Saturday, December 29, 2012

Navel Gazing and Whale Watching

If only.
Our local paper announced the beginning of whale watching season this week, and for one completely self-absorbed and horrifying moment, I thought it was talking about me. As the season of plenty slowly rolls along like Violet Beauregarde, I'm assessing the damage. Luckily, the New Year, and its accompanying health frenzy, is almost here. Two weeks of wheatgrass shots and 5 mile jaunts through the park should get rid of the holiday pounds.

But back to whale watching. Yesterday afternoon, I excitedly booked tickets for (sing it with me) a three hour tour, a three hour tour. The sales rep warned me that under no circumstances would the trip would be cancelled due to rain. "Sure, not a problem," I cheerfully concurred as I looked outside at the clear blue skies.

This morning, I woke up to the sound of rain hitting my window. I stood on the balcony and stared up at the darkened sky like a confused turkey. Firmly in denial, I brightly assured the Merry Husband that the clouds would clear ("You know, like Florida!), and drove through the flooded streets to the Redondo Beach Marina. We walked up to the deserted boat. ("I'm sure they'll be here any minute!") We waited.

I finally called the sales rep.  "I'm sooo sorry," she explained. "We cancelled due to rain. I thought I had gotten in touch with everyone. Come over to Polly's Diner on the other side of the marina and I'll give you two free vouchers for another day."

The Merry Husband and I rejoiced at the sudden and fortuitous change in company policy. After collecting our vouchers, we tucked into delicious plates of Polly's chorizo and eggs.

Dear readers, I wish I could share with you photos of me spotting a whale, me petting a whale, me becoming   BFFs with a whale. Sadly, today was not that day. Instead, here are some dark and stormy photos of the marina.

Polly's on the Pier
I hope that your weekend is going according to plan.


  1. Too funny!! I'm feeling whale like myself these days. The holidays are always bust on the eating plan!
    New year, new plan is right. Wheat grass probably not so much for me. It makes me gag :))

  2. Hi! I just discovered your blog! It I s wonderful! Sorry 'bout the whales - we only get them in the summer months here and I love them!

    As for me on jan 2nd, I am going to cut back and start to move the old body again!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I just started reading your blog recently, and am already a huge fan!

  3. You are lucky they canceled! My family went whale watching before my wedding this summer in the fog and almost everyone got sea sick and I felt awful. It will be much better in the sun!

    1. Yes, it would have been miserable if we had ended up going.

      Congratulations on your wedding this summer! I hope you and your husband enjoy your first NYE together as happy newlyweds!


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