Weekend away in Santa Cruz

Last weekend my husband and I went away for a late birthday celebration. It was like a month late but since Easter was so late in April this year, I was busy all month prepping for Easter and we decided to delay the celebration until after Easter. So I booked a weekend in what I thought was Carmel. A few days before we were to go I discovered I had booked a stay in Santa Cruz. Oops. Not sure if I knew that or not when I booked the accommodations. Perhaps it got squeezed out in between all the Easter details.

Albert and I stayed at West Cliff Inn. I found a special deal so we got a great rate. When I got there I found out we were staying in a suite!

So either I am not paying attention when I am booking these things… or my brain has gone renegade on me and has done things while I am unconscious and sleeping!

Here’s the side with the bed and sitting area.

Then there was a side of the room with a day bed.

The bathroom was huge! This doesn’t even show the walk-in shower behind where I was taking the picture from.

I took a picture with my phone because it has a wider lens than my camera! What a fancy bathtub!

They had even put a welcome card on our bed! A slight mispelling in our name… but it’s the thought that counts. (Not sure why people have such a hard time spelling Yee. So many people spell it Wee, and some even Lee!)

The inn was like an old house that was like 150 years old or something, and converted to an inn like 3 or 4 years ago. Don’t quote me on it. All the “likes” in the previous sentence show that my brain really is not functioning at optimal level. Above the stairwell was a gorgeous stained glass window.

The living room had very tall ceilings. Albert and I were wondering if old style houses used to have tall ceilings. We were admiring the crown molding. Go all the way to Santa Cruz for vacation and what do we do? Sit in the living room admiring the crown molding.

The place was mostly empty but we would go down and sit in the chairs during afternoon snack time.

Here are some pictures I took with my phone. These were the snacks one afternoon. One of the requirements when we look for a bed and breakfast is good food!

Another reason I like bed and breakfasst — cookies through the day!

Good thing our room was on the third floor — had to walk off all the yummy food we ate!

We had a very nice weekend away. We were both exhausted from work and spent a lot of time sleeping. (I took 3 naps the first day!) We walked around Santa Cruz, went out for dinner, and watched movies.

Another thing we did was bring along the book Living the Live You Were Meant to Live. This book is meant for exploring calling/direction/balance in life. Albert and I went through about half the exercises and talked about things like turning points, life gates, and patterns and control paths in our lives. The exercises were really helpful in giving us some insight into what is going on in our lives and possible direction that God might be leading for the future. Good book!

It was a good weekend. I was very thankful to have quality time with my husband away from all the busyness of life!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

4 comments to “Weekend away in Santa Cruz”

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  1. Leslie - May 8, 2011

    I’m sorry, but this just made me laugh!! If you look at all the pictures without reading the captions, it seems as if staying at posh B&B’s is “Living the Life You Were Meant to Live”!! Ha ha! I know you didn’t mean it that way but it did strike me as quite funny!

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    A Yee - May 8, 2011

    Ha ha! That’s hilarious! Didn’t realized that…

  3. Carmen Lin - May 8, 2011

    I’m not surprised they spelled your name “Yee” wrong. Have your noticed that the letter “Y” actually sounds like the beginning of the words such as “why” and “wise”? I used to be puzzled that a lot of people spelled Boppy’s name “Wishan” instead of “Yishan.” Most of those times I was there to catch the mistake right away and the person would apologize and made the correction. Eventually I realized a lot of people would think of the letter “w” when they heard the sound “Y” and that was why they spelled it incorrectly.

  4. Leslie Liu - May 13, 2011

    Mommy, you are right. But for some reason, people hardly ever spell Ling Yi’s name with a “W.” It has happened occasionally, though, probably only about 3 times in the 20 years we have been together. Maybe it is because Boppy’s name starts with a “Y” whereas LY’s name has the Y towards the end. When we spell out LY’s name slowly, I think people are already in “alphabet-letter” mode and paying more attention to the actual letter. When the name begins with a Y, they probably hear the letter “Y” and think of “why” like you said.

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