Highlights

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{Day 50: I read this quote years ago, wrote it on a post-it note and stuck it on my desk. It always makes me smile.}

Transitioning back to the real world is always slightly jarring after such an enjoyable vacation. In this case, I also happen to be fighting yet another cold as well (while in the middle of a big editing project at the moment). Aside from kicking this cold, my first week back to life was a good one overall. I made a consorted effort to try to ease back into things as much as possible, not losing the spirit of my time off, hanging on to as much of that relaxed state as I could muster. Unfortunately, all too soon you start to slowly lose that vibe – up until you feel the need for another vacation.

Though I had a pretty packed week originally planned, many of those plans were subsequently canceled in favor of a book and getting to bed early many nights to tackle my cold. I did make it out one night this week when I felt a little better and wasn’t contagious to meet with my book club gals to talk about Wally Lamb’s We Are Water. I can’t say it was better than the other book of his that I really like, She’s Come Undone, but it did spark an interesting conversation – what human beings go through, how we’re all connected, how every action has a consequence, and how we are constantly flowing with life and adapting simply because we have to.

With that, I’m looking on to my next read (aside from The Body Book, of course). The plan this weekend is to rest up and figure out what’s next on my Kindle. Hopefully, I’ll be feeling a bit more like myself to catch-up on the plans that I kept having to cancel this week.

Today is day #53 on the 100 Happy Days Challenge. I’m halfway there. It’s been awhile since we’ve caught up – here are some of my favorite moments.

Have a great weekend!

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{Day 47:  The day I died and went to organic blueberry muffin heaven on a leisurely Saturday afternoon at The Sycamore Kitchen.}

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{Day 44: A stop at the Camarillo Outlets while on vacay last week, led to a birthday present to myself…and a little Calvin Klein in my life.}

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{Day 46: A night out the world famous Groundlings.}

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{Day 48: My 1st Oprah Chai (though I cheated and added a shot of espresso). Let’s just say it’s a DO!}

The Groundlings

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Location: 7307 Melrose Avenue, Mid-City

If you ever need a good laugh (and who doesn’t these days), you can’t go wrong with a night at The Groundlings! The Groundlings is the uber famous improv and sketch comedy theater on Melrose that holds some of the most funny, pee in your pants (T.M.I.?) moments you’ll ever experience. Some of our greatest comedy talent got their start as a Groundling and gone on to grace the stages of Saturday Night Live and the silver screen.

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{Close-up: Hall of fame.}

My first date with my now boyfriend was here (he did good!) and for our recent 2 year anniversary we decided to relive that laughter filled night. As luck would have it our anniversary, on a Thursday, is also the night of the hot ticket weekly Cooking With Gas performance, a fully improvised show based entirely on audience suggestion. Even better, these Thursday night performances are accompanied by a special guest host each week and we were blessed with a night of comedy with my new BFF and Groundling alum, Kristen Wiig! Okay, so technically we’ve never actually met, but after Bridesmaids it somehow just feels like we could be really good girlfriends, seriously! And P.S. I’m not a crazed, obsessed, celebrity stalking whore or anything.

Uh em! Back on topic!

Like all cool places where you would actually want to document it rather solidly, there was no photography in the theater space, but I snagged some random pictures outside and in the lobby to share.

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{Interior: Hall of fame wall.}

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{Outside.}

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{Ticket window.}

Stop reading, get online, and buy a ticket to one of the funniest nights of your life and let me know how it went! Good times!

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The Christmas Project – Results

Christmas was officially over, but I was luckily still in the beginnings of a long holiday vacation. I love it when you have so much time off that you don’t even know what day it is, or even care for that matter.

When it came to festivities and the goals I set for myself to celebrate the season (dubbed The Christmas Project – thanks, I came up with that myself!), I did pretty well, though admittedly there were some…um…hiccups.

1. Decorate my apartment. 
Result: DONE 
While my prized glitter poinsettia plant (pictured in the header) died about 2 weeks before Christmas, all was well when my Christmas tree came along and provided the warmest, festive feeling whenever I was home. You can read about my tree experience here.

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2. Watch at least 2 Christmas themed movies a week.
Result: DONE

Love Actually kicked-off a Holiday flick marathon for the whole month of December. Along with The Holiday, This Christmas, Just Friends, Home Alone, Fred Claus (which was so awful I turned it off so this might not count), Rare Exports, and Gremlins.

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3. Get Christmas shopping done well before Christmas.
Result: DONE

I can proudly say that thanks to my pre-planning using a secret Pinterest board, this gal was done Christmas shopping by December 21st! Some of my favorites to hand out this year was an engraved business card holder for my boyfriend’s Mom who just started a new jewelry business, and tickets to The Groundlings (the best improve show in L.A.) for my boyfriend.

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4. Bake something festive.
Result: FAIL

Let’s just say I did A LOT of eating of festive inspired cookies, but failed to actually make them. Honestly, this was the holiday goal I knew would be the most challenging for me to get to, even as I was typing it I wasn’t very confident. For now, this handy collage of images I made from Pinterest images will have to do in place of the fact that I was too lame enough to follow through.

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5. Lots of Hot Cocoa.
Result: DONE

Okay, so I didn’t exactly count how many cups I’ve had, but suffice to say that I had at least  2 cups per week.

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6. Be present.
Result: DONE (to the best of my ability)

This one is hard to gauge whether or not I actually accomplished enough to say one way or another. On the one hand, I listened to Christmas music, watched movies, decorated my apartment, wrapped gifts, and spent time with some of my favorite people celebrating the season. However, it’s no secret that this Holiday season was overshadowed by some bad news both personally and in the world around me. Suddenly, I felt guilty and a sense of missing cheer about wanting to be active in the season in light of certain events. I will give myself an “A” for effort because as I reflect, I know I did the best that I could, given the circumstances. Once we hit Santa Cruz and got into the spirit, I couldn’t have been more present and welcomed the feeling.