Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday #64: Changing Tides

La Jolla, CA

Greetings from Los Angeles, my friends!  I feel the need to say this as I won't be saying it for very much longer in 2018.  I've just gotten back tonight after a weekend in La Jolla, CA visiting friends.  Luckily, La Jolla is just two hours away by Amtrak so it was a (relatively) short three hour commute each way to get out there.  Now that I'm back, let's catch up!


I got into La Jolla on Friday evening and met up with my friend (also my partner's sister).  We had a lovely dinner of pho, followed by catching up, and a home screening of Finding Dory over Chinese tea.  Over the weekend, I had the chance to spend time in her company, try out a new sushi place, and explore the tidepools on La Jolla shores.  I'll share the photos of the tidepools in a future post, but you can see sneak peeks over on my Instagram.  On my last afternoon, I met up with my friend, who is an alumni of the lab in which I work -- it's wonderful to see old labmates in new places and growing! 

Jasmine flower green tea.

The weather down in La Jolla was perfect.  The air was cleaner right by the coast, the temperature didn't go above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the night air was crisp.  The chronic, dry cough I've had all winter was absent and I had no allergies!  How wonderful it was to feel cold and shiver again.  In case you didn't know: I strongly dislike heat.  The climate made coming back to Los Angeles -- to the arid air and smog -- more difficult.  I also had such a wonderful time that it was harder to come back, knowing the mountain of work that remains to be completed.  In many ways, I'm ready for the next few months to be finished and to leave Los Angeles.  


Speaking of leaving Los Angeles . . . I have big news!  I've recently taken an offer to work in Seattle for the coming year and I'm so excited!  My parents will be visiting me during and after my defense in March so I'm slated to move after their departure.  Three and a half years ago, I went to Seattle on a work meeting and fell in love with the city.  A woman at this conference told me that she could tell I was in love and would one day be back there.  I reflect on that now because in less than two months, this will be a reality.  I'm ready to leave Los Angeles, to live in a coastal region, and to live alone (hopefully) for the first time.  I'll keep y'all posted, but in the meantime, I have to finish my thesis and downsize.  

Today's questions and food for thought:  
What is your ideal climate to live in? 
Do you prefer to be hot or cold? 
Inland or coastal regions?  


  1. Such exciting news, Alyse! I can't wait to see all of your posts from Seattle. Having lived in both hot and cold(ish) climates, I have to say nothing quite beats the Hong Kong humidity on the skin ;) and, hey, it even ticks off both inland and coastal 'scapes! x

  2. That's amazing Alyse! Good luck with your move!

    I have no idea where to live. I always say hot climate but I'm not sure if I can do that year round. Toronto is home for me but wishing a little less winter and more spring/summer weather.

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    1. What! You are moving to Seattle and you got a job? Congrats!!! So excited for you! I prefer cooler / colder weather. I hate getting all sweaty doing simple things like walking to a bus stop on level ground. But also definitely a coastal person.

      Nat ◇ dignifiable

  4. I'm more of hot/warm climate kind of girl! I'm so ready for winter to be over here in Lithuania. I've got enough of this cold and snow, haha. Congrats on the move and the offer! I can't wait to hear more about your adventures in Seattle. x

    - Leta | The Nerdy Me

  5. OMG congrats on the new job in Seattle! I was like reading through the post being like, hang on she's leaving LA, what did I miss? So excited to see your take on a new city.

    I definitely definitely prefer colder weather. I think my ideal weather would be about 10-15C (which according to google is 50-60F) and dry. It never really gets that cold here except at night during the winter. I'm so done with our summer!

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  7. OMG ALYSE! Congrats on the job offer in Seattle! I'll be lying if I said I'm not gonna miss you because I'm gonna miss you A LOT - like a lot lot! Before you move, we definitely have to meet up. Or you can always stop by my new place if you're driving up :)

  8. Oooh! I didn't know you could take the Amtrak down to SD area! Glad you enjoyed your time down there and got some amazing shots! Hey, it'll be your turn to move on from the lab really soon! The thing I love about being near the beach is that it's cooler than being in Pomona or something.

    I'm so happy that you received an offer! Seattle is a wonderful place to live and grow! OH YEAH DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE 0 STATE INCOME TAX!!!! You, me, and Eena need to meet up soon!!!


  9. Oh, congrats on the job offer!! It must be so exciting to start a new job, not to mention in a new city. Can't wait to hear more about Seattle once you move :) I'd say I definitely prefer somewhere cold - not like it gets that chilly in Australia anyway haha, but I prefer winter compared to the thought of sweating all the time!