Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Lovelies!
We started Friday morning with steel cut oats at our hotel in beautiful Costa Mesa. Since I wasn’t in the mood for choco-oats, didn’t have access to peanut butter (sad face), and don’t generally don’t like my oats sugared up, these steel cuts were fruity-licious (and patriotic) with apple chunks, berries, walnuts, and banana slices. Mmm mmm mmmmm.
Good thing Velvet Husband ate a hearty breakfast, too, because he needed the energy. On our way from Costa Mesa to Pasadena to check out houses, a car swerved into our lane on the passenger side of our car, narrowly avoiding collision thanks to Hubby’s quick thinking and reflexes. I was on the passenger side, so I saw just how close they came to hitting us. My body braced for the car to spin out of control as my mind returned to an unwelcome place . . .
In 2004, while on my way to a summer school class, I lost control of my car on slick pavement. The car hydroplaned, flipped, and landed upside down. My car was totaled, but I walked away with only a chard of glass in my eye and a renewed gratitude for life. This accident left me with a palpable sense of driver’s anxiety that creeps up on me to this day. If I ever come across as a control freak in the car, this is [partially] why.
This close call reminded that life can change in an instant. Velvet Husband’s vigilance saved our lives. Just minutes before, we were discussing a few “conditions” I have on moving to LA. I’ve jokingly referred to a contract we’ll sign (the lawyer in me wants it in writing, y’all!), in which we’ll promise that the driver may never have their cellphone in the front seat. Back seat, trunk, or with the passenger? Fine. But no phones near the driver. I haven’t drawn this baby up in writing yet, but I’m so thankful we we were contractually adherent. :-)
After our brush with disaster and checking out a Pasadena house, we were hungry. We found a vegan restaurant in Old Town to satisfy our veggie cravings, Green Earth Vegan Cuisine. Yes, I do crave things other than dark chocolate. Velvet Husband polished off five spring rolls in no time.
Someone’s a closet vegan! Not to worry though; the vegetable quesadillas were to die for. They were probably my favorite part of a fantastic meal.
We both ordered vegan lasagna — SO happy with our selections!
Only drawback? I was coveting the vegan carrot cake, but they didn’t have it! All for the best, though, because let’s be honest, it’s not like I was hungry after this fabulous vegan fare. And not to worry because I see a cupcake in my future. ;-)
After linner (lunch-dinner, y’all), I enjoyed a soy chai tea latte, caught up with bloggity blogs, and checked myself out in photo booth at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Watch out, Hollywood; there’s a new couple in [Old] Town! Please note pocket protector action.
After PDA-ing our way through Pasadena, we finally saw Bridesmaids. I can’t remember the last time I laugh-cried so hard during a movie! After our close call on the freeway, it felt amazing to laugh to the point of crying. Today we explore more places to live. Enjoy the weekend and be safe, y’all!
What’s making you LAUGH this weekend?
What’s your cell phone car policy?