I think my body is finally recovering from the west coast jet lag (this might explain why you all haven’t heard from me in a while). Three hours shouldn’t be a big deal- but for some reason- these hours have been driving me crazy! When I was in California, it felt like I was in another universe. In a good way. I’m happy to be home- but vacation was pretty great.
Let’s get to the adventures first…
But nothing was sweeter than being by the ocean for a full week. The sand- the mountains in the background- the sea- the palm trees- the gorgeous sunsets- GAH I couldn’t get enough. I’m definitely used to the whole beach scene- but I had never touched the pacific ocean before and it was so strange (in a good way) to have mountains as part of the landscape. I couldn’t get over them.
Also- I’m pretty sure Will and I referenced Rocket Power a bajillion times when we were there. We felt like we were on the show. Wooogedy Woogedy Woogedy.When we weren’t at the beach- we were doing lots of other cool stuff! Like watching BASEBALL GAMES. We saw the Cubs play the Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium. Dodgers Stadium basically feels like a 1960s game show. It hasn’t been updated since it was built way back when and it shows (not necessarily in a bad way- it just has a retro feel). I got to see Josh Beckett pitch (!!!) for the Dodgers. Kelsey Grammar thew out the first pitch.On our last night in CA- we saw my beloved Red Sox kick some Angel butt out in Anaheim. They wouldn’t let you walk around Dodgers Stadium (weird) but we got to walk all over Angels Stadium and see every nook and cranny of the place. I saw the infamous Rally Monkey video live in person and died laughing the whole time. I hate that freaking monkey. But if I were an Angel’s fan… I’d be all over it. Also- the stadium was PACKED with Sox fans so I felt right at home.We also did some hiking- first in Malibu (where I searched for Bruce Jenner but he couldn’t be found). Malibu was definitely my favorite place that we hiked. It was beautiful, mountainous, clear, full of pretty views, and quiet.Not our wedding- I swear.We also did some windy driving around the crazy hills of Malibu in our mustang.
We hiked Runyon Canyon in Hollywood and while that was cool to some extent… it wasn’t as great as Malibu. It was way hotter and more desert feeling. The Hollywood sign was neat to see but that’s about it. I could have done without seeing Hollywood. It was sort of a trashy place. Like Times Square- you think it’s going to be wicked awesome and then you’re there and it’s grungy. That being said- I’d choose Times Square over Hollywood any day. I never thought I’d have something to make Times Square feel like a classy place.You can barely see the sign. But it was there. I swear.
We saw a handful of famous people and places- including Hillary Swank, Grumpy Cat (yes you read that correctly), Nakatomi Tower from Die Hard, and the mall where Steve Carrel and Ryan Gosling converse/shop in Crazy Stupid Love.
Unlike any other city I’m used to- LA is HUGE and sprawling. I know all cities have their fair share of neighborhoods but LA felt different because the neighborhoods felt far away from each other. But it was all LA.
But I think Will and I would both agree that our favorite place was where we were staying- Santa Monica. It was close to the water, not super intense, crowded but not too crowded, and full of great food. On the first night we rode the “infamous” ferris wheel (when we were totally cracked out, over tired, and jet lagged).Cue Sheryl Crow…This is Saint Monica! Hey girl hey!Obsessed with succulents…Chillin’ at the 3rd Street PromenadeOn the plane ride there we watched August: Osage County (wahhh so depressing! good but so sad) and on the way home we watched Wolf of Wall Street (omg). I downloaded the audio book for B.J. Novak’s book of short stories, One More Thing, and it was an amazing decision- so freaking hilarious. It’s so much better as an audiobook too because he reads the stories along with other celeb friends (i.e. Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham and Jenna Fischer).That’s everything. The shortened version of everything. The closest I can get to packing a week of vacation hijinks into one succinct post.
Stay tuned for the food recap (that’s the one I’m most excited about!)
Keep it wicked healthy xoxo