ANYWAY. I'm old now. I don't do things on Fridays. I went to the grocery store for the second Friday in a row. :P I relish just lounging around at home. I made this delicious recipe for dinner. I try to have meat once or twice a week. As much as I'd love to be a full fledged vegetarian...I am just somebody (some body?) that needs meat. That said, I do my best to buy meat ONLY at Whole Foods, where there are stricter processes in place for animal welfare and people welfare. The recipe is super good and easy and I'd recommend it for sure.
Preston did laundry and I got caught up on some of my favorite Irish themed movies in honor of this week's St. Patrick's Day.
|This movie is so cheesy, but I just love it. I love Amy Adams and ANYTHING that takes place in Ireland. My mom and I traveled there for her 50th birthday a few years back and it just makes me happy. :D|
|I LOVE this movie. LOVE it. I could watch it on repeat over and over. It's so sad and it's so good. I even have the soundtrack. hehe.|
We are a blast.
Saturday morning consisted of my favorite weekend morning routine: tea, blogs, and the couch. :D I usually try to follow up all this lounging with some yoga. I do at least 15mins of yoga a day...most often 7 days a week. Here and there I'll miss a day, but I'm really trying my best to get in shape and yoga just feels GOOD. I follow this girl, "YogaGirl" on Instagram and her motto is: 'yoga every damn day'. I'm in!
As usual...I was rushing around and ended up late. I popped a button off my dress and had to quickly sew it back on and then I shattered a glass alllll over my kitchen floor. Greeeatt. I left my place at the time I was meant to be at the brunch.
I am ALWAYS 15 mins late to social events. This is something I really need to work on. I hate to send out the message that I don't respect other people's time. Luckily, this is a bad trait that MANY people share and I was still one of the first to arrive. :P
The brunch was quite lovely and had all the cute touches that always come with anything that involves Meredith's friend Maria :D I met some nice ladies and enjoyed some AWESOME food. I was stuffed when it was all said and done. We had champagne (I had some of this. Who can say no to champagne?) and mimosas and bloody mary's (none for me!), bourbon almond french toast, bagels, creams cheese, and lox, hashbrown, sausage and cheese casserole, bacon, eggs, tuna poke, cheese, crackers, donuts, and my ham and cheese croissants. YUM.
|Beautiful day on the Marina|
I hurried home to meet my friend Zoia, who was coming up for a bike ride. To my luck, Zoia was super late and I got to sit in the sun and revive after the champagne sleepiness. I guess sometimes people appreciate when you're late ;)
Preston very kindly got our bikes cleaned up and ready to go. Zoia and I took off on our bike riding adventure. I can't believe I've yet to do this in my new place!!
We headed north and east in search of a crazy house she knew about near the home of a friend. It really was a crazy house. I guess it was like an art installation, but kind of looked like someone was trying to keep a prisoner IN. Eek.
Upon further research at home, I learned that this is the residence of Frank Gehry, a famous architect who designed the Disney Concert Hall. Ah ha. Very glad to know someone isn't being kept in there against their will ;)
|See? This guy likes weirdness :D I used to live near this building in Downtown LA|
From there, we headed out towards the beach, down on the pier, and onto the beach path. We traveled through Santa Monica and Venice down to Marina Del Rey.
It was very crowded along the beach and we stopped for a while to enjoy a fun drum circle.
On the way back, we pedaled through the alleyways. I always think this is such a fun thing to do. You get a whole different perspective on a neighborhood.
All in all, we went about 15 miles. Excellent. We rewarded ourselves at home with a snack.
Zoia headed on her way and I settled in with a movie, since Preston was out. I watched "The Impossible". Oh my gosh. That movie is insane. I am fascinated and terrified by tsunamis. It gave such an interesting account of this family's true story in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. It is just horrific. I don't even know what you COULD do in order to survive something like this. It comes down totally to chance, or faith, or whatever it is that you believe. But it seems quite random that you would survive or not. This family lived through a miracle situation. It is really an incredible story.
|I mean, seriously.|