Shake It Off

After a few weeks’ hiatus, I’m back! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was busy as I hopped on a plane Tuesday night 9pm LA time, flew into New York City for a two hour delay, then made the final leg of my trip to Boston, arriving around 9am Boston time. I flew back to LA on Friday morning, so it was a whirlwind, but wonderful trip home. Though it was more of a teaser for Christmas break, I’m so happy to have been able to spend time with my family, eat delicious food, and relax.

I believe this picture was taken as my mom told me my head was too big.

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I have enjoyed my time in LA thus far, but I’ve felt out of sorts and overwhelmed these past few weeks, as I believe I’ve mentioned, but I decided I’m shaking myself out of it. Part of that is getting back into my writing routine. Life is busy and it’s hard to get into a routine after a long day of work, but writing is important to me and it’s why I moved out here, so I have to do it! Doing it!

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Upon my arrival back to LA, my Lyft driver gave me a gallon of some strange water she was promoting. Apparently, I am supposed to drink it within three days or the live cultures will die. I’m not drinking water that has living beings in it thank you very much. What a welcome back though!

Friday found me in a vegetative state. Had I known it would be the only warm, sunny day of the weekend, I may have felt more motivated to get up, but it started on a long plane journey and I was tired. Plus, my new bike- because yes, one of the blah things that have happened to me in the past few weeks is that my bike was stolen…out of my gated apartment building…where it was locked up- had loose handlebars and I didn’t have the tool to fix it yet, so really, I didn’t want to fall over them.

Regardless of any activity I should have done, Gilmore Girls dropped on Netflix and nothing else mattered. I watched two of the four-part series, napped, cooked dinner, then watched the other two. I loved it, smiled the entire time, and teared up a few times. As the creator/writer said that she ended it the way she always wanted to end it, I fear those last four words, however cryptic and cliff hanger-y, are it for the show, for real this time. I wouldn’t be opposed to more though, please and thank you!

On Saturday, I was on the metro to meet my friend for a hike in Malibu when the skies opened. Apparently, the only things to do in Malibu are go to the beach and hike, so we drove around for a bit before heading over to Santa Monica.

PSA: Don’t all-you-can-eat sushi. Sushi is not something you should ever overeat. Our reasoning for going to this restaurant was to try different types of sushi, but you had to eat all of what you ordered and would have to pay full price for any leftovers. We ordered two rolls too many and I had a piece in my mouth when my body decided it was too much and I had to spit it out. I was full, but it wasn’t that overly stuffed feeling so much as this is not something you should ever have too much of. The mayo-laden sushi glistened at me menacingly and thankfully the waitress took pity on us and took it away as our little secret and we didn’t have to pay. I am now on a six month hiatus from sushi, if not more.

After we ate ourselves silly, it was time to move around. We ended up doing some window shopping in Santa Monica and took in the sights.

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I should have snapped a picture of the pier all lit up at night, but shoulda coulda woulda and I did-ah not. Ha.

On Sunday, I woke up to more rain, so I cooked an omelet with an english muffin and fruit before heading over to the gym for my first workout in a week. It felt good! Nothing inspires motivation better than a kick ass workout.

In the afternoon, I went back to Santa Monica with my friend Brad where we got some writing done before heading back, making tacos for dinner, and readying for the work week ahead.

I’m in a better place and thinking positive thoughts. Sometimes, it’s good to struggle because it gives you some perspective and forces you to work that much harder. A hug from mom will heal anything. Plus, it doesn’t suck that it’s Christmas spirit time! No better excuse to fit in some shopping.

Happy Monday!

Part One: California Here We Come

Hello, friends! I’m back from my much appreciated vacation to Southern California and I am so excited to share my trip.

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I love my home and I love sleeping in my own bed again, but I adore California. I’m sad to be back and it runs deeper than the usual “ugh vacation is over” syndrome. We’ll get more into why I love California so much a little later, but right now, let’s start with a recap!

My friend, Molly, and I decided we wanted to go to LA a few months ago and the build up was thrilling. I knew we would be great travel companions because we both love food, walking, and celebrities. We’re also both low maintenance and can roll with the flow, which is important when vacationing. We woke up early last Friday morning to catch our 6:00 AM flight. For breakfast, we got egg sandwiches, coffees, and bananas from McDonalds- who by the way, uses real eggs in their sandwiches, making them the healthiest fast food choice for breakfast- before hopping onto the plane. Because it was so early, it was hard to believe that the trip was actually happening- in a good way!

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The flight was seamless, no turbulence, which is the way I like it. The six hours was a little long, especially because neither of us could sleep from being excited but also stiff in our seats. Once we landed, it didn’t take long to adjust to the wonder that is California weather. It’s hot out there, for sure, but there is not an ounce of humidity, which makes such a difference.

Palm trees and Molly’s uncle were waiting to welcome us to California. He was kind enough to pick us up from the airport and drop us off at the hotel who were not quite ready for us to check in.

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We were both so tired so it was a bit of a bummer to not be able to get into our hotel room yet, but the adrenaline of being on vacation kept us moving and we decided to explore the area a little before lunch. There weren’t many options around us, but we did find a Mexican buffet that was quite good, but neither of us were hungry or alert enough to take advantage of a buffet, which is not actually a bad thing.

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After lunch, we meandered back to our hotel with still an hour or so to go before we could check in. Luckily, the pool area was gorgeous and we could sit and relax while taking in the glorious sun. I have to admit, it was almost painful to not be able to dive into the water since my bathing suit was in my bag.

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Finally it was time to check into the hotel and we got settled. It’s so strange to be typing all of this because it feels like so long ago, but also so recent, that it’s disorienting! A shower was much needed after a long trip and sitting out in the sun, but we had to call the front desk because we couldn’t figure out the shower! This sounds embarrassing, but in order to get it to work, you had to pull it really hard. I was afraid if I did that without prompting, I would break it!

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After we recovered, we decided to be adventurous and took the train into Hollywood. Public transportation is sparse and a little shady in LA, but our hotel was right next to the station that took us to Hollywood, so we couldn’t go wrong.

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It was fun, but crowded, to walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and I am more than a little disappointed that I did not find Kristin Chenoweth’s newly installed star, but I also wasn’t going to force my way through the crowd to find it. I am not a slow walker and I am also not patient when it comes to people stopping in the middle of the sidewalk every few seconds.

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For dinner, we decided upon California Pizza Kitchen, which they actually have back at home, but it was still an excellent choice. Molly and I split a tasty hot vegetable salad and a cheese pizza. For dessert, we headed to the Ghirardelli store right across the street and got ice cream with the amazing hot fudge on top. I can honestly tell you, we were not concerned about calories this trip, especially when it comes to dessert. So worth it. Oddly enough, on my return, all I was craving was one of my huge salads. At least that’s a good sign!

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It was a semi-early night and we headed back to the hotel, but we stayed up late watching weird episodes of My Strange Addiction and laughing at our overall silliness. On our way into the hotel, we discovered something looming over us.

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Check out the blog this week for more updates! Our trip gets more and more interesting throughout the days!