What City Should You Actually Live In?

Have you taken this Buzzfeed quiz? Lots of people were sharing their results on Facebook and Instagram this week so I gave it a shot. Surprise, surprise…Los Angeles! There you have it. I guess I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Also, Jennifer Lawrence is my fave.

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I find that many people my age have troubles seeing themselves living in the same city 5 or 10 years down the road. We’re so fickle — we like to think that we can pick up and go wherever the wind takes us. Some of us live in an apartment for years without really settling in because we don’t know when we’re going to move on to the next best thing. But, what if this is the best thing? Would you know it if it bit you in the butt?

Sure, I know that a Buzzfeed quiz isn’t the most accurate way to assess someone’s personality or lifestyle (come on, my true Beyonce choice wasn’t even an option!), but when Los Angeles popped up, I was not surprised one bit. I….love…it…here! It’s cliche, but I really do yoga classes and drink green juices. I prefer sun and I even order skinny vanilla lattes (with coconut almond milk to take it up a notch!) I used to identify myself as a true PNW’er with a super laid back, mellow disposition. I used to knit my own purses for goodness sakes. But, I think as each year goes by, I’m starting to sense a flip flop. Maybe one day, I’ll find myself back in Seattle. But not anytime soon…

(Sidenote: Apparently, I still SPEAK like I’m from Seattle! This dialect quiz is fun…give it a shot and let me know if it’s accurate!)

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Eating with the Eatons…Again.

Just a few photos from one of our favorite local spots. If you find yourself in Santa Monica and are in the mood for something healthy and light, stop by True Food Kitchen. Their Chicken Chopped salad is a favorite but my new “thing” is the Asian-style kelp noodle stir fry (with tofu!) Yip yip!

(I also liked playing around with Jackie’s dad’s camera — his minolta lens added a nice soft touch to everything…even Jackie’s gangster face.)

Weekend Vacation

Weekend Vactaion July 14, by SeehowirunThese Lum legs sure got their share of attention this weekend. Since we wanted to get Moby to the groomer as early as possible, we found ourselves outside our little Santa Monica bubble with a few hours to kill. We could have gone to breakfast but since Moby’s haircut cost a shiny penny, we decided to do something free:  join the rich and famous (and their dogs) on Runyon Canyon. We chose the long and windy route and then looped around the shorter path a second time. Just ‘cuz. It was one of those gorgeous hazy sunny LA days to be remembered.

Weekend Vacation: Trekking About

Oh yes, summer! Well, not technically, but it definitely feels like it and that’s good enough for me.

Weekend Vacations are back on in full force. We got a little lazy this winter but now that the weather is warming up, weekends = adventures. Even though I’ve lived in LA for 7ish years (whoa), there are so many nooks and crannies that I haven’t explored. How did I live in Malibu and never venture up to Malibu Creek State Park?! This changes now.

On the topic of hikes: One of the best feelings is waking up early and squeezing in some exercise before noon. Maybe it’s because I grew up in beautiful WA State, I just can’t bring myself to call LA hiking, “hiking”. The dry, dusty paths just don’t elicit the lush, green, bark mulched trails that I associate with the term, hike. Jocelyn, another native Washingtonian, agreed so we dubbed our adventures “treks” instead.

Our little crew warmed up two weekends ago with a quick trek in Los Liones (Topanga Canyon). It was a relatively easy one that we finished by accidentally adding on a looooong detour through some fancy Pacific Palisade neighborhood. Urban trekking! Last weekend, we drove up through Malibu Canyon to find the rock ponds in Malibu Creek State park. I’ve never been one to seek the thrill of cliff jumping but it was so fun to just splash around and get some use out of my waterproof camera. We shall be back!

(uhh seriously, these two are just too good lookin’ to handle)

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most organized host. Sure, I’ll save you a cat-free pillow case, fluff you a comforter, vacuum the couch, and have Jackie make pumpkin pancakes in the morning…but when it comes to figuring out what to do throughout your stay, I won’t have an entire agenda planned. LA is a wonderful city with a lot of things to do but it’s so widespread that you almost have to choose only 1 or 2 things a day. Typically those activities include food, shopping, or something active like a hike or a yoga class.

When Erin came to town, we didn’t do much of any of those things! I’ve known Erin since first grade, so whenever we’re together, it doesn’t take much to keep us happy and I love that about her. Instead of stressing over where to take her or what to do, we just decided to do whatever would make us happy at the moment, which ended up being the Stanley Kubrik exhibit at the LACMA (probably the closest either of us will get to seeing The Shining since we’re both babies!), climbing walls at Rockcreation, skipping the gym to play card games and eat pastries at Sweet Lady Jane, taking our time shopping/gawking at LA Marathoners at the Promenade, split-and-swapping at the new Burger Lounge, and a few more…[life-changing, totally awesome, wish-i-could-post-photos] unmentionables.

Come back soon, Erin! I promise not to plan anything!