The ‘New Girl’ On The Block

Alas … my time here at the beach is quickly coming to an end. My dear friends Emma and Josh will be returning home from their holiday later tonight … which means I have to pack up my bags and return home — far from the sunny warmth of Manhattan Beach. Sigh. I have had a really great time maxin’ and relaxin’ here on my mini-vacay for the past two weeks but as with all good things, my short holiday from the city must come to an end. I did my best to enjoy my final night alone here at the beach. I spent some time outside, hung out at the beach for a while, went out for a drink, came home with a pizza. I also started binge-watching a new show. On the advice of Prince and my BFF Sarah, I decided to start watching New Girl. I started with season 1 and am just about ready to start season 2. I have to admit, the show is pretty funny. More »

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Celebrating The Birth Of Caleb

Last night a bunch of us got together at a bar called Wolf and Crane in Little Tokyo last night to celebrate my good friend Caleb’s birthday. Even tho it was a Monday night, we had to gather together to celebrate Caleb’s day. Even tho he’s not really big on showy attention, it was nice to see so many people together in the same place to heap all of our love on the birthday boy. More »

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A Venture Into The Valley

Yesterday afternoon, after I ran a few errands, I made the LONG trek into the San Fernando Valley to meet up with and have dinner with my friends Gillian and Tim at one of my fave suburban eateries. Because I live on the LA side of the hill, I don’t have much access to the chain restaurants that I cannot help but love so whenever I get the chance to hang out with Gillian and Tim, we make plans to have dinner at a fun place. Yes, folks, I’m a Chili’s fan … I can’t help it. I’m happy to relay that my yearly visit to The Valley was really fun not only because of the food but because I got to spend time with a couple of very dear friends. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

Last night my friends and I made our way to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA for a showing of Muppets Most Wanted. Because the Disney-owned El Capitan is THE only place to see Disney films in LA, we wanted to make sure that we got tix to see the movie on opening night … despite the crazed franticness of being on Hollywood Blvd. on a Friday night. Before every movie showing at the El Cap, the audience is treated to a live performance of music by the theater’s in house organist. Before the Muppets movie last night, there was an actual Muppets show on stage to kick off the fun. I am very happy to say that Muppets Most Wanted is an excellent film, one that surpassed the last Muppets movie. More »

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Got It Made In Manhattan

Late last night, I packed up my bag and made the LONG trek back up to LA to spend the weekend in my own home after spending a few days maxing and relaxing in Manhattan Beach, CA where I’ve been housesitting. Altho I’ve been mostly working while in MB, I did take some time to make my way down to the beach to recharge my soul with the warmth of the sun and the smell of the ocean air. The temps were a bit chilly yesterday but it was a gloriously beautiful day at the beach. More »

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‘The Killing’ Me Softly

A couple of days ago, hungry for a new TV series to binge on, I started watching season 1 of the AMC series The Killing on Netflix. I had heard good things over the years about the show and because I’m such a big fan of the FX series The Bridge, I figured that I might like The Killing just as much. I managed to watch all 13 episodes of season 1 and about half of season 2. Overall, I like the show a lot. The characters are compelling and the dark & moody episodes are well filmed. The Killing is far from a perfect show, tho. I’m invested enough to watch the entire series but I must admit that there are a few things about the show that I do not like at all. More »

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Purple Movie’s Majesty

Yesterday was a very nice, very relaxing day for me here in Manhattan Beach. After all the driving I did up to Santa Barbara and back over the weekend, the last thing I wanted to do was drive anymore … so instead of hauling my cookies back up to LA for the day, I decided to just settle in and relax here at the beach for my own sanity. It pains me that I had to cancel my plans with Eileen to hang out last night but I’m telling you, I just couldn’t bear the thought of a roundtrip trek thru the worst of LA’s unbearable traffic (FYI there is NO traffic to speak of down here, it’s glorious). I managed to get some writing done and around dinner time, I started binge-watching the AMC series The Killing. After powering thru Breaking Bad and Scandal and Orphan Black, I needed a new show to watch. I took a break late last night for a late-night showing of Purple Rain at the ArcLight Beach Cities nearby. I have never seen the movie on the big screen so it was quite a treat for me to see the original film in its original 35mm film glory. More »

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Santa Patrick’s Day

Yesterday morning I woke up in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA and right now, I’m back in my temporary home in Manhattan Beach, CA recovering from a very fun St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t drink and party like you’re supposed to on St. Patrick’s Day, instead I spent my day in the company of really good friends on a very LONG day. We were able to enjoy a leisurely morning in Santa Barbara before we made the drive back home to LA. The weather was bright and sunny and traffic, if you can believe it, wasn’t Hell on Earth. All in all, it was a pretty nice St. Pat’s. More »

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Mother’s Day

Yesterday morning, I met up with Adriana and her mom Linda (who is visiting LA this week from snowy Detroit) and the three of us made our way up the California coast for a quick trip to Santa Barbara. Linda really wanted just one day/one night up in SB for a bit of relaxation from the craziness of LA and she asked us to come with her. Because I’m never one to turn down an offer from lovely ladies, I thought it would be a fun overnight trip and away we went. We made it to SB early enough in the day to grab lunch and shop and visit the beach … we had a really nice day together. More »

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Santa Barbara, Here I Come

Last night I met up with my friend Adriana and her mom who is visiting LA from Detroit and today the 3 of us will be taking a drive up the coast for a quick little jaunt in Santa Barbara. During our dinner last night, we got to talking about taking a quick trip up to SB and it was decided right then and there that the 3 of us would be hitting the road today. So, instead of spending a solitary Sunday at the beach in Manhattan Beach, I’ll be spending my Sunday at the beach in Santa Barbara with a couple of lovely ladies. Lucky me! More »

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