Are You Still There?

I am! And amazingly, so are many of you! I have been surprised the past few weeks to find people still checking in, despite my glaring absenteeism. This post is a bit of a brain (and camera) dump, but there will be some new posts this week!

Was sad to say goodbye to summer white on Labor Day

Quick LA trip had to include some walk and beach time at Manhattan Beach

And of course had to grab some In N Out

This dog… no words

Getting really into football this season! #blueandorange

What have you been up to?

When You’re In… Wednesday’s

Santa Monica.

When you’re in Santa Monica, CA, and looking for a place to grab a drink with views of the Pacific, head to the Casa del Mar hotel. It’s not nearly as well known as Shutters, which is next door, but the lobby and bar area is a lot more elegant and the drinks are delicious.


Updating Traditions

Every year during Christmas time, Luke and I would drive down to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and spend a day Christmas shopping. We would shop for our families and friends, as well as pick out gifts for each other. It became a fun tradition, and was nice because as I so cornily say, it’s about the memories, not just the gifts. Amid our crazy day of shopping, we would also visit Lawry’s Carvery for a decadent lunch with wine.

Now that we live in Denver, it’s time to make a new, similar tradition. So today, after brunch at my parents’ home, we’re driving down to Cherry Creek Mall to select our gifts for each other and finish our shopping and have a delicious late lunch at the Cherry Creek Grill (where I will still be able to get my traditional Christmas shopping lunch, a Prime Rib Sandwich). Now if only I could decide what I want this year…

Luke enjoying the wine and waiting for our lunch