Spent the day with a friend in Santa Monica, after missing my massage appointment. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m so upset! My appointment was for 1 PM, but I was convinced that it was at 2 PM… So I’m getting ready to leave the house at 1:40, grab my phone and check it, somewhat absent mindedly… And lo and behold, there’s a message from my Chiropractor’s office, “Hi Lara, Just wondering if you could call us back to reschedule your appointment.” Aaargh! That’s the 2nd appointment for something that I’ve missed this week! Talk about disorganized!
Left my hubby and 10 of his dearest co-workers to DESTROY my kitchen with pizza and beer, while they drafted their Fantasy Football teams.
PS: I was NOT a happy camper when I came home this evening to find my kitchen & living room & patio a mess, hubby up in bed, dogs unfed (and no water!), and spare pizza on the stove (with pizza boxes on the upholstery of the stools at the kitchen counter. Not a happy camper, indeed.
But, I did have a fantastic time in Santa Monica today! I picked Tash up & we headed off to the 3rd Street Promenade, where we promenaded to our hearts content, until I realized after leaving The Gap that I hadn’t eaten anything all day. Despite having 2 iced coffees and running 3 miles. Totally unlike me! TOTALLY. I do not forget to eat!
Amazing what happens when you’re 33 – there IS a first time for everything.
We decided to head over to the mall, Santa Monica Place, and try out a wine bar that she suggested, the Sonoma Wine Garden.
I just could not believe that we were in a mall – it was beautiful!
And I loved the wall art!
We sat on the patio, with a bit of a view of the ocean. Lovely day, lovely company, lovely wine & lovely food. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
They also had wines that you could serve yourself with 1, 3, or 5 oz pours. Stick a little card in, based on what you’ve pre-paid for, and get your tasters. Will have to try that next time. The only problem is that those were all the way over by the bar, and if you’re sitting, enjoying your company, etc., it might be kind of a pain. Would be a fun place to spend happy hour though.
We shared the truffle fries, a beet & goat cheese salad, and a “Garden pizza”, which was mushrooms, garlic & arugula, with ricotta cheese. All of it was fantastic, and the service was very good. I never waited more than 3 minutes for my water-glass to be refilled (I drink a lot of water when out, and it’s a huge pet peeve if it’s not refilled when I need my next big gulp!)
After lunch/dinner (it was about 5 by the time we finished), we headed over to Nordstrom’s. HUGE shoe sale! But, they didn’t have anything that I was dying for on the sale rack, so I held back. But, I did get some new gold Havaianas Slim flip-flops. Hey, I live in California. Flip flops are worn year-round! And, I’ve been lusting after them for a while, but could never find my size (I’m a 10/11 in shoes — closer to the 11, so I never like buying shoes online because I can’t guarantee they’ll fit, and I’m not good at returning stuff when I order it).
Now that the kitchen is clean, it’s off to bed with me. Wine tasting tomorrow! (Won’t be blogging until Monday evening, likely… So much for the PostADay challenge. Although I did vacuum today, and I also found my retainer! Winning!