This week Mike turned 32, I got promoted, and life was good.
I’d have loved to take Mike on a weekend trip somewhere beautiful (like he did for me last year), but seeing as how we’re saving up for a big trip to Turkey, I’m off to NYC in April, and we have some out-of-state weddings to go to, we decided to keep this one fairly low-key.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be an adventure, right?
I racked my brain for weeks to come up with something fun for us to do. My ideas included everything from dune buggy rentals (poor Yelp reviews scared me away) to scenic helicopter tours (like, $400 for a 30-minute ride). I even looked into Los Angeles’ very first Bacon Festival (tickets were sold out).
I did manage to narrow it down to three options of varying intensity. How to decide? Well, what better than to let Mike do it for me?
Inside the scroll were clues in the form of rudimentary drawings and keywords…
Mike chose option #1, which turned out to be a deep-sea sport fishing adventure, followed by a hearty seafood meal at the Redondo Beach pier.
But you know what they say about best laid plans? When I called to confirm our booking I was told that they were predicting 60-70 foot swells and poor weather. Option #1 was just not meant to be.
Mike’s second choice was option #2: A day at Universal Studios Hollywood (the picture that looked to Mike like a poorly drawn sailboat was actually a shark, a la “Jaws”), dinner out, and a UCLA basketball game.
We rode on every ride, but saved some of the performances for next time. Universal is running a special right now where if you buy a single-day ticket you get a full year free. Can’t beat that with a stick. We’ll definitely be back.
After a quick nap, a change of clothes, and a delicious meal at a Persian restaurant in Westwood, we made our way to historic-yet-newly-renovated Pauley Pavilion. It’s GORGEOUS. I mean, it’s no Assembly Hall, but it’ll do in a pinch.
Option #3? Well, that would have been a lovely beach-front tandem bike ride, a snooze on the beach, some drinks, and a seafood dinner. To each his own.
Two more quick things:
1) Mike sent me the loveliest bouquet of flowers to go in my new office.
2) My favorite thing on the planet (aside from those flowers) is our new hummingbird feeder. I just love to sit on the sofa and watch them swoop in for a snack. So tiny. So darned cute.
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