Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sunset Cliffs

Went over to Sunset Cliffs last weekend. Took a little break from working on the boat all the time to just to enjoy life for a while.

It was nice to take some time off but it is time to refocus and reorganize. We have been mentally preparing for some really big projects for a long time. The next step is to replace all of the windows. Two of them already have cracks so we figured it would be the smart choice to just replace all of them at once. It is important to me to keep moving forward though. It has been a few weeks since we did anything productive to the boat. For me, baby steps keep me focused and energized. But more than anything, if there are not any noticeable improvements going on I get discouraged. By completing one little step at a time it makes the overall projects more manageable. Baby steps and $10,000 would make it even easier...




Friday, March 18, 2011

Still thinking about Japan

We are still thinking about Japan. It is hard to imagine that much loss at one time. San Diego was lucky to not be to adversely affected, Santa Cruz was not quite as lucky. Watch the video below for footage of the damage in Santa Cruz. We very often forget how vulnerable we are on this earth. As Americans sometimes we forget about the rest of the world. We are lucky here in California that the disaster didn't happen the other way around. The footage below is just a footnote of the major tsunami that Japan was struck with but it does illustrate how gigantic the effects of the earthquake really were. Moments like these remind us that we really are not in control. With natural disasters and disease around every corner it is kinda ironic how silly and backwards we are with our priorities. We should be celebrating love, family, and friends but instead the news is talking about Charlie Sheen's drug addiction. Ironic, don't you think?



And in the spirit of love, family, and friends, I would like to take a minute to say congratulations to my dear friend Helen who is newly engaged to a wonderful Englishmen. You both deserve only the best in life and I wish you a happy life together! Congratulations!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Nope, just calm.

I am happy to report very little irregular tidal activity. There is some water moving around but nothing like last year's tsunami*. This is the current view outside where I work. It seems yet again everyone was worried about nothing. Fingers crossed that I don't jinx it all and we go belly up after this post.


*Click here for footage from last year's tsunami in Feb 2011.

Calm before the storm?

Tsunami warning is in effect for San Diego County. This was the view from our boat this morning. Calm and foggy. Our thoughts go to all the people in Japan. Everyone stay safe today. Updates later.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sailing Photos

Do you know how hard it is to get good photos of your own boat out sailing? Well, hard, unless you pay someone. Out sailing this past weekend I got some great photos of a J30 called 'Mad Hatter'. Problem is, I don't know anyone who sails on that boat. If you sail on that boat or know who does, let me know. I have a lot of epic photos of the boat with the sunset in the background.



UPDATE: I got their email and sent the photos. Thanks for the help!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Storage

If you were to ask me what the hardest thing about living aboard is I would most definitely tell you that it is storage. For anyone living on a boat this is a hard task but I like to think that it is especially difficult for me. Why you ask am I any different than anyone else? Good question. It isn't because I have a lot of things or lots of clothes, food, shoes, nothing like that. I own the average amount of things that you would expect for a person in my situation. The reason is the boat.

Ellen Louise is a beautiful, classically designed wooden sloop. I love her for her lines and features. When M bought the boat he wasn't willing to compromise any sailing ability for comfort. She sails to weather like a dream (well, for an old wooden boat), she is solid and will hold her course for hours. Her rear end is high and tight. These factors are what makes sailing her so pleasurable. However, these same features do cause a slight compromise in the interior living space.

M and I live very simple. We try not to accumulate anything that we don't use regularly. Sure we have a lot of books and far too many pillows (I like to be comfy- it's important), but we have a very simple lifestyle. The funny thing is though, there is never enough room. If I get rid of 3 trash bags full of stuff the next day you won't even notice I did anything. For me, being comfortable in a space is more important than anything. If my living space is cluttered and messy it hurts my brain and I can't relax. Every night M and I have a routine. We get home, tidy up, light the lamps, change out of work clothes, put on a record, and relax. It is this end of the day routine that keeps everything in order.

For anyone who has ever been on our boat, you will know that it is not normally neat or clean. 'How can that be then if they tidy up every night?' It seems that it turns into a never ending cycle for tidying and destroying our little home...

Anyway, there is no point to my rant, just that it is a very hard aspect of living aboard that we deal with. For anyone on a catamaran, a 40'+ boat, power boat, or living on land: I do not feel your pain, try sleeping in my bed for a night and then we will talk.

Please, anyone, if you have a similar life and know a way to make it easier, please enlighten me.

Completely unrelated photo to the post but I didn't want to leave you with no visual stimulation.
Here is M's view from the top.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chicken Marsala, asparagus, and mostly mashed potatoes


This is a very simple dish that M makes for me when were are feeling hungry. M make this on the boat and it seems very easy with little prep. I'm not sure how to make it but I love to eat it. My favorite part about this meal is the mostly mashed potatoes. The chicken is a mystery but I can help with the taters. Once you eat mashed potatoes this way you will eat them like this forever.

What you need:
potatoes, butter, onion, garlic, salt, crushed red pepper.

Cube the potatoes into 4's and put them into the boiling water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, saute some onions and garlic in a pan. After 15 minutes, drain the water and add the caramelized onions, garlic, and half a stick of butter per 6 potatoes. We never have milk on the boat but if you do, add a dash. Mash the mixture with a fork until you feel like stopping. The chunkier the better. Always leave the skins on because these potatoes are about easiness. Salt and crushed red pepper to taste. We usually put a lot of salt in the pot then add some more once it's on the plate. Mix it up and eat. Easy. I never said it was healthy, but it sure is tasty.

Goes well with red wine.