Monthly Archives: August 2009

Christy – Another day, another break down

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Luckily I am talking about my car that broke down and not a mental breakdown :)

This is quite a theme for me recently. I think it is the fuel pump again. Anyway, after a long, hot day of tow trucks and such, I decided to eat out instead of cooking at home. So I went over to M Cafe and got some tuna sushi. And when I got home I made up a leafy green salad with tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and balsamic dressing.

I felt much better after dinner and cold shower and now I think I will chill out with a chick flick. Maybe “Waitress“? That one always makes me laugh and the pie looks so good!

Lynn – Sunday with Friends

travel

It’s been very, very hot in Southern California this week. I’m assuming this doesn’t help the awful wildfire situation

Between being sick and the heat, I haven’t really been working out. I managed to do about 15 minutes of Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones (which I get for free on demand through Time Warner Cable) before quitting to watch an episode of “Ruby” and lift some 4 lb weights instead.

For breakfast I had a Shakeology. Julius stole my spot on the couch; he was pooped from his run with Abe this morning.

Then we all got in the car and drove down to Long Beach, where we visited our friends Sam and Chris, saw their new house, and met their adorable pup Charlie -

Unfortunately, Julius was more interested in Charlie’s toys, which we put out of his reach….

We helped christen their new grill -

I had a boca burger with some lettuce, mustard, and ketchup with a side of grilled eggplant.

Neither Abe nor I grill; I’m so impressed with people who do on a regular basis. Sam and Chris know what they’re doing – the food was quite tasty.

After lunch we hopped in the car and headed further south to Irvine, where we met up with our friends Emily, Thad, and their son Lincoln.

We walked around Fashion Island for about an hour – which is like The Grove, on steroids.

Then we headed back to their house, where Thad (another excellent cook) made dinner.

We started off with some pre-dinner watermelon – I enjoyed one slice -

Those are Lincoln’s darling little hands picking out the pits. I realized it’s been forever since I’ve had watermelon that wasn’t seedless.

Thad made quesadillas with cheese and veggies, a side salad, and a side dishes of fresh corn and tomatoes. My plate -

Plus some brown rice and black beans –

I had a scoop of these, plus seconds on all the veggies and salad. All scrumptious. Plus another slice of watermelon.

On the car ride home I had a chocolate tootsie pop.

It was great driving down and seeing our pals, one of my favorite ways to spend the weekend. This week is CRAZY – I have an early audition tomorrow, press for “White on Rice” and an exciting trip coming up!

Lynn – Robert, David, and Michael

los angeles area interests

Last night we headed to my Uncle Robert’s house on the beach so I could cook him a birthday dinner. He is sick, so I made a tomato lentil soup from Paulette Mitchell’s “A Beautiful Bowl of Soup.” Whenever I cook for a bunch of people, I always follow recipes (I don’t have the confidence to wing it when there are so many mouths to feed)!

(This is the cookbook Christy gave me last month.)

The recipe was uber easy and took about an hour and a half from start to finish (served 6 of us fine with a little leftover) -

My bowl -

Along with a salad my Aunt Heidi made with goat cheese, toasted walnuts, and fresh figs; also, a slice of multi-grain bread I picked up yesterday while at the Farmers Market/Grove.

It was an incredibly delicious (and indeed beautiful) bowl of soup. I’m pumped to try out these other recipes once the weather cools down.

We headed outside to watch the sunset and eat some dessert.

A snack size Vanilla and Almonds Haggen Dazs bar and the gorgeous view.

Julius loves the beach!

On the way home, we drove by one of my favorite houses in Los Angeles – it is all white, insanely ornate, with a bunch of tiny David statues out front (which is why some people call it the “House of Davids”). There are usually two orange vehicles parked in the driveway too. This is what it usually looks like:

(photo credit: losanjealous.com)

Sometimes Norwood Young (the owner) changes things up – for example, during the holidays, each David wears a tiny Santa Hat. I always get a chuckle passing by and seeing what’s up with the house, but nothing could prepare me for last night -

There was a party for Michael Jackson’s birthday! Abe and I had to park and gawk.

There was a screen playing MJ videos…

…next to some giant Michaels and a gloved hand…

The Davids all wore little red Michael Jackson “Beat It” jackets…

…the house wore a crown.

Julius did not know what to make of this spectacle.