So this will be the 3rd time I am writing this post cause wordpress is SUCKING and just deletes the words I put on my post and replaces it with only pictures. Grr!! But I’d like to rewrite it so my parents can actually see what I said.
As most of you already know, my parents are awesome. So awesome that they drove my car 2,850 miles across the country so I could have it with me in Cali. The things they do for their favorite daughter! (aka sugie or angel.) I have always said that the day I got my license was one of the best days of my life and that remains true til this day. Not having my car for the past week sucked! A week without a car is a long time people, I gave up a lot of independence. I am so thankful to have such amazing, selfless parents to do me such a HUGE favor. I am also thankful to Alex and my roommates for driving me to and from work (among other places.) Can’t wait to drive around with the sunroof open in my CRV!
Even better than having my car here, I got to have my parents here for a day and a half. Their time here was short, but we definitely made the most of it. I couldn’t believe how much I missed them, after only a week! When they got here I gave them a grand tour of the house, they were impressed. We had a few drinks before heading to a fancy dinner at In-n-Out burger (or inside out burger as my mom called it.) My mom and I had never been there but we were definitely impressed with the burgers, the fries not so much. My mom is a pretty big burger critic, so I was glad she liked it. After dinner, we headed back to my parents hotel and watched Dancing with the Stars. Traditional Monday night with the roomies. It was pretty low key, but it was a good time!
The next day was packed, starting with a tour in LA, which is about 30 minutes north of where I live. We took “the ultimate multimedia tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood & Beverly hills.” The pro’s of the tour: it was guided by the owner of the company and he definitely knew a lot. It was a small van so it was a very personal feel. He used movie clips, music and videos throughout that definitely enhanced the tour. The downside was it was 5 hours long! By the end we were ready to jump out of that van. You can only see so many celebrity front yards and tops of houses. Scenes from the tour:
When the tour was complete, we roamed around the farmers market and the grove, an outdoor shopping mall. The market was pretty big with your typical vendors. We grabbed a bite to eat and got a drink. The grove and farmers market are actually located right next to the CBS studio & THE PRICE IS RIGHT! It killed my mom to be so close and not get on the show! I didn’t even think to get tickets.
After the grove we took them for a quick car tour of Santa Monica. We hit a few hot spots including the Santa Monica Pier and The 3rd Street Promenade. The 3rd street promenade is another outdoor mall. These outdoor malls are great! There is plenty of shopping with the best stores, street entertainment and restaurants. Next we headed to the beach towns. First up: Manhattan beach. We explore the tour and grabbed a few pictures then headed to Manhattan beach. We went to an Irish pub right on the beach for happy hour. We enjoyed a few drinks during the sunset and finally headed to Redondo Beach. We had dinner and more drinks at Blue Water Grill. A seafood restaurant at a marina on the water. The service was excellent at the food was even better! Can’t wait to get back there. Between happy hour and dinner, we were feeling good! We took my parents back to their hotel so they could start to pack up to head back east.
My time with my parents was short but it was great to show them around the area and to have them see where I live. I am already trying to convince them to come back out here! I promise we can go to The Price is Right next time, Mom!
Lesson learned: Write posts in Word then copy them to wordpress. I am off to drink wine and watch Ted! Hopefully I don’t fall asleep. Hope everyone had a great easter!!