Good morning from Orange County! I spent the night at my friend Kristin’s in Placentia. I wondered why you’d name a place after a placenta, but I looked it up and discovered it comes from a word in Latin meaning “a pleasant place to live.” Aw. How cozy is that?
My nephew Ian and me
Kristin, me, and my sister Emily at the Getty Villa
I woke this morning to a rain shower. It’s still cloudy, but the palm trees surrounding Kristin’s apartment still look exotic and warm against the gray backdrop. The OC is worlds away from San Fernando Valley. The people and streets are more spread out, and old women with heavy eye makeup shop at Trader Joe’s in fur coats, even though the temperature is 70 degrees.
Yesterday I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time. After touring Getty Villa at Pacific Palisades, we went to Topanga Beach where I got my feet wet and checked out the surfers. I picked up an interesting piece of driftwood and a few shells and soft rocks that will go home with me.
Carlene and me checking out the surfer dudes
Lunch was as new and fresh as the beach. We went to a vegan restaurant called Real Food Daily where I tried seitan for the first time. I guarantee it won’t be the last. I bought the Real Food Daily cookbook because I’m determined to make seitan again. Often.
There’s a little religion shop next to the restaurant. I can’t remember the name of it, but it now has a bit of my money. It’s part new age and yoga and part Christian and Hindu and Buddhist. Got some lovely smelling cedar incense and a few hemp shirts.
I’ll mosey back to the valley this afternoon. My nephew Gabriel will be 3 on Monday so his birthday party is today. My cousin Rick will be there. Haven’t seen him in 18 years. A Hershey cake will be there, too. That has me a little worried. I haven’t exercised since Wednesday and I can feel some weight creeping into my gut. I need to detox big time starting Tuesday.
In the meantime, I, like, totally need to chill. Tuesday and Pennsylvania and the cold will come soon enough. I’ve got two more days of palm trees and flowers and ocean and pretty people watching to do.