We enjoyed our time in Southern California. We stayed with our friend Brady who lives in North Hollywood. Being an awesome guy, he let us run off with his car for the entire vacation! He also had a bathroom goblin (pictured below) who had a habit of getting into the chalk and drawing all over the floor (Brady recently removed the carpet from his bedroom, leaving a cement floor that was begging for color).
Now for some of the highlights of the trip:
Mmmmm. Jonathan's uncle's girlfriend, Susan, opened a bakery last year, so of course we had to stop by and indulge in sugary fun. I recommend going there if you're ever in the area. Seriously, delicious. Delicious. Delicious. All of the scrumptious treats are made fresh everyday and everything's from scratch. No mixes here, baby! Yummy cupcakes, homemade puddings, cookies and layered cakes. I even got one for my birthday! And it was melt-in-your-mouth perfect! Jonathan kept eating the pudding!
2. A Star Sighting
We saw a real, honest-to-goodness star at the corner of Hollywood & Highland. Unfortunately, we were in the car, otherwise we would have definitely "pounced" at the opportunity for an autograph. Who was this great star you ask? Tigger! I suspect he was on his way to Pooh Corner (and probably extremely hot as it was 100 degrees that day).
3. A Beach & A Fish Taco
Drove along the PCH. Hung out at most of the beaches. Ate some fish tacos at Wahoo's. My favorite beach? La Jolla. I've always loved La Jolla.
4. La Brea Tar Pits
The whole time I lived out there I never went to the tar pits. This time I did! Learned a lot. Like, don't stick your foot in tar. And it's saber-toothed CAT not saber-toothed TIGER. Oh, and tar pits are full of gas and kinda stinky. Not unlike boys. ;o)
5. Lots of Other Fun Stuff, Like...
Hanging out with our friend, Brady, at the Tonga Hut, drinking yummy, froufrou drinks with pineapples and coconuts while metal music played merrily into our ears. A dichotomy of island life and 80s metal hair bands. Strange. Unexpected. Enjoyable.
Eating at yummy places like the Buddha's Belly, Tart and The Old Town Mexican Cafe which has the best homemade, corn tortillas.
Driving along Mulholland and not flying off into the valley.
Venice Beach. Melrose.
Visiting Chapman University, my Alma Mater.
We had fun! The only thing I didn't get to do was go to a knitting store. Can you believe it?! Our friend's place was in some type of vortex that didn't allow for DSL hook-up, so we had no internet while we were there and I forgot to look stores up before we left. Oh, the horror of it all!
Other than a lack of a knitting fix, good times were definitely had!