Favorite life moment: LA Critical Mass

Friday night I got to do something SO amazing: ride a bike with hundreds of other people through the streets of Los Angeles.  Like ON the street, taking up an entire lane of traffic.  How does this happen you ask?  Continue reading.

1.) Visit your awesome friends in LA.  Spend an entire day thrifting and bartering for Halloween costumes (“so you’re asking me how much I want to pay for this?….how about $5?”)

A tooth fairy, pajama-wig-wearing hippy and a flying pig (all the pink just sort of happened...)

2.) Convince your Minnesota friend that lives in Cali during the week to not fly home to Minnesota but instead hang out with your new California friends.

Tim got to tell everyone about critical mass Mpls, so his staying worked out well.

3.)  Ride your bikes 30 miles (YES 30 MILES!)  throughout downtown LA, Hollywood, East LA and various other neighborhoods.  You may even strike up some interesting conversations with LAPD officers about how tall women are in Minnesota or how great the music was in the 1970s.

4.) Have a friend with you that has a great Halloween costume.

Elliot and ET- win for most creative costume.

5.) Take in how incredibly random your bike riding group of friends were.  SO many great memories!

Worlds colliding...bike riding brings everyone together (again so much pink!)

There’s always money in the banana stand…

Here I am in SoCal, on vacation!  Loving it?  Yes.  I meant to blog earlier but there was a tiny problem with my new camera (which takes amazing pictures)….the card reader on my computer does not want to accept the pictures…so sad.  Phone pictures will just have to work for now.

Day one was filled with walking through Hollywood–I was pretty pumped to see the stars, the Hollywood sign and hipsters—I felt like I was in Mpls.  (The most creepy part of the day was when we saw a man dressed as Michael Jackson, we are pretty sure that he had surgery to have MJ’s face become his face).

Yesterday, Beth and I met up with Tim, a friend from Minnesota that is working in Irvine.  We met Tim for lunch and then Beth and I wandered over to Newport and Balboa Island for the afternoon.  Imagine my excitement when I saw this:

Yes, a real life Banana Stand

Of course I had to buy a banana…and how luck would have it the girl working there was a Maeby look-alike!  We were convinced she was on the phone with George Michael  (If you have no idea what I am talking about it’s Arrested Development).

We also took in some beach yesterday….

...one of the benefits of going to the beach in the off season. No one is there!

Tim met up with us after work (after a phone call conversation of me telling him several times, “do not take the ferry,” “we don’t have to take the ferry anymore today.” –Beth said it was hilarious to listen to.  We drove on down to Laguna Beach, his second home where he showed us around the city.  It was a delightful evening.  We watched the sun set on the beach, drove up to a lookout only to find dancing? happening, ate tacos and of course ate more froyo.  (It is my California goal to eat froyo everyday I am here–so far I am 2/2!)

…17 again…

I LOVED being 17.  I thought it was the best age.  I really have no idea why, I just remember loving it.  Occasionally I like to forget I’m really 25 and have a job and responsibilities so imagine my excitement when I found this gem at the library this weekend:

Yes, that's right Sweet Valley's back!

Jessica and Elizabeth….10 years later!  Could my life get any better? Yes it could.  I will be reading this book when I am on vacation to Southern California, where the book is set.  !!!!!!!!!!!  All my dreams are coming true. !!!!!!!!!!!

Back to being an adult.  I made a large semi-impulsive purchase today–a new digital camera!  Boom.  Usually it takes me 9257 years to make a decision, but not today.  I read a little consumer reports, researched some prices on the internet and then drove to Best Buy contemplated for about 10 minutes and then bought it.  I have no regrets about this.  Hello beautiful pictures of vacation!

Tomorrow will begin and end the work week for me.  love. love. love.

Fall fun: out. of. control.

Sorry friends (and Mom) it’s been 5000 days since I last posted.  Life has gotten crazy busy.  So here I’m back now and now I will share what I have been up to:

1.) Booking vacations.  On a whim I decided to visit my lovely college friend Beth.  She lives in CA…as in California.  I bought the ticket last week and leave next week. Pumped? Yes.  In college we always found the most random (bluff climbing, trip to Chicago, concerts, guitar hero at Rock Solid…) things to do. And it was all great.  I have no doubts this trip will be a blasty-blast.

Can't wait to see you Beth!

2.)  Thrifting for adorable fall frocks.  I may have went on a semi-out of control hunt for boots today.  Not successful.

3.) Celebrating birthdays!  October is the 2nd most popular month after February for my friends to have birthdays in!  One day we went to an apple orchard another day we went to a trampoline world.  Seriously.

Fall fun and birthdays! Boom. *photo credit to Laura!

4.) Making plans for New Years Eve.  It may be two months away but concert tickets are bought…we will be ringing in 2012 with Caroline Smith and the Sleepers…or Good Night Sleeps and DAWES.  Outfits are set.  Now there will be no worry about what to do on NYE.  Problem avoided.

Next up.  Posting from Cali…I’ll do my best to make this happen….

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