Autumn and Ashlin picked me up this afternoon and we headed down to Glendale, CA for the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Chanukah camp. We took their Dad’s stick shift and I actually got to drive all the way to Cedar City, and then from Las Vegas to L.A.!!! I LOVED it and felt like such a “grown up.” I know that sounds lame, but I have never driven myself to California – let alone with a manual! I kept missing our exits and getting on the wrong freeways thinking we could pull a quick u-turn and hop back on at the next onramp. Little did I know - each exit is leads to a completely different place and we continued to get further and further away from our destination!! Ah, the adventure and stress was was hilariously and lost us an hour's time but we still got there before midnight.
The next day, we grabbed some breakfast at a cafe' downtown and drove to Venice Beach to feed/run away from the seagulls and collect sea shells.
Ten minutes away was the Getty’s Center where we went to see the original “Iris” by Van Gogh and multiple other Rembrandt originals. I have never seen any *famous* originals and was taken by surprise when I came across tiny "Iris" on a huge wall with other paintings which to me, seemed small in comparison any Van Gogh. I couldn't stop looking at it, so small, so simple, globbed with paint and absolutely delightful!
Sunday, December 24th, 2006
I’m sitting in the John Wayne airport attempting, for a second time, to get home from Chanukah camp after a 2 day delay due to snow storms in Denver. Nadine and Ed picked me up last night from the Howard Hughes center and drove me to Balboa Island for dinner and a stroll on the boardwalk. The houses were quaint and decked out for the annual decorating contest: Snowman, dancing penguins, singing Santas you name it! I wish I had taken my camera because the whole scene was quite a sight! And the weather was of course gorgeous! Ed grabbed some coffee while Nadine and I walked and talked about running, grandma, work etc. We got along surprisingly well and they even offered to let me visit them again!
I’m working on my undergraduate degree in business management and planning to apply to graduate schools next fall. Still deciding on a major and having a love-hate relationship with the process. My favorite thing in life is being an aunt and my favorite thing to do make lists.
My Best Friend's Wedding, Stranger Than Fiction, Hero (w/Jet Li), Turtles Can Fly, Casino Royal, 13 Going on 30, Raising Hellen, Mama Mia, Pride and Prejudice...
"I am tempted to think there are no little things" ~Bruce Barton
"A mighty miracle awaits those who are prepared to change." ~Spencer W. Kimball
"As to the future, your responsibility is not to predict it, but enable it" ~Sands of Time
Favorite Things To Do
Exercise, bike, play my guitar on the front porch, dance to my favorite music, buy books I intend to read, but never do, hang out with my friends and family, eat good food, travel, hike and sing.
Innocence Mission, Patty Griffin, Norah Jones, Kings of Convenience, Dave Mathews Band, Coldplay, Dixie Chicks, Miles Davis, Stars, Rogue Wave, Velvet Teen, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, anything jazz and almost all country
Life of Pi, The Last Lecture, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Secret Life of Bees