Just because it's Tuesday and I know some of you are bored at work (see #4) and could use a few happy little pick-me-ups. Enjoy these links and SPREAD SOME HAPPINESS!!
A happy little diddy...
Thanks to my roommate, Bridesmaids, and 3 hour lines at Krispy Kreme (long story) this has been my jam lately.
A happy read...
This combines 2 of my favorite things: old movies & behind the scenes magic
A happy snapshot...
This is basically summer in a photo
A happy giggle....
I can't even begin to tell you how entertaining it is to watch total strangers try to take an Abbey Road picture live.
A happy thought...
Nothin' like a little Calvin & Hobbes
...more specifically Spring Street between 5th & 7th.
Ok y'all confession time. I LOVE DOWNTOWN LA. Like, really really love it.
Is it sketchy as heck? Absolutely. Is there something beautiful & something disgusting on every corner? Definitely. Knowing this do I still continue to not only venture all the way downtown, but also spend entire days wishing I could live there? You got it dude.
Admittedly, downtown is not the place most people choose to go while in LA... But I'm not most people ;) Maybe it's the history of it all or maybe its the reminiscent (brief) New Yorker in me, but I just love love LOVE downtown LA.
Before I officially moved to LA, I spent a summer living in a friends apartment near USC, but I never really explored downtown (except for the accidental wrong turn and the late night taco cravings) and now I wish I had been more adventurous. But it was after moving to New York City for a short period in my life, that I began to not only love a life surrounded by tall buildings and strange people yelling at hotdog stands, but I could wholeheartedly picture my future in a place like that. However I can picture my future in a lot of different places, but that's one of the many reasons LA suites me so well right now. So whenever I get that NYC nostalgia and empty New York back-lot streets just won't cut it, I make my way downtown to do some exploring....
First stop? FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOOOOOOOD.
While driving around looking for parking (ughhhh the parking...NYC you've definitely got us there) my wonderful exploring companion, Alyson, saw a random pub and immediately we both craved a burger. And oh my goodness y'all, LET ME TELL YOU, Beelman's Pub did not disappoint. Don't let the fact that neither of us had eaten anything all day and it was about 2:30 in the afternoon fool you, this might be the best burger I've ever had (excluding my dad's hamburgers, obviously). First of all, seating wise you can't go wrong. Either sit in a booth How I Met Your Mother style and look at the ginormous gallery wall or sit outside because, hey, it's LA and the weather never fails ya. But guyssss, those fries? Straight. up. perfection. The bun? I could eat that bread 7 days a week and never get tired of it. And that bacon? I have had dreams (that's right dreams with a "s") about that bacon and I'm not the least bit ashamed to say it out loud. So so so good.
^^^ I mean, JUST LOOK AT THAT GLORIOUS THING
As you know, I do NOT like cheese. At all, at all, at all!!!! But even I'll admit, that bad boy looks GOOD.
Next stop? Possibly my favorite place in all of LA. The one, the only, The Last Bookstore.
This place y'all.... oh my sweet gracious. I could spend hours here. OH WAIT I HAVE. Multiple times. I just can't express how much joy and whimsy this place brings me. Back in Texas, Half Price Books was my happy place that no trouble in the world could bother me in, and I wish I could tell you how thrilled I am to find an equally happy little place in the city. The Last Bookstore is old downtown bank (how cool is that?!) that's been converted to a bookstore that makes every single Barnes & Noble green with envy, so basically it's Kathleen Kelly's dream ;). From the wave of books on the wall to the labyrinth upstairs, this place gets more magical with every turn. Literally! There are vintage books stored in an old bank vault, an entire room of $1 books that's probably twice the size of my bedroom, oh yeah and a SWEET tunnel of books because, why the heck not? If you live in LA and have never been, you're crazy missing out. And if you don't live here, you have my deepest sympathies.
In case you're wondering this^^^ is me in my happy place mixed w/ a little "I bet this is what Kathleen Kelly felt like"
^^^see what I mean? WHIMSY.
P.S. this beaut is Alyson. Be on the lookout for her awesome new blog about all things children's books and whimsy (we are big fans of whimsy over here). Don't worry, I'll post the link as soon as it's up & running. Can't wait to read it!
Last stop? Ice cream. To celebrate National Ice Cream day, duhhhhh!
Mmmmmk friends, remember when I said downtown is sketchy? Well this place is nestled between some not so friendly places, but no worries!! That just means you can bring a buddy along, because Peddler's Creamery is just too stinkin' cute to miss! First of all, it's tiny so you might miss it if you didn't know to look for it, unless you're like me and pretty much always have your ice cream radar on high alert 24/7. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheer coolness (baha, no pun intended). Not only is the ice cream really good (any place that can make vanilla ice cream taste better than mint chocolate is LEGIT in my book) but they make the waffle cones right in front of your sugar-hungry eyes. Think the fun stops there? WRONG-O! This ice cream is bicycle-churned!!! (....didn't even know that was a thing. LA you're oooone cool cat). That means you can peddle on a stationary bike and actually MAKE the ice cream! Or burn off the calories as you eat them up, whatever floats your boat. Plus they were playing some sweet jams when we walked in, so basically it gets all the cool points ever made in existence.
Also, peddling and eating your ice cream before it melts is harder than it looks... But it's also as fun as it looks ;)
Hope you liked this mini tour of an easy afternoon walk-able adventure!! Stay tuned for more mini tours of various neighborhoods all throughout LA!!! Click below for a map and more info on each of these three AWESOME places!!!!!
Earthquakes & thunder & mini golf, OH MY! (...because who doesn't love a forced Wizard of Oz reference, amiright?!)
So I know 4th of July was awhile ago, but things have taken a turn for the busy since getting back from the greatest little weekend getaway there ever was.
For starters, work became strangely busy (trust me, that's odd), laundry has officially taken over every square inch of my room (not that I've done any of it), free slurpee day and cow appreciation day happened. ON THE SAME DAY. And my roommate came home just in time to start our adventures in kitty-sitting... neither of us are cat people AND we own a bird who hates everything. ever. So this should be a very very interesting next couple of months (gladly accepting prayers and bigger bird cages).
All that to say, I know I should have posted this many moons ago, but life happens y'all. Life and free chic-fil-a.
Anywho, here it is: my adventures in Big Bear, CA. We only spent about 48 hours there, but they were a glorious 48 hours. Some of the most magical I've seen in a long while. 5 friends (some old, some new) packed ourselves up nice and tight for a 2 hour car ride and an epic music battle that lasted the entire weekend: themed spotify playlists vs. old school mix CD's. Some of you may be asking, really, mix CD's? After all this time? Always.
When we finally hit the absolutely beautiful mountain roads, we pulled over at a lookout to, yep, you guessed it: lookout. As soon as we opened the car doors we heard thunder. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A YEAR. I could have cried. Ok, I did cry. Thunderstorms are pure magic people! You really don't appreciate the good things til they're gone. Also the smell of rain. I could have sniffed the air for hours. Ok, I did sniff the air for hours. Really for the whole weekend... It's a magical smell ok?! A smell that smelled just a little too foreign for comfort.
Regardless, the rainy weather was tremendously joyous for all involved. Most people would think it could ruin a trip, but not these happy campers! In fact, for a solid hour Saturday morning I rocked in a rocking chair on the porch, watching the thunder clouds roll in, sippin' on some OJ from a very "campy" mug and didn't even mind the raindrops one bit. I did however mind an earthquake happening at the exact moment some intense thunder clapped (for awhile I may or may not have thought I rocked that rocking chair a little too hard...) But all in all, the weather was amazing. It cleared up just in time for 4th of July fireworks AND some town/lake exploring.
Although we may have had tacos on the 4th and hamburgers/watermelon on the 5th....shhh! Don't tell Uncle Sam! the whole weekend was just GRAND. Great friends, great weather, great adventures, great food, and a great new town that I'm all too excited to visit again and again. Big Bear you have a BIG place in my heart.
Also if ever there were a song that could perfectly describe all of this, it would definitely be "Rivers and Roads" by The Head and The Heart. If you don't listen to it right now, you're a fool.
For obvious reasons, most of them have to do with food.
So this month marks not one, but TWO of my favorite holidays and SPOILER ALERT neither of them are the 4th of July (though I do looooove me some fireworks and patriotism). So what could they be you ask? Oh nothing big, just NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY (July 20) and FREE SLURPEE DAY (this Friday).
*pause for dramatic effect*
I know y'all, I KNOW! It's a big month. So much happiness to celebrate, so little time!!! It may sound quirky but I am all about quirk. I truly believe if there's not even a little bit of quirkiness in every single day, you are doing life wrong.
I am also a really big fan of celebrating the little things (in case you hadn't noticed). Because I think the little things are what make life happiest & celebrating these goofy holidays are just a small way I like to make life a little happier.
So here's to 2014's quirky holidays! Here's to the bizarre ones, the comical ones, the lovable ones, the happy ones.
Oh June, how I love thee.
Whatta month y'all. First off, this weather (insert clapping emoji here). Plus I celebrated my 23rd birthday, had a brief trip home to Texas (was so busy loving every second of it, I forgot to take pictures!) and I went to see my man Gavin DeGraw kill it at The Greek. I also learned a lot about patience...
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