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This is how I started my second full day in California. Well, after a 6:30 a.m. (because it was 8:30 in MS) conference call. Yesterday, all we got for breakfast was fruit and bread and cereal.

Today, I guess since we have started the “advanced” portion of our bankruptcy seminar, they decided we needed some protein.

They were right. It was a mentally taxing day with lots of asterisks applied to rules that should be clear cut, but are never that simple.

It was a lot of information, but all good, helpful stuff. I think I’ve taken about 12 pages of notes so far, in addition to the binder of handouts we got. And when I say “binder”, I don’t mean a little one. I mean a big one.

The host of the seminar fed us today, and we dined on the rooftop of the hotel. The spread included salads, chicken, and several varieties of bruschetta, pizza flatbreads, and pasta. It was light and tasty and I had an opportunity today to finally talk to some folks and do a little networking.

They saved our lemon parfait dessert for our afternoon break, and we finished up shortly after 4 p.m.

I headed back to our room to decompress for a bit. Shey and I were just talking about how this hotel, The Andaz, is, as Goldilocks would say, “Just right.” It’s not what I would call super luxury, but it ain’t the Motel 6, not by a long shot. It’s very conveniently located and full of amenities. A “boutique” hotel. And, as luck would have it, the room we were given is located on the back side, not facing the street, and VERY quiet.

I can’t express how important quiet is to me in a situation like this. As I get older, and recognize and understand my anxiety, how is manifests and what triggers it, overstimulation in terms of noise is a big one. I can deal with it, but I have to have quiet to recover.

I have to have solitude. No artificial lights. No tv. Just calm.

I love traveling and I love exploring new cities. But, if I have my way, I’ll never live IN a city. A country girl I was born and a country girl I will remain.

But I digress….

On with the update!

After I changed clothes, Shey and I walked down to Petco Park and experienced a first for both of us: a Major League Baseball game!

The San Diego Padres faced the Oakland Athletics tonight, and were leading when we left in the 8th inning, (because it was technically midnight our time), but when we got back, I check the final score and saw that Oakland pulled out a win in a 10th inning, beating SD 4-2.

Still, it was a LOT of fun, even though there were some young ladies down our row who forgot to wear shirts and kept walking in front of us every few minutes and there was what appeared to be a casually dating couple (or maybe just friends) sitting behind us, arguing about immigration reform.

While at the game, we checked another item off of our list: the Hodad burger.

We first learned about Hodad’s on Guy Fieri’s show on Food Network.

Basically, they chop up thick strips of bacon, boil it, and then fry it up in a patty which they then place on this MAMMOTH burger. But don’t take my word for it….

The entirety of the Hodad’s booth was covered in license plates and I found out that, even almost 1800 miles from home, you’re never really that far away…

The whole experience was fun tonight. My dad used to take me, my mom and sister to watch the OKC ’89ers play when I was a kid and I used to attend my cousins’ summer league baseball games all the time. I hate watching baseball on tv, but I love attending games in person. A lot of good memories came back to me tonight, and I really enjoyed making a new one.

Oh! And I almost forgot! I got another donut today.

Shey’s one job this week is to bring me samples of pastries from The Donut Bar.

I’ve been seeing these on Instagram for 2 weeks so this is what I had waiting on me this afternoon:

Yep. A unicorn donut. The horn and ears are white chocolate and the whole thing is GINORMOUS and incredibly rich. I saved half for in the morning!

Tomorrow is another full day of learning and then we have a sponsor sponsored reception tomorrow night so I’m thinking after that, we might only venture as far as one of the neighboring comedy venues or karaoke bars, but we shall see. We’re sort of making some plans as we go.

I do know one thing, so far, San Diego has been a delight, and the week isn’t even halfway over yet!

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