Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Happy Wednesday, Sweet Ones! Since my blog’s humble beginnings (i.e., the day I decided to snap a few pictures of dinner), I’ve been somewhat evasive about our future plans. ¿Por qué? Because we’ve been making plans, y’all! Well, the time has come to lift the curtain. We’re moving to . . .

Los Angeles! Yes, it’s true! We’re moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles for wonderful opportunities presented by my budding career as an actress Velvet Husband’s career. 😉 All joking aside, I’m really happy and ready to explore my career opportunities in sunny Southern California.

Aside from the excitement about our careers, how do I feel about the move? I’m ready for a fresh start in a new [to us] city, and I’m processing. As many of you know, I made several moves as a child because my father’s job took our Texas-based family to Norway, Indonesia, Russia, and then back to Texas. While this upbringing instilled in me a sense of adventure, it’s also part of my makeup to crave a sense of home. Well, Velvet Husband and I have decided it’s time to try flip-flops, palm trees, and avocados on for size and see how it feels to call Southern California home. We don’t know how long we’ll be in LA, but we’re confident that this a step in the right direction for us. We’re challenging ourselves and growing individually and as a couple as we make these oh-so-very adult decisions. For now, I’m learning to be comfortable with the unknown that lies ahead. Not easy for a girl who feels lost without her trusty [Lilly Pulitzer] planner. And yes, zee planner matches zee phone cover. Too matchy matchy, you say? I think not. I digress. Point is, as always, faith is my source of strength during this transitional time.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

And so, we take the first step. We’re staying at a hotel in Costa Mesa while Velvet Husband is at a work-related hearing and I scour the net for places to live in our community of choice, gorgeous Pasadena. Our goal is to move here in the next month and get comfortable in our (gulp) new home. In addition to a place to live, I’m also looking for a job (Mama needs a job, y’all!), so any and all leads are welcome. Yes, change is afoot!

Again, thank you so very much for your sweet comments wishing me a speedy recovery. Your sweet words mean so much to me! I’m happy to report that after taking a turn for the worse on Monday, I’m feeling much better today. Good enough to workout this morning, even. Hope each of you is enjoying a lovely day!

Are you in the midst of a transition of any kind? Do tell!


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Good morning from Newport Coast! We may not have Westminster Abbey, but we do have this. And this is not bad.

On Thursday night, Velvet Husband and I met an old friend {we’ll call her Yummy Mummy, because yummy mummy to a 16-month old baby girl she is!} and her husband for dinner at Mi Piace, an adorable Italian kitchen & lounge in Old Town Pasadena. It was an exciting dinner because I hadn’t seen Yummy Mummy in over thirteen years. Why so long, you ask? My friends are scattered all over the world because I grew up in Norway, Indonesia, Russia, and Texas. And since we’re all over, it’s hard to keep up with everyone. Yummy Mummy and I were on almost every sports team together at the Anglo-American School of Moscow, even the AAS Cheerleading Squad. Oh, yes — there was an AAS cheerleading squad. Our school mascot was the Penguin. The Fighting Penguin to be exact. Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready to win? We’re back. Hey, hey! So let’s begin…

We had a ball reminiscing about the Russia days. There were margaritas. Appetizers. Entrees. Desserts. Tea and coffee. It was one of those dinners that you enjoy, not the awkward kind where you’re not sure what to say. We had so much fun that we walked around Old Town Pasadena after dinner to prolong the evening. Many thanks to Yummy Mummy and her sweet husband for a fabulous time!

Along with refreshing margaritas, we shared a delicioso bruschetta appetizer that would be fun to {attempt to} recreate at home. I enjoyed my sauteed salmone alla mi piace tossed with white mushrooms, bell peppers, broccolini, garlic, basil, and oregano in a lovely white wine butter sauce. Sadly, no pictures of our delicious margaritas because I hadn’t spilled the “healthy living blog” beans to Yummy Mummy before imbibing and didn’t want to weird her out by taking pictures of my margarita just yet. But don’t worry, as you can see from my pictures below, I wasn’t shy about the blog for long. Sometimes when I take pictures of my food, I think waiters and restaurant patrons just think I don’t get out much. Oh, poor thing, she gets so excited over a plate of food.

Let them think what they will; I have pretty pictures! I could have stopped after the appetizer and entree. I would have been just fine. Full, even. But we were having such a great time that we decided to prolong the fun with dessert, tea, and then a walk. Indeed, I was defenseless when I spotted Sugar Free Carrot Cake on the dessert menu. How could this carrot-cake connoisseur resist? Upon asking our waiter whether I had made a worthy choice, he gave me a skeptical look as if to say, Sugar free? Come on now, bambina. You honestly think that’s any good? Steadfast, I stood by my carrot cake convictions and was not disappointed. Indeed, Mi Piace! Wonderful dessert. Fabulous evening. Cheers to breathing new life into old friendships!

Have you ever reconnected with a long-lost friend? What was it like when you reconnected?

What was your high school mascot? 

Don’t forget to weigh in — how do you like to stay healthy while traveling?

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