Well, here it is…Halloween, again. I am at home on a crisp morning with Bella, chocolate croissants, and coffee. It isn’t the same this year. Halloween was the best when i was in Nashville with old, good friends frolicking in graveyards, drinking vampire merlot, and carving pumpkins to “Nightmare Before Christmas.” This year, i am less excited. Could it be i am growing older and the spell Halloween has always cast on me is losing it’s power? Or do i just miss my old life, old friends, and old haunts? Growing up is hard. Living in a city you have yet to connect with is hard. Missing those you love at a time that you have always held so dear, is even harder. I wish i had all the money in the world. Not because i think it will bring happiness, but so that i could jump on a flight whenever i wanted and see the people and places i miss so much. Why is it that i am never content right where i am? Is it the nature of your 20’s, or is it because i have made a series of wrong decisions that i should now make an effort to change?
I will probably spend my day at the free SAG theatre or hanging with my friend Channing who just had a baby. She needs a friend right now and maybe a hand with laundry. I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween and that you are spending it with great friends. Happy trick-or-treating!
Ok, so i am constantly annoyed by the misuse and overuse of this term “Xtreme” on products and countless other things these days, but in the case of the Six Flags ride “X2″…it is absolutely appropriate. I rode this ride while i was at six flags this weekend with Alex and Siobhan, who were visiting from Birmingham. It is a roller coaster, but to quote one of my favorite movies of all time, this was “a horse of a different color!” You climb a hill in an individual seat that can rotate 360 degrees, plunge to the ground in a completely straight line, and even have fire shot at you while looping and spinning through the air. It was single-handedly the most exhilarating thing i have ever experienced and 100% worth the two and a half hour wait we had to endure in the sun while watching extreme sport videos. Other amazing attractions included The Riddler, Batman, ever classic non-looping Goliath, and Katsu…you know, the one where you are facing your impending death of plunging to the ground the entire ride because you are literally hanging parallel with the ground. It was terrifying, but oh so fun! And if all this weren’t enough, we finished the night out with the best Mexican food i have had in L.A. so far and margaritas at Don Cuco’s.
Today i woke up to heavy fog till about 10am, which was heavenly because it kept the temperature down long enough for me to pretend like it was fall. I pulled recipes from Martha Stewart and caught up on laundry and cleaning, then cooked eggs with biscuits and gravy with some friends at 4:30 in the afternoon. Now, Corpse Bride is on t.v. followed by Edward Scissorhands…i mean could you write a better afternoon? I think not!
What a fantastic Sunday here in L.A. My friend Channing, her mother, her 9-day old baby girl Elena Marie, and I ventured out to the Santa Monica farmer’s market for breakfast and produce. It was a mild, sunny day today and i came back with some beautiful flowers for the house and some raw almonds from the “Nut Man.” He informed me that even if you buy “raw” almonds in the store, they have still been pasteurized! Well as you can imagine, i was appalled by this fact. So, i bought some of his raw, totally UN-pasteurized almonds to snack on for the week. After a hard day of cleaning i am chilling with some french onion soup and a mild headache. Good news is, it’s the first one in weeks…and that is progress.
I just spent four fabulous days in the big apple visiting friends and enjoying fantastic food. Sunday i got in around 9:30am to my friend’s apartment, let myself in, and slept till he got in from being out of town at a wedding. We spent the entire afternoon just sipping coffee with his roommate enjoying the fall air breezing through the open windows. Later, we walked to a pizza place and had some of the finest pizza i’ve ever had, and of course, beer. We took a walk around SoHo and his neighborhood, the east village, and called it a night after sharing a late night glass of wine over a delectable ham and brie sandwich. The next morning we walked down to 5th avenue and ran into a Columbus Day parade. We met some friends at the NBC studios and took a private tour of the Saturday Night Live studios. After a much deserved nap in the late afternoon, we walked to a restaurant called Frankies and experienced yet another fantabulous meal. We shared a carafe of wine, gourmet cheese plate with walnuts, honey, and the greenest, most heavenly olive oil i have ever tasted. I had the sweet potato and sage ravioli and Adam had meatballs stuffed with pine nuts and raisins. For dessert we shared red wine prunes over marscapone cheese. All in the fantastic atmosphere with beautiful lighting, looking out into the busy streets of New York at night. We topped the evening off by watching Woody Allen movies till we fell asleep. During the days i explored the Natural History Museum, The High Line, the Chelsea Market, and got lost around NYU. On the final night, Adam and i went to dinner with our friend Logan Lin in China Town and had Peking Duck and Tsingtao. It was a truly magical trip, for many reasons. I think im going to have to make this a regular thing 🙂