I realized this past weekend was my six month anniversary of moving to Los Angeles. What have I been doing with myself since July 10, 2014 in Southern California? A runner I saw once in Santa Monica had a shirt that declared “SUN ALL DAY, FUN ALL NIGHT” which succinctly sums up my LA life credo.
SO MUCH TO DO! I spend a lot of time by myself in LA. adventuring as I please. This is sometimes fortunate, sometimes unfortunate. I may have a lot of friends, but they’re everywhere else. That’s fine though, I can entertain myself rather well and keep busy. There are so many events going on that I’m rarely ever bored. Everyone else is missing out! :P
I am not very good at relaxing but when I do, I love to go to the park! In particular, Palisades Park, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, because it is conveniently a block away from where I live and very pretty. I regularly walk, jog, or read in Palisades Park. The beach is just too far some days haha.
I recently bought a Kindle so I would grab a sarong, portable speaker and iPod, and lay out in the sun. I am too lazy to carry a lounge chair like she did:
“Is the weather like this everyday?” I LOVE IT!
I think I only want to live in places with palm trees from now on.
Mmm, probably my favorite topic after travel. I haven’t taken nearly enough photographs of food since I’ve been here.
Authentic Mexican is easy to come by.
Sashimi in West Hollywood.
Comfort Vietnamese food in Little Saigon.
My slight splurge when I realized it was my 6 month anniversary of being in LA. I celebrate random things in life, like half-birthdays too.
Food trucks are fun, whenever I can find them! There’s probably an app for it, but I like to just discover them by accident.
For days I’m feeling a bit reckless or in the mood for a more thrilling drive, I go into the canyons in Malibu area.
I’m not the only one to go cruising on these switchbacks.
I love the windy roads! It’s like a race track. :P
TRYING SOMETHING NEW (KIND OF) / RANDOM THOUGHTS
There was a cold spell in LA (defined as 40s-50s, which is cold when you have no fall/winter clothing!) and so I baked my usual dark chocolate chip walnut cookies. This year however, I tried something new and added seven year aged bourbon to the cookie dough for fun. Yum. Only half the cookie dough ended up being baked haha.
Everyone in LA seems to do yoga so I signed up for classes and quickly realized it was much too slow/relaxed for me. For 90 long minutes, it is more of a mental challenge to stay awake than it is physically challenging. I want to get back into krav maga or boxing, something intense and violent! :D
I went to exactly one Meetup so far to meet locals and it involved rollercoasters. :)
Out of curiosity, I attended an AA meeting last week. It was a very interesting experience. Someone asked me how long I had been sober and I thought, Less than 24 hours.
There was one afternoon I drove up to Thousand Oaks since I was going to Malibu anyway to pick up some musical theater tickets. At the Civic Arts Center, I came across an arts festival and best yet, a violin to play with! I also test drove a car and pretty much treated to free lunch for it.
I went for a bike ride a few times, which is fantastic on the beach path! Sunlight, ocean breeze in hair, interesting people and sights to roll past. I will get another bike this year probably.
A friend invited me over for a bonfire one Sunday evening after a day of rollercoasters.
Walking around the Venice Canals and admiring the unique architecture of the surrounds.
This was on my commute to work one morning. I live about five miles away from work and it agonizingly takes half an hour. My strategy is to put on party music every morning.
I visit Little Saigon, which is in Orange County, once a month. Cheap, delicious Vietnamese food and $20/hr massages makes for a great half day excursion. It’s about an hour south of where I live. Thai Town, my other comfort place, is about an hour east.
I have only explored a small portion of Santa Monica so far. I read a summary of the different Los Angeles neighborhoods once and it described Santa Monica as a Whole Foods if it were a neighborhood haha. Sometimes I’m a little shy about telling people which area of Santa Monica I live in, because it’s apparently the ritzier area. Yay for rent control!
Sometimes when I feel like going somewhere and/or if I don’t want to lose my street parking spot, I walk over to the Third Street Promenade and enjoy the buskers and tourist-watching.
I used to travel often to Malibu for hiking (and then relaxing on the beach after!). Now I’m finding a lot of hikes I want to do in Hollywood that are on my list.
The following are from Malibu Creek State Park:
An eight mile walk in the park one day.
Coming back one morning from Manhattan Beach (which actually isn’t that far from me, but I just always go north to Malibu.) I need to explore the other beach cities south of me.
One day trip to Santa Barbara:
California wine country:
I used to drive the six hours to San Francisco (9+ if by Pacific Coastal Highway) almost every month for some reason or other. It’s slowed down to every other month because that’s quite a long ways for just a 2-day weekend and I am trying to focus on exploring LA more.
Ah, things you don’t have to think about when a nomad.
I also work too. This always made me laugh:
I wanted to have a personal challenge after I moved to LA (aside from the normal challenges!) so I decided in September to sign up for a half marathon. It was always on my bucket list to do 13 miles, for no reason other than I really like the number 13. I gave myself two months to train, which was probably ambitious by most people’s standards, especially for not ever being a runner. The longest distance I ever trained was about eight miles, along the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice.
On one morning run, there was this fun surprise:
Finally, the day before the race:
I had a kickass playlist prepared.
The only time I paused my music was for the taiko drums.
We ran along the beach.
At the end, I didn’t realize I would get a medal. ACCOMPLISHED!
I am signed up for a 10 mile race in San Diego next month. 10 miles is easy enough. It’s after 10 miles that’s rough haha.
Yep. Can’t sit still.