Road Trip: San Diego

You Stay Classy

I love road trips. Seriously love. It’s actually pretty sad that since I have moved to Los Angeles, I haven’t explored the exciting nearby cities more. Hopefully, there will be future installments of other road trip adventures.  For now: San Diego.

Lindsay had a haircut appointment in San Diego and invited me to go along. Who was I turn to down the opportunity? We left Los Angeles around 10:30AM with a full tank of gas (bleh) and Starbucks (yay). We hit a little weekend traffic along the way, but completed the journey in about 3 hours… not too bad. It’s always nice to have an excuse (not that we need one) to blast showtunes, Big Band, and Disney music for an extended period of time.

Since we got there a couple hours before Lindsay’s appointment, we walked around the general area looking for a good place to get some lunch. There were a ton of cute little cafe/bistro places, and we finally settled on one: Olivetto. Sorry, no pictures. I think my brain was still half asleep for some reason. Anyway, the food was excellent. A brief rundown:

  • Fresh bread with olive oil and vinegar
  • Chicken with lemon caper sauce and steamed vegetables (mostly squash and broccoli – two of my favorites).

The bread was so delicious. I usually avoid eating non-whole grain bread, but since road trips are few and far between, I figured it was a splurge day. Let me tell you, this bread was a-mazing. It was fresh and light with a seasoned, crispy crust. The chicken and vegetables were great, as well. The roommate and I both happily cleaned our plates.

We walked around a little more, stopping off at a cute children’s toy store (I am a sucker for toy stores). We then headed to the salon. True to form, we were superbly early, so we sipped on tea (green for me, black for Lindsay), and perused magazines. Sadly, we could not find a single quiz. Are Cosmo and teen magazines the only ones that do quizzes? Obviously, I don’t read magazines much.

Lindsay got her haircut… and it is cute! Kind of a long-ish pixie… makes me think of an edgy Audrey Hepburn. Very chic. While we were there, I got a few compliments on my hair (the 2nd and 3rd compliments of the day). Thank you, Sharon!

After we finished up at the salon, we headed out in search of some good shopping and coffee! We decided on the Westfield Mission Shopping center, thanks to the suggestion from Lindsay’s stylist. Of course, I think the shopping center is the only place in California that does not have a Starbucks… seriously. We walked around the entire place, and finally settled on going to The Corner Bakery. We drooled over the brownies and cookies and ordered our lattes. We then proceeded to spend the next couple of hours searching through Nordstrom Rack and Loehman’s. I found some seriously soft sweatpants, but avoided buying them… My wallet thanks me. I ended up leaving with a really cute pair of boots, more than half off the original price! Hooray!

The Geek in me really likes these boots because they are “Elven Ranger-esque.”

The Chic likes them because they are summer-y boots – at least, I think so.                           I hate flipflops.

We drove around for a little bit, before deciding on a place to eat. We ending up stopping at Taste of Italy.

It was a good decision. And I remembered pictures this time!

The Rundown:

Predator Zinfandel, Lodi, 2008 (I believe)

I loved this wine. It was quite fruity, but I was in the mood for that. I’ll admit, I first asked to sample it purely because the name made me think of this cutie:

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And these guys:

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I am that cool.

Chicken Saltimbocca Alla Romano

Chicken Saltimbocca Alla Romano

Yes, more chicken. And it was superb and I demolished it, as well as the veggies. I didn’t bother with the garlic bread (not pictured) or the pasta, because I knew that I wanted dessert…

Chocolate Blackout Cake

The cake was pretty decent, but the icing was a little much. To be honest, the dessert was all a little “from the box” tasting. O, well. I still ate quite a bit of it, though I couldn’t finish it all.

Lindsay's Raspberry Cheesecake

I also had a bite of Lindsay’s Raspberry Cheesecake. It was also decent, but not the best cheesecake ever.

Overall, Taste of Italy was a success! Great food and wine! Also, there was an accordian player, who played some of our favorite songs (La Vie En Rose, It Had to Be You, etc). We dubbed the music selection as Rob Reiner/ Nora Ephron-esque.

We then set off for our journey home to LA. The trip back was about an hour quicker – no traffic. Thank goodness, too, because we were a little tired. Again, we blasted music the whole way home and blew out our voices singing along at the top of our lungs.

The entire journey made for quite the successful Saturday Road Trip!

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Feeling Foolish

An Ode to April Fool’s Day

I love a good practical joke… especially if I am in on it, and not at the receiving end (although, that can be fun, too). April Fool’s Day is an odd sort of pseudo-holiday. Not everyone celebrates it, and not a whole lot of people like it. I think I really got into the spirit when I was in junior high. I was always trying to come up with ways to trick my parents, though they rarely, if ever, worked. My parents, however, are masters…

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely adore my sister… now. When we were growing up the same house, however, we fought like crazy. The nine year age difference really got to us. Plus, I babysat her… a lot. One sibling was more than enough for me. I am sure you can see where this is going…

When I was in 7th or 8th grade, my parents gave me a huge scare. My mom was braiding my hair for me before school. We were just talking about run of the mill stuff. My dad walked in before he went off to work to say goodbye to us. Then, he casually said, “So, did you tell her?”

“Tell me what?”

My mom stopped braiding my hair, and both of my parents looked at me with huge smiles on their faces.

“Well, we went to the doctor the other day and found out that I am going to have a baby.”

My jaw dropped, and my parents swear that all of the color drained out of my face.

“That’s great… Wow.”

Fortunately, my parents didn’t take it any further. I may have had a heart attack. They thought that it was so funny how shocked and terrified I looked.

Keep in mind, my little sister was about 3 or 4 at the time and loved the word “No,” especially when I was babysitting.

Happy April Fool’s Day to me.

 

What’s your most memorable April Fool’s Day prank?

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 30

Prompt: Your highs and lows of this month.

Goodbye March!

The past month was a little slow activity-wise. It wasn’t a bad month, by any means. Just so you can get the full idea of what March was like for me, this time I will include the “lows,” although, they really aren’t that bad at all. Keep me in mind, this is stuff that directly concerns me, which is why I haven’t included world issues.

Blogging! – Of course, I started this blog. I forgot how much I liked the blog-style of writing. It can be quite fun. I am looking forward to writing about whatever I want to write about now, versus just sticking to the Blog Challenge.

Starting up with class again – I am so glad my acting class started up again. I had really missed it, and not having it was making me feel a little rusty.

Sitting in on auditions – I have been so fortunate to be able to sit in on some pretty high profile auditions this month. The result: I have become more aware of the image and product that I want to put out in an audition… and what to do to get there.

Hair – After a few months of giving my wallet a rest from the salon, I finally went back two days ago. This time, I decided to go a little more on the strawberry blonde side of red. I left feeling rejuvenated and awesome. +5 Charisma, at least.

Roommate Fun – Well, I think this pretty much speaks for itself. Of course, I can’t remember everything we did, but an example would be last night… we had a night in and watch Tangled and A Knight’s Tale. O, and we made fun of/spied on our neighbors. We are so cool.

This picture is from Lindsay's birthday in February, but I don't care.

Bar Method – I am so grateful that I found Bar Method. The classes seriously kick my butt. I love it. It brings me back to my ballet days, just a little bit. Check out the website for more info.

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Frankenstein – The live streaming of Frankenstein that Lindsay and I saw was just brilliant. I can’t wait to watch it again with the roles of The Creature and Frankenstein reversed. Everything was just… incredible.

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The Walking Dead Night – I bought The Walking Dead on Blu-ray and was finally able to introduce my roommate to the zombie-awesome-ness. We watched the entire series (six episodes) in one sitting. So, so good. I love that it really focuses on human relationships and interaction versus what the zombies are doing. Of course, the Special FX are stunning, as well.

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“Garage Sale” – This episode of The Office was amazing. So, so good. No spoilers…

Phone Troubles – It’s no secret: I miss my iPhone. I switched from AT&T to Verizon (due to the fact that I had almost zero reception in my apartment with AT&T) two months before the Verizon iPhone was announced. Bad luck. My Droid has given me so many troubles. I have sent in for a replacement once already. So far, the replacement is working okay… but I still am not a fan. Honestly, I don’t even really use half the stuff that a smartphone should be used for because it is too troublesome to sync it with my Mac. Actually, it is pretty much impossible. But, I digress. It is a small matter.

Gas Prices – Everyone is dealing with this right now… and it sucks. Fortunately, I get pretty decent milage out of my car. Still, filling up (like I did yesterday) is a pain in the butt… and leaves a pretty big dent in my wallet.

Yesterday’s Heat – It’s pretty sad how spoiled I have become with California weather. In Oklahoma, it is considered to be a hot day when the temperature gets into the triple digits. In Los Angeles, it’s anything over 80. I am now so accustomed to Los Angeles weather, that I started acting like a wimp about yesterday’s heat. I’m a little lame…

After the car cooled down a little, the temperature dropped to about 91, but still....

That’s pretty much my month, recap-style. Here’s to March 2011!

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 29

Prompt: Goals for the next 30 days.

Springing into April

  • Go through my closet. I seriously still have clothes from 9th grade. It’s Intervention Time.
  • Big Spring Clean.
  • Work out at least 6 out 7 days of the week (Bar Method, Zumba, and Yoga).
  • Continue with my healthy eating habits.
  • Keep up with this blog… post at least a few times per week.
  • Make connections.
  • Work on my screenplay/novel.
  • Keep on keeping on.
  • Create opportunities for myself.
  • Embrace life and all it has to offer.

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 28

Prompt: Something that you miss.

At the Barre: Here I Am Home

At the tender age of seven, when I realized that gymnastics was not my forte, I started taking ballet lessons and fell in love. My friend Katie and I would go a few times a week. My first role was an angel (also alongside Katie) in The Nutcracker. I was in heaven (haha, puns). I continued taking lessons after we moved to Oklahoma, this time at Sherri’s Dance Center. Because of the way that the classes were structured, I also added tap, jazz, and modern dance into the mix. I had to simultaneously take the class in my age group, and the one below my age, as well as practice at home, so that I could catch up with other girls my age, whom had been taking all of the classes since they were three or four. Eventually, I was able to move up to my actual age group.

When I was about nine or ten years old, my family visited New York, and I got to see the New York City Ballet perform.

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I wanted to be Darci Kistler.

When I was eleven, girls in my class started to get pointe shoes. Since my dad is an orthopedic surgeon (bone doctor), he and my mom wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going on pointe too quickly, as I already had enough foot problems as it was. Much to my disappointment, a round of x-rays and a specialist later, my parents decided to make me wait at least another year before getting my beloved pointe shoes. I was the only girl in the class without them. It would not be an exaggeration to say that my heart was completely broken, and it certainly didn’t help that some of my “friends” in class would rub in the fact that I was without pointe shoes.

After struggling through a year of what felt like torture and countless crying fests, I went to the specialist again two months before my twelfth birthday. This time when I left the office in tears, it was from happiness. My mom to me to a dance store, and we bought my first pair of pointe shoes.

Immediately, I wanted to catch up so that I could hold my own in class against girls who had been on pointe for a year. I scheduled some private lessons two weeks before Nutcracker auditions. Since it would be my first time to be able to audition for the coveted role of “Clara,” I wanted to be able to do my best, even though in my heart I knew I didn’t stand a chance.

Auditions came and went in a blur. Then, up went the cast list. Before I even arrived at the studio to check it, someone called my mom to congratulate me: I had gotten Clara! That small moment of hearing the news was and still is one of my favorite memories.

The next three months were some of the most grueling, heartbreaking, and beautiful months of my life. I worked constantly, rehearsing at the studio and at home for several hours a day. Of course, it wasn’t all peaches and cream. I remember having one particularly awful breakdown, freaking out thinking that there was no way that I could ever perform the role well, that there had been a mistake… etc. It was a little “Black Swan – esque,” although not quite as psychotic.

 

Inner Demons...

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Some of the other dancers were particularly cruel, talking behind my back while I was within earshot, trying to get me to mess up the moves… but I worked through it.

When I finally performed, it was one of the best experiences of my life! All the hard work and rough times melted from my mind. It was truly magical. I will never forget it.

I continued dancing until I graduated high school. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to dance several other fun roles, including countless different parts in The Nutcracker and in The Sapphire Fairy in our studio’s Sleeping Beauty.

Since I have stopped dancing, I have missed it greatly. It was so much hard work, but so thoroughly enjoyable. I will never forget all of my wonderful experiences in the world of ballet.

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 27

Prompt: A problem that you have had.

Worst Enemy

There’s a Voice that sometimes make snide little comments in my head. This Voice is very critical, has no filter whatsoever, and occasionally likes to take really long vacations in my brain, just hanging out, telling me all the things that I am doing wrong or how I should look a certain way… It’s quite annoying. As I have grown, I have learned to take what “Voice” has to say with a grain of salt.

Sometimes I can shrug it off. Sometimes I can’t. Sometimes Voice’s feedback makes me want to curl up in a ball in my bed under the covers and hibernate until I feel better. Of course, I have learned that hiding from what bothers Voice won’t help. If anything, it fuels Voice’s fire, making her remarks more biting.

To be honest, sometimes Voice is right. Maybe I should stop being a wimp about blah blah blah or hit the gym a few more times a week…

Sometimes she just being a bitch.

I guess what I am trying to say is that sometimes I let my thoughts go unguarded and they try to shake my self confidence. I am my own worst enemy.

*End ramble*

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 26

Prompt: What kind of person attracts you.

I Want to Go to There

Here’s a general idea of the kind of guy that makes me want to pull out the ol’ guitar and write Taylor Swift-esque love songs…   Not that I would…

Personality and Interests:

  • Makes me laugh.
  • Witty…. extra points if he likes to spar with words.
  • Lover of art and literature.
  • Outdoors-y. I love camping and hiking… he should, too!
  • Animal lover… especially dogs. Big dogs.
  • Must love to travel.
  • Not clingy or possessive.
  • Genuinely kind.
  • Driven.
  • A touch of geek. Accepts my geek-y tendencies.
  • Understands and supports my goals (as I would do for him).
  • Accepts me as the independent and strong woman that I try to be.
  • Artistically inclined in some way is a plus.
  • A bit of a goofball.
  • Open-minded.
  • Doesn’t need to have “the perfect body” (goodness knows I don’t), but he should take care of himself.
  • The spark (I am a sucker for “the spark,” which, unless you have experienced it, is difficult to explain). Also known as “chemistry.”

Appearance. Let’s be honest, appearance plays a role in attraction. I don’t need an Adonis, but a good combination of the following can make me go all jelly in the knees:

  • A pair of kind eyes, with a touch of mischief.
  • A good head of hair.
  • A sweet smile, maybe a little coy.
  • Striking coloring (ex. blue eyes and dark hair).

Major Turn Offs (for further clarity and insight):

  • Smoking.
  • Movie-talkers.
  • Hipster/Overly-trendy types

There you have it. Take a number and get in line, gentlemen…

Totally kidding.

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