This morning, I took my friend Arden to the airport after a fun few days of her visiting Southern California for the first time. She’s now visiting her boyfriend Biff in Northern California! And I’M…back to work?!
Due to the insane amount if things we crammed into a two day weekend (no TV on DVD marathons this time, though we did still have a fair amount of TV/Movie time) and the number of pictures I took I decided to split our adventures into their respective days. Onto DAY ONE!
I pretty much insisted on dragging Arden to SweetHarts right away — I really like the old school candy store decor, and like Yogurtland (a very popular frozen yogurt chain out here) you get to make your frozen yogurt/add toppings yourself. She reasoned we get lunch first, which is, you know, probably the right thing to do. So we went to a pizza place that I hadn’t tried before. Clearly I should have — Vitello’s Express is yummy, their pizza slices are gigantic, and it’s vaguely reminiscent of Elementary School Pizza Day (sorry, Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution) so it was a total nostalgia-fest to boot.
We decided to make a quick stop at the Hollywood and Highland Center in West Hollywood, so that we could see the Hollywood sign (which always makes me want to say “WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD, WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?” like that guy does in Pretty Woman) and the general Hollywood Blvd area, like the Kodak Theater.
We even saw a fairly creepy Marilyn Monroe. And I got attacked by Elvis. True Story.
While it was still sunny and fairly warm, we headed down to the Santa Monica Pier, to walk around and lay out on the beach for a little bit.
Did you know that the Santa Monica Pier was the last stop on historic Route 66? Even though I’ve seen Cars a lot, am generally interested in history factoids like this AND have been to the pier before, I’d never noticed that!
The chilly winds finally got to us, and we were off yet again, to dinner/hanging out at The Grove, a fairly famous LA outdoor mall area that sort of reminds me of Disney (that’s probably just me, though) with it’s highly themed and clean street atmosphere. And the trolley. And the old fashioned music. My sister just likes to point out it was on Season 1 of The Hills.
Anyway, we ate at a nice little french restaurant, and then decided to go play in the American Girl Store and relive our childhood. Fun times! Though they’ve retired Samantha and Kirsten, and even sort of replaced Samantha — there is now a girl from 1914 NYC (vs 1904) who also deals with factory labor laws, but is Jewish and wants to act, instead of …whatever Samantha wanted to do (be like her cool older Aunt? I don’t remember).
They also have a American Girl of the Year doll now, and this year is “Lanie”. She is eco-conscious and has a really sweet camper that is so popular it was sold out in stores, catalogs AND online. Barbie corvette, eat your heart out.
By that point we’d pretty much exhausted all of Saturday, so we went home, watched 27 Dresses and played with my crazy dog.
PS — Can you tell that I edited all these pictures a little bit this time, so they aren’t SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera)? Arden and The Pioneer Woman inspired me to stop being so lazy! And I found a really good photoshop-lite-esque app on the iPad called Photogene that is definitely growing on me.
PHEW. That was a long one. Later, I’ll update on DAY TWO, where we went to Universal Studios. Also — GLEE tonight! Wahoo! Recap tomorrow 🙂