I did the LA Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon this past weekend. Stoked (and incredibly shocked) to say that I was able to run the entire thang. I did the LA Marathon a few years ago (a decision hastily made in the remaining minutes of an ending year), but I was ill-prepared since I neglected my training. With this race, I intended to properly train and stick to a running schedule. Well, old habits die hard cause thaaat sure didn't happen. I was pretty much the epitome of unprepared, but I somehow pulled through. I would always gawk at people who'd say things like "The first ten miles were a breeze," but I was one of those crazies this past weekend. Not sure what to attribute it to... the fact that I arrived to the race an hour and a half late & subsequent fear of getting curbed, the eighties cover bands freckled throughout the course, or the inane amounts of Häagen-Dazs consumed the night prior. Whatever it was, the race turned out to be something I never expected it to be: pretty darn fun.
Please excuse my absence these past few weeks? months? No doubt I've been neglecting this here blog. Can't say I didn't warn you, though. (Refer to inaugural blog post title). I've been keeping a little too busy for my liking with a six-day-a-week work load. I must admit to feeling a bit like that proverbial Jack these days; all work and no play indeed makes a dull me. In a way to remedy this, I'm trying to be more present in the everyday. Not entirely sure how to accomplish this, honestly. I just know I spend a lot of the workweek conjuring up plans for my cherished day off, rather than fully enjoying and contributing to an otherwise seizable day. As for my wanderlust? Temporarily appeasing that with regular and equal parts doses of Henry Miller and olfactory indulgence, courtesy of Juniper Ridge. Big Sur, I'm coming for you.
Some snapshots of the ways I mentally exhale...
L: Adrian Tomine at Skylight! It was such a treat to hear him speak. He shared backstory on some of his illustrations from New York Drawings, divulged some funny anecdotes, and offered nuggets of wisdom -- all in the most thoughtful, least pretentious way. Quite a guy.
R: My pick for favorite Beatrice Valenzuelas rotates pretty regularly, but I think I'm dead set on these Botines from Platform. Great shoes, great shop.
L: My first semi-successful attempt at artisan bread! Building up to the scares-the-crap-out-of-me Tartine Country Loaf recipe.
R: Caught the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Getty just in time. Incredible, incredible, incredible. I think this is gonna be a regular museum accessory for me. Love the mini art history lesson.
L: Big Sur and Juniper Ridge have stolen my heart.