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Walk in the Park

The last few days have been fairly relaxing and wonderful.  After Christmas with Mom, Stacie and Trent, we had a very uneventful Friday, what with me mostly playing Wolfenstein: The New Order and then us watching A View to a Kill that night.  EXCITING!

A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill

The next day was a bit more productive!  After getting up, we first made our way over to an open house in the Mt Washington / Highland Park area.  The house was a good price but there was going to be a lot of work & $$$ needed in order to make it a place Larry & I would love.  If we were flippers, I bet you could do some really great things with the house.  I knew immediately that we’d have to rip out the carpet in the living room and probably tear down the rear deck / get rid of the broken hot tub.  And that’s just for starters.  The rooms were weirdly shaped, but the one thing this place had going for it was the kitchen.  It was stellar.  And the view from the back porch?  Also pretty awesome:

1-IMG_3315(2)After looking at that house and also realizing the location wasn’t quite right for us either, it was off to Mom’s to help get some of her gifts installed and built!

We had gone to IKEA with her a few weekends ago to have her look at the desk and chair she had wanted to replace the large desk that used to be in her office.  Well, she ordered the items and had them delivered, but it’s IKEA so of course you have to put it together yourself.  And you know what?  It was pretty easy to get done and now that office room isn’t nearly so cluttered!

1-IMG_3317(2)Then we installed the soundbar and subwoofer system we gave to her to replace the one that seemed to have failed.  Mission accomplished, and the sound is LOTS better in her living room.

That evening, we rewarded ourselves with a well-deserved dinner at Dim Tai Fung at Americana, enjoying the spectacle there at the shopping center at a particularly picturesque time of night:

2-IMG_3320(2)Finally, on Sunday, we took a walk around Griffith Park’s eastern, flat section as Larry and I are in the market to look for other nice places to go for a run.  The Silver Lake reservoir is awesome, but after awhile, things get boring.  So we drove over to the park and took a nice nearly-6-mile walk on a stunningly beautiful day.  I think we’ve found a great new place for runs in the future too!

28-Dec-2014 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
The beginning of our trek
The beginning of our trek28-Dec-2014 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Dec-2014 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
 
28-Dec-2014 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
28-Dec-2014 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
28-Dec-2014 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.736mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Dec-2014 14:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 8.022mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
28-Dec-2014 14:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
Will never go through this tunnel ever
Will never go through this tunnel ever28-Dec-2014 14:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
 
28-Dec-2014 14:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
28-Dec-2014 14:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Dec-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Dec-2014 14:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Pretty sure that's the rocky outcropping we hiked to early in 2014
Pretty sure that's the rocky outcropping we hiked to early in 201428-Dec-2014 14:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 17.535mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
28-Dec-2014 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 

This is the route we ended up going on:

Our Griffith Park routeAnd then, oh yeah, we bought ourselves a Playstation 4!!!!!  It’s pretty cool so far.

1-IMG_3321(2)A good weekend.  Here’s to hoping NYE weekend is also as pleasant.

Saturday in the (Griffith) Park

Today was a hiking day!  The weather in Los Angeles is still unbelievably nice and comfortably 70 degrees so the hiking group was out and about, this time over on the eastern side of Griffith Park.  The hike was nowhere near as challenging as something like the Wisdom Tree Hike we did a few weeks back, but it certainly didn’t lack for strenuousness as it was a lot of constant incline.

GriffithPark_East_HikeAs you may be able to see, I kinda forgot to start the app once again at the true beginning, but I caught most of it and probably lost about a quarter of a mile of hiking.  It was a nice hike though and while the view wasn’t as dramatic as Wisdom Tree, it still was a very clear view of Glendale and certainly was just nice to get out and about.  So here are some pics….

February 22, 2014 – Griffith Park Hike

After that morning fun, we all headed out to visit a great taco place over on the other side of Glendale.  Unfortunately for Nicki, Brian and Kevin, they somehow made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in a vortex of terrible Saturday traffic.  We never saw them again.  But Larry, Rob and I made it and had some ridiculously good tacos at a little place called Taco Azteca.  YUM.  After saying goodbye to Rob, it was time for a trip to Target where of course we didn’t get out of there without spending hundreds.  Damn you, Target!

Now, it’s evening and almost time for dinner.  Think it’s time to watch some more Oscar-nominated movies.  We’ll see how that goes…

Silver Lake and a brief Med Cruise II mention

I’m not even about to tackle those topics all at once right now, as hell, that’s a lot of typing and work and lots of pictures that haven’t been posted, but I wanted to chime in and let you know that I’m still alive and that lots of stuff has happened!

First, in May, Larry & I moved from Santa Monica to Silver Lake.  Our landlord ended up wanting to sell his place as the LA Real Estate Market is hothothot right now and he saw a way out from that albatross.  So we did some searching and ended up finding a pretty awesome place in Silver Lake – completely brand new and in a fantastic new location.  Here are a few of the albums from Picasa that contain the timeline of pics.  Enjoy, but that’s the extent of the pictures for now in this post, as while we also just went on our second Mediterranean cruise and got back a few days ago, those pics haven’t been scrubbed and uploaded yet, and will probably have to be phased in day by day.  But long story short, it was awesome, we met some fun new people, and had a mostly fantastic journey in the western Med, including explorations into Barcelona, Monaco/Monte Carlo, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast, Venice (LOVED Venice), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Kotor (Montenegro).   Amazing time – but we’re still trying to overcome our jet lag.  Ugh.

Here are the photos from when we took Michancy out into town to see Griffith Park Observatory, while also going to see potential new places to live.  First up, seeing Griffith Park Observatory:

March 30, 2013 – Griffith Park Observatory with Michancy

& Seeing the Silver Lake Place for the First Time

April 27, 2013 – Soft Move #1

For the move, we had a bit of wiggle room to do it as we had two weeks of overlap before having to leave the Santa Monica place.  We used that time to drive back and forth between the two places schlepping a lot of our stuff that we could fit in the car.   It made sure that Larry knew how to get there, that’s for sure.  Also, it ensured I appreciated not having to drive the 10 that much in the future.  Mom came out and helped us one day, so here’s pics from that.

April 28, 2013 – Soft Move #2

Another set of photos in which we went to the new place.   We did this a lot.  In that last set of photos you saw I focused on the yellow in the kitchen.  That was because I wanted to figure out what colors would go good with that as I did NOT want to keep the colors that were present in the living room, as it was far too drab for our fabulous lifestyle.  I am slightly kidding about that.  Not kidding that the colors had to go.

May 4, 2013 – The Painting Begins

I wasn’t kidding about painting the living room, so before our move was to take place on Wednesday, May 8, we spent the weekend prior getting the painting done as if you wait until all your crap is in there, it becomes exponentially harder to do.  I think Larry was a bit nervous about the process but I’m a veteran of interior painting and while my taste level is possibly in question at times, I think in this regard, we came up with a fantastic color scheme that captured that mid-century modern look we both like.  During this weekend, we got to interact with our neighbors a bit and it looks like we are in good shape with them as they are cool and very nice.

May 5, 2013 – Finishing the Painting

It had been briefly discussed the night before that we should start the orange then, but I knew it was going to be a day’s worth of work.  That proved accurate.  Larry & I love the finished result, and even the landlord, who visited a lot while we were there as he still had to set some stuff up, liked it.

Alright, that’s all the pics I’ve got uploaded at this point regarding the apartment.  We’ve obviously moved in since the painting pics so there’s plenty to see with what it looks like now with the furniture in place, but believe me, there is tons left to do still.  None of our pictures are hung up, there’s lots of clutter around, especially upstairs in the office and spare bedroom and even still down in the main bedroom.  But this weekend we DID buy some shelving and install it in that lower area of the built-in unit so we could store the blurays and DVDs.  It looks awesome.  We’re getting there.