Whew, what a whirlwind weekend visiting Megan for her 30th birthday in Orange, CA. I always come back inspired to be a more environmentally friendly and “local” citizen after visiting Megan, I love it!
Look at that Californian blue sky and amazing oranges in Orange County… what’s not to love? The weather was so nice, California didn’t disappoint. Here are a couple pictures from near Megan’s work.
I sat on one of the marble benches and read David’s kindle for a bit. It was so pleasant. After reading there, I met Megan and her judge took us and her co-workers to lunch, and then let her off early – how kind was that?! What were we to do but to go shoe shopping! I bought some flats, and Megan got a gait analysis done and got running shoes.
We went out to the Orange bars later that night, but there are no pictures – maybe there would have been if the male client-el were more interesting 😦 The next morning, Megan served a delicious oatmeal breakfast in my favorite breakfast nook:
It is sooo adorable! We had oatmeal with lots of delicious toppings. Her kitchen is quite small, but super cute, AND she is doing a CSA. When I said I’d been thinking about it, she said “don’t think about it, just do it”. So I did, I signed up for the March season here in Houston, can’t wait! Also in her kitchen is my favorite persimmons painting by her mom (Aunt Gayle):
And I need to remember not to complain about my Texas-sized kitchen when I see how she manages with hers (I think she is peeling hard-boiled eggs here…):
We also did some kayaking and met some of her friends at Seal Beach for crepes, then we walked to the pier after:
Obviously, there was a lot of partying I’ve left out, but to sum up, we had French 77s. If you’ve never had them, they’re a classy and delicious way to drink champagne:
1 shot Elderflower Liqueur
1/4 shot Lemon Juice
And to finish off the weekend, we had a lunch at the Filling Station (mmmm, it was filling and so good). I had my first poached egg, and will have to eat them more often. We did save the best for last – Trader Joe’s! Megan was kind enough to offer to stop there and then she wouldn’t even let me pay for the food I was getting! But now I’m eating some delicious TJs this week and thinking of her 🙂
I do have to say Megan is taking her 30th fabulously, and I hope that I can do the same. I’m always very focused on age and worry about it too much. Speaking of age, one of the other Megan quotes I liked was”I’m really into Anti-Aging” too – i.e. I wear sunscreen and protect my skin. Worrying + Tanning = wrinkles = bad. So I’ll remember that. I also really like what she did when she said that she went through each year in her twenties and thought about how great they were. I sat on the airport thinking of mine. I’ll list them out for you in a couple years 🙂