My family left today and I am a busy bee prepping for my class at Stampin from the Heart tomorrow and my classes in Fremont (No CA) next week. It has been a busy week where we were on the go daily doing several things.
Last Saturday night, we kept it close to home and relaxed a bit, going to Lulu's on Beverly for dinner.
Sunday, we trekked to Santa Monica and Venice. I ran into Paper Source with my cousin. We had fun shopping. I bought about 8 pieces of paper in 3 minutes. That store is dangerous. I got my cousin one of those goofy fill in the blank journals. She loves to write and I want to encourage her as much as possible. We tried to drive up the coast but PCH on a Sunday isn't a good idea, so we walked around Santa Monica and Venice. My family has a soft spot for Irish pubs, so they tend to seek those out first. We hit more than one. I am now a huge fan of Celtic quesadillas (potatoes are added). We also had a grand time visiting with Baby Jack's Godfather, a.k.a. Uncle Andrew, a few times. Jack was so cute every time he hung out with the men in the family. He is a little redheaded cutie!
Monday and Tuesday, we started those days off late as Tristan has online classes those days he needed to attend. We did touristy stuff that was close to home.
David and I had a very nice Valentine's Day evening together. We usually go out with Tristan, so it was nice to just have it be the two of us every once in a blue moon. David did mention how weird it feels to not have our son hanging out with us. He was busy entertaining his 10 month old cousin, Jack, who absolutely adores Tristan.
My family wanted to see some stunning sights, like the view of L.A. from afar, the Hollywood sign, etc...We've driven Mulholland Drive a few times and the views are always spectacular. If you get the chance to drive it at night, prepare to be astounded. It's full of amazing views of L.A. and the Valley. Just don't stop after 9 p.m., or you run the risk of a $500 fine (posted signs were everywhere). I took the chance a couple of times, with one eye on the rearview mirror and pulled over so I could see the sights (since I was the one driving). We also drove through the Hollywood hills and my running commentary was standard, "Holy shit!! Look a that house!" Yeah, repeat that a few dozen times.
One of the things that my sister enjoys doing is going to Handmade on Ventura Blvd. It's a co-op that sells a huge variety of handmade items. We went back twice. I bought a Valentine paper robot for David. I also scored a new skirt (velvet and only $16!) at a thrift shop a couple of doors down from Handmade. I finally had a chance to go into a Buffal Exchange, which several people raved about to me. I found them to be expensive, but I was happy that I had the chance to finally check one out!
My family went to a taping of Craig Ferguson one night while David, Tristan and I watched the baby. He's too funny. We sat and watched him play. I've never seen a kid entertain himself for so long without getting bored or fussy. We let him play until he fell asleep sitting up next to Tristan. Poor kid wore himself out. I wish I could fall asleep like that!
One night, we had dessert from the famous Magnolia Bakery on 3rd Street. It was okay. My sister didn't like her cake, but I loved it! I didn't like my red velvet cupcake (I hate whipped cream as frosting unless it is strawberry shortcake), but my Mom loved it. It all worked out in the end.
We spent part of Thursday on Mission Street in South Pasadena. I needed to go to Zinnia to drop off a sample and to pick up some new goodies. We enjoyed shakes and ice cream at Buster's. Everyone enjoyed all of the shops along the street. I wish we could have stayed for the farmers market, but we had plans.
David and I had one more date night. We ate at the Aroma Cafe and visited Portrait of a Bookstore. I had a huge bowl of salad, brown rice and grilled tofu. It was one of the best things that I've ever eaten. I also like their sister restaurant, The Alcove in Los Feliz. Yum. Great omelettes! It was a nice, quiet evening.
Everyone wanted souvenirs, so we had to hit The Farmers Market and Hollywood Boulevard a few times. I thought that they'd enjoy shopping at Soap Plant/Wacko in Hollywood (one of my fave stores). My sister's comment was, "Why didn't you take me here before?" She loaded up on goodies. I bought 3 greeting cards.
We bought a new bookcase from Ikea. Mom was kind enough to drive me there in the rental van. Mom's comment," I could spend all day in here!" Next time, Mom. When we came home Friday night, David already had it assembled and books on the shelves. He was one happy camper.
We ended the visit at Tam O' Shandrys seeing the Ploughboys. Good food, most excellent music and nothing beats a baby dancing to Irish music!
Now it's time to get back to reality. Sad to see my family go. Tristan said Baby Jack was like a brother. We did have two apartment 'inspections' this week. The good news is that the project that we have been tearing our hair out over has ended. Yay! They still need to paint the bathroom and put up the blinds, but the other stuff is done. I told David that this calls for a party!
I'll be showing you bits and pieces of my art area this week. I hope that you enjoy seeing it!
Back to prepping for my classes. Have a great weekend!