San Diego, Will You Marry Me?

posted by Momo Fali on August 8, 2011


The last five weeks have been quite a blur. That tends to happen when your employer runs an enormous conference and you are assigned the Twitter account of their 30,000+ followers. People had questions, I found the answers. Lots and lots of them.

So, I apologize for one of the longest bloggy breaks since the swine flu/pulmonary embolism scare of 2009, but I’ve had to be on my toes elsewhere. Literally. I have blisters to prove it.

But, I will happily wear my battle wounds…because that elsewhere of which I speak? Was the fabulous San Diego.

I had never been to San Diego before, but I had heard plenty of people talk about it and out of all of those people, I’ve never heard a disparaging word. My mom used to live there and has told me of its beauty for years. Everyone said that I would love it, that the weather is ideal, the sky is always blue and that the scenery is lovely.

I still wasn’t prepared to be so, incredibly, swept off my feet. Let’s just say that if I didn’t have a family, I wouldn’t have come home.

The temperature and humidity were such that you could walk around during the day wearing a bathing suit or jeans, and be comfortable either way. I never saw a cloud in the sky, the water was gorgeous, the streets are pleasantly walkable and the people are so nice. How could they not be, what with all of that sunshine, margaritas and delicious Mexican food?

And, oh boy did I eat that food. Lots of it. Fish tacos, steak tacos, beans, the sushi to end all sushi and a piece of creme brulee cheesecake. See how someone went and invented something made out of my two favorite desserts? They were practically begging me to eat it.

I sat on the wide beach and laughed with friends at the Hotel Del Coronado, walked along the Embarcadero Marina, and sipped drinks around a firepit.

I did a lot of deep breathing every time I went outside and on the last morning those breaths turned to sighs. It broke my heart to leave. There is so much more to tell you about my trip, but for now…I’m still reeling from the perfection of this city.


  • meleah rebeccah

    Ah yes. I absolutely LOVE San Diego. And now I really miss California!

  • tracey - justanothermommy

    But really, the highlights were the people you met (namely, me) right?

    You are my new buddy, whether you know it or not. And whether you try to block me from stalking you or not.


  • Carolyn Online

    So glad you had a great time! So bummed to miss it. Can’t wait to see all of the pictures.

  • Monica

    So you liked it? 🙂

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    OH MY GOT, YES. I’m so blown away with San Diego’s Awesomeness.

  • Lindsay

    So so glad we got to meet and hang out. Feel free to move to CA (well, LA) any time you feel like 😉

  • Zak

    I absolutely adore you and I am so very lucky to have spent time with you.

    San Diego rocks.

  • SurprisedMom

    Maybe, someday, I’ll get to see San Diego myself. Until then, I hope you post more photos. I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself, despite the blisters. 🙂

  • Miss Britt

    That really was the best sushi ever.

  • anymommy

    I’m in love with San Diego. I’m in love with you too. Let’s move there together and make beautiful music 😉

    • AmazingGreis

      I want in on this!! I’ll move too!

  • Jenn @ Juggling Life

    San Diego was happy to have you! And since you were a lovely seatmate at JSix I’d be happy to have you stay in my guest room anytime–ask BOSSY, I’m not even a little bit crazy.

    The way you feel about San Diego? Is the same way I feel and I’ve lived here why whole life.

  • Lisa

    Damn! I was just starting to feel pretty good about being back home!

  • Backpacking Dad

    I will never forget laughing at the Hotel del Coronado. That was a special moment.

    • Momo Fali

      I think you mean the Corona Del Mar.

      • AmazingGreis

        BOATS in SD are pretty amazing. Oh, wait, too bad you missed it! 🙂

      • Backpacking Dad

        No no, that was the biker bar in Carlsbad.

  • AmazingGreis

    It was so good to finally meet you. I had so much fun at the party on the beach, we definitely had the best table there. Also, the t-shirts were nice.

    Can’t wait to see you again!

  • Patty

    So well said! I didn’t want to come home either! 🙂

    It was so good to see you and you were amazing at Voices of the Year! {hugs}

  • magpie

    Me too. I didn’t want to come home.

    I had drinks one day with a friend from high school who moved to SD in 1987 and never left. I totally understand why.

  • Colleen

    I completely agree. San Diego was amazing.
    So happy I got to meet you in person!

  • Loukia

    It was SO great to meet you!

  • AlisonH

    My daughter-in-law is from San Diego; my son fell in love with the place after he fell in love with her, and they have moved back there and plan to raise their family there. It’s easy to see why.

    Happy Birthday to your mom!

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