Saturday, January 11, 2014

Life Comes at You Fast! New Year 2014

"Life Comes At You Fast!"  I love this line from the Nationwide Commercial. Here it is, already February and lots of things have fallen through the cracks of life!  This was the year that I was going to resuscitate my poor neglected blog, exercise an hour a day and be more organized at home and with my business.  I guess you could say that we are all a work in progress...

New Year's weekend found us at out favorite relaxation spot in the world, Manzanita Beach.  We spent some lovely time with our great friends, the Johnson's, and welcomed in the New Year with the little parade down Laneda Ave. that has become a tradition in our little town. As part of our Christmas present, Barb and Mark brought us some fun attire to wear in the parade.  Rick received a 'Glowhawk', and I was given a Tule and Glowstick skirt, wand, and Tiara to dazzle in the cold night.  After my midnight debut was over, I was glad to hand off my wand and Tiara to a very excited little girl who was passing by, and no doubt wondering who these crazy adults were!
On New Year's morning, we headed down to the beach about 10:30 AM to see the brave souls who were assembling to take part in the annual Manzanita Polar Plunge.
Our friend Mark surprised us by stripping down and diving into the ocean to welcome in 2014.  At the sound of the conch shell, about 300 brave souls ran into the waves, while the rest of us slackers stood by.
 The not so brave, cheered and mumbled about giving it a go the following year, after a total body makeover and 500 hours at the gym- which we were going to promptly join as soon as we returned home!
The Coast is full of surprises, and you never know what fun characters you'll run into on the beach!   The local recycle center, CARTM,  is a wild and crazy place, sort of the community center for our little beach town. They host many activities, one of the most popular being the annual Trashion Show. Below is an
example of what you can do with plastic and still look Glam!
How lucky we are to live in such an amazing place!

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