In which I do more things around L.A. with my BF before heading to the SCBWI
31/07/2012 - 02/08/2012 30 °C
On Monday I rearranged my luggage and chilled before having a family dinner and watching the olympics together, which repeated itself on Tuesday. Men's gymnastics did not do so well, women's did better, swimming went well and we got to watch Missy Franklin win her gold medal.
On Tuesday we went to the Orcutt Ranch around the corner from my boyfriend's house. It's a park plus historic house in what's left of a 30-acre ranch from the turn of the last century, and is a very popular spot for weddings. In fact, while we were there we saw a couple there planning their wedding. We took the dog, who had a fun time chasing lizards and getting dirty; walked around in the chaparral and saw a 700-year-old oak tree; and snooped around the house, where we saw some nice tile work.
Yesterday we went to a Thai restaurant called Ginger, where I actually finished everything I ordered and then some - spring rolls, vegetable tofu soup, and tofu fried rice. Then we went to the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills. We went in to see the pendulum knock over a pin, and to look at the Big Picture - a slice of sky about as long as your index finger (or your pinky if you're a tall guy) at arm's length, blown up to fill a two-story 150-foot wall. Outside it has spectacular views of the city, and although the marine layer had come in to fog things up a bit at the bottom, it was a full moon and we even saw some stars. (Apparently in L.A. the sky never gets completely dark - even at 10:30 it was still pretty blue.)
Then today we went out to get me food and nomz, or noshies as Yiddish speakers sometimes call them, for the conference. Afterwards we went to Menchie's, a frozen yogurt franchise that has done very well these past two years (my boyfriend said something like 600% growth). I got some nice raspberry and pomegranate sorbet with mango pieces and we ate outside under the sunbrella seats. The name of the place actualy comes from the Yiddish word "mensch," and Menchie is actually a cartoon character with a bunch of cartoon friends. We also read a nice article about the etymology of legal words in English, which includes a history of the English language and some interesting cultural notes about the legal practices of the Vikings and the Germans.
Now it's off to the conference!