt Cream with carmelized bananas.
Right now, I'm on my lunch break, and I'm kind of riding on a cloud. My manager just called me in and said that I was doing so excellent that I just set the bar a notch higher for everyone else. She said she couldn't be happier that I'm here. Yay!! And the best part is that I'm sure she'll tell everyone else, like El Presidente, in their meeting.