Summer, Summer, Summer… It Turns Me Upside Down.

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Finally, you are here. I’ve been waiting. You’ve been flirting with me too. A three-day weekend in late May was sexier than that wink from a stranger across the bar but you’ve been holding out keeping me hungry and interested. You’ve ramped up all of those last minute school assignments and volunteer “opportunities” (I think I have the word “yes” stamped across my forehead) as if to really make sure that I want out of this school routine.   The schedule has been a steadily increasing stream of work, kids and volunteering so much so that my 5am Orange Theory Fitness Class seems like the most relaxing part of my day (and that isn’t right). I am ready for it to stop.

This summer will also be a departure from departures.   The kids put their collective feet down and said they wanted to stay in one place (are you kidding me?) and just chill for the summer (of course, a month later they were asking about a safari in Africa) but the “stay”cation was already in place.   We will be spending a great deal of time in a much, overlooked and beautifully under-populated beach between Malibu and Santa Barbara called Oxnard.   Oxnard is like the old Southern California beach towns sleepy and mellow but with a great blend of cultural diversity that both Malibu and Santa Barbara miss out on because of the wealth. So, Dear Reader, prepare for the in-depth coverage of Oxnard and its wonderful beach community.

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Of course, there are a few trips planned; a trip to Boston to take my oldest to summer camp and another trek around California after both kids go to camp, but other than these two departures it’s a passport-stampless summer. The first one in a long while, but perhaps that difference bodes well Winter Break (it’s the best time to go on Safari after all).

I Heart Nikon

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Yes, Dear Reader, there is a company that prides itself on customer satisfaction.  The Nikon 1AW1 is being repaired/replaced along with the battery which in fact isn’t covered under warranty.  My love of Nikon has bloomed and grown again.  Here is some amazing footage that the Nikon took before she died.

The Eight Hour Vacation

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Dear Reader,

today was a day that was supposed to be drudgery, but through kismet and good humor it was just a brilliant day.  Today, I was dreading the collection of miscellaneous items from the Oxnard House I rented through VRBO.  So, after depositing Big G in his lego robotics class, Little G and I hit the road.


Goodbye Santa Monica

Goodbye Santa Monica

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One of the Finest Beaches in Southern California and it’s Empty!

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Little G in the setting sun


Ox-Nard, OxnardOxnard, the name is terrible really.  I could see a gaggle of boys calling each other “oxnards” after one of them was caught walking into a wall or talking to a cute girl.  The name does not have the glitz of Malibu or the panache of Santa Barbara (the two notable beach towns by which Oxnard is flanked).  However, Oxnard is the iconic Southern Californian beach community.  Sleepy and with few notable restaurants, Oxnard is what Pacific Palisades, Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica all used to be- mellow and low-key.

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