I did a lot of my weekend chores Friday night since I was going to spend the day in Santa Cruz with my younger sister for her birthday. My awesome husband dropped me off at the bus station downtown in the morning and I met my sister there.
They were having their annual Clam Chowder Cook-off at the boardwalk which we weren't too sure if we wanted to participate in because of the crowds. Sure enough, once we got down there, the line for the tasting kit was SO LONG. Online said that this day is one of the busiest days for the boardwalk, including SUMMER. Dang.
So instead of standing in line for the tasting kit, we decided to just check out the booths and then head to the wharf. The booths were so creative in both design and name! I really like to see other peoples creative sides. I didn't get very many photos, the sun was causing a huge glare on my phone and I really couldn't see what I was taking. So a few had my finger in the way. Whoops. How does that even happen???
We walked the length of the wharf and decided to lunch at the fish market counter. I ordered the crab sandwich (loose crab meat mixed with just a bit of mayo layered onto pickles and lettuce) and fries and my sister ordered the calamari. I would totally order this sandwich again. I don't know if it was the ambiance (we found a nice bench in the shade to look over the ocean) or what, but I ate the whole thing. MORE PLEASE.
After we were done eating, we walked back to downtown, bought some cupcakes and coffee then browsed the shops. We signed a petition for the Santa Cruz animal shelter to become a No Kill shelter (how are they not one???).
My legs were so sore after! I checked my phone and we had walked over six miles, which is great, but I'm thinking the soreness is a sign I need to work out again.
My husband picked me up from the station and brought me home. The Shanes were already there playing magic, Bob came by later. We got a taco pack from Taco Bell and just hung out a bit.
Yard work needed to be done for sure after all the rain and sun. My brother let us borrow his lawn mower, so my husband actually helped and mowed the back yard for me! I was going to do it, but it was giving me trouble, so he ended up just doing it. I helped by digging out hidden branches in the overgrown grass and scrapping out the grass from the blade when it jammed.
The compost bin wasn't full so I decided to weed the side of the house to fill it. While I'm doing this, I hear the same neighbors from last time fighting once again. Do they fight more than I think they do? I'm not often outside or have the living room window open so who knows. I hope not. I mean, dang people, it's 10 in the morning on a Sunday, how are you already so mad?
(Fun fact: scenes of the Lost Boys was filmed in Santa Cruz! Another movie that has been filmed there: Killer Klowns from Outer Space)