All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
- T.E. Lawrence

On Saturday morning I woke up and did some calendar calculations. The last time I spent a weekend in Charlotte without a guest in my home was June 7. It felt weird at first. Pawley and Rosie were looking at me like “what are you doing here? and where is the dogsitter?” and I was puttering around the kitchen like “how much coffee do I make when it’s just for me?”

Then, I turned on a Law & Order: SVU, made obscene amounts of cheese toast, put on gym shorts and an old sweat shirt, and spent a large part of my afternoon on the hammock. Turns out, life alone in your own house is glorious.

I did have a few highlights that didn’t involve Detective Stabler like getting a bunch of copies of the book I wrote in the mail, and wandering around a fun ballpark beer festival with friends, and doing some uptown tailgating on Sunday afternoon. But for the most part, I logged lots of sleeping and dachshund time. Which I’d almost forgotten was one of my favorite kinds of weekends. 

Last night two friends from LA were in town which seemed like a good excuse for drinks and bites in the backyard with more friends. I made the easiest autumn-ish appetizer ever that was big hit. (One of my friends is allergic to gluten and dairy, so I was trying to get creative. Because everything I ever make includes cheese.) Anyway, the super simple recipe is below if you’re looking for something similar:
Apple Sausage Bites
Ingredients: One package of Turkey Apple Sausage from Trader Joes, two apples
Prep: Cut apples into cubes, saute in water with approximately two tablespoons for sugar until soft and slightly browned. Cut sausage into equal size. Put toothpick through one apple cube and one sausage cube. Bake at 350 for approximately 12 minutes. Serve warm. (Makes around 35)

Last night two friends from LA were in town which seemed like a good excuse for drinks and bites in the backyard with more friends. I made the easiest autumn-ish appetizer ever that was big hit. (One of my friends is allergic to gluten and dairy, so I was trying to get creative. Because everything I ever make includes cheese.) Anyway, the super simple recipe is below if you’re looking for something similar:

Apple Sausage Bites

Ingredients: One package of Turkey Apple Sausage from Trader Joes, two apples

Prep: Cut apples into cubes, saute in water with approximately two tablespoons for sugar until soft and slightly browned. Cut sausage into equal size. Put toothpick through one apple cube and one sausage cube. Bake at 350 for approximately 12 minutes. Serve warm. (Makes around 35)

This GoPro video of dachshund puppies running around is the kind of thing for which the internet was created.

It’d be really helpful if Tumblr made it easier to answer in the comments. You hear that, Tumblr? REALLY helpful.
Anyway, I’d love to share the details:
We stayed at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. I loved it. It’s cool and vintage-y and historic. Bob Hope and Ava Gardner stayed there and it has an awesome pool that feels little Miami/Vegas-ish on Sunday afternoons, but is super fun. It was recently redesigned, but it definitely still has the downsides of older hotels (small bathrooms, thin walls, etc). 
Those fish tacos were at George’s at the Cove Ocean Terrace in La Jolla, which might have had the best view of any spot I’ve ever been. The food decent, but for that view I could have gnawed on cardboard for an hour and been content.
The only other place that’s not necessarily an obvious stop but that we went and I was obsessed with was Stone Brewing in Escondido. I love their beers, but seriously, this beer garden was one of the cooler places I’ve ever been. We sat and drank craft flights in the shade next to a water fall under white string lights. Pretty perfect way to spend a Saturday night.

It’d be really helpful if Tumblr made it easier to answer in the comments. You hear that, Tumblr? REALLY helpful.

Anyway, I’d love to share the details:

We stayed at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. I loved it. It’s cool and vintage-y and historic. Bob Hope and Ava Gardner stayed there and it has an awesome pool that feels little Miami/Vegas-ish on Sunday afternoons, but is super fun. It was recently redesigned, but it definitely still has the downsides of older hotels (small bathrooms, thin walls, etc).

Those fish tacos were at George’s at the Cove Ocean Terrace in La Jolla, which might have had the best view of any spot I’ve ever been. The food decent, but for that view I could have gnawed on cardboard for an hour and been content.

The only other place that’s not necessarily an obvious stop but that we went and I was obsessed with was Stone Brewing in Escondido. I love their beers, but seriously, this beer garden was one of the cooler places I’ve ever been. We sat and drank craft flights in the shade next to a water fall under white string lights. Pretty perfect way to spend a Saturday night.

Spent the weekend in San Diego. Which made me give some serious thought to why everyone doesn’t live in a perpetually sunny city with gorgeous beaches, ridiculously good fish tacos, awesome craft beer, and In-N-Out franchises.

I don’t have an answer, you guys.

Bob

Tonight I am flying to San Diego. We had a FOUR hour delay sitting on the plane at the gate. There is a man behind me named Bob who didn’t shut up for the ENTIRE time. I have heard Bob’s full life story. From childhood in Alabama to how he “fondly”calls his daughter’s boyfriend a “lazy dumbass” to retired life in California with all the “crazy granola eaters.”

So, I gathered a few nuggets of Bob wisdom for you. Because Bob loves talking and misery loves company:

"Normally, salad is what my dinner had for dinner."-Bob talks dieting methods

"It is sad. Ok. And it is a disease. Fine. And all that mumbo jumbo. But he was just batshit crazy."-Bob shares his thoughts on mental illness

"It’s like when someone has a grandma seizure, you just give ‘em room."- honestly, I have no idea what he was talking about

"I had an aunt who used to throw hot grits at my uncle when she’d get mad. I say that’s a waste of good grits."- Bob’s insights regarding the Ray Rice scandal

"I opened the pan on the buffet and thought ‘That don’t look like bacon. And it sure as hell don’t smell like bacon. You know what it was? TURKEY BACON. That’s some bullshit right there.’"-Don’t mess with Bob’s pork products

"I will admit that before I joined the military, I had experimented with marijuana. And that experiment lasted from 1976 to 1984."-Bob explains some things

"You are going to have experiences, adventures and an unforeseen future. You don’t know who you’ll meet, what you’ll find or how you’ll get there, but you will do it."

This article is super cheesy, but sometimes a little over-the-top inspiration is nice.

He explained about the lack of eye contact. “I’m not used to seeing people’s faces,” he said. “There’s too much information there. Aren’t you aware of it? Too much, too fast.”

Good story, well reported, unexpected angle, interesting characters. This article is everything I love about magazine stories.

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