This weekend I enjoyed a very full Friday and Saturday, and by Sunday decided to spend my day reading and relaxing.
Friday after work my mom and I hit the Salvation Army, as ever it was full of strange displays and items, but I walked away with a few treasures. That night a group of us headed to Westminster Lanes and bowled till closing.
Saturday I headed to Torrance for Aislyn’s (my cousin’s oldest daughter) birthday. I managed to capture the donut eating contest and played on the swings for a few hours. After, I picked my friend Laura up from LAX and that night we headed to the Prospector to see our friends perform X’s Los Angeles as a part of the Album Attack series. A full and tiring weekend.
Last night I picked up my roommate at her work in downtown LA and we ventured to west LA to see Shakespeare’s As You Like It performed in the VA West LA Japanese garden.
The garden was open two hours before the performance to allow people to bring and enjoy a picnic. We brought a bottle of pinot noir, goat milk brie, crackers, champagne grapes, lychees, and a simple pasta with zucchini and chicken. It was a fairly warm night and it was fun to eat outside in a garden.
The performance was fantastic; it was a really different experience to watch a play performed en plein air. Our seats were great, we were about ten feet from the stage on the first riser which afforded us a great view of all the action. It was a slightly modern interpretation of As You Like It, but it worked well for the show. The performers were all miked and it was easy to follow the dialogue. At a few points there was a light drizzle, but that didn’t stop the performance and wasn’t enough to be bothersome.
I’m so glad we went, it was nice to do something different and the VA West LA felt like a hidden gem.
In other theater news, I ordered my season tickets for the Ahmanson and will be seeing 5 shows over the coming months, three of which I mentioned here.
I didn’t realize it until I moved into my current neighborhood, but Long Beach has wild parrots living in the trees. We’ve had them nest in our attic before and they seem to like the area we live in. I was working around the apartment Sunday with the windows open and could hear them making a racket outside.
There were three total and I couldn’t resist the urge to run outside and snap a few pictures of them.
I have no idea where they came from, but they’re so cute to watch.
I was just expressing this feeling to my roommate!
Instead of watching the rest of the summer slip away without doing the things we love or talked about doing last summer or just let pass, we started a “Summer To Do List” on our entry way chalkboard.
Now we’ll have the rest of July, August, and September (we all know it’ll still be hot) to check off these different activities!
My roommate and I are checking the first one off tomorrow; we’re seeing As You Like It in the Japanese Garden at the West Los Angeles VA. Prior to the show you’re allowed to dine in the garden so my roommate and I are packing a small picnic, I’m excited to see what it’s like.
Friday my mom and I visited the Salvation Army for their 50% off Fridays.
This trip I had better luck than my mom, but the store was definitely suffering from an over abundance of items like the one to the left.
I did manage to find a few things; glassware for terrariums, a porcelain platter from Poland, baby clothes that will either be gifted to my friend or my sister, and a Laundry dress that’ll I’ll dry clean and resell.
Overall it was a productive trip.
Ralph Lauren shirt, Osh Kosh pants
A few shots of the corgis to brighten your day!
They spent most of the Fourth hiding out in my parent’s front courtyard.
They lead such a hard life.
Happy Friday! Any exciting plans?
I celebrated the fourth of July in a very quiet way down at my parent’s house; it was a mild day spent poolside, napping, swimming, and reading.
Dinner was very simple: Cheeseburgers with everything on onion buns with corn on the cob and potato chips. Instead of buying the already packaged ground meat my mom has the butcher grind the meat for her. It makes for a flavorful and hearty burger.
For dessert my grandma brought trifle. It was loaded with bananas, fresh peaches, strawberries, and blue berries. I think it was one of her best, and so pretty to look at!
I mentioned yesterday that I participated in the Long Beach Food Swap. It was a really interesting and fun event and I came away with a basket full of goodies. The exchange item I settled on was the Basil Green Goddess Dressing; I made 2 batches and filled up 18 4oz mason jars.
Getting messy in the kitchen
I printed off labels at work and attached them to the jars, unfortunately with the moisture on the jars some of the labels smeared. The swap started at 10am, it was a small group and people brought everything from cookies, to marmalade, to eggs.
I came home with a big bag of oranges, 2 kinds of cookies, cake in a jar, farm fresh eggs, home brewed beer, tomatoes, bacon popcorn powder, scones, and orange chili marmalade.
The scones, cookies, cake and most of the oranges are gone and I can’t wait to eat everything else.
Overall it was a success, I definitely want to participate in the next event and am already thinking what I’d want to make…
This weekend was very full, it’s actually one of my favorite things about summer; warm days and nights and evenings where it’s still light after 8pm really encourages getting out and doing more.
Saturday morning I participated in the first Long Beach Food Swap. Everyone who attends brings something they’ve either grown, foraged, or made and swaps it with the other participants. I’ll show more in tomorrow’s post.
After the food swap I packed and headed to Palm Springs to stay out a house my brother and some friends rented. It was 105 degrees, perfect for laying out and drinking blended margaritas .
Sunday I returned to Long Beach and my roommate and I headed to Los Angeles for our friend’s house warming. For dinner we ventured to Korea town for dumplings and noodles.