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Day 15: Ghosting Old Haunts

All eyes on Costa Mesa since Jan. 1. So much so, that I seem to have forgotten something. Whoops! It just occurred to me that sooner or later, I am going to need to address the issue of all the shops and services I have left behind…

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Day 14: Podcastaway

I always feel a bit unmoored between podcast seasons. Partly it’s because our producer, Danny Thompson, is an *actual* rockstar, which means two things: 1) He’s, like, the coolest person we know, and, 2) he’s touring a lot. So we get creative and work our podcast schedule around his tour dates. When we are recording episodes, it’s a wild spree. Bam-bam-bam – interview after interview – very fast and furious so we can squeeze them all in before their air dates. Then just as quickly as it begins? It’s over…

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Day 13: Hearts Down Under

This week, I was delighted to deliver a big box of I Heart Costa Mesa shirts and stickers to Estancia High School. The swag is to be included in a welcome gift for a group of student delegates visiting us all the way from Australia. It’s all part of a “sister city” exchange program where a group of Costa Mesa teens visits Australia, and then a group of Australian teens visits Costa Mesa. So cool!

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Day 12: Strike That

We’re a dozen days into the #costamesa365 challenge – an entire year where I’m trying to spend money only in Costa Mesa – and the ripple effects are already playing throughout my life. I’m unexpectedly saving money on gas and just on shopping in general. I’m discovering new foods and better ways to move through discomfort. Sure I’ve had a setback or two, made some mistakes, but I’m learning and growing – a lot!

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Day 11: Hey, Buddy!

Who else has discovered Gas Buddy? It’s an app, or website if you prefer, that tells you the current price of gas around town. Super easy to use – I like the map feature so I can just visually check out “the lay of the pumps” near me.

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Day 10: Pushing Boundaries

This post is really about Love Costa Mesa Day 2019, coming May 18th to our fair city. (More info on this awesome, citywide event, below.) But first, I have to come clean about a doh! mistake on my quest for #costamesa365. So, I was planning to meet up with Sharon Hurd for coffee. (She wanted to talk to me about Love Costa Mesa Day and what they had planned.) Since we are both Westsiders, I suggested Common Room Roasters just down the street…

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Day 9: A Chocolate Croissant

January is a busy month for birthdays in my family. We’ve got four. Usually, about this time of year, I’m still recovering from the holidays. Just settling back into my routine when suddenly I panic, “Sweet cupcake! It’s my dad’s birthday tomorrow!” The “old me” would be one-day Prime-shopping like a boss and get it all done via the Interwebs and UPS. The #costamesa365 me packed up the kids and drove over to Metro Pointe and South Coast Plaza…

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Day 8: Fortuitous Frugality

Frugal. Such an unpleasant-sounding word. Like a mealy, green toe fungus. “You’ve got a bad case of frugal.” Or when a judge really throws the book at you. “Verdict’s back: you’ve been frugaled!” Everyone likes to save a buck, get a good deal. Most people want to stash some rainy-day funds, feel secure. But frugality? “Blech. You kiss your mother with that mouth?”

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Day 7: Cheater, Cheater, Plated Eater

Day 3. I look up from my laptop just in time to see the van slow to a stop. It’s here! I glance furtively around as anxiety builds in my throat. Which neighbors are out? Anyone walking dogs? No, too early. Good. With school on break, it’s an unusually low-traffic day on my street. Satisfied that we’re alone, my eyes find the van, again. The door opens. It’s him!

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Day 6: Voluntary Discomfort

The response to #costamesa365 from friends, family and neighbors, so far, has run the gamut. Most people are positive and cheer me on – which is so appreciated, I need the support! A handful of reactions has been, well, less than enthusiastic…

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Day 5: Mendocino Farms (Roughage Reconnaissance)

Yes, Roughage Reconnaissance has begun in earnest. It was time to find a Costa Mesa replacement for my beloved, now unrequited, Stonefire salad. So, on the advice of the lovely, helpful neighbors in our Facebook Group, I made a plan to swing by Mendocino Farms for lunch…

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Day 4: The Panic Roomba

I’d like to share that I calmly transitioned to #costamesa365 in a state of serene mindfulness. I’d like to say that it was “no biggie” to just scrap my fatal attraction to Amazon. I’d like to tell you that three days before this challenge started, I absolutely did not panic-buy extra bricks of toilet paper and laundry soap at a certain Fountain Valley Costco. I’d be lying.

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Day 3: Stone Sober

Yes, I am writing this post with a clear head. No, I’m not talking about giving up the drink. But the headline is more appropo than you know because I am currently in the throes of some seriously cold-turkey detox… off my deep dependence on Stonefire salad…

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Day 2: Living On The Edge

My problem is that I live on the very edge of town. That pic is from Fairview Park right near my house. From there, you can literally look off the edge of a cliff, across the Santa Ana River, to Huntington Beach below. Over here in Westside Costa Mesa, it’s all too easy to just “pop across the river” into nearby Huntington Beach for things like gas, Trader Joe’s, Target – oh and a quick coffee pick-me-up while I’m at it. Nothing personal, it’s an edge thing.

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