Alternatively titled, “Into What Will Peter Pan to Morph?”

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since Jon, Pilot, and I came rolling into San Diego. I have missed our daily escapades seeing kitsch and the charm of Americana on our incredible cross country trip, but I am here where I want to be—back living on the west coast.

brianf1I’ve already settled into a routine of work and life and general and I can really see myself putting down some roots here. I am sure some of you that know me well are a little surprised to hear me talking about settling down—most of my adult life I’ve been a bit of a Peter Pan—never wanting to settle into a routine nor having major responsibilities and moving every few years. I love the many friends I have, but I wish that you all could be a part of my everyday life—just be able to pick up a phone and say “Hi—want to have dinner tonight or catch a movie?”—tough to do when you are 3000 miles away from me. My hope is that by settling down I’ll be able to have that sense of community/friendship day-to-day. I’m sort of rambling, so I hope you’re following what I’m trying to say.

San Diego has been surprisingly cold this week—in the 40s overnight and early morning and 50s during the day; out of the sun it feels a bit colder than that(you’ll laugh, but I’ve actually worn a sweater most of the week). While cool, I still find the place really beautiful—I think it’s the light. Some of that is because I am no longer working my overnight vampire shift (I’m interpreting for an agency 7a to 4p Mon thru Fri, no VRS). Most of it is because SD is a sunny/bright area—a perfect fit for me. I am even branching into color. You can see the collage of pics of my apartment attached to this posting (you’ll all be shocked that I’m not doing black and white). Next step is to bring some color (other than black) into my wardrobe. Baby steps, baby steps.

I did make one big resolution for this year: to get healthy and stop yo-yo-ing all over the place. I need to not be on medications, I need to lose a couple of pant sizes, and to start feeling good in my own skin. I am not going to be dieting, but I am going to be making a lot of better food choices and work on portion control. This weekend I am going to look for a yoga class to work into my week and start looking at bicycles to pedal around San Diego as I discover more and more of it.

In May I plan to take the last two classes for my Residential Planning diploma—I am not sure what I’ll do with it, but I know I will work interior design into my life somehow—I enjoy it too much not to. I would love to go all out with this apartment, but I am only here until April and then I will either have bought a house or found another lease. If this place were up for sale, I think I would try to buy it. It’s a really cute 2 BR, 2BA garden apartment. The whole complex is just 7 units. My front door faces out into the landscaped courtyard and there is also a small fenced in garden area accessed through the door in the master bedroom. I don’t hear much from the neighbors and it is rare to hear any traffic—this unit is in the back of the gated complex and is closer to the alley behind (where I have a parking space). As quiet as it is, I am able to find everything I need within a 10 block radius—grocery store, two pharmacies, dry cleaners, gas stations, my realtors’ office, a few ATM’s, an independent theater, several coffee shops (2 Starbucks and a really funky/groovy independent coffee shop named Claire de Lune—I love it!), countless restaurants—both fast food and small mom and pops, including a place that serves some of the best Mexican food dirt cheap. I am going to have to be careful to not make this 10 block area my entire life—there is a lot of San Diego to explore.

That’s all for now. I just wanted to catch you up and let you know that I am doing really well and that this seems to be the right move for me.  I miss you all—come visit; my sofa is a sofa bed and I have an aero mattress and a sleeping bag too.

brian b.