Quick recap on the week/weekend since I’ve been out of touch. Wednesday night was my sorority’s semi-formal and I had the delight of taking my best friend, Liz. Here we are with my friend Louise 🙂 Sorry about Liz’s demonish eyes, for some reason the Instagram filter didn’t work that well.
Friday night, we headed north to San Francisco to see a movie at the Kabuki Theatre in Japan Town.
Our quick-stop at Starbucks (iced peppermint mocha – forgot to blend it…) before we hit the road. It looks like Christmas has exploded inside. I’m glad we picked up something sweet (and caffeine) because a drive that should have taken 30 minutes, took almost 90! Good thing I was used to L.A. traffic, so it wasn’t too terrible.
We stopped off for a gourmet-hipster Indian meal before relaxing in our extra-plush seats. I say “gourmet-hipster” because when I thought Indian, I thought we would have a bowl of curry with a heaping plate of naan. Not so much. I had some broccoli rabe dosa and Liz had a marsala dosa. I apologize again for the terrible lighting.
At the movie, I could have chosen a signature cocktail, but ended up with a hard apple cider (in a quirky bottle…maybe the reason I chose it 😉 ) and a cup of treats. The movie was definitely Hollywood and a little cheesy, but worth the trip to the city. A fun girl’s night out indeed.
Found this hilarious picture on Pinterest. Guess not everyone is a fan 😉
The next morning, I hit the road south, stopped off for a bit at the Gilroy Outlets. I spent some much needed time inside JCrew and just browsed the selection in the Jelly Belly store. Too much good stuff, indeed!
After a stop in San Luis Obispo for a bathroom break and quick pumpkin smoothie (would you expect anything else from me?), I was back on my way through the torrential downpour. There were times where patches of sun would disappear and I had to slow down to 30mph with my windshield wipers going at full-speed. I also was lucky enough to stop off for a time at UCSB in Isla Vista to meet up with my high school friend, Lindsay, and to meet up with another blogger, Theresa! It was great to actually meet face to face since the blogging community is already so close and supportive. I spotted this sign and had to take a picture 🙂
Last stop for the night was at the grandparents. A lovely evening with Lily, my grandma’s wonderful cooking (delicious stew, salad, Nancy’s famous rolls, and a fun cranberry/apple crumble)
This morning, I had a delightful run on the mesa and beach before meeting up with a family friend for coffee in Summerland. I wish I had brought my phone to snap some pictures, but it was nice to run in the open and just listen to the waves and the birds. I hadn’t run in a couple of days and had recently gotten sick (allergies and lack of sleep?), so it was nice to be out and about.
Once home, I unloaded all my gear and headed out for a round of golf. I’m only home for a week, yet I feel like I packed for a month. It was great to play with my dad and after 9 weeks off, I wasn’t half bad 🙂
So I’ve decided now the paleo diet is a no-go. When I realized there is no dairy involved, I realized it would be close to impossible, not to mention miserable. Since I am not lactose-intolerant, I don’t see a reason to cut all that goodness out. Grains and flour on the other hand, eh, I’ll play around with things. Knowing me, it probably is just a phase and again, everything in moderation. 🙂
“It’s a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season – like all the other seasons – is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them” – Lemony Snicket
On another fun note, it seems we are getting a Habit in our town center! How fun 🙂 Have you ever been to the Habit?