The Hotel California...



Remember the Eagles song The Hotel California?  The final line of the song; "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" seems very fitting at this point in my life!  I feel like I can't "check out" of The Hotel California.

It has been three years since we pulled out of our driveway and left this amazing state behind, but when I come back, it feels as if I have never left.  I think a part of my heart was left here.  Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco well, I left mine in Orange Country.

It starts right when I walk out of the airport and see the palms swaying in the sun.  Then it continues as I drive down the highway and smell the song scent of the freshly cut eucalyptus trees, and oh when I see the ocean...it is all over.  Oh don't get me wrong, I willingly left Orange County, no one forced me to go, but I do long to come back...eventually.

I have spent the past three days in California enjoying the sun, the ease and enjoyment of the shopping and sights and sounds of Orange County.  Enjoying the laughter and companionship of my dear friends I was home.  Thank you friends for always welcoming me home with open arms and making it so difficult to check out of The Hotel California.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed your time in beautiful California!

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  2. I love the song "Hotel California" (it is now stuck playing in my head....hope it is not there all day!) California would be hard to resist. There is truly not much to not like. The combination of sun, sand, and ocean is an irresistible combo in my opinion. Glad you enjoyed your time there.

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    1. Oh it is very hard to resist Gina, I agree an irresistible combo.

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  3. Home is where your heart is.

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    1. And that's the problem, mine seems to be in a few places at the same time! What to do...

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  4. Hi-- I'm a new follower. I found you through i Blog 4 Me. Love your blog-- looking forward to reading more posts! I grabbed a button, too (http://latitudeadjustment1.blogspot.com/p/blog-love_5.html). I'm from California, living in the Philippines right now, but I miss home so much! Orange County is beautiful.

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    1. Hi Leia-thanks for stopping by! I so miss Cali, but am loving the opportunity to see the world. I know that that is will one day be my forever home! I bet the Philippines are amazing. Im going to visit your blog!

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  5. How fun you got to go for a visit. How fitting its this week. Tuesday trivia is California. Come in over and party here at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    1. Wanda I am so bummed, I flew back to Germany ALL DAY on Tuesday so I missed it! Am going to go visit now that the cloud of "jet-lag" has lifted.

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  6. Hi... I just found you on the blog hop and love the concept of your blog- Its so true that no matter where we go, there's always one place calling us mostly...
    Newest follower and can't wait to read more.
    K
    http://www.wanderlust-wishlist.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the follow Karen, and I am so glad that you liked the blog...hopefully I can keep you laughing!

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  7. This is a nice post. We have yet to visit California, but we'd like to do so!
    I'm visiting today from Linkin' with my Ladies.

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    1. Yes, you do need to visit. It is an amazing place to see. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Time to shine! Share your favorite post of the week at Friday Flash Blog Hop with The Jenny Evolution! Visit http://www.thejennyevolution.com.

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  9. I just found your blog :) Have been getting expat journals for years...wondering, hoping, dreaming.
    I am in Orange County too, so it was interesting to read this. I am so wanting out of here. I guess it's all perspective.
    Looking forward to reading about how you make this work :)
    VERY happy to have found you!!

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