can I put fantastic and LA in the same sentance?
Hi! Today I made it back home from a quick trip to LA. Now most of you know that I'm not a big LA fan...the sprawl, the pollution, the car-centricness, etc. But seriously, I had such a wonderful time these past few days that I may have to rethink that. Part of it of course was seeing friends there, but there's a lot to like...
I made it out on Monday afternoon and made my way down to Orange County to visit my friend Allison. She works in the forest (or as she puts it woodlands) up in the mountains just south of Irvine. It was really wonderful to get out of the city for a bit, get the tour, see the sunset over the mountains, and eat some nice thai food. Definitely the relaxing evening I needed.
Tuesday I was up super early (6:15) to go run 16 miles along the ocean. I was staying up in Santa Monica and they have a wonderful running/biking path that runs alongside the beach. I ran down to Maria Del Rey and then back up to Santa Monica and my knee was starting to hurt a bit...a few miles later, a little more than a little bit. So I cut the run short at 14 miles, which is still a really nice run. It's about time to change shoes, so that should help the knee problem.
I was just amazed at how nice the weather was. Running in shorts and a t-shirt in almost December is such a foreign concept to me! Apparently it is to the people who live in LA as well, as there were people out there in long sleeves and gloves. I think they don't have any idea what cold is! :)
After the run, I met up with an old friend from Student House for some raw vegan food. It was good...although bread without heat isn't so great. I don't get the whole raw thing. But good food, good conversation, and eating outside. You really can't go wrong!
The work part of the trip went well, and I got to take in a volleyball game at UCLA which was a lot of fun. And then back into Chicago today...and it's actually not so cold here...in the mid 40s. I also happened to get through two books on the trip.
This trip was just totally what I needed. I feel so relaxed and non-stressed right now and that's a place I've been trying to get for some time now. And it was LA that did it...weird. :)
Happy tofurkey day everyone!