This weekend was quite an eventful one, and a fun one might I add! Let me just start off by saying that blogging has truly opened up a whole new world for me.
I mean, not only have I been extremely inspired to tweak recipes and come up with my own successful and failure of concoctions, but I have also gained new friendships and perspectives in so many areas of life.
This weekend confirmed the notion that no matter who we are, or where we are from, if we make an effort to put ourselves out there to meet new people, then we can surely gain some great insights. And friendships.
I woke up extremely early on Friday morning at 5:00 am (well, it is rather early for me!) :P and drove up to LA to meet up with Sophia. We decided to hike up the Hollywood/Griffith trails.
This hike was actually a bit tougher than I had expected! Oyyy I underestimated its steepness.
You mean, even if you have hiked all of the HALF DOME you can still get a great burn from this hike?!! Oh yes my friends, yes you can...
Okay, let's backtrack! Throughout all of Friday I had several epiphanies, or so I'd like to think:
- Before I get too excited about the thought of actually seeing a sunrise, I should check the weather forecast
- When I drive down to LA I need to actually go out 30 minutes earlier than what I'm used to because of crazy traffic
- Smog and fog is not your best friend when you're wanting to see from the top of a mountain
- Work my glutes and legs even more prior to hiking 45-60 degree incline trails
- Do more cardio so I won't be panting on the way up the trail just because I'm not used to this particular one
- You think you have seen it all until you finally discover the amazing Sur La Table. Hello wedding registry!
- When a bunch of bloggers named Kim, John, and Sophia get together you experience cataclysmic moments of humor, fun, and goofiness. Oh, and don't act like naive tourists on the 3rd Street Promenade because people will look at you funny :D
- Most of all, have fun and get out there to meet new people from all over the world. Life is too short not to!
This was seriously such a fun hike and I enjoyed every bit of it even if it was a little harder than I had expected. Haha! I could actually feel the change in the oxygen and my voice starting to sound like I sucked on a helium balloon. Sophia is a tough cookie cardiovascular-wise and walking with her gave me lots of motivation.
We also talked about so many different topics as we gained interesting perspectives on certain matters about God, His love, His mercy, justice, the meaning of true Christianity, and even food and restaurants. :) Obviously.
I definitely will come back to the Griffith trails and have made it a point to errr several friends and Greg that we need to hike it together! Anyone else in the LA and OC area who is interested? :)
Afterward, we met up with Kim and John!
They drove here all the way from Las Vegas to meet me and Sophia! Okay fine, it wasn't for me because we didn't even know each other prior to this meet up! Teehee. But they were cool enough to visit Sophia and hang out with us around Santa Monica.
As we were walking, we came across these public phones. Wowza, we were all so amazed that these ancient things were still around haha. Still amazes me and Greg when we see one on a random street. I never thought I would say this, but...I'm getting old...:P
We browsed around Sur La Table and I felt like a child in a candy store. For reals, wedding registry, here I come!
Then, we sat down at Starbucks and chatted away practically about everything we could think of.
John and Kim are such fun characters and I dare to say that they make a perfect match. :D
Thank you guys for such a great day!
Phewww. Today after church, I attended my cousin's fiancee's bridal shower! Her name is Christy and she is as cute as can be.
I really wasn't sure what gift I should get for Christina. But since she is a complete DIY type of gal and loves handmade gifts, I just opted for a gift basket that I put together myself.
I arranged a bunch of shower and bath products from the World Market and put them inside a basket from the Dollar Tree. I thought this would be the perfect gift so she can "relax herself" during this hectic time of planning.
Christina is Thai and her mom owns a Thai restaurant. We had the bridal shower there and had some delicious food!!
Admittedly, it felt a bit awkward at first because I only knew the bride and my two cousins there. I could feel everyone wondering where I had come from, but that didn't stop me from having fun hehe.
I got to talk to some people and everyone ended up being super welcoming....And mind you, the wild ones were definitely not the young women! They were all the moms! Think, shaking their bootay and dancing all around the restaurant-wild, hah!
The dessert and cake display was so adorable I just wanted to take it all. I kind of imagined myself plunging my face into the cake.
What? Don't look at me like you've never thought of that! :P
Oh man, I had some cake AND cake pops and let's just say that I will be in the kitchen baking some in the near future.
I also got some inspiration for the wedding details by looking at their center pieces. Some were cute little bird cages as the theme was "Love Birds".
And the beautiful bride-to-be...I pray and hope for the best in their marriage as they continue on this beautiful journey together!
Life is filled with so many surprises and new things that we can glean from. I feel like this weekend was one of those, in which I was able to see separate lives merging together, kind of like a fork on a road coming into a single path. I don't know if it's the slight extrovert in me, but I just believe that getting out there and taking the chance to meet new souls to love on them is worth every effort--even it if means panting up the Griffith trails and meeting a bunch of rowdy mothers dancing around a restaurant. :D
I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day guys!
Was there anything out of the norm that you did this weekend?
What is the craziest hike you've been on?
-Mine is definitely the Half Dome!
Do you lean towards the extroverted or introverted personality?
-I am genuinely interested in this! I think I'm pretty much an extrovert, but I definitely need time alone to process things within me because I'm such a thinker by nature. After I'm done thinking, I love to be with people. :)
Grace and Peace,