food. friends. bubbles.

we had such a nice memorial day welcoming kayla to LA!

she is here to visit for at least a couple weeks!! so that means many more meals to come, but this was the first of the lot. i picked kayla up from the airport at 5:30 and we had a nice dinner at home and a rousing game of taboo (oh, you want to know who won? well that was me & blair. thanks for asking).

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round one: the food
first, michael made his famous bruschetta.
yum.yum.yum

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my main contribution was the homemade pasta with lemon butter sauce and burrata.
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and for dessert we made a batch of caramel-pear ice cream
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there was also grilled (by michael) sirloin, which we don’t have photo evidence of, and a salad which was halfway eaten before it had its picture taken.
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round two: the friends
this is miss kayla:

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and here is lady blair:
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and of course meeka was there too.
– oh, there’s the photo evidence of the meat!
meeka is planning her best bet at getting said steak despite her 15″ stature and lack of opposable thumbs.
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(kinley and i were also present, but weren’t feeling very photogenic, i suppose)

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round three: bubbles

really no explination.
but michael and blair were clearly the bubble-champs.
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…and lastly, bubbles gone bad:
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LAPL

have i ever told you i love the libraries? i have?
oh, well, have i ever told you i LOVE the los angeles central library?
yeah… i’ve probably done that too.
but i know i’ve never shown you why!

this is the my library, which happens to be only two blocks from my office, and which i happen to spend 4+ hours a week. i love this library. love it. it’s huge, it’s old, it’s beautiful, it’s bustling (even though most of those doing the bustling are homeless), and it has a great gift shop where i spend too much money. love it.

the front of the library:
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the inside of the original part of the library:
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isn’t it beautiful?

and there are banks of old card catalogs:
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and an auditorium (that i have never been in)
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and there are galleries (maybe 3 or 4) tucked in different crannies around the library
(i had this one completely to myself on this day):
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here is the adult literacy center where i tutor twice a week:
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and here is the new (well, not new, just newer) wing of the library, which has the bulk of the books. this is a the atrium in the center, and all of those windows you see on either side are looking into each of the individual departments
(ie: the arts, the sciences, business, rare books, etc, etc, etc. – books-galore):

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so that’s it. that’s your tour of the library. i just know that everyone loves libraries, right?
i’m sure everyone is sooo excited and wishes i had tons more pictures.

…maybe next time.

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santa barbara

yesterday michael and i took a day trip up to santa barbara!

it was foggy and cold when we left in the morning, but we took the scenic route up the pch, which is beautiful, clear day or not.
we had breakfast at crush cafe, which was adorable and delicious. michael and i shared homemade granola w/ yogurt & fruit and a cinamon-vanilla-waffle w/ heart shaped chocolate chips. we spent the day wandering state street (shops-galore), walking the “red tile tour” past many of the city’s historic buildings, and strolling stearns wharf. we grabbed burgers at habit before heading home.

here are some pictures from the drive and breakfast, followed by a bunch from the day.