The Queen B is BAAAAACK!

I think my personal life has finally calmed down enough that I can focus on posting here regularly, again. I’ve thought about my blog often, but life has been super-freakin-hectic for the past few months.

The California Presidential Primaries are coming up in a little over a month, and I’m SO excited to finally get to vote for someone I truly believe in, rather than just picking someone based on them being the lesser of two evils. I’m checking my mail everyday, waiting for my mail-in ballot to come. I cannot wait to fill in the bubble for Bernie Sanders! I am stoked to get to vote for such a revolutionary figure! His platform is everything I’ve been wanting in a presidential candidate for years.

We got an Aldi store near us FINALLY! I am loving it. We found this amazing pastry tucked away on the bottom shelf in the bread aisle, near the ciabattas and baguettes. It’s like eating a chunk of heaven! If you have an Aldi near you, I recommend picking up one of these. 13086686_10153458919271135_7230289607223294228_o

The weather has been beautiful and mild here. I’m enjoying our cool spring. I love this time of year because my windows are wide open day and night and my apartment stays comfortable and cool. We’ve had enough rain that I think our summer will be much easier on our firefighters, or at least that is my hope.

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Wiggle, Wiggle

Shortly after my alarm went off this morning, we had an earthquake here. It wasn’t much by the time it reached where we live, but I definitely noticed it. I heard it before I felt it, because it sounded like a big gust of wind hit our outside wall and made it crack and groan, and then our bed started to shake slightly. The shaking felt like my dog was scratching an itch near her tail and really getting into it, but she was snuggled up sleeping still.

I had time to open my ABC7 news app on my iPhone and look at the QuakeCam they have on there, and when I first started the live feed, it was still, but within a few seconds, it started jiggling all over. It took a few minutes for all of the local news stations to start reporting on it, but the comments people have written on Facebook have been positively epic! Props to this guy. It’s my favorite.

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A lot of people are freaking out because it happened during El Niño storms. I don’t understand the superstition thinking behind that, but I’ll let them have their panic attacks, if that’s what they really want. Speaking of El Niño, we had a nice, long rain yesterday, and it’s already raining again this morning. I had time to run down to the laundry room and wash some rugs before the rain hit, so I’m glad I got it done first thing this morning. I’m not going to attempt any more loads of laundry today, because they’ll just get drenched on their way back to my apartment from the laundry room. I want a washer/dryer in my apartment, dammit!

Just for your amusement, I’ll leave you with this screenshot I took of the ABC7 QuakeCam.

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What the Hell?!

How did it get so damn cold here overnight? I don’t even understand. Yesterday was a fairly mild day, and today I woke up freezing my girl-nuts off! Seriously! I’m so cold, you could use my fingers to keep wine chilled.

It’s not supposed to get this cold in SoCal! It’s just not supposed to happen. I want my nice, mild winter days back! Either that, or if it’s going to be freezing cold, can we at least have some rain? I can endure the harsh cold if there is a nice rain storm happening along with it.

Yes. It’s 45℉ here.

I’m such a wuss! If my grandmother read this post, she’d probably laugh hysterically at me. She routinely deals with sub-zero winter days where she lives, so my measly 45℉ most likely sounds like an amazing day to her. I just don’t like it. I moved to Los Angeles so I wouldn’t have to deal with cold winters…

I’ll manage, though.

Come on, Mother Nature!

Help a sister out! I’m so tired of the heat! Can Autumn just be here already, so I can turn the air conditioning off and open my windows again? It’s getting stuffy in my house, and outdoors is borderline intolerable for me. This heat is exhausting, and even at night my bedroom is hot and sweltering. I want to be able to fling my windows open, place a fan or two in front of them, and enjoy a cool breeze fluttering through my house and cleansing out all of the stuffy air in here.

I can’t even use my oven right now. This is seriously cramping my cooking style. I’m so worried about adding extra heat to my already warm home that I’ve been avoiding cooking at all costs for the last week. I’m craving a homemade pot pie, and I don’t know of any other way to make one properly besides in a hot oven.

I’ve even taken to only wearing my coolest, most comfortable clothes to try to keep from overheating during my forays into the outside. Ugh! I want to wear my maxi dresses again, but they’re just too warm. I’ve lived in shorts and tank tops these last few days out of pure frustration with the temperatures.

I’m very much looking forward to this heat wave breaking. I want cooler temperatures during the day, and I want them to fall below 70º at  night. Also, would it be too much to ask for a few good rain showers, possibly a thunderstorm or two thrown in as well, for good measure?

Give me some of this, pretty please!

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Can it be True?

Raindrops are falling here in the San Gabriel Valley! I almost can’t believe it, because it’s been so long since the last time we got any rainfall here. It isn’t looking like we’ll get much rain, but I’m going to sit here appreciating every drop that falls from the sky today. Southern California has been extremely dry, and even if the rain is inconsequential, to me it’s better than nothing at all.

I’ve been hoping and wishing for rain for months now. Coming from a subtropical climate, I’m used to regular storms and precipitation. I used to hate and dread thunderstorms, but lately I’ve been craving a good thunderstorm complete with an awesome lightning show. There’s nothing quite the same as falling asleep to the rumbles of thunder and the splatter of rain falling outside your window. When you experience something on a regular basis, you take it for granted and don’t appreciate it the same as when you don’t get to experience it for an extended period of time.

Don’t get me wrong, though! I love, love, LOVE the weather here in SoCal! I love the constant sunshine, and while it get’s hot here, it’s never sweltering and stifling heat like I’m used to. Even when it gets humid here, the humidity is nothing compared to humidity I grew up dealing with. And even when it’s cold in the middle of the winter, the temperature very rarely drops below 50°. So, yes, the weather in Southern California is absolutely beautiful almost year-round. But, there’s just one problem, and that problem is this drought we’re experiencing.

I keep hoping this state will get a steady drenching of solid rainfall that provides us some relief from the extremely dry conditions we’re dealing with. I was here this past winter when the Colby Fire broke out, and it terrified me, despite the fact it wasn’t really that close to me. I’d been too up-close and personal with the Texas fires during the summer of 2011. I almost got caught in an outbreak of one that jumped the rural road I was driving down on Labor Day, and it shook me up. The one thing California has going for it is that we’ve got a beefed-up Forest Service and lots of firefighters to handle the blazes that pop up and happen. The reason the fires in Texas were so devastating is because a lot of the fire departments there are staffed entirely by volunteers.

Anyway, I’m going to wrap this up and go appreciate this rainfall while it lasts! Keep your fingers crossed that somehow we’ll magically get a decent downpour!