The summer of 2015 is over. This week we had rain on more than one day, and a night that got down to 60 degrees. I’m also leaving the house for work while it is still dark out! Some times it is hard to tell in San Diego when the summer ends. We have faux summer days throughout most of our winter, and often these are sunnier and warmer than the days in June and July. The summer of 2015 was a hot one though. We had record heat, but also a few days of rain which is rare, but not unheard of during a summer with an El Nino.
This year was also different for us than the last few years because we intentionally planned fewer major things to do. Over the last couple years we’ve had to turn down opportunities to do things with friends and family because we were over booked. We wanted to slow down a bit and make more room for last-minute opportunities. That worked out pretty well. I would say we still rarely had a free weekend to just hangout and we spent a lot more time doing things with friends and family. Although we are likely to plan more next year, but we’ll be careful to include friends and family and to leave some time open.
At the beginning of May I kicked off the summer by leaving San Diego for the colder climate of Denmark. It was a work trip and unlike the last time I went to Denmark for work, this trip was all work. We got to Denmark, had a quick Breakfast in Nyhavn in Copenhagen…
and then headed for the countryside and our work assignment. On our last day in Denmark we packed up at the hotel at 4 am and headed straight to the airport. We did get to see the sun coming up through the windmills as we drove through the countryside.
The work was good, and there were a lot of work related social events to keep it interesting, but I did not take advantage of “being there” by spending some extra personal time checking out new places. Maybe next time.
The summer was in full swing in San Diego when I got back. We had a couple of college graduations in May, my oldest daughter, Monica, and her fiancée, Ricky. In fact they had a very busy summer and we were glad we left time in our schedule to hang out with them. They graduated in May, moved to San Diego from Murrieta in June, and got married in July!
Although we love live music, we cut back on the planned concerts too. However, Memorial Day weekend had a couple of big ones we didn’t want to miss. Three of my favorite acts played together at Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista on Saturday, Matt Nathanson, The Fray, and Train. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from Saturday night.
On Sunday night, The Rolling Stones, one of my wife Jenny’s favorite bands played at PetCo Park. We went with friends complete with a hotel room, warmup party, and after party! PetCo is a great venue and the bands energy level was amazing.
I did make some progress around the house this summer. I painted the Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, upstairs guest bathroom and the laundry room. As usual picking the colors was the hardest part of this project. We went with a blue in the Master Bedroom, kind of a walk on the wild side for us, but we like the way it turned out. The color in the Master Bathroom was supposed to be a variation of sea-foam green. It actually turned out looking different, but Jenny liked it so much she let me use the same color in the guest bathroom and laundry room! I also replaced some very restrictive canned light fixtures throughout the house. They required a push in 4 pin fluorescent bulb that was hard to find, not that efficient, costly, and they only lasted about 2 years. I replaced the original fixtures with standard screw in fixtures and then put in LED bulbs. I shouldn’t have to worry about those bulbs again before we move to the old folks home!
The biggest improvement to the house this year was the installation of rooftop solar. I expected that we would save money in the long run, but with the record heat this summer we saved a ton of money this year alone. Last summer during a hot month we ran our AC for 2 weeks in a row one month and the bill was about $280 over normal. This summer we ran our AC almost every day and our electric bill was $10-$20 extra a month.
In June, we had a great time with family and friends in Yosemite. I still have one more post to do for that trip (really behind on the blog posts again this year). I really don’t know where June went. We didn’t have a lot on the calendar, but it flew by.
July was the busiest month of the summer. We started off July by celebrating our 3rd anniversary. We saw John Butler Trio at Humphreys in San Diego. We had been to Humphreys before but it was not one of our favorite venues. However, this time was different. We got a room, so we were not rushing around, and the concert was general admission. The previous concert we saw was seated and I’m not a fan of the seating they put in. General Admission was perfect! We got there early and got a place right in front of the stage. John Butler can do things with a guitar that I’ve never heard before. We love his songs Pick Apart and Better Things.
In the middle of the month we saw our last Green Flash Concert at the Birch Aquarium. We had season tickets to this concert series 4 years in a row, but decided to only go to one this year. I wasn’t a fan of the main act, Bad Suns, but the opening act Zella Day was awesome. She has a spectacular voice and sang well.
I’m not sure this will be our last Green Flash concert ever, but the radio station, KPRI, that has sponsored this show for the last 10 years closed down the other day. I just happened to be listening to the station when one of the owners came on the air with no warning and delivered the news that they would go off the air immediately. I’ll definitely miss the station, the private listener concerts, the Green Flash concerts and the people I had listened to since moving to San Diego. There aren’t a lot of locally owned radio station left. Even though they had made some changes recently, I was adjusting and wish I could have them to listen to next summer.
My daughter’s wedding was at the end of July. We had lots of family and friends in town before, during, and after the wedding. I enjoyed visiting with them and doing some touristy things around San Diego more than anything else we did all summer. It was a beautiful ceremony, and my daughter was a lovely bride. I’ll never stop worrying about any of my kids, but she and Ricky are on a very good path! Here are some of the summer fun things we did in San Diego with family and friends.
And a few of the wedding.
In August we got to do it all over again when my best friend’s daughter got married in Idaho. We love camping, fishing, and rafting in Idaho. I’ll add attending weddings to that list. We had a great time and I saw some of Dave’s family that I had not seen in a while. We stayed a couple of nights in a cabin north of Boise and the wedding was at a golf course in a small town nearby. I wish we could have stayed longer!
September was another month that seemed to fly by. I had some work travel and a couple of really busy work weeks here in San Diego but we also fit in seeing Sam Smith, Death Cab for Cutie (at our favorite San Diego venue, SDSU Open Air Theater), a couple of bear festivals, and the first annual family fantasy football league and draft party. I love football, but I’m definitely relying on beginner’s luck for this first time doing a fantasy league.
The summer of 2015 was a summer to enjoy family and friends, enjoy the new additions to our family, make lasting memories that will last a lifetime, and to hold on to the good memories of those who weren’t able to share this summer with us. I hope you had a great summer this year too!