A few days in LA

A few days in LA

Well, more like the general LA area 🙂

So it’s been a crazy year at work and in life…from opening a brand new exhibit at the Aquarium to getting engaged to half marathons….it’s been jam packed. Meaning, basically, that there hasn’t been a lot of break time. I, like I’m sure many workaholic people do, have a mountain of time to take off when it comes to the end of the year and, because it’s use-it-or-lose-it, I’ve been trying to schedule time off!

We had planned a west coast Thanksgiving this year with Tom’s dad and family up in Northern California BUT with some extra days, I decided to take a little mini trip to Southern California beforehand.

Yes, by myself. Weird, I know haha Hinestly, in the end I would have loved to have Tom or a friend with me, but it was nice to just have some time to myself to explore and wander. I got to wake up and go for a run on the Strand. Could take my time at the beachfront sample sale I found (yea, Tom would never have lasted that haha). Got to spend a few hours just reading on the sand. I got to spend some time wandering around Griffith Observatory – totally nerded out! I even got to see some amazing friends while I was out there!

Here is most of my few days in photos:

20131125-110341.jpg
I hung out with a BILLION seagulls…

20131125-110332.jpg
The first evening I spent watching the most beautiful sunset…

20131125-110257.jpg

20131125-110315.jpg
Griffith Observatory was so rad!

20131125-110145.jpg

20131125-110155.jpg

20131125-110240.jpg
I debated buying this for Tom for a good 5 minutes… I mean come on, it would make a killer Bruce Willis a la Armageddon costume, right?!

20131125-110205.jpg
If you ever get a chance, the Strand is one of the most lovely places I’ve ever been able to go for a run/walk. You’ve got the relaxed beach on one side and beautiful homes on the other – great spot!

20131125-110137.jpg
Then I was so thrilled to be able to meet up with my girls Katrina & Karena! We met for lunch at this adorable spot Sloopy’s. It was half indoor, half outdoor kind of spot, as you could really only master in the weather of Southern California…

20131125-110112.jpg
And they had the most amazing salad! This thing had everything you could want… Kale, chicken, quinoa, berries, pine nuts, carrots…it was so massive I couldn’t even finish it!

20131125-110045.jpg
It was so great to see the gals! It was funny though…it feels like it’s been forever but at the same time I feel like I just saw them yesterday 🙂 it was so lovely to catch up!

20131125-110101.jpg
PLUS they shared with me some super exciting previews of what the Tone It Up team is going to see this coming Cyber Monday…everyone is going to LOVE this stuff!!!

20131125-110036.jpg
I was also so happy to see my college friend, Ana, and her adorable new baby! Isn’t he the cutest?! The funniest thing was seeing how much he loved watching football just like his momma! Haha

20131125-110020.jpg

20131126-081116.jpg

I ended the trip with some sweet hotel workouts, as one does when you’re on the road 🙂

20131125-105959.jpg

Now we’re headed up north! Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving week!!

What do you do for ‘you time’?